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Gombeen #12

In #rabble12, Blog, Culture, Humour, Illustration, politics, Print Edition by Scratch dat itch1 Comment

People don’t get corrupted but they do get deceived. The gombeen has been transformed from the days of collecting the landlord’s rent to now sowing regime illusions. The monster propaganda machine (RRR T EEEE!!) has no more important role within it than to anchor the Late Late. The host, the self-confessed nerd, the Blackrock boy, the Peter Pan of Donnybrook, known to us as Ryan Tubridy, is there to tell us what we should think. Witness Tubridy’s hostile trial by video of Paul Murphy on the Jobstown protest. Or … Read More

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Meanwhile on RT…eh?

In Blog by Rashers Tierney0 Comments

Maybe we’re being hyper-sensitive, but it’s doubtful “junkie” is a term found in the RTE style guide for social media managers.

Especially as one to reach for when promoting a programme about how sound The Guards are. The victim of the assault in question even uses the term “drug user”.

There’s not even the subtlety of a quotation mark to keep the term at arms length.

When even government ministers have been taking bold steps towards drug decriminalisation, rehabilitation and safe “shooting gallery” injection clinics, this derogatory catch-all term belongs to a time past.

Bad enough they’ve tossed money into a fluff piece for The Guards.

We’ve looked at RTE’s use of accents previously.

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And Now For More Hardship.

In Blog by Rashers Tierney0 Comments

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 Second World War, it increased VAT in a number of areas. ‘7 Days’ investigates how the O’Keefe family who … Read More

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Talking Boat My Generation.

In Blog by Rashers Tierney2 Comments

  Here’s the clip of Blindboy Boatclub from the Rubbber Bandits that everyone’s talking about today. Save yourself the torture of the RTE Player or too much time with Tubs and stick to this extract. A no nonsense display. Well done sir.  

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Official Radio One.

In Blog by Fedayn0 Comments

Official Radio One, a poem by Kevin Higgins. That time of the week when bachelor farmers decide, on balance, not to string themselves up in the outhouse, bravely switch on the wireless instead; on Official Radio Marion the defunct feminist-to-a-moderate-extent has a few old pals around for two thrilling hours of cream tea and general consensus. Last month one critic unfairly hissed that the show increasingly sounds like the occupants of a mortuary in one of the more horrible parts of Donnybrook, each in turn rising up in ecstasy … Read More

Irish Smiling Lies: Irish Water and Regime Teilifis Éireann.

In #rabble10, Blog, Print Edition by Oireachtas Retort1 Comment

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 his speech. This was no off the cuff attack, this was planned. Rabbite continued: “If I didn’t know better, … Read More

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Paying The Sweat Equity

In #rabble9, Blog, Culture, Music by Paul Tarpey1 Comment

Since we last reported, Limerick’s City of Culture successfully dealt with its teething problems. Paul Tarpey updates us on how it demonstrated an inclusive and city-wide approach to the arts. In the beginning the worries were structural. Could the 109 projects be delivered? Before he resigned, artistic director Karl Wallace had pulled together a mix of citizen projects, art driven works and spectacles that were designed to interact with each other. So what happened? Well, everything basically. And it’s still happening. Art-led events and visiting ‘spectaculars’ always attract national … Read More