Cormac Ó hEadhra: the RTÉ Radio 1 presenter is not a natural diplomat

Radio review: Combative hosts struggle to make TDs rise to their Government-formation bait

Ray D’Arcy manages to conjure up a united Ireland over Zoom

Radio review: Glitches pile up as the host hears pandemic stories from all 32 counties

Ryan Tubridy despairs of the ‘contagion of misinformation’ in the online world. Photograph: RTÉ

Radio review: The chipper presenter barely referred to the pandemic this week

On Tuesday on RTÉ Radio 1, Sarah McInerney peppers her guests with pertinent questions, but maintains a relatively low-key presence

“You look delighted with yourself,” the RTÉ host curtly tells her cartoonish guest

On Liveline, Jow Duffy spoke to a publican who has decided to reopen his pub before the government’s proposed date in August.

Radio review: Joe Duffy sounds at a loss; Newstalk has snapshots from a US in turmoil

Brendan O’Connor: The pandemic flattens O’Connor’s usual spiky energy. Photograph: RTÉ

Radio review: The coronavirus crisis has dulled his once-sparky morning programme

Sarah McInerney: reserves her most fierce grillings for those in positions of power or wealth who appear to be spoofing

The former Newstalk presenter has firmly placed her stamp on RTÉ Radio 1 mornings

Ciara Kelly presents herself as someone who speaks her mind, whatever the consequences. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Radio: The presenter’s questions are less urgent health queries than audience clickbait

Locked down in Dublin: Matt Damon appeared on Spin 1038 to talk about being stranded in Ireland. Photograph: Elizabeth Weinberg/New York Times

Stranded Hollywood actor has spirit-lifting conversation with Spin 1038’s morning hosts

Sean O’Rourke. Photograph: RTÉ

He interviews both ministers and hairdressers with professionalism and passion

Normal People: Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel. Photograph: Enda Bowe/Element Pictures/RTÉ

Joe Duffy can’t believe his luck – er, sorry, ears – when callers splutter about Normal People

Ray D’Arcy: monologue a mesmerisingly pointless exercise in solipsistic navel gazing. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/RTÉ

His rambling account of baking bread shows he’s the ideal presenter for our time

Formidable: Sean O’Rourke on his first day as presenter of RTÉ Radio 1’s Today show, in 2013. Photograph: Frank Miller

RTÉ will struggle to replace a host whose ease was accompanied by formidable news skills

Des Cahill: the likeable sports presenter seems a little lost on RTÉ Radio 1’s Des’s Island Discs

Radio Review: Presenter seems ill-suited to venerable format as Off The Ball carries on regardless

Welcome back Ryan.  We missed you. Photograph: RTÉ

The RTÉ star sounds uncharacteristically elegiac after his coronavirus experience

Ivan Yates takes a break from coronavirus coverage by allowing listeners to indulge in the nostalgically escapist pastime of bashing the Brits. Photograph: Newstalk

Sombre Newstalk host rediscovers irreverent persona for on-air prank, while Morning Ireland highlights the perils of shopping

 Liveline’s Joe Duffy has been urging his audience to wash their hands, using practically any opportunity to drive the message home.

Radio review: Joe Duffy hears tales of social distancing prompting antisocial behaviour

 Ciara Kelly told her listeners that she had contracted coronavirus. File photograph: Tom Honan

69 new cases of coronavirus had been detected the previous day. ‘I am one of them,’ she said

Ray D’Arcy: on Tuesday he spoke to an Irish woman living in the Chinese city of Suzhou, who describes everyday life in the country as it tries to control the virus. Photograph: Patrick Bolger Photography

He assures us he can broadcast from home. Some may not see that as an upside

Ray D’Arcy’s interview with Mary O’Rourke brought a light touch to  a tense week

‘How lovely to die on a rug in the garden with the sun beaming down,’ she tells Ray D’Arcy

Singer-songwriter Lesley Roy has been chosen to represent Ireland in the 2020 Eurovision in the Netherlands.

Lesley Roy’s song has been billed as a game changer. For once, the plaudits might be justified

Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays at 10am.

RTÉ's Sean O'Rourke and 98FM shock jock Adrian Kennedy tamp down fears but Ciara Kelly has other ideas

Ivan Yates  suffuses a discussion on Irritable Bowel Syndrome with a disarming sense of humour. Photograph: Newstalk

Yates doesn’t so much grill politicians as turn them over an open fire on a spit roast

Joe Duffy: like any good referee in a sparring match, he  knows  his audience likes nothing better than a good scrap

The conversation turns ugly the moment the post-election Liveline opens

A singular presence: Michael Healy-Rae. Photograph: Tom Honan

Kenny may be out of step with the restive public mood, but his interviews are memorable

Senator Catherine Noone: her comments this week were a talking point on the Ray D’Arcy Show. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Radio review: Ray D’Arcy shows all politics is personal, while Ciara Kelly ties herself in knots

The Tonight Show Leaders’ Debate featured presenter Ivan Yates, Labour leader Brendan Howlin, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Solidarity/People Before Profit’s Mick Barry, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Social Democrats’ co-leader Catherine Murphy, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan and presenter Matt Cooper. Photograph:  Maxwell Photography

TV review: Leo Varadkar is the weakest link in a game show-style political contest

Ryan Tubridy got more political than he meant to last week. Photograph: RTÉ

Radio review: The presenter reacts sensitively to Úna Keane's tale of a harrowing attack

It’s noticeable that Ivan Yates, who can often be heard merrily baiting ‘pinko lefties’ himself, keeps his counsel on this occasion, instead focusing on the victims of the gang feud.  Photograph: Newstalk

Radio review: Newstalk host has comparatively quiet week while Mary Wilson chips away at political guests

Well-known broadcasters Marian Finucane and Larry Gogan passed away within seven days of each other in early Janaury. Photographs: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times and RTÉ/PA Wire

Radio review: In a sad week, RTÉ presenters pull together to remember broadcasting legends

RTÉ broadcaster Larry Gogan in 1969. The naturally warm voice ensured his career flourished.

The radio DJ with a voice ‘as smooth as a billiard ball’ will live long in the collective memory

Larry Gogan  has died at the age of 81. Photograph: RTÉ/PA Wire

The 2FM broadcaster, who has died at 85, was one of our first and best radio DJs

RTÉ’s Marty Morrissey. Photograph: James Crombie/©INPHO

Radio review: RTÉ’s preview of 2020 turns unexpectedly sombre, as Second Captains get more sport from a determined diplomat

Marian Finucane pictured in 1993 during her Liveline days. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

‘Her death has robbed RTÉ – and Ireland – of a protean talent who had enduring charisma’

Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays at 10am

RTÉ host gets to the heart of the childcare crisis , as O’Shea welcomes all book-lovers

Review: Every radio show has filler, but Ciara Kelly has had the trowel out a lot recently

Katie Hannon: versatile and personal

Radio review: The host waits for guests to slip up before she turns the screw

Sean O’Rourke was Radio 1’s strongest performer.

The contrast between RTÉ’s obvious disdain for Lyric and indulgent attitude toward 2fm sent out a deeply negative signal

The Book Show would seem to throw Rick O’Shea a lifeline, but its run has only been guaranteed until Christmas. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The man born Paul Crossan has gone from pop jock to credible host of RTÉ's Book Show

DJ Niall Boylan from Classic Hits 4fm. In enthusiastically encouraging people to vent on both real problems and pet peeves, the host walks a fine line between airing grievances and fuelling resentment. Photograph: Michael Donnelly/4fm

Defiant farmers cause 4FM presenter to drop the F-bomb, but his shock jock instincts remain

Marian Finucane: ‘Finucane also adopts an air of bemused wonderment at the ordinary and obvious’

Radio review: For nearly two decades, she has reigned supreme in a coveted weekend slot

The independent TD for Kerry is on the show for a discussion about fellow TD Noel Grealish. File Photograph: Alan Betson

Radio review: Her interview with minister Eoghan Murphy is more reconciliation than rematch

Gay Byrne with his portrait in the National Gallery of Ireland in 2000. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Broadcaster’s death prompts on-air eulogies from colleagues, plus some self-revelation

 Gay Byrne’s great strength as a radio host was his capacity to listen: his listeners   trusted him with secrets they would not share with their nearest and dearest. Photograph:  Photograph: Eddie Kelly/The Irish Times

Radio show arguably even more important catalyst for change than The Late Late

Ivan Yates: ‘It’s a national sport in Ireland to be a begrudger.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Radio review: Sometimes ‘excessive self-admiration’ is justified, says Newstalk presenter

Joe Duffy discussed the gunpoint robbery in Dublin on Liveline this week

Joe Duffy hears how two men pointed a gun at a tourist and robbed her handbag

Matt Cooper: savvy enough to realise there’s life after Brexit. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

Today FM host acknowledges jaded public mood, while Jennifer Zamparelli reveals a gritty side of Irish life

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Photograph: David Zalubowski/AP

The condition is triggered by exposure to a Swedish girl who doesn’t want the world to end

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

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

Greta Thunberg: Ryan Tubridy has been criticised for his on-air remarks about the activist. Photograph: Tom Jamieson/New York Times

Presenter catches flak over his clunky concern for teenage activist’s health

The Bluffer’s Guide to Suburbia: a piece of sensory, stimulating theatre. Photograph: Colm Hogan

Dublin Theatre Festival: Ray Scannell’s ambitious musical drama is performed with aplomb but lacks focus

Whelan sounds in his element at “the Ploughing”

Radio Review: Classical music station fulfills its public broadcasting remit with variety and wit – why is it under threat?

Vespertilio: an endangered bat is at the centre of this engaging two-hander. Photograph: Liz Isles

Dublin Fringe Festival: Mismatched outsiders form romance in wistfully charming two-hander

Grounds for Concern: Alan Bradley tells his story with verve and veracity. Photograph: Tina Brady

Dublin Fringe Festival: Inventive one man show deals with a young player's mental health struggles

Stephen Rea: Miriam disarms Rea’s lugubriously diffident public persona. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Review: By the end of a compelling interview, O’Callaghan positively embraces her self-parodying side

Shane Coleman has a considerably more successful week at Westminster than the British prime minister, Boris Johnson

Radio Review: Newstalk Breakfast presenter captures the charged atmosphere in London, while Ray D’Arcy looks at problems closer to(...)

Miriam O’Callaghan’s recent radio slot was a chance for common sense to prevail on vaccines.

Radio Review: Guests on RTÉ and Newstalk’s Pat Kenny Show have no truck with anti-vaxxers

Newstalk’s Lunchtime Live presenter Ciara Kelly describes her mentality as “partitionist”. Photograph: Tom Honan

Radio: The Newstalk host appears to share callers' doubts about reunification

Maggie Doyle, stand-in host on the Ryan Tubridy Show, fails to  curry favour with Tubridy and his fans over Paul McCartney.

Stand-in presenter shows her strengths while spinning out sparse material, as Jonathan Healy hears of heroic resistance to a helli(...)

Miriam O’Callaghan shows that for all her famed one-on-one interviewing skills, she’s in her element hosting current affairs conversations.

Presenter helms discussions on drugs and Boris Johnson, as Ivan Yates gets crash course on cocaine

Katie Hannon: versatile and personal

Presenter brings her own experiences to charged exchanges on Liveline, while Ciara Kelly shows her bedside manner in bleak convers(...)

Murphy said more houses are required so people can ‘rent with sustainability’. Or, to put it another way, not be made homeless. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Minister is defensive on housing crisis with Today FM, as Morning Ireland debates definitions of disaster

Ryan Tubridy: at his best he is entertaining on-air company

He hits the right note for early silly season. At his best he is entertaining on-air company

Majella Moynihan pictured in the grounds of RTE. Majella spoke on RTÉ’s Documentary on One about being investigated by gardaí when she became pregnant by a male member of the force. Photograph: RTÉ

Radio review: Her tale of forced adoption sounds like the stuff of fiction but is all too real

  Liveline host Joe Duffy’s investigative skills make for interesting listening

Radio review: The presenter shows off his digging skills over a racist incident on the train

Jennifer Zamparelli. ‘She has a monotone delivery, pitched somewhere between manic and sarcastic’

Radio Review: Host’s new show grates but Garrihy, McDermott zing up morning

Maria Bailey appeared on Sean O’Rourke’s show on Monday to discuss the withdrawn ‘swing’ case.

Radio review: When O’Rourke finishes the interview, it’s an act of mercy to his guest

Gerry Ryan: natural broadcaster, but would he still be a star today? Photograph: Mark Read

To mark 40 years of 2FM, RTÉ resurrected the broadcaster in electrifying fashion

Marian Finucane: ‘But you’re not denying, are you, the consequences of global warming?’

The atmosphere on the usually staid show turns both hotter and frostier, a bit like climate change

As The Divine Comedy releases a bleak new album, the singer thinks it may be the end of the world, but feels fine

Seizing on every passing factoid: Today FM’s Dermot and Dave. Photograph: Today FM

Dermot and Dave’s show is good-natured, aimless and generic, like Today FM itself

  On Today with Sean O’Rourke, the presenter  attempts to conjure up the whiff of cordite by recreating the close-fought battles of the previous divorce referendum

Presenter’s attempt at sparking divorce debate allows for rigorous, if alarming, critique of contemporary society

Pat Kenny: you don’t want him on your case

Presenter by turns forensic and toe-curling, while Seán Moncrieff’s ironic style hits a wall

Author John Boyne: ‘You don’t know me, don’t judge me.’ Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Novelist opens up on ‘cis privilege’ irk while the host issues a plea for education

The Dublin band The Blades, fronted by Paul Cleary, onstage in 1985. Photograph: Terry Thorp

A new compilation is a compelling journey through musical moments of 1970s Britain

 Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave  kept his silence when he was  interviewed by   Philip Boucher-Hayes on Tuesday’s edition of Drivetime. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Tech entrepreneur’s prickly on-air performances muddy his message about Ireland’s corporate regime

Louise McSharry: deploys her PC jargon in lighthearted fashion

In her temporary mid-morning tenure, she proves you don’t have to be un-PC to entertain

Ray D’Arcy:  can still show flashes of the spicily attuned broadcaster who used to hold court on Today FM. Photograph: Andres Poveda

Spud rant and Jasper Carrott interview are like a diet of root vegetables: filling but dull

Shane Coleman and Kieran Cuddihy, presenters of Newstalk Breakfast (weekdays)

Radio review: Kieran Cuddihy and Shane Coleman bring fresh energy to Newstalk Breakfast

Joe Duffy: ‘I wasn’t talking about burqas.’

Radio Review: After initial gruffness, Duffy grows genuinely concerned for his guest

Pat Kenny interviews local resident John Kelly, whose brother Michael was one of the unarmed civilians shot dead by British paratroopers on Bloody Sunday

Radio review: Newstalk host throws himself into Derry visit, while Mary Wilson hears a warning from history

  Hard Shoulder host Ivan Yates interviews Emma Hayes of Chelsea FC Women and his approach unfortunately recalls another trait of 1970s masculinity: a Neanderthal attitude to the abilities of the opposite sex. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The ex-government minister and businessman tackles his radio guests like a tough midfielder

Derek Mooney: too often comes across as a caricature of a daytime radio jock

Radio review: RTÉ presenter’s nature programme marred by uneven tone, while Sean Moncrieff hears queasy animal tales

Eoghan McDermott steps up on drink-awareness chat

Radio review: With one exception, 2FM’s drink awareness chat sounds like nightclub banter

Change the attitude: Peter Casey.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former presidential candidate sticks to his guns as radio reporting debut falls flat

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has a torrid time on    Damien Tiernan’s Déise Today show in his first week as host. Photograph: North West Newspix

Radio Review: The ex-RTÉ outheast correspondent illustrates the strengths of regional radio

Joe Duffy could have added that two of Farage’s children are entitled to citizenship here through their Irish-born mother Photograph: Alastair Grant

Duffy hears from hunters of Irish passports who are ‘basically embarrassed to be British’

Charlie Connelly mixes historical anecdote with reportage and memoir as he goes “in search of the magic of radio”.

Charlie Connelly celebrates radio culture as a means of reaching out to a bigger world

 Ryan Tubridy: a pint ends up as another tedious skirmish in the culture wars.Photograph: Kinlan Photography.

Radio Review: More Proustian than Behanesque, Tubridy is a stout believer in simple pleasures

Sean O’Rourke: excited at the prospect of getting stuck into the Brexit action

Radio Review: Master of the High Court Edmund Honohan explains his window breaking

Larry Gogan

Review: The most poignant moment is when Gogan reminds us he will still be broadcasting

Larry Gogan: His lifelong mission to share the joy of music continues. Photograph: Eric Luke

The much-loved, open-minded broadcaster moves to RTÉ Gold at the end of January

Baz Ashmawy forgets to introduce himself on the ‘Ryan Tubridy Show’.

The stand-in wide-eyed RTÉ presenter reveals a lot about himself - but forgets to mention his name

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