Derek on BBC Radio Ulster about Arins Project Survey

On January 30th I was part of a 30 minute panel discussion on the BBC Radio Ulster Talkback show with William Crawley. Also on the panel was the Sunday Times Aoife Moore and travel expert Fionn Davenport.

We discussed the Irish Times article setting out some of the / Arins Project findings, particularly the report that Northerners are more connected to the South than southerners are to the North… but given the relative sizes, is this really a surprise?

If 100,000 people in Northern Ireland related to 100,000 in the South…. that number expressed as a percentage of the population total is going to suggest the North is more connected… but the numbers remain the same…

BBC Radio Ulster Talkback show (edited) from January 30, 2023

Derek on Newstalk FM on latest plans for a Directly elected Mayor of Dublin 

The Dublin Citizens’s Assembly has recommended that a powerful new directly elected mayor be created for the city, with ranging powers – similar to other international cities. I joined Newstalk FM’s Kieran Cuddihy on The Hard Shoulder (following Jim Gavin, chairman of the Dublin Citizens’ Assembly) to explain why I still think this is a bad idea and a recipe for gridlock across the city.

Derek explian why directly elected Dublin mayor would be a recipre for gridlock (edited)

Derek in the Sunday Business Post

I was quoted in a Sunday Business Post article (Jan 14 2023) on the emerging tensions within government between the two main parties.  

Derek on RTÉ Radio One’s “This Week” programme discussing the implications for Micheál Martin of the resignation of a Minister of State 

On Sunday August 28th, 2022 I was on RTÉ Radio One’s “This Week” news show discussing the implications of the resignation of Robert Troy as a Minister of State for Micheál Martin’s fate as Fianna Fáil leader.

Derek On This Week – Sunday August 28th 2022

Derek on rtÉ Radio’s Drivetime discussing MicheÁl Martin’s future as Fianna FÁil leader

On Monday July 18th I was on RTÉ Radio One’s Drivetime programme where Sarah McInerney asked me about the growing dissatisafction within Fianna Fáil’s about Micheál Martin’s future as party leader.  

Derek on RTÉ Drivetime July 18, 2022

Derek on Newstalk Breakfast Show discussing the merits/de-merits of Directly Elected Mayors

On Thursday June 23 2022 I was on the Newstalk FM breakfast show discussing the merits of the directly elected mayor model… an issues I have discussed several times before. The interviewer is Shane Coleman and the other guest is the former Sec Gen of the Dept of Finance and strong advocate for a directly elected mayor of Limerick, John Moran

Derek on Newstalk FM June 23, 2022

Derek on tensions Between Dept of Defence and Irish Defence Forces

During a newspaper review on Broadsheet I expand on the article I had written earlier that day attributing the reported breakdown in relationships between senior management in the Dept of Defence and the Defence Forces to a decade of political indifference.


On Thursday February 11th I was on RTÉ Radio One’s Today with Claire Byrne Show debating proposals to vaccinate cabinet members and whether the Taoiseach, Micheál Martin should go to the White House for St Patrick’s Day, if invited. Also on the show was Bríd Smith T.D. (S-PBP, Dub Sth Central)

Thurs Feb 11th, 2021

I was part of RTÉ Radio One’s coverage of the US Presidential election on Nov 3rd appearing on a Late Debate Election Special hosted by Katie Hannon. The show featured former Trump press secretary Sean Spicer, Prof Liam Kennedy of UCD, Irish pollster Dr Kevin Cunningham of TU, Larry Donnelly, Law Lecturer NUIG plus a number of US guests, including Chris Burkirk of the pro-Trump American Greatness organisation, with whom I had a small contretemps. You can listen to the full 110 min broadcast HERE or check the edited highlights below:

Derek Mooney on Late Debate – go to 26m 30s mark for the “argument”

On Sept 23rd 2020 I was on RTÉ Radio One’s Today with Claire Byrne discussing pay increases for TDs, the appointment of special advisers for 10 junior ministers and how the news of these two developments was playing out on he same day as the rate of PUP was being cut for many of those put out of work by Covid-19. Also on the panel were Sinn Féin’s Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD and former TD and Junior Minister John Halligan.

The Irish Examiner also reported on our discussion:

Derek Mooney on Today with Claire Byrne – Sept 23, 2020

In June 2020 I appeared on the Virgin Media TV evening news to discuss the upcoming members’ vote, within Fianna Fáil, on the proposed Programme for Government

On Feb 24th 2019, I was on RTÉ’s Sunday political show The Week in Politics, offering my analysis on the future of the current FG/FF Confidence and Supply arrangement and the likelihood of a general election in Ireland later this year. You can watch the full show here (from the 6 min mark)


In December 2018 I was asked to speak at a conference on conflict resolution organised in Istanbu by the Baris Vakfi peace foundation. I was talking about lessons learned from the NI peace process and the work of peace groups such as the Glencree Centre. Here are two local Turk/Kurd reports on my speech:


On Nov 8th I was on the panel of RTE Radio One’s Late Debate discussion programme alongside the former UK Europe Minister, Dr Denis MacShane, Niall Collins TD, Brid Smith TD and Sen Frank Feighan discussing Brexit:

On March 30th 2018 I was on RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland news show discussing the Fianna Fáil oppositon front bench reshuffle which had been announced the evening before. You can listen to the clip here:

Derek Mooney on Morning Ireland March 30th 2018

Or you can access the Morning Ireland podcast:

Here I am on the panel of RTE Radio One’s Late Debate on March 14th 2017 discussing whether emigrants should get a vote in presidential elections.

I was also on Late Debate on Nov 8, 2016 discussing the US Presidential Election

and here too…

In October 2017 I was asked to make a presentation at a briefing for senior Turkish political and civic society leaders at the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs on the role of the media in a peace process:


I was a guest speaker at a PRII seminar in the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin on on the advent of New Politics in May 2016. Other panelists included  Darragh O’Brien, TD, Dr Muiris MacCarthaighGrace Milton, moderated by Shane Coleman.


Facilitating a workshop between the former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and a visiting delegation of senior Turkish and Kurdish women politicians in February 2015. In conjunction with DPI


I was on RTE Radio One’s Morning Ireland on Tues Sept 2, 2014 to discuss the continuing participation of the Irish Defence Forces in the UNDOF mission on the Golan Heights

The ancient Irish art of tallying (2014 European Elections, scrutinising the adjudication of spoilt ballots) (Pic from

LA Times
Quoted in the Los Angeles Times
Chicago Tribune
Derek Mooney & Former Taoiseach John Bruton
With Former Taoiseach John Bruton
At briefing in Bosnia
Derek Mooney with Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern & Former Lord Mayor Ben Briscoe
Derek at UNIFIL Briefing in Lebanon
At EUFOR Chad briefing (Paris) with Defence Minister & Former CoS Dermot Earley (RIP)

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