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# Communications

This year
Pat Rabbitte: Two inquiries, two reviews and one forensic excavation into RTÉ is deliberate overkill
The former communications minister says it is our democracy that will ultimately be the one to pay the price for the RTÉ controversy.
Bluebell baby monitors 'no longer safe' as regulator issues recall
It is believed that there is a risk of children not being monitored correctly.
Refugee accommodation: Govt hopes local point people and beefed up media budget will ease concerns
Politicians have spoken out about the lack of communication about refugee facilities.
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Poll: Has government communication on Covid-19 restrictions been clear in recent weeks?
Varadkar said that if there have been any failures “we have to accept responsibility for that”.
From 2024, the government wants to include phones and laptops in your TV licence fee
The government said that the TV licence fee should be replaced by a new charging system.
Irish users urged to download latest version of WhatsApp after phones infected with spyware through missed calls
The DPC said that it had been informed by WhatsApp about a “serious vulnerability” on its platform.
'It's a disgrace that it will take that long': Opposition TDs criticise 7-year timeline for rural broadband
Cabinet yesterday signed off on the National Broadband Plan.
Cabinet signs off on the €3 billion broadband plan - here's what we know so far
The first homes will be connected next year, but some will be waiting up to seven years for broadband.
Report due in three weeks on whether Naughten meetings undermined procurement process
The review follows the resignation of Denis Naughten as Communications Minister over his dinners with David McCourt.
Naughten admits more private meetings with head of broadband bidding group
Richard Bruton is to take over the role of Communications Minister temporarily.
Denis Naughten has resigned as Communications Minister
He made the announcement in the Dáil this afternoon.
'An attack on rural Ireland' - Criticism as An Post releases list of 159 post offices to close
The closure affects 25 counties.
Leo admits 'mistakes were made' and 'controls were too loose' with his communications unit
Varadkar came under fire during Leaders’ Questions when opposition parties called for the unit to be disbanded.
Why did Eir quit the State's broadband plan, and what now for rural Ireland?
“We couldn’t make a business case stack up,” Eir CEO Richard Moat said. “So regrettably, we had to pull out.”
There has been a jump in the number of people buying a TV licence in the last year
The jump in the figures over the last year is largely attributed to the public awareness campaign rolled out by the Department of Communications.
Trump's former press secretary Sean Spicer to appear live on the Late Late this Friday
He’s going to explain why he jumped ship.
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.
Revealed: Taoiseach's new communications unit to cost €5m next year
The Taoiseach previously said the new unit would be cost neutral.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
"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.
This Kerry peninsula shows how the Irish have communicated for thousands of years
An expert talks us through how it all works.
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.
FactCheck: Has Eircode really "saved lives"?’s FactCheck examines a bold claim made by Minister Denis Naughten.
Should public payphones be hung up, permanently?
If a payphone is not being used then Eir is allowed to take it away.
Church of England defends tweet asking for prayers for Richard Dawkins following stroke
“The tweet was a prayer. Nothing controversial in that.”
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?
We've (finally) been told when Ireland’s new postcodes get delivered
Eircode has been in the pipeline for quite a while now.
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.
Starbucks stops writing 'race together' on cups after 'cascade of negativity'
They haven’t given up on the whole idea though.
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
This solar flare put on a better show than any Christmas lights
Poll: How often do you tune into Oireachtas TV?
Organisers aren’t expecting thousands of viewers.
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.