Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt
Damien O’Reilly, broadcaster and farming journalist, has become one of the many people in Irish public life to be caught red-handed using ignorance while trying to appear intelligent. O’Reilly wrote last year in the Farmer’s Journal that ‘while not unexpected, the report into mother and baby homes is absolutely shocking.’ The article entitled ‘Damien’s Diary: Ireland’s greatest shame and atrocity’. Yep “ATROCITY”. Where exactly Mr O’Reilly is the evidence presented anywhere in a 3,000-page report to support allegations of an atrocity. O’Reilly, of course, has not read the report — perhaps not even a single page — yet can take up his poison pen and use it to repeat a conspiracy theory.
One of these days, RTÉ might hire people capable of doing their own thinking, let alone hiring anyone with sufficient intellectual calibre to engage the brain before opening da mouth. I doubt if that is going to happen any time soon.
O’Reilly, Damien. ‘Damien’s Diary: Ireland’s Greatest Shame and Atrocity’. Irish Farmers Journal, 20 January 2021. https://www.farmersjournal.ie/damien-s-diary-ireland-s-greatest-shame-and-atrocity-596655.