Stephen Donnelly gives unconvincing National Maternity Hospital performance

Radio: Minister for Health is smooth on the Delta variant but rattled by the hospital saga

Presenter Shane Coleman: The presence of Nigel Farage is the flipside to Newstalk Breakfast’s energetic, sleeves-up approach. Photograph: Newstalk

Presenter Shane Coleman: The presence of Nigel Farage is the flipside to Newstalk Breakfast’s energetic, sleeves-up approach. Photograph: Newstalk

The Delta variant may yet have other ideas, but if the week’s radio is anything to go by, blanket coverage of the pandemic seems to be gradually giving way to all those other issues that used to fill the airwaves. Such a scenario may be difficult to imagine for listeners who have developed Stockholm syndrome with Covid news, but Newstalk Breakfast (weekdays) provides a glimpse of what could be.

Interviewed by Shane Coleman on Wednesday’s programme, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly sounds more rattled by questions about the ongoing National Maternity Hospital fiasco than he does when quizzed on the new strain of virus. Given the torrid time the Minister has endured over his handling of the lockdown (not to mention the inexcusable personal threats he has faced), this is quite an achievement.

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