Staff empty ballot boxes and begin counting the votes in the Local and European elections (where the Green Party are on on course to top the poll in Dublin, according to a RED C exit poll for RTÉ and TG4, above) and the referendum amendment on divorce.
Tough times for many working in media these days but did you know The Irish Field is almost 150 years old and going better than ever?
This weekend is a big moment for us in The Irish Field as we have given the entire publication a makeover. We think the new look makes the paper a much brighter read. Still the same content but hopefully presented a lot better.
Like the Irish Farmers Journal, we’re part of the Agricultural Trust, which is arguably the ideal ownership model for a media company these days. There is no single beneficiary – we answer to a board of volunteers who represent our sector and any profits are invested back into staff, technology, market research or even grants to. Print is thriving for niche publications like ours.
Special rapporteur on child protection Geoffrey Shannon; journalist Conall Ó Fátharta
Conall Ó Fátharta, in The Irish Examiner, reports:
The Mother and Baby Homes Commission is obliged under human rights law to provide information to family members about where their relatives are buried — despite claiming it is legally prohibited from doing so.
That is according to a number of legal experts who have said that not only is the commission misinterpreting the Commissions of Investigation Act in claiming it can not release such information, but that it is also obliged to under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
In a report prepared for the Government on the human rights issues arising from the infant remains discovered at Tuam, special rapporteur on child protection Geoffrey Shannon pointed to two decisions of the European Convention of Human Rights which found that, under Article 8, “family members of a deceased have a right to information regarding the fate of their loved one”, and that this includes burial location.
With ‘Atletico Spudland’, a new podcast from Spud Murphy (top), formerly of The Comedy Cast.
I’ll be investigating topics I want to know more about and ones I think people should know more about too…
First up, I’m making a three-part series about The Iona Institute. In the first episode (above) I look at the make up of the company, why they’re on Irish television and radio so much and where they get their money from and what they spend it on.
Over the coming months I’ll be putting out more documentary podcasts and videos on topics like this much and more besides. Let’s rattle some cages and have some fun while doing it.