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ENDA O’COINEEN’S PAPER PROFIT

Enda O'Coineen

THE ACCOUNTS just filed by the company that publishes the Business Post shine some light on the figures associated with self-described ‘unsinkable entrepreneur’ Enda O’Coineen’s purchase of the newspaper from financier Conor Killeen. When details of that deal leaked out in September 2018, the purchase... Read more »

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RTÉ RECORD BREAKERS

FEARS THAT the RTÉ newsroom is dominated by subversives were put at ease on Wednesday following a positively glowing report on government’s housing efforts. In breathless tones, the story variously alerts readers to the “biggest drop ever recorded in the homeless statistics” and “the largest... Read more »

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BRUTON’S CONFUSION

CONFUSION SET IN last night when Minister Richard Bruton claimed that an Irish Times story about the fate of Catherine Noone was a “fabrication”. Around half seven on Wednesday evening the IT published a report by Fiach Kelly detailing Fine Gael’s difficultly in dealing with... Read more »

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IRISH TIMES SLIPPERY FISH

RED INK AT THE IT

HOW CURIOUS to see that aquaculture has found its champion in Stephen Collins at the Irish Times. The former political editor took a break from the usual diet of electoral analysis and Leinster House intrigue last week in order to advocate on behalf of beleaguered... Read more »

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FIFTH COLUMNIST FINTAN

Fintan O'Toole

THE Irish Times has been in full-on battle mode against proposals for a citizens’ assembly to prepare for a border poll and has published a stream of articles from conservative southern politicians and journalists aghast at the prospect. But the already nervous partitionists at the... Read more »

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SOLIDARITY WITH RTÉ

Matt Cooper

IVAN YATES and Matt Cooper thundered recently about the inept, spendthrift, tax-funded RTÉ on their Virgin One The Tonight Show as the private TV station piled the pressure on its crisis-ridden broadcasting rival. The two presenters made much of RTÉ’s cost base and double funding... Read more »

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RTÉ SPLIT: DEE VS MOYA

Dee Forbes

YOU HAVE to feel sorry for RTÉ director general Dee Forbes, who is faced with the wrath not only of her staff but also the RTÉ board, which has serious doubts about her and the other executives responsible for the plan to save RTÉ. The... Read more »

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THAT BIG MIRROR SCOOP

Conor McGregor

As anticipation builds ahead of tonight’s Newsbrands Journalism Awards, it is worth recalling Conor McGregor’s alleged ‘love child’ and the internal wrangling over whether the story should be shortlisted for ‘scoop of the year’. Goldhawk has previously detailed the fractious debate among showbiz judges regarding... Read more »

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INM’S BELGIAN BEER INTERVIEWS

Samantha McCaughren

SUNDAY INDEPENDENT editor Cormac Bourke’s “new role” as editor of the Irish Independent was announced in the Sindo recently, with Cormac quoted as looking forward to the “new challenge”. The Sindo published a (nearly) exhaustive list of Bourke’s editorial roles, which include various editorial roles... Read more »

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JOURNO AWARDS EGO FEST

Barry Egan

DIGITAL-SAVVY hacks got into the Newsbrands Journalism Awards website some weeks ago (the gong circus is to be held in the Mansion House in a fortnight) and accessed the articles submitted – intended for shortlist judges’ eyes only. The security breach enabled some journalists to... Read more »

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RTÉ VS OIREACHTAS

Jackie Cahill

A MOST interesting and possibly expensive conflict between RTÉ’s Prime Time Investigates programme and members of an Oireachtas committee will play out in the High Court unless somebody blinks in a forthcoming libel case being taken by a well-known greyhound trainer against the station. Much... Read more »

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CIARA KELLY’S MISERY

WOE BETIDE anyone not joining the week of national mourning following Ireland’s unceremonious exit from the Rugby World Cup in Japan. The loss was taken badly by Newstalk’s Ciara Kelly on Twitter who was agog that not everyone was behind the team. The celebrity doctor-turned-radio... Read more »

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WHAT’S A HYBRID CAR?

Extinction Rebellion

Earlier this month, RTÉ’s website ran a scoop, headlined, ‘Toyota to drop petrol versions of Corolla and C-HR’. Motoring editor Donal Byrne explained that the Japanese manufacturing giant expects 92% of its cars to be “fully hybrid by the end of next year”. Toyota Ireland’s... Read more »

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PHANTOM OUTRAGE

WHO KNOWS if Irish politics will ever recover from the revelation that TDs often vote for absent colleagues. The once unblemished reputation of Dáil Éireann has been rocked this week with news that at least some inhabitants are duplicitous chancers, prone to cut corners. Even... Read more »

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THE NEW ORDER AT INM

Fionnan Sheahan

BELGIAN PUBLISHERS Mediahuis may find that bending the querulous natives to their will at Independent News & Media (INM) is a little more difficult than suppression of dissent in the Belgian Congo a century ago. Perhaps this is why Mediahuis has begun by beheading big... Read more »

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PROFILE: PAUL O’NEILL

Paul O'Neill

PHOENIX READERS will have been entertained by the anguished debate in which Irish Times journalists have become embroiled over alleged sexism at the “macho”, male-dominated newspaper (see edition, 23/8/19). But while editor Paul O’Neill must deal with the fall-out from these claims of most un-Irish... Read more »

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NÓRA QUOIRIN: THE FRENCH CONNECTION

Lara Marlowe

IN AN effort to get ahead of the news, an Irish Times front-page splash on Nóra Quoirin last week said, “Suspicions grow that 15-year-old was kidnapped and murdered”. This came the day after its front-page headline said, ”Further investigation in Quoirin case hinges on postmortem... Read more »

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IRISH TIMES IMAGE

IN AN unusually unsubtle PR move, the Irish Times announced the editorial promotion of two women the weekend following The Phoenix story about alleged bullying and discrimination against the paper’s women journalists (see The Phoenix, 26/7/19). Olivia Kelly’s promotion from Dublin correspondent to Dublin editor... Read more »

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MICHELLE’S MAYO MADNESS

FINE GAEL farming members, a mainstay of the party for generations, are not enamoured of their Galway West TD, the fragrant Hildegarde Naughton, but they do rather like their party’s Mayo senator, Michelle Mulherin. Hildegarde is chair of the Oireachtas joint committee on climate action... Read more »

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BANNING THE DAILY MAIL

HIGH ANXIETY has surrounded coverage by mainstream and social media of the Ana Kriégel murder trial, mostly for good reasons. But reaction to trial judge Justice Paul McDermott’s initial blanket ban on media coverage – followed by his retreat to a limited ban on just... Read more »

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MURDER TIMES

Patrick Quirke

THE IRISH TIMES business pages found a rather unusual angle on Friday with the headline “Beware the lure of CFDs, beloved of convicted murderer Patrick Quirke”. In the piece, markets correspondent Joe Brennan, says that: “Those who closely followed the recent trial of Patrick Quirke,... Read more »

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“MONEY MESSAGE”

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WRITING IN today’s Irish Times, legal academics Eoin Daly and David Kenny highlight an ‘obscure mechanism’ government has been using to block the implementation of opposition Bills. The pair underline that Fine Gael are taking advantage of ambiguity around what kind of legislation is subject... Read more »

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THE SINDO’S TOP TIPS

ANYONE paying rent these days is aware of the extortionate prices being charged by landlords, but never fear the Sindo has some groundbreaking tips to escape the “rental trap so you can own your home.” And here they are: Start saving, move back home, get... Read more »

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MEDIAHUIS SPANNER IN IT WORKS

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THE IRISH TIMES gave the Mediahuis takeover of INM a guarded endorsement, saying the new owners offered a fresh start for the group and that, on paper, it looked like a “smart deal” for the Belgians. The “paper” reference was unlikely to have been a... Read more »

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DENIS O’BRIEN’S TROPICAL STORMS

Denis O'Brien

DENNIS O’BRIEN has secured a rare courtroom victory by winning the first round of a legal battle against the government of Antigua and Barbuda. For the background to Dinny’s Caribbean adventures read below. THERE IS TROUBLE brewing in paradise where Denis O’Brien is heading for... Read more »

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FIRST CLASS SECOND CAPTAINS

OVER TWO years after the Second Captains podcast crew decided to down tools at the Irish Times, the team performance is approaching Champions League standard. Figures filed by one of the boys suggest that the gamble continues to pay off. Readers will recall that the... Read more »

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PRESS COUNCIL — SECRET INFO

Tom Lyons

WHAT AN intriguing postscript at the end of the May 26th edition of the Sunday Business Post’s publication of the Press Council’s rejection of its appeal against an adverse ruling. The council had ruled in favour of RTÉ’s Ken O’Shea, who as current affairs editor... Read more »

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KATIE TAYLOR’S (UN)DISPUTED VICTORY

THE Irish Independent did its patriotic bit for Katie Taylor following her “undisputed” victory in the women’s world lightweight championship fight in New York. Under the headline, “KATIE AN INSPIRATION AND ROLE MODEL TO ALL YOUNG WOMEN”, the paper’s editorial noted dismissively that there was... Read more »

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MARIA BAILEY AND PAUL ALLEN

Maria Bailey

FANS OF GOLDHAWK won’t be surprised by weekend reports that PR guru Paul Allen popped up in the ongoing Maria Bailey ‘Swing Gate’ debacle. Allen accompanied the embattled TD to RTÉ studios last Monday where she gave a now legendary interview on the Sean O’Rourke... Read more »

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RTÉ’S POLITICAL PRIORITIES

Claire Byrne

WHILE RTÉ’S coverage of the election counts was up to its usual high standard, the scheduling of EU election debates – easily the most watchable TV political coverage – was regarded by Montrose programmers as baffling. The first debate, hosted by Murrium O’Callaghan, was broadcast... Read more »

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FANCY THAT!

THE INDO has finally caught up with Goldhawk who predicted at the start of May that Peter Vandermeersch would be keeping a close eye on the Talbot St outfit. 

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NIALL MCGARRY’S ‘IRISH BUZZFEED’

Niall McGarry Maximum Media

GOLDHAWK is almost tempted to pop over to Aviemore in Scotland next week for the annual Celtic Media Festival jamboree, where the great and good will be enjoying a “phenomenal celebration of Celtic media excellence”. Apparently, the shindig will host “some of the leading names... Read more »

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IRISH TIMES RESUMES BANGING THE DRUM

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No sooner had the guns fell silent on the European elections did the creep of militarism return to the pages of the Irish Times. The paper published no less than six articles in two days on the back of an extensive interview with former head... Read more »

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NO CHANGE IN CLIMATE AT RTÉ

Miriam O’Callaghan

HOPES THAT the election outcome would herald the dawn of a mature debate on climate change were quickly dashed this week, as RTÉ returned to the same old Punch and Judy show. Things heated up on Monday’s Liveline programme, when, following the most successful Green... Read more »

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RTE’S LIBEL REGIME

CHANGES ARE afoot at RTÉ where Eamonn Kennedy has left the role Director of Legal Affairs after 24 years. He will be replaced by media Lawyer Paula Mullooly who is also stepping into the role of Group Secretary. Previously working with A&L Goodbody, Mullooly has... Read more »

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FIANNA FAIL AND LIBEL REFORM

IN laudable proposals to “sustain high quality journalism in Irish public life”, Fianna Fail last July demanded a review of the libel laws in a cry from communications spokesman, Timmy Dooley, in support of “the democratic need for freedom of expression”. This was welcomed by... Read more »

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