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Gemma O'Doherty
Gemma O'Doherty 2014.jpg
EducationMuckross Park College
Alma materUniversity College Dublin
Years active1995–present
Known forWriting for the Irish Independent, seeking nomination to run for President
Spouse(s)Peter Carvosso
(died 2015)[2]

Gemma O'Doherty is an Irish journalist. A former staff writer for the Irish Independent who wrote features and served as its ex-travel editor,[3] she has written about Ireland's criminal justice system and police force.[4][5][6] Journalist Michael Clifford has disputed the impact of her work on policing and other topics.[7]

She sought a nomination to stand for the presidency in the 2018 election,[8] but received only one nomination (from Laois County Council), short of the four required.


In 2010, O'Doherty wrote an article highlighting issues in the investigation into the 1985 death of a priest after a society wedding in County Offaly, and the subsequent manslaughter trial. Her work led to the reopening of the case.[9] According to O'Doherty, her research had "exposed a cover up of staggering proportions involving several institutions of the State and the Catholic Church."[10]

In 2013, while investigating a nationwide penalty points cancellation scandal, O'Doherty sought to question Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan about the quashing of his own speeding points and called to his private home in order to do so, speaking to Callinan's wife.[11] This action was condemned by her employer and cost O'Doherty her job.[12] In December 2014, the Irish Independent admitted they were wrong to dismiss O'Doherty, issued an apology to her and paid her an undisclosed sum in damages to settle a defamation action in the High Court and a case brought by her to the Employment Appeals Tribunal.[13]

O'Doherty is being sued for defamation by the estate of the late Sean McEniff, after a judge granted the estate leave to continue a case initiated by McEniff prior to his death. The case relates to a documentary, Mary Boyle: The Untold Story, about the disappearance of a child in 1977, produced by O'Doherty and published on YouTube.[14]

She has written or spoken about fluoride having links to cancer, osteoporosis and other ailments;[15][16] the (discredited) alleged link between vaccines and autism,[15][16] and the need for Irish people to "reclaim their Irishness", saying "if that's racist, great, bring it on!"[non-primary source needed][17]


O'Doherty announced on 19 August 2018 that she was seeking a nomination to stand for the presidency in the 2018 election.[8] During her campaign to seek a nomination, she said that there was state collusion in the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin, and threatened councillors, including the brother of Veronica Guerin, with libel after the claims were raised at a meeting of Clare County Council called to hear from potential candidates. These threats were not followed through.[18] Guerin and others have described O'Doherty as a conspiracy theorist.[19][20][21]

On 24 September, she received a nomination to stand from Laois County Council.[22] She failed to receive any further nominations by the closing date of 26 September, meaning she was unable to stand for election.[23]

In February 2019, O'Doherty founded "Anti Corruption Ireland", described as a "political movement", which promotes "'truth, justice and integrity in public office', where public servants who abuse citizens’ rights and their taxes will lose their jobs, pensions and their liberty", and which will run candidates in local, Dáil and EU elections.[24][better source needed]

In March and April 2019, the Imperial and Maritime hotels in Cork, a pub in Sligo and a parish hall in Schull cancelled public meetings that had been booked by ACI.[25][26][27] In April 2019, the Ballyvolane House hotel cancelled an ACI booking, citing O'Doherty's views as the reason.[28]

In March 2019, O'Doherty said that the Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand had "all the hallmarks of a classic false flag operation to incite fresh [ISIS] attacks, create chaos and fear, allow the globalists take more control over people and remove freedoms a la 9/11. A professional job. The public are no longer fooled."[29][30] This led to two of the four Laois councillors who endorsed her nomination to run for the presidency saying they would rescind that support now if they could.[31]

In April 2019, O'Doherty announced that she intended standing in May's European Parliament election,[32] in the Dublin constituency.


In a March 2019 interview on YouTube with Iben Thranholm, O'Doherty said "we are living in Luceferian times ... people say to me these are satanic times that we live in" and that "the whole cultural Marxist agenda is so advanced and in Ireland we have recently introduced abortion as a result mainly of foreign influence and media manipulation".[33]

On the subject of LGBT issues, O'Doherty said: "it's my belief that the Catholic Church was infested at the start of the last century and into the 1920s, 30s, 40s... by communism and this is documented I mean there's an excellent account of lady Bella Dodd who was a communist in the American Communist Party, who describes how hundreds of young men were sent into seminaries to infest Catholicism with homosexuality and pedophilia ... so they've started a new form of child abuse in the schools which is the LGBT agenda... for example the Minister for Children ... her name is Katherine Zappone, we don't know where she came from, but she somehow was scuttled into Ireland from America and she seems to have been involved in witchcraft at some point".[33]

In April 2019, O'Doherty described the fire in Notre Dame cathedral as "an act of war by the state on the Church."[34]



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  2. ^ Hillard, Mark (20 January 2015). "Distinguished journalist Peter Carvosso (67) dies". Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Travel writer walks away with top prize".
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  6. ^ Greenslade, Roy (17 September 2013). "Controversy over firing of leading Irish investigative journalist". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  7. ^ "In truth, what has Gemma O'Doherty exposed?". Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  8. ^ a b O'Brien, Carl (19 August 2018). "Journalist Gemma O'Doherty announces intention to run for the presidency". The Irish Times. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  9. ^ "The Father of All Cover-ups". 11 July 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  10. ^ "British media reacts strongly as leading Irish journalist Gemma O'Doherty forced out of job". Irish Post. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  11. ^ "Gemma O'Doherty settles unfair dismissal case with Independent". Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  12. ^ Greenslade, Roy (13 January 2015). "Gemma O'Doherty wins another apology from Irish Independent". the Guardian. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Journalist Gemma O'Doherty settles unfair dismissals case against'Independent'". Irish Times. 22 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  14. ^ Managh, Ray (27 March 2019). "Estate of deceased councillor allowed to continue defamation case against journalist Gemma O'Doherty". Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  15. ^ a b Treacy Hogan (8 June 2000). "What happened to my son?". Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  16. ^ a b Doyle, Peter (18 September 2018). "Presidential candidate to 'educate citizens' on perils of Irish water fluoridation". Irish Medical Times. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  17. ^ O'Doherty, Gemma (9 January 2019). The 'Yellow Vest movement' in Ireland (YouTube video). Event occurs at 1:23:15. Retrieved 13 January 2018. They [Sinn Féin] are open borders. They're not patriots. We have to reclaim our Irishness, and I don't, if that's racist, great! Bring it on! But we are going to make Ireland Irish again, and I'm sorry if I sound like Donald Trump.
  18. ^ Siggins, Lorna (7 September 2018). "Gemma O'Doherty clashes with councillors over collusion claims". The Irish Times. Retrieved 8 September 2018.
  19. ^ Lord, Miriam (13 September 2018). "Miriam Lord: Presidential hopefuls take a dander down Daft Avenue". Irish Times.
  20. ^ MacNamee, Alanna (27 September 2018). "Crusade or conspiracy?". University Times. Retrieved 13 April 2019. Despite failing to get on the presidential ballot, Gemma O'Doherty captured the nation's attention on her mission to weed out corruption. But is she just a conspiracist?
  21. ^ Rogan, Aaron (10 September 2018). "Veronica Guerin's brother to press Gemma O'Doherty on 'conspiracy theory'". The Times Ireland Edition. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  22. ^ "Gemma O'Doherty nominated for Presidency by Laois Council, but misses out in Cork". 24 September 2018. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  23. ^ "Deadline for Presidential nominations passes". 26 September 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  24. ^ "New Anti Corruption Movement Launched in Ireland". 1 March 2019. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  25. ^ English, Eoin (20 March 2019). "Cork's Imperial Hotel says Gemma O'Doherty event 'is not taking place' on its premises". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  26. ^ "Uproar as Anti-Corruption Ireland Sligo meeting cancelled at last minute". Ocean FM. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  27. ^ "Parish cancels ACI meeting in Schull". The Southern Star. 16 April 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  28. ^ Burns, John (14 April 2019). "Gemma O'Doherty hooks Ballyvolane House in Cork again". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  29. ^ "Gemma O'Doherty's Twitter feed". 15 March 2019. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  30. ^ O’Neill, Katie (18 March 2019). "Party event is axed after campaigner complaints". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  31. ^ Finnegan, Ben (19 March 2019). "Laois councillors take back support for Áras candidate". Midlands 103. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  32. ^ Barry, Aoife (12 April 2019). "Gemma O'Doherty announces intention to run in European elections". Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  33. ^ a b Thranholm, Iben. "Gemma O'Doherty, Anti Corruption Ireland: Is an organized evil trying to destroy Europe?". YouTube interview. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  34. ^ "Screw the far right's selective outrage on the Notre Dame fire". The Canary. 16 April 2019. Retrieved 17 April 2019. The burning of #NotreDame should be seen as an act of war by the state on the Church. 200 years of Free Masonic war on the Church in France is enough to justify our suspicion
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  36. ^ "Home - GSK Ireland".
  37. ^ "Mary Boyle documentary wins awards in Hollywood". 4 June 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  38. ^ "Mary Boyle Documentary wins major film award". 27 October 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016.

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