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Thursday 23 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Spin

All time
# strategic communications
Taoiseach's department has spent nearly €500k on video production since Varadkar took office
Videos produced for the Project Ireland 2040 plan cost just under €150,000 alone.
# Media
Varadkar says his new separate PR unit has cost nothing to date
Those in opposition have dubbed the new communications unit the Taoiseach’s own “spin machine”.
# Spin
Mourinho: Loss to Barcelona good for Man United
The Red Devils suffered their first defeat of the summer.
# Radio
Mairéad Ronan to leave Today FM amid shakeup at Communicorp
Ronan has been at the station for 15 years.
# evil gluten
People are using #BlameGluten to mock dodgy diet science
Damn gluten.
Column: Enda's charm offensive has begun
The Taoiseach’s rare appearance on Irish television is a firm signal that Fine Gael is gearing up for a general election – but don’t expect him on Vincent Browne any time soon.
# Housing
Government spin 'now seeping into the civil service'
Reports today reveal Department officials said housing figures had been spun.
# Crib Notes
Here's how Labour TDs and Senators were told to spin the Budget... and slam the opposition
Deputies and senators got a fancy-looking tip sheet ahead of Tuesday’s Budget.
# Gotcha
A Definitive Ranking of Ireland's April Fools' Day Pranks
A blue cheese easter egg. Really?
Damien Kiberd: The real reason why Frank Flannery's head was served up on a plate
Spin doctors? But who the hell is sick?’ To paraphrase the TV drama Borgen, Frank Flannery’s dismissal uncovers some uncomfortable truths about ‘access all areas’ PR in politics.
# Household charge
Hogan accused of "spin" over Household Charge figures
Deputy Brian Stanley of Sinn Féin has said that some of the people who the Minister said have paid were entitled to exemptions.
# master blasters
World Twenty 20 Final: Flamboyant Windies aim to blast past tricky Sri Lankans
While the tournament hosts have fought tenaciously to reach the final, the West Indies’ flair has certainly won over the neutrals.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.
Column: Sick of government spin? Well, it’s nothing new…
Politicians have been manipulating the mass media for as long as it’s existed – and Ireland is no exception, writes Ciara Chambers.
Tubs still losing listeners as D'Arcy's figures rise
The latest listenership figures show that while RTE favourites Morning Ireland and Marian Finucance fared well, Ryan Tubridy and Derek Mooney suffered losses.
# Five Alive
A grand soft day: Entertainers lace up for 126-mile run in aid of Special Olympics Ireland
DJ and movie critic team up for a fund-raising, endurance jog. Nice weather for it too.
# Spin
Funny business: what's Tiger really up to?
Media speculation has been building about Tiger Woods’ return to competitive golf, but mounting evidence seems to suggest that it could happen an awful lot later than anyone anticipated.