‘Last night on the red line LUAS heading towards Tallaght… He had a backpack… Then all of a sudden, out comes this chain of bullets.’

As heard on liveline

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For a lot of people who use public transport regularly, a particular skill is developed and refined over time, consciously or subconsciously: the skill of avoiding eye contact. It’s a skill that comes in useful from time to time, particularly if you see somebody behaving a little oddly. Arguing with their other half, for example. Or fidgeting with themselves in …

‘It was put to the Ard Comhairle and it was unanimously decided I should be leader.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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It was an interesting little exchange on Today with Sean O’Rourke, as the presenter tried to get to the bottom of how Michelle O’Neill came to replace Martin McGuinness as leader of Sinn Féin in Northern Ireland. “Were you elected or were you anointed, as leader?” asked the presenter. “I was chosen by the Ard Comhairle … It’s the decision-making …

Big Brother‘Don’t say it’s a social experiment. It’s a commercial product, it’s an entertainment show. Don’t be pretentious about it.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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There are interesting CVs, there are diverse CVs, and then there is the multiplicity of careers enjoyed by Peter Bazalgette, and assembled into the most wonderful and interesting CV imaginable. Described as “The most influential man in British television”, he was credited with practically inventing reality television, as evidenced through his stewardship of Big Brother in the UK, Deal or …

‘They wanted me to meet down an alleyway in Southill with €750, on my own, no one around. I started laughing’

As heard on liveline

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It’s a story that will inevitably prompt alternate emotions of outright rage and deep sympathy. Rage at the sheer neck of some brazen car thieves in Limerick, who stole a young man’s pride and joy, his show-car, then demanded a payoff to return it. And sympathy for the young victim of this crime, the son of Anthony, who called Liveline …

Clinical psychologist David Coleman‘I’m not a fan of diagnosing kids with ‘stuff’, simply for the sake of diagnosing them.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Clinical psychologist, David Coleman, is a regular guest on Today with Sean O’Rourke and his contributions are always balanced, professional and, in many cases, reassuring to listeners. This morning, Sean O’Rourke presented David Coleman with a range of questions that had come in by e-mail from several of those listeners, including one from the mother of a five-year-old boy who …

‘Your outfits were ridiculous. I was reminded of children’s television circa 1983/1984.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Just in case you’re not familiar with Minions, they are described on one fandom website as “small, yellow, cylindrical creatures, who have one or two eyes… the signature characters of the Despicable Me series.” Not, in other words, particularly visually representative of supermodel Thalia Heffernan, described by presenter Ryan Tubridy this morning as “not one of the ugliest girls that …

Alternative Facts‘In cyberspace there are no editors, so ethics become more important’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Thomas Friedman from the New York Times spoke with Cormac Ó’hEadhra on the Today programme and provided some insight in to the buzz words of the moment – Alternative Facts. Thomas explains that, since 2007, accelerated growth in technology and ‘connected living’ has transformed our world but is creating new challenges, particularly surrounding the issue of ethics. “I can say …

Travel‘To go and experience some things that I haven’t been to since I was a little child, and to revisit them as an adult, I had an absolutely terrific weekend’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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As January comes to an end short breaks at home are the choice of many people, and Fionn Davenport is on hand with advice for people interesting in experiencing some heritage during their time off. The travel journalist recently took a weekend journey around Carlow and Kilkenny as part of ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ and explains what he found to Cormac …