IFTAs 2015 - twice the embarrassment
If nothing else, you have to admire the resilience of the people behind the IFTAs.
Having presided over an unmitigated debacle last year and then being dropped from this year's RTE schedule, one suspected that may have been the end of the Irish film and television industries annual p***-up.
Quite the contrary, however, as a new deal with TV3 will see the ceremony split into two separate shows - one for movies this summer, the other for TV shows in the autumn - and the Irish Film Board will continue to fund the event. Which, of course, means that the taxpayer will continue to fund the event.
So as punishment for staging one national embarrassment in 2014, the Irish Film and Television Academy are being paid to put on two this year.
Only in Ireland...