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New Xposé presenter GLENDA GILSON talks candidly about the malicious newspaper allegations printed about her late Uncle Liam Lawlor, recalls the feelings of pride she had for her ex Brian O’Driscoll captained the Irish squad to a Grand Slam victory and looks forward to Xposé Live at the RDS!.
Jason O'Toole, 12 May 2009
In the same spirit, these days Glenda refuses to read any of the garbage posted online about her. “I used to find that I was depressed immensely after reading it,” she admits. “Because there’s just such horrible things there.”
However, nothing written about Glenda could compare to the malicious allegations which were flung around about her uncle, the Fianna Fail TD Liam Lawlor in the aftermath of his death in a car crash in Russia. Suggestions that he was in the company of an ‘escort’ were proven to be completely false: the woman accompanying him in the car was, in fact, a translator. The papers were forced to retract the story and the woman in question was awarded a substantial settlement.
“It was horrible,” Glenda recalls. “Words can’t describe it. I remember my Uncle Liam saying, ‘The direction these newspapers are going in this country is just ridiculous’. By God, would he not like to see what they wrote about him. I actually don’t like to talk about that. His children are like my brothers and sisters – we’re that close. Liam was my godfather and my uncle. He was married to my mam’s sister. But it was just dreadful. Dreadful. And the people know what they did and who did it and will – hopefully – live with that for the rest of their lives. I heard afterwards what the person who wrote the story – or gave the story or whatever – said about Liam, and one day he’ll get his comeuppance from me. I’ll get him one day.”
Coming from a Fianna Fail background, it’s obviously going to be difficult to vote for the most unpopular party in the country during the upcoming European and local elections?
“Well, yeah, absolutely,” she acknowledges. “I canvassed when I was a kid for Liam, but it’s been years since I did that.”