RADIO MOMENT OF THE WEEK
Finucane’s welcome message
Amidst her celebrity interviews and lifestyle items, MarianFinucane (RTÉ Radio 1, Saturday and Sunday) can still be passionate. On Saturday, she mentions a book about the experiences of refugee girls, edited by Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai. Finucane hones in on Yousafzai’s sense of displacement after moving to Birmingham. “We talk about asylum seekers and refugees,” Finucane continues, “but I don’t know if we ever adequately put ourselves in the shoes – if they have them – of those that are coming here, how utterly different their life is and how very stressful it might be.” She adds, rather hopefully, that “things are working very well” for refugees in Ireland, but her ultimate message is clear: “Let’s stick with Ireland of the welcomes if we can.” Indeed.