Acting the clown

Ara would ya relax, it’s only a festival. They’re like buses. Another one will be along very soon to take you where you want to go, and if you wait(...)

Rabble roused: callers make Dublin sound like a cross between Trainspotting and Hogarth’s Gin Lane. Photograph: Culture Club/Getty

Iraq is torn apart by a bloody Islamist insurgency, Gaza is again ravaged by Israeli air strikes, the revolt in eastern Ukraine rumbles on, and the(...)

The acquisition of Pat Kenny continues to draw listeners to Newstalk with the numbers tuning-in to his programme rising by 17.5 per cent in the second(...)

The Man They Call Aherrin would never have allowed the Garth Brooks fiasco spiral out of control and upset hundreds of thousands of Irish mammies and men with John Wayne complexes. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Enda and Joan are playing their cards very close to their chests. “Snap!”The days are long in Government Buildings. The Taoiseach and Tánaiste have to(...)

Ritual: ‘Documentary on One: Mairéad’s First Communion’ (RTÉ Radio 1, Saturday),   tracked the progress of a young girl as she prepared to take the sacrament despite the misgivings of her lapsed Catholic parents

The longer the story of the Tuam mother-and-baby home reverberates, the more uncomfortable truths emerge about an all-pervasive institution that once (...)

It started as a joke, a throwaway line over a late night Lenten jar by Vinny Fitzpatrick about having a public house representative for Clontarf, but it had gathered momentum to the point of no return

It started as a joke, a throwaway line over a late night Lenten jar by Vinny Fitzpatrick about having a public house representative for Clontarf, but (...)

Former minister Alan Shatter. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

There may or may not be a “dark side” lurking amid the force, but there is little denying that, after years of trying to nail their man, the police(...)

A household of two adults and two children will be expected to go through 208,000 litres of water annually

Details of the tap tax have been announced then? Yes, and not before time. While most details of the water charge were widely leaked (sorry) before hi(...)

 John Simm as Det Sgt Marcus Farrow in ‘Prey’. Photograph Ben Blackall/ITV/Red Production Company

John Simm isn’t Dr Richard Kimble, he’s decent copper Marcus Farrow, but echoes of The Fugitive roar throughout Prey (UTV, Monday), a gripping crime d(...)

Some RTÉ presenters led by Marian Finucane have also increased in popularity, but there were losses for Seán O’Rourke, Liveline and the News at One. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Newstalk continued to add listeners in the first few months of 2014, a new snapshot of the Irish radio market shows. The station, owned by Denis O’Bri(...)