Breaking News Ireland: Government adds social media’s impact on public debate as new risk factor to Ireland. “The impact of social media on public debate and the economy overheating have been identified as new risks to the country. The findings are from the Government’s National Risk Assessment, which has been published today, and which aims to take a birds-eye view of the biggest risks facing Ireland.”
Galway Daily: Amazing new database with pics of 18th and 19th Century Ireland launched. “How was Ireland depicted in illustrations produced by travellers from 1680 to 1860? A new database of images drawn from travel accounts answers this question. Based on years of research by a group of investigators at NUI Galway led by Professor Jane Conroy, Ireland Illustrated is now available to view online.”
CNET: Facebook bans foreign advertisers from Irish abortion referendum . “Facebook has banned foreign spending on ads related to an upcoming Irish vote on its abortion law, saying it’s concerned groups outside of the country may try to influence the outcome of the sensitive referendum. The social network said on Tuesday it would reject ads related to the May 25 vote, which could repeal the country’s ban on abortion if the messages were purchased by ‘advertisers outside of Ireland.’ Ireland doesn’t allow political donations from other countries, but its laws don’t cover advertising on social media.
Lonely Planet: Bored with chains? There’s a new website for independent hotels in Ireland. “If you’re heading to Ireland and are looking for accommodation inspiration beyond the usual worldwide chains, a new website has launched that represents 60 independent hotels around the country. Original Irish Hotels is a new tourism and hospitality brand representing owner-run hotels in the north and south, and it is designed to embody the spirit and characteristics of indigenous Irish hotels.”
RTE: Footage from fight for independence available online. “Priceless and rarely seen footage featuring many key architects of Irish independence is available to view online after a painstaking repatriation and digitalisation process by the Irish Film Institute. Ireland’s lack of indigenous filmmaking in the first half of the 20th century meant that the only footage of pivotal events like the Easter Rising and the War of Independence was held abroad, with much of it not available to the public.”
The Irish Times: How Sinn Féin won the social media guerrilla war. “For those of us with a keen eye on Irish republicanism and a knowledge of its tendency towards factional splits, the potential of the net and new forms of activist practice to provide a transformed political space was greeted with now justified cynicism. Irish republicans from Sinn Féin, to dissidents like the 32 County Sovereignty Movement and the newer socialists of éirígí, were forging an ecosystem online, using free spaces to hammer out the structural transformations of a political worldview being dynamically remoulded by internal change and the effects of the peace process.”
Irish Examiner: This new Interactive map shows the location of nearly 4,000 shipwrecks around Ireland. “The Irish coastline is first and foremost known for its cliffs, beaches and overall breathtaking beauty. … Not only that, today a new website has been launched allowing us to access information about the thousands of shipwrecks hidden in our waters. The Wreck Viewer interactive map is linked to the Wreck Inventory of Ireland database and contains exact locations for around 4,000 ships.”