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Sharon Ní Bheoláin considering Press Council complaint after being ‘papped’

A number of images taken of the RTÉ presenter, taken without her knowledge, appeared in national papers today.

File photo of Sharon Ní Bheoláin.
File photo of Sharon Ní Bheoláin.
Image: Graham Hughes/Photocall Ireland

Updated 10.00pm

RTÉ NEWS ANCHOR Sharon Ní Bheoláin has said that she is “going to consider” making a complaint to the Press Council after photographs of her taken without her knowledge appeared in three national newspapers today.

Speaking this afternoon to Liveline on RTÉ Radio 1, she expressed her anger at being ‘papped’.

It follows an arrest being made in recent weeks after the presenter reported to gardaí that she was being stalked and send abusive messages.

However, she said this abuse hadn’t “knocked a feather” out of her, and that she sees the issue as an ‘occupational hazard’.

“I was probably more upset this morning seeing those photographs than I have been at any stage over the past six weeks,” Ní Bheoláin said.

“This isn’t the Kardashians, for goodness sake. I’m a very regular Joe Soap who just happens to be on the news every night. My lifestyle is very ordinary.”

The presenter was pictured walking a dog and shopping, and she said wasn’t aware that photographers were taking pictures of her at the time, calling it a ‘covert operation’.

She called the photographers ‘deranged’, and said the first she knew of it was when she heard it discussed this morning on Newstalk’s Breakfast.

“I am not paid enough to deal with this kind of rubbish,” she said.

First published 5.07pm

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