Beating ourselves up yet again

reviewed this week. Claire Byrne Live RTE One. The Ark BBC One. My Mother The Secret Baby BBC Four

16th April, 2015

To tell you the truth, the government’s programme for 1916 doesn’t look so bad, given the pitfalls of commemoration in these hyper-sensitive times. But what appears to be a delicately constructed series of events aimed at stressing respect and tolerance could do without the kind of confrontational approach it got on Claire Byrne Live (RTE One).

Indeed, the very design of the set promotes confrontation. Byrne sits on a stool between the...

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