Meat Plant Workers“We have to take care of ourselves, because they are not going to take care of us.” 

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Today with Claire Byrne’s Brian O’Connell has been reporting on the continuing issue of meat processing plants and Covid-19 for a number of weeks now. On Monday, he told Claire that it’s getting increasingly difficult to talk to workers inside factories, as they seem to be terrified of getting fired for speaking about even the most basic health and safety concerns. TheJournal.ie has reported that …

Documentary on OneA Very Irish Coup

As heard on Documentary On One

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A Very Irish Coup On the morning of Sunday, 22nd October 1978, the nation awoke to news that simply didn’t make sense. The country’s bookies had been beaten. A group of friends from Listowel in Co Kerry and Abbeyfeale in Co Limerick had spotted a way of manipulating the betting system into believing that a racing greyhound was so poor it …

The Return of Fair City“Some of the characters have already had Covid-19.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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The familiar theme tune reverberated around the studio as Ray D’Arcy welcomed two stalwarts of the Fair City cast in for a chat about the show’s long-anticipated return to our screens on Sunday 6 September. Una Crawford-O’Brien (Renee) and Bryan Murray (Bob) have been filming for four weeks now, and Bryan says he’s “delighted” to be back at work. He …

Crime Writer Anthony Horowitz“It’s funny, isn’t it, that we find relaxation and retreat in murder and violence.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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“Covid-friendly reading” is how Ryan Tubridy describes Anthony Horowitz’s latest novel Moonflower Murders. Ryan was speaking to the crime writer on the phone from Greece, where he is currently based; and between them they agreed that murder mysteries can have a weirdly comforting effect for some readers. Horowitz gives his take on the paradox, suggesting that getting lost in a …

Golfgate“We’re all in the same storm, we’re not all in the same boat.”

As heard on liveline

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As the fallout from Golfgate rumbles on, listeners to Liveline have been very vocal with their outrage over the perceived flouting of pandemic restrictions by politicians, judges and broadcasters at the now-infamous Oireachtas Society Golf Outing in Clifden, Co Galway last week. On Wednesday’s programme, Brenda told Katie Hannon that she was staying in the K Club in Co Kildare earlier this month when she went for some quiet …

Ancient DNA“We could actually tell that his parents were either full siblings or parent and child. So, he was the son of first-degree incest.” 

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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No, Dr Lara Cassidy does not feel like Indiana Jones. Well, most days, anyway. That’s what the self-described “ancient geneticist” told Ryan Tubridy on Wednesday. Dr Cassidy works at Trinity College, Dublin and specialises in getting DNA out of archaeological remains. Her work fuses genetics and history – and one of those things is Ryan’s favourite subject. But how, our host wondered, did Lara get involved …

Back to School“Everyone keeps  referring to it as a new normal, but it’s not.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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In the old normal, parents could look forward to their children going back to school after a long, busy summer. (The children, of course, might not necessarily share this view) But in these pandemic times we’re living through, many parents are worried about the return to school after nearly six months of the kids being at home. On Tuesday’s Ryan Tubridy Show, school principal …

Documentary on OneThe Seven Million Dollar Man

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  The Seven Million Dollar Man Sam Millar’s life is stranger than fiction. His only interest as a teenager was in comic books and girls until one day his brother took Sam on a trip to Derry… they arrived in the middle of Bloody Sunday. Not long after, his best friend was shot dead by the UVF and Sam joined …