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Friday 21 June 2019

Irish Times saying US was transporting personal weapons of troops who were not on the plane?

Rising number of foreign troops passing through Ireland Jun 6, 2019, 03:00
Craig Hughes, Pat Leahy

I downloaded the second Tableau Public charting software workbook and exported the .csv "Path of foreign troops through Ireland". It seemed strange that there were many records that described "personal weapons for troops" but the same row listed 0 troops, the data was saying it was transporting personal weapons of troops who were not on the plane? That not how it works as far as I know.

Shannonwatch had previously FOI'd similar info and had a file of flights from 2014/2015.

So I compared flight CMB502 in 2015 which is listed in both files. The earlier FOI says there was 226 troops on that flight.

Craig Hughes tweeted me a screenshot of the data he has...

The journalist has already acknowledge (on twitter) that there may be a problem with the information that the department supplied, but if the data is incorrect then perhaps the article needs to be reviewed. I also sent this query to Shannonwatch to see if they thought that there is a problem the data given to the Irish Times.

Wednesday 27 March 2019

News legibility and transparency

Some FAI employees ‘ annoyed’ over Delaney financial arrangements Mon, Mar 25, 2019, 16:03 Vivienne Clarke, Harry McGee
Denis Hynes, sports section organiser of trade union Siptu, said FAI employees want answers. “They want to know how did it come to this situation,” he told RTE’s News at One.

He said in 2012 FAI employees agreed to pay cuts of between 10 and 15 per cent and that pay had been restored in January of this year.

He said staff were “infuriated” at reports that in 2016, the FAI began paying rent of €3,000 per month for a house used by John Delaney.

Irish Times suggest its paraphrasing/quoting from RTE News at One when its actually paraphrasing from a press release. Denis Hynes did not say 'began' on RTE News at One The podcast feed was emailed to me at 2:38 PM.
FAI workers call for explanation of CEO’s rent payment while they endured cutsSIPTU 25 March 2019
SIPTU Sport Sector Organiser, Denis Hynes, said: “It has been widely reported that in 2016 the FAI began paying rent of €3,000 per month for a house used by John Delaney.
This press statement was tweeted out at 3:28 PM

Why did the Irish Times not say it was paraphrasing the press release and add the links to both?

I noticed this as I was wondering why it was picked up in the news that SIPTU were complaining that his rent had been begun to be paid in 2016 when the reporters who broke this story said it had been paid for much of the last decade.
FAI chief John Delaney steps aside amid financial queriesTimes Ireland Mark Tighe March 24 2019
John Delaney, who quit as chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) last night, has been living in houses rented by the association for much of the past decade.