Humanity prevails

As I write this report on the stories which occurred in October, it is impossible and right not to ignore the atrocities in Paris during the past week. Our thoughts go to Paris, to countries fearful of further attacks and to the refugees who are fleeing from those who have committed these unforgiving attacks.


Refugees remain high in our Ignite Score (75), which measures the news stories which matter to Irish people. While awareness was high, with 92% of people aware of the refugee crisis, the story did score lower on the importance scale than our own Government budget, Garda shootings and rural crime.

The mentioned Budget 2016 scored 69, but up to 17% of people were not aware it took place. The Irish housing crisis continued to make headlines and scoring 67 was the third highest story in October's Ignite Score list.

In early October 2015, a family lost their lives in a fire at a halting site in Carrickmines, Dublin. There was an outpouring of sympathy, prayers and thoughts from Irish people. 82% of Irish people were aware of the devastating story and scored it high in importance, marking it fourth on our October list. However, news developed that there was a dispute as to where the survivors of the fire could live.

Irish people were less aware of this dispute and felt where this family should live was less important than the initial fire story.

Garda Tony Golden Funeral

Have to share this, an incredible scene in Blackrock Co. Louth today, the funeral of Garda Golden. I was asked by the Golden family to record elements of the funeral for Tonys children to look back on in years to come. This is a real moving sight to see the entire length of the main street lined by Garda colleagues. #RIPTony

Posted by Niall Carroll Photography on Thursday, 15 October 2015

Another sad story in October which was fifth on our list - the shooting and subsequent funeral of Garda Tony Golden. 4 in 5 Irish people were aware of the story and the guard of honour at his funeral (above) was a testament to his standing within the local community. This story also brought further focus on rural crime, with this story scoring 56 in our Ignite list.

Commuters were faced with the annoyance of a morning rail strike which prevented people from getting around. As many people were aware (81%) of this strike as they were of the Irish team getting kicked out of the Rugby World Cup.

In October 2015, David Drumm was arrested by US authorities, but only 51% of Irish people were aware of this news story. More people (66%) were aware of An Post workers industrial action and felt it was important.

Finally, Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald signed the commencement order for the Marriage Act 2015, which enabled same-sex couples to marry in Ireland. The first couple married in mid November, and 70% of people were aware of this moment in our history.