“These particulates are so small, they lodge inside the lungs of a child.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Mention the word “soot” to people brought up with open fireplaces and they will typically think about that black, powdery material that gathers in your chimney pipe and has to be cleaned out at regular intervals to avoid combustion. So went the public health announcements on radio and TV, back in the days when chimney-sweepers were as numerous as IT …

“Why can’t we see that we’re living in a golden age?”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Terrorism, climate change, the corporate machine poisoning your mind, “Big Pharma”, neoliberal tyranny…. If you’re looking for a reason to believe the world is facing cataclysm of biblical proportions, it’s a case of choose your enemy! The modern-day equivalents of famine, pestilence and plagues of locusts abound! NONSENSE! According to Swedish Economist, Johan Norberg, speaking on The Ryan Tubridy Show. Step …

“Your gut instinct will tell you straight away if it’s a genuine sale or not”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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If ever you were looking for a generational marker, something that separates, let’s say, people under 35, from those a decade or so older, look no further than the degree to which they live their lives online. Whether it’s the dating game, through POF, Tinder, Grindr, or whatever your having yourself, whether it’s online news versus the old-fashioned paper product, …

“What’s a ‘boy’ boy?”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Going through the upheaval of puberty is an extraordinarily difficult time for most of us. And parenting through puberty can be equally traumatic. But for transgender teens and, one presumes, their parents, levels of stress and trauma can, frankly, be off the scale. This morning on Tubridy show, transgender woman Chloe O’Herlihy, from Cork, and her sister, Jamie, also transgender, …

“His apology was a bit half baked.”

As heard on Morning Ireland

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Ryan Lochte has lost his Speedos! For that matter, he’s also lost his Ralph Laurens! And according to Morning Ireland guest, Steve Martin, it’s a million-dollar blunder by the American swimmer. Okay, you might think of Speedos as the greatest fashion faux pas since socks and sandals. And you know, you wouldn’t be alone!  In 2008, the much maligned budgie-smugglers …

“Extradition wouldn’t even be considered at this stage, I would think.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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John Delaney can rest easy for now, according to barrister Kieran Kelly, who is an expert in extradition law. Speaking on the Today programme with Keelin Shanley, he said it’s unlikely Mr Delaney will be forced to board a plane to Rio de Janeiro anytime soon, to answer questions in relation to the Brazilian police inquiry into alleged illegal selling of Olympic …

“Helen Mirren and I didn’t get on at all”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Sir Michael Parkinson has interviewed over 2000 people over his 50 year career. His most memorable of those interviewees? “The women.” So said the legendary broadcaster, speaking to Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ Radio 1 today. Now, if you’re one of the many Facebook users who have seen the viral video of Parkinson’s 1975 interview with Helen Mirren, described variously by …

“I’d love to see Batman with a hurley in his hand; any chance of that?”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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KAPOW! SPLAT! BOOM! “There’s been a robbery; they’ve robbed an Irish bar called O’Herlihy’s or O’Malley’s or Shennanigans. “Batman’s called in. “There are two people; they’re falling out of the front of the bar. Blood, guts, the whole lot. “There’s an Irish named cop with a bad American accent going, ‘Hey Batman, what are we going to do with ye …