Author Archives: Simon McGarr

Apple Watch, HealthKit & the meaning of normal

The coming smartwatch data flood is going to pose a challenge for doctors to assess.

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The BAI, Mooney and the struggle to control the Internet

A few weeks ago the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland issued a decision in response to a complaint by Mr. Dónal O’Sullivan-Latchford on behalf of the Family and Media Association. He had complained about an episode of the Mooney Show on … Continue reading

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Why I’m not a Progressive

I struggled with the title for this post. What I really wanted to call it was “You are not a Progressive”. I’ve compromised on this impulse to tell people that their beliefs are just wrong. But you can’t be a … Continue reading

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The Campaign Jitters podcast series

A series of short (max 5 mins) daily audio essays, which I made during the 2011 General Election campaign.

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The Tuam Babies and the Irish Times’ ‘new info’

Accuracy and facts matter and had been ignored. We had new info and majored on that. We ran accompanying analysis of main issue – Conor Goodman (@conorgoodman), Irish Times Features Editor, https://twitter.com/conorgoodman/statuses/482839614915624960 June 28, 2014 Here is all the previously … Continue reading

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The Buried Present

A terrible historical event intrudes into the present in lots of ways. Knowledge of a wrong makes us want to see justice done. But before we can do the work justice requires, we have to get through history’s bottleneck. We … Continue reading

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Digital Rights Ireland: ECJ Judgement on Data Retention

ECJ judgement on Digital Rights Ireland’s challenge to the EU’s data retention regime.

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Why do Irish Journalism outlets not want to secure their sources?

Imagine you know something. It’s something explosive, something the public ought urgently to know. Let’s say the state is being undermined from within- either by regular ole corruption, or by infiltration by a hostile external group. Now, imagine you hold … Continue reading

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CONFIRMED: RTE internal memo to unhappy staff re Pantigate

UPDATE: It is real. *** I’m not a journalist and I’m not used to getting leaks. So all I can tell you is, I received the text below and it may be accurate or it may not. If it is … Continue reading

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What we can learn from the Pantigate scandal

Firstly, yes, it is a scandal. Anything that generates a 2000 person demonstration on freedom of expression in a matter of days, without any advance media publicity is big. Anything that has Ireland’s commitment to free speech and minority rights … Continue reading

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