The quality of journalism in Ireland has always been poor, it's downright hilarious in it's foreign coverage they will often get the UK right but they get the US and it's politics so wrong it's comical.
They're reporting now how scared Donnie the Fascist should be of Nancy Pelosi and the democrats, the democrats in the US are door mats who are scared of their own shadow (with exception of the new bunch coming in), and Pelosi lost the house to the GOP within 2 years last time without getting any progressive priority other than equal pay for men and women passed. They talk about Donnie getting removed by the 25th or impeached without discussing how next to impossible either of those are to actually do.
With BusConnects though they seem to be engaging in a campaign to actually oppose it.
I got one of the journos alone and asked what in Gods name they're doing with this kind of article, that they know full well the network needs a redesign since their papers done many a story on how stupid the network is atm (number and number-a/b/c on opposite sides of the city, the timetables at stops being from the terminus not when it gets to that stop, bad design of routes etc)
There are apparently a few reasons:
1. It's easy to get something in when things are quiet and you've no ideas. There is always someone disadvantaged by every new plan, go to that minority and let them moan, wholla: article
2. They know the public is cynical about infrastructure plans. Ever since the Metro was first announced by FF then a pin stuck in it by FF (I think Cullen announced the metro more than once too) then canceled by FG then revived by FG, and similar with other plans, that the public is very very cynical with bright new infrastructure plans that are announced (witness the yawn with which Project Ireland 2040 was greeted). Espechally now that we have a Taoiseach who, in contrast to his predecessors treats the job as a purely ceremonial position where he pulls curtains back on plaques and cuts ribbons etc not actually doing anything with the power of the job to fix national problems.
It's not that people are opposed to many such plans, they just think they'll never actually happen because Luas and metro and BRT taught them that these plans just keep getting kicked down the road indefinitely. Journos play into that prejudice with these kinda stories. People love to whine rather than be constructive or positive. People love to judge, judging makes us feel superior and right, so they love those articles because they make them go "i told ye! it'll never happen they'll make a balls of it"
I've also noticed that journos in Ireland love being negative, they'll never give positive coverage to any govt plan no matter who's plan it is. Of course the one area where we could use a skeptical attitude, the business section, you don't get it.