Online Journalism ‘as Gaeilge’

Irish language print journalism is of a very high standard nowadays and thanks to the Irish language television station TG4, the country has a dedicated Irish language news service. However, online journalism through the medium of the Irish language is practically non existent.

Although the Foinse.ie website exists and it posts the latest stories for users to read, they are made available online in the exact same format as they would be in the printed version of the newspaper. Website users are not given the option to comment on stories and there is no hypertext used within the articles. This gives the website an unprofessional and substandard appearence in comparison to its English language counterparts.

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Blogging ‘as Gaeilge’ does exist but not to the same extent as English language blogging. Blogs ‘as Gaeilge’ are more likely to focus on Irish language issues alone than on a broad range of topics and they are used more often than not by frustrated Gaeilgeoirs looking for an outlet rather than by online journalists hoping to make information available online ‘as Gaeilge’.

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