October 2018

Face of Irish Examiner and Evening Echo journalist who tweeted advice to stalker victim within hours of admitting to hoarding 2,120 vile child abuse images

Breen kept posting about mundane week after guilty plea

THIS is the newspaper veteran who tweeted advice to a stalker victim as he prepared to admit hoarding vile images of children.

Des Breen — a book reviewer for the Irish Examiner newspaper and the literary editor of the Evening Echo — appeared in court last week over the sick stash.

Cork Circuit Criminal Court heard he knowingly had 2,120 images of child sexual abuse at his home in Douglas, on the southside of the city, on dates between December 2011 and August 2012.

The 52-year-old journalist pleaded guilty to the single possession count against him.

Last night one former friend told of their “horror” at the case.

They said: “We were all shocked when we found out about the child porn case. We never expected anything like that from Des.

“He always kept himself to himself. Des is easy going and a quiet character. He was always very diligent in work and very well respected for his book reviews. It’s caused a lot of shock and horror.”

The Irish Sun understands that Breen has been suspended from his job at Examiner Publications pending the outcome of a ­disciplinary investigation.

The day before his case was heard in court, the production journalist was on Twitter dishing out advice to a female victim of harassment.

He tweeted: “Do you have a contact in the media willing to write a news item/feature on your stalker. If it was highlighted in this way might make a difference — just a thought?”

And Breen has continued to keep up the online facade under his handle Deasuin MacBraoin.

On the day of the hearing he posted pics of flowers, saying: “Garden looking good! Love autumn.”

He also tweeted about “a “stunning autumn morning in Douglas”, and later commented on “the power of poetry” adding: “It got me thru a bad day.”

On Saturday, Breen gushed about a folk session, declaring: “Great gig from Mary Coughlan. Voice as good as ever.”

The books critic is currently free on bail until his next court appearance on November 16, when a medical report will be furnished.

No evidence about the disturbing images in his possession was provided in court last week.