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  • Memories of Michael Dwyer

    January 4, 2010 @ 1:27 pm | by Hugh Linehan

    There are some great tributes on Donald’s blog to the memory of our friend Michael. They give some indication of the affection in which he was held, both by people who knew him personally and by his readers.



  • Who dares suggest The Irish Times doesn’t have its finger on modern culture’s throbbing pulse?

    December 21, 2009 @ 7:38 pm | by Hugh Linehan

    Some readers  have taken umbrage today at the description of Rage Against The Machine as a ‘little-known’ band in our report on the Great Christmas No 1 Battle. (more…)

  • New Irish Times mobile site launches at

    December 3, 2009 @ 6:44 pm | by Hugh Linehan

    You can now access our new mobile site at Please check it out and tell us what you think.


    We’ve decided to launch a device-neutral site which will render well on iPhones, BlackBerries, Nokias and everything else. It has breaking news, business and sport stories, and selected content from the newspaper. Some other popular functions, such as Most Read stories and Weather, are also included.

    If you don’t know how to get to your phone’s browser, or you’re having trouble, you can text and you’ll receive a reply with a link. Send a text containing the word NEWS to 51500. Then click on the link in the reply

    If your mobile phone has a web browser built in, and you know how to access it, then you can enter our mobile address,

    (BTW: is optimised for viewing on mobile phones and may not render well or at all on standard PC browsers)

  • Read any copy of The Irish Times from the past 150 years for free

    December 1, 2009 @ 2:45 pm | by Hugh Linehan

    We’re coming towards the end of celebrating our 150th birthday, and for the second time this year we’ve freed up our archive. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out before, please do. It’s an amazing resource where you can find out all sorts of arcane stuff about your local history, the social history of the country, or indeed (my favourite) dark family secrets.

    The archive is free to all here until the end of December 13th.

  • ‘It’s been over a month since you asked for reader input. What have you done?’

    November 30, 2009 @ 8:16 pm | by Hugh Linehan

    …asks Michael Egan, rather peevishly. Well, as you’ve probably noticed, we haven’t shut down the Saturday magazine/moved to a tabloid format/given up writing about religion, all of which were suggested. (more…)

  • Why can’t I comment on John Waters’s article about how horrible comments are?

    November 5, 2009 @ 10:54 pm | by Hugh Linehan

    Technology can be deeply irritating. On the day before John Waters writes a stinging critique of user generated comments in general and a thread on the Observer’s site in illustrative particular, our own comments technology, Have Your Say, crashes and burns horribly. We are working very hard to fix it as quickly as possible, but it means a potentially interesting debate on the subject is stifled. (more…)

  • What are ‘Life’, Society’ and ‘Culture’?

    @ 10:19 am | by Hugh Linehan

    No, it’s not a philosophical question. Starting today, we’ve reorganised the way we present some of the content on the site. Up to now, the Life and Culture section contained all the articles from the daily Arts and Features pages of the newspaper, along with weekly supplements including HealthPLUS, Motors, Property, The Ticket, WeekendReview, the Saturday Magazine and Go. (more…)

  • Code red for US newspapers

    October 26, 2009 @ 11:10 pm | by Hugh Linehan

    Bleak. Black. Bleeding awful. On the face of it, the latest newspaper circulation figures from the US make for woeful reading if you work in the print news media. (more…)

  • ‘A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds’

    October 20, 2009 @ 2:28 pm | by Hugh Linehan

    That’s according to Ralph Waldo Emerson, who obviously never worked as a chief sub-editor. In these parts, we try as hard as our little minds will let us to keep that hobgoblin alive by adhering to the rules of the Irish Times Stylebook. (more…)

  • How about some real freedom of information?

    October 17, 2009 @ 9:02 pm | by Hugh Linehan

    terrific piece today by Noel Whelan about how we need a revolution in the way in which information is made available to us, the public. If the whole John O’Donoghue affair is to amount to anything more than a minor footnote in the political nerds’ almanac, then it should spur a proper debate about accountability and openness in this state. (more…)

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