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(...)

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(...)

Lynn Ruane (centre, with arms wide) with some of her campaign team.

A single mother and drugs addiction worker from Tallaght in west Dublin has won an emotional victory in the race for president of Trinity College D(...)

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(...)

Dublin publican Gary Payne has hopefully recovered from the public roasting he received over an ill-fated “Welfare Wednesday” cut-price drinks promoti(...)

Seán Donlon, Irish ambassador to the US during US president Ronald Reagan’s visit to Ireland in 1984. Photograph: Frank Miller

The opposition in Ireland to US president Ronald Reagan’s visit in 1984 made little impact in the White House, documents from the Department of Foreig(...)

Triumphant: Ryan Tubridy. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

As Irish radio personalities enjoy some post-Christmas downtime and look back on 2014, one presenter in particular might enjoy dusting off a copy of A(...)

Hundreds of people on Grafton Street in Dublin took time off last-minute Christmas shopping to watch this year’s RTÉ Radio 1 Liveline Christmas Special programme, which was broadcast live from outside the Bailey on Duke Street this morning.

Hundreds of people on Grafton Street in Dublin took time off last-minute Christmas shopping to watch this year’s RTÉ Radio 1 Liveline Christmas Speci(...)