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Any new Irish political blogs? February 16, 2020

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Anyone any leads on good Irish political blogs or websites that have appeared over the last year? Be happy to add them into the blogroll.

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1. damonmatthewwise - February 16, 2020

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On Sun, 16 Feb 2020, 11:12 The Cedar Lounge Revolution, wrote:

> WorldbyStorm posted: “Anyone any leads on good Irish political blogs or > websites that have appeared over the last year? Be happy to add them into > the blogroll.” >

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WorldbyStorm - February 16, 2020

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2. An Sionnach Fionn - February 16, 2020

I haven’t seen any to be honest and the medium outside of CLR and a couple of others seems to be all but moribund. Vaguely political posts and memes on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. have become the norm.

I thought podcasting and YouTube might fill the vacuum as in other countries but there doesn’t look to be a market in Ireland for it. No Irish version of the Young Turks, Hill Rising or Jimmy Dore and so on. There is David McWilliams and Joe.ie podcast but nothing definitely of the Left and not much above a couple of people rambling to their laptops cameras. And most of the latter are politically dubious.

Presumably the Irish market and revenue return doesn’t pay enough for anyone to make a stab at it. That said my ASF YouTube channel was getting 30k+ plus hits per video before Google shut it down. I didn’t revenue it so I have no idea what money it could have made.

While vociferously disagreeing with some of the more inane complaints by SF reps about the conservative press I strongly believe that we need an independent progressive media in Ireland. We just need someone to take the leap in creating the online platform for it.

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tafkaGW - February 17, 2020

Now that’s a fine idea, if I understand it rightly.

Some kind of umbrella where left/green podcasts, videos, publishing, blogs could come together.

With an option like Steady for subscription support.

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An Sionnach Fionn - February 17, 2020

Yep, an independent media website of some sort with a small core editorial and tech team to manage things and then various contributors. It would all be voluntary at first with some (likely token) payments down the line, minimal advertising and sponsorship (because every revenue stream is needed, though advertisers are unlikely to be beating down the doors) and then some sort of tiered membership, from free to paid to keep the lights on. Something like The Canary in the UK.

Unfortunately it’s likely to remain a pipe dream.

Hopefully someone might take up the task of doing an Irish YouTube channel devoted to left-politics. A YouTube “show”, a couple of hours an episode a couple of times a week would do wonders. And voters are crying out for alternative sources of information. Hence the ubiquity of political memes and posts on social media. Albeit some more dubious than others.

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tafkaGW - February 17, 2020

I guess Novara media do this rather well in the British context.

While we’re dreaming, I’d not do advertising, because of the extra complexity and because it always compromises you.

There are plenty of independent left media outlets in Germany that survive on a subscription / donation model.

None of them are going to be rich or even half-decently paid any time soon, but they do good work.

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3. Paul Culloty - February 16, 2020

The Echo Chamber podcast appears popular:

https://tortoiseshack.ie/echo-chamber-ireland-podcasts/

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tafkaGW - February 17, 2020

Yea – their election coverage was good and they bang the drum for left unity.

I’d like to support them but I have a problem with Patreon: I don’t want a US firm handing my subscriptions to 5-Eyes, which they may do, we will never know.

I’d rather use a European donation platform like Steady, but everything it seems must feed the US tech giants and wannabe giants.

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4. alanmyler - February 16, 2020

The Blindboy podcast is pretty good generally, although he’s not specifically political as such.

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5. Conor Kostick - February 17, 2020

https://www.reddit.com/r/ROI/ is maybe worth noting as it’s gathered up some redditors who were banned by the mods of /r/Ireland for being too left-wing. It’s fairly lively and although there’s a Stalinist doing most of the posting, some good discussion occasionally takes off.

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