Kildare Nationalist seeks inspiration from the Irish Independent?

Back on February 8th, I got a Google Alert to ValueIreland.com being mentioned in an article entitled “Survey to reveal price differences across the EU” in the Irish Independent. In the last few days, I received another notification of ValueIreland.com being mentioned in the Kildare Nationalist on February 14th (owned by TCH – publishers of the Irish Examiner). This time the article was called “New EU survey shows true face of rip-off Ireland“. It seems like the Irish Independent has fallen victim to the research tactics of it’s journalists.

From the Independent:

Existing research shows that the price of digital cameras can vary by up to 30pc between neighbouring European countries

From the Kildare Nationalist:

Existing research shows that the price of digital cameras can vary by up to 30% between neighbouring countries – a considerable differential, given the price of some of these cameras.

From the Independent:

and that the average fees for the management of bank accounts fluctuates by up to €80 across the EU.

From the Kildare Nationalist:

Another key area of comparison relates to the average fees for the management of bank accounts. The survey so far has indicated that these can vary between zero and €80 across the EU.

And finally, from the Independent:

Irish consumers can already compare domestic prices through a range of websites like www.shoppingbill.com, www.valueireland.com and www.ripoffrepublic.com, and the Fine Gael-run site www.ripoff.ie.

And from the Kildare Nationalist:

Irish consumers can already compare domestic prices through a range of websites, including www.shoppingbill.com; www.valueireland.com; www.valueireland.com; ripoffrepublic.com; ripoffrepublic.com and Fine Gael’s site, www.ripoff.ie.

Anyone know if Charlie Weston has started working for the Kildare Nationalist?

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3 Responses to Kildare Nationalist seeks inspiration from the Irish Independent?

  1. Anonymous March 7, 2008 at 06:04 #

    Before you accuse anybody of plagarism, ay chanc they both got the same Fine Gael Press Release?

    Every chance in the world.

    Lazy journalism indeed.

  2. Anonymous March 7, 2008 at 15:48 #

    Hi,

    http://www.wieninternational.at/en/node/7222 has many textual similarities also.

    Date of publication is after the Irish Indo.

    Bet it was an EU press release.

    Ruairi

  3. Value Ireland March 7, 2008 at 16:16 #

    I’d be flattered if the EU was insightful enough to include my little website in one of their press releases, but I doubt it.

    The “EU Press Releases” are available here (http://europa.eu/press_room/index_en.htm). I’ve checked, and unfortunately for the popularity of my site, I haven’t been mentioned once.

    Ruari – do you work for TCH by any chance?

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