Monday 5 December 2016

Poverty, watch out, Tubridy's on the war path

Hard-pressed Irish people give enough without millionaire celebrities nagging them for more, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 22/11/2015 | 02:30

Virtue signalling: Ryan Tubridy with pupils from St Margarets National School during the launch of St Vincent De Paul’s annual appeal at their HQ on Sean McDermott Street, Dublin
Virtue signalling: Ryan Tubridy with pupils from St Margarets National School during the launch of St Vincent De Paul’s annual appeal at their HQ on Sean McDermott Street, Dublin

Twelve hours of Ryan Tubridy on national TV? And they say that torture's illegal these days.

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This week's announcement by the Late, Late Show presenter that he is ready and willing to appear on our screens for an entire half day uninterrupted, should he be called upon to do so, was eerily reminiscent of an ad currently doing the rounds on TV for the UK National Lottery, which cleverly features irritating media types such as Piers Morgan and Noel Edmonds buying tickets in order to fund some vainglorious project designed to give themselves even more attention. The slogan goes: "Don't let it be them."

The funniest probably features Katie Price, aka former glamour model Jordan, explaining her plan to start a TV channel featuring round the clock programmes by and about her. "How do I turn this off?" asks an executive as she fiddles with her screen. Jordan looks shocked. "Oh you can't turn it off," she explains.

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