Kildare Now Apologise After April Fools' Story Draws Criticism
This is...not great.
News website KildareNow is coming in for a bit of a slagging after an 'April Fools' style prank post appeared on site.
People have been slating the story, which said: "Irish security forces have placed a ring of steel around the Allen area and road diversions are in place until further notice after a male calling himself Paddy Jihaddy said he had rigged the area with explosives and that he was renaming the locality the Hill of Allah."
Attached to the story was a photo of a local landmark with an ISIS flag perched on top.
They have issued an apology for the crass and insensitive nature of the post, and said the site had been 'hacked'.
"KildareNow would like to immediately distance ourselves from this posting and point out that the story was completely unauthorised and was not posted by a member of the editorial team."
"KildareNow would like to apologise unreservedly to everybody who was rightly offended by the article which was extremely insensitive especially in light of recent tragic events in Brussels and elsewhere".
"A full internal investigation is now underway into how the KildareNow site was accessed by an unauthorised person in this way."
— Gavin O Leary (@gav_leary) April 1, 2016
My account was hacked is the new my phone was on silent. https://t.co/IuDRJjWIpO
— Mahatma Andy (@sligboi) April 1, 2016
When April Fools jokes aren't done well... https://t.co/72pxcgMrBi Eeek
— Will O'Callaghan (@willocallaghan) April 1, 2016