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REVIEW: WINGMAN – RTÉ ONE

Baz Ashmawy

THE LATEST Baz Ashmawy vehicle got off to a typically improbable start when the manic-eyed presenter assured viewers that, “with the right help, anything is possible”. This new exercise is depressingly similar to his hit show 50 Ways To Kill Your Mammy – a huge... Read more »

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DANA’S CROSS-BORDER LIBELS

Dana

EX-PRESIDENTIAL candidate and singer, Dana, took the Sunday World for a sum not far off €200,000 plus mammoth legal costs in the Belfast High Court last November with the newspaper apologising for material on its website and Facebook page. Despite this admission from the Sunday... Read more »

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SAME OLD SONG: ‘ANTI-SEMITISM’

Keyes - Eurovision

IRISH TIMES opinion formers lapsed into pro-Israeli sentiment recently, not for the first time, as defenders of Israel’s hosting of the Eurovision song contest dominated the newspaper’s columns. Supporters of BDS (Boycott, Divestment Sanctions) were relegated to the letters pages and occasional quotes rejecting allegations... Read more »

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‘SEXED UP’ DEBATES

RTÉ have taken some flak and even a High Court challenge in recent weeks over the selection of panels for election coverage. Labour’s Dominic Hannigan was incensed following his exclusion from a Week in Politics debate and penned a letter accusing the station of “sexing... Read more »

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SHADY DATA PRACTICES

READERS WILL have been amused to see Breda O’Brien railing against online political advertising in last weekend’s Irish Times. While referencing the 2008 Obama campaign and the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the columnist had rather less to say about technical innovations adopted by the No campaign... Read more »

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COURT’S MEDIA MUZZLE

THERE WAS much consternation on Friday when Justice Paul McDermott ordered reporting restrictions on the Ana Kriegel murder trial. Journalist Sarah Jane Murphy was quick to condemn “careless/vindictive tweeters” who “act like children on social media”. Michael O’Toole from The Star lambasted Twitter to “stop... Read more »

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DERVAN’S FIERY FAI DEBUT

John Delaney

THE THEN FAI boss John Delaney announced the appointment of veteran sports hack Cathal Dervan as the FAI’s director of public relations and communications, with the following remarks: “These are exciting times for the game in Ireland… there is a lot to look forward to…... Read more »

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‘BUSINESS POST’ BUSINESS

Colm O'Reilly

SUNDAY BUSINESS POST chief executive Siobhán Lennon’s goodbye bash in Doheny & Nesbitt’s Baggot Street hostelry last week saw her replacement, Colm O’Reilly, mingle with the newspaper’s hacks and other staff. O’Reilly has a rather different professional pedigree to Lennon’s, but he is a close... Read more »

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FIONNAN SHEAHAN’S PROMO

HOW VERY strange are the promotions of Irish Independent editor, Fionnan Sheahan and Sunday Independent editor, Cormac Bourke to the new posts of editor-in-chief, and editor of the Irish and Sunday Indo titles respectively. And what timing, with the titles bestowed on them within two... Read more »

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SEX & MURDER: THE INDO’S SALACIOUS COVERAGE

CONGRATULATIONS to the Indo for managing to churn out no less than 25 stories over 21 pages of print on the so-called ‘Love Rival Murder Trial’ over the last two days. Here are those headlines: Quirke guilty ‘We have got justice for Daddy today’ –... Read more »

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INM’S BELGIAN IMPORT?

NERVOUS HACKS at Independent House must be wondering what kind of changes the imminent Belgian owners of Independent News and Media have in mind. While the current noises emanating from Mediahuis are soothing, it is clear that any new owner of a media group will... Read more »

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FAILTE MEDIAHUIS

Independent House

While shareholders may have taken a bruising this week, press reactions to the takeover at Independent News & Media were broadly optimistic. Commentators were keen to emphasise the business acumen of Mediahuis and their “focus on quality journalism”. However, it wasn’t all plain sailing for... Read more »

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ANNE HARRIS & DENIS O’BRIEN’S ‘CONTROL’

Anne Harris

“A JADED CANARD laid to rest” was how Anne Harris described Denis O’Brien’s approval of the INM sale in today‘s Irish Times indicating, she claimed, that this proved he had controlled the company all along, despite vigorous denials. In fact, the sale’s approval was a... Read more »

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TRIONA MULLANE & DENIS O’BRIEN

Triona Mullane

THERE WAS good news for mobile advertising tech businesswoman Triona Mullane last week when she landed a nomination for EY Entrepreneur of the Year award in the emerging category. She may be better known to some as a director of Independent News and Media (INM),... Read more »

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REVIEW: THE GHOST FACTORY – JENNY McCARTNEY (4th ESTATE)

The Ghost Factory - Jenny McCartney

WITH NO apparent end in sight to fictional accounts of the Troubles, it’s not surprising that this debut novel revisits familiar ground. The author now works as a journalist in London, but grew up in Northern Ireland (her father, Robert McCartney, was a former leader... Read more »

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THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN

THREE MONTHS after exiting the Sunday Business Post, Tom Lyons has got his new media business up and running in conjunction with his former boss (and RTÉ board member), Ian Kehoe, who exited the SBP in August last year. The good news is that the... Read more »

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CRIME DOES PAY

Paul Williams

The International Fraud Prevention Conference, organised by ex-INM group editor Stephen Rae and his best buddy and colleague, Paul Williams, formerly of Newstalk, has a dramatic ring to it.  Read more about it in the latest issue out now. And you can peer at Goldhawk’s... Read more »

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PRESS SANCTION FOR ‘IRISH TIMES’

Peter Murtagh

PIC: Peter Murtagh VETERAN Irish Times journalist and former Sunday Tribune editor Peter Murtagh retired last week. The IT fired a shot at Denis O’Brien in its tribute to the hack, noting that Murtagh had won an investigative journalism award for articles on the billionaire.... Read more »

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HOT AIR BRIGADE:

The Sindo drools over Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell.

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INM-IRISH TIMES LINK-UP

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If INM chief Michael Doorly does not know of Denis O’Brien and Dermot Desmond’s intentions re: possible sale of the company, does that mean his comments reflect institutional shareholders willingness to sell? See here to find out more.  You can also read here free of... Read more »

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FANCY THAT!

The Sunday Times catches up with Goldhawk.

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Hot Air Brigade:

All you need to know about the “technique” of Leo Varadkar. The Sunday Times, 4/7/19.

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INM ‘HACKERS’ FOR HIGH COURT

Independent News & Media

The latest news to emerge from within the confines of INM headquarters, Independent House on Talbot Street, relating to alleged data breaches by former INM execs, illustrates that INM’s legal and corporate strategy is “clear from the decision to take High Court action against former... Read more »

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