A British government minister has accused Russia of using the United Kingdom as a “dumping ground for poison”. It comes as a team of British counter-terrorism investigators work on the second Novichok nerve agent poisoning in four months. (Click on picture to view the story).
The Radio Academy award (ARIAS) for Best News Coverage 2017 went to the Stephen Nolan Show on BBC Radio 5 live for its coverage of the London Bridge attacks, when eight people were killed and dozens more were injured. I was part of the BBC Radio 5 live team that night, reporting from the scene.
In August 2017, I cycled the length of the Irish border to speak to local people about what a change to the frontier might mean after Brexit. I produced a three-part radio series on the trip; first for BBC Radio 5 live, and then for RTÉ Radio 1.
Here is the series as it aired on RTÉ Radio 1’s Drivetime programme:
Carlingford Lough. Northern Ireland on the left, Ireland on the right.
The first crossing from Louth into Armagh.
Ronan Hughes, Newry.
Richard Black, Bessbrook.
Róisín Murtagh, Crossmaglen.
Crossmaglen Rangers GAC.
Dominic Meehan, Monaghan.
Monaghan bomb memorial.
Anne Morgan, Patricia Kilpatrick, Larry Murphy.
Castle Saunderson Scout Centre. County Cavan in the foreground and County Fermanagh on the other side of the Finn River.
Noel Synnott, Castle Saunderson International Scout Centre.
The Fermanagh field on the left is the most westerly point in the UK. The field on the right is split between counties Donegal and Leitrim.
Cormac McCusker, Belleek.
The Straddle Service Station. Front door in the South, back door in the North.
Belleek and Magheraboy.
Kieran Kennedy, Strabane.
O’Neill’s sportswear factory, Strabane.
Adrian Kelly, Derry.
Marie Lindsay, Co. Donegal.
Apprentice Boys parade, Derry/Londonderry.
The Bogside, Derry.
Lough Foyle. Ireland to the left, Northern Ireland to the right and in the foreground.
The last (blocked) border crossing in Muff.
Millions of people across the world do not have a formal mailing address, but precise GPS coordinates are very difficult to remember. To solve that problem, an app, developed in London, has divided the world into 57-trillion three-metre squares; each assigned an easy-to-remember three-word code. Click below to play:
At first glance, Cork would seem the perfect place for the Irving family to get their feet wet on the eastern side of the Atlantic.
Irving Oil’s home city of Saint John (not to be confused with St John’s, Newfoundland) lies on the southern coast of the small Canadian province of New Brunswick.
Saint John often plays second fiddle to the provincial capital of Fredericton, and it has its own distinctive character, climate and attitude.
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My last assignment for CBC News after seven years with Canada’s national broadcaster. Below are the radio file and a link to the written piece.