ALTHOUGH IT'S NOT HARD to find Irish journalists who sneer at Twitter, its effectiveness as a source of public opinion in Ireland reached a higher level this week when tweets helped push the Irish Minister for Defence from office. In his hard-hitting column this week, Adrian Weckler addresses the Moleskine-carrying old school and says "Twitter is now a must-have service".  Adrian is part of a cohort of journalists at the Sunday Business Post   who sit at the vanguard of social media connectivity between the Sunday broadsheets and the Sunday readership. I reviewed the Sunday papers with my Nokia E90, reduced four newspapers to 10 minutes, and used my new Dell M2400 to slice the video into an audio file [7 MB MP3] that should play just by pressing the button below. Serious issues affect Ireland, involving ethics in government, a lethargy about entrepreneurship, and the deepening recession.
1. Adrian Weckler -- "Read it first--on Twitter" in Reality Bytes, Sunday Business Post, 21 Feb 10.
2. Jennifer O'Connell -- "Off Message" in Agenda Magazine, Sunday Business Post, 21 Feb 10.
3. Dick O'Brien -- "Dragons reward bright ideas" in News Focus, Sunday Business Post, 21 Feb 10.
4. Daniel McConnell -- "Why Ryanair chief thinks Dublin Airport boss is a waste of space" in the Sunday Independent, 21 Feb 10. Part of the reason is because Declan Collier's total package is worth €638,000 annually.
5. Ronald Quinlan -- "Tanaiste saw Ryan air deal long before SRT closed" in the Sindo. O'Leary wrote to Coughlan in Feb 09.
6. Matt Cooper -- "Calamity Coughlan is out of her depth" in the Sunday Times comment section. "An inept Tanaiste is the single most pressing personnel issue" facing the govenrment.
7. Mark Paul -- "Don't beam her up" in the Sunday Times. The level of response from the Minister for Enterprise is not adequate for the level of crisis.
8. Pat Leahy -- "The battle of Hangar 6" in the Sunday Business Post. Why don't State agencies listen to Michael O'Leary?
9. Ian Kehoe -- "BES funding down 55% to €632m" in the Sunday Business Post.
10. Jonathan Moules -- "Families trump bankers" in the FT Weekender.
11. Daniel McConnell -- "Coalition spin on O'Dea falls apart" is on the front page of the Sunday Independent.
12. Justine McCarthy -- "O'Dea pays €100,000 for slander" is a front page item in the Sunday Times.
13. Niamh Connolly -- "Greens demand immediate resignation of defence minister" is on the front page of the Sunday Business Post.
14. Pat Leahy -- "O'Dea's DIY Disaster" is a two-page spread in the Sunday Business Post.
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19. Daniel McConnell -- "Country battered by €60bn perfect storm" in the Sunday Independent.
20. Catherine O'Mahony -- "Broadsheet readershp up in tight market" in the Sunday Business Post Media & Marketing section. The Irish aren't buying several Sunday papers anymore. And the British tabs are losing readers.
21. David Phelan -- "They're racing to outsmart Apple" in the Sunday Times ingear insert. Multitasking and snappy Flash videos make alternatives to the iPhone more appealing.
22. Uzi Mahnaimi -- "Mastermind of Mossad's Secret War" in the Sunday Times. Irish passports were used by Israeli assassins.
23. Ray Hutton -- "Honda makes a big drive into solar power" in the Sunday Times.
24. Bryan Appleyard -- "Networks are the key to life" in the Sunday Times.
25. Cormac Carmody -- "Microsoft's Mobile Comeback" in the Sunday Business Post.