From left: Fergal Barry, Jonathan Sugarman and PJ Coogan, presenter of The Opinion Line on Cork’s 96FM this morning.

RTÉ won’t touch him.

But they’re made of sterner stuff in Cork.

Fergal Barry writes:

This morning PJ Coogan conducted the first live radio interview with banking whistleblower Jonathan Sugarman The Opinion Line with PJ Coogan on 96FM

May I particularly call your attention to 37 minutes into the interview where Jonathan speaks of the danger of banks in the IFSC plunging Ireland into a fresh bailout, possibly much larger than the one we are experiencing.

Listen here


The Opinion Line With PJ Coogan

Previously: Thank You, Mr Sugarman


Every Friday, we give away a voucher worth twenty five euros to spend wildly at any of the 13 Golden Discs Stores nationwide.

All we ask from you is a tune.

This week’s theme: Rock critics/writers

What music enthusiast operating in the media steered you in the right direction on the often hazardous contemporary music highway?

To enter, please complete this sentence.

‘I would like to dedicate__________to ___________for sharing with me his/her impeccable taste and love of decent music.’

Lines MUST close at 5.45pm  MIDNIGHT on Sunday!

Samples of writing/enthusiasm may be included.

Golden Discs


Sinead’s cash dropping route

Sinead Casey writes:

I bought a coffee in the Lime Tree at Kilmainham Gaol Wednesday and strolled back to Inchicore [Dublin 8] guzzling away. As I reached the Black Lion [Emmet Road[  a woman ran up behind me clutching a twenty that she said I’d dropped.

I looked down and saw my purse was inverted and unzipped and there was no sign of the over €100 in cash that had been there 10 minutes previously.

Cursing my stupidity I walked back to see if I could find any more and ask in the café but all I recovered was two supermarket tokens.

Fast forward to that evening and I get a call from a lovely woman called Siobhan who’d found a wad of cash and my hospital appointment card and was wondering if I was still at the same address. All was deposited through my letterbox yesterday.

Thanks Siobhan and kudos to the people of Inchicore!



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Professor Chris Fitzpatrick

You may recall how last April, Justine McCarthy, in The Sunday Times, reported that the Religious Sisters of Charity-owned St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG), at that time, was demanding that the new National Maternity Hospital agreed to “become a branch of its corporate structure” before allowing the planned co-location in Elm Park to go ahead.

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