Is there change in the airwaves? RTÉ have, over the last while, shown two documentaries – Unquiet Graves about the Loughinisland killings in 1994 and this week Massacre in Ballymurphy, about the killings in Ballymurphy in 1971. Why was RTÉ so silent over the decades about the deaths of Catholics in the north?
It must be nice to be rich. Queen Elizabeth’s lawyers, it’s now confirmed, successfully lobbied Scottish ministers to change a draft law to exempt her private land (thousands of acres of it) from a major initiative to cut carbon emissions. Prince Charles’s enthusiasm for all things green appears not to have rubbed off on his ma.
Nigel Farage, pin-up boy on the new TV channel GB News, has described the RNLI as a taxi service for illegal refugees. This has provoked a backlash, with charity donations to the RNLI up by 2000% in a single day. Nice one, Nigel.
Are you enjoying the Olympics? You won’t be able to access sustained RTÉ coverage if you’re on the north-eastern side of Ireland. Pity, that.
And finally, is President Michael D Higgins over-worked? He says the Oireachtas is sending him too many bills to sign. Michael D earns just under €250,000 a year – with, of course, free bed and board. Bet you never realised how laborious it is to sign your name.
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