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Declan Lynch: There's just no getting away from Dumbo in the corner

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IN the Henry Root letters, the author writes to the queen, noting that she always seems to be opening things, and wondering if, for a change, she might consider closing a few things -- the BBC, the Guardian, and so on.



In that spirit, Root would have given a broad welcome to the recent closure of RTE's London office, though perhaps understandably, this was not the reaction of RTE's departing London correspondent Brian O'Connell. His piece in the Irish Times last week, in which he described the closure as an endorsement of "Ryanair journalism" which betrayed RTE's public service obligations, was interesting in a number of ways.


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