ONE of Ireland’s biggest newspapers has come under fire from Twitter users for its coverage of today’s Berkeley victims’ funerals.
The Irish Times published a link for its readers to watch the funeral of 21-year-old Eimear Walsh live this afternoon.
Watch the funeral mass of J1 student Eimear Walsh from the Church in Foxrock here #Berkeley http://t.co/DXnx624W9A pic.twitter.com/c5eWNx7eN8
— The Irish Times (@IrishTimes) June 23, 2015
Eimear was one of six students who lost their lives last week in the Berkeley balcony collapse tragedy – and is one of the first to be laid to rest.
The families of four of the victims, including Eimear's, had appealed for privacy in a statement released, as they brought their children home to bury them.
Dozens of people tweeted condemning the actions of the paper.
This is not the first time a publication has come under fire for its coverage of the tragedy - The New York Times published a universally panned article last week which prompted former President Mary McAleese to write a letter to them, telling them to "hang their heads in shame".
Meanwhile, The Irish Daily Star's front page featuring the victims in body bags also attracted outcry.
Here are some of the reactions to The Irish Times tweet this afternoon
@IrishTimes Shame on you,leave the poor families to grieve.Absolutely no need for live stream of the funeral,or photographs of the mourners — Jen Cinnamond (@jencinnamond) June 23, 2015
@IrishTimes Vile behaviour ... What bit of privacy don't you get , you are moronic
— Ann Mahon (@AnnMahon2) June 23, 2015
@IrishTimes I will never buy your paper again you absolute hacks. Shame on you. — Neil O'Hara (@OHaraNeil) June 23, 2015
Sick! @IrishTimes are as bad as @irishdailystar and @nytimes for what they did last week #Berkeley
— Damo McCarthy (@damomc91) June 23, 2015
@IrishTimes That’s despicable. Shame on you.
— Vinny Coyne (@vinnycoyne) June 23, 2015