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Evelyn O'Rourke investigated the impact Covid closures have had on schools in disadvantaged communities

Evelyn O'Rourke investigated the impact Covid closures have had on schools in disadvantaged communities

Evelyn O'Rourke investigated the impact Covid closures have had on schools in disadvantaged communities

Cyber attacks and cuckoo funds were all over the airwaves this week, talked into a hole in the ground. Jaded cynicism sets in after yet another circular debate on these conundrums. All the talk feels like an exercise in futility.

Paschal Donohoe did the radio rounds Wednesday morning, with appearances on Morning Ireland (RTÉ Radio 1, Mon-Fri, 7am) and The Pat Kenny Show (Newstalk, Mon-Fri, 9am) to discuss new taxes on cuckoos. The finance minister went from fireside chat with RTÉ’s Mary Wilson to firing squad with PK, surely the current affairs host politicians fear most. Donohoe can bewitch broadcasters with his nursery rhyme-style lists: “Three reasons… ”, or “Two things…”, but Kenny was immune to his charms. Stellar socially minded journalism from Evelyn O’Rourke on The Claire Byrne Show (RTÉ Radio 1, Mon-Fri, 10am) on Tuesday, in the first part of her new series on the impact Covid closures have had on schools in disadvantaged communities.


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