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Irish Mail on Sunday apologises over "exclusive" interview with wife and mother of Buncrana victims

Louise James was not aware she was being interviewed.

Louise James and her daughter Rioghnach-Ann, who was saved from the tragedy, along with her partner Sean McGrotty and sons Evan and Mark, who both died.
Louise James and her daughter Rioghnach-Ann, who was saved from the tragedy, along with her partner Sean McGrotty and sons Evan and Mark, who both died.
Image: Garda Press Office

THE IRISH MAIL on Sunday has apologised to Louise James, who lost her partner, two sons, mother and sister in the Buncrana pier tragedy.

The paper had carried what it labelled as an “exclusive” interview with Louise James last weekend. The interview, carried over the front page and four pages inside, contained quotes from the bereaved woman obtained in the week after the tragedy.

However, an apology carried on page two of today’s paper says those quotes were given in a “purely private” capacity.

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The apology reads:

“Last Sunday, we published an article quoting from Louise James, who had lost her partner, mother, sister and two sons in the Buncrana tragedy.

We wish to make it clear that Louise understood that she was speaking to our reporter in a purely private capacity and had not consented to being interviewed. She did not wish to give interviews to any media outlets.

“We are happy to make this clear and to apologise to Louise and her family for the upset caused.”

An investigation into the tragedy is ongoing.

Read: “A huge void has been created by this tragedy” – Buncrana victims laid to rest

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