Joe Duffy: “Given he hosts a phone-in show, he probably has a whole stockpile of telephonically themed jokes.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

After a gloomy period that has persisted for so long we’ve come to accept it as normal, last week brings forth an unexpected spell of brightness. It m(...)

Former Tory cabinet minister Michael Portillo, pictured at Glasnevin Cemetery, is to make a documentary about the Easter Rising for RTÉ. 4:05

Former Tory cabinet minister Michael Portillo is to make a documentary about the Easter Rising for RTÉ. The Enemy Files will tell the story of 1916 f(...)

Ray D’Arcy is taking over the Saturday night slot

Bob Geldof on WB Yeats, David McWilliams on Ireland’s wealth gap and Joe Duffy reminiscing about Liveline’s “most memorable stories” will all featu(...)

Back in the studio after his cycle into work, a more recognisable Pat Kenny returns, by turns informed, inquisitive and toe-curlingly awkward. Photograph: Frank Miller

All broadcasters worth their salt aspire to take the road less travelled and be different. But it’s understandable when, faced with the relentless (...)

Humour, a strong social conscience and an easy mastery of technology were all outstanding characteristics of Peter Mooney, a widely respected RTÉ radi(...)

George Hook: “my plan is to write a trilogy.”  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ever since he announced his intention to retire from radio, George Hook has been vague about the exact date he plans to depart, much to the confusion (...)

Longed for: Seven Years and Nine Months is about an Irish couple having a child through a surrogate mother

She needs a mother for life, not just for nine months. As an argument against same-sex marriage, the poster that so described surrogacy during the ref(...)

Technical difficulties left Joe Duffy with no one to talk to.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Perplexed LiveLine listeners took to Twitter this afternoon to poke fun at the show’s misfortune after a phone line malfunction caused producers to pl(...)

Derek Davis with Rose of Tralee contestants in 1996. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Derek Davis, who has died aged 67, had a long and distinguished career as a newsreader, reporter and presenter. The flood of tributes that swiftly fol(...)

Derek Davis presents Out Of The Blue

In 2008, I went to Dalkey to interview Derek Davis for the Sunday Tribune about his retirement from RTÉ. We meet in the Queens Bar and he spoke at len(...)