You read it here first folks. Now, in today’s Irish Times, Michael Foley (School of Media, DIT) writes:
ANALYSIS: TV3 had no more than a rumour about Brian Lenihan’s health, and no attributable source. …
Unlike journalists, politicians like rules, and the Minister for Justice has already warned he will revisit his privacy proposals if the media does not behave. The insensitive invasion of a popular politician’s privacy might be just the example he needs.
Expect to see lots of references to this piece as the clamour for privacy legislation begins to grow.
Update: have a look at John McGurk‘s thoughtful posts on the issue.