It was clear from this programme that Victory Outreach who had been contacted and given the right of reply decided to brazen it out, but they were overwhelmed by the evidential case made by RTE. This is what I wrote yesterday before the programme went out and after the radio show Today with Sean O’Rourke as Dialogue Ireland are totally familiar with this legal threat strategy from other groups we deal with….
” They have up till now not taken up this offer. It seems to be the mark of some groups that they use lawyers to stop the truth coming out, and when it does they say they were not given a right of reply. We can confirm that we have been concerned about VO and have received over the years at least 100 calls from distressed parents and family concerning this Church and its ministry and its operations.”
We should stress that it is not about the beliefs of VO, but rather about the methods used in their ministry to drug addicts. In other word we have no interest in the issue about what they believe but rather we have a duty of care to vulnerable adults and the breaching of their human rights by this ministry.
The defence that some have been helped by this ministry is not relevant to the facts presented last night. The programme never suggested that people had not been helped but rather they questioned the manner in which the help was given. We have for over a year invited VO to exercise their right to present us with a post to promote their views which would be published without censorship or editing… that invitation still stands. I found it unbelievable that the best they could offer was to offer 50 hampers to the needy? Talk about trying to divert from the subject.
Joe Duffy maintained a very balanced moderation during the programme, as it would have been very easy having seen the evidence the night before to be so one sided so strong was the case RTE made last night. It is important to give them a belated right of reply.
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Liveline Wednesday 18 December 2013
Tommy was upset after watching RTÉ Investigations Unit programme ‘Beggars Belief’ last night – he has donated money to Victory Outreach and is not happy with their methods of fundraising. Tommy went through a detox programme in the eighties, worst thing for an addict to be out on the streets, they are vulnerable to temptation. Stuart Murphy who works for Victory Outreach explained how the organization works.
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