‘I’ve never been asked do I have fresh milk in my fridge or do I need a loaf of bread. But I am always asked do I want to do the lottery.’

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If you’ve ever worked in a fast food restaurant, you’ll be well familiar with the management phrase “suggestive selling”. Somebody buys one product, you suggest another. It’s management-speak, I suppose, for “do you want fries with that?” All very well and innocent enough, you would think, especially with an innocuous purchase like a burger. But when it comes to selling …

Rearing your own pigs‘They don’t have names. They are reared for the table!’

Today with Sean O'Rourke

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22 years ago, a very charming Australian movie took the world by storm. It was called BABE, it was based on a 1983 book called Sheep-Pig, and told the tale of a cute little pig called Babe who longed to take on the role of a traditional sheep dog. All very charming. Except, if you were a pig farmer. Following …

Dermot Earley‘Whether or not the GAA can sustain a professional model is a huge question. But at the moment, it’s not on our agenda.’

Today with Sean O'Rourke

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That’s the message from the new Chief Executive of the Gaelic Players Association (GPA), Dermot Earley, as he spoke to Sean O’Rourke on the Today programme. But that phrase “at the moment”, an interesting codicil that intrigued the presenter, was repeated several times over the course of a few minutes, as they discussed the highly contentious issue of “pay to …