‘Generation What?’ documentary, RTÉ

Generation What? airs on RTÉ tomorrow evening. I was interviewed for this new documentary about millennials (18-34-year-olds) and the factors shaping their lives. The documentary comes out of a European-wide survey in which the same questions were asked of all participating countries, allowing for the results to be compared country-by-country. You can find the results here.

Pushing the Boundaries: Sex Advice in Women’s Magazines, 1960s Ireland

Manuals on how to be a good wife were widely available in Ireland at the start of the twentieth century. Publications such as The Young Wife (1938 edition), provided women with practical advice on such matters as housekeeping and budgeting, or emotional guidance on understanding and caring for her husband. They did not, however, generally offer adviceContinue reading “Pushing the Boundaries: Sex Advice in Women’s Magazines, 1960s Ireland”

The New Irish in Britain (Radio Contribution)

  This week Michael D Higgins became the first Irish president to make an official state visit to Britain. With extensive coverage and commentary offered by the Irish media, RTÉ’s Drivetime opted to approach the occasion from a slightly different angle with a slot on the new Irish in Britain. I was invited on to comment brieflyContinue reading “The New Irish in Britain (Radio Contribution)”

A Just Society for Ireland? featured on The History Show, RTÉ Radio 1

I joined Myles Dungan of RTÉ’s The History Show on Sunday, 5 January to talk about my new book.  We discussed the reasons why Declan Costello formulated his proposals when he did; the extent to which he influenced Garret FitzGerald; and the nature of Fine Gael’s mixed fortunes. Listen back to the interview below.  

Ballymagash & the Fall of the Fine Gael-Labour Government, 1977

A variation of this post first appeared on TheJournal.ie,  31 December 2013 With advanced publicity for Oliver Callan’s New Year’s Eve special promising sketches that would sail close to the wind in their depiction of President Michael D. Higgins and his aide Kevin McCarthy, RTÉ reportedly asked that the satirist tone down his portrayal of  the PresidentContinue reading “Ballymagash & the Fall of the Fine Gael-Labour Government, 1977”

A Just Society for Ireland? featured on Bowman: Sunday, RTÉ Radio 1

My recently published book, A Just Society for Ireland? 1964-87, was featured on John Bowman’s RTÉ Radio 1 programme, Bowman: Sunday, this morning. Declan Costello’s influence on Fine Gael’s development in general and Garret FitzGerald in particular, as well as the reasons for Liam Cosgrave’s support for the Just Society, were among the book’s themes that were highlighted.Continue reading “A Just Society for Ireland? featured on Bowman: Sunday, RTÉ Radio 1”

Convening the Council of State: a Look Back Over 73 Years (Media Contributions)

  Yesterday, Michael D Higgins convened the first meeting of the Council of State of his presidency.  The members — with the exception of Mary Robinson, John Bruton and Albert Reynolds who sent their apologies — were called together to discuss the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, 2013.  It was the twenty-seventh time inContinue reading “Convening the Council of State: a Look Back Over 73 Years (Media Contributions)”

Conducting Non-Elite Research Interviews

  Sitting in Fixx Coffee House on Dawson Street recently, I waved at two men who walked in separately just after three pm.  The only thing that they had in common was that they arrived alone, and appeared to cast an eye around as though looking for someone.  Neither of the them looked anything alike.Continue reading “Conducting Non-Elite Research Interviews”

The Unchanging Rhetoric of the Abortion Debate (Radio Contribution)

On Wednesday 10 July, the Dáil sat through the night and into the morning of 11 July to debate the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.  Having spent much time recently researching and writing about the 1980s, I was invited onto  RTÉ’s Morning Ireland to discuss the current abortion debate in the context of the ’80s and ’90s.  IContinue reading “The Unchanging Rhetoric of the Abortion Debate (Radio Contribution)”

Youth, Charisma and Politics: Some Thoughts Prompted by the NLI / RTÉ / JFK Talk

A shiny creature with dazzling teeth, golden skin and a mop of hair.  Ryan Tubridy’s description of John F. Kennedy succinctly captured the appearance of the man whose image welcomed the audience to the National Library of Ireland yesterday evening.  Tubridy was opening a talk on RTÉ’s role in covering JFK’s historic visit to IrelandContinue reading “Youth, Charisma and Politics: Some Thoughts Prompted by the NLI / RTÉ / JFK Talk”