It’s good to be back.


It’s good to be back.It was quite a day yesterday.

A complaint against me to the hosting company caused them to temporarily  suspend the site.

The complaint focussed on the effect my journalism was having on the reputation of Rangers FC as a going concern.

The person did not represent Rangers FC, but did claim to be part of a “stakeholder group” associated with the Ibrox club.

Of course all I have ever written about Rangers and their tax troubles has been well sourced and non-actionable.

I am a member of the National Union of journalists sitting on the Irish executive Council and on the New Media Industrial Council. I believe in journalism and in the code of ethics which the NUJ asks all members to uphold.

I believe my work here is testament to those ethics.

Throughout the period of suspension I had the support of NUJ colleagues who saw this as an example of censorship and press freedom.

In the school of bad timing the site was suspended on the day that HMRC staff entered Ibrox over the overdue tax bill relating to the Discounted Options scheme used during Sir David Murray’s reign.

Yesterday and today I have been overwhelmed by the support and goodwill from within the Celtic family and from colleagues in journalism.

My thanks to the good folk at Celticminded for stepping into the breach with tekkie solutions and to the Bhoys behind the Celtic Network (TCN).

A specific thank you to Andy Muirhead of Scotzine for giving me an outlet to break another story yesterday.

It’s at times like this that you get the measure of people.

It is now my intention to move to a new server and that will  take money.

I have never asked directly for financial support for this site in the years that it has been running.

However, I am now.

I do need your support to assist me in securing a new home for the site.

The PayPal donate button is at the bottom of the home page.

Your support will allow this site and my work to continue.

There are people who wish that I would go away and that my work as a journalist would cease.

For me this is just the beginning.

Go raibh mile maith agaibh.

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