THIS MORNING ENVIRONMENT Minister Phil Hogan caused a bit of a stir when he hung up during a radio interview with a local station in Kilkenny.
Hogan was responding to claims that he discriminated against a Traveller family who were supposed to be moving to an area in his constituency. The full story on that is here.
While Hogan was happy to explain the matter to KCLR 96fm he would only do so for a certain amount of time this morning, telling The Sue Nunn Show:
I am at the Ploughing Championships now and I have engagements here so thank you for giving me the opportunity to clarify my position.
He then hung up the phone leaving listeners to enjoy the familiar strains of an engaged tone:
It is not the first time that a current government minister has hung-up on a local radio station.
Last year Minister of State for Small Businesses John Perry had a heated exchange with Ocean FM over plans to restore cancer services at Sligo hospital, the full story is here but this is what happened on the radio:
And hanging up during interviews is not limited to politicians, former billionaires are prone to it too as Seán Quinn was during an interview with RTÉ’s Prime Time in 2010 although it appeared he had lost his signal:
And then there are the celebrities who are just a bit tired after hard days for all this interviews lark, like model Andrea Roche when she was on INN Radio in 2008:
Hat tip to Susan Daly and Gerard Cunningham. If we’ve missed any let us know in the comments section below.