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Saturday 16 December 2017

NUJ slams ruling

A RECENT ruling by the broadcast watchdog could have serious implications for all broadcasters, according to the National Union of Journalists.

A complaint was upheld by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) against RTE Radio One's Derek Mooney Show in which the BAI found a discussion on same-sex marriage was not impartial because alternative views on the subject weren't sought.

But NUJ Secretary General Seamus Dooley said the ruling could force broadcasters to seek out "counter opinion in all settings".

SVP pre-pay warning

The Society of St Vincent de Paul is urging retailers not to impose surcharges on utility card payments.

The charity says the majority of approximately 150,000 people using pre-paid gas and electricity meters are on low incomes and it's "unacceptable" to ask them for surcharges to top up their cards.

Honour for Irish films

A NEW animated Irish film by the creators of the Oscar-nominated Book of Kells is to premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival next month.

Song of the Sea, a feature film from Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon, will have its world premiere at the film festival. Another Irish film, Miss Julie, starring Dublin actor Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain, will also premiere at the event.

Hunger strike anger

The Irish Refugee Council is calling for the immediate closure of the Mount Trenchard Direct Provision Centre in Foynes, Co Limerick.

The council said it is "shocked and saddened" that the Reception and Integration Agency responded to a recent hunger strike by residents concerned over substandard living conditions by dispersing them.

HSE urged to act

The trade union SIPTU is urging the HSE to act to relieve pressure on the accident and emergency department at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth.

The union claims staff have been overwhelmed by the number of patients presenting at the A&E over recent weeks, which, combined with a lack of beds in local community care facilities, is posing a threat to patient safety.

The union is urging the HSE to put an emergency plan in place to cope with the immediate problem and hire more nursing staff.

Irish Independent

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