I happened to be listening to the BBC Radio 4's flagship current affairs programme "TODAY" this morning and, at about 8.20am, O'Connor comes on to do one of his Paul-Durcan-voiced harangues that was truly jock-stainingly embarrassing. He spoke about 2004 when "The Economist" endorsed us as Happy-Land, and bemoaned the fact (as I suppose we all do) that 300 weeks later...things, as they say, are not great!
It was the manner of his piece that wrankled with me...he chided Cowen's Fianna Fawlty (sic) and portrayed the GP as Manuel...and of course the Brits lap this sort of stuff up! But there was a bright side to his rant...just attend to this...he said that people in Ireland were returning to the Arts, because of the recession, under the tutelage of...wait for it..."OUR TALENTED CULTURE MINISTER, MARY HANNIFIN" !!!!!!!!!!!!
So, it would appear, the Reverend Mother has now got the services of Joe O'Connor to talk up her cred on the Beeb. He can't be that stuck for a few bob to peddle this shyte on the international stage.
Some of you boffins might be good enough to put up the link for the piece - to be found on the "Today" website.