John Walsh: Starving the media of resources will feed an information vacuum

We have been careful to support an independent judiciary as a cornerstone of democracy. As the Irish office of the Sunday Times is gutted of its most senior journalists, you wonder why the equally vital media does not get the same consideration

The Sunday Times London office: newspaper recently let go of 11 senior journalists – over half of its editorial staff at its Irish editions

When the troika took de facto control of the levers of power in November 2010 as part of an EU-IMF bailout, the national coffers were in a parlous state. Tax revenues had collapsed and spending on welfare and other social programmes had soared.

Ireland was staring into the abyss. To avert national bankruptcy, the troika recommended a series of swingeing cutbacks. Most of these recommendations were implemented, although there were a few curious exceptions.

One ...