Do young people have any interest in news and current affairs? Do they read newspapers watch or listen to the news?

Young people give their views on the news stories of the day and whether newspaper and television reports are relevant to them.

Many of the young people interviewed feel the reporting of the war between Iran and Iraq has been overshadowed by the news of the kidnapping of dentist John O'Grady by captors led by Dessie O'Hare, also known as The Border Fox.

I know that’s important like, but the paper was on about that the whole time, like they didn’t cover anything about the Iran and Iraq war at all really.

One girl comments on the prison sentence given to former champion jockey, Lester Piggott and considers his reputation has been irreparably damaged.

It is generally agreed that Irish newspapers such as the 'Irish Independent' and 'Irish Press' are too serious. Some of the young people interviewed feel they focus too much on current affairs and would prefer to read about horoscopes, gossip, pop music and competitions.

'The Irish Times' has a supplement but it doesn’t really cover people of our age.

One girl thinks the English newspapers are more down to earth.

They bring to light what really is happening in the world, you know, the Irish papers don’t do that, it’s more for business people, you know, it just doesn’t interest the young people today.

Another girl watches the Irish news and the Ulster Television news. She is also a big fan of RTÉ's young peoples' news programme 'Newsline' presented by Andrew Kelly. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 30 October 1987. The reporter is Jim Fahy.