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On December 26 TV3 announced that Minister for Finance, Brian Lenihan had been diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer.  Mercilessly, they delivered the news, in one of the most insensitive broadcasts I have ever seen.

The seven minute broadcast aired on St Stephen’s day ended as it started – as a tactless piece of news journalism. TV3 said they received the story on Christmas Eve, and held back on running it for 48 hours out of respect for his family. But the hurried nature of the broadcast and its insensitivity failed in doing so.

Ursula Halligan splutters her way through a rushed bulletin, referring to Mr Lenihan in the past tense saying: “It’s shocking news for members of the public. Brian Lenihan was, eh, is regarded as one of the more popular members of the Government.”

  • TV3 had no official statement from the Government certifying Mr Lenihan’s illness.
  • Their aim was to be first, thus losing any credibility the station already had.
  • Had a more constructed bulletin been put in place, TV3 would not be in the firing line.
  • Furthermore, being of the public interest it would have made sense  – ethically speaking –  to run the story stating his  illness was unconfirmed.

Journalists were told that a statement would be made after Christmas and the Department of Finance confirmed nothing. The next thing was an e-mail began circulating around media outlets that TV3 were about to air a story of ‘National importance’. The broadcast continues as news anchor Collette Fitzpatrick asks Miss Halligan live on air: “is it too early to talk about the political consequences of this?”

In the 48 hours of keeping the lid on the story , care sensitivity and clarification should have been adapted to the nature of broadcast.

Countries toughest job

As Minister for Finance Mr Lenihan has without doubt the Countries toughest job.  Now more  so than ever Ireland relies heavily on his decisions to secure the economic wellbeing of  the state. I agree that the news should have been delivered.  But, not in the tasteless fashion of TV3. After all TV3’s defence was that the story was in the public interest, a statement I do not dispute. The fashion and the nature of the broadcast was my only gripe with this broadcast.

Blinded by the knowledge that this is this is the scoop to beat all scoopsthey failed  in realising that this broadcast reeked of merciless journalism.

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Five weeks from now Ireland’s media will be ablaze with all things Budgetary, a familiar and controversial topic as  Ireland braces itself for its third budget in 14 months.

Last April, as Ireland officially went into recession Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan rushed a controversial hard-hitting emergency Budget through the Dáil leaving middle-income earners the worst affected.

Described as the most severe Budget in Irish history, seven months on and with Ireland still feeling the pinch here it comes again, take three – the black cloud of despair that is the Irish Budget.

Although described as less painful than previous Minister Lenihan stated in his Pre – Budget forecast that a massive €4 billion in savings must be met to even survive at this year’s levels. But should we fear the worst?  The answer – yes. After all when looked at with logic it’s a budget –  meaning cuts, sacrifices and hard times. That is fact.

Hard times in my opinion should call for the Government and its citizens to work closely  together by listening and encouraging the voice of the ordinary working people to suggest what they believe is good for their Country. Pulling together and weathering the storm will encourage public moral and boost confidence, that the Government is doing its best in addressing this crisis.

Nursing Graduates from the National University of Ireland Co.Galway, all of whom have left Ireland in search for work. Copyright of Claire Noble

Graduates

Unfortunately, the Government has failed in this method of reasoning, by implementing further cuts and ignoring the Countries crippling unemployment rate – which is now the second highest in the EU.  This issue needs to be addressed and that is why, as a citizen of Ireland I fear the worst. Every day the backbone of our society – its young graduates are leaving the Country.

  • The ESRI predicts 40,000 people will emigrate over the course of next year – Ireland is now witnessing the loss of another generation.
  • So here’s my point – with these cuts should come a steady flow of savings back into our economy. Instead of waving goodbye to a crucial part of Ireland’s workforce  recruitment bans placed on employment should be gradually lifted and job strategies put in place.
  • Workshops, Government schemes anything to get people back to work. I cannot think of anything more crucial to invest these savings into.
  • At present,  there are no  job strategies  in place in Ireland.

Minister Lenihan  reassure your workforce that there is no need for emigration, if not these savings will be wiped out by increased Social Welfare payouts  due to unemployment. It’s a cycle destined for a downward spiral, job creation must be implemented.

Click here for details of the Pre Budget forecast.

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