Newstalk unreserved apology for George Hook’s comments

Update 15/09/2017: George Hook suspended from duties at Newstalk

Newstalk issued an unreserved apology for George Hook’s comments about rape on the station on Friday.

Managing Editor, Patricia Monahan said that comments made were “totally wrong and inappropriate and should never have been made.”

George Hook has apologised for his comments. He said:

“I wish to apologise unreservedly for comments I made about rape on my radio programme on Newstalk yesterday (Friday). It was unacceptable to suggest in any way that blame could be attributed to victims of rape. I apologise for the comments which caused hurt and offence, and for this I am truly sorry.”

Head of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre Noeline Blackwell, called for editors and journalists to collaborate with the organisation after the controversial remarks by George Hook about a trial in Britain.