Talk:Eamon Ryan

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Shell to Sea[edit]

Currently, there is no information on what is to-date Ryan's most impressive volte-face, his ditching of the Shell to Sea campaign. To end up overseeing a project one had so vehemently opposed is definitely unusual, even by the standards of Irish politics, and certainly notable.

Lapsed Pacifist (talk) 04:26, 31 December 2008 (UTC)

I agree, there should be a section on this. Only, this time try adding a balanced piece on the policy u-turn, with reliable sources (Indymedia doesn't count) Snappy (talk) 06:05, 31 December 2008 (UTC)
A few sentences, yes. A section, no. Thanks! Fin© 13:15, 31 December 2008 (UTC)
A few sentences or a paragraph or a section. Whatever. Snappy (talk) 01:43, 1 January 2009 (UTC)
I take it a section is a paragraph (or a few sentences without line spacing between them) with a heading? Lapsed Pacifist (talk) 23:26, 6 January 2009 (UTC)
Yup. I've rewording the paragraph per the source ("pressure", not "criticism"), removed An Phoblacht (not reliable as it's a newspaper for a competing political party) and removed the description of the pipeline etc (if users want to learn about it, they can go to the article itself). Thanks! Fin© 23:34, 6 January 2009 (UTC)
What would be a non-competing political party? Do you have a precedent for your removal of the AP article? Many papers back certain parties in general elections, both in Ireland and abroad. Should Wikipedia refuse to use articles from any of them? The AP article specifially uses the word "criticism", from Mark Garavan, most definitely not a member of Sinn Féin. You ought to be more careful, 9x5; your blanking of a link to Shell's website might lead some to believe you're biased against them! I, of course, don't think that of you. Lapsed Pacifist (talk) 23:46, 6 January 2009 (UTC)
Also, I've looked at Wikipedia:Reliable_sources#News_organizations; I can't find any reference to a blanket ban on political magazines or newspapers. In fact, it says: "News reporting is distinct from opinion pieces", exactly what I've been saying to you elsewhere. Where are you getting your "not reliable" from? Lapsed Pacifist (talk) 00:16, 7 January 2009 (UTC)
A number of issues here, 1) An Phoblacht is a reliable source, yes it is a pro-Sinn Fein newspaper but it is also a credible newspaper, should we ban the Irish Independent for being pro-Fianna Fail? 2) User Falcon9x5 seems to have become a self-appointed arbitrator on what LP can or can't add to wikipedia. Now I know in the past LP has added uncited POV but when he adds reliably referenced balanced facts and Falcon9x5 still objects, I have to wonder? Snappy (talk) 00:37, 7 January 2009 (UTC)
Isn't An Phoblacht the party newspaper of Sinn Féin though? Like, not that its pro-Sinn Féin but is actually aligned to/published by it? That's what I always thought it was, which is why I don't think it's a reliable source (Sinn Féin are pro-Shell to Sea) - I left the Irish Times as a source so I didn't actually remove any facts, I just removed the source I felt was unreliable. Fin© 00:49, 7 January 2009 (UTC)
I just had a look around, it is the official newspaper of Sinn Féin - I'm not quite sure how that can be considered a reliable source for something related to another political party/the Corrib gas controversy, but if it can please correct me! Fin© 01:17, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

Basic unbiased assessment called for[edit]

The article as written violates several of the basic guidelines on biographies of living persons. It includes very little information about the noteworthy events of Eamon Ryan's political career, almost one fifth of the article and one entire picture are devoted to one issue only. Several of the citations are dubious. This article contains only either narrow focused criticism or barely referenced minutiae, and nothing substantive, so as to be clearly editorialising. I'm changing the article to better reflect the subject and so that it reads from a neutral point of view.Eoinwilson (talk) 00:57, 29 May 2011 (UTC)

I agree with nearly all your edits, but I've added back in the Shell to Sea image. Snappy (talk) 12:50, 29 May 2011 (UTC)
I think that's a prime example of the editorialising I was getting at. The article in itself is not a tome covering every aspect of the subject's life, it's a brief, objective summary, as is warranted for a minor politician who spent a brief time in office. The issue in question is more than adequately covered in the 'criticisms' section as I had written it, with links to several sources from where the reader can locate that picture and inform themselves if they so choose. Unless we are expanding this article to cover the debates over every decision taken or not taken by Eamon Ryan, which would require volumes - the picture is elevating one issue to take on a greater importance to the uninformed observer, which is neither a fair nor accurate assessment, and which I suspect is your intent.Eoinwilson (talk) 14:51, 29 May 2011 (UTC)
He is a politician and is best known for his tenure as Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. Prior to his appointment, he opposed the Corrib Gas project, and when he was Minister he did not oppose it. Are you suggesting that it is ok to mention this in the text but not ok to have an image illustrating it? That seems to be a strange double standard. I don't know why you are questioning my intent, I am neutral on party politics, I am not questioning your intent to remove it, even though it seems like something a party supporter would want done. This image has been on the article for several years, so the current WP:Consensus is for it to remain. It should not be removed unless the consensus changes. Snappy (talk) 14:52, 29 May 2011 (UTC)
This strikes me as a prime example of how consensus can change. A discussion. I think the article would be remiss if it didn't mention the S2S material, which is, as Snappy says, relevant to Ryan's work. That said, the picture doesn't really add any extra information, context, or (and this is more subjective) interest. It just seems to have been put there to make a point. If that's the case, then I think it's a point which has been given undue priority. Mpidge (talk) 14:57, 29 May 2011 (UTC)
Also, now that I look at it, it's just not a great picture, especially considering that there seems to be a decent portrait shot which fulfills all the licensing requirements. A fairly distant, angled shot with other unknown people in it seems a bit unnecessary for the purpose of a photo in this article, which is to, well, show you what the chap looks like. Mpidge (talk) 15:00, 29 May 2011 (UTC)
No, no - my objection to the image is based on its prominence, not its content. As I said for an article of this length I think the issue of the Corrib Gas Project is more than adequately covered; it includes a link to the primary article, a detailed and fair summary of the substance of the issue, and properly sourced citations. The picture adds to the issue's prominence within the article so as to exaggerate its relevance, risking the appearance that the article was written form a biased point of view, would you not agree?Eoinwilson (talk) 15:06, 29 May 2011 (UTC)
I strongly suspect I am talking to Green Party supporters but anyway Ryan is holding a placard saying Support the Rossport Five, a position he reversed on when in government. Can you give a good reason why you wish to censor this image, but think its ok to mention the issue in text. Snappy (talk) 16:53, 29 May 2011 (UTC)
Already outlined why I don't think it's warranted, but if you think that the article as it is reads from a neutral point of view then fair enough. I disagree but I'll leave it to other contributors to add their thoughts. I'm just going to slightly rearrange the part on the 2011 election as it's not really congruous with the criticisms section.Eoinwilson (talk) 18:34, 29 May 2011 (UTC)
So you're saying its ok to mention his u-turn in text but not have an image of it becuase this will draw attention to the fact. How bizzare! As you are a new editor, you should read more about the five pillars of wikipedia, and WP:BLP and remember that this article isn't supposed to be a hatchet job or a hagiography but somewhere in between. Snappy (talk) 18:40, 29 May 2011 (UTC)
Precisely the tone I'm attempting to strike in arguing for the picture's removal.Eoinwilson (talk) 19:31, 29 May 2011 (UTC)
My argument is that the article should - as Snappy says - contain criticisms, but that the placement of an image simply adds undue weight to a specific criticism, without contributing anything particularly useful. AFAIK, the picture was originally there to illustrate what Ryan looks like, a purpose it no longer fulfills. I don't exactly think that it's a massive issue, since the article's restructuring has improved it (I had a crack at it a while ago, but to no avail). *shrugs* Mpidge (talk) 07:42, 30 May 2011 (UTC)

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