Ivan Yates: “We’ve had a dog licking his testicles; we’ll have people feeling their testicles,” says the Newstalk presenter. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Some of Newstalk’s big-name presenters have been talking an awful lot of balls. It’s not that Ivan Yates and Pat Kenny have started spouting opinio(...)

Hyperactively chirpy: Derek Mooney

Having departed the daytime schedules, Derek Mooney can now be found on the nocturnal airwaves, hosting a new show devoted to his trademark enthusiasm(...)

Joe Duffy:  only really starts to sound relaxed again on Wednesday, as Liveline resumes its role as the nation’s outlet for gripes about contemporary life.  Photo:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

The air may be distressingly thick with cases of murdered women, but as Joe Duffy discusses the long unsolved female homicide, he sounds positively ch(...)

Hulk-like transformation: Pat Kenny in his studio at Newstalk. Photograph: Frank Miller

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt, the old saying goes, and it’s sound advice. Unless you’re being i(...)

Norman Tebbit: Miriam O’Callaghan’s open-ended approach allows glimpses of the person beneath the steely exterior and apparently unfeeling monotone

Politicians have underestimated it, artists have been beguiled by it, A-listers charmed and D-listers flattered. But after years of luring unsuspec(...)

Pat Kenny: can lack spark. Photograph: Frank Miller

Tuning into The Pat Kenny Show (Newstalk, weekdays) last week, one could be forgiven for worrying if some awful fate was about to befall the host. Aft(...)

Entertainer and gay rights activist Rory O’Neill known as Panti stops for a selfie with a passerby, at the launch of #ShareTheLove , a crowd funding campaign aimed at securing a Yes vote in the upcoming referendum, in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar showed “bravery” in publicly coming out, entertainer and gay rights activist Rory O’Neill, better known as Panti Bliss, has said.The Mini(...)

George Hook: scattergun opinions on a variety of hot topics

For all that the right to freedom of speech is being defended in the current climate, even the staunchest upholders of the principle may have found(...)

Lively exchange on the Last Word about Liz Delaney’s pub in Coolock which was embroiled in controversy after advertising a Welfare Wednesday drinks promotion night. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Traditionally, January is a time of abstinence, a welcome opportunity for people to take a break from the steady flow of drink that customarily was(...)

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland chief executive Michael O’Keeffe: ‘You can be edgy without crossing the line of what’s permissible and what’s not.’

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) will update its complaints system in the first half of this year, making it “more user-friendly”, says the(...)