If the golden rule of government intervention is only to move in where there is market failure then, the pulling of funding from Foinse by Foras is a disastrous policy decision. Particularly when it leaves many of us not understanding clearly what the inscrutable cross border body actually does do for its money. iGaeilge was one of the first to report the news last night, and carries a quote from Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, noting the tragedy of the situation. The burden of carrying news as Gaeilge will fall to a handful of projects that continue to press on like Beo.ie, Gaelport, Inside Ireland, and more dynamic, news based blogging like An Druma Mor. But it is also going to require some lift from Irish civil society too.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty