‘I am not bound by decisions made by my predecessors’ – RTE FOI

A few years ago, after reading a news story about a “dossier” sent to RTE about its political coverage by a political party, I sent in a freedom of information request, asking for “any submissions from political parties regarding partiality and bias in political reporting and commentary on RTE”. The request was initially refused, on […]

FOI: The Poor Box

Ever wondered what happens to the donations people make to the poor box in the Irish courts system?  I sent in a freedom of information request to the Courts Service asking that question. Poor Box Donations 2014 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B97BNQQ6gbcfdWdrb3IxRHBNSDQ/view?usp=sharing Poor Box Donations 2013 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B97BNQQ6gbcfcUdTWjRpampGaFE/view?usp=sharing Poor Box Donations 2012 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B97BNQQ6gbcfWmYwUF81QWNIcTA/view?usp=sharing

Civil War and civil rights

Civil War isn’t really sure what the conflict is about, only that it’s an excuse for fighting (Widow v Hawkeye, Ant-Man v Ironman, Spidey v pretty much everyone), and at the end of the day, it doesn’t do much except serve as a stealth origin story for Black Panther and a Peter Parker reboot. This […]

Easter Risings

The disconnect between Official Ireland and the rest of the population has rarely been highlighted as effectively as during the past ten days. The early Easter, barely a week after St Patrick’s Day, marks the contrast between the 1916 anniversary parade in Dublin this morning and the multiple parades around the country on 17 March. […]

Comics 103

Comics 103 I’m not really a comic book guy. I’m a story guy with a strong Sci-Fi interest. I didn’t follow comics as a kid, outside 200AD and Dredd. Instead I picked up a comic here and there, inbetween reading the collected Asimov stories, or Ursula K Le Guin and Philip K Dick in the […]

Comics 102

Comics are two dimensional. Literally. And because of that, I harbour a regular bias against comic characters, who are as two dimensional as the format in which they appear. But as more of my leisure entertainment is rooted in comics, that bias is challenged more and more. That is to say, more of my entertainment […]