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national / arts and media / press release Thursday May 03, 2012 15:10 by Left of the Dial   text 1 comment (last - thursday may 03, 2012 15:24)   image 1 image
The Lee Harveys go into the studio to record their debut album in June, they join us on Left of the Dial this coming Friday (4th of May) to talk about that, and lots of other things too. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / arts and media / press release Tuesday April 03, 2012 15:06 by Grace   image 2 images
Near Media Co-op and Near FM wants you to take part in a new project

Intercultural Dialogue through Community Media read full story / add a comment
Ray Burke jailed 2005 - his role in taking donation from Independent Newspapers company missing from Mahon Tribunal report
national / arts and media / news report Saturday March 24, 2012 19:13 by Randy Tail   text 8 comments (last - monday march 26, 2012 19:41)   image 8 images   audio 2 audio files   1 attached file
Another thread speculated that recent attacks on RTE by the Sunday Independent were due to a generalised attack on the public sector, on relatively independent journalism in the publicly owned RTE during a period of recession, on disappointment at the election of Michael D Higgins and defeat for the right wing entrepreneur, Sean Gallagher (and the part played by RTE in exposing Gallagher). That story is here:

Sunday Independent that defended Bertie Ahern - on anti RTE, President Michael D Higgins, crusade
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/101574

There could be more to it than that. read full story / add a comment
The story you won't read in Irish Independent on 23 March 2012 - but they know it's true
national / arts and media / news report Friday March 23, 2012 12:51 by Jim Thompson   text 3 comments (last - saturday march 24, 2012 20:09)   image 7 images   video 1 video file   1 attached file
The Sunday independent is the paper that defended Bertie Ahern tooth and nail. This is the paper that helped him win the 2007 general election. This is the paper whose jaded star columnist, Eoghan Harris, denounced all and sundry who criticised Ahern and who Ahern appointed a Senator as a reward for his scribblings.

This is the paper that today takes the high moral ground with RTE. This is the paper that covers acres of newsprint with hypocritical calls for the heads of RTE staff and for full disclosure. What about full disclosure of how the Sindo got it wrong on the death of Liam Lawlor, falsly accusing the corrupt politician of being in a car with a prostitute. It is the Sunday Independent that has prostituted itself to power in the name of its own power to destroy reputations. read full story / add a comment
national / arts and media / press release Monday March 12, 2012 21:36 by Near FM
Press Release
‘The Ladies sing the Blues’ Series Launch Saturday 24th March 2012.
Near FM is launching a series that celebrates Jazz and Blues music in Dublin. This series is a follow up to the very successful Northside Blues series. read full story / add a comment
Sunday Independent promotes failed Fianna Fail candiate Gallagher and attacks Michael D Higgins (see story below masthead)
national / arts and media / news report Monday March 12, 2012 12:50 by Benito Mussolini (Sean Gallagher loolalike division)   text 21 comments (last - sunday march 18, 2012 18:59)   image 6 images   audio 1 audio file
Sean Gallagher is about as useful to Irish society as the cartoon behind his picture and his presidential policies had the same substance as the sugary drip he is sucking.

RTE is the victim of a political scam artist who sold his story (for how much?) to the Sindo. This chicken (shit) farmer who tried to scam nearly 60,000 Euro is now trying to scam the public. It is all a big ball of smoke. read full story / add a comment
international / arts and media / news report Friday January 27, 2012 18:27 by Costas A.   text 1 comment (last - saturday january 28, 2012 16:37)
The following was sent to me by a Greek comrade with strong ties with the comrades in Spain, can you please read it and address it as you feel fit. thanks in advance. read full story / add a comment
West Belfast Bobby Sands Hunger Strike mural
national / arts and media / news report Saturday January 07, 2012 18:03 by Terence McSwiney   text 13 comments (last - tuesday march 06, 2012 01:30)   image 4 images   audio 2 audio files
Very interesting discussion on Today PK (RTE Radio One) of how media misinformation, most of which originated during the 1981 H Block hunger strikes resurfaced during the release of state papers in 2012. Allegations that: - Bobby Sands told the Pope's representative that he would come off the hunger strike; - that Raymond McCreesh's family forced him to remain on hunger strike; - that the British agreed the substance of the prisoner's demands between the death of the fourth and fifth hunger striker; are discussed, by journalist Eamon Mallie, historian Eamon Phoenix and 1981 prisoners' spokesperson Danny Morrison. read full story / add a comment
dublin / arts and media / press release Monday December 19, 2011 22:58 by Osman Sen-Chadun   1 attached file
Broadcasting from Damastown, Mulhuddart, Dublin, and supported by Irish broadcast technical services provider A.V. Broadcast Ltd, Betania FM, the first Romanian Christian Community Radio Station in Ireland, received its’ FM radio license and began broadcasting on 17th December 2011 for 30 days. read full story / add a comment
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galway / arts and media / news report Friday December 16, 2011 14:30 by Western Writers' Centre   image 1 image
Two exciting poets round off Galway's poetry season at the City Museum read full story / add a comment
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national / arts and media / news report Thursday December 15, 2011 14:24 by Darcy Dancer   text 3 comments (last - friday december 16, 2011 11:52)   image 1 image
A new image from Hartigans bar on All-Ireland day 1995 has emerged depicting an apparently innocent scene of a trio enjoying a chat. Innocent that is until the lady is identified as none other than Mother Ireland herself and the chat in question was about how much she cost! read full story / add a comment
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national / arts and media / news report Wednesday December 07, 2011 16:32 by Andrew   text 2 comments (last - wednesday december 07, 2011 22:38)   image 1 image
Shell to Sea has revealed that RTÉ is being compelled to broadcast an apology ahead of Wednesday's Six-One and Nine O’Clock TV news programmes, as a result of RTÉ's biased coverage of Shell's attempt to build an experimental gas pipeline and refinery in Erris. In this specific case, RTÉ chose to ignore the facts as explained to them by Shell to Sea around technical issues concerning the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) investigation into the conversation Garda had about threatening to rape two women Shell to Sea campaigners they had arrested in April this year. RTÉ instead reported as fact the false suggestions of Justice Minister Alan Shatter, that part of the recording of the arrest had been deleted read full story / add a comment
How to make the SINDO sing  - the paper that protects the strong and attacks the weak
national / arts and media / news report Thursday November 24, 2011 18:39 by Charles R Murrow   text 8 comments (last - tuesday november 29, 2011 02:06)   image 8 images
RTE broadcast an unforgivable and totally unjustifiable libel on Fr Michael Reynolds. They broadcast on air an untrue allegation that he fathered a child with a child in Africa - despite his offer to undergo a paternity test. He took them to court and rightfully to the cleaners. Now RTE are subject to a Broadcasting authority of Ireland enquiry as well as one undertaken by the Press Ombudsman, Professor John Horgan. Who has ridden over the ridge to to proclaim all that is holy in journalism? None other than Eoghan Harris, and his newspaper, the Sunday Independent. Harris wants Ed Mulhall, RTE's head of news, sacked (20th November). Harris has been attacking Mulhall for years. Who knows what for and who cares, just for the moment. read full story / add a comment
national / arts and media / news report Monday November 21, 2011 12:42 by Sean Crudden
I had one of the best seats in the concert hall; in the upper balcony where I could see the soloist clearly including his hands and his feet. The quality of the sound last night in the concert hall was amazing. Anyway I am saying no more. I have already written my comments which you can read below. Just to tell you I drove home like the hammers of hell to Jenkinstown in my white 2010 Toyota iQ and I sat down to eat some cold past in pesto sauce at the kitchen table shortly after mid-night last night. read full story / add a comment
dublin / arts and media / press release Tuesday November 15, 2011 20:02 by alanweldon
On Friday November 18th Near FM will host a birthday party in the Grand Social for its long-running Dublin bands show The Near FM Sessions. read full story / add a comment
Trash Culture Revue DIY Arts Festival
cork / arts and media / press release Tuesday November 08, 2011 17:20 by mutantspace   image 1 image
The Trash Culture Revue is set to return to Cork with an eclectic mix of art, literature, theatre, gigs, slam poetry, film, food and workshops. It’s like no other arts festival in the country as it’s all produced on a zero budget by members of Ireland’s only free online arts skills exchange, mutantspace.com. read full story / add a comment
BRITISH CITY OF CULTURE DERRY RENAMED LONDONDERRY.
international / arts and media / news report Friday October 14, 2011 09:10 by BrianClarkeNUJ   text 36 comments (last - thursday october 20, 2011 13:45)   image 7 images
Another bomb exploded outside the British City of Culture offices in Derry city last night, an hour after a warning had been given but the British paramilitary disposal police, did not once again bother to turn up until after the explosion.. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / arts and media / press release Saturday October 01, 2011 22:55 by IFI   image 1 image
One of the main criticisms of the status quo in Iran is the relegation of women to second-class citizens, something which had been explored by Iranian filmmakers repeatedly in the previous years. Many of these filmmakers were involved in the Green Wave, and this season attempts to select work which represents both these artists and their concerns on the rights of women in contemporary Iran. As the regime cracked down on protesters, the punishments imposed on many of the names mentioned in these notes make for chilling reading: Pegah Ahangarani and Mahnaz Mohammadi, repeatedly arrested and imprisoned, currently on release; Mohammad Rasoulof, imprisoned for six years; and most cruelly, Jafar Panahi, imprisoned for six years, and prohibited from filmmaking for 20. read full story / add a comment
Grab them now...
dublin / arts and media / press release Wednesday September 28, 2011 14:57 by antrophe   text 7 comments (last - monday october 03, 2011 14:07)   image 1 image
rabble is a non-profit, newspaper from the city’s underground. It’s collectively and independently run by volunteers. rabble aims to create a space for the passionate telling of truth, muck-raking journalism and well aimed pot-shots at illegitimate authority. We stand within, and with, Dublin as it struggles from below against the ghost of the Celtic Tiger and the state it left us in. We support those who fight with a new world in their hearts and encourage those who create cultures that seed hope in bleak times. Those involved know each other from alternative media and street mobilisations, from raves, gigs and the football terraces, or by just living in the village that is Dublin. We range from people living and raising their families in the city, to community and political activists, to artists, messers and mischief-makers. We Are rabble. read full story / add a comment
louth / arts and media / news report Monday September 26, 2011 11:32 by Sean Crudden
The performance of The National Chamber Choir of Ireland in Carlingford yesterday afternoon was an object lesson in the calm interpretation of words and music combined. A very stimulating concert free of musical bombast. And very very musical. Admission was €8 and the program which was essential reading cost €3. The theme of the recital was Autumn Landscapes. It involved roads, fields, clouds, lost love, time passing, death, lost youth. Even so it proved one thing at least. Brahms still lives. read full story / add a comment
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