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Government housing reports deliver old news

Eoin Ó Broin TD is Sinn Féin housing spokesperson

15th April, 2018

The email landed at the news desk at 7.37pm on Wednesday. The three government reports ran to a combined 120 pages. Not enough time to scrutinise the detail. Not enough time to send them on to experts or opposition politicians for comment.

Frustrated, the journalist had a dilemma. Run the story tonight without real scrutiny or hold till tomorrow and risk losing out to the competition. Old news doesn’t sell papers, so despite the misgivings the...

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