Technical turmoil yields an unintentionally classic edition of ‘Liveline’, but also allows Joe Duffy to remind listeners of his professionalism. Photograph: Alan Betson

Odd as it might seem for a boy from Ballyfermot to evoke comparisons with the poet laureate of British imperial ardour, there really are times when Jo(...)

Dominique McMullen before  her Swim For A Mile challenge in the National Aquatic Centre. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

“I just hope I finish it. At this stage, it’s ok if I’m not fast. I just want to finish it and not drown,” said nervous Irish Times journalist Dominiq(...)

John Murray talked to Margaret, a Cork native whose massive shoe collection inevitably prompts the host to dub her ‘the Imelda Marcos of Ireland’

It’s official: after years of hardship, Ireland is in full recovery. Until recently, the evidence has been mildly encouraging, at least if one goes(...)

Dropping the ball: Brendan O’Connor

Listeners tuning into Brendan O’Connor’s first day as stand-in host of The John Murray Show (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays) will not be surprised by what t(...)

Thought-provoking: Colette Kinsella and Seán Duke, presenters of ‘Life Matters’ on RTÉ Radio 1

The law may well be an ass, but, as Steven Wise points out, it’s not much use to real donkeys, or indeed to any species that isn’t human. As a resu(...)

Ray D’Arcy: any qualms that he might steer clear of contentious issues are dispelled on his second day

Hosting the afternoon slot on the nation’s biggest radio station may be a new start for Ray D’Arcy, but, less than a week in, he is slipping into o(...)

 Matt Cooper: ‘Dubliners have a thing about themselves being the city folk and everyone else from around the country being bog-trotting cultchies.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

I grew up by the waterworks, where the river divides in two, directly opposite the County Hall, right underneath what was known, charmingly, as the me(...)

Lively exchange on the Last Word about Liz Delaney’s pub in Coolock which was embroiled in controversy after advertising a Welfare Wednesday drinks promotion night. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Traditionally, January is a time of abstinence, a welcome opportunity for people to take a break from the steady flow of drink that customarily was(...)

Jonathan Corrie who was found dead in a hallway near the gates of Leinster House

The death of Jonathan Corrie is a story that speaks to our most basic emotions, as the out- pouring of grief, anger and frustration across the radi(...)

The Property Services Regulatory Authority has received hundreds of complaints from house hunters about unlicensed staff, gazumping and fake bids. Photograph: Frank Miller

The State’s new property regulator is to begin a major crackdown on rogue estate agents and auctioneers, according to the Sunday Business Post. The Pr(...)