By Mick Flavin
Risteard Cooper as Terry Prone on last night’s ‘Apres Match Presents Election 1982 ‘on RTÉ
Did you stay in last night?
I am surprised you haven’t mentioned the highlight of the campaign so far. RTÉ partially redeemed themselves last night for their abysmal, biased, fearful general election coverage (don’t get me started) thanks to Apres Match. The uncanny Terry Prone take off [at link below], in particular left me, well…prone…..credit where it’s due, fair play in fairness, etc, etc.
Keelin Shanley, Terry Prone and Stephen Collins on RTÉ One’s Campaign Daily yesterday
Asked yesterday if he regretted making a comment about ‘whingers’ in his Mayo constituency, Taoiseach Enda Kenny fulminated:
“No I don’t. Some of them wouldn’t know sunshine if they saw it.”
Chairman of The Communications Clinic Terry Prone and Stephen Collins, political editor of The Irish Times, shared their impartial thoughts on this with RTÉ’s Keelin Shanley on RTÉ One’s Campaign Daily yesterday.
Readers may wish to note that the close links between Ms Prone’s Communications Clinic and Fine Gael were never mentioned during the item. G’wan the RTÉ.
Keelin Shanley: “Is that a good idea? To go to your own constituency and say that you’re champion whingers? Not all of ye, but some of ye?”
Terry Prone: “Well, I think that there’s a certain truth in what he says in a general, geographic sense…”
Shanley: “But do you need that truth at this point?”
Prone: “Joe Duffy could not survive on a daily basis, were it not for the fact that the Irish public are the most magnificent whingers. I think that it indicates something that is profound in this campaign that I think it was believed, at a strategic level, in Government, from both parties, that yes, the recovery had happened and any places that it hadn’t happened, it was purely geographic. There’s a lot of individual people who have not been reached by it, who are complaining very loudly and they need to be sensitively addressed in the coming week.”
Shanley: “And do you think that was sensitively addressing them, Stephen?”
Stephen Collins: “Well, the whingers, I think we are a nation of whingers, it’s been, going back to James Joyce, we’ve always, I think even recognised in ourselves that we like to whinge. Some people, of course, have legitimate reasons to whinge, some people don’t. But they whinge nonetheless. As Terry says, where would Joe Duffy’s programme be without the whingers of Ireland. But it’s probably not a great idea to say it but I’m not sure…”
Shanley: “If you were teetering and you got called a whinged, I don’t know that it would work for me.”
Collins: “I think that people who are, the real hardcore whingers are not going to vote Fine Gael anyway. I think that’s the bottom line. I think a lot of people who would be supporting Fine Gael would be the kind of people who would identify with what Enda Kenny is saying there. So I think his own constituency, I mean not talking about Mayo, but his national constituency wouldn’t be that worried about that…”
Watch back in full here
Previously: Another Fine Mess
Terry Prone at the Image magazine Network Breakfast at the Marker Hotel, Dublin discussing workplace harmony this morning.
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There’s no fairies and no justice, there is only now – get on with it – Terry Prone #imagenb
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— Suzie Coen (@suzie_coen) October 16, 2015
If anyone wants to know who the nutter in Grand Canal Plaza singing Redemption Songs at 9 in the morning was, it was me. — susan_lanigan (@susan_lanigan) October 16, 2015
Previously: Terry Prone On Workplace Harmony
Ahead of a talk on Friday morning for Image magazine on workplace relations, Terry Prone shared with the title what she “looks for in a work colleague and how to appropriately confront and overcome issues in the workplace”.
As the reporter notes, Ms Prone’s answers are “clear and concise and jam-packed with pearls of wisdom”. To wit:
How do you recommend people make a stand about issues they are unhappy with at work?
“Be unsurprised, sometimes shit happens. Talk to an outside expert, they’ll be able to give you an open, honest answer and a fresh perspective. And never, ever, ever talk to a lawyer.”
What are your top tips for managing internal politics in an office environment?
“It’s very simple: Don’t get involved. Get along with everybody. And if that doesn’t work, then that workplace is not the one for you, it’s time to get out.”
What makes a good colleague?
“Diligence, discretion and a sense of humour. First, work out your objective, you need to figure out exactly how you want the issue to proceed. Don’t ever start with the desire to get something off your chest. Road to no-town. Once you have a clear head, examine who needs to be influenced, work out how best to influence them.”
What makes a good boss?
“Diligence, discretion, a sense of humour, the capacity to take the helicopter view and the ability to damp down your emotional neediness.“
Previously: Kate Fitzgerald on Broadsheet
Brian Keogh writes:
Two sources insist that McIlroy was at the Quinta do Lago golf resort in Portugal last week — a complex owned by Irish businessman Denis O’Brien, who has become friendly with the four-time major winner.
Saskia Weber and Terry Prone of the Communications Clinic
You may recall the unresolved Tuam Babies saga.
During the Summer, French documentary maker Saskia Weber sought access to members of the order running the Mother and Baby home at the centre of this international story..
The reply was swift.
And fairly blunt, in fairness.
In reality, between 1925-1961 when the home was run by the Bon Secours Order of nuns, 79 per cent of children born there died there.
The whereabouts of their bodies are unknown.
Even the head of the order conceded to one relative:
And if she doesn’t know…
Meanwhile, Ms Weber’s documentary will be shown on France 3 by independent producers Sunset Presse, whose Les Blanchisseuses de Magdalen (1998) inspired the making of The Magdalene Sisters (2002).
Saskia email Via Kevin Higgins
The chair of the RTE board is a co owner and director of the nun’s PR firm. This is not a conflict because the nuns are innocent. #Simples
— King of Iona (@KingOfIona) June 6, 2014
Previously: Tom Savage, Terry Prone And Fr Kevin Reynolds