Henry Mckean

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Henry McKean: Unfailingly courteous yet anxiously scatty

“All week on Newstalk, it’s Ireland’s commuter hell.” Taken on its own, this sounds like a threat by the commercial station to add to rush-hour misery(...)

Joe Duffy: Holding a mirror to Irish life

On the face of it, the news that Joe Duffy is to appear in a pantomime is in danger of causing reality to collapse in on itself under the weight of to(...)

Ray D’Arcy:  ‘Like a good counsellor, D’Arcy makes the guest – and the listener – feel better’

Throughout his broadcasting career, Ray D’Arcy has often come across as a member of the family. When he was the youthful foil to anarchic puppets Zig (...)

Pat Kenny in his Newstalk studio. Photograph: Frank Miller

Pat Kenny may be one of Ireland’s top broadcasters, but he’s equally prone to the occasionally bizarre moment that prompts the question whether he’s o(...)

Vicky Phelan is going to concentrate on her own treatment now, she tells D’Arcy: “I won’t have achieved anything with what I’ve done if I’m not alive.”

If the measure of a scandal is the amount of airtime devoted to it, then the Government should start ordering election posters now. The cervical cance(...)

Ivan Yates: once Northerners 'get out of their time warp they’re welcome to join a united Ireland'. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

During the dark days of the Troubles a piece of archetypally Northern graffiti could be spotted in the grimy toilet of a Belfast pub. “No Pope here”, (...)

Vincent Browne: his  interview on the Ray D’Arcy Show is a curious mix of fatalism, insight and curmudgeonly caricature, but never less than enjoyable

What’s in a name? In the world of radio quite a bit, at least when it comes to a show’s nomenclature: the more generic the programme name, the greater(...)

“Two wrongs”: Pat Kenny. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

For those of us who still cling to such fuddy-duddy notions as balanced reporting and dispassionate analysis, Wednesday’s discussion of new Dublin tra(...)

Suspects: the Kinahan gang members believed to have shot Gareth Hutch, in CCTV footage

Although the latest gangland killing in Dublin’s north inner city has raised questions about the number of gardaí in the area, there are unlikely to b(...)

Sean Moncrieff pulls off the seemingly impossible by hosting political slots that are entertaining and even enlightening. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

The polls have finally closed, giving the pundits who have spent weeks dispensing expert predictions and informed speculation something concrete to a(...)

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