Village (magazine)

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Village
Village-logochallenging.jpg
Type Monthly newsmagazine
Format Magazine
Owner(s) Ormond Quay Publishing Ltd.
Editor Michael Smith
Founded 2004
Political alignment Left-wing
Headquarters 6 Ormond Quay Upper
Dublin 7
Ireland
Website http://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.[1] It was founded, and edited for a number of years by Vincent Browne. In November 2008, it was relaunched under new editor Michael Smith,[2] a former investor in the magazine.[3] 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."

As such, the magazine has a leftist editorial filter.

Journalists who have contributed to the magazine include Sara Burke, Frank Connolly, John Waters, Justine McCarthy, Naomi Wolfe, Conor Brady, and Harry Browne. Other contributors have included Niall Crowley, Constantin Gurdgiev, Germaine Greer, Enda Kenny, Conor Lenihan, John Gormley, and Eoghan Carroll.

Controversy[edit]

The magazine was sued by anti-Lisbon Treaty campaigner Declan Ganley in 2008 but proceedings were settled.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

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 .[8]

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.[9]

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.[10] The headline garnered international coverage, being covered by right-wing outlets abroad, including the British Sun,[11] and FOX News.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Journalist launches new magazine, Saturday 10th October 2004". The Irish Times. 2004-10-10. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  2. ^ "Village Magazine relaunched, 27/11/08". Village. Archived from the original on 21 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  3. ^ "Dissenting Village voice says Browne has failed". Irish Independent. 2008-03-23. 
  4. ^ "The Village/Ganley saga. When Declan Ganley withdrew legal proceedings". Village Magazine. 2009-04-28. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  5. ^ "Councillor's property stake and vote to be investigated". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  6. ^ "Blowing the whistle so hard it hurts". Village Magazine. 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  7. ^ "Village publishes redacted Ansbacher Dossier". Village Magazine. 2015-02-22. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  8. ^ "What Denis O'Brien doesn't want you to see: Catherine Murphy on his banking arrangements etc". Village Magazine. 2015-05-28. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  9. ^ "Dodgy Donegal's ex-Manager sues Village editor". Village Magazine. 2014-10-09. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  10. ^ "Why not". Village Magazine. 2017-02-03. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  11. ^ "Anger after Irish magazine cover shows US President Donald Trump in a gun's sights captioned: 'Why not'". The Irish Sun. 2017-02-03. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  12. ^ "Village Magazine Cover Shows Gun Target on Pres. Trump's Head". Fox News Insider. 2017-02-03. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 

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