2015: Media quotes of the year

Ryan Tubridy, Ray D’Arcy, Carrie Fisher, Margaret Atwood, Rachel Reid, and more

"Once we were made aware by the BBC of the significance of this episode RTÉ made a decision to simulcast the episode with the BBC rather than disappoint EastEnders fans."

- RTÉ explains that it has pushed back its heavily promoted interview with the Taoiseach to show the climax of EastEnders' long-running Who Killed Lucy? story.

"They're all very smooth, they're all like out of Thunderbirds, and they've all got these fantastic sweaters — don't know where they get them."

- Newspaper proprietor Richard Desmond tells the FT about the time he met a gaggle of managers from Google.


“It might come as a surprise to some people that editors rarely, if ever, talk to each other. Newspapers do not cooperate. There is very little co-operation.”

- Irish Examiner editor Tim Vaughan tells the Banking Inquiry that there is no "homogenous media".

“We’re going to call timeout for a while and turn comments off by default on all posts for the next few weeks. It’s going to be a super chill summer.”

- Nilay Patel, editor-in-chief of The Verge announces that the US tech and culture site is taking a break from online comments.

“Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didn’t like it.”

- Carrie Fisher suggests a way for parents to explain to children why Princess Leia wears a "slave bikini" in some Star Wars merchandise.

“Adrian has made his presence felt around RTÉ. He’s extremely tall.”

Ryan Tubridy introduces RTÉ One controller Adrian Lynch at the launch of the broadcaster's new season.

“We’ll have the big names if Ryan doesn’t get them first.”

- Ray D’Arcy over-promises as he previews of his new Saturday night chat show.

“I’m on antidepressants, but I still have fun.”

- Rachel Reid (Ann Skelly) from TV3's soap opera Red Rock utters a modern twist on a classic chat-up line.

“Going online is addictive for the same reason that going to the post box is addictive. You keep thinking there’s going to be an Easter egg in there just for you.”

- Novelist Margaret Atwood eloquently sums up our urgent need to check our feeds and inboxes just one more time.

Laura Slattery

Laura Slattery

Laura Slattery is an Irish Times journalist writing about media, advertising and other business topics