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# communications - Friday 2 August, 2019

From 2024, the government wants to include phones and laptops in your TV licence fee
# One Sixty
# One Sixty

From 2024, the government wants to include phones and laptops in your TV licence fee

Updated Aug 2nd 2019, 8:39 AM 51,429 Views 204 Comments

The government said that the TV licence fee should be replaced by a new charging system.

# communications - Tuesday 14 May, 2019

Irish users urged to download latest version of WhatsApp after phones infected with spyware through missed calls
# Spyware
# Spyware

Irish users urged to download latest version of WhatsApp after phones infected with spyware through missed calls

Updated May 14th 2019, 1:00 PM 48,110 Views 30 Comments

The DPC said that it had been informed by WhatsApp about a “serious vulnerability” on its platform.

# communications - Wednesday 8 May, 2019

'It's a disgrace that it will take that long': Opposition TDs criticise 7-year timeline for rural broadband
# National Broadband Plan
# National Broadband Plan

'It's a disgrace that it will take that long': Opposition TDs criticise 7-year timeline for rural broadband

May 8th 2019, 6:10 AM 8,186 Views 29 Comments

Cabinet yesterday signed off on the National Broadband Plan.

# communications - Tuesday 7 May, 2019

Cabinet signs off on the €3 billion broadband plan - here's what we know so far
# Rural Broadband
# Rural Broadband

Cabinet signs off on the €3 billion broadband plan - here's what we know so far

Updated May 7th 2019, 4:55 PM 32,544 Views 145 Comments

The first homes will be connected next year, but some will be waiting up to seven years for broadband.

# communications - Wednesday 17 October, 2018

Report due in three weeks on whether Naughten meetings undermined procurement process
# National Broadband Plan
# National Broadband Plan

Report due in three weeks on whether Naughten meetings undermined procurement process

Oct 17th 2018, 5:30 PM 5,288 Views 17 Comments

The review follows the resignation of Denis Naughten as Communications Minister over his dinners with David McCourt.

# communications - Thursday 11 October, 2018

Naughten admits more private meetings with head of broadband bidding group
# National Broadband Plan
# National Broadband Plan

Naughten admits more private meetings with head of broadband bidding group

Oct 11th 2018, 4:47 PM 15,345 Views 51 Comments

Richard Bruton is to take over the role of Communications Minister temporarily.

Denis Naughten has resigned as Communications Minister
# Gone
# Gone

Denis Naughten has resigned as Communications Minister

Oct 11th 2018, 3:09 PM 62,771 Views 112 Comments

He made the announcement in the Dáil this afternoon.

# communications - Tuesday 28 August, 2018

'An attack on rural Ireland' - Criticism as An Post releases list of 159 post offices to close
# Rural Ireland
# Rural Ireland

'An attack on rural Ireland' - Criticism as An Post releases list of 159 post offices to close

Updated Aug 28th 2018, 10:07 PM 95,335 Views 135 Comments

The closure affects 25 counties.

# communications - Tuesday 6 March, 2018

Leo admits 'mistakes were made' and 'controls were too loose' with his communications unit
# Hands Up
# Hands Up

Leo admits 'mistakes were made' and 'controls were too loose' with his communications unit

Mar 6th 2018, 6:15 PM 30,960 Views 77 Comments

Varadkar came under fire during Leaders’ Questions when opposition parties called for the unit to be disbanded.

# communications - Thursday 1 February, 2018

Why did Eir quit the State's broadband plan, and what now for rural Ireland?
# Connection Disrupted
# Connection Disrupted

Why did Eir quit the State's broadband plan, and what now for rural Ireland?

Feb 1st 2018, 9:34 AM 26,800 Views 79 Comments

“We couldn’t make a business case stack up,” Eir CEO Richard Moat said. “So regrettably, we had to pull out.”

# communications - Sunday 14 January, 2018

There has been a jump in the number of people buying a TV licence in the last year
# Pay Up
# Pay Up

There has been a jump in the number of people buying a TV licence in the last year

Jan 14th 2018, 9:45 AM 20,822 Views 88 Comments

The jump in the figures over the last year is largely attributed to the public awareness campaign rolled out by the Department of Communications.

# communications - Wednesday 10 January, 2018

Trump's former press secretary Sean Spicer to appear live on the Late Late this Friday
# Feeling Spicey
# Feeling Spicey

Trump's former press secretary Sean Spicer to appear live on the Late Late this Friday

Jan 10th 2018, 10:24 AM 19,641 Views 83 Comments

He’s going to explain why he jumped ship.

# communications - Saturday 21 October, 2017

See the Ophelia warnings on TV on Sunday? That was Ireland's emergency broadcasting system in action
# Emergency
# Emergency

See the Ophelia warnings on TV on Sunday? That was Ireland's emergency broadcasting system in action

Oct 21st 2017, 9:30 PM 40,396 Views 59 Comments

It was the first time the system was brought into use in ireland under the 2009 Broadcasting Act.

# communications - Tuesday 10 October, 2017

Revealed: Taoiseach's new communications unit to cost €5m next year
# PR
# PR

Revealed: Taoiseach's new communications unit to cost €5m next year

Oct 10th 2017, 2:50 PM 10,350 Views 59 Comments

The Taoiseach previously said the new unit would be cost neutral.

# communications - Wednesday 27 September, 2017

Varadkar surprised that the opposition are 'more obsessed about his PR than he is'
# Spin Machine
# Spin Machine

Varadkar surprised that the opposition are 'more obsessed about his PR than he is'

Sep 27th 2017, 4:22 PM 13,542 Views 47 Comments

The Strategic Communications Unit is to hire an additional three staff members.

# communications - Saturday 5 August, 2017

Varadkar defends setting up separate office to look after his own PR
# Media
# Media

Varadkar defends setting up separate office to look after his own PR

Aug 5th 2017, 8:55 AM 21,493 Views 59 Comments

Those in opposition have dubbed the new communications unit the Taoiseach’s own “spin machine”.

# communications - Thursday 1 June, 2017

An Post criticised for not using Eircodes, but do you use them?
# Digits
# Digits

An Post criticised for not using Eircodes, but do you use them?

Jun 1st 2017, 10:52 PM 31,866 Views 145 Comments

The state has spent €38 million on developing, rolling out and advertising Eircode.

# communications - Wednesday 3 May, 2017

Gardaí arrest couple for acting as 'spotters' for man who killed Noel Kirwan
# Hutch Kinahan Feud
# Hutch Kinahan Feud

Gardaí arrest couple for acting as 'spotters' for man who killed Noel Kirwan

May 3rd 2017, 12:05 AM 27,360 Views 15 Comments

It is understood the man owed a drug debt to members of the Kinahan cartel.

# communications - Sunday 8 January, 2017

Trump national security pick accused of plagiarising large sections of book
# Monica Crowley
# Monica Crowley

Trump national security pick accused of plagiarising large sections of book

Jan 8th 2017, 7:32 AM 16,686 Views 19 Comments

Monica Crowley has been named director of communications for the White House’s National Security Council.

# communications - Tuesday 20 December, 2016

7 ways the government says it will fix broadband access in Ireland
# Rural Ireland
# Rural Ireland

7 ways the government says it will fix broadband access in Ireland

Dec 20th 2016, 6:41 PM 12,008 Views 55 Comments

The government’s plan to speed up and deliver broadband services has been repeatedly delayed.

# communications - Thursday 3 November, 2016

Government to block bill calling for new public holiday, despite one of its own calling for the same thing
# Spoilsports
# Spoilsports

Government to block bill calling for new public holiday, despite one of its own calling for the same thing

Nov 3rd 2016, 6:01 AM 15,882 Views 25 Comments

The Public Holidays Bill 2016 is being brought before the Dáil today by Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh.

# communications - Wednesday 26 October, 2016

Denis O'Brien hits out at report which raises concerns about media ownership in Ireland
# Lengthy Statement
# Lengthy Statement

Denis O'Brien hits out at report which raises concerns about media ownership in Ireland

Oct 26th 2016, 7:16 PM 19,522 Views 67 Comments

In a statement released tonight, O’Brien said the report makes for “very interesting reading”.

# communications - Sunday 23 October, 2016

"Humorous posts are popular... I also think you can't force humour either" - Managing social media for gardaí
# Gardatraffic
# Gardatraffic

"Humorous posts are popular... I also think you can't force humour either" - Managing social media for gardaí

Oct 23rd 2016, 8:00 PM 20,459 Views 8 Comments

We chatted to the director of communications about social media management.

# communications - Monday 12 September, 2016

This Kerry peninsula shows how the Irish have communicated for thousands of years
# Culture Night
# Culture Night

This Kerry peninsula shows how the Irish have communicated for thousands of years

Sep 12th 2016, 8:00 PM 23,385 Views 9 Comments

An expert talks us through how it all works.

# communications - Friday 2 September, 2016

TV licence required to watch  BBC iPlayer in the UK, but no such rules on the way for the RTÉ Player
# Catch-up Viewing
# Catch-up Viewing

TV licence required to watch BBC iPlayer in the UK, but no such rules on the way for the RTÉ Player

Sep 2nd 2016, 6:30 AM 16,735 Views 64 Comments

Minister Denis Naughten is bringing forward plans to crackdown on TV licence fee evasion this autumn.

# communications - Tuesday 21 June, 2016

FactCheck: Has Eircode really "saved lives"?
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: Has Eircode really "saved lives"?

Jun 21st 2016, 8:30 PM 32,932 Views 135 Comments

TheJournal.ie’s FactCheck examines a bold claim made by Minister Denis Naughten.

# communications - Tuesday 31 May, 2016

Should public payphones be hung up, permanently?
# Cutting The Cord
# Cutting The Cord

Should public payphones be hung up, permanently?

May 31st 2016, 3:01 PM 15,261 Views 37 Comments

If a payphone is not being used then Eir is allowed to take it away.

# communications - Sunday 14 February, 2016

Church of England defends tweet asking for prayers for Richard Dawkins following stroke
# Well Meaning
# Well Meaning

Church of England defends tweet asking for prayers for Richard Dawkins following stroke

Feb 14th 2016, 4:16 PM 30,859 Views 286 Comments

“The tweet was a prayer. Nothing controversial in that.”

# communications - Monday 14 December, 2015

Whatever happened to that broadcasting charge we were supposed to pay this year?
# Not The TV Licence
# Not The TV Licence

Whatever happened to that broadcasting charge we were supposed to pay this year?

Dec 14th 2015, 6:05 AM 27,240 Views 78 Comments

It was supposed to replace the TV licence but it hasn’t happened. Will it ever?

# communications - Monday 27 April, 2015

We've (finally) been told when Ireland’s new postcodes get delivered
# In The Mail
# In The Mail

We've (finally) been told when Ireland’s new postcodes get delivered

Apr 27th 2015, 6:05 AM 57,749 Views 159 Comments

Eircode has been in the pipeline for quite a while now.

# communications - Tuesday 21 April, 2015

Sky and UPC may have to hand over customer data in crackdown on licence fee dodgers
# No Escape
# No Escape

Sky and UPC may have to hand over customer data in crackdown on licence fee dodgers

Apr 21st 2015, 6:17 PM 16,375 Views 124 Comments

Communications minister Alex White wants to catch fee evaders.

# communications - Tuesday 24 March, 2015

Starbucks stops writing 'race together' on cups after 'cascade of negativity'
# Talking Shop
# Talking Shop

Starbucks stops writing 'race together' on cups after 'cascade of negativity'

Mar 24th 2015, 7:36 AM 15,171 Views 29 Comments

They haven’t given up on the whole idea though.

# communications - Tuesday 10 March, 2015

Looking for a job? Munster is the place to be
# Just The Job
# Just The Job

Looking for a job? Munster is the place to be

Mar 10th 2015, 11:00 AM 13,032 Views 16 Comments

Employers in the southernmost province are gearing up for a hiring splurge over the next three months

# communications - Saturday 27 December, 2014

This solar flare put on a better show than any Christmas lights
# Radiation
# Radiation

This solar flare put on a better show than any Christmas lights

Dec 27th 2014, 3:44 PM 15,352 Views 10 Comments

Stunning.

# communications - Sunday 30 November, 2014

Poll: How often do you tune into Oireachtas TV?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: How often do you tune into Oireachtas TV?

Nov 30th 2014, 9:40 AM 10,995 Views 37 Comments

Organisers aren’t expecting thousands of viewers.

# communications - Friday 31 October, 2014

Student finance body SUSI has paid out 11,000 more grants than this time last year
# Quick Payment
# Quick Payment

Student finance body SUSI has paid out 11,000 more grants than this time last year

Oct 31st 2014, 4:18 PM 5,544 Views 9 Comments

There are around 19,000 students still awaiting payments.

# communications - Thursday 30 October, 2014

Is Irish Water getting any better at answering TDs' questions?
# Communication Breakdown
# Communication Breakdown

Is Irish Water getting any better at answering TDs' questions?

Oct 30th 2014, 7:15 AM 7,758 Views 37 Comments

Several TDs have complained about not getting any response to their queries from the new utility.

# communications - Monday 29 September, 2014

Alex White had his car stolen last week
# Opportunistic
# Opportunistic

Alex White had his car stolen last week

Sep 29th 2014, 2:15 PM 9,833 Views 24 Comments

A briefcase was also stolen during the burglary, but the Department of Communications has said it didn’t contain any sensitive documents.

# communications - Wednesday 20 August, 2014

'Central server issue' behind Dublin Bus communications problems
# Dublin Bus
# Dublin Bus

'Central server issue' behind Dublin Bus communications problems

Aug 20th 2014, 11:20 AM 13,136 Views 43 Comments

Real time passenger info and Dublin Bus phones were experiencing service disruptions earlier.

# communications - Tuesday 12 August, 2014

There will be no decisions made on fracking in Ireland for at least 2 years
# Fracking
# Fracking

There will be no decisions made on fracking in Ireland for at least 2 years

Aug 12th 2014, 12:39 PM 6,912 Views 30 Comments

The department of Minister of State Joe McHugh has issued a statement in response the announcement by Mark Durkan.

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