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At the NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards…

Mark Tighe, of The Sunday Times, won News Reporter of the Year award, Scoop of the Year award, and Investigative Journalism of the Year award – the latter with Colin Coyle and Paul Rowan – for the newspaper’s work on John Delaney and governance at the Football Association of Ireland.

The Sunday Times also won the Campaigning Journalism Award for the same stories.

In the video above, Mr Tighe, and others, discuss the development of the story.

See full list of winners here

Yesterday: Back Of The Net

From top: Irish Water protests, O’Connell Street, Dublin, Summer 2017′ RTÉ broadcaster Bryan Dobson


In The Sunday Times, Mark Tighe reported on minutes of meetings of the RTÉ Board from 2016 onwards which he obtained via requests under the Freedom of Information Act.

Mr Tighe reported:

Bryan Dobson, who now presents Morning Ireland, gave a presentation in which he said coverage of the water charge protests had “alienated a section of the public” who “rightly or wrongly perceived RTE as biased”.

Dobson said the station’s role should be to create a “neutral space for public debate”.

Dobson also said that the age of RTE’s audience had been an issue since the economic crash. He suggested the station should recruit “younger people to relate to a younger audience”.

A section of its “core audience, especially in the regions, felt RTE was not interested in them”.

In fairness.

Well-paid mind.

RTE board urges station to get with the programme (Mark Tighe, The Sunday Times)

Previously: “The Idiots Behind You Are A Bit Of A Distraction” (November 28, 2013)

What Did You Call Me?

RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, Dublin 4

Mark Tighe, in yesterday’s Sunday Times, reported:

Almost three-quarters of those who earn salaries of more than €100,000 a year in RTE are men, according to figures obtained by The Sunday Times. By contrast, well over half of RTE staff paid less than €40,000 are women.

…This has now been confirmed in figures supplied after a freedom of information request to the station.

They cover basic salary of staff members, and not contractors, overtime or allowances.

The figures show that, while women made up 48.3% of RTE’s 1,984 staff at the end of 2016, they accounted for just 29.6% of the 125 workers whose basic annual salary was more than €100,000.

RTE cheques in the male (Mark Tighe, The Sunday Times)

Previously: They’re Back!


Work taking place on the LXV building at the corner of Stephen’s Green and Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 last October


Denis O’Brien took advantage of a new tax-efficient legal entity established by the government last year when he sold a landmark building on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin for a reported €30m profit.

O’Brien reportedly sold the LXV building, on the site of Canada House, for €85m last month.

A Sunday Times investigation has revealed that on May 25 O’Brien transferred the ownership of the LXV building into an Irish Collective Asset-management Vehicle (ICAV), a legal structure established by the government two months earlier to attract corporate investment funds to Ireland.

The Real Estate Development and Investment Fund ICAV was set up by William Fry solicitors, which acts for both O’Brien and Fieldsville, the company owned by Catherine O’Brien, the billionaire’s wife. Fieldsville was responsible for developing the six-storey high LXV block on the corner of Earlsfort Terrace, which is almost complete.

O’Brien uses government vehicle to avoid €10m tax on LXV sale (Mark Tighe, Sunday Times, April 3)

Revenue officials are investigating the operation of a new tax-efficient corporate vehicle designed for the funds industry, which is instead being used for property investments.

.. On Thursday, Michael Noonan, the finance minister, responded to questions about ICAVs tabled by Pearse Doherty, Sinn Fein’s finance spokesman, and their use by [Denis] O’Brien in a property deal.

Doherty stated this had resulted “in the exchequer being deprived of corporation tax, income tax and capital gains tax earned on profits from source assets”.

Noonan revealed the Revenue Commissioners have told him they are “currently examining recent media coverage concerning the use of investment funds for property investments. Should these investigations uncover tax-avoidance schemes or abuse, which erodes the tax base and causes reputational issues for the state, then appropriate action will be taken and any necessary legislative changes required will be considered”.

[Denis] O’Brien did not respond to questions relating to his use of an ICAV. The shareholders for the ICAV used by O’Brien are two William Fry trust companies. The firm regularly acts for O’Brien in tax cases.

Revenue probes O’Brien deal over LXV building (Mark Tighe, Sunday Times, April 17, 2016)

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Academic Bridge school, Capel Street, Dublin 1

Two English language schools in Dublin, Academic Bridge and the National Employee Development Training Centre, had taken proceedings against the Department of Justice in the High Court after the department introduced new accreditation requirements for English language courses. This new requirements followed the closure of a number of schools that were said to be operating as “visa-factories”.

From January 1, the new laws meant that only schools with courses approved by the State body Acels would be allowed to recruit non-EU students on visas that permitted students to work.

Previously: Direct Language

No School Today

Teaching English The Irish Way

Related: #collegeclosures

English language schools take legal action against Department of Justice (November 12, 2014, Business Post)

Pic: Academic Bridge