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Trump waxwork‘He was very fun to make…. Although it appears this orangey-pinky colour, it’s like a mixture of violets and greens.’

The Ryan Tubridy Show

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As we all know, Donald J Trump will become the 45th president of the United States today. And tomorrow in Washington and across the United States, and even in many countries across the globe, women will take to the streets in vast numbers to protest the misogyny they see in a series of actions and statements from the President-elect in …

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Irish cadet at JFK’s funeral‘It was a haunting moment. Haunting.’

The Ryan Tubridy Show

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The assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy on November 22nd, 1963, sent shockwaves around the world. But outside of the United States, few countries could have felt the emotional impact of the assassination more than Ireland, as the President had visited this country only months before, in June, 1963. On one of the ceremonies he attended during that visit to these …

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Ian Paisley Junior‘It’s not where a man’s journey starts, but where a person finishes.’

Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Of all of the bridges built in the long process of bringing peace to Northern Ireland, perhaps the bridge that brought Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley together was the most extraordinary. Their working relationship, their personal relationship, even their friendship, which prompted commentators to name them the “chuckle brothers”, ushered in a new era of cross-community respect and understanding in …

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Uri Geller‘The CIA were very worried that there were people like me in Russia… they wanted to see if I could trigger a nuclear weapon.’

The Ryan Tubridy Show

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So, now we know. All the claims that 2004 book by Jon Ronson, The Men Who Stare at Goats, and the subsequent movie starring George Clooney, they are true after all. In case you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, it focuses on attempts by the United States Army to explore potential military applications of psychic or paranormal …

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Generation F’d‘At 33, I don’t think anyone wants to be living at home…The obstacles are constantly being put in your way’

Today with Sean O'Rourke

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A 14-minute video became a viral hit recently on a rather cheap premise: lambasting so-called “millennials” for wanting the whole world handed to them without any expectation of having to work their way to success. The man proposing the argument was British/American “motivational speaker and marketing consultant”, Simon Sinek, and he was interviewed by American entrepreneur, Tom Bilyeu. “Working with …

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Liveline farmer‘With children and that sort of thing, it’s very unrealistic for a woman to run a farm.’

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Some people of a more liberal persuasion might have felt they had been transported back in time, to the Ireland of the 1950s, listening to Liveline earlier today. Oliver Cromwell even got a mention, in a debate centring around two issues concerning women and farming. The motions in the debate ran something along these lines. Firstly, if a woman inherits …

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Theresa May speech‘Like seeing your neighbour torch their house and remembering that your own roof is thatched.’

Today with Sean O'Rourke

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First of all, credit where credit is due. That astute observation came from journalist, Joe O’Shea, and was quoted by Sean O’Rourke this morning on the Today programme, as he discussed the implications of yesterday’s Brexit speech by British Prime Minister, Theresa May. In the company of Fine Gael MEP, Brian Hayes, Economist and Daily Telegraph Columnist, Liam Halligan, and …

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Data protection‘Data, it isn’t just numbers, just letters, just code. Data is bits of you. It’s all about you.’

Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Every time we buy something online, download an app to our phones or donate to a charity, we are giving away personal information that is of value. It’s of value to commercial organisations, marketers, charities and non-governmental organisations, governments themselves, a huge range of institutions, large and small. And if you’re not quite sure how valuable that information is and …