GoFundMe page launched to support mum suing over use of son's image
It has raised over half its target so far.
Mum Edel Campbell is suing The Irish Light editor, Gemma O'Doherty after an image of her son, Diego Gilsenan was used in a photo montage in the publication.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the legal fees and has already almost €11,000 raised.
The page is not organised by Edel Campbell, but lists her as the beneficiary
According to BreakingNews.com, Diego Gilsenan's was one of 42 images included in the montage, with the paper claiming the deaths of those pictured were linked to the Covid-19 vaccine.
The Cavan mum launched the legal proceedings seeking that Gemma O'Doherty stop using her son's image and delete it from any published articles.
Edel Campbell's solicitor said previous attempts to stop "the exploitation of her son’s image and tragedy" were unsuccessful as "all pleas have been ignored".
The GoFundMe page that was set up on Friday, has a target of €20,000 and has already raised over half of that.
The page reads: "Edel Campbell, the mother of a young man who tragically died by suicide has issued High Court proceedings against Gemma O’Doherty and 'The Irish Light' for what she says is the "exploitation of her son’s image" in an article suggesting a link between young people’s deaths and Covid vaccines.
"Edel’s son Diego Gilsenan, died in August 2021 and his mother, Edel Campbell is suing conspiracy theorist, Gemma O’Doherty for emotional distress for falsely implying her son died as a result of a Covid-19 vaccine.
"This court action was brought reluctantly by Edel in an attempt to protect her family from the toxicity of Gemma O’Doherty’s false and nasty publication.
"In November 2022, Diego Gilsenan’s photo was included among 42 pictures on the front of Gemma O’Doherty’s publication under the headline 'Died Suddenly'.
"In a video posted on Friday, May 26th 2023 O’Doherty claimed: 'I am untouchable. I am not going near any court. I have secured my assets in such a way that the only people who will be losing money will be Edel Campbell.'
"We have no intention whatsoever of removing any pictures, which are widely available all over the internet."
Almost 300 people have made donations thus far.