The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - AUDIO -


On Wed­nes­day, Clodagh Walsh makes a telling slip-up when pre­sent­ing the “It Says in the Pa­pers” slot on Morn­ing Ire­land (RTÉ Ra­dio 1, week­days). Sur­vey­ing news­pa­per cover­age of Tues­day’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion de­bate, Walsh picks out Kathy Sheridan’s ar­ti­cle in The Ir­ish Times on the sub­ject, only for a ver­bal mishap to be­fall her. She re­ports Sheridan’s opin­ion that peo­ple might ask why the con­test pro­duced such an odd line-up of can­di­dates, once the elec­tion is done. Or, as Walsh puts it, “when all the shite­ing, I beg your par­don, all the shout­ing dies down.”

She gamely fin­ishes her slot, be­fore rue­fully re­mark­ing, “I should re­ally start that again, shouldn’t I?” Not at all. How­ever in­ad­ver­tently, Walsh only says what a lot of peo­ple were think­ing about the cam­paign.

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