Moment of the week
Wily Willie O’Dea
“Pure comedy gold from Willie O’Dea,” says Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly ( Today with Sarah McInerney, RTÉ Radio 1, Monday) reviewing the Limerick Fianna Fáil TD’s criticism of his Government’s bungling of travel rules and the pandemic unemployment payment. With his hand busy working the thermostat, the wily O’Dea had told McInerney: “I don’t want to raise the temperature by getting into emotional language.”
O’Reilly has the lungs of a deep-sea free diver – even McInerney’s considerable skills have trouble stopping her – as, without taking a breath once she gets the mic, she broadens her criticism to take in everything about the Government. “I’m sorry he didn’t wait on the line to debate this,” O’Reilly says of O’Dea. I’d tune in for that.