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INM’S DIGITAL TAX PITCH

WRITING IN the Irish Times, Séamus Dooley explained how the NUJ is proposing a windfall tax of 6 per cent on tech giants like Facebook and Google.  Applying a digital tax mirrors what is happening in Europe, where the OECD is orchestrating negotiations with over 130 countries to adapt the international tax system to reflect... Read more »

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IRISH TIMES GREENWASHING

Kevin O'Sullivan

CONGRATULATIONS ARE order for super conglomerate Nestlé, whose positive commitment to the planet is not often a feature of the headlines. Less praise should be reserved for Environmental Editor Kevin O’Sullivan who has reproduced the infamous polluter’s marketing in the Irish Times business pages. Disappointed rugby fans can find something to cheer as the paper... Read more »

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VANDERMEERSCH KNEADS THE FLYNNS

Peter Vandermeesch

THE GOOD denizens of Greystones will undoubtedly be relieved to hear that the Happy Pear twins have saved it from international disgrace on the bread front. Mediahuis Ireland publisher, Peter Vandermeersch, recently moved to the Wicklow coastal town, and was dismayed to find it “almost a wasteland” in terms of dough-related output. The Dutch-Belgian publisher... Read more »

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IMAGE PROBLEMS

GOLDHAWK UNDERSTANDS that the keys to the Dun Laoghaire office of Image Publications Ltd (IPL) have been handed back. If this is true, it doesn’t augur well for the future of the company’s print titles – Image, Image Interiors & Living and Garden Heaven. Then again, most publishing companies’ staff are working from home these... Read more »

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NO PRIME SPOTS FOR PRIME TIME

THE LESSONS in diplomacy Richard Downes gleaned while reporting from war zones may come in useful in his new position as editor of Prime Time. Especially as his new appointment sees him leapfrogging over Paul Tanner – deputy editor since 2016 – to take the top position. Downes has been a reporter on RTÉ’s flagship... Read more »

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MARY KENNEDY’S EGO BOOST

OBVIOUSLY IT’S a slow time of the year for news, which is the only explanation we can think of for the Sindo inflicting yet another turgid interview with Mary Kennedy on us. The fact that she simultaneously appeared on the back page of the People & Culture supplement – in a full-page osteoporosis treatment advertisement... Read more »

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THE MAN – AND WOMEN – IN THE MIRROR

WHILE MOST papers make a song and dance about their senior appointments, they do things a bit differently chez the Irish Sunday Mirror. Perhaps the quiet ushering in of Sylvia Pownall as the paper’s new editor last month is the approach favoured by British owners Reach. Stiff upper lip and all that. The senior appointment... Read more »

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A WHOLE LOTTIE INFLUENCING AT 2FM

AS SHE beeps at them while driving her brand new wheels through the RTÉ car park, brand ambassador and 2fm entertainment presenter, Lottie Ryan, must surely attract envious glances from colleagues.  Or maybe naked jealousy, since there appears to be a recent relaxing of the national broadcaster’s previously iron-cast rules forbidding presenters from entering into... Read more »

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HACKED OFF AT THE JOURNALISM AWARDS

THE NEWSBRANDS Journalism Awards were conducted virtually this year, which allowed hacks who failed to bring home a gong the opportunity to present their best loser face via Zoom. While the annual back-slapping event has become famous for its post-ceremony tiffs over the origin of stories – and newly-departed Mirror editor Jumbo Kierans will be... Read more »

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POLLING PROBLEMS

IRISH TIMES Washington hack Suzanne Lynch had something of an epiphany as the votes were counted this week. America’s Election 2020 is the latest political event to confound predictions. Not long after the first results arrived on Tuesday night, Lynch on social media suggested that “serious questions should be asked about polls and the role... Read more »

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RTE’S FAKE NEWS

Did RTÉ Director General Dee Forbes wince on hearing Steve Bannon interviewed on Radio One Tuesday evening? The former Trump strategist appeared on Drivetime this week to offer an, erm, alternative view, of events in America. “Its great to have you on”, announced Cormac Ó hEadhra, as the host introduced the myth of Bannon as... 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 recorded monthly drop”. Behind it all, the number of people... 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 their embattled candidate. The article said that Fine Gael had... 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 salmon farmers. No fish out of water, Collins was armed... 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 IT were most disconcerted to see that their political oracle,... 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 via the licence fee and advertising, with Cooper dismissing the... 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 scoop about the plan, secured by Irish Times hack Fiach... 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 the story’s eligibility and a dispute which eventually led to... 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 at the Indo and other non-INM titles. All of which... 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 scrutinise competitors’ articles, however the really creative work was contained... 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 of PT’s special on the greyhound industry focused on the... 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 host took particular issue with journalists Ewan McKenna and Bryan... Read more »

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WHAT’S A HYBRID CAR?

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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 CEO, Steve Tormey, called it “a brave move given the... Read more »

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PHANTOM OUTRAGE

An Dail

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 by Fianna Fáil standards, not since the dark days of... 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 kahuna, INM editor-in-chief Fionnan Sheahan. Sheahan had shown disturbing signs... 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 Times behaviour, he will be more concerned at the latest... 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 result”. Next day’s ‘kidnap and murder’ story –published despite the... 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 and the appointment of Freya McClements as northern correspondent were... 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 and she has delivered much progressive rhetoric and support for... 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 one media title – was a little paranoid. Interestingly, while... 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, who was convicted last month of the murder of part-time... 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 to the ‘money message procedure’ to avoid enacting laws they... 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 a handout, get a state digout, get an exemption, record... 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 deliberate pun, but the IT had been gratified at what... 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 court once more. This time in the Caribbean, where Digicel... 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 ‘captains’ – Eoin McDevitt, Ken Early, Ciarán Murphy, Simon Hick... Read more »

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