When TheJournal.ie contacted Íde Nic Mhathúna again yesterday with our findings, she stated that the campaign billboards are between cycles and that “there are no billboards up at present.”
When asked how the image of a uniquely identifiable billboard that appears on Youth Defence’s site contains a disclaimer while other images of the same billboard do not, she stated that this image was representative of “any future advertisements,” before confirming that none of the materials that Youth Defence had used in their campaign up until this point bore this disclaimer.
When further questioned as to how a billboard which existed in Belfast before being ripped down 12 months ago contained an anti-abortion image from a campaign which only started in June and was limited to the Republic of Ireland, Nic Mhathúna responded that the image was a “mock-up” and that it was “used for market research”.
In response to the statement from Getty Images that they were “investigating this internally,” she said that “as far as we’re concerned the matter is closed,” while stating that she did not believe it to be anyone else’s business other than that of Youth Defence and iStockPhoto.
That’s the sound of your balls in a vice, bitchtits. So pleased thejournal investigated this. Hopefully it’ll get some more momentum under this, given everyone else’s insistence on ignoring complaints about the billboards!
Also, to this commenter:
”Just to clarify, if a woman here needs an abortion and must legally travel abroad Youth Defence assumes it’s their business, but when they break laws here it isn’t “anyone else’s business other than that of Youth Defence”. Gotya. And this shower of fools presume to lecture to the rest of us on morality? I don’t think so.”
(from “Youth Defence under investigation over use of image in anti-abortion campaign,” Paul Hyland, thejournal.ie)