#YoureFFired: A case study in online people power?
#YoureFFired, the “extremely quiet protest” planned by comedian and satirist Morgan C Jones, could prove to be one of the first tests of the power of online mobilisation in Ireland. But with less than 24 hours to go, it remains to be seem whether it will provide a case study in the power of social […]
Secret report slams toxic dump
Toxic liquid and gas levels in excess of levels set by regulators have been found in a landfill dump near Naas, according to a confidential report to the environment watchdog. The cleanup cost for the site is estimated at €30 million. The controversial site was operated by Neiphin Waste Trading Limited (Neiphin), a subsidiary of […]
Stand-up comic says ‘Stand up and be counted’
Comedian and satirist Morgan Jones is calling on people to join him in a silent protest outside Leinster House midday next Thursday, the day of the Donegal Southwest byelection. Morgan C Jones is one half of Carmody and Jones, and one sixth of the Emergency, a satirical comedy cabaret known for their work on the […]
Are Irish newspapers becoming PR amplifiers?
Dublin City University have downplayed a report that churnalism — the practice of recycling news from agency reports and press releases — is rampant in the Irish press. The Irish print media depends heavily on public relations material for its daily news content, according to a study cited by Politico, with between 11 percent and […]
Paisley calls for a united Ireland
While Dublin politicians bemoan the loss of sovereignty as the IMF comes to town, veteran Northern firebrand Ian Paisley has called for the reunification of Ireland — under Queen Elizabeth. Speaking in the House of Lords, the newly-ennobled Lord Bannside praised a letterwriter to the Irish Independent newspaper who “invited Her Majesty to come over […]
Yet another Paul Gogarty twitter twantrum
Maverick Green TD Paul Gogarty has blocked several Irish followers on his twitter account, labelling them time-wasters and in one case “master of the online pit of scurrilous vipers.” Among those Gogarty has blocked are award-winning blogger Twenty Major and David Cochrane, who runs Politics.ie, a leading online forum. Also blocked is Trinity college economist […]
McBrearty on course to take Donegal seat in General Election
Poll results show Pearse Doherty (SF) will take the byelection seat in Donegal Southwest. They also show that Frank McBreaty may be a TD by Easter. The prediction of Doherty’s victory will come as a surprise to many. It would make the job of government whips more difficult on Budget Day, but it is unlikely […]