There is a belief in Dublin, as well as London, that Michelle O’Neill was ready to do a deal but was effectively blocked by senior members in Sinn Féin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

As crews across Ireland, North and South, work to restore power to thousands of homes and businesses following Storm Ophelia, Sinn Féin and the DUP ar(...)

Mary Wilson:  knows when to hold back and let her guest carry on

When faced with unspeakable tragedy, sometimes the only thing to do is keep talking. Herbert Morrison’s commentary as the Hindenburg airship burst int(...)

The Denis O’Brien-controlled company Communicorp operates the nationwide stations Newstalk and Today FM, along with a number of regional stations. Photograph: David Sleator

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is to seek clarification from Denis O’Brien’s Communicorp radio group following its decision to ban Irish (...)

Newstalk presenter George Hook. File photograph: ©INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan

What I have to say is of no consequence. The organisation against which it is aimed will be no more conscious of it than a speeding car is of a fly ma(...)

Pat Hickey at the men’s lightweight double sculls final at the Olympics in Rio. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

If the build-up is to believed, the encounter between Paul Williams and Pat Hickey is set to rival storied clashes as the Rumble in the Jungle and the(...)

Richard Dawkins: a big fan of the son, if not the father. Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s not every day the country gets a new taoiseach, so one might expect the political junkies of talk radio to get worked up about last week’s elevat(...)

Cork developer Michael O’Flynn told Newstalk on Friday that Nama was using Michael Noonan to deflect from the housing crisis. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Developers who are genuinely trying to build houses have “nothing to fear” from a Government policy to penalise landowners who hoard vacant sites, Min(...)

Pat Kenny’s Newstalk show is 30 minutes longer than it used to be - which should help him add listeners in the JNLR radio ratings. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

Media is a very straightforward business, a now retired broadcasting executive once told me: it is about building an audience, as big an audience as p(...)

Tetchy team-mates: Paul Williams and Shane Coleman

Listening to Newstalk, it seems that Ireland is a house divided against itself. The split in question appears as bitter as the one between red and blu(...)

Ivan Yates left Newstalk last summer after seven years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ivan Yates is returning to Newstalk in a new two-hour show on Sunday from April. His slot from 11am to 1pm will be in direct competition with the seco(...)