Irish newspaper now at risk of closure after publication of topless Kate Middleton pics
Editor of Irish Star defends decision as British shareholder pulls plug and demands inquiry
The Independent Group in Dublin has distanced itself from management at the Star and their decision to publish the photos.
INM chief executive Joe Webb said: “This was a poor decision. These pictures should not have been published. I understand the anger that many Irish citizens feel at the offence caused to the British Royal family, especially in the light of the visit of Queen Elizabeth last year.
“That visit was an important culmination of the work of the Peace Process. Since then Ireland has regarded the Queen and her family in the warmest light. Kate Middleton is a member of her family and on behalf of INM, I wish to offer her my deepest apologies.
“We have noted Richard Desmond’s statement and we will be launching an internal inquiry to ensure there will never be a repeat of this breach of decency. However, we will be doing everything in our power to safeguard the 70 jobs at the Irish Daily Star.”
Northern & Shell are consulting their lawyers ‘as a matter of urgency’ over what they believe to be a serious breach of their contract with INM.
Gareth Morgan, the editor of the Daily Star Sunday in Britain, also slammed his Irish colleagues.
Morgan said: “We are absolutely horrified here in the office. I am not just talking on behalf of the Daily Star Sunday but the four other responsible titles in Northern & Shell.
“This has no merit as an editorial decision. This has no merit morally. Frankly, it’s a morally horrible decision.
A Royal spokeswoman condemned the publication by the Irish Daily Star’s.
She said: “There can be no motivation for this action other than greed.
“We will not be commenting on potential legal action ... save to say that all proportionate responses will be kept under review. Any such publication would serve no purpose other than to cause further, entirely unjustifiable upset to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.”
Politicians on both sides of the Irish Sea have also condemned the Irish Daily Star.
Fine Gael party chairman Charlie Flanagan tweeted: “Irish Daily Star disgraces itself yet again by now publishing Kate photos. Neither shame nor standards.”
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