Sean Moncrieff

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“If the dodo goes, maybe we’ll get a better-looking ostrich”: Ivan  Yates’s attitude comes across as indifferent rather than inquiring. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

It’s been one of those harum-scarum, and we’re not just talking about the ghouls Halloween. Far scarier than any horror movie you may have watched is (...)

In inviting the pair of economists on to his show, Sean O’Rourke is acting as Don King-style fight promoter as much as honest umpire. Photograph: RTÉ

Sean O’Rourke has refereed a fair few ding-dongs in his time. But even for a seasoned newsman like himself, the set-to he hosts on Wednesday (Today wi(...)

The clipped style of Morning Ireland presenter Gavin Jennings doesn’t naturally set guests at ease. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In the run-up to the arrival of Pope Francis, the logistics of his visit dominate the airwaves. Whether the topic is traffic restrictions, accessibili(...)

Niall Boylan:  suggests opening a small prison on an offshore location such as Spike Island and harsh treatment there for those who have committed the most vile crimes.

Perhaps the most famous moment from the classic spoof music documentary This Is Spinal Tap features Christopher Guest’s slightly dim guitarist Nigel T(...)

Newstalk and TV3 current affairs presenter Pat Kenny. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In more good news for fans of stimulating radio, Pat Kenny is back on the drugs, so to speak. After his memorable item on hallucinogenic substances so(...)

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(...)

As farmers get older and the toll of work gets on top them their productivity suffers, they earn less and may become more isolated

‘You will never know how many you have saved.” This was the opening line of a lecture given by a wise psychiatrist about suicide and the deaths that c(...)

Sober and sensible: Philip Boucher-Hayes

Children’s attraction and attachment to their smartphones is once again a topic of parental panic across the airwaves this week. With the announcement(...)

Ivan Yates: not so much a rebel as a disrupter who enthusiastically challenges pieties and sacred cows, particularly of the liberal stripe. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

As subversives go, Ivan Yates is an unlikely one. A former government minister, farmer and businessman, the host of The Hard Shoulder (Newstalk, weekd(...)

Marian Finucane: Her Radio 1 Sunday show has grown its audience by 38,000 over the past year and now has 346,000 listeners.

Marian Finucane and RTÉ Radio 1’s weekend sports coverage were the main winners in the latest radio ratings, according to the Joint National Listeners(...)

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