How many jobs does Ireland need?

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Drawing on the recent piece by Michael Taft, assessing the proportion of emigration for which the recession/response is responsible, and on some CSO estimates for population, we can see the following: The Irish population has grown by 108,000 between 2009 and 2013. Taft estimates a net 136,000 Irish aged 15-29 emigrated due ...

Primary Care Fallout

Friday, September 28th, 2012

The scandals around the Irish health minister are a constantly shifting landscape at present, with recent news including the resignation of Labour's junior health minister, Roisin Shortall. Prior to Shortall's resignation, I had submitted a letter to the Irish Times. Since they declined to publish it, I'm sharing it here: A ...

From the archives – divorce referendum coverage

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

I've been 'rescuing' various pieces from my (primarily cassette-based) archive of content from my days at Flirt FM. One little nugget is this compendium of interviews and audio from the count following the divorce referendum in 1995. As a recap (or tutorial for those not in the know), divorce was ...

New research survey on community radio in Ireland

Monday, February 6th, 2012

CRAOL, the Irish community radio organization, has sponsored a survey investigating how the public views the mass media, and exploring their knowledge of community radio. Among the key findings (with both positives and negative implications for the sector): Nearly 80% of all adults in the Republic of Ireland agree that news ...

Dana’s allegiance issue

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

It feels a little unfair to pick on someone when they're down - Dana's trailing the field in the presidential campaign, behind even Mitchell - but this is a fairly basic thing. Background: Dana Rosemary Scallon became a US citizen shortly before running for president of Ireland in 1997. The red herrings: ...

Drumm not just a cad, but also engaged in immigration fraud?

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

It appears from the report in tomorrow's Irish Times that Anglo Irish Bank is accusing former CEO David Drumm of engaging in fraud to secure his visa to the United States:Anglo alleges that Drumm devised the “loan” from his wife “as a ruse” to qualify for an “E-2 Treaty Investor ...

A mixed day for RTÉ

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Two rather different news stories featuring RTÉ today. The first, their triumph at the New York Festivals Radio Program and Promotion Awards (and isn't that a mouthful), where they were named Broadcaster of the year, as well as being recognized in 17 different categories, including one of only three Grand ...

Marking Bloomsday

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Two different suggestions today from Labour politicians about appropriate ways to mark Bloomsday. Joe Costello notes that Ireland has one of the lowest numbers of public holidays in Europe (9 per year, only exceeding the 8 of England and Wales) and suggests that making the day a holiday could provide ...

A strategy for Irish broadcasting

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

The BAI has released its , covering the 2011/13 period. Good to see both "ensuring diversity" (in services and content) and "ensuring plurality" among the eight core goals identified, though the community radio sector failed in its efforts to have the three separate strands/sectors reflected at mission statement level (that ...

Reviewing Ireland’s Human Rights Record

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Somewhat confusing release from the Merrion Street service, noting the opportunity for individuals and groups to make submissions in relation to Ireland's first Human Rights review under the UN's Human Rights Council UPR process. They give June as a deadline for feedback, but the actual UPR.ie site suggests that input ...