It’s early days in this election yet. The campaign has seen the emergence of online candidate videos in a bid to attract potential voters. From the shambolic to the downright surreal, here is a review of some of the more notable offerings to date. 1. The Healy Raes – Episode 1 (Independent – Kerry). Vote rigging reality TV star, and famous politician’s son, Michael Healy Rae released a campaign … Read More
The Irish Times’ Harry McGee visited the Fine Gael drink in recently to get a few autographs and a selfie with Michael Collins. Then he appeared to declare Fine Gael the victors in the upcoming election.
Meet the O’Keefe family, flat broke and facing the full brunt of a Labour/Fine Gael coalition. How do they fare? More timely gold from the RTE archive. This one from 1976 and looking at one of the harshest budgets in the history of the state. “On 28 January 1976 Minister for Finance Richie Ryan introduced the final budget of the Fine Gael/Labour coalition. Described as the toughest budget since the … Read More
There was much hoo ha across the gallant old school press this morning about the banking inquiry. And aren’t they right to devote column inches to it? Sure, there was something like a crazy 400 hours of evidence given, about 5 million quid in tax payers money went on it and a parade of over 120 witnesses were dragged along. Lots to report on so. One thing you didn’t see … Read More
Is this really a recovery? Most recent CSO figures hint at same old problems. We bought a lot of books for Christmas but our wages seem to go to landlords and new taxes so once again retailers are getting stung.
Pictured: William Hederman captured these iconic moments from the 2004 mobilisations against the European Summit in Dublin. In the first a media activist climbs a pole for a better view while the second features a large open air meeting before the long march to Farmleigh. Back in October a question kept popping up among wizened activist heads, where’s Indymedia.ie gone? Had the old dame of online publishing finally shuffled off … Read More
Novara Media is an ambitious London based collective of upstarts seeking to break the mould and limitations of left wing media. Today they set out on a marathon fundraising mission to assemble a 10k war chest. Rashers Tierney caught up with Aaron Bastani to get the lowdown on UK alternative media and what makes Novara different. There’s a healthy renaissance of alternative media in the UK. I can think of Strike Magazine, … Read More
While facing scrutiny over unrecorded meetings he, Phil Hogan, gardaí and others had with Irish Water management, Pat Rabbitte came out swinging in the Dail and accused RTÉ of acting “as a recruiting sergeant” for protests against Irish Water. Oireachtas Retort drags us down memory lane to look at RTE’s coverage of all that Irish Water malarkey. Joe Higgins pointed out that Rabbitte had alerted the #media to be present for … Read More
As news spread on Facebook and Twitter last night of a woman and a 15 year old girl injured outside a Fine Gael TD’s office it was interesting to see the media response. Despite no journalists on the scene of either the protests in Trim town or at TD Ray Butler’s home, RTÉ’s political staffer Mícheál Lehane was able to provide the following: FG TD Ray Butler says his family … Read More
News from the Employment Appeals Tribunal today reveals that AIB held “clandestine parties” for staff following the state’s €30bn bailout of the zombie institution. Michael Glennon is the disgruntled former employee who, among other evidence of his employment, revealed that he had been invited to the behind-closed-doors Bankanalia. Interestingly, the report carried in the Irish Independent stands in contrast to their failure to report or even attend an Employment Appeals Tribunal … Read More