A radio presenter has publicly apologized for a ‘fake’ tweet he posted about political commentator Eoghan Harris.
ewstalk’s Kieran Cuddihy – who features the hard shoulder – posted on Twitter last night to ‘unreservedly apologize’ for the tweet, which was posted last month.
“On June 3, 2022, I posted a tweet accusing Eoghan Harris of using a Twitter account to ‘insult young journalists based on their appearance’. I now accept that this accusation is false and I unreservedly apologize to Eoghan Harris for causing him distress,” he said.
Mr Harris was a long-time columnist for the Sunday Independent until May last year when his contract was terminated.
The termination came about due to Mr Harris’ involvement in Barbara J Pym’s fake Twitter account which was set up in February 2020.
The Sunday’s freelance editor Alan English said ‘Mr Harris’s position as a columnist became untenable’ when he confirmed his involvement in the operation of the account.
“Many of the views expressed, such as opposition to ‘Sinn Féin’s push for a united Ireland’, match those expressed by Eoghan Harris in his Sunday Independent column,” Mr English said in a statement to the era.
“Eoghan agreed to be one of the founders of the account. He also told me that he was “part of a group of people who contributed to a Barbara Pym entity”.
“After reviewing the account this week, I found that it often went well beyond what I would consider fair and reasonable commentary. Under no circumstances would such material have been published in our newspaper or on Independent.ie,” Mr. English’s statement added.
Twitter has suspended the Barbara J Pym account.
Two prominent journalists, Allison Morris and Aoife Moore, have taken legal action against Mr Harris over content posted from the account.
Mr Harris has previously said he will defend the cases and “see them in court”.