Questions and Answers is no more, though truth be told, it’s been limping for a long time.
In it’s heydey, it could point to the confrontation between the elder Brian Lenihan and Garret Fitzgerald that changed a presidential election. But that was then. When was the last time people talked about QandA on Tuesday morning?
Back in 1988 I got an audience ticket, along with half the students in my college final year.
I listened to a debate about Northern Ireland, and an itch started in the back of my brain. The voices I was listening to were southern.
I raised my hand, observing that it was a shame Section 31 censorship meant we couldn’t hear all views on television.
I wasn’t the only northern voice from the audience around that time. A few newspaper columnists got upset. The IRA were infiltrating RTÉ, they screamed, bypassing Section 31. The assumption that a northern accent equalled a Provo showed just how poisonous censorship was.
Shortly afterwards, QandA began screening audiences, and went downhill.
Such was my part in their downfall.