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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 was held responsible by RTÉ in the matter of that... 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 “some controversy” about the verdict, but declared that this 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 show. Speaking to Pat Kenny on Friday, Allen said that... 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 at 10.30pm on Sunday night, just as many middle-aged and... 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 from Celtic and international media and broadcasting, including BAFTA, BBC,... 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 of the Army Ranger Wing, Commandant Cathal Berry. Coverage was... 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 endorsement in history, Joe Duffy facilitated a succession of callers... 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 advised the station in its programme making for a number... 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 Newsbrands Ireland, the newspaper industry representative group, as a necessary... Read more »

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RTÉ’S COMPLIANCE CONCERNS

Maura Derrane and Daithí Ó Sé

FANS OF Irish daytime TV will be familiar with Today with Maura and Daithí, fronted by the dream team of Maura Derrane and Daithí Ó Sé. This is the daily, two-hour, RTÉ One show that “brings you the latest showbiz news, comment and opinion, Ireland’s biggest giveaways, inspirational fashion tips and recipes”. However, according to... Read more »

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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 commercial success thanks to Sky’s involvement. Read the full review... 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 Worst, Independent News & Media (INM), owners of Sunday Newspapers... 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 of extremism. The IT published a lengthy interview with Israeli... 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 up its coverage” and “making up the rules as it... 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 during last year’s Eighth Amendment referendum. Shady data practices and... 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 fucking commenting, flutes”, while Declan Brennan of Courts News despaired... 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… we are also about to introduce new governance procedures at... 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 colleague and partner of Post proprietor Enda O’Coineen. Read more... 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 days of the Belgian takeover.      Just under a year... 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’ – relief for family after trauma of three-month ordeal Prisoner 107243... 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 bring its own ideas. Interesting then to see that one... 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 the Belgian publisher which had some INM-type battles of its... 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 result of not only O’Brien’s but also Desmond’s endorsement. No... 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), whose ties to one Denis O’Brien landed her in the... 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 of the UK Unionist Party). Read the full review now. 

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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 two boys are taking themselves very seriously and are advertising... 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 profile of the Indo’s resident crime fighter here for free. 

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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. However, just 12 days beforehand, press ombudsman Peter Feeney delivered... 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 charge to find out why Doorly was an “unhappy bunny”... 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 chief executive, Robert Pitt, following a similar action against ex-chairman,... Read more »

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