The third category with the most stories (with 10% of total stories) was Social. These are stories which happen in Irish society from investigations into state care to the behaviour of charities. Stories in this category include the tragic drowning of a family in Buncrana, Donegal, the STOP drinking campaign and more recently, the release of Ibrahim Halawa from an Egyptian prison.
These stories often focus on the human side of news – the people, families and communities affected by an event. As a result, they are often given a strong importance score, often above 70%, while awareness of many of these stories can be quite low, as attempts to hide scandals or controversy is quite common.
Further categories with a large number of news stories:
- Economic/finance includes the IMF bail-out review, the banking inquiry, the Central bank decision on mortgage lending and the three Government budgets announced each year.
- Politics includes local elections, Government formations, legislation debates and the general gossip from Leinster House.
- Crime/justice includes various court cases, rural crime, and Dublin gangland
- U.S.A. includes politics in America and of course, Trump.
- Environment includes everything from the weather to debate about climate change.
- World & Europe includes stories from across the globe and within Europe itself.
There are a number of sub-categories which have been extracted from the above areas as they dominated as stories in their own-right - terror attacks, Brexit, housing, Irish Water, the marriage referendum, health and gender equality.