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#Spin

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach's department has spent nearly €500k on video production since Varadkar took office Strategic Communications

Taoiseach's department has spent nearly €500k on video production since Varadkar took office

Videos produced for the Project Ireland 2040 plan cost just under €150,000 alone.

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar says his new separate PR unit has cost nothing to date Media

Varadkar says his new separate PR unit has cost nothing to date

Those in opposition have dubbed the new communications unit the Taoiseach’s own “spin machine”.

From The42 Mourinho: Loss to Barcelona good for Man United Spin

Mourinho: Loss to Barcelona good for Man United

The Red Devils suffered their first defeat of the summer.

From TheJournal.ie Mairéad Ronan to leave Today FM amid shakeup at Communicorp Radio

Mairéad Ronan to leave Today FM amid shakeup at Communicorp

Ronan has been at the station for 15 years.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Enda's charm offensive has begun Opinion

Column: Enda's charm offensive has begun

The Taoiseach’s rare appearance on Irish television is a firm signal that Fine Gael is gearing up for a general election – but don’t expect him on Vincent Browne any time soon.

From TheJournal.ie Government spin 'now seeping into the civil service' Housing

Government spin 'now seeping into the civil service'

Reports today reveal Department officials said housing figures had been spun.

From TheJournal.ie Here's how Labour TDs and Senators were told to spin the Budget... and slam the opposition Crib Notes

Here's how Labour TDs and Senators were told to spin the Budget... and slam the opposition

Deputies and senators got a fancy-looking tip sheet ahead of Tuesday’s Budget.

A Definitive Ranking of Ireland's April Fools' Day Pranks

A blue cheese easter egg. Really?

From TheJournal.ie Damien Kiberd: The real reason why Frank Flannery's head was served up on a plate Opinion

Damien Kiberd: The real reason why Frank Flannery's head was served up on a plate

Spin doctors? But who the hell is sick?’ To paraphrase the TV drama Borgen, Frank Flannery’s dismissal uncovers some uncomfortable truths about ‘access all areas’ PR in politics.

From TheJournal.ie Hogan accused of "spin" over Household Charge figures Household Charge

Hogan accused of "spin" over Household Charge figures

Deputy Brian Stanley of Sinn Féin has said that some of the people who the Minister said have paid were entitled to exemptions.

From The42 World Twenty 20 Final: Flamboyant Windies aim to blast past tricky Sri Lankans Master Blasters

World Twenty 20 Final: Flamboyant Windies aim to blast past tricky Sri Lankans

While the tournament hosts have fought tenaciously to reach the final, the West Indies’ flair has certainly won over the neutrals.

From TheJournal.ie Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads Sitdown Sunday

Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads

The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Sick of government spin? Well, it’s nothing new… Opinion

Column: Sick of government spin? Well, it’s nothing new…

Politicians have been manipulating the mass media for as long as it’s existed – and Ireland is no exception, writes Ciara Chambers.

From TheJournal.ie Tubs still losing listeners as D'Arcy's figures rise JNLR

Tubs still losing listeners as D'Arcy's figures rise

The latest listenership figures show that while RTE favourites Morning Ireland and Marian Finucance fared well, Ryan Tubridy and Derek Mooney suffered losses.

From The42 A grand soft day: Entertainers lace up for 126-mile run in aid of Special Olympics Ireland Five Alive

A grand soft day: Entertainers lace up for 126-mile run in aid of Special Olympics Ireland

DJ and movie critic team up for a fund-raising, endurance jog. Nice weather for it too.

From The42 Funny business: what's Tiger really up to? Spin

Funny business: what's Tiger really up to?

Media speculation has been building about Tiger Woods’ return to competitive golf, but mounting evidence seems to suggest that it could happen an awful lot later than anyone anticipated.