Mark Cagney breezes through the storm on his return to radio

Erstwhile TV host brings a light touch to Newstalk stint as Lorenzo and Brexit rage on

Mark Cagney: Having exited his longtime role as host of Virgin Media’s television show Ireland AM, he has recently been popping up on Newstalk, in this instance as a stand-in for Ivan Yates. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Mark Cagney: Having exited his longtime role as host of Virgin Media’s television show Ireland AM, he has recently been popping up on Newstalk, in this instance as a stand-in for Ivan Yates. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

With much of last week spent in expectation of the coming storm, intense speculation about its impact dominates conversation on the airwaves. There are reports from areas likely to be hit hardest, and discussions about the scale of the devastation that might follow. In other words, it’s business as usual for Brexit, as the interminable farrago continues to overshadow everything else. Even the impending arrival of an actual storm is unable to knock the UK’s ongoing brain fart off the headlines.

On Tuesday’s Morning Ireland (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays) newsreader Brian Jennings informs listeners that “RTÉ news is broadcasting a day of Brexit coverage, looking at how people in Ireland could be affected”, a statement which could apply to any day over the past three years. What apparently differentiates this particular day is that the news department has special reports across the network on “all things Brexit”, an incongruously jaunty phrase with all the enticing appeal of “all things root canal”.

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