Corruption in Ireland


Editorial Guidelines

Corruption in Ireland (CII) is built on the foundation of an open and democratic newswire. We want to see and hear real stories, news and opinions from users of the site around  Ireland for the attention of the world. Anybody can post a story or a comment on a story to Corruption in Ireland. While we struggle to maintain the newswire as a completely open forum we do monitor it and remove posts.

In general, posts may be removed for any of the following reasons:

Comments, not news. If there is a recently published story on the same topic as, or one closely related to your post, then it should be published as a comment on the existing story. Comments belong with the story being discussed - to have your say in response to a story on the site, use the "CONTACT US" link provided.

Duplicate posts. Make sure you've read the newswire and that the story doesn't appear there already.

Infactual or obviously false posts. The onus is on the author to check and confirm facts - if a clear factual error is brought to our attention it will be removed.

Libelous or slanderous posts. Choose your language carefully. Do not make allegations against named individuals unless you can substantiate them. Posts which contain personal abuse against named individuals, rather than against their arguments  will be removed without delay, particularly if those individuals are not public figures. 'Play the ball, not the player'.

Discriminatory or hateful posts. Posts that contain explicitly racist, sexist or homophobic views will be removed. We don't oppose free speech for people with hateful views, we're just not going to provide them with a platform for distributing those views.

Advertising or other inappropriate content. Advertising of commercial products or services, particularly when they are sold on a for-profit basis.

Multiple cross-posting.  Posts that are available elsewhere on the CII website shall be deleted, although in cases where the article is particularly relevant to Irish readers, it may be allowed to remain at the discretion of the editorial collective.

Articles or Comments which have no News Content. Although we aim to have a broad tolerance for all types of news postings, there are limits. In particular, the following types of article are not considered to be news:

  • Incomprehensible 'gobbledygook' postings
  • Asking of questions - particular or general questions without any other content - e.g. this type of thing: "Anyone know when X is on?" or "What do you think of YYY policy on ZZZZ?"
  • Articles or comment which consist entirely of unsubstantiated opinions or personal musings without any supporting evidence or other content. For example : 'I think Fianna Fail are criminals'
  • Bulletin Board Chat (BB chat). CII aims to be a forum for exposing corruption in Ireland, particularly in the legal profession. It is not a bulletin board for chit chatting. There are plenty of other sites for that.
  • Petitions 

Impersonation. Articles or comments which impersonate other CII users by adoption of their names or regular pseudonyms.

Fascists. All content expressing fascist views or written by active fascists, or expressing revisionist / holocaust denial positions, or linking to a fascist site. We will not provide a platform for fascist recruitment.

Trolling. Comments which consist entirely of abuse towards any group, individual, or article without attempting to situate this in the context of the particular article or debate arising out of that article. So for example, a comment which simply says: "the Popular Front of Judea are wankers" will be deleted, while a comment that says: "The fact that the PFJ have refused this offer of an alliance shows them to be hypocritical wankers in the light of what they have said before", might remain.

Continuing debates across multiple articles. CII is not a bulletin board. All comments should directly relate to the article or preceding comments. Users should refrain from constantly bringing up points from previous threads, unless they have a close relevance to the new article. Users should also note that repetitive demands of another user to answer a particular question or point is a reason for deletion especially when it occurs across multiple threads.

Persistent Abuse. Users who persistently refuse to abide by CII policy are liable to have any and all of their contributions removed.

Copy and Pastes. Posts that are already publicly available elsewhere on the Internet.  We realise, however, that there can sometimes by a strong case for articles published elsewhere to be brought to the attention of CII readers. In these cases, contributors should provide the link to the piece, write an original introduction, highlighting the article's relevance to CII readers.

Comments on editorial policy. Users can appeal for or against deletions by contacting the editors using the 'Contact US' link. Commentary on CII editorial policy on the newswire will be removed.

Comments that refer to Deleted Posts. Comments referring to something that a user can't see as it has been deleted will not be accepted.