John Bercow“Was she a successful prime minister? We have to be honest about that and say that she wasn’t.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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The former speaker of the British House of Commons John Bercow goes through many emotional states, discussing his new autobiography on The Ryan Tubridy Show. He’s contrite about his youthful dalliance with far right ideology: “I was very right wing. It was a very grave error of judgement.” He’s robust in his defence of Tony Blair and the war in …

Talking to Kids about Coronavirus“We’re going to protect them, but not shield them.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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As the world continues to get to grips with the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, Ray D’Arcy spoke to Joanna Fortune, author of 15-Minute Parenting, on talking to children about the disease. Joanna’s ideas include informing ourselves of the facts, then providing kids with some context for all the information that’s coming at them. She also suggests involving …

Family Guy’s Alex Borstein“We’re punching up, not down. And animation’s the best place to do it.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Who doesn’t have the word “Stewie!” imprinted on their brain in Lois Griffin’s signature nasal drawl? The actor behind the Mom from Family Guy, Alex Borstein, is currently on tour in Ireland with her new comedy show Alex Borstein and the Amstergang. She sat down with Ryan Tubridy to talk Family Guy, her role in The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, and the death-defying courage of …

Operation Transformation“He just said, ‘Can you turn around? I’ve one more question to ask you’. And there he was, down on one knee.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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On Wednesday night on RTÉ One, the grand finale of Operation Transformation is on. But before the leaders appear on telly, they all joined Ray D’Arcy in studio to talk about the ups and downs of life in the spotlight over the past eight weeks. And Ray started with a quip at Tanya, telling her, “It only seems like yesterday …

Chef JP McMahon“We forget how, over the couple of hundred years, our palates change.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Chef JP McMahon has finally put in writing that most Irish of recipes – the crisp sandwich. If nothing else, that should distinguish his new cook book from the pack. But there are also plenty of seaweed recipes, although he would have liked to put in more. Still, he wasn’t sure about writing the book when the offer came in, …

Maura Laverty“He took her for tea and barm brack. She told him her troubles and he proposed to her.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Back in the day, RTÉ had a celebrity chef before anyone else did. Not only that, but that celebrity chef also gave relationship advice. And she wrote novels – many of which were banned in Ireland – and plays for the Gate Theatre, as well as writing RTÉ’s first soap, Tolka Row. And she was also a journalist and children’s …

Coronavirus“Of course we had a sandstorm on Sunday. And I said, ‘oh that must be over by now, but I hope it isn’t the Coronavirus’.”

As heard on liveline

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George got a note under his hotel door at 7 o’clock in the morning, he told Joe Duffy on Tuesday. The note was the same one all one thousand guests in the hotel were receiving. It said that guests were being confined to their rooms as there had been a confirmed case of Coronavirus at the hotel. Apparently, an Italian …

Author Colum McCann“I know it’s an odd title for a book. I only ever met two people who knew what the word meant.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The award-winning Irish author Colum McCann told Seán O’Rourke that he wasn’t sure what the word ‘fiction’ means anymore. He was in studio to talk about his new novel, Apeirogon (you can hear how it’s pronounced by clicking on the audio, above). Seán started with the obvious question – what is an apeirogon? “An apeirogon is a shape with a …