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Friday, 24 August 2012

Trying to find intelligent commentary on Irish politics

I have been reading the Irish Times on-line for one eight months. Can anyone recommend a decent news source from Eire which is not embarrassingly stupid? I would like to read some intelligent commentary on Irish politics. Suggestions, please.

11 comments:

Jonathan Cariveau said...

You made me laugh with this one, SuperT. I wish I could help you. The quality of Western Media is by and large embarrassingly stupid no matter where you turn.

Patricia said...

I'd have to agree with the previous comment however it's possible that the Irish Examiner might help you a little. There is less of an agenda than with the Irish Times or Irish Independent, both embarrassingly left wing now. I rarely buy newspapers now, mainly due to financial reasons but if I do it is usually the Examiner. Alas there is not much choice in that regard over here. It isn't quite as into political commentary as the Times but you should find it a decent news source. Hope this goes some way to alleviating your problem.
http://www.irishexaminer.com/

Supertradmum said...

Thanks, Patricia

Patricia said...

The Iona Institute is also worth a look for a Catholic view on Irish news if you aren't already familiar with it. Apologise on it slipping my mind earlier.
http://www.ionainstitute.ie/

Supertradmum said...

Patricia, ta muchly

Mary said...

Sorry to disagree with Patricia but I think the Examiner is as bad as the rest of them.They are all sneeringly anti Catholic, pro abortion etc. I gave up reading them and watching the news a long time ago.John Waters one of the very few decent journalists in Ireland has said that there are only 3 or 4 print journalists, 1 or 2 on the radio and none in television who are not like that. I can't find the quotation and so might have got it slightly wrong but that is the gist of it.

Supertradmum said...

Mary, what do I read then?

Mary said...

I asked my husband what he would recommend as he is the one with a degree in economics and politics so is very interested. He said that the Irish Times is about the best of a bad lot.
We stopped buying it daily because of the anti-Catholicism etc. but he does read what is available of it on line.
He used to enjoy reading the Sunday papers but has stopped buying any of them for the same reason.
Sorry to be so negative but that seems to be the situation here at the moment. If anyone can recommend a good, fair and balanced source of news in Ireland we would be delighted.

New Sister said...

"The harvest is rich but the laborers few... "

What an obvious place for a start up, which could make money and lift up a demoralized Nation to boot.
What happened to the Capitalist mindset that the Irish had in the 90s?

Supertradmum said...

NewSister, one needs to be a multi-millionaire to start up a newspaper and one loses money for years. If there are some real Catholics who are Irish out there, this could be a great product for a consortium.

Shane said...

The Irish Times certainly is embarrassingly stupid, however thankfully its readership base is rapidly diminishing (its circulation dipped below 100k in the second half of last year) and it made some pretty daft investments during the Celtic Tiger era (buying MyHome.ie for €50m).

If you want intelligent commentary on Irish politics, try the Brandsma Review (you'll have to subscribe as it isn't free online). Short of that, why not join the discussion at the Irish Catholics' Forum (irishcatholics.proboards.com)? You'd be more than welcome