The hysteria over Noel Dempsey’s holidays says far more about the state of the Irish media than it does about the transport minister. I mean, seriously, where exactly is the damage in him not being here? Which decisions are not being made? The fact is, this is classic lazy journalism, playing the man (any man will do) as opposed to actually covering a proper story. It’s like saying that no crimes get investigated when the Garda commissioner is on his holidays. The coverage of John Gormley is no better, where one paper tried to paint him as a snarling ogre. Large chunks of our media are not serving us well.