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The 50 most-watched programmes on RTÉ Irish TV channels last year – more than half (26) of which were sporting events.

Via Jon Williams

Martina Fitzgerald (left at the Fine Gael Think-in at Fota Island in 2014

Anon writes:

This decision by RTÉ [to have Paul Cunningham  replace Martina Fitzgerald as RTÉ News political correspondent] looks terrible and makes no sense. They must have known there would be a huge backlash especially at this time.

My question is this: Am i missing something or did Ms Fitzgerald upset someone in particular or a political party? She seems very polite and cautious and I can’t see why RTÉ would go through all of this.


RTÉ colleagues thought Fitzgerald was going to remain in politics job (Irish Independent)


University Hospital Kerry

Later this afternoon.

A review of 46,000 radiology scans carried out at University Hospital Kerry between March 2016 and July 2017 is scheduled to be published.

Ahead of this, RTÉ is reporting that it has found “11 patients had their had their diagnoses of cancer delayed and four of these patients have since died”.

RTÉ reports:

The review was ordered after three serious reportable events were uncovered at the hospital.

These involved the work of a locum consultant who no longer works at the hospital.

RTÉ News has also learned that, since the review began, a further eight serious reportable events have been uncovered.

Kerry scans review to report 11 cancer diagnoses were delayed (RTÉ)

Pic: Tralee Today

Principal Mary Mother of Hope Senior School in Littlepace, Dublin 15, Enda McGorman

This morning.

On RTE’s Today with Sean O’Rourke.

Journalist Evelyn O’Rourke reported on homeless children who go to school hungry because the breakfast area at their place of accommodation isn’t open in time for them to eat before leaving for school.

[The most recent Department of Housing figures show that, as of the final week in September, 3,829 children were living in staying in State-funded emergency accommodation across the country]

Ms O’Rourke visited the Mary Mother of Hope Senior School in Littlepace, Dublin 15, and met the school’s principal Enda McGorman who is also a member of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network.

Mr McGorman told Ms O’Rourke:

“It’s a growing concern for me and school principals…One area that we’re really, really worried about is the effect that homelessness and the homeless crisis is having on children in school. The immediate effects that it’s having on school children, it’s really alarming and it’s at a basic level.

“One family that we’re trying to support – their B&B was in town. So to get transport out here, the children had to be on a bus so early that the breakfast bar wasn’t open for them. So they would come to school hungry.

“…And I think one of the other issues for us, it’s so silent, maybe not always here until kids maybe are already homeless and already in a place that they can’t back to school to and then we see absenteeism or we see lateness and we start to query it, where parents are either through fear or shame, forget or don’t wish to share it with us.

“I’m just thinking in the last month, I’ve written three letters for families to say ‘I know this family, they’re a good solid family, please afford them the opportunity to rent your house’.

“Because they’ll go to view a house and there could be 100 families waiting ahead of them. So you never thought you’d be doing that as a school principal, to try and support people who you’ve known and whose children you’ve known…these are some of the realities that we’re dealing with that we never thought we’d be dealing with.

“Another concern we have is homework. And ‘how can I do my homework if I’m lying on the floor?’. One of the families that we’re supporting were living in one of these, it wouldn’t be quite a hotel standard, but it was surrounded by roundabouts, on the periphery of a motorway and even accessing it, getting in and getting out of there, there’s no public transport.

“So the family were literally trapped there. There’s no way those children were going to get to our school. And no prospect of them leaving it either.”

Mr McGorman also said he has often been approached by parents who go to him for help after they’ve received eviction letters.

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Pic: Vimeo

Further to the Morning Irelandcoverage gap

Green Party TD Eamon Ryan tweetz:

What a pity then that RTÉ is all at sea when it comes to covering climate change. With the exception of their correspondent and a few programme makers, they don’t seem to know how to inform the public on the issue. Can that change?

RTE ‘failing’ to inform public about environmental issues, new study finds (Green News)

Last week: The Coverage Gap

Environmental stories take up less than 1% of airtime on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland – one 13th the airtime devoted to sport

This morning.

Via [environmental NGO] Gluaiseacht:

Gluaiseacht analysed two weeks of Morning Ireland broadcasts, separated by six months, in April and October.

It found environmental stories were covered for only 0.92% of the time, while sports news accounted for 12.41% of the broadcast time, dedicated business news was covered for 5.57% of the time, and Brexit coverage accounted for 10.69% of the broadcast time.

Only one feature story over the two weeks carried an environmental angle, a story about new research into how dandelion seeds fly….

Gluaiseacht member Eoin Ó Leidhin said,

“RTÉ and in this case Morning Ireland are failing to inform the public on environmental and climate change stories. We have seen from the aftermath of the BBC’s Blue Planet II series and the subsequent plastics campaign what public service broadcasting can achieve in mobilising the population for the common good. Yet RTÉ haven’t even had a standalone environmental correspondent since 2010, while in comparison they have lots of sports correspondents”.


JB writes:

The other day your correspondent wondered why the Spice Girls were the lead story on RTE.ie.

Last night, a Welsh footballer formerly at a second-tier English football club was the lead story – and although an alleged scumbag he may be, RTÉ believes he’s the only Welsh footballer in the world according to their bizarre comma placement.

In the wider news-world, the racist tug-of-war of the US mid-term elections is underway… closer to home there’s an intense debate about why and how the Irish health service closes its doors from mid-December until the new year.

Perhaps yonder Welsh footballer or 4/5ths of the remaining John Major-supporting Spice Girls might comment on the thousands of homeless children, the proposed shutdown of Anglo-Irish trading relations and the return of ethno-religious civil war in Northern Ireland in future RTÉ.ie front-page leads.

Previously: Zig A Zig Ah Here


On RTÉ 1.

At 11.20pm.

Syria: The Impossible Revolution.

A documentary by Anne Daly and Ronan Tynan, of Esperanza Productions, who say:

Three years in the making this feature length documentary offers unique insights into the roots of the Syrian Revolution and how what began as a peaceful uprising turned into a very brutal conflict as the Assad regime cracked down.

Syria – The Impossible Revolution seeks to unravel the roots and ‘complexities’ of the bloodiest conflict in the Middle East as well as the politics of the Western response.

It also examines why some elements on the Left are on the same page as the extreme Right defending the Assad regime against “US imperialism” apparently oblivious to the role of Iran and especially Russia and her indiscriminate bombing of civilians as well as targeting hospitals which many charge are warcrimes?

The film traces the roots of the Syrian revolution through the regime of Assad’s father up to the fall of Aleppo.

Using extensive archive and interviews with a wide range of people directly involved as well as experts on the region, the documentary seeks to offer some understanding about a conflict that has plumbed new depths in terms of the toll it has extracted on civilians.

Some suggest more than 500,000 are already dead, half the population have fled their homes and five millions are now refugees in Europe and neighbouring countries with little prospect of returning any time soon.

The film also examines the rise of the jihadis including Islamic State and Al Qaeda with evidence partly nurtured by Assad as he continues to present himself as “fighting the war on terror”.

Syria: The Impossible Revolution (Vimeo)

Thanks Anne

This afternoon.

Reg writes:

This afternoon’s lead item on RTÉ News. I am utterly lost. Is this even ‘Music’ news?

Spice Girls set to tour without Victoria Beckham (RTÉ)