We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Vow of privacy

Google has removed links to this criminal's Wikipedia page

Google removed links to the page of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch.

A LINK TO the Wikipedia page of one of Ireland’s most notorious criminals has been taken from Google.

The page of notorious armed robber Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch was removed under the “right to be forgotten” law, which permits people to request the removal of links to pages about them from search engines.

Google says that the request came under data protection laws.

Hutch and his gang are believed to have stolen as much as £40 million in the 1970s and 80s. He has latterly made his living by driving a taxi.


The Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, says that it has had 50 links requested to be removed from Google’s results page.

However, they say that all removals will be logged. It shows that Hutch’s page is one of only two English language pages that have had links removed.

“As part of our commitment to transparency and our opposition to censorship, WMF has created a dedicated page where we will be posting notices about attempts to remove links to Wikimedia under this authority. The Wikimedia projects provide informational, educational, and historic value to the world. Their content should not be hidden from Internet users seeking truthful and relevant information.”

Read: Who’s next? Google removes links to BBC and Guardian articles

Opinion: ‘Right to be forgotten’ ruling opens a legal and ethical Pandora’s box

Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.