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Galway Advertiser and local politics


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Gimpanzee

The Advertiser is gone beyond a joke at this point when it comes to local politics. I know it is a local rag, but is it too much to expect something better than than

"Crowe announces new €1 million pedestrian bridge for Galway"

Galway Advertiser - Local News, Sports, Entertainment, Community Events, Free Weekly Newspaper

This week the front page headline is that Cllr Michael Crowe has announced a €1m footbridge across the canal. Now leaving aside the obvious question about why it should cost a million quid to span a body of water 20m wide for pedestrians and cyclists, what I want to know is why Crowe got a mention in the headline? Its not like he paid for it. He was one of God knows how many people involved.

I can understand how a politician would issue a press release associating themselves with the good news, but how does it make it to the front page headline of a newspaper? Crowe should have been a footnote in the story, nothing more.

Then inside you have a sicking series of soft focus photo's and articles about Peter Keane and Hildegarde Naughton. Almost nothing of which seem related to their work that the public currently pays them to do as councillors but solely related to their chances of climbing the greasy pole to get another higher paid public job. What chances are there or seen an article critically analysing what these two have done since they got elected?

'Firebrand' councillor and Advertiser favourite Padraig Conneely gets another press release in and I'm only surprised I haven't seen something from Fidelma Healy Eames announcing/decrying something or other.

The soft handling a council that has presided over disasters in the cities infrastructure and budgets over the past few years is sickening. The editorials in the Advertiser can sometimes carry a useful message, but with the likes of this weeks headline it is lost in the schmaltz.

And before anyone says 'well don't buy it'....
 

meriwether

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The sections they actually compose themselves (excluding the advertisements) can be roughly divided into:
-politican press releases
-pictures of lovely girls in Halo on a night out (this appears to be mandatory in everylocal paper
-a court report update on Castleparks finest
-sport.

However, I had a look at it a few weeks back, for the first time in yonks, and they issued mid term reports on local politicians. Some of it was hard-hititng enopugh, with a few 2/5 marks issued.

I wasn't expecting that.
 
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However, I had a look at it a few weeks back, for the first time in yonks, and they issued mid term reports on local politicians. Some of it was hard-hititng enopugh, with a few 2/5 marks issued.

I wasn't expecting that.
I must have missed that - they must be trying to get out of the dog house with roses and choccies this week because it is vomit inducing.

I don't mind the political press releases when they get the small article treatment, somewhere in between the homeless cats and the dead people, but its hardly too much to expect that the front page might have some bit of thought put into it.
 

iartaoiseach

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I'd agree with much of the previous posts however I was surprised that they departed from the media consensus on our wonderful governments lightspeed headshop ban with a fairly sarky editorial about relative harm. It's not often the advertiser is that progressive. what I have a real issue with is that they allow public representatives to pontificate and mudsling in their letters page I mean these muppets have already too much access to our media without filling a page that is for the views of the ordinary joe with their propaganda. that and their willingness to print every utterance of the likes of Niall Farrell and his ilk.
 

corelli

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I must have missed that - they must be trying to get out of the dog house with roses and choccies this week because it is vomit inducing.
Generally they just print press releases, and to be fair they print everyones crap, including "Kenny walks down shop street" or something similar not too long ago. They don't have the staff to do very considered pieces generally, save when they do editorial stuff occasionally.

The Tribune is a far better paper one has to say.
 
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Generally they just print press releases, and to be fair they print everyones crap, including "Kenny walks down shop street" or something similar not too long ago. They don't have the staff to do very considered pieces generally, save when they do editorial stuff occasionally.

The Tribune is a far better paper one has to say.
Yes Tribune is far better, and in fairness you'd expect it to be better quality based on resources and business model.

Really it was the headline that drove me to this. What would have been wrong with
"New footbridge to be built over canal"? Its one thing trotting out the body of press releases (this article appears to be at least reworked by Kernan Andrews), but there is no excuse for using a press release headline for the front page story, if that is what happened.
 

meriwether

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There was actually an excellent pull-out a few weeks back because it celebrated its 40th birthday.

40 years of Galway news, or something like that.
 

corelli

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There was actually an excellent pull-out a few weeks back because it celebrated its 40th birthday.

40 years of Galway news, or something like that.
I like Tom Kenny's "history of Galway" bits.
 

meriwether

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I like Tom Kenny's "history of Galway" bits.
I like the 'pretty girls in Halo' pictures.

But then I'm a mysogonist, sexist pig, who objectifies women as sexual trinkets and operates at a base level at all times.
 

Sam's Cross

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He who pays the piper...

I remember sometime ago seeing in the Advertiser's property pages (back in the boomy days) an explicit commitment that prominent property editorial coverage would be given to those estate agents who advertised the most. Given FF's wraparound 4 pager on the week of the last GE, I suspect that this policy also applies to political coverage.
 

EvotingMachine0197

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Agreed.

City Council announces new €1 million pedestrian bridge for Galway would have been a far more appropriate headline.

Good old Michael, sure he got us a bridge you know.
 

SKELLY

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Maybe Crowe can explain why it will cost 1 million euros as well?

Im glad to see Connelly has some what relaxed with the press releaease and photo ops.

Also glad to see they printed a letter asking why Nial O'Brolochain is opening a constituency office when he was twice rejected by us.
 

Malboury

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€1 Millions is pretty nuts for a bridge. I know a fella who'd throw something up for 10% of that. It might even stay us as as well! ;-)

The Advertiser is just that; and advertiser of things. That they occassionally disguise such advertisements as news can be a bit questionable, but at the heart of it they just promote things. Ideas, politicians, whatever or whoever has money. The odd editorial is about the only exception to that. But sure, the hints in the name, after all ;-)

edit: As an aside, these guys threw up a 25 meter bridge in Iraq for less just $84k. It can't cost less to build a bridge in what's effectively an occasional warzone than it can in Galway... can it?

http://www.strykernews.com/archives/2010/04/19/building_a_foot.html
 

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I guess, a headline like:

"You, the tax-payer, to pay for a new €1 million pedestrian bridge for Galway"

doesn't read as well. :p
 

diablos

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smell the porridge.It does what it says on the banner.Its an advertising vehicle.Doh.
 

yehbut_nobut

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smell the porridge.It does what it says on the banner.Its an advertising vehicle.Doh.
Don't complain to the paper, so. Direct your ire at the advertisers.
 

Sam's Cross

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Front Page Apology

Front page of this week's Advertiser contains the following apology:

Talking Politics
In an article in our June 3 edition entitled, Talking Politics, false and damaging remarks were published regarding Mr Gerry Barrett which we unreservedly withdraw. We apologise sincerely to Mr Barrett, his family, and his 550 employees for the distress caused by these false and damaging remarks. The Galway Advertiser will make a charitable donation to the Poor Clares convent in Galway at the request of Mr Barrett.

This week's edition can be viewed here, the apology appears in the centre of the front page. The relevant article in last week's edition is also available online, however, I will not link to it here as I'm not 100% certain of the legal issues involved in doing so. I must say I was surprised to see Gerry Barrett's name in last week's article. raises questions about the Advertiser's policy of accepting press releases from local politicos. I guess editorial standards will be tighter in future.
 
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