The Dailie has been criticised for being “no place” for journalists to get the latest news.
The Dailiges have been given an ultimatum to do a new story about the case of John O’Connor, the former chief of staff to former Prime Minister Bertie Ahern, who is now serving a 14-year jail term after he was convicted of manslaughter.
The new story is scheduled to run on the Dailigo’s website, and a source close to the case said there was “no point” for the Dáil to hear it.
The source said the story would not be “fair or accurate” and the Dairies “are not a place to get news”.
“The Dáile’s decision to publish this article without the full context of what has happened in the last two weeks and how the news has been handled has put us in a very difficult position,” the source said.
A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the department would not comment on individual cases.
But it confirmed that it is investigating the matter.
The case of Mr O’Conners is one of several cases where the Dainty Dail, which is led by former Dáila Mickáš Kolesnik, has been in the headlines since former Taoiseach Leo Varadkar took office.
Mr O’Connors trial was the subject of a major coverage on RTÉ’s News at One, which has since suspended coverage of the case.
Mr Kolesnic, a former solicitor general, was also accused of attempting to influence public opinion about the prosecution of former Fianna Fáil leader Gerry Adams in the 1990s.
In the lead-up to the trial, Mr Adams, who was also on trial, described Mr Kolesnics alleged attempts to influence the court.