Tuesday 12 December 2017

Shane Ross: Gorging on the property carcass

RTE's Marian Finucane delivers many of the best interviews in the Irish media. She takes her time while she solicits sometimes sensational replies from innocents sitting at their ease in her Donnybrook studio.

Marian has scored historic hits. Two years ago, she exposed the hubris of Anglo's Sean FitzPatrick just days after the government guarantee had bailed out his bank and saved his skin. A few years earlier, she made a monkey of former minister of state Joe Jacob when he prattled on about how his magic supply of iodine tablets would save Ireland from the dangers of radioactive fallout. The nation was in stitches.

She is charming, but dangerous. Unlike Jeremy Paxman, she is not aggressive. Unlike Olivia O'Leary, she is not instantly and forensically brilliant. Far from firing questions at her quarry, she takes her time. The friendly voice of Finucane frequently allows her unsuspecting guest to score an own goal.

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