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The Embarrassment Of Being Irish

So after eighteen years of an online presence our self-proclaimed “national public service broadcaster”, RTÉ, has finally got around to providing a web-based Irish language news site (though you might … Continue reading

September 16, 2014 · 5 Comments

The Torture Files

So the News and Current Affairs Department of RTÉ, our self-proclaimed “national broadcaster” (no sniggering, please), has suddenly become aware that there were two sides to the conflict that raged … Continue reading

June 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

Cultus Obscuram – Mr Rossi, Signor Rossi

Sometimes looking back at Ireland in the 1970s and ‘80s I wonder if the entire nation was quite right in the head. It was a truly surreal time. Forget the … Continue reading

May 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

Culture Wars In Ireland And Britain

Hot on the heels of my post discussing the urgent need for the reform of public service broadcasting in Ireland comes news of a veritable revolt by journalists within RTÉ’s normally … Continue reading

March 20, 2014

Irish TV And Cinema? Some Hope

I was going through my collection of Blu-ray and DVD movies and box-sets over the weekend, not to mention several hundred hours of digital content on my main HTPC, and … Continue reading

March 18, 2014 · 3 Comments

Chief Superintendent Harry Breen, What You Weren’t Told

In all of the discussions emanating from the controversy around last year’s Smithwick report it is strange that no one in the media in Ireland or elsewhere has examined in … Continue reading

January 24, 2014 · 8 Comments

TG4 Scoops It Rivals

Three quick posts on TG4, the real public service broadcaster in Ireland, all from IFTN (the Irish Film & Television Network). Colin Bateman is a well-known Irish novelist and dramatist behind such media hits … Continue reading

March 1, 2013 · 3 Comments

Trash TV Versus Irish TV

Last week I reported on the risible claim by some journo over at the Oirish Independent newspaper that staff with the Irish language radio station Raidió na Gaeltachta were on the same exorbitant salaries as the rest of RTÉ’s employees (RnaG is part of the RTÉ … Continue reading

June 25, 2012 · 3 Comments

TG4 And RnaG – Time For A Single Irish Public Broadcasting Service

The Oirish Independent newspaper carries a report announcing “major reforms at RTÉ”, especially in relation to its, er, Irish language output (no sniggering!): “A consolidation of the Irish language assets … Continue reading

June 18, 2012 · 2 Comments

A United Ireland – Digitally At Least

Well, better late than never I suppose. From the Hollywood Reporter (ooh-la-la!): “TV viewers in Northern Ireland will be able to watch digital channels TG4 and RTÉ One and Two … Continue reading

May 30, 2012

Census 2011 And An Inconvenient Truth – Irish-Speaking Citizens On The Rise

The latest, much publicised release of data by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) from the 2011 Census of Ireland provides a very mixed picture of the situation for the Irish-speaking … Continue reading

March 30, 2012 · 4 Comments

Ireland – A Western Province Of The British Isles

In the Irish Times a Danish woman living in Ireland pens a passionate letter on behalf of the Irish language and the Irish-speaking communities of Ireland. As she so rightly asks: are … Continue reading

March 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

Try Again 2012!

Talking of the Irish language online there is certainly a lot of speculation at the moment about the new website “Try Again 2012” and the associated high-profile advertising campaign around the country … Continue reading

February 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

RTÉ Should Be TG4 – And Here’s Why

Lecturer and author Niamh Hourigan discusses TG4, the Irish language television channel, in the Irish Times with some interesting, if debatable, points: “Although fully independent of RTÉ since 2007, the national broadcaster … Continue reading

January 4, 2012 · 4 Comments

A Sticky Situation

In the Irish Times Mick Heaney asks whether the takeover of RTÉ’s news and current affairs department in the 1970s and ‘80s by a conspiratorial group of Workers Party activists-cum-journalists has been overstated by … Continue reading

January 3, 2012

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