The University Times has been threatened with legal action by Bernard Mallee, Trinity’s communications and marketing director, following the publication of an article on his planned departure, Trinity News has learned.
It is understood that Mallee accused the paper of editorialising after the article in question claimed that he had “been under pressure in his position”. The article, published on 7th October, cited criticism of the new College title and logotype unveiled last year as part of rebranding efforts led by Mallee. It is understood that he made the threat in a phone call with a senior UT editor on the day of its publication.
A former government advisor and Fianna Fáil spokesperson, Mallee assumed the position of communications and marketing director in June 2013. He is reportedly leaving the role at the end of October to work as an education advisor in the Middle East.
Mallee has not responded to several requests for comment. It is understood that he has not yet followed through on legal threats against the paper.