Over the years I have had many letters published in the Irish Times and with very few exceptions they were published exactly as written.
A letter in today’s paper, however, is heavily edited almost to the point of being rewritten. I’m not complaining (yes, I know, it’s a first) as the point I was making in the letter just about remains but, in my opinion, (which is as humble as ever) with much less punch.
Here are both letters for comparison.
The original of the species:
15 December 2015
The news that junior minister Ann Phelan was the only TD present in the Dail chamber for the passing of legislation is a perfect representation of the relevance of our much debased parliament.
No sarcasm or cynicism intended, just brutal reality.
The Irish Times edited version:
15 December 2015
Further to “Minister of State talks to herself in Dáil as other TDs fail to show up” (December 15th), the news that Ann Phelan was the only TD present in the Dáil chamber for the passing of legislation is a perfect representation of how relevant our parliament is.
3 thoughts on “Editing letters to the Irish Times”
Very curious! One wonders why? A waste of editorial resources!
I was, to put it mildly, surprised to see the virtually empty Dáil in session. Surely any assembly’s standing orders should include an obligatory attendance quota of say 10 per cent before business can be conducted. I am curious to know how often this has happened in the past.
– – quorum – – :$
I agree Haymoon, such a rule might at least cause some embarrassment within or political community although, maybe not.
Very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year
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