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PRII Forum: Politics and the Media in Ireland
Venue: National Concert Hall,
We are a nation obsessed by politics. But in a world where politics is increasingly being conducted and experienced through the media, just how entwined is that relationship in Ireland? Is it too cosy or too fractious? And who is leading the charge to control the communication of messages?
Taking place at 1pm on Monday 08 October in the Carolan Room at the National Concert Hall, the PRII’s next Forum will discuss the role of the media in Irish political life and its impact on public discourse. Chaired by Tim Ryan, MPRII, a public affairs consultant and the author of three political biographies, topics up for discussion include the influence of the government on media and, equally, the influence media has on government; reporting of events and policies – is manipulation or exaggeration by one or both sides at play?; trust – has it been lost following years of tribunals and details of political corruption; and the role of new ‘expert’ voices, on Twitter in particular – are they a challenge to established practices or a transformative opportunity?
It is our pleasure to welcome the following panellists to this event: David Davin-Power, Political Correspondent, RTÉ News and Current Affairs; John Downing, Political Journalist and former Deputy Government Press Secretary; Fionnán Sheahan, Political Editor, Irish Independent; and former Government Minister Micheál Martin TD, Leader, Fianna Fáil.
The Forum begins at 1pm sharp and will finish by 2pm. Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be available from 12.30pm onwards. Attendance is €10 for PRII members and €25 for non-members – payable in advance. As this Forum is likely to book up quickly, please register your interest in attending as soon as possible by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.