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The hard-hitting current affairs podcast presented by William Campbell (right) meets former Dublin Lord Mayor Dermot Lacey (left), a veteran Labour voice on Dublin City Council.

William writes:

Dermot Lacey has been on the council for decades. I take him to task on whether Irish local government is up to doing the job that it has well, let alone whether it deserves more powers.

Also, what is Johnson’s government purpose in brazenly announcing that they are going to defy international law?

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A new episode of the current affairs podcast presented by William Campbell (right).

William meets Linda Ervine (above left) president of the recently-formed East Belfast GAA.

William writes:

With opinion polls on Irish unity shifting, I ask: is Unionist thinking moving forward in the North? Linda Ervine doesn’t sound like previous generations of Protestants, particularly when she’s speaking as Gaeilge.

Also, some anonymous online comments supported burning a Traveller family out of their new home in Carnmore, Galway. A local councillor demanded that locals be ‘consulted’ before Travellers move in, but is that just coded support for the bigots?

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Did EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan breach European Commission rules on document security

It doesn’t rain but it pours.

Further to Golfgate….

…William Campbell, host of podcast Here’s How writes (full article at link below):

‘Phil Hogan’s spokesperson, in their defence of his shifting story of how he drove laps around Ireland, in and out of Covid hot-spot Kildare, said that the reason for him visiting his apartment in the K Club was that:

“He stopped briefly at his apartment to collect personal belongings and essential documents relating to the EU-US trade negotiations, which continued while the Commissioner was in Galway.”

…A European Commission spokesperson confirmed they have a detailed policy, Security Notice C(2019) 1904, for dealing with confidential documents, and that the documents in question were in the category “sensitive non-classified”.

The problem for Hogan is how could documents so trivial as not to be covered by Commission document security rules, still meet the ‘essential work’ standard in the lockdown rules.

…The EC spokesperson also confirmed that the commissioner’s home in Brussels got a security audit, but not his other residences, and said that, as per their policy, these documents must only be distributed on a need-to-know basis, that all recipients should be aware of the handling instructions, and the documents must be shredded to a particular standard when no longer needed.

And where possible, documents should be stored in a locked office or a locked cupboard when not in use.

Phil Hogan drove to Covid-stricken Kildare and picked up these sensitive documents, perhaps from a locked office or a locking document cupboard in his apartment, that’s not clear.

He then drove with them to the golf dinner in Galway. Then what? Maybe he left them in his car, but that certainly doesn’t meet the handling requirements.

Maybe he had a hotel room and he left them there. Or maybe he just kept them in his jacket pocket, or under the table in his briefcase as he downed the gargle.

These requirements are not suggestions. The Commission has confirmed that the document handling rules are binding and apply to all staff and commissioners.’ (continued below)

Phil Hogan May have Broken EC Document Security Rules (William Campbell, here’s How)

Earlier: Too Phil To Fail


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The current affairs show presented by William Campbell (above) meets the man behind ‘Shared Ireland’, a popular podcast series offering a ‘diverse cross community, grass roots platform’ for those supporting a ‘shared 32 county Ireland’.

William writes:

Demographic changes and shifting opinions might bring a United Ireland faster than most people think. Are we prepared for the changes that would bring?

I talk to Niall Keenan founder and chairperson of Shared Ireland about the group’s efforts to talk to all shades of opinion to bring us to an agreed future.

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Shared Ireland

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The current affairs podcast presented by William Campbell (right).

Saturday’s ‘March for Innocence‘ was called by John Connors (above left with Irish Freedom Party President Hermann Kelly) when images of new Children’s minister Roderic O’Gorman marching alongside Peter Tatchell at Dublin Pride in 2018 resurfaced.

Human rights campaigner Mr Tatchell’s views on children and sex and lowering the age of consent have caused controversy for decades in the UK.

In a statement, Minister O’Gorman, who believes that the ‘entire area’ around consent laws need to be re-examined, said he had no affiliation with Mr Tatchell and described his critics as ‘a small group of people with a very clear agenda’.

William writes:

Far-right politicians and their allies have complained loudly on social media that they don’t get the media coverage they deserve… but they have proven much more bashful when I ask them to discuss the issues….

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Previously: Innocence And Experience

Dan Boyle: In Rod We Trust

‘A Small Group Of People With A Very Clear Agenda’

This afternoon.

Following a lengthy campaign by William Campbell, host of the podcast Here’s How…

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has adjudicated on whether RTÉ is giving political lobbyist AA Roadwatch favourable treatment and status across its radio stations.

The BAI writes:

The Committee acknowledged that political lobbying is one of the functions carried out by the AA, however, there was no evidence in the broadcasts to support the view that the broadcasts are skewing public debate, or that the broadcasts are unfair to rival businesses or campaigners in a manner which infringes any Codes or Rules.

The Committee further noted that while the complainant stated that AA Roadwatch has the potential for bias, the Committee did not find any evidence in the broadcasts to support this view.

The Committee did not consider that the arrangements with AA Roadwatch for the production of this segment influenced content or scheduling in a manner which affected the responsibility or editorial independence of the broadcaster, as argued by the complainant.

The Committee did not consider that the broadcasts infringed the Codes in the manner described by the complainant. As such, the complaint was rejected.



Latest Broadcasting Complaints Decision (BAI)

Previously: AA Breakdown

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The current affairs podcast presented by William Campbell (right).

William writes:

After 16 years as a local councillor in Kilkenny Malcolm Noonan (above left) has been elected to the Dail and faces straight into government negotiations.

But what is he looking to achieve? And what lessons have the Greens learnt from the last time round?

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The current affairs podcast hosted by William Campbell (right).

William writes:

There might be an elaborate courtship dance going on between the Green Party and the two traditional government parties, but how would they fare on a compatibility test?

I puts some straight policy questions to Fianna Fáil’s Malcolm Byrne (above left)– see if you can count  the number of straight answers…

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William’s original complaint to RTÉ about AA Roadwatch’s status

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The tables are turned on podcast presenter William Campbell (top left) as RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland veteran Cathal Mac Coille  (top right) grills William about his year-long battle with RTÉ and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) over the status of [registered political lobby group] AA Roadwatch.

How did it work out?

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Previously: Jam Today: RTE And AA Roadwatch

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The solutions-based current affairs podcast hosted by William Campbell (right) has reached episode 101!

William Campbell writes:

Are Airbnb units coming on the rental market because of #Covid19 a victory for renters? Or a distraction from the real causes of the housing crisis? I discuss real and fake solutions with Alison Gilliland (lef ) of the Labour Party and chairperson of Dublin City Council’s Strategic Policy Committee on Housing….

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