Monday February 17, 2020

Rumour with intent to smear a sergeant

Mr Justice Peter Charleton’s report finds ‘bizarre coincidences’ were deliberately twisted by the former Garda commissioner and press officer to vilify whistleblower Maurice McCabe

14th October, 2018

‘Did you not hear . . . ?” They are words that precede many conversations, leading to tall tales or intriguing yarns, pieces of gossip or rumours that are believed by the most gullible to the sceptical.

Fuelled by needling existing anxieties, by confirming pre-held biases or the need to do down someone who is either envied or feared, rumours can sometimes be stopped in their tracks and other times spread like a virus.

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