The frog spawn is dying. That’s even more depressing than the news that the Wolfe Tones are playing Electric Picnic

Radio reviews: Morning Ireland (RTÉ1), Thought for the Day (BBC Radio Ulster), The Brendan O’Connor Show (RTÉ1) and The Hard Shoulder (Newstalk)

Eamonn McCann is pure rock and roll. Photo: Martin McKeown

Declan Lynch

The morning news and current affairs programmes are not there to make you feel better – indeed we wouldn’t want them to be desperately trying to brings us “good news”. Yet there was something almost perfectly disturbing about a little item squeezed into the last few minutes of Morning Ireland (RTÉ1, Weekdays, 7am), about frog spawn.