The top read stories in the Irish media this week

Digital News, Media, Media Relations, Media Tips
May 4, 2018
by Conor Shields

Want to know what stories everyone are reading? Which stories have captivated the nation and have kept our interest since Monday morning? MediaHQ do more than just connect you with hundreds of journalists across the country. We’re constantly monitoring the front pages and websites from all corners of the country to see what stories are getting the most attention from readers.

So this week, we’ve taken the biggest headlines from the most popular media outlets to see what readers have been talking about and which stories made the most noise.

  1. Court reserves judgement in ‘gay cake’ case – (RTÉ)

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Although quite a small case, this story made national headlines back in 2014 when Ashers Bakery in Belfast refused to bake a cake with the slogan ‘Support Gay Marriage’ on the top of it. The order was placed by Gareth Lee, a well-known LGBTQ+ activist in Northern Ireland who then took the owners of the bakery to court and subsequently won his case.

This week, the Supreme Court have reserved judgement on Mr. Lee, following an appeal from the McArthur family, the family which owns Ashers Bakery.

 

  1. Galway couple overcharged by €1.23m in tracker scandal – by Simon Carswell (The Irish Times)

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The Irish Times had reported that a couple from Co. Galway had been overcharged €1.23 million by KBC after they were incorrectly moved to higher-interest rate mortgages instead of a tracker rate, which they were supposed to.

The tracker mortgage scandal has been an ongoing story for several months now but this particular case appears to be the biggest single case to present itself since the scandal was first revealed. It is understood that KBC have only offered the couple €380,000 in compensation.

 

  1. Lidl and Dunnes issue urgent recalls on food products – (The Irish Independent)

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Supermarket supergiants, Lidl and Dunnes Stores, landed themselves in a spot of bother this week as they urged members of the public to return a number of recalled items as a precaution.

According to The Irish Independent, Lidl were recalling their ‘Alesto’ dried fruits products as they may contain unintentional traces of nuts. The allergy information on these packets are also not written in English. It is also understood that Dunnes Stores has recalled some of their Simply Better yoghurts due to possible presence of rubber pieces! Talk about a stretch ey?

 

  1. Council told by Housing Department not to include people it says are homeless in monthly figures – by Cormac Fitzgerald (TheJournal.ie)

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Possibly the most read story of the week, an investigative piece written by Cormac Fitzgerald of TheJournal.ie revealed that a memo, which was sent from the Housing Services division of Louth County Council to local councilors, had said that the reason behind a reduction in the number of homeless people in the county was due to a request from the Housing Department to omit households from their monthly figures.

Since then, Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has defended himself by saying that these families were never homeless. This was reported in a later piece by Fitzgerald.

 

  1. Only in Ireland! These hens trekked to Clara on the back of a Massey Ferguson – by Sally Gorman (Irish Examiner)

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These absolute mad ones were seen being transported to Baggots Pub in Clara for the second night of a hen party…in the back of the bride’s dad’s Massey Ferguson.

The 60 year old man was reportedly “proud as punch” as he trailed the 20 party goers in his trusty tractor. I’m sure they had a Massey one!

 

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