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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.

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