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Galway newsagent removed two papers from shelves in protest of 'insensitive' Berkeley images

The owner of the family run shop said it never removed a publication before.

A NEWSAGENT IN Galway removed the copies of two Irish papers from the shelves of his shop today, in protest at images on the paper’s front pages.

The Irish Daily Star and the Irish Examiner both carried images of body bags outside the Berkeley apartment in California where six Irish students were killed.

Paul O’Brien who runs O’Brien newsagents on William street said he removed the publications after the images were brought to his attention by a customer.

O’Brien told Today FM, “It’s my little protest.

As a parent myself I was just absolutely disgusted, I just thought it was so insensitive.

“We’ve been trading here since 1980 and we’ve never before removed a publication, a magazine or a newspaper.”

Meanwhile, The New York Times has received widespread criticism today for an article it published about the tragic incident.

The paper has admitted that some of the language it used “could be interpreted as insensitive” and apologised if it gave the impression of blaming the six victims.

Read: The New York Times says it never intended to blame victims of the Berkeley tragedy>

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