| 16.1°C Dublin

Close

Premium

Storms finally hit Montrose

Close

Joan Burton, minister for Social Protection

Joan Burton, minister for Social Protection

Joan Burton, minister for Social Protection

Galway and Clare were battered by storms and high tides last month. Radio stations outside the West largely ignored the story. Last week it was Cork's turn, and the national broadcaster went for blanket coverage, from Morning Ireland to Late Debate, with Today With Sean O'Rourke alone devoting more than a quarter of Tuesday and Wednesday's shows to the topic. It would be perverse to complain. The weather had a major impact – but then it did the same in Connemara, so why the difference? Ingrained "county-ist" attitudes which decree one place more important than another? Another illustration of the urban/rural divide? It's odd, whatever the reason.

A similar mystery haunted Tuesday's Ray D'Arcy Show, which featured an interview with Peter McGuire of The Irish Times who'd penned a controversial article claiming that children in Irish schools are being taught that "a rape victim can't become pregnant". D'Arcy didn't ask his guest a single question about this astonishing claim. Not one. Instead they had a general cosy chat about the shortcomings of Irish sex education. As a result, we still await any actual evidence for the claim that apologists for rape are infiltrating Irish schools. If true, it's a scandal which parents have an urgent right to know, and complain loudly, about, and I'd be first to march on my own children's school at the head of a lynch mob.


Most Watched





Privacy