Category: TV & Radio

Leaders who could bring people with them

Several of this week’s stories and programmes had me thinking about the importance of visionary leadership and how that quality is largely lacking these days, especially in the political arena. The death last week of Mikhail Gorbachev, former premier of the Soviet Union, reminded us of a time when political leaders East and West were…

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A revealing glimpse at pilgrimage

It used to be very annoying when you missed a programme you wanted to see or hear, especially if it was your own fault. Nowadays you can watch back or listen back via the various catchup services. And so The Leap of Faith (RTÉ Radio One, Friday) made a surprise and low-key return in August.…

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The minefield of discussing gender

How does one wade into the transgender debate? Or even dip toes in the water without getting them bitten off? A few preliminary questions I struggle with – how is it that when certain activists disagree with you they immediately accuse you of having a phobia? No, it’s just a contrary opinion! How come when…

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Something life-giving after a cloud of gloom

The tragic figures for Irish abortions in 2021 were released recently but didn’t garner much interest on television and radio. Don’t frighten the horses? What got a little attention was the Minister for Health’s plans for ‘safe access zones’ around places providing abortion ‘services’. It would be more useful to have safe access zones in…

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