BelmulletOriginally uploaded by Conor LawlessDuring August of this year I wrote a blizzard of letters for clients of McGarr Solicitors who were worried about their crab fishing pots. As it turned out, they had good reason to be worried. Traditionally, August is the middle of the Long Vacation, and therefore ought to be a sleepy time for law firms.
I'll be on this morning's Tubridy Show on RTE Radio one with Richard Delevan, late of the Sunday Tribune. The topic we've been set, like the leaving cert essay, to discuss is 'Political Hactivism'. UPDATE: The discussion can be heard here (Realplayer link) from 49 minutes in.
Well, Eoin's call on RTE to let us use the footage of the leader's debates has been turned down. The reason given?"The view has been taken that it would not be prudent for RTÉ to waive its rights to the migration of the debates to other sites. "Use of the passive voice, (the functionary's friend), and a reference to purdence, but no real explanation of why it might be imprudent.
Visits to RTE tend to be rare occurances for me. The last time I was there, Pat Kenny tripped over the mat in the front door and went in to a paroxym of rage. A few minutes later an assistant came down with a doleful looking man with a toolbelt and had him move the circular mat 90 degrees.
For those interested, Rósín English has been touring the country, asking people at constituency level about what are the issues that are important to them locally. She also talks to local journalists and candidates to try to get a flavour of how the seats will fall. You can find a record of these shows on the (much improved) RTE website.