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Aoife Dooley Receives Online Abuse After Featuring In Junior Cert Exam

Josh Crosbie
Josh Crosbie

01:50 6 Jun 2019


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The author of an article which featured in a Junior Cert exam yesterday without her knowledge has received death threats.

Aoife Dooley, who has autism, says she's received hundreds of vile messages since the English exam.

She's tweeted to say she has received threats including rape and bombing her house, with one user saying they would "cut off her legs", and others insulting her for having autism.

 

In relation to Ms Dooley not being notified she would be featured in the exam a spokesperson from The State Examination Commission said:

"The reason why such a provision is necessary is to recognise the over-riding need to maintain the security and confidentiality of examination papers in advance of their use."

"Any effort to secure the permission of an author or copyright owner in advance would entail disclosing information about the prospective content of a future examination paper."

"The SEC  regards the treatment that Ms Dooley has described as having been subjected to on social media since the appearance of yesterday’s English Junior Cycle  paper as completely unacceptable by any standard."


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