Ivan Yates

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That we should never cling to nurse for fear of something worse but that change for the sake of change is what landed the world with Brexit and Donald Trump.  Photograph: Alan Betson

During the 2007 election campaign, a reference by me to Fianna Fáil campaign headquarters as “Meltdown Manor” so galvanised its occupants that they pu(...)

The first debate between Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is happening earlier in the 2020 general election campaign than expected. Photographs: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times and Gareth Chaney/Collins

The first televised leaders’ debate between the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will take place on Wednesday night on Vir(...)

It’s noticeable that Ivan Yates, who can often be heard merrily baiting ‘pinko lefties’ himself, keeps his counsel on this occasion, instead focusing on the victims of the gang feud.  Photograph: Newstalk

The wait is over. After months of anticipation, Tuesday’s general election announcement is the signal for contenders to start campaigning for real. Su(...)

The last televised head-to-head debate between a taoiseach and the leader of the opposition was between Bertie Ahern and Enda Kenny in 2007, with RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan chairing. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

“Any top tips for the election?” I ask a colleague. “Take the month off,” he says, which is obviously the best advice I’ve ever received first thing o(...)

There’s no sweating the big stuff on Lunchtime Live (Newstalk, weekdays), where some of the items are so obviously made up on the fly that the back of(...)

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(...)

Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring their second goal during the  Premier League  match against  Burnley  at  Turf Moor. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

“The band,” Premier Sports had revealed last week, “is back together!” And there they were come Tuesday evening, on our telly screens all over again(...)

Marian Finucane: ‘Finucane also adopts an air of bemused wonderment at the ordinary and obvious’

Considering it’s a day of rest, mid-morning Sunday is a remarkably busy time on Irish radio. While the rest of the country is emerging from slumber or(...)

Ivan Yates: ‘It’s a national sport in Ireland to be a begrudger.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

No-one could accuse Ivan Yates of being shy and retiring. The presenter of The Hard Shoulder (Newstalk, weekdays) has never been short of self-confide(...)

Greta Thunberg:  has science on her side. Photograph:  Frederic J Brown/AFP

“What’s your take on Greta Thunberg and her school strike?” a colleague asked me over lunch a few days ago. “Wouldn’t she and her followers be better (...)

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