Category Archives: Social & Cultural

From some o f the most recent articles I’ve produced to some of my earliest written pieces, many of them written while I still lived in Chicago and was asked to produce a weekly column documenting an emigrant’s experiences.

Newspapers try some dynamism

The latest national newspapers Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) report for Irish newspapers bring more bad news for the industry, with a drop in total sales of over eight percent – over 90,000 copies – in the twelve months to … Continue reading

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Trust in media unusually high in Ireland

This article first appeared in Village magazine, July 2017 edition In the wake of the Jobstown trial, a lot of commentary followed on both power of social media to influence outcomes, and the credibility (or lack of same) of “mainstream” … Continue reading

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Charting the Charleton tribunal

This article first appeared in Village magazine, June 2017 edition As the tribunal of inquiry into protected disclosures and certain other matters prepares for its opening statement from counsel in mid-June, Peter Charleton must be wondering what he’s let himself … Continue reading

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TheLiberal.ie: Copyright infringements and Sock Puppets

This article first appeared in Village magazine, April 2017 edition Ardee District Court was delayed. The courtroom was packed, as it often is on a Monday morning after a busy weekend, with fresh arrests to be processed. Solicitors shuffled papers, … Continue reading

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Media looking at tribunal looking at media

This article first appeared in Village magazine, March 2017 edition The Disclosures Tribunal – or the Charleton tribunal, as it may come to be known – got of to a surprisingly quick start, with Supreme Court Justice Peter Charleton making … Continue reading

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Real News: You Get What You Pay For

This article first appeared in Village magazine, February 2017 edition “Insanity has been defined as doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results.” That quote is usually attributed to Albert Einstein. But being a journalist, I decided … Continue reading

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In which Denis gets himself sued

This article first appeared in Village magazine. Perhaps the strangest event on the Irish media landscape last month was prompted by Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan’s publication of a report into media ownership in Ireland, commissioned by the European United … Continue reading

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