Irish Media Movement

Jenny Kelly and Will Hanafin, members of Ray Darcy’s production team at Today FM, have joined the presenter at RTE.

Susan Mitchell has been promoted to health editor at the Sunday Business Post.

Richard Oakley has been appointed as editor of The Times Ireland, News International’s digital newspaper, which will launch later this year.

Fionnan Sheehan has been appointed as the new editor of the Irish Independent and Cormac Bourke has been appointed as the editor of the Sunday Independent.

Ger Gilroy is one of the presenters as part of an evening sports roundup on Fridays on UTV Ireland.

Rosemary MacCabe has joined Stellar magazine as deputy editor.

Anton Savage will take over from Ray Darcy on Today FM. The new show will air in the coming weeks.

Irish Media Movement

Tom Lyons and Ian Guider are moving to the Sunday Business Post from the Irish Times and NewsTalk respectively.

Claire Brock and Sarah O’Connor join Sinead O’Donnell as news reporters with UTV Ireland.

Laura Hogan is now news reporter with TV3.

Derek Mooney is leaving his show in January to become a nature and wildlife producer in RTE.

Ray Darcy has left Today FM and will join RTE in February to replace Mooney and also become a TV presenter. A replacement presenter for Today FM will be announced in due course.

Irish Media Movement

Leslie Ann Horgan has joined the Irish Independent and is now editing the Weekend magazine.

Mary O’Regan has joined UTV as political editor.

Fergal O’Brien has left his position as news correspondent with Today FM to join TV3.

RTE has appointed Fiona Mitchell as its new London correspondent.

Colette Sexton is now responsible for the Media & Marketing section in the Sunday Business Post.

Stuff That Caught My Attention #28

Ahead of the launch of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, GAME hired a Hollywood acting coach to provide a few professional pointers to those planning on taking sick leave the next morning.

To celebrate the launch of Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie, HMV created their own special version of the Molly Malone statue outside their Henry Street store.

One of the many initiatives undertaken by Dublin Zoo to celebrate October as month of the elephant included releasing a ‘herd’ of elephants onto the streets of Dublin.

Irish Media Movement

Ian Kehoe has been appointed as editor of the Sunday Business Post.

Cliff Taylor has been appointed as managing editor of the Irish Times.

Paul Colgan has left RTE to join UTV as economics editor.  He has also been joined in the newsroom by Sinead O’Donnell, who was previously a reporter with TV3, Today FM and NewsTalk. Mick McCaffrey has left the Sunday World to become news editor at the station.  Chris Donoghue, host of NewsTalk’s breakfast show, is also joining UTV in January, whilst also retaining his role at the radio station.  NewsTalk will now also supply radio news for UTV’s regional radio stations, with UTV staff moving to its TV operation.

RTE will establish the position of London correspondent in January.

Steve Wynne Jones has become the managing editor of both Checkout and its sister publication ESM – the European Supermarket Magazine.

TV3 will broadcast a toy show to attempt to rival the RTE Late, Late Toy Show.  It will be presented by Brian McFadden and Karen Koster, with Jedward on hand also.


The latest Ipsos MRBI/Irish Times political poll makes for a depressing read for Fianna Fail. In the wake of a number of blunders by the Fine Gael and Labour coalition, Michael Martin and the rest of the Fianna Fail party must be wondering what they need to do to get a boost in the polls. Needless to say, hours after the poll the public soul searching by some of Martin’s rivals has already begun.

How is it that Sinn Fein gain in popularity, while Fianna Fail’s support continues to stagnate?

Is the party out of touch? Is Martin the wrong man for the job? Did the collapse of the Celtic Tiger fundamentally destroy the base of what has been the most popular party in the history of the State?

Perhaps the answer is a lot simpler. I read a great interview in the FT today with Timothy Bell, one of Margaret Thatcher’s main advisers (registration required, but free to read.)  There is a fantastic quote in the article:

“When you’re in opposition the only argument you’ve got is that it’s time for a change,” he says.

This is what makes the next election in the UK so interesting, he says. “Whatever happens there’s going to be a change. So nobody’s going to be able to do ‘it’s time for a change’ and nobody’s going to be able to do ‘it’s no time for a change’.”

The problem for Fianna Fail is that they are essentially seen as part of the establishment, whether they are in opposition or not.  Telling the electorate that they are the party to deliver change simply won’t wash with the public, no matter who the leader is at the moment.  The fundamental reason for Sinn Fein’s gradual rise in popularity is that more people are seeing them as the only real alternative.

This is also what will make the next election so interesting to watch. It would be in Sinn Fein’s best interests to stay out of Government for as long as possible.  They will be faced with a real gamble – take the reins of power and potentially see their popularity crumble like a castle with foundations built on sand over five years.  Or alternatively hold off for the same period to underline their position as the only political alternative, whilst praying that the continued turnaround in Ireland’s economic fortunes does not lead to the public repaying Fine Gael with their loyalty.

Media Movement

Paul Cunningham has been appointed as editor of RTE’s The Week in Politics. He will continue as European correspondent until also until the end of the year.

Cormac Ó hEadhra, drivetime host on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, has been confirmed as the new presenter of The Late Debate on RTÉ Radio 1.

Media Movement

Colette Sexton and Jack Horgan Jones have both joined the Sunday Business Post.

Conor Ryan has left the Irish Examiner to join RTE.

Marcus Lehnen has been appointed as news editor at UTV Ireland.

Arthur Beesley has been appointed as economics editor at the Irish Times.

Cormac Moore and Danielle Moyes are the new presenters of Spin FM’s Zoo Crew.

TV3 is launching a new show called The Gadget Buzz, which will be presented by Laura Wood, Joe Donnelly, Keith Nolan and Georgie Galvin.

Vincent Browne has finished writing his column for the Irish Times.

Amanda Brunker has finished writing her column for the Sunday World.

Mairead Farrell is leaving the Ray Darcy show to become the new producer of the Ian Dempsey breakfast show.

Claire Grady has stepped down as editor of the Irish Independent. A search for her replacement has commenced. Ian Mallon is acting editor in her absence.

KISS magazine has closed.

INM is merging the Evening Herald and Sunday World newsrooms which will lead to some voluntary redundancies.

As part of the revised TV3 schedule, FYI has finished up and will no longer air on 3e.

Topical ad from Toyota in the wake of the Jay-Z/Solange controversy.

This anti-racism campaign is inspired. In order to highlight the prevalence of racism in Spanish football, two Barcelona players had planned to eat the next piece of fruit thrown at them during a match. Dani Alves kicked off the campaign in the clip below, which was followed up by a series of posts by numerous players and fans. You can read more about the campaign here.

Paddy Power has been all over David Moyes’ reign as manager of Manchester United, eventually culminating in his dismissal. Their two best stunts involved having a grim reaper in the crowd at the Everton game that proved to be his eventual undoing and erecting a statue of David Moyes outside Anfield.

With the World Cup around the corner, Paddy Power has moved on from David Moyes to try and solve the mystery of how England can win the World Cup. Paddy Power commissioned Stephen Hawking to analyse the key factors which have affected England’s World Cup performances in their 45 finals games since 1966. The resulting scientific model was then used to help predict the probability of England winning key matches in Brazil this summer. Although it’s similar in nature to a Ladbrokes stunt from a few years ago, it garnered wall-to-wall coverage.

Paddy Power’s most inspired stunt, however, has been tricking the public to believe that they had cut down tries in the rain forest to carve out a message of support for the English football team. has the full back story.

Although Nigel Farage led UKIP to some success in the recent European and local elections, he came under some media scrutiny, particularly around employing his German wife as his private secretary. Xpat jobs, a recruitment site, put up an ad for the job, which led to hundreds of applications and some column inches for the company.

Irish Media Movement

Jennifer Bray is now health correspondent with the Irish Daily Mail.

Vincent Ryan has moved from the Irish Examiner to the Sunday Times business desk.

Padraic Halpin is now Dublin bureau chief for Thomson Reuters after the departure of Sam Cage.

A number of appointments have been announced at the Irish Independent. Kevin Doyle and Donal O’Donovan have been appointed as the news editor and deputy business editor respectively. Cormac Bourke has been appointed as executive editor and will, according to the paper, “play a key role in day-to-day news generation” and “also be involved in strategic planning in the context of a digital first newsroom and overseeing special investigations.

Piaras Kelly
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