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More from the done-to-death candid camera genre

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Date Published: 21-Mar-2011

Forgive me if I am wrong, but I thought we had gone away from the whole era of candid camera and the likes. This was because they had been done to death and they no longer became funny. No matter who is presenting them or who is the victim, they are just painful to look at simply because their novelty no longer exists.

Back in the black and white days of Murphy’s Golden Movies on RTE, they were mildly humorous simply because this sort of stuff had not been done on our national station before and most of us did not have the luxury of the British channels at the time.

Basically the whole purpose of them is to set people up by presenting them with a set of circumstances which would either frustrate or infuriate them and the more they reacted, the bigger the kick the audience would get out of this form of junk television.

Along came the late Jeremy Beadle and he got quite a number of years out of the candid camera capers but the novelty wore off that as well – but it seems that RTE have not really copped onto the fact that this type of television is just horrendous to watch.

But still we are stuck with a few episodes of Anonymous on RTE 1 which involves half well known people being given a plastic face that looks plausible enough and a wig and are sent out into the world to try and make fools of people. In some parts of RTÉ, this is described as satire . . . more like satdire if you ask me.

Last week we were treated to Gráinne Seoige in a face mask pretending to be a pajamas saleswoman while being prompted on an earpiece by that terribly unfunny comedian Jason Byrne and to say that this was a shocking excuse for television would not be a true reflection of how bad it actually was.

RTÉ are going to extreme lengths to humanise Gráinne Seoige by having her smile on a few more programmes and she even broke into laughter on this one but it was still not enough to revive it. It was as if someone came up with the idea to change the appearance of a celebrity but then did not really know what to do with them.

At one point she went into a photographers in Dalkey claiming to have made a booking. The woman in the photographers knew nothing about this and that is where the clip ended. Byrne was bursting his arse laughing at this as he watched via a hidden camera but there was no sense or reason to any of this.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.

Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.

Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.

The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.

 

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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.

Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.

It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.

Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.

 

 

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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.

Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.

It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.

Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.

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