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No talking to Joe - Liveline host Joe Duffy tells listeners he can't take calls due to technical issues


Joe Duffy

Joe Duffy

Joe Duffy

RTE's Joe Duffy had to end his Liveline show early today after technical problems at the national broadcaster.

Duffy attempted to carry out his Liveline programme as a one-man show today following technical problems meant he could not  take calls. But he had to admit defeat more than 30 minutes from his scheduled end time of 3pm.

The popular radio host was unable to take calls to his nationwide chat show, despite being able to begin a discussion with two guests at the beginning of the programme.

"Who can hear me, who can hear me? I'm losing my nerve here!" he said on air as he attempted to communicate with callers.

Duffy joked the technical problems were as a result of the 'Russborough House curse'.

"It's since we've been trying to cover the Russborough House, people talk of the curse... it's since we started covering it, this is what's happening," the exasperated host joked.

"The decision was made last week to sell a number of the valuable paintings in the house, it caused uproar and it's been rumbling on the past few days.

"These problems started when we tried to cover the story!"

The host proceeded to invite fellow RTE journalist Philip Boucher-Hayes into the studio as they discussed the day's news.

"It's a bit of a jinx. The phone lines have gone for some strange reason. There's about 50 people trying to fix it as we speak," Duffy added before he opted for music and played a Corrs' hit.

Earlier this morning, morning show host John Murray told listeners the text machine was not working and asked people not to send in text messages to the show.

The ten o'clock news bulletin also began with the newscaster saying: "I've just received my bulletin."

Independent.ie are awaiting comment from RTE.