The Second Captains team, from left: Simon Hick, Ciaran Murphy, Ken Early, Eoin McDevitt and Mark Horgan, Malachy Logan, sports editor of The Irish Times (centre left) and Malachy Clerkin, sports reporter (extreme right). The team’s sudden departure from Newstalk’s Off the Ball programme was one the biggest talking points in Irish radio this year. Photograph: Dave Meehan

In a year when Irish radio went through more upheaval than in the previous three combined, one sudden exit stands out, one that left a station bereft (...)

Enda Kenny  at the launch of Fine Gael’s referendum campaign on the Lisbon Treaty in 2008. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A year ago, in a televised address to the nation, Enda Kenny told us: “I want to be the Taoiseach that retrieves Ireland’s economic sovereignty”. H(...)

Broadcaster David Harvey . Photograph : Matt Kavanagh / The Irish Times

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has found that a radio programme aired earlier this year failed to challenge “racist and prejudicial” stat(...)

President Michael D Higgins: he might have been expected to understand the limitations of the role of president and, more specifically, not to use it as a platform to advance a political agenda

President Michael D Higgins gave a speech on economics at Dublin City University last week. Among many other things, he posed questions about the d(...)

1Emotive': Newstalk host Tom Dunne. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

Returning from his holidays for the last few shows before the big upheaval, Tom Dunne (Newstalk, weekdays) admitted to feeling “emotive” but put a (...)