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Examining Newspaper Reports of Care in an Irish Nursing Home: A Discursive Analysis


On May 30th 2005, Radio Telefís Éireann, the Irish national television broadcaster, screened excerpts from an undercover surveillance programme which involved covert filming in a nursing home by one staff member for a period of eight weeks. The Primetime Investigates: Home Truths, programme documented many aspects of care deficits including psychological abuse, neglect and unprofessional practices. Public reaction was emotive and the media provided a significant site of public debate on elder abuse. This study focuses on the debate in four Irish national newspapers in the period of one month following the Primetime Investigates programme.


The aim of this study was to examine the social construction of newspaper reports of unacceptable care practices in an Irish nursing home following revelations in the broadcast of an undercover surveillance television documentary.


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1st November 2009




Seminar video & presentation slides, Dr. Amanda Phelan


Presentation slides

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