‘Nakedly political’: Ministers fight back after being dragged into The Ditch

Tánaiste accused of ‘playing the man, not the ball’ in what ‘seems like a nakedly political act’

The founders and journalists of The Ditch say they are holding government to account

Since being founded in 2021, The Ditch website has claimed two government scalps from its reporting.

It was aiming for a third last week, as it levelled allegations of law-breaking against Fianna Fáil minister Niall Collins, when Tánaiste Micheál Martin unexpectedly let rip in the Dáil.

“I do not see The Ditch as an independent media platform at all,” Martin said passionately during Thursday’s leaders’ questions, citing Paddy Cosgrave, the Web Summit founder and The Ditch’s main backer, as a vocal and vitriolic enemy of the main government parties.