Moriarty Tribunal

The Matt Cooper article in the Sunday Times highlights his vulnerability with regard to Denis O’Brien. Newscorp and Rupert Murdoch own the Sunday Times. Media ownership is the big issue for me that comes out of this Tribunal and it puts Minister Pat Rabbitte in an uncomfortable position.

Newstalk, which I like, is owned by Denis O’Brien and is loss making. The state subvents RTE as a public service broadcaster. The question for me is – how can the state subvent partly the public service element of independent radio and keep the proprietor away from riding the propaganda horse?

The issue of choice, opinion and freedom of expression are central top my political attitudes.

I will write a lot more on this when not driving the country in search of support in the Seanad election.