'Seán Moncrieff reminded his audience that, as well as being a wry chronicler of contemporary foibles, he can handle hard news topics.' Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Tuning into Morning Ireland (RTÉ Radio 1, weekdays) always requires a certain degree of compartmentalisation. The chances of getting oneself out the d(...)

Stradbally fields forever: an aerial view of the Electric Picnic. Photograph: Sky Tec Ireland

ELECTRIC ARENA FRIDAY 22.45-00.00 Super Furry Animals 21.00-11.15 Todd Terje 19.30-20.30 Broken Social Scene SATURDAY 00.15-01.15 Years & Y(...)

Jonathan Healy has a wryly low-key style

As the erstwhile anchor of Newstalk’s axed news programme Lunchtime, Jonathan Healy can be forgiven for having a blip in confidence. Even so, he need(...)

Candles are lit  at the vigil at Eyre Square in Galway to mark the first anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

If the establishment of a citizens’ assembly on abortion is to spark an honest and open debate, perhaps anti-abortion campaigners might stop basing th(...)

A bird’s eye view of Electric Picnic 2015 in Stradbally, Co Laois. Photograph: Niall Bouzon/Inpho/Red Bull

The Electric Picnic has announced a new section, a festival parade and details for its Mindfield events ahead of the September festival. New to Stra(...)

“Let’s not talk about Brexit”: Sean Moncreiff’s plea was a vain aspiration. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Sean Moncrieff isn’t renowned for his sensitive style, unless you count irony as an emotion. But on Wednesday’s Moncrieff (Newstalk, weekdays) he lets(...)

The chief executive of the Child and Family Agency, Tusla, has criticised the media’s expectations  of  child protection workers. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Media expectations of what child protection workers could or should achieve were “utterly absurd”, the chief executive of the Child and Family Agency (...)

Michael O’Flynn: concedes the “genuine, hardworking community” of developers made mistakes, but says bodies such as Nama have made things much worse. Photo: Daragh Mac Sweeney/Provision

There’s a scene in the 1975 conspiracy thriller Three Days of the Condor where the fugitive hero, played by Robert Redford, asks a CIA boss who was(...)

Neil Delamere: the comedian and Today FM presenter hosts material not entirely befitting the Sabbath. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

Sunday remains a day of rest for most, but not for Neil Delamare, who works hard to create an early stir with Neil Delamare’s Sunday Best (Today FM). (...)

Loaded with symbolism: Prince Charles at Mullaghmore, in Co Sligo, where his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten and three others, including two children, were killed by an IRA bomb in 1979. Photograph: Arthur Edwards/AFP/Getty

With the increasingly fractious marriage-referendum debate saturating the airwaves during the final week of campaigning, light relief arrives in th(...)

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