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I am looking at a report on the Internet just now: Nuacht24 is to develop its Irish language news service. Gaelport.ie, the Irish information service, published the piece. But, unfortunately, it was published in July 2006. Gaelport is no more and Nuacht24 has also gone.

I am looking at a report on the Internet just now: Nuacht24 is to develop its Irish language news service. Gaelport.ie, the Irish information service, published the piece. But, unfortunately, it was published in July 2006. Gaelport is no more and Nuacht24 has also gone.

Other services have disappeared since then, but it is no use complaining. ‘You must make the best of what you have.’

We have tuairisc.ie on the net, the newspaper that replaced Gaelscéal, the weekly newspaper. It carries some interesting reports. Kevin Hicket has an article about the percentage of children who are taught through English in the Gaeltacht- 35%! Póilín Ní Chiaráin writes about current affairs: ‘Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness are singing off the same hymn sheet, with both of them criticising the trade unions which have made a fierce attack on the Stormont House Agreement.’ (Póilín is a first rate journalist and broadcaster: she worked in Derry with BBC Radio Ulster at one stage.) Alex Hijmans writes about the situation in Greece, ‘the country that gave us democracy long, long ago, when it was the cradle of Western civilisation and not a little bankrupt country on the edge of Europe.’ But the service is limited: there is a report, ‘Arann boat sinks- five on board safe.’ – but it has been on the site since 20 January. If you want ‘hot news’, go to Nuacht RTÉ, where you will get news summaries in a printed version and on video. It is a highly professional service, but again, it is limited- short reports, without comment.

We need two sorts of newspaper: an internet newspaper and a printed paper with hot news, current affairs, general interest articles, opinions, sport, fashion, entertainment, reviews - newspapers that the best writers in the country contribute to. Perhaps we will have these two kinds of newspaper one day, with thousands of regular readers. But what is that I have just seen? - two moons in the sky!