'Can't we all just say sorry?'

Ronan Pettit, the man who made lewd remarks about Martin Cullen and Monica Leech on RTÉ radio two years ago, tells Frank Connolly why he did it, and how he has no money to assist RTÉ in its defence of a libel action

Apres sport

Aprés Match took a while to get off the ground. But this year, for the first time, the sketch show is part of the official World Cup coverage and a recent skit of Prime Time shows the three comedians can parody more than just sport. By John Byrne.


Worldly words

Veteran foreign correspondent and former Newsweek editor, Patrick Skene Catling talks to John Byrne about bribing his way through Guatemala, romancing Peggy Lee and kissing Billie Holiday


Shaking more than barley

Ken Loach doesn't make films for Hollywood. He makes controversial films which challenge the status quo. In his 70th year, he has been rewarded by a Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for his latest film on the Irish civil war. By Declan Burke.


Marian Finucane profiled

Activist, architect and editor turned broadcaster, Marian Finucane's gravelly voice is gaining radio listeners for RTÉ on weekend mornings. Profile by Colin Murphy.


Mícheál O'Riordan 1917 – 2006

The death of Mícheál O'Riordan, former general secretary of the Communist Party of Ireland, International Brigader and staunch advocate of the rights of the working class, marks the end of an era.


The chief State attention-seeker

Bill Tormey's recent outburst against the State pathologist typifies his ability to get noticed and into trouble. He disagrees with Fine Gael on most issues and has no hope of winning a seat for them. By John Byrne.


A model life

Monaghan-born Caitriona Balfe was recruited shaking a charity box outside a Dublin shopping centre. Now she is Ireland's most successful international model. Based in New York and the darling of some of the world's top designers, she talks to Ailbhe Jordan