In The Belly OfTheBeast

The second instalment of our wide-ranging interview with Sam Smyth sees the reporter extraordinaire come clean about life amid spindoctors, pol. cors., lobby fodder and other strange creatures indigenous to Leinster House. He also talks about his real reasons for leaving the Sunday Independent, his falling-out with Vincent Browne and his mano a mano battle with Noel Pearson. All this plus his favourite Donie Cassidy story. Tape recorder: liam fay. Snaps: colm Henry.

If he d planned his own journalistic career 25 years ago,...

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