• They tell us the population of Ireland is four million-plus. We, of course, know that is wrong. Nobody really knows who's here or how they got here. So we depend on the media to fill us in.
Taking TV and radio first, the pool of population is so shallow that we are intimately acquainted with our educators and experts.
In current affairs, Pat Kenny and Miriam O'Callaghan hold sway. Strangely enough, their talent spills over to radio as well, where Joe Duffy has taken a life-term lease on the afternoon slot.