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Timeline behind the #CopOnComrades controversy
A very exhaustive timeline of the online defence of feminism against a few left-wing men in Ireland, courtesy of Andrew Flood.
coponcomrades  left-wing  politics  ireland  twitter  facebook  irish-times 
29 days ago by jm
‘I wish to register a complaint’: know your consumer rights before the fight
Conor Pope on the basics of consumer law -- and how to complain -- in Ireland
consumer  ireland  irish-times  articles  law 
september 2015 by jm
IrishCycle.com on the Irish Times' terrible victim-blaming anti-cycling op-ed
Even if The Irish Times wants to deny that it has engaged in victim blaming at a high level, it has also clearly errored in fact in a very significant way. It would be more forgiving if this was an isolated editorial. But it’s after two days of wrong or misleading coverage, which now seems to be a trend with the newspaper with unbalanced articles or headlines negatively focusing on cycle routes.
irish-times  newspapers  op-eds  cycling  dublin  ireland  safety 
august 2015 by jm
"Gold" 4-star review from the Irish Times
Niall Heery belatedly follows up Small Engine Repair, his 2006 mumblecore critical hit, with a slightly less off-centre comedy that makes imaginative use of a smashing cast. The story skirts tragedy on its leisurely passage from mishap to misadventure, but Gold remains the sort of picture you want to hug indulgently to a welcoming bosom. It gives humanism a good name.


Go Niall! it's a great movie, go see it
gold  movies  friends  reviews  irish-times  indie 
october 2014 by jm
Irish NewsDiffs
Tracking Irish News Stories Over Time;
Irish NewsDiffs archives changes in articles after publication.
Currently, we track rte.ie and irishtimes.com.
rte  irish-times  diffing  diffs  changes  tracking  newspapers  news  ireland  history 
april 2014 by jm
How the Irish helped weave the web
Nice Irish Times article on the first 3 web servers in Ireland -- including the one I set up at Iona Technologies. 21 years ago!
history  ireland  tech  web  internet  www  james-casey  peter-flynn  irish-times  iona-technologies 
march 2014 by jm
The Irish Times, terminations and Holles Street: The story that wasn’t there.
Summarising a very shoddy tale from our paper of record.
I don’t know what happened here. I don’t know whether there ever was a woman who met the description given by the Irish Times who suffered a medical crisis during pregnancy. I don’t know why a group of men in positions of authority in the Irish Times decided that, if there was such a woman, they had any right to tell the rest of the country about her experiences. I don’t know why, when they discovered that a mistake had been made in the one legal fact used to justify that decision they didn’t immediately apologise.

And I don’t know what happened between the 23rd August 2013 and 31st August 2013 to prompt them to print a shoulder shrugging ‘acceptance’ that the case ‘hadn’t happened’ and limit the paper’s apology to an institution, as opposed to its readers. But, from what I’ve seen this week, I do know one thing. Whatever questions readers might have, The Irish Times isn’t interested in giving them any answers.
irish-times  fail  shoddy  abortion  health  public-interest  journalism  pregnancy  corrections 
september 2013 by jm
My email to Irish Times Editor, sent 25th June
Daragh O'Brien noting 3 stories on 3 consecutive days voicing dangerously skewed misinformation about data protection and privacy law in Ireland:
There is a worrying pattern in these stories. The first two decry the Data Protection legislation (current and future) as being dangerous to children and damaging to the genealogy trade. The third sets up an industry “self-regulation” straw man and heralds it as progress (when it is decidedly not, serving only to further confuse consumers about their rights).

If I was a cynical person I would find it hard not to draw the conclusion that the Irish Times, the “paper of record” has been stooged by organisations who are resistant to the defence of and validation of fundamental rights to privacy as enshrined in the Data Protection Acts and EU Treaties, and in the embryonic Data Protection Regulation. That these stories emerge hot on the heels of the pendulum swing towards privacy concerns that the NSA/Prism revelations have triggered is, I must assume, a co-incidence. It cannot be the case that the Irish Times blindly publishes press releases without conducting cursory fact checking on the stories contained therein?

Three stories over three days is insufficient data to plot a definitive trend, but the emphasis is disconcerting. Is it the Irish Times’ editorial position that Data Protection legislation and the protection of fundamental rights is a bad thing and that industry self-regulation that operates in ignorance of legislation is the appropriate model for the future? It surely cannot be that press releases are regurgitated as balanced fact and news by the Irish Times without fact checking and verification? If I was to predict a “Data Protection killed my Puppy” type headline for tomorrow’s edition or another later this week would I be proved correct?
daragh-obrien  irish-times  iab  bias  advertising  newspapers  press-releases  journalism  data-protection  privacy  ireland 
june 2013 by jm
The Why
How the Irish media are partly to blame for the catastrophic property bubble, from a paper entitled _The Role Of The Media In Propping Up Ireland’s Housing Bubble_, by Dr Julien Mercille, in the _Social Europe Journal_:
“The overall argument is that the Irish media are part and parcel of the political and corporate establishment, and as such the news they convey tend to reflect those sectors’ interests and views. In particular, the Celtic Tiger years involved the financialisation of the economy and a large property bubble, all of it wrapped in an implicit neoliberal ideology. The media, embedded within this particular political economy and itself a constitutive element of it, thus mostly presented stories sustaining it. In particular, news organisations acquired direct stakes in an inflated real estate market by purchasing property websites and receiving vital advertising revenue from the real estate sector. Moreover, a number of their board members were current or former high officials in the finance industry and government, including banks deeply involved in the bubble’s expansion."
economics  irish-times  ireland  newspapers  media  elite  insiders  bubble  property-bubble  property  celtic-tiger  papers  news  bias 
april 2013 by jm
Wrapping parties around a tight budget - The Irish Times - Tue, Jun 12, 2012
"On the birthday present front, Crowley was shocked when she totted up her family’s spending for six months and realised she was spending more on gifts than on clothes for her entire family. A few 40th birthdays aside, she says the majority of the outlay is on gifts for her children’s friends." A lot of familiar names in this story ;)
gifts  money  prices  dublin  friends  irish-times 
june 2012 by jm
On The Record: Forging a future for the music industry
The original article is now paywalled, but the comments thread contains a fantastic discussion between some very smart young, and old, musicians, discussing music in a digital age where copying is trivial, the future of the music business, copyright, etc.
music-business  bill-whelan  music  mp3  copyright  on-the-record  irish-times 
april 2012 by jm
Don't discount the value of price comparison sites - The Irish Times
Conor Pope recommends home-saver.ie and bonkers.ie for insurance and utilities price comparison. I've used the latter, with great results
price-comparison  ireland  shopping  utilities  competition  phone  irish-times  consumer 
april 2012 by jm
The Irish Times demands meme takedown
satire of whiny rich-girl complaining is not permitted
satire  irish-times  ip  broadsheet  memes 
march 2012 by jm
Copyright and defamation law is repelling investors - The Irish Times
'UNLESS CHANGES are made to Ireland’s legal and regulatory framework in areas like copyright and defamation, digital businesses will be discouraged from locating operations here, say legal experts and businesses.'
law  legal  copyright  defamation  ireland  irish-times  from delicious
november 2010 by jm
Inchicore family home ready for take-off
from the Irish Times property section: 'There’s a guy in Inchicore with an aircraft simulator in his shed. Not one of those fancy computer games, this is the real thing – a decommissioned 747 simulator, cockpit and all.' Unfortunately, the sim doesn't come with the house
houses  flight-simulators  gaming  inchicore  dublin  irish-times  property  from delicious
august 2010 by jm
"Crosaire" dead
the legendary compiler of the 'Irish Times' cryptic crosswords died on Saturday in Harare, Zimbabwe, aged 92
irish-times  history  crosswords  puzzles  cryptic  crosaire  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
a sad story of connections made via second-hand small ads
'“It’s free to advertise,” Ned explained. “And we have a lot of things we don’t need.” So each week, they advertised for sale in Loot something from their apartment. This was their social life. Some weeks – the good weeks – they had three or four people who came to see what they were selling.'
loot  stories  london  small-ads  for-sale  second-hand  irish-times  irishwomans-diary  rosita-boland  from delicious
march 2010 by jm

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