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New York Times apologises for blaming Irish Students for the Berkeley horror

by | 17th, June 2015

JUNE 16: People look on at the scene of a balcony collapse at an apartment building near UC Berkeley on June 16, 2015 in Berkeley, California. 6 people were killed and 7 were seriously injured when a balcony collapsed at an apartment building near the University of California at Berkeley campus. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The New York Times story on the five Irish students killed when a balcony collapsed at Berkeley included the news that  the J1 work-visa program was “a source of embarrassment for Ireland, marked by a series of high-profile episodes involving drunken partying and the wrecking of apartments in places like San Francisco and Santa Barbara.”

Pathetic stuff.

The fourth-floor balcony was mostly decorative , says a member of the Berkeley Design Review Committee that approved the building in 2001. You want to apportion blame? Look beyond the victims (Olivia Burke, Eoghan Culligan, Niccolai Schuster, Lorcan Miller and Eimear Walsh, all aged 21, were Irish. The sixth victim, Ashley Donohue, 22, was from California).

Ireland’s Minister of Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin replied:

“Your newspaper’s reporting of the Berkeley tragedy is a disgrace .”

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Mr Ó Ríordáin added:

“If that had been victims from any other nation would they have written an article like that? To do

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