They’ve wiped the tapes.
Ken Foxe writes:
Nearly ten years of footage of debates from Leinster House that was accessible to the public has been permanently deleted from the Internet by the Oireachtas.
The massive bank of footage was widely used by journalists, academics, members of the public, and was particularly popular on social media in catching out u-turning politicians.
However, the database disappeared from the Oireachtas website earlier this month without warning because they said there was “minimal traffic” looking at the files.
The move has been condemned by politicians who said it was scarcely believable that a valuable resource like that could simply be let vanish.
…The archiving of the footage had originally formed part of the Oireachtas’ eDemocracy Unit, which planned to use the web to open up politics to a wider audience.
The person behind the Twitter account newsworthy.ie, who has used dozens of the clips to show up contradictions or u-turns by politicians over the years, said the Oireachtas excuses for deleting the archive simply did not add up.
For finding clips in future, he must now make a formal request that must then go to an off site archive and takes at least several days to be returned.
A request he submitted for two clips of Leo Varadkar appearing to contradict himself on paying a Sunday premium to employees has still not been dealt with a week later.
Thanks Mari Maxwell
Yes they do and thank you 👍. In terms of transparency, not near enough to begin with, so dont want to lose whats already there.
— Wilderland Theatre (@WilderlandT) September 25, 2017