Village (magazine)

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Village
Village-logochallenging.jpg
Typenewsmagazine
FormatMagazine
Owner(s)Ormond Quay Publishing Ltd.
Founder(s)Vincent Browne
EditorMichael Smith[1]
Founded2004 [2]
Political alignmentLeft-wing
Headquarters6 Ormond Quay Upper
Dublin 7
Ireland
Websitehttp://www.villagemagazine.ie/

Village is a left-wing Irish current affairs and cultural magazine. It was launched in October 2004 and was originally published weekly.[3] It was founded, and edited for a number of years by Vincent Browne. In November 2008, it was relaunched under new editor Michael Smith,[4] a former investor in the magazine.[5] The magazine currently prints ten issues per year and maintains an online presence.

Unusually for an Irish media outlet, Village is avowedly left-wing, with a stated aim to challenge "the endemically complacent and others by the acute promotion of equality, sustainability and accountability."

Journalists who have contributed include Sara Burke, Frank Connolly, John Waters, Justine McCarthy, Gemma O'Doherty, Mary Regan, Naomi Wolfe, Conor Brady, and Harry Browne. Other contributors include Niall Crowley, Constantin Gurdgiev, Germaine Greer, Enda Kenny, Conor Lenihan, and John Gormley.

Controversy[edit]

The magazine was sued by anti-Lisbon Treaty campaigner Declan Ganley in 2008 but proceedings were settled.[6]

In 2010 Village received legal correspondence from Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisin Quinn, over allegations he should not have voted on high-rise issues in the city, as he had a stake in property that might benefit from changes. In the end Smith made a successful complaint to the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) which found in 2011 that there had been a minor breach.[7] It was one of only three successful complaints about politicians that had been taken at that stage in SIPO's history.

In 2012 Village claimed that if the DPP did not pursue named bankers and allegedly corrupt individuals for corruption and other named offences it would initiate private prosecutions itself. But it did not do so. It claimed that it was to pursue an initiative with Jonathan Sugarman, former liquidity manager, against Unicredit Bank for breaches of regulations, but could not as his career had collapsed and he could not pursue his commitment.[8]

In 2014 Village exclusively published the redacted Ansbacher dossier, alleging a long-standing cover-up of ownership of offshore bank accounts by senior public figures and politicians.[9]

In 2015, uniquely among Irish-owned print publications Village printed allegations made by Catherine Murphy TD about interest rates paid by Ireland's richest man, Denis O'Brien, to state-owned IBRC bank .[10]

In 2016 former Donegal County Manager, Michael McLoone, initiated High Court proceedings against Village for defamation after it printed what it claimed was an affidavit opened in court detailing multiple allegations made about planning in Donegal by former senior County Planner, Gerard Convie.[11]

In March 2017, Village published a controversial cover depicting US President Donald Trump in crosshairs alongside the headline "Why Not", linked to an editorial explaining why it would be wrong to kill Trump.[12] The headline garnered international coverage, being covered by right-wing outlets abroad, including the British Sun,[13] and FOX News.[14]

In late 2017 following the publication of multiple accounts from alleged victims of bullying and sexual harassment by Michael Colgan, then Director of the Gate Theatre, including those of seven former employees who spoke to The Irish Times, Village published an editorial on the matter. Mr Colgan initiated a defamation action in the High Court in January 2018, claiming the editorial associated him with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey, both of whom have been accused of sexual assault, and in Weinstein’s case, rape. “Your outrageous article seeks to associate our client with and make him the subject of the serious criminal allegations that have been published in the media regarding Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and others with the clear defamatory inference that our client has been guilty of serious sexual crimes, including rape,” Mr Colgan’s solicitor, Paul Tweed, told the publication in a letter sent on November 16th, 2017, six days after the article appeared [15]. But in October 2018 the magazine claimed the proceedings had not been served on the magazine or its editor; and as of August 2019 there was no sign the action was being advanced in the courts.

By August 2019, Village had "almost disappeared" as a print product though it has a web presence. Just 2 editions had been published in the last year. It was "operating on a shoestring" with its editor saying he had been distracted by a legal case. It planned to "relaunch" in October with a focus on advertising revenue and "significant numbers of free copies" being distributed to "key targets concentrating on areas of Dublin that buy disproportionate numbers of the magazine and also younger people particularly college students". [16]

In August 2019, Gemma O'Doherty took legal action against Village Magazine [17].

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/smith-eyes-left-green-ideology-for-village-magazine-79jsjsbgs?region=ie&t=ie
  2. ^ https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/smith-eyes-left-green-ideology-for-village-magazine-79jsjsbgs?region=ie&t=ie
  3. ^ "Journalist launches new magazine, Saturday 10th October 2004". The Irish Times. 10 October 2004. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
  4. ^ "Village Magazine relaunched, 27/11/08". Village. Archived from the original on 21 May 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
  5. ^ "Dissenting Village voice says Browne has failed". Irish Independent. 23 March 2008.
  6. ^ "The Village/Ganley saga. When Declan Ganley withdrew legal proceedings". Village Magazine. 28 April 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Councillor's property stake and vote to be investigated". The Irish Times. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Blowing the whistle so hard it hurts". Village Magazine. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Village publishes redacted Ansbacher Dossier". Village Magazine. 22 February 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  10. ^ "What Denis O'Brien doesn't want you to see: Catherine Murphy on his banking arrangements etc". Village Magazine. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Dodgy Donegal's ex-Manager sues Village editor". Village Magazine. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Why not". Village Magazine. 3 February 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Anger after Irish magazine cover shows US President Donald Trump in a gun's sights captioned: 'Why not'". The Irish Sun. 3 February 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  14. ^ "Village Magazine Cover Shows Gun Target on Pres. Trump's Head". Fox News Insider. 3 February 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  15. ^ https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/michael-colgan-to-sue-village-magazine-for-defamation-of-character-1.3361630
  16. ^ https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/smith-eyes-left-green-ideology-for-village-magazine-79jsjsbgs?region=ie&t=ie
  17. ^ https://www.thejournal.ie/gemma-odoherty-takes-legal-action-against-village-magazine-4785497-Aug2019/

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