Friday 17 November 2017

Locals tell us the real story

Eilis O'Hanlon

It's that time of year when the daily grind of news and current affairs starts up again after the brief magical interlude of Christmas and New Year. You can't help thinking: we managed happily without politicians over the festive period, would we really be any worse off if they didn't come back into our listening lives at all?

Take the storms. Large sections of the country were being battered by flood waters and high winds, but their ordeal got far less attention from national radio than, say, the row over the City of Culture. Regional correspondents Pat McGrath and Cathy Halloran were given a few minutes here and there on Monday's Morning Ireland to summarise the situation, but much more airtime was devoted to purveyors of blah, blah, blah rather than people who'd actually experienced the terrible weather conditions.

Today With Sean O'Rourke spoke to some business owners in Galway who'd been affected by the storm, but quickly moved on to debating the adequacy (or otherwise) of Galway City Council's response to the crisis, because without an "issue" on which to hang the coverage, most broadcasters were lost. Much less time was devoted to the storms than to Paddy O'Gorman's encounters with prisoners on temporary release. O'Gorman's homely style is much mocked by sophisticates but he's brilliant at what he does and would have been in his element out west.

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