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An unfortunate issue with some of the comment on this is that while we may not have a public interest defence for breach of privacy actions (though journalists routinely speak as if we do), so much of the best public interest journalism is garnered through some breach of privacy.
If journalists adhered strictly to the guidance of lawyers on what was permitted in terms of privacy protections, an awful lot of important and valuable information about the functioning of public and private power would not exist.
Part and parcel of good public interest journalism – which often faces the threat of legally defensible (though also often spurious) legal action – is accepting the risk of litigation and pushing on.
In this case it seems nobody is challenging the truth of the claims in the paper.

Is anyone seriously saying that hazing ceremonies in elitist secret societies at elite educational institutions – which are overwhelmingly publicly funded – should not be reported upon?
The law of privacy in Ireland may not recognise a public interest defence to breach of privacy actions, but once best professional and ethical standards were observed journalists arguably have a duty to press on.
Trade unions and their officials and activists have historically and continue to face similar complaints by lawyers – that their practices are not lawful.
Just because the legal system has not carved out a series of protections for this kind of action does not mean it is not hugely valuable and democratically enriching.

The law cannot be the last word on the functioning of these areas of professional practice and action.
Finally, as an alumnus of @tcddublin I'm extremely disappointed at what looks like a cynical move by @tcdsu to put the effective existence of a paper to a vote.

At a time where journalism's reporting capacity is being decimated, public funding should be promoted not extinguished
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