Sharon Ní Bheoláin considering complaint to Press Council

Monday 24 February 2014 15.46
Sharon Ní Bheoláin said she was upset by photographs published in a number of newspapers
Sharon Ní Bheoláin said she was upset by photographs published in a number of newspapers

RTÉ Newsreader Sharon Ní Bheoláin has said she is considering making a complaint to the Press Council following photographs published in a number of newspapers.

Speaking on RTÉ's Liveline, Ms Ní Bheoláin said she was "disgusted" by photographs and an accompanying article that described her as being "nervous and apprehensive" as she brought a friend's dog for a walk.

The journalist has recently been at the centre of a garda investigation into alleged stalking.

"I'm not equipped to deal with lowlifes hiding in a car on my street and "papping" me," she said.

"I am not paid enough to have to deal with this kind of rubbish."

Ms Ní Bheoláin said she was considering making a complaint to the Press Council and added she had rescinded her membership of the National Union of Journalists following a previous similar incident.

She said she was unaware that the photos were being taken.

"This isn't the Kardashians, I am a regular Joe Soap," she said.

Ms Ní Bheoláin described the newspapers that published the pictures as "rags" and said the invasion of privacy was more upsetting than the original stalking investigation.

"The papers who bought these images are disgraceful," she said.

"I am uncomfortable with the whole thing."

She paid tribute to gardaí involved in the investigation describing them as "absolutely fantastic".

Ms Ní Bheoláin said  the alleged harassment "hadn't knocked a feather" out of her and she viewed it as an occupational hazard.

"I was more upset this morning than at any stage," she said.