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(...)

President Michael D Higgins, with his wife, Sabina, and Joe Duffy, surrounded by pupils of St Patrick’s National School, Ringsend. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Kay Keogh from Ringsend watched the happy scenes at the church door. The children had been very serious to begin with, concentrating deeply on forming(...)

President Michael D Higgins with his wife Sabina and broadcaster Joe Duffy, organiser of the Children of the Revolution service, surrounded by pupils of St Patrick’s National School Ringsend honouring the children who died in 1916. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Relations of children killed during the 1916 Rising were joined by President Michael D Higgins for a commemorative ceremony that recalled the “neglect(...)

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(...)

Talk radio and the listeners

Sir, – RTÉ is to be admired for trying to keep Radio 1 as a station open to all. To do this, it has settled on the chat show as a flexible form. It c(...)

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(...)

The Habitat shop that used to operate on Dublin’s  College Green.

If ever there was a sign that the green shoots of recovery have turned into sturdy saplings it came with the announcement that Habitat is back in busi(...)