Mechanical Meitheal

45 minute documentary: First-person accounts of the history and development of software localisation efforts in the Irish language, in the open source world and also in proproietary formats.

Mechanical Meithel was produced by Gerard Cunningham with support from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, first broadcast on Dublin South FM.

Unscripted comments

I always think the most interesting part of a speech by a politician is often the unscripted part.
Sometimes, it’s pre-planned, the comment a minister wanted to make which wasn’t in the civil-service approved “safe” remarks.
Sometimes, it’s the off the cuff remarks made before a worthy speech is read out.
Michael McDowell, former attorney general, tanaiste, and government minister, delivered the John Hume lecture at the 2015 MacGill summer School on 19 July 2015.
You can read the contents of the speech elsewhere, on holding the executive accountable to the Dáil.
But before he began, McDowell spoke about responsibility and blame.

The GM Potato

Genetically modified foods have been in the news recently, with protests from both the Green Party and groups representing organic farmers criticising a recent decision by Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority, to apply to the EPA for permission to carry out field tests in genetically modified potatoes.

Gerard Cunningham visited Oak Park, the national centre for arable crop research in Carlow, and spoke to Dr Ewen Mullins about the science behind the controversies.