Saturday 23 March 2019

Hurtful comments 'bother me', says RTE's Joe

Liveline presenter Joe Duffy
Liveline presenter Joe Duffy

RTE's Joe Duffy has revealed he still gets bothered by hurtful comments, even after all his years in the media business.

The Liveline presenter with the catchphrase "talk to Joe", said that "it's not water off a duck's back" when it comes to members of the public making personal remarks.

"It does bother me when people make negative comments," he said.

"I try to check myself if I am overly passionate about something.

"It bothers me when people say I'm naive. I'm not naive. I live in this country, I've three young kids, I've been a social worker, I've been a probation officer."

Having also worked on Gay Byrne's radio show as a producer during the 1990s, he added: "I've travelled the country making Gay a household name; that was a chore!"

"My mother always said to me, 'You're never as good as they say you are and you're never as bad as they say you are, and don't lose the run of yourself'. I live by that."

However, he admitted to the RTE Guide that he has been tempted over the years by lucrative job offers trying to entice him away from the national broadcaster.


"I was offered once," he said.

"I had to consider it because it was so ginormous of an offer but at the end of the day I felt that the ethos of RTE and what I do on Liveline is very suited to the organisation, rather than somewhere else."

He has been fronting RTE Radio 1's Liveline for an impressive 17 years but said that he still gets "gobsmacked" by some issues that arise over the airwaves.

Duffy and his team most recently tackled the controversy over the access to pain-relief patches Versatis and received a huge response from listeners.

"We've had the most dignified, humane people calling us and all of them are suffering, but everyone's pain is different, they're all unique. It would break your heart," he said.

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