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(...)

Photograph: Dennis Hallinan/Jupiter/Getty

Another year, another round of auspicious anniversaries, whether we want it or not. One might think that 2015 would be relatively light on commemor(...)

Sean Moncrieff discussed the dangers of Christmas at home. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is, unfortunately, a familiar story. Sean Moncrieff (Newstalk, weekdays) hears of a benign religious tradition whose meaning and message have be(...)

Alison Curtis: taking the helm in Ray D’Arcy’s old slot on Today FM

It says something about Ray D’Arcy’s reputation that, in a week when he is conspicuously absent, those replacing him struggle to make their presenc(...)

Swansong: Clive James’s appearance on The Book Show, on RTÉ, provided the radio moment of the week. Photograph: Hazel Thompson/New York Times

For all that it’s important to stay informed, tuning into the morning news is rarely conducive to a bright start to the day. When not depressing li(...)

Hot water: Irish Water chief executive John Tierney, accompanied by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly, talks to journalists at Ringsend waste-water treatment plant. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s the day after Halloween, but the horrors are just beginning for Government Ministers seeking to rally public support for Irish Water. Such is (...)