Media not trophies for oligarchs, says McDowell
FORMER Tanaiste Michael McDowell insisted last night that the country's media "must be diverse in ownership and editorial policy".
Mr McDowell was speaking at the launch of a book by Trinity College academic Elaine Byrne, called 'Political Corruption in Ireland 1922-2010; A Crooked Harp'.
He said the country's media outlets were "not trophy possessions for the surplus cash of plutocrats and oligarchs like large hotels and football clubs.
"Nobody is investing in the print media these days for profit; on the contrary, it seems plain as a pikestaff that investment is driven by considerations of social, political and editorial control and influence," he added.
Mr McDowell said the Leveson Inquiry in the UK, which is investigating the relationship between politics and media, shows "the mortal dangers to democracy of surrendering ownership and control of our media to the agendas of those with demonstrated low standards coupled with ruthlessness and greed".