The media: Complementing the work of politicians… June 27, 2012Posted by guestposter in Irish Politics.
From Oireachtas Retort…
With Brendan Howlin still seeking a way around Abbeylara I thought this from Deputy Tom Hayes was worth highlighting again. On his elevation to Chair of the mouthful Joint Committee on the Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht last week this exchange took place.
Chairman: It is a great honour to take up this very responsible position. We are covering two Government Departments and there is a great debate across the transport, tourism, sports, communications and energy sectors. We can get our teeth into a lot of things, including transport issues in particular. There is a potential for tourism which is totally untapped, so we need to get involved in that. We are proud of our sporting achievements in this country and I can see a big potential for development in that regard. Communications is also an important sector. Other committees have invited the board of RTE to appear before them, but I think it is time we brought in the performers and commentators in RTE, including the Pat Kennys of this world. We should examine that matter at some future stage. I know the committee will have a heavy workload. Deputy O’Donovan is smiling but it is something we need to examine.
What matter needs examining here I wonder? A repeat of the display when Savage and Curran were brought in? An afternoon moralising and settling scores. In any case the underlying perception here is that as well as management, journalists and broadcasters are answerable to Oireachtas.
I had a look at the record for clues and there is was only a solitary suggestion that more horse racing be shown in the afternoons. He does however note
Nothing has complemented the work of politicians more than local radio stations.
Which is surely where some opinion formers are going wrong.