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#Communications

# communications - Saturday 21 October, 2017

See the Ophelia warnings on TV on Sunday? That was Ireland's emergency broadcasting system in action

It was the first time the system was brought into use in ireland under the 2009 Broadcasting Act.

# communications - Tuesday 10 October, 2017

Revealed: Taoiseach's new communications unit to cost €5m next year PR

Revealed: Taoiseach's new communications unit to cost €5m next year

The Taoiseach previously said the new unit would be cost neutral.

# communications - Wednesday 27 September, 2017

Varadkar surprised that the opposition are 'more obsessed about his PR than he is'

The Strategic Communications Unit is to hire an additional three staff members.

# communications - Saturday 5 August, 2017

Varadkar defends setting up separate office to look after his own PR

Those in opposition have dubbed the new communications unit the Taoiseach’s own “spin machine”.

# communications - Thursday 1 June, 2017

An Post criticised for not using Eircodes, but do you use them? Digits This post contains a poll

An Post criticised for not using Eircodes, but do you use them?

The state has spent €38 million on developing, rolling out and advertising Eircode.

# communications - Wednesday 3 May, 2017

Gardaí arrest couple for acting as 'spotters' for man who killed Noel Kirwan

It is understood the man owed a drug debt to members of the Kinahan cartel.

# communications - Sunday 8 January, 2017

Trump national security pick accused of plagiarising large sections of book

Monica Crowley has been named director of communications for the White House’s National Security Council.

# communications - Tuesday 20 December, 2016

7 ways the government says it will fix broadband access in Ireland

The government’s plan to speed up and deliver broadband services has been repeatedly delayed.

# communications - Thursday 3 November, 2016

Government to block bill calling for new public holiday, despite one of its own calling for the same thing

The Public Holidays Bill 2016 is being brought before the Dáil today by Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh.

# communications - Wednesday 26 October, 2016

Denis O'Brien hits out at report which raises concerns about media ownership in Ireland

In a statement released tonight, O’Brien said the report makes for “very interesting reading”.

# communications - Sunday 23 October, 2016

"Humorous posts are popular... I also think you can't force humour either" - Managing social media for gardaí

We chatted to the director of communications about social media management.

# communications - Monday 12 September, 2016

This Kerry peninsula shows how the Irish have communicated for thousands of years

An expert talks us through how it all works.

# communications - Friday 2 September, 2016

TV licence required to watch BBC iPlayer in the UK, but no such rules on the way for the RTÉ Player

Minister Denis Naughten is bringing forward plans to crackdown on TV licence fee evasion this autumn.

# communications - Tuesday 21 June, 2016

FactCheck: Has Eircode really "saved lives"?

TheJournal.ie’s FactCheck examines a bold claim made by Minister Denis Naughten.

# communications - Tuesday 31 May, 2016

Should public payphones be hung up, permanently?

If a payphone is not being used then Eir is allowed to take it away.

# communications - Sunday 14 February, 2016

Church of England defends tweet asking for prayers for Richard Dawkins following stroke

“The tweet was a prayer. Nothing controversial in that.”

# communications - Monday 14 December, 2015

Whatever happened to that broadcasting charge we were supposed to pay this year?

It was supposed to replace the TV licence but it hasn’t happened. Will it ever?

# communications - Monday 27 April, 2015

We've (finally) been told when Ireland’s new postcodes get delivered

Eircode has been in the pipeline for quite a while now.

# communications - Tuesday 21 April, 2015

Sky and UPC may have to hand over customer data in crackdown on licence fee dodgers

Communications minister Alex White wants to catch fee evaders.

# communications - Tuesday 24 March, 2015

Starbucks stops writing 'race together' on cups after 'cascade of negativity'

They haven’t given up on the whole idea though.

# communications - Tuesday 10 March, 2015

Looking for a job? Munster is the place to be

Employers in the southernmost province are gearing up for a hiring splurge over the next three months

# communications - Saturday 27 December, 2014

# communications - Sunday 30 November, 2014

Poll: How often do you tune into Oireachtas TV? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: How often do you tune into Oireachtas TV?

Organisers aren’t expecting thousands of viewers.

# communications - Friday 31 October, 2014

Student finance body SUSI has paid out 11,000 more grants than this time last year

There are around 19,000 students still awaiting payments.

# communications - Thursday 30 October, 2014

Is Irish Water getting any better at answering TDs' questions?

Several TDs have complained about not getting any response to their queries from the new utility.

# communications - Monday 29 September, 2014

Alex White had his car stolen last week

A briefcase was also stolen during the burglary, but the Department of Communications has said it didn’t contain any sensitive documents.

# communications - Wednesday 20 August, 2014

'Central server issue' behind Dublin Bus communications problems

Real time passenger info and Dublin Bus phones were experiencing service disruptions earlier.

# communications - Tuesday 12 August, 2014

There will be no decisions made on fracking in Ireland for at least 2 years

The department of Minister of State Joe McHugh has issued a statement in response the announcement by Mark Durkan.

# communications - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

These are the 50 towns being targeted for a €450mn high-speed broadband plan

ESB and Vodafone are going 50:50 on the deal.

# communications - Saturday 22 March, 2014

Government makes no comment on postcode costs amid Dáil claims of €30m

Minister Rabbitte told the Dáil that his department was assisted in the tender process by a consulting firm.

# communications - Tuesday 18 March, 2014

EU lawmakers vote in favour of scrapping roaming charges by 2015

The European Commission says it expects a final agreement of the legislation by December 2014.

# communications - Wednesday 12 March, 2014

Poll: Are you too reliant on the internet? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Are you too reliant on the internet?

Do you get panicked if you can’t check your emails or your exact location?

# communications - Wednesday 5 March, 2014

‘Anti-Pantigate’ bill tabled in the Dáil to stop “the litigious and thin-skinned”

Stephen Donnelly says that he feels broadcasters are already being more cautious as a result of the controversy.

# communications - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

Stormwatch: Eircom and ESB work to return services to 16,000 customers

The company warned that another 10,000 customers could be impacted over the coming days.

# communications - Friday 31 January, 2014

Rabbitte won’t ‘interfere’ in RTÉ’s Panti payments

Rabbitte said he has never called someone who disagreed with him on the issue of gay equality a ‘homophobe’.

# communications - Monday 27 January, 2014

Column: Sorry politicians, you can’t avoid social media – people no longer accept being ‘talked at’

The political class have realised the importance of a digital economy – but, they also need to realise the importance of building a digital democracy, writes Niall Devitt.

# communications - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

ESB will use its network to bring broadband to rural areas

The electricity provider looks set to enter the broadband market after new laws have been published by the Government.

# communications - Tuesday 15 October, 2013

RTÉ to take €5m hit as Dept of Social Protection cuts free TV licences payment

Current recipients of free licences will not be affected, TheJournal.ie has learned – instead, the State broadcaster will take brunt of the cut.

# communications - Friday 11 October, 2013

TDs and Senators given advice to counter 'disingenuous annual media yarn' on allowances

TDs and Senators have been told to point out that “most if not all members” will have exceeded the minimum number of attendance days to qualify for allowances. In fact, just 15 TDs and four Senators have reached the required number of days.

# communications - Tuesday 8 October, 2013

Confirmed: New national postcode system to be rolled out by Spring 2015

A consortium headed by Capita Ireland has won the tender to develop, implement and operate the new postcode system.

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