The problem, as Jennifer Zamparelli conceded, was she appeared to be inviting anti-maskers to explain their rationale, such as it is. Photograph: RTÉ

There’s nothing like controversy to boost listener numbers for a radio show, especially one aimed at a younger social-media savvy audience. So w(...)

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

It’s the second week of her new show, and Sarah McInerney is already on course to become the most-respected figure on the radio. So tenacious is the p(...)

Angel Di Maria of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates victory with fans outside the stadium after last Wednesday’s Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund in Paris, played behind closed doors. Photograph: Getty

There’s no business like show business, only now there’s no show business either, and precious little sport. Our shared distractions have been sacrifi(...)

Dancing with the Stars: Mary Kennedy with John Nolan on her final night on the show.  Photograph: Kyran O’Brien

It’s an evening of high drama on Dancing with the Stars as Mary Kennedy becomes the sixth contestant to be eliminated from the competition. She receiv(...)

Dancing with the Stars: Fr Ray Kelly and Kylee Vincent in rehearsals before the show. Photograph: Tom Honan / The Irish Times

Dancing wih the Stars has been a ratings juggernaut for RTE since it first aired four years ago. But what's it like to put an episode together(...)

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

In a year when Irish radio, like so much traditional media, continued to face online competition and shrinking finances, the experience of two station(...)

Andrew Maxwell and ‘my love’ Kate Garraway

For as long as British celebrities have been parachuting into jungles or faking a passion for ballroom dancing, UK commissioning editors have taken ca(...)

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

Call it the dull before the storm. After three exhausting years of twists and U-turns, betrayals and backstopping, ennui rather than engagement is th(...)

Lord Sugar: ‘15 years ago, Brexit sounded like a Kelloggs cereal’

The Apprentice (BBC One, Wednesday, 9pm), whose British version is now entering its 15th series, is a television franchise whose editing changed the w(...)

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

For anyone looking at the chaos wreaked in the US by Donald Trump and smugly thinking it couldn’t happen here, events last week should comprehensively(...)

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