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Interview: The Full Hot Press Interview with Dr. Peter Boylan

2018-05-09 10:38:00


The former master of the National Maternity Hospital, Dr Peter Boylan, has been one of the most outspoken pro-choice figures in the Irish medical world. In a hugely revealing interview ahead of the Repeal referendum, he says that the Eighth Amendment cost Savita Halappanavar her life, talks about fighting the Church early in his medical career, and reflects on how working in the UK changed his conservative views on abortion. Plus he reveals that he is currently not on speaking terms with his sister-in-law, Dr Rhona Mahony.

Interview: Fill it to the brim, Jim: The exclusive Hot Press interview with Jim Daly

2018-04-25 14:29:00


Jim Daly has had a varied life – and a varied career to match. A publican, music promoter, foster parent, and now Minister for Mental Health, he has lived life to the full. Married to Virge Daly, a Lutheran from Estonia, he has four children. Despite operating in a conservative rural constituency, however, he has emerged as a strong advocate for Repealing the Eighth…

News: At least three Irish women have died as a result of the Eighth Amendment, says Dr Peter Boylan

2018-04-25 18:54:00


In a major Hot Press Interview, the former Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Peter Boylan – who was a key witness in inquiry into the tragic death of the Savita Halappanavar – talks in depth about the vital issues surrounding women’s reproductive rights, including the importance of repealing the Eighth Amendment.

Interview: EXCLUSIVE: Minister Jim Daly Says Fine Gael Coalition With Sinn Féin Is Possible

2018-04-11 14:36:00


“I have no objection to Sinn Féin being part of a government,” says the Minister for Mental Health and Old Age.

Interview: The Full Hot Press Interview with Joan Burton TD

2018-04-11 11:43:00


As Tánaiste in the Fine Gael-Labour coalition, Joan Burton was the government’s second-in-command during an enormously controversial period of austerity. In a hugely revealing interview, she says she remains unrepentant over pension cuts, talks about experiencing flashbacks to the Jobstown protests, and explains why she feels Labour should never go into power with Sinn Fein. Plus the Dublin TD discusses why she feels the war on drugs has failed, and talks about voting yes to Repeal in the context of being an adopted child.

Interview: 'I did get flashbacks and nightmares' – Joan Burton Opens Ups About Jobstown Controversy….

2018-03-28 16:11:00


The former Tánaiste, and one-time leader of the Labour Party, Joan Burton has spoken in depth for the first time about her response to the Jobstown trial.

Interview: The Roman Polanski Rape Case: Jason O'Toole Talks With Samantha Geimer

2018-03-06 12:35:00


She may have wanted to put it behind her many years ago, but Samantha Geimer has been forced to relive, over and over again, the fact that, as a 13 year-old, she was raped by the film director Roman Polanski. Which is why she now wants to take ownership of the narrative and tell everyone what she really feels about Polanski, what he did, the US justice system, the #MeToo movement – and lots more besides – in this world exclusive Hot Press interview.

Interview: The Roman Polanski Rape Case: Jason O'Toole Talks With Samantha Geimer

2018-03-06 12:35:00


She may have wanted to put it behind her many years ago, but Samantha Geimer has been forced to relive, over and over again, the fact that, as a 13 year-old, she was raped by the film director Roman Polanski. Which is why she now wants to take ownership of the narrative and tell everyone what she really feels about Polanski, what he did, the US justice system, the #MeToo movement – and lots more besides – in this world exclusive Hot Press interview.

Interview: The Hot Press Interview with John Leahy

2018-02-21 12:05:00


Having crashed and burned under Lucinda Creighton at the last election, Renua chose John Leahy as their new party leader. Some might see his decision to deny party members the freedom to vote to Repeal the 8th as a cynical attempt to woo the backwater vote. But, as this interview reveals, he is deeply conservative in his views, and believes that Repeal the Eighth will be defeated by rural Ireland’s silent majority. He also suggests that Leo Varadkar should have been in Renua, and discusses his admiration for Donald Trump. Is this the voice of the hidden, old-fashioned Ireland re-emerging?

Interview: Exclusive: The Full Hot Press Interview with Samantha Markle

2018-02-06 12:21:00


Let’s face it: newspapers all over the world will be dominated this year by coverage of the planned wedding between the man the UK calls Prince Harry and the US actor, Meghan Markle. So what is the one-time Suits star really like? Who better to find out from than her older sister, Samantha Markle? Interview: Jason O’Toole

Reports: THOSE WE LOST 2017: Our Final Interview With Martin McGuinness

2017-12-20 11:28:00


In 2011, Jason O’Toole carried out an interview with Martin McGuinness that was never published. Here, we draw on that interview, as well others conducted for Hot Press, to paint a fascinating picture of the late leader of Sinn Féin in Northern Ireland, in all of his complications.

Interview: The Full Hot Press Interview with Sebastian Barry

2017-12-18 12:17:00


With a cluster of awards to his name, novelist and playwright Sebastian Barry is one of Ireland’s most successful writers. This year saw him win the Costa Prize for an unprecedented second time with his most recent novel, Days Without End. But there has been considerable turbulence along the way for a man who is completely committed to the precarious world of literary creativity. Depression, gay rights and repealing the eighth are all on the agenda, in a powerful and moving interview. By Jason O’Toole

Interview: We Need To Talk About Kevin: Hot Press meets exclusively with Kevin Spacey's brother

2017-12-18 12:01:00


There's few better man to talk about Kevin Spacey than his brother Randy. Here, in an exclusive and often controversial interview, the elder sibling in the Fowler family talks about what it was like growing up, in what has been described as a “house of horrors”.

Interview: THE 12 INTERVIEWS OF XMAS: Michael Healy-Rae on courting controversy

2017-12-15 12:17:00


One of the most controversial TDs in the Dáil, Kerry deputy Michael Healy-Rae had plenty to get off his chest during a lively encounter with Hot Press. The forthright politician discusses his views on Donald Trump, his religious beliefs, his disdain for the Dublin media, why he doesn’t regret voting against same sex marriage, and why he’s against both euthanasia and repealing the eighth – but in favour of legalising medical marijuana.

Interview: THE 12 INTERVIEWS OF XMAS: Laura Whitmore on life in the spotlight

2017-12-15 11:42:00


It was a no-holds barred type of affair when Laura Whitmore met Jason O'Toole back in September, sharing everthing from her experiences working in the media, to her views on sex, religion and Repealing the 8th.

Interview: Acclaimed Irish Author Sebastian Barry Opens Up About His Battle With Depression

2017-12-07 14:10:00


In a powerful and moving interview with Hot Press, Sebastian Barry talks in depth about the subject of depression – and his own mental health battles. He also talks with great candour about family matters, in a way that will surely resonate for many Irish people.

Interview: The Full Hot Press Interview: David Hall takes on the banks and the tracker mortgages scandal

2017-11-23 11:49:00


Nationally known as a combative champion of troubled mortgage holders, businessman David Hall also unexpectedly found himself as CEO of suicide charity Console last year, after the organisation was struck by major controversy. In a hugely revealing interview, he claims that banks have been responsible for up to 200 mortgage holders taking their own lives, says that vulture funds may spark protests on a par with water charges, and admits that he would like to be president. Plus his typically fortright thoughts on abortion, sex, and being the target of attempted blackmail during his 2014 by-election campaign.

Interview: The Full Hot Press Interview with Alan Shatter

2017-11-07 10:25:00


Alan Shatter’s political career came crashing down, when he was forced to resign as Minister for Justice in 2014. The former Fine Gael TD believes that he was cynically betrayed by the ex-Taoiseach Enda Kenny – and by the party. In a powerful interview to coincide with the publication of his new memoir, there burns an incendiary indignation – and a fierce scepticism about the new Fine Gael. Interview: Jason O’Toole

News: In Conversation with Christy Dignam - New Teeth, New Album, New Hope

2017-11-06 17:19:00


Christy Dignam of Aslan has been through the wars, dealing with cancer and watching people associated with the band die in tragic circumstances. But he is still smiling – all the better to show off his brand new gnashers... Interview: Jason O’Toole

Interview: The Full Hot Press Interview with Michael Murphy

2017-10-24 11:18:00


One of the country’s most recognisable and respected broadcasters – and now an eminent psychoanalyst – Michael Murphy has overcome adversity throughout his remarkable life. In a powerful and revealing interview, he talks about marrying his long-term partner, suffering depression after his prostate cancer diagnosis, the pain of losing his brother, and his experiences of childhood abuse.

Frontlines: Pat McCabe: On theatre, the Troubles and the Butcher Boy

2017-10-05 17:53:00


Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh once observed that if Roddy Doyle was the Irish literary version of The Beatles, then Pat McCabe had to be the less clean-cut and more rebellious The Rolling Stones.

News: Remembering The Memory Man - A unique insight into the life of Jimmy Magee

2017-09-22 11:58:00


Having written two books with Jimmy Magee, Hot Press senior editor Jason O’Toole has a unique insight into the life of the late broadcasting legend.

Interview: Life In The Spotlight - The Full Laura Whitmore Interview

2017-09-13 11:44:00


Currently pursuing her love of acting in the UK – where she garnered rave reviews for her role in the play Not Dead Enough – Laura Whitmore’s hugely successful media career has seen her conquer MTV and compete on Strictly Come Dancing. In her most revealing interview to date, she opens up about life in the media spotlight, the pressures of high-profile relationships, interviewing superstars and professional ambitions. Plus her in-depth views on sex, religion and Repealing the Eighth. Interview: Jason O'Toole

News: EXCLUSIVE: Aslan Working On New CD

2017-09-01 08:05:00


Aslan, who are planning to release a limited edition vinyl of their seminal 'Made In Dublin' live album this October, are back in the studio working on new material, Hot Press can exclusively reveal.

Interview: The Full Hot Press Interview with Labour's Alan Kelly

2017-08-29 10:56:00


As a member of cabinet during the last government, Labour TD and ex-environment minister Alan Kelly was involved in some hugely controversial policy decisions, not least the imposition of water charges. However, he remains unrepentant on that issue and strongly defends his party’s record in office. In a hugely revealing interview, he also talks about the death threats he received while a minister, highlights Labour’s role in the marriage equality referendum, gives his views on the Jobstown controversy, and discusses his love of Irish rock bands

Interview: The Hot Press Interview with Irish Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty

2017-08-01 10:39:00


In an exclusive interview, the new Minister for Social Protection talks openly about how much her views have changed, explaining that she supports Repealing the 8th and euthanasia – and also discusses the numerous controversies in which she has been embroiled.

Interview: The Hot Press Interview with Liadh Ní Riada MEP

2017-07-19 17:29:00


The daughter of legendary Irish musician Sean O Riada, Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has carved out a niche for herself as a no-nonsense champion of the working class. In a highly revealing interview, she discusses the pain of losing both her parents at an early age, coping with the tragic death of her first husband, her views on terrorism, sexism in politics – and much else besides.

Interview: The Hot Press Interview with Jack O'Connor, the General President of SIPTU

2017-06-06 14:39:00


As General President of SIPTU – and now also as Chairperson of the Labour Party – Jack O’Connor has for many years been one of the most influential people in Irish left wing politics. In a revealing interview, he defends Labour’s record in government, reflects on his run-in with Vincent Browne, addresses the controversy around his salary, explains why he thinks Brexit was a mistake – and says that the Irish left needs to overcome its divisions to achieve real social change.

News: Liam Gallagher Opens Up About Needing Help To Pen "Big Songs" For Solo Album

2017-05-25 08:16:00


Most of the red tops will probably focus on the fact that the ex-Oasis singer (once again) pokes fun at his older brother in his latest interview. But the usual boastful Liam Gallagher has humbly admitted that he needed to recruit Adele's producer to help with his solo album because he can't pen "big songs" on his tod.

Interview: Independent's Day: The Full Hot Press Interview with Michael Healy-Rae

2017-05-23 10:58:00


One of the most controversial TDs in the Dáil, Kerry deputy Michael Healy-Rae had plenty to get off his chest during a lively encounter with Hot Press. The forthright politician discusses his views on Donald Trump, his religious beliefs, his disdain for the Dublin media, why he doesn’t regret voting against same sex marriage, and why he’s against both euthanasia and repealing the eighth – but in favour of legalising medical marijuana.

Interviews: In The New Hot Press: Michael Healy-Rae Has Plenty To Get Off His Chest...

2017-05-10 11:19:00


One of the most controversial TDs in the Dáil, Michael Healy-Rae has plenty to get off his chest during a lively encounter with Hot Press.

Interview: The Full Hot Press Interview with Former Gate Theatre Director Michael Colgan

2017-05-09 15:29:00


As artistic director of the Gate for 33 years, Michael Colgan was one of the most powerful and influential people in the world of Irish theatre. Having departed the post recently, he reflects on his extraordinary career, his youthful rivalry with Paul McGuinness, the pain he experienced over his ex-wife’s death, getting to know Samuel Beckett, and relaunching Harold Pinter.

Interview: The Hot Press Interview with Spanish/Irish Writer Ian Gibson

2017-04-24 13:56:00


Though unknown in his homeland, Irish writer Ian Gibson is celebrated in his adopted Spain, particularly for his books about the poet Lorca – widely known for being Leonard Cohen’s chief literary inspiration – and Salvador Dali. In a fascinating interview, Gibson discusses falling foul of the Franco regime, Dali’s wild hedonistic excesses, his role in getting corporal punishment banned in the UK, his interest in sadomasochism, Irish attitudes to sex – and why he both loves and despairs of Spain.

Interview: Rowing His Own Way: The Full Hot Press Interview With Gavan Hennigan

2017-04-10 17:23:00


Having rowed solo across the Atlantic in under 50 days, Gavan Hennigan is one of Ireland’s most remarkable athletes. But that’s just the start of his extraordinary life story – which encompasses a strained relationship with his troubled father, addiction and recovery, working at one of the world’s most dangerous jobs, traversing the globe in numerous adventure challenges, and coming to terms with his sexuality.

Reports: Up Close and Personal - Our Final Interview With Martin McGuinness

2017-04-05 15:33:00


In 2011, Jason O’Toole carried out an interview with Martin McGuinness that was never published. Here, we draw on that interview, as well others conducted for Hot Press, to paint a fascinating picture of the late leader of Sinn Féin in Northern Ireland, in all of his complications.

Interview: From Addict to Adventurer: Gavan Hennigan talks drug-dealing, sexuality and rowing the Atlantic in exclusive Hot Press interview

2017-03-29 11:53:00


Featured in the new issue of Hot Press, Gavan gives a revelatory new interview with Senior Editor Jason O'Toole.

Interviews: Bloody Sunday, reconciliation, the IRA & heaven/hell were all up for discussion when Hot Press met Martin McGuinness in 2007

2017-03-21 09:47:00


Our man Jason O'Toole had to hum 'Whiter Shade Of Pale' before he was let into the Deputy First Minister's office!

Interviews: Bloody Sunday, reconciliation, the IRA & heaven/hell were all up for discussion when Hot Press met Martin McGuinness in 2007

2017-03-21 09:47:00


Our man Jason O'Toole had to hum 'Whiter Shade Of Pale' before he was let into the Deputy First Minister's office!

Interviews: Bloody Sunday, reconciliation, the IRA & heaven/hell were all up for discussion when Hot Press met Martin McGuinness in 2007

2017-03-21 09:47:00


Our man Jason O'Toole had to hum 'Whiter Shade Of Pale' before he was let into the Deputy First Minister's office!

Interview: Legendary Director John Boorman talks morality, living in Ireland, and 50 years in film

2017-03-13 16:17:00


Based in Wicklow for nearly 50 years, legendary film director John Boorman is celebrated for classics like Point Blank and Deliverance. In a fascinating interview, he reflects on the making of those movies, his experiences in Hollywood, the changing face of Ireland, coping with personal trauma, mortality – and his recently published debut novel, Crime Of Passion.

Interview: Long Live The Revolution: Hot Press Sits Down With Cuban Ambassador Hermes Herrera Hernandez

2017-02-27 13:01:00


Fidel Castro has passed away, and relations between Cuba and the United States have thawed somewhat. But it would be wrong to expect things in Havana to change overnight – not least because the spirit of the revolution remains strong and resolute. That is the clear message from the Cuban ambassador to Ireland, Hermes Herrera Hernández – a man who knew both Fidel himself and Che Guevara, and who insists that “many people in the world, if they knew exactly what is happening, would like to have the same level of human rights that we do in Cuba.”

Book Interview: About The Boy: The John Boyne Interview

2017-02-13 14:47:00


John Boyne had already penned a clutch of novels when he wrote his first book for young adults. Published in 2006, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas went on to become a literary phenomenon, selling seven million copies. But behind that remarkable success lies a very different kind of life story. Now, with the publication of his latest novel, The Heart’s Invisible Furies, the best-selling writer feels that he can talk honestly and openly about his past: about growing up in Ireland, his sexuality, the break-down of his civil partnership, depression, drinking and a lot more besides.

Interviews: The Hot Press Interview with Stephen Donnelly

2017-01-30 13:04:00


With no background in politics, and a paltry five weeks to canvass, he was first elected to the Dáil in 2011 as an Independent. Since then, he co-founded and then left the Social Democratic Party. Throughout all of this, he has retained a boyish enthusiasm and a sense of humour – which is unusual in Irish politics. So what lies behind the cheerful demeanour and liberal attitudes of the TD for Wicklow? Well, he’s a long-time fan of Hot Press for a start…

Interview: The Hot Press Interview with Gino Kenny

2017-01-19 10:56:00


Dexys Midnight Runners’ hit single may not have been written about him, but there’s lots of reasons right now to chant the name of the People Before Profit TD, Gino Kenny. Chief among them is the fact that he has got a Bill legalising cannabis for medicinal purposes through its first stage in the Dáil – an extraordinary achievement for a man who only became a TD in February 2016.

News: U2 Party Weekend With Cover Band Planned To Celebrate Croke Park Gig

2017-01-17 06:32:00


U2 fans will get the chance to party away in the company of a great tribute band at a special two night event being organised at The Church Bar venue in Dublin on the weekend of the historic Croke Park gig to celebrate the seminal classic album 'The Joshua Tree' in July, it has just been announced.

News: LEONARD COHEN TRIBUTE: IRA prisoners adopted 'Bird On A Wire' as their freedom anthem

2016-12-21 11:53:00


Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly tell us what Leonard meant to him during his Long Kesh incarceration...

Interview: THE 12 INTERVIEWS OF XMAS: Christy Dignam on Aslan, Assisted Suicide and Depression

2016-12-19 16:30:00


Christy Dignam bravely opened up in an extensive interview with Jason O'Toole back in October.

Interview: THE 12 INTERVIEWS OF XMAS: Danny Healy-Rae on Church and State

2016-12-19 16:25:00


Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae sat down with Jason O'Toole back in September for an extraordinary interview on his religious and political views.

News: THE 12 INTERVIEWS OF XMAS: Roz Purcell on Trump, Food and Repealing the 8th

2016-12-19 16:07:00


Just ahead of the US Presidential elections, Jason O'Toole caught up with the former Miss Universe Ireland, who went to the States to take part in the Trump-led international beauty competition, to talk about modelling, politics and cuisine.

News: THE 12 INTERVIEWS OF XMAS: John Halligan Sparks Controversy

2016-12-19 15:44:00


The ripple effects of Jason O'Toole's discussion with John Halligan were finished long after the interview ended...

News: Communication Breakdown: Catholic Church Denies Amnesty International Banned From Schools Over Views On Abortion Laws!

2016-12-16 15:10:00


Amnesty International is not banned from any primary schools in the Waterford district – despite a letter being circulated that appears to claim otherwise, the Catholic Church diocese of Waterford and Lismore has insisted today.

News: Kourtney Kardashian Gives Irish Company Massive Profile Boost

2016-12-16 14:39:00


An Irish company’s cheerful little product is receiving some major international exposure thanks to Kourney Kardashian.

News: Hilarious TV Interview Voted Most Memorable Irish Sporting Moment of 2016

2016-12-16 12:22:00


The O’Donovan brothers’ humorous comments about their brilliant silver medal achievement at the Rio Games has been voted as the most memorable Irish sporting moment of 2016.

News: Donald Trump's War of Words With Magazine

2016-12-16 09:00:00


President-elect Donald Trump took to twitter yesterday to attack Vanity Fair’s editor after the magazine gave one of his restaurants a negative review in their latest edition to just hit the newsstands.

News: Paul McCartney Album To Be Reissued

2016-12-16 08:49:00


Paul McCartney’s critically acclaimed 1989 album ‘Flowers in the Dirt’ is to be reissued next March, it has been confirmed.

News: Watch Bruce Springsteen Get Into The Festive Spirit

2016-12-16 08:38:00


A video has just been uploaded onto YouTube of The Boss getting a packed Carnegie Hall into the festive mood with some Christmas tunes at Sting’s biennial Rainforest Fund benefit gig.

News: Key Music Industry Players Pen Open Letter to Donald Trump

2016-12-15 07:42:00


Some of the most influential figures in the music industry are urging President-elect Donald Trump to radically shake-up laws concerning intellectual property rights.

News: Watch Lady Gaga’s New Music Video

2016-12-15 07:59:00


Lady Gaga’s fans will no doubt have a million reasons to be excited to learn that the latest music video from her new album ‘Joanne’ has just been uploaded on YouTube.

News: Watch Arcade Fire Perform ‘Reflektor’ From New Concert & Documentary DVD

2016-12-14 06:01:00


Arcade Fire’s powerful live performance of ‘Reflecktor’ in London back in 2014 has just been uploaded on the Internet as a preview of the band’s new two-disc DVD/Blu Ray concert and documentary, which will be released on 27 January.

News: Obama Promises Not To “Vanish” During Donald Trump’s Presidency

2016-12-14 08:00:00


Outgoing US President Barack Obama has said that he will not be afraid to air his views when Donald Trump is in the White House.

Film Interview: Virgin Media launches Netflix on Horizon TV

2016-12-14 07:53:00


Virgin Media’s Irish customers can now watch all their favourite Netflix shows seamlessly on their TV using their Netflix subscription on Virgin Media’s Horizon TV service.

Caught In The Net: National Web Archive Preserves 10 Irish Websites

2016-12-14 07:43:00


Ten websites that are believed to best record “Irish life in 2016 and remember the events of 1916” as chosen in a public vote have been revealed by the National Library of Ireland.

News: Robbie Williams Gives 1D Star Some Sound Advice

2016-12-13 00:06:00


Ex-Take That star Robbie Williams has reached out to One Direction singer Zayn Malik, urging him to be strong in the aftermath of his debilitating anxiety that forced him to cancel some upcoming shows.

News: Netflix releases The OA

2016-12-13 00:03:00


The original Netflix series The OA, which is from visionaries Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij (Sound of My Voice, The East), will air on the online streaming service from 16 December.

News: Netflix releases The OA

2016-12-13 00:03:00


The original Netflix series The OA, which is from visionaries Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij (Sound of My Voice, The East), who created and wrote the eight chapter, mind-bending odyssey together, will air on the online streaming service from 16 December.

News: Elton John Launches Contest For Would-Be Filmmakers

2016-12-12 23:53:00


Elton John has teamed up with YouTube to give you the opportunity to create a brand new pop video for one of his seminal classic tracks.

News: Bob Dylan On His Shock Nobel Award: “Not once have I ever had the time to ask myself, ‘Are my songs literature?’”

2016-12-12 07:56:00


Music icon Bob Dylan said it was a great honour to receive “such a prestigious prize” – but confessed that he always thought he’d just about the same chance of going to the moon as he did of being the first singer-songwriter to be deemed a worthy enough winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

News: Simon Cowell Applauds Louis Tomlinson’s "Bravery"

2016-12-12 07:41:00


He’s best known for tearing musicians apart with his outspoken criticism on The X-Factor, but Simon Cowell had nothing but praise for Louis Tomlinson after the 1D superstar found the inner strength to go on with the show and perform his new single just days after his mother lost her battle with leukaemia.

News: Comedian Tina Fey On Why Donald Trump Is No Laughing Matter

2016-12-09 08:42:00


Tina Fey has opened up about how she believes that Donald Trump’s negative presidential campaign and his shock victory has alarmingly fueled an increased level of misogyny in the US.

News: The Jesus and Mary Chain Confirm New Album's Release Date

2016-12-09 08:16:00


It’s 18 years since we last hard new material by the Scottish band, but The Jesus and Mary Chain has just confirmed that they will be releasing a new studio album early next year.

Education Feature: New Education Resources To Support Next Generation Of Irish Entrepreneurs

2016-12-08 08:21:00


Fourteen “enterprising teens”, ranging in age from 12 to 17, had an audience with the Minister for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen when he visited their school in Wicklow yesterday to launch a new teacher resources package to help support the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Frontlines: Michelle Obama Breaks Her Silence Over Shock Trump Victory

2016-12-08 07:17:00


As most of the world stayed up late watching the dramatic US presidential election count unfold, the First Lady Michelle Obama has now revealed that she was tucked up in her White House bed fast asleep!

News: Stephen King Hails Bob Dylan As Worthy Winner Of Nobel Prize

2016-12-08 07:10:00


Best-selling author Stephen King has dismissed any criticism of Bob Dylan becoming the first singer-songwriter to win the Nobel Prize for Literature as nothing more than “just plain old sour grapes”.

News: Fiona Apple Attacks Donald Trump In Christmas Song

2016-12-07 08:11:00


Fiona Apple has put an anti-Donald Trump spin on a cover version of a classic Christmas song!

News: Ryan Adams Opens Up About Emotional Pain Behind New Album

2016-12-07 07:47:00


Ryan Adams has opened up about having to force himself to "keep my chin up" while recording his new album because his marriage was coming to an end at the same time.

News: Lady Gaga Opens Up About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder From Rape Ordeal

2016-12-06 07:59:00


Lady Gaga has courageously spoken on US national television about how she has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder since enduring the horrible ordeal of being raped as a teenager.

News: The Three Patrick’s Charity Festive Concert!

2016-12-06 07:39:00


Composer Patrick Cassidy and actor Patrick Bergin are teaming up to perform a concert at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin in aid of The Friends of St. Luke’s Cancer Care on 14 December from 8pm – 9:30pm.

News: Irish Soprano Celine Byrne To End Year On High Note

2016-12-06 07:13:00


Internationally acclaimed soprano Celine Byrne – who was recently asked to perform for Pope Francis – will end the year on a high note with a Christmas Gala at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin on 18 December.

Book News: Kells Announces New Chapter For Literary Festival

2016-12-05 08:06:00


The annual summer literature festival in Kells, County Meath will rebranded as the ‘Hinterland Festival’ in 2017, it has just been announced.

News: Watch New Teaser Trailer Of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Sequel

2016-12-05 07:54:00


It’s not set for a US cinema release until next May, but a brand new teaser trailer for Marvel’s eagerly awaited Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 has just been put up on YouTube.

News: Trump Compared As “Closest Thing” To Hitler By TCD Professor

2016-12-05 07:46:00


“Do not deceive yourselves: Trump is no ordinary conservative Republican. He is the closest thing to Hitler Americans have ever seen.” That’s the stark warning from an Associate Professor of US History at Trinity College Dublin.

News: Madonna “Ashamed To Be American” Following Trump’s Shock Election

2016-12-05 07:37:00


Madonna has spoken about her anger and dismay over President-elect Donald Trump’s shock defeat of Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House.

News: ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Comes To Netflix

2016-12-05 07:29:00


It’s hard to believe that it’s exactly 20 years since Will Smith’s hit TV show came to an end, but Netflix is now bringing all six seasons of ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ to the streaming service on New Year’s Eve for its Irish members.

News: Fawlty Towers Star Andrew Sachs Dies

2016-12-02 08:14:00


Actor Andrew Sachs has died at the age of 86 following a four year battle with dementia, it was confirmed late last night.

News: Drake Crowned Spotify’s Most Streamed Artist of 2016

2016-12-02 07:41:00


Drake was the most popular musician played on Spotify for the second year running in 2016 with an astronomical 4.7 billion streams on the music service.

News: Coldplay Ban Selfie Sticks At Gigs

2016-12-02 07:33:00


It looks like selfie sticks – along with more than a dozen other “undesirable items” – could be banned when Chris Martin and Co takes to the stage in Croke Park next summer, as part of their world tour.

News: Jennifer Aniston Reveals Why Friends Reunion Would Never Work

2016-12-02 07:26:00


FANS of the popular US sitcom Friends will certainly be disheartened to hear that Jennifer Aniston feels a reunion movie or TV show will never happen.

News: Bernie Sanders Feels He Could've Defeated Trump in Presidential Election

2016-12-01 08:53:00


Bernie Sanders has confessed that he's left wondering "what if" if it was him instead of Hillary Clinton who ran against Donald Trump.

News: Neil Diamond Announces World Tour To Mark 50th Anniversary

2016-12-01 08:16:00


It’s hard to believe that Neil Diamond is celebrating his 50th anniversary since he became a household name with his first major hit single with ‘Solidarity Man’ all the way back in 1966.

News: Government Won’t Oppose Medicinal Cannabis Bill

2016-12-01 07:50:00


It appears that the door is now finally being opened to making cannabis legal for medicinal purposes in Ireland.

News: Star Wars Live Stream Event on Twitter

2016-12-01 07:15:00


Star Wars fanatics are in for a treat.Twitter has teamed up with Disney and People magazine to live steam an exclusive special ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' event with a behind-the-scenes sneak peek from the hugely anticipated new movie on Friday.

News: Bowie, R.E.M, and Nirvana Tracks Listed Amongst 25 Great Recordings

2016-11-30 07:47:00


Nirvana, R.E.M., Elvis, Rod Stewart, along with David Bowie and Prince - who both sadly passed away this year - are among 25 artists going to have one their songs inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, it has been announced.

News: The Contraceptive Train On Track For Abbey Theatre!

2016-11-30 07:28:00


The critically acclaimed musical ‘The Train’, which is inspired by a remarkable true story involving a former Hot Press writer and has a score composed by Bill Whelan of Riverdance fame, is to be staged at The Abbey next spring.

News: Michelle Obama “Will Never Run For Office”

2016-11-30 07:15:00


The rumour mill has gone into overdrive with recent speculation that the First Lady Michelle Obama was planning to run for the presidency in the future. But outgoing US President Barack Obama has now debunked the notion of his wife making history by becoming the first woman elected to the White House

News: Robbie Williams Opens Up About Needing Meds To Battle Inner Demons

2016-11-29 08:54:00


Ex-Take That star Robbie Williams has bravely admitted that he started taking anti-depressants this year after a “weird summer”.

News: Paul Simon’s Ex-Wife Carrie Fisher Still Loves His Music!

2016-11-29 08:38:00


Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has revealed that she still loves her ex-husband’s music – even if she feels he has personally insulted her in some of his lyrics.

News: Trump’s Wife Threatens To Sue YouTube

2016-11-29 08:00:00


The US's First Lady-elect is threatening YouTube with a major lawsuit over a video on its site that claims her son Barron is autistic.

News: Lady Gaga Opens Up In Revealing TV Interview

2016-11-28 02:07:00


Lady Gaga wore her heart on her sleeve on Sunday in an interview on US TV in which she touched on the subject of love following her break-up with actor Taylor Kinney after being together for five years.

News: Dublin Vigil To Honour Revolutionary Leader Fidel Castro

2016-11-28 01:18:00


There will be a vigil to mark the death of Fidel Castro in Dublin this evening (Monday, 28, November) at 6.30pm at The Spire on O'Connell Street, according to a tweet put out yesterday by Sinn Féin's newspaper, An Phoblacht.

News: RTÉ Announces Partnership with RTÉ Choice Music Prize

2016-11-28 01:02:00


RTÉ has announced a new partnership with the RTÉ Choice Music Prize for next year's event, which will see both RTÉ2 and RTÉ 2FM play a lead role in supporting what has become one of the highlights of the Irish musical calendar as part of a new agreement.

News: Jeremy Clarkson’s New Motor Show Gives Hothouse Flowers Unexpected Hit

2016-11-28 00:41:00


Hothouse Flowers are riding high in the iTunes charts with one of their old hit singles – and it’s all thanks to Jeremy Clarkson and Co’s new Amazon online streaming show, ‘The Grand Tour.’

News: It Would Be “Ridiculous” If 1D Didn’t Reform, Says Niall Horan

2016-11-28 00:33:00


Irish superstar Niall Horan might be focusing on his solo career right now, but he’s confident One Direction will reform in the future. “We’ll be back,” the Mullingar native vowed yesterday, which the band’s fans will surely be thrilled to hear.

News: Cuban Revolutionary Leader Fidel Castro Dies At Age 90

2016-11-26 12:42:00


President Michael D. Higgins leads the Irish tributes this morning to the breaking news of the death of former Cuban leader, Fidel Castro.

News: It's Gilmore Girls Day On Netflix

2016-11-25 10:20:00


Gilmore Girls makes its much-anticipated return today on Netflix with four memorable chapters from the lives of Lorelai, Emily, Rory... and many more stalwarts from the fictional small town of Stars Hollow.

News: DJ Nikki Hayes Opens Up About Giving Up Booze

2016-11-25 08:04:00


Popular radio DJ Nikki Hayes has bravely revealed that she gave up alcohol last year because of its negative side effects of being mixed with medication to deal with a mental health condition.

News: Watch Aretha Franklin’s Soulful Version Of US National Anthem

2016-11-25 07:51:00


To help celebrate Thanksgiving, Aretha Franklin was invited to sing the American national anthem before yesterday’s big football game between Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings at the Ford Field stadium.

News: Justin Bieber Looks Set To Face Legal Action Over “Aggressive Punch”

2016-11-25 07:35:00


It’ll probably come as no surprise to hear that the teenager filmed being hit by the Canadian popstar prior to one of his gigs on Tuesday is now planning to take legal action.

News: Elton John Rejects Offer To Play at Trump’s Inauguration

2016-11-24 08:10:00


Media reports that Elton John is set to perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s Inauguration ceremony are “not true,” according to a spokesperson for the British star.

Frontlines: Putin’s Top Spin Doctor Makes Horrible Racial Slurs About Obama

2016-11-24 07:38:00


Vladimir Putin’s top media advisor in the Kremlin has used disgusting racial slurs to attack US President Barack Obama on the state-owned national television.

News: Jean-Michel Jarre Makes Surprise Release Of New Music Video

2016-11-24 07:25:00


The French composer’s new single Oxygène Pt. 17 has just been stuck up on YouTube without any fanfare, shortly ahead of his much anticipated new album on 2 December.

News: Justin Bieber Punches Fan in Face

2016-11-23 08:22:00


Justin Bieber lashed out at a fan shortly before going on stage for his “Purpose World Tour” concert in Barcelona last night.

News: Donald Trump’s Own Grandfather Faced Deportation!

2016-11-23 00:04:00


The USA might have had a very different President-elect right now – if it wasn’t for the fact that Donald Trump's grandfather was booted out of Germany, according to a legal decree that was recently discovered.

News: Jason Donovan Reveals Liberal Attitude Towards His Kids Taking Drugs

2016-11-23 00:01:00


Ex-Neighbours star Jason Donovan says he would prefer if his teenage children wanted to experiment with drugs that they would do so in the more safe environment of the family home in front of him – describing it as a form of “reverse psychology”.

News: Phil Collins Plans Comeback Gigs in 2017

2016-11-22 23:03:00


Phil Collins revealed back in 2015 that he was “no longer retired”... and now true to his word he plans "some comeback shows" next year.

News: Kanye West Is Hospitalised After "Psychotic Breakdown"

2016-11-22 07:38:00


Kanye West was forcibly taken to hospital for his own safety after suffering a "psychotic breakdown", according to US media reports.

News: Steve Jones Reveals He Was Sexually Abused In New Memoir

2016-11-22 06:42:00


Former Sex Pistol Steve Jones has opened up for the first time about being sexually abused by his stepfather in his autobiography.

News: Marilyn Monroe Memorabilia Auction Sets New World Record

2016-11-21 07:59:00


A three-day auction of Marilyn Monroe’s personal and career items has just fetched a staggering $11million dollars, which is being described as a “another word record” for the LA-based Julien’s Auctions who organised the event.

News: Sting Offered Megabucks For Reunion Gig With The Police

2016-11-21 07:42:00


The Police have been offered a whopping $9million US dollars to reform for a one-off festival in California next year, according to reports.

News: New Book Reveals Heartbreaking Details Of Freddie Mercury’s Battle With HIV

2016-11-21 07:31:00


It’s hard to believe that it’ll be 25 years since Queen’s charismatic frontman was cruelly cut down in his prime this coming Thursday (24 November).

News: Grateful Dead to Celebrate 50th Anniversary In Style

2016-11-21 07:05:00


As part of the celebrations for the upcoming 50th anniversary of their debut album, the Grateful Dead have announced plans for a comprehensive reissue of their entire discography.

News: US President Obama Sheds New Light On White House Chat With Donald Trump

2016-11-18 08:14:00


Outgoing US President Barack Obama has for the first time revealed that he strongly warned President-elect Donald Trump that he should tone down some of his radical political stances during their chat at The White House last week.

Entertainment News: Jeremy Clarkson Is Back Behind The Wheel

2016-11-18 07:44:00


The much-anticipated new show by ex-Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson is now uploaded for streaming. The first episode of the new show called 'The Grand Tour' – featuring hosts Clarkson, Hammond and May – premieres exclusively on fee-paying Amazon Prime Video today (Friday 18 November).

Frontlines: Clinton Finally Reveals Heartache Over Losing To Trump

2016-11-18 07:18:00


Defeated US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gave her first public speech in which she not only opened up about her pain at her shock defeat, but she also made a rallying cry for young people not to get disillusioned with politics.

News: Lemony Snicket Fans Will Be Excited By Sneak Peak OF New TV Series

2016-11-18 06:50:00


Fans of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events look set to be in for a real treat if the exciting new trailer just put up on YouTube for an upcoming series created by the book's author himself is anything to go by.

News: I’m Your Fan:Jeff Buckley’s Irish Friends Pay Moving Tribute On Day Tragic Singer Would’ve Turned 50

2016-11-17 11:46:00


It’s hard to believe how time flies. Jeff Buckley – who will probably be most fondly remembered for his haunting cover version of the late Leonard Cohen’s elegiac song ‘hallelujah’, which was released posthumously to much acclaim – would’ve been celebrating his 50th birthday today on 17 November … if only he hadn’t been taken away so tragically young at just 30-years-old.

News: John Lennon's Bitter Letter To Paul McCartney Over Beatles’ Split To Be Auctioned Off

2016-11-17 08:33:00


To paraphrase one of The Beatles’ most popular tunes ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, John Lennon definitely felt he had been let him down by his ex-band members - as demonstrated in an angry letter addressed to Sir Paul McCartney and his then wife Linda about the iconic band's split in 1970, which has resurfaced and will be auctioned off.

News: The Boss To Be Honoured By US President Obama

2016-11-17 07:33:00


As one of his last acts in The White House before handing over its keys to Donald Trump, the outgoing US President Barack Obama will bestow the country’s top award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Bruce Springsteen at a ceremony on November 22.

Frontlines: US Mayor Resigns Over Racist Comments Made About Michelle Obama

2016-11-16 10:03:00


The Mayor of a tiny West Virginia town is making front page headlines around the world after she was sensationally forced to step down from her position after agreeing online with a horrible racist slur describing First Lady Michelle Obama as “an ape in heels”!

News: Taylor Swift Named Highest Earner Of 2016

2016-11-16 09:38:00


Taylor Swift will certainly be the envy of the music industry with the announcement that she just topped Forbes’ annual rich list for under 30s this year by earning a mind-boggling $170million US dollars.

Entertainment News: Carrie Fisher Reveals Affair In New Star Wars Kiss-And-Tell Memoir

2016-11-16 08:52:00


There was never any denying there was on-screen chemistry between Princess Leia and Hans Solo in the first installment on the Star Wars franchise back in 1977 – but now in a new memoir to be published before Christmas, Carrie Fisher sensationally reveals that the sexual chemistry that was bubbling on-set spilled over into reality.

News: The Rolling Stones Give Their Two Cents Worth On Donald Trump's Victory

2016-11-16 19:18:00


Mick Jagger says he believes the world is “mystified” by how TV reality star, billionaire Donald Trump is going to be the next president of America.

News: R.E.M Singer Wants To Return To Music Scene

2016-11-15 09:13:00


R.E.M. fans will surely be excited by the news that Michael Stipe has revealed that he has an urge to return to the music scene, saying he has been inspired to get back into the swing of things after performing at two David Bowie tribute shows earlier this year.

News: Irish Immigration Leader Urges Calm Over Trump's Deporation Plans

2016-11-15 08:20:00


The chairperson of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform in the USA is urging the media to stop sensationalizing President-elect Donald Trump’s comments on immigration.

Frontlines: Trump urges America “not to be afraid” in first post-election interview

2016-11-14 09:29:00


US President-elect Donald Trump opened up about a wide-range of contentious issue – discussing everything from abortion, to same sex-marriage and immigration – on CBS’ iconic show 60 Minutes on Sunday night.

Previews-And-Trailers: Netflix To Screen Four New Movies In November

2016-11-11 17:24:00


It's a busy month for Netflix. Along with five new TV series to be aired, the streaming site will be screening four new movies in November

News: Brilliant Trees return for final show of 2016

2016-11-11 15:09:00


After the success of their two recent sold out shows in the Grand Social, the Brilliant Trees return to the same venue on the 27th of December - for what will be a Christmas Gift to many who could not get tickets to their last shows.

News: Michael Jackson Song Recorded By Aslan Singer’s Daughter Kiera Dignam For The Gavin Glynn Foundation

2016-11-03 11:46:00


Kiera Dignam has recorded the Michael Jackson track ‘Ben’ in memory of the 5 year-old boy they dubbed ‘Batman Ben’. It’s a hugely appropriate tribute from the singer, given that her father Christy Dignam of Aslan is also battling with a rare, incurable form of cancer.

Interview: How Can I Protect You in this Crazy World?: Interview with Christy Dignam

2016-10-31 17:39:00


In the song, the next line says: “It’s alright, it’s alright”. But that’s hardly what Christy Dignam has been feeling. The lead singer with the quintessential Dublin band Aslan has battled with heroin addiction, terminal cancer and the resulting depression. So how come he is still able to smile?

Interview: This Sporting Life: Kenneth Egan Shares his Mental Health Battle

2016-10-26 17:07:00


Two of the best known figures in Irish sport, Kenneth Egan and Eamonn Coghlan, discuss their mental health struggles – and subsequent recovery. Plus, sports psychologist Canice Kennedy discusses the issue of depression in sport.

Reports: The Importance of Being Brenda: Brenda Fricker on Her Mental Health Battle

2016-10-24 16:27:00


For many years, Brenda Fricker battled with the crushing weight of depression. And then, she discovered something that really did work for her, taking her into a new and far better place. Here, Jason O’Toole, who spoke to her a number of times over the years, tells her remarkable and moving story….

News: Donald Trump accused of racism by former model

2016-10-14 04:26:00


A former Miss Teen USA, turned actress, is warning the US electorate to vote against controversial Republican candidate Donald Trump.

Interview: CHRISTY DIGNAM OF ASLAN SUPPORTS RIGHT TO ASSISTED SUICIDE

2016-10-12 23:42:00


In a remarkable Hot Press interview, the Aslan frontman, diagnosed with terminal cancer, explains why he would consider going to the Dignitas centre to end his life – and why he would like to see the option introduced in Ireland

News: Donald Trump campaign has been rocked by sex scandal

2016-10-10 12:30:00


The Trump campaign has been rocked by yet another controversy. It’s being claimed that there is a drove of controversial material of unaired footage from ‘The Apprentice’ show in which for the Republican presidential candidate makes unsuitable sexually comments about contestants and crew members. It’s claimed he even made comments on contestants breast size during breaks in filming the hugely popular show.

News: Donald Trump: Will The Incriminating Apprentice Tapes Be Released?

2016-10-11 11:18:00


The producer of Seasons One and Two of the US version of The Apprentice has said that the Access Hollywood tapes are mild compared to what Trump had to say off-camera, when he fronted his own reality TV show.

Interview: Interview with The Brilliant Trees

2016-10-10 17:28:00


Dublin rockers Brilliant Trees are back in the saddle after a decade away – and their new material is their best yet.

News: U2 fans travel from round globe to Dublin tribute gig

2016-10-08 18:04:00


The U2 tribute gig to celebrate their 40th anniversary at Church Bar was such an overwhelming success that the man behind the event, Stephen Browne, is now planning to turn it into a yearly event…

Frontlines: Getting Away With It – how Ireland's crime cartels thrive in Spain

2016-10-03 14:47:00


Despite much publicised recent raids, the Kinahan crime cartel continues to flourish in Spain – and internal divisions in the country’s police force are a big part of the problem.

Interview: A Good Kick Up the D'Arcy! - An Interview with Fr. Brian D'Arcy

2016-09-28 16:10:00


That was the headline to the article that introduced comedian Dermot Morgan’s Fr. Trendy character to the world. In the second part of our controversial interview with Fr. Brian D’Arcy, he talks about being the butt of satire, the need for the Church to move with the times on divorce and women priests, Fr. Michael Cleary’s mistakes, how being censured by the Vatican felt like being abused all over again – and why priests are revolting against the Papal Nuncio in Ireland.

News: The Church To Celebrate U2 @ 40 With Special Events

2016-09-15 11:43:00


This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the day when Larry Mullen pinned the legendary note that triggered U2 into being onto the noticeboard in Mount Temple Comprehensive – and some very special nights await

Interview: The Danny Healy-Rea Interview by Jason O'Toole

2016-08-30 16:17:00


Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae hit the headlines when he announced that it was God who decides the weather. In an extraordinary Hot Press interview, he sticks to his guns, in more ways than one. Indeed he candidly insists that he’d shoot any intruder who broke into his house.

Interviews: "We're Afraid Of The Goddamn Americans"

2016-08-09 10:00:00


This is just one of the many trenchantly expressed and frequently challenging views of the Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan, in the second part of our major, in depth and – as it has turned out – highly controversial interview with the Waterford independent TD. Now read on… Interview: Jason O’Toole

Interview: The Minister Of Culture: Interview with Paschal Donohoe

2016-08-03 10:14:00


Paschal Donohoe has emerged as one of the brightest and most capable politicians in Fine Gael. As Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, he occupies one of the hottest seats around the cabinet table. Far from being a dry, policy wonk, however, he is a remarkably rounded character, who is a big fan of music, literature and films – not to mention Hot Press.

News: Finian McGrath opens up about grief, government formation and Rory Gallagher

2016-06-22 14:17:00


Finian McGrath began his political life working with Tony Gregory in his North Dublin inner-city constituency. An independent spirit, he was elected to the Dáil first in 2002. Now, with the political landscape fragmented and no party having enough TDs to form a government, he has been thrust into the spotlight, sitting at the Cabinet table as 'super junior' Minister for Disabilities. But just a few weeks into his new role, he has already been embroiled in a number of controversies.

Interviews: Archbishop Eamon Martin Talks Growing Up In The Troubles, His Music Tastes And The Marriage Referendum

2016-06-08 11:06:00


He may be the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, but the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, Eamon Martin, is very different to his predecessors. In an exclusive interview he talks about growing up in Derry, the impact of the Troubles, his love of music, sexuality and his desire for a united Ireland.

Interviews: Maureen O'Sullivan talks The 8th, Tony Gregory & drug decriminalisation

2016-05-25 14:48:00


She entered politics, working with Tony Gregory, as far back as 1979. But it was only when the Dublin socialist TD died that she ran for the Dáil, successfully holding his seat. Recently re-elected, she looks back at her relationship with the man she describes as a “Casanova”. And she talks about some of the biggest issues of the day.

Interview: Was He The Godfather?

2012-07-25 00:00:00


Christy Dunne has been depicted as the Godfather of Irish crime. His family were notorious for their involvement in the heroin trade. But has the portrayal of the man himself been wide of the mark? Here, he tells his side of the story.

Interview: You Couldn't Make It Up

2009-05-19 00:00:00


Since fortune first began to smile on The Script, the band has been plunged into an extraordinary saga of injury, death, personal loss and heartbreak...

Interview: The New Long Fella

2009-09-22 00:00:00


He is the grandson of Éamon De Valera – one of the founding fathers of the State and a former Taoiseach and President. So has his unique lineage had anything to do with the success of EAMON Ó CUÍV? These and other issues are teased out in a remarkable interview with Ireland’s Minister for Community Affairs.

Interview: Et Tu, Bruton

2009-08-24 00:00:00


His brother, John Bruton, was the leader of Fine Gael and served as Taoiseach. Now, Richard Bruton is a key member of the opposition front bench. Would he have anything different to offer if he was Minister for Finance?

Interview: In The Prime Time Of Her Life

2009-08-10 00:00:00


Current affairs anchor – and Ireland's leading ‘yummy mummy’ according to the tabloids – MIRIAM O'CALLAGHAN talks about the challenges of raising eight children, her past marital woes and taking a pay cut at RTÉ.

Frontlines: Why I've Been Hounded Since Katy's Death

2009-08-06 00:00:00


It was in KIERON DUCIE’s house that the model Katy French had the seizure that preceded her tragic death. Since then, he has been the subject of a campaign in the press which reveals the skewed news values of too many newspapers.

News: The Dutchy Holland I knew

2009-06-20 00:00:00


Dutchy Holland was an institutionalised criminal - but one of an unusually corteous and thoughtful disposition. By Jason O'Toole

Interview: Not so junior minister

2009-06-19 00:00:00


He's been described as the 'intellectual powerhouse of Fianna Fail'. As the party goes into electoral meltdown special advisor to the Taoiseach turned Junior Minister Martin Mansergh talks about George Lee, the Government's unpopularity and the prejudices faced by a member of the Anglo-Irish community who dared go into politics.

Reports: "We will defend the integrity of the Republican struggle"

2009-06-12 00:00:00


They say that he was among the most powerful – and the most ruthless – Republican activists of them all. Here the legendary Bobby Storey, reputed to have been Director of Intelligence for the IRA, talks for the first time about his role in the struggle, and about some of the critical events that led to the IRA ceasefire and the Peace Process.

Frontlines: The State is still failing us

2009-06-08 00:00:00


It was 1985 when Bruce Arnold first wrote about the child abuse scandal in Ireland. In a powerful new book on The Irish Gulag, he is hugely critical of the efforts of the State as well as the Church, accusing them of conspiracy.

Interview: Glenda days

2009-05-12 00:00:00


New Xposé presenter GLENDA GILSON talks candidly about the malicious newspaper allegations printed about her late Uncle Liam Lawlor, recalls the feelings of pride she had for her ex Brian O’Driscoll captained the Irish squad to a Grand Slam victory and looks forward to Xposé Live at the RDS!.

Interview: It's Independence Day

2009-05-11 00:00:00


She was a stalwart member of the Green Party, serving as an MEP for 10 years. Now, thoroughly disillusioned with the party’s performance in Government with Fianna Fail, PATRICIA McKENNA has decided to leave – and to run as an independent in the upcoming European elections.

Frontlines: Citizen Sanger

2009-05-07 00:00:00


In an exclusive interview, LARRY SANGER - widely credited as co-founder of Wikipedia - takes issue with a number of comments made by ex-colleague Jimmy Wales in Hot Press recently, and explains why his new online encyclopedia, Citizendium, will eventually conquer cyberspace.

Interview: A Rogue's Gallery

2009-05-06 00:00:00


IAN STRACHAN was jailed for blackmailing a member of the Royal Family over allegations of a sex and drugs ‘scandal’. But a media blackout ensured that little of the substance of the case was reported.

Frontlines: The bare facts

2009-03-24 00:00:00


A nude model and a linguist Roslyn Fuller is a very unusual writer indeed. She tells Hot Press why the Irish need to loosen up.

Interview: Return to Zion

2009-03-18 00:00:00


The world was united in condemnation over the Israeli bombardment of Gaza. In a rare print interview Israel ambassador to Dublin Zion Evrony says the campaign was justified and that his country was motivated by the desire to bring peace to the Middle East. And he tells us why comparisons between Northern Ireland the Middle East are fatuous

Frontlines: Gilligan's island

2009-03-16 00:00:00


Can John Gilligan reform the prison economy? Stranger things have happened!

Interview: Each man in his time plys many parts

2009-02-27 00:00:00


If, as The Bard had it, all the world’s a stage, then Green Paul Gogarty is a better actor than most. He’s been a New Romantic, a busker, a journalist and an editor before being elected to the Dáil. But even that is only half of it. In a remarkably open interview, he talks about the price of being in government with Fianna Fáil, his multiple identities on web fora, rumours that he was gay, the issue of depression – and the true story of his adoption.

Frontlines: Hot Press Banned From Irish Prisons

2009-02-25 00:00:00


In an unprecedented development, the prison service has slapped a ban on Ireland’s leading music and current affairs magazine – that’s HP, incidentally – a move that legal experts say is unconstitutional.

Interview: Honesty is the best policy

2009-02-25 00:00:00


Well, it’s served Mary O'Rourke well, at least. Now 71 years of age, she first entered the Dail in 1982 and has been a TD for well over 20 years – during which time she has held a number of key Ministerial positions. Here she talks with remarkable honesty and humour about her political career, the Lenihan dynasty, Charlie Haughey, losing her husband, treachery in Fianna Fáil – and, of course, orgasms.

Reports: What Giovanni did next

2009-02-03 00:00:00


Notorious criminal lawyer GIOVANNI DI STEFANO – whose high-profile clients include John Gilligan – wants the law changed so that male prisoners receive the same early release privileges as their female equivalent. And he’s planning to take his case all the way to Europe if necessary

Interview: Once in never out

2009-02-03 00:00:00


It is an old Republican principle. But it could also be applied to the attitude the authorities have taken to Ireland’s longest serving political prisoners, Paddy McCann and Colm O’Shea. Jailed for the killing of two Gardai during a bank raid in Roscommon in 1980, as the peace process reached its final stages they were asked to sign up to the Good Friday Agreement. They subsequently put their names on the dotted line. That was ten years ago. So why have they not been released in the meantime, like dozens of other former Paramilitary activists? In an extraordinary, confessional interview, PADDY MCCANN makes his case against the State.

Interview: I life less ordinary

2009-01-23 00:00:00


In the final months of his battle with cancer, TONY GREGORY sat down with Hot Press to discuss his life and career. Knowing it would be his final interview he was in a reflective frame of mind.

Interview: The boxer

2009-01-23 00:00:00


Kenny Egan brought back a silver medal for Ireland from the Olympic Games – but almost everyone agrees it should have been gold. A national sporting hero, he tells Hot Press of his plans for the future...

Frontlines: Heads, you win

2008-12-11 00:00:00


He's familiar to Northern listeners as a super-smooth middle of the road DJ. But in his misspent youth as a guitarist, Gerry Anderson lived a life of rock and roll abandon.

Interview: Champagne Charlie Rides Again

2008-12-11 00:00:00


As the turbo-charged economy he helped create teeters, Charlie McCreevy talks about medical cards for the aged, the Eircom shares debacle, explains why he wouldn't swap places with current Finance Minister Brian Lenihan.

Interview: Dedicated Avatar of Fashion

2008-12-11 00:00:00


He got involved in the fashion business in the 1960s when music was exploding. But then Tommy Hilfiger has always seen the two as inseparable.

Frontlines: What Happened When Libertas and Their Czech Mate Sat Down to Dinner...

2008-11-25 00:00:00


The Libertas organisation's dinner honouring the Czech President's visit to Ireland caused a furore and may have paved the way for Prague's head of state for the next Czech presidency of the EU.

Interview: The Last Days of Katy French

2008-11-20 00:00:00


Kieron "Wolf" Ducie, describes what happened on the night Katy French passed away in compelling detail. He also recalls the build-up to the tragic events that unfolded.

Interview: After the Storm

2008-11-20 00:00:00


In the second part of the Hot Press interview, An Taoiseach Brain Cowen talks about his political influences, the fall out from the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty and more...

Interview: In the Eye of the Storm

2008-11-06 00:00:00


Find out what Brian Cowen thinks is in store for Ireland in light of the global financial crisis and the government's unpopular decisions on medical cards and education cuts.

Frontlines: The Insider

2008-11-05 00:00:00


As undercover cop- let's call him Paddy Craig- has lifted the lid on the murky world of Ireland's drug-smuggling gangs.

Interview: Excuse Me, Can I Speak to the Editor?

2008-11-04 00:00:00


In his first major interview, Aengus Fanning, editor of the Sunday Independent, discusses how he manages the most successful paper in Ireland and the death of Veronica Guerin.

Frontlines: Cocaine, Blackmail and a Political Scandal

2008-11-04 00:00:00


Two years after the cocaine scandal, Liam Kelly tells his side of the story and talks about attempted extortion, alcoholism and his decision to retire from politics.

Frontlines: "I'm Not a Big Player in Anything"

2008-10-23 00:00:00


So says the man the tabloids have dubbed Fat Puss, Alan Bradley. But he's due in court on charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, with figures between €950,000 and €2 million being bandied about in the media. In an exclusive interview, he asks how can he get a fair trial?

Interview: The People Vs Dick Roche

2008-10-23 00:00:00


In his most revealing interview yet, Dick Roche explains why he doesn't trust Libertas' Declan Ganley and shares his thoughts on the use of Shannon airport by US military.

Frontlines: The True History of the Kelly Gang

2008-10-18 00:00:00


He became famous in the North as an affable chat show host. But behind the chipper persona Gerry Kelly's difficult upbringing left him permanently estranged from his alcoholic father.

Interview: Still crazy after all these years

2008-10-07 00:00:00


In a remarkable interview, the legendary David Kelly looks back on a long and adventurous career including parts in box office smashes, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and Waking Ned.

Interview: The Italian job

2008-08-30 00:00:00


A collaboration with the sultry Italian singer JustCarmen has propelled Ireland's '60s hit machine, The Bachelors, back into the limelight.

Frontlines: Dunne takes on the goliaths

2008-09-17 00:00:00


Having carried the rock flag at Today FM for nine years on Pet Sounds, Tom Dunne has moved into the broadcasting mainstream, joining Newstalk.

Interview: In the eye of the storm

2008-09-17 00:00:00


Niall Breslin hit the wall – both metaphorically and physically – during the recording of The Blizzards’ latest album.

Interview: Oh we do like to be beside the seaside

2008-09-10 00:00:00


Seasick Steve is a former hobo who once called Kurt Cobain a neighbour and, in his 60s, now finds himself acclaimed as one of folk's hottest 'new' acts.

Interview: Gone But Never Forgotten

2008-08-28 00:00:00


Journalist Susan McKay's new book, Bear In Mind These Dead, revisits the families of victims, for many of whom the emotional scars have been slow to heal.

Interview: The Prisoner

2008-08-28 00:00:00


Dutchy Holland, currently serving an eight-year sentence in Wandsworth Prison, gives a remarkably revealing interview where he discusses all aspects of his life as a career criminal.

Frontlines: McKenna slams Failte Towers crew

2008-08-26 00:00:00


The maverick Green politician has rounded on her reality-show rivals.

Frontlines: McKenna to split from Greens?

2008-08-26 00:00:00


A disillusioned Patricia McKenna has lost faith in the Green Party's ability to enforce radical change, and is contemplating life outside the party.

Interview: Gilligan My Side of The Story

2008-08-12 00:00:00


Crime boss John Gilliagn denies ordering the execution of Martin Cahill, and offers his opinion on the recent explosion of gun crime in Dublin.

Reports: Swing When You're Winning

2008-08-06 00:00:00


Scores of liberated Irish adults are investigating the swinging scene. It's normal, good fun, says one party organiser.

Interview: Brunker Mentality

2008-08-05 00:00:00


Over a pint of lager, Amanda talks about her debut novel, kissing girls, losing her virginity and explains why it's hard to find a straight man in Dublin.

Interview: The Write Stuff

2008-07-29 00:00:00


When Joseph O'Connor's Star Of The Sea was selected as a Richard & Judy Book Club choice in the UK, it propelled the writer to the literary A-list

Interview: HP Archive: The true story of the John Gilligan gang

2008-07-28 00:00:00


With John Gilligan now released from prison, we delve into the Hot Press archive for an extraordinary interview conducted by Jason O'Toole in 2008...

Interview: Hagmann's Bluff

2008-07-18 00:00:00


In his heyday, Larry Hagman was the biggest television star in the world, portraying the manipulative and ruthless oil baron JR Ewing in the kitschy Dallas soap.

Reports: Wikipedia Faces Legal Battle

2008-07-14 00:00:00


How accurate is online encyclopedia Wikipedia? Controversial lawyer Giovanni Di Stefano says the website hasn't moved fast enough to deal with the gross lies and distortions that litter his Wikipedia entry. Now Di Stefano has launched a legal action that, if successful, could fatally damage the Wikipedia Foundation.

Reports: Greetings from Death Row

2008-07-07 00:00:00


Having been in a car with a man who opened fire and killed two police officers Sunny Jacobs was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. She lived to tell the extraordinary tale.

Reports: Wikipedia Faces Legal Battle

2008-07-07 00:00:00


How accurate is online encyclopedia Wikipedia? Controversial lawyer Giovanni Di Stefano says the website hasn't moved fast enough to deal with the gross lies that litter his entry.

Interview: Hey Big Spender

2008-07-01 00:00:00


Tales of high profile solicitor Gerald Kean's astonishing ability to make truckloads of money - and spend it - have become the stuff of tabloid wet dreams.

Reports: Staying Alive

2008-06-19 00:00:00


He could easily have died, but somehow heroin addict Brendan McGee managed to cling on to life long enough to kick the habit.

Reports: Brothers in arms

2008-06-19 00:00:00


Dublin's Hyland Brothers are aiming to punch their way into the Guinness Book Of Records. How? They are all launching individual bids for European boxing titles.

Frontlines: Nude Awakening

2008-06-16 00:00:00


Renowned for his elaborately-posed images of nude figures in public settings, artist Spencer Tunick is hoping Irish people will strip off for him when he visits these shores in June.

Frontlines: Sex: It's A Growth Industry

2008-06-06 00:00:00


While half-hearted attempts are made to clamp down on prostitution, there is a thriving prostitution business in Ireland that is widely advertised on the internet

Interview: Can This Man Bring The PDs Back From The Grave?

2008-06-06 00:00:00


He was the shock winner of the Progressive Democrats leadership race. In his first major interview Ciaran Cannon sets out his vision for the beleaguered party, explains why Michael McDowell was really a sweetheart, decries the rise of the nanny state, calls for the legalisation of prostitution and lifts the lid on his misspent youth as a mod.

Reports: Fear and Loathing on the Costa del Crime

2008-05-13 00:00:00


For the average expat Irish criminal living in Spain, life is a blur of booze, prostitutes and drug deals with the threat of violence, and even death, never far away.

Interview: Flash Jordan

2008-05-21 00:00:00


Formula One's plucky outsider Eddie Jordan talks about motor sport's party-hard reputation, jamming with Bryan Adams and winning to the British national anthem.

Interview: Porno for pyro

2008-05-20 00:00:00


Republic Of Loose are one of the most exciting bands to emerge from Ireland during the last decade with one of the most charismatic lead singers ever to bestride a stage in the country.

Frontlines: More than just a sex change

2008-05-16 00:00:00


She has become the public face in Ireland of Gender Identity Disorder. Now Sara-Jane Cromwell is campaigining to raise awareness of this serious, but widely misunderstood, medical condition.

Reports: Waiting for the hammer to fall

2008-05-09 00:00:00


A collection of memoribilia from legendary artists will be auctioned later this month to benefit Music Rising, the charity co-founded by The Edge.

Frontlines: Keeper Of The Keys

2008-05-02 00:00:00


When the Government announced plans to set up its own Press Council, it sent a shiver of fear through the publishing industry. Now, with John Horgan in the role of Ombudsman, he aims to protect the freedom of the press.

Interview: Miss World Is Not Enough

2008-04-30 00:00:00


It’s almost five years since Rosanna Davison first burst into the limelight, winning the Miss World contest in China.

Interview: Jailhouse Rap

2008-04-23 00:00:00


Outspoken Limerick rapper NAILERZ talks frankly to Hot Press about two attempts to kill him and, how they can smell your fear in Moyross.

Frontlines: Page 3 For the Show

2008-04-17 00:00:00


The Sun broke new ground recently when Claire Tully appeared as the newspaper's first Irish topless model. As it turns out she's also planning to do a PhD at Oxford.

Interview: Speaking his mind

2008-04-02 00:00:00


For over three decades, the political agitator and columnist Eoghan Harris has been the focus of abundant controversy, consistently raising hackles with views that are seldom less than heretical.

Frontlines: Selling Britney by the pound

2008-04-08 00:00:00


Brandy Navarre of paparazzi outfit X17 talks about the multi-million Britney media industry.

Interview: John The Revelator

2008-03-25 00:00:00


As the FAI's chief executive and the public face of Irish football, John Delaney has come in for savage public criticism over the last couple of years.

Frontlines: Glad to be gaeilge

2008-03-19 00:00:00


What happens when a New York comic sets off to learn Irish in deepest Connemara? Des Bishop has the answers

Frontlines: The SDLP and the future of Northern nationalism

2008-03-19 00:00:00


They've been steadily losing ground to a resurgent Sinn Féin - and now there are rumours of a merger with Fianna Fáil. So does the SDLP really have a future? Mark Durkan clears the air.

Interview: The Fugitive

2008-03-11 00:00:00


Ex-IRA man Gerry Kelly talks to Jason O'Toole about his run-ins with the British Army, his near death experiences, the part he played in inflicting civilian casualties and his time on hunger strike.

Frontlines: The letter they refused to print

2008-03-07 00:00:00


Donal Lunny takes on the US military.

Frontlines: Art of darkness

2008-03-06 00:00:00


Having once chomped on a corgi and crawled on his knees across London, performance artist Mark McGowan is now planning to drag 300 kilos of potatoes through Dublin while dressed as Bertie Ahern.

Interview: A lass act

2008-02-27 00:00:00


She claims to wander about in the nude in her spare time. But British model-turned-TV presenter Jayne Middlemiss is fully clothed and respectable when Hot Press pays her a visit.

Frontlines: Fear and loathing in Ireland's criminal underworld

2008-02-21 00:00:00


A spate of drugs seizures has led Dublin's top criminals to suspect a "rat" in their midst. Once the culprit is identified, a bloodbath is guaranteed.

Interview: What's it all about, Sophie?

2008-02-21 00:00:00


Most famous for the naked billboard campaign she did for Opium perfume, the granddaughter of Roald Dahl has since matured into a writer of note.

Frontlines: Drive to oblivion

2008-02-20 00:00:00


In an exclusive interview, DeLorean executive Brian Beharrell talks about the $24 million cocaine bust that hastened the demise of the sports car manufacturer's Belfast base.

Interview: The Dealer: “Look, the cops might seize a big consignment this week, but that’ll be replaced next week”

2008-02-12 00:00:00


Here we present a remarkably candid – and sometimes scarifying – interview with one of the top dealers in Ireland.

Interview: A walk on the bogside

2008-01-29 00:00:00


Girls Aloud’s Nadine Coyle talks about her Derry childhood, drug use in the pop industry and explains why she gets irritated when the band are called “British”.

Frontlines: Freedom Inc

2008-01-22 00:00:00


Amnesty International are using cutting edge technology and viral marketing methods to highlight human rights abuses.

Interview: Worth her weight in gold

2008-01-22 00:00:00


Unheard of a year ago, Carlow teen Saoirse Ronan is the actress of the hour in Hollywood. Here, she and her actor father Paul Ronan talk about her remarkable rise.

Interview: Web exclusive Q&A with Saoirse Ronan

2008-01-17 00:00:00


The young Carlow-based actress Saoirse Ronan is on the brink of Hollywood stardom, thanks to her Golden Globe-nominated performance in Atonement and her upcoming starring role in the next Peter Jackson movie, The Lovely Bones. In her first ever in-depth interview, she spoke exclusively to Hot Press about her sudden rise to fame.

Interview: Mr. Nice

2007-12-20 00:00:00


Padraig Harrington talks about gay golfers, stalkers on the tour, the potential of Rory McIlroy and the death of his father. And, he says, his Open win was just the beginning.

Interview: Katy French: The final words from her Hot Press interview

2007-12-20 00:00:00


Shortly before her tragic death, Katy French talked at length with Hot Press about cocaine, her burgeoning celebrity and her belief in the afterlife.

Interview: Live and dangerous

2007-12-10 00:00:00


With a new live DVD in the offing, PJ Gallagher discusses America and the final installment of Naked Camera.

Interview: King of America

2007-12-07 00:00:00


In a remarkably honest interview, which directly preceded the death of his mother, Jonathan Rhys Meyers reflects on his spells in rehab and discusses life as one of Hollywood’s hottest young actors.

Interview: Changing The Chanelle

2007-12-05 00:00:00


She’s the latest Big Brother celeb – a wannabe pop star with a huge crush on Victoria Beckham. And just to be clear, Chanelle isn’t the leggy blonde one who looked a bit like Paris Hilton.

Frontlines: Cocaine drama: Two in a coma in Waterford

2007-11-30 00:00:00


When the revellers at a 21st birthday party in Waterford snorted a white powder, it had a dramatic and appalling effect. Ironically, it may be because the cocaine was of unusual purity.

Frontlines: Forbidden love in the City of God

2007-11-27 00:00:00


In fiercely conservative Jerusalem, few crimes are more unforgivable than a homosexual relationship between a Palestinian and an Israeli – as Ezra Yitzhak discovered.

Interview: A date with the devil's advocate

2007-11-26 00:00:00


Fast-talking lawyer Giovanni Di Stefano talks about hanging out with Saddam and explains why he tried to buy an Irish soccer club.

Frontlines: Inside Ireland’s Juvenile Crime System

2007-11-21 00:00:00


Thousands of adolescents go before under-age courts in this country every year. In this exclusive dispatch, we report from the frontline of the criminal justice system as it applies to teenagers.

Frontlines: Sex shop targeted by city fathers

2007-11-20 00:00:00


A Belfast sex shop is locked in a struggle to survive with the city’s ultraconservative governing council.

Frontlines: Dispatches from the war zone

2007-11-16 00:00:00


Reporting from the frontline of the Palestine-Israel conflict has convinced RTÉ’s Richard Crowley that the spiral of violence is likely to continue. But it is wrong to believe that the blame is equal.

Album: Into The Wild OST

2007-11-13 00:00:00


In truth, Into The Wild doesn’t sound like a first solo album. It radiates a confidence and maturity that Pearl Jam have lacked on their recent albums.

Frontlines: Talking about our generation

2007-11-13 00:00:00


He predicts rocky times ahead for the economy and says the housing boom is unsustainable. But what’s really troubling David McWilliams is all the flak his latest book has attracted.

Interview: The Quiet Man

2007-11-09 00:00:00


Senate leader Donie Cassidy, a reluctant interviewee, opens up about his rivalry with Fianna Fail colleague Mary O'Rourke and reminisces about his days in the show-band business.

Album: Revival

2007-11-07 00:00:00


Fogerty sets high standards for himself and thankfully, he has delivered an album that matches his early solo work.

Frontlines: Why Harney Has To Go

2007-11-07 00:00:00


A fresh voice has joined the chorus calling on the embattled Minister for Health to step down. But this time the cry is coming from within her own party – and from a doctor, to boot.

Frontlines: Anatomy of a murder

2007-11-05 00:00:00


The dramatic murder of John Daly happened in the full view of night time revellers, in the centre of Dublin city.

Frontlines: World Peace: it’ll be sorted by 2015

2007-10-31 00:00:00


Or that’s what one extraordinary Irishman believes. And he’s just walked thousands of miles across Australia to prove it.

Interview: This year's model

2007-10-26 00:00:00


A revealing interview with model and it girl Katy French, who rocketed to fame after breaking-up with her restaurateur boyfriend on national radio.

Frontlines: Million Dollar Bash

2007-10-23 00:00:00


Eddie Jordan is among the people behind the initiative that brings the money-spinning World Rally Championship to Ireland for the first time ever this year.

Interview: Karl Makes A Mark

2007-10-23 00:00:00


Karl MacDermott used to be the next-big thing in comedy until his stand-up career didn’t pan out as expected. Now he’s back in the public eye with a semi-autobiographical first novel.

Frontlines: Original Pirate Material

2007-10-22 00:00:00


Cracking down on music and movie pirates has become a quasi-military operation, with investigators even donning bullet-proof vests.

Interview: Take me to your leader

2007-10-15 00:00:00


No problem! Eamon Gilmore has just taken over at the helm of the Labour Party. Here, in a wide-ranging interview, he talks about Bertie Ahern, the future of Labour, Gay marriage, God, abortion, bias in the media – and a whole lot more besides.

Frontlines: Olympic Boycott Threatened

2007-10-08 00:00:00


The Global Human Rights Torch Relay will be calling for an international boycott of the Beijing Olympic Games unless human rights abuses are stopped.

Frontlines: I won't have any closure until I know what happened to my son

2007-10-08 00:00:00


Mystery still surrounds the tragic death of a student whose body was found washed ashore on a Wexford beach exactly a year ago. Now, his mother has accused the Gardai of neglect.

Album: For Some Strange Reason

2007-10-08 00:00:00


For Some Strange Reason is a mature and confident sounding album by a band who could show some of their younger rivals how to write decent rock tracks.

Reports: It shouldn't happen to an Archbishop

2007-08-03 00:00:00


He comes from a long line of priests – including his own father. But now, as Archbishop of Dublin, Dr. John Neill is one of the most influential people in the Anglican church.

Interview: It's not easy being green

2007-07-13 00:00:00


As John Gormley's Green Party enters government with Fianna Fail, he talks about the Taoiseach’s financial affairs, recalls his youthful drug experiences and explains why he agreed to a ministerial car.

Frontlines: The scandal of the Seanad elections

2007-07-11 00:00:00


It isn’t just that the Seanad elections are fundamentally undemocratic. They also involve dead voters, disgruntled graduates and a colossal waste of public money.

Frontlines: Patricia the ripper

2007-07-06 00:00:00


Following the Green Party’s decision to go into coalition with Fianna Fáil, former MEP Patricia McKenna felt disillusioned and angry. Now those emotions have subsided, she has decided not to run away – but to fight…

Interview: The IRA were not defeated

2007-06-21 00:00:00


Martin McGuinness was one of the key figures in the troubles in Northern Ireland . Many unionists believe that the one-time IRA man was at the heart of much that was wrong and divisive in Irish life. But ultimately the quiet Derryman has taken on the role of peacemaker – and he is now the Deputy First Minister in the new power-sharing administration at Stormont.

Reports: The Junior Minister has his say about gays

2007-06-20 00:00:00


Ian Paisley Jnr.’s observations about gays in a recent Hot Press interview have drawn accusations of bigotry.

Frontlines: He’s the son of a preacher man

2007-06-11 00:00:00


His father, the Rev. Ian Paisley, has been one of the dominant figures in Irish politics over the past 40 years. Now Ian Paisley Jnr is a Junior Minister in the new Northern Ireland administration. So how different is he from his father? And how does he feel about cross border co-operation, education, abortion and homosexuality?

Frontlines: Gerry's big adventure

2007-05-23 00:00:00


As the dust settles on the Northern Peace deal and Sinn Fein gears up for an election in the Republic, Gerry Adams talks about his journey from political outcast to statesman, Bono's knighthood and what’s on his iPod.

Frontlines: The bearing of the Greens

2007-05-23 00:00:00


With the opinion polls predicting a tight finish in the upcoming General Election, there is an increasing likelihood that the Greens will play a part in the next Government. So what is their leader Trevor Sargent really made of?

Frontlines: The man who would be king

2007-05-23 00:00:00


*That* Hot Press interview with Brian Cowen from May 2007.

Frontlines: Shooting from the lip

2007-05-10 00:00:00


One of the government’s most vocal and effective critics, Labour leader Pat Rabbitte could well be the next Tánaiste. He talks about iPods, happiness, gay marriage, breaking the law - and Enda Kenny’s hairdo.

Frontlines: Take me to your leader

2007-05-08 00:00:00


As the General Election looms, many polls suggest Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny is the next Taoiseach in waiting. So what is he really like? And where does he stand on the issues that matter to Hot Press readers?

Frontlines: Uday Hussein's body double

2007-04-26 00:00:00


As the body double for Saddam Hussein's son, Latif Yahia suffered several assassination attempts. Having escaped to Offaly, the controversial figure is now seriously at odds with his adopted country.

Interview: The wearing of the green

2007-04-11 00:00:00


He has strong views on Republicanism, Israel, George Bush and Steve Staunton. But, as a TD for Dublin South Central, Michael Mulcahy also reveals how much he loves Fianna Fáil – and how he wouldn’t mind a coalition with the Greens.

Interview: Standing alone at the edge of darkness

2007-04-03 00:00:00


Fr Shay Cullen, an Irish Columban Missionary priest, tells Jason O’Toole about falling in love, the battle against corruption in the Philipines, the scourge of western sex tourism – and why the Irish government isn’t doing enough to protect children from paedophiles.

Interview: Confessions of a movie star

2007-03-16 00:00:00


Whether starring in popcorn blockbusters or thoughtful art-house movies, Gabriel Byrne is a reassuring presence on our screens. But he reserves his deepest passions for keeping alive the flame of Irish culture among the diaspora.

Frontlines: In the shadow of the towers, censorship rears its ugly head

2007-02-27 00:00:00


Why did RTE can a planned screening of 9/11 conspiracy documentary Loose Change at the last minute?

Interview: Confessions of a ladies' man

2007-02-12 00:00:00


Lee Dunne is reputed to be the most banned author in Europe and, by his own reckoning, has slept with over 1,000 women. You could says he’s got a story or two to tell.

Interview: Inside the IRA

2007-02-01 00:00:00


John Noonan, who played a pivotal role in the IRA’s military campaign against the British occupation of Northern Ireland, gives a revealing interview to Jason O'Toole.

Interview: Commander in chief

2006-11-21 00:00:00


Martin Sheen has starred in at least two of the greatest films ever made, survived a massive heart attack, found God, and campaigned tirelessly for social justice in the Third World. Now, he’s gone back to school, studying Philosophy and English at (of all places) the NUI in Galway. Jason O’Toole meets him for his only Irish print interview.

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