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Uachtarán na hÉireann Michael D. Higgins speaks to Raidió na Life on ‘20 Bliain’ Wednesday 19th December, 12:00 – 13:00

December 18, 2013

Raidió na Life is delighted to announce that President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins will give the station an exclusive interview this coming Wednesday 19th December at 12 noon as part of the ’20 Bliain’ series, a series featuring major figures from all walks of Irish public life speaking to the volunteer presenters of Raidió na Life about the events which took place in that person‟s life between the years 1993 and 2013, the same period throughout which Raidió na Life has been providing a community radio service to Irish speakers in the greater Dublin area.

Judy-Meg Ní Chinnéide will speak to an tUachtarán this week about the events which took place in his life over the course of the last 20 years and we will also hear some music chosen by him. Amongst other topics of conversation, The President reflects on his own memories of the establishment of Raidió na Life itself in 1993, his own role as Minister for Arts, Culture agus the Gaeltacht in setting up Teilifís na Gaeilge, and his personal views on the position of the Irish Language within Irish society – then, and now. Do not miss this very special interview! Listen in on Wednesday at 12pm on 106.4FM in Dublin or online at raidionalife.ie.

„20 Bliain‟ can be heard every Wednesday at 12 noon, with an opportunity to hear it again at 7pm on Thursday evenings. A wide range of guests have taken part in the series to date, from actors to politicians to well-known broadcasters to musicians and others besides. You can listen back to any of the interviews broadcast on the series thus far on Raidió na Life‟s website at http://www.raidionalife.ie/20bliain/, where you can hear interviews with the likes of An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, comedian Dara Ó Briain, actor Peter Coonan („Fran‟ in Love/Hate), TV presenter Bláithnaid Ní Chofaigh, Fiach Mac Conghail, Director of the Abbey Theatre and many more besides.

Cian Mac Cárthaigh, Clár Reachtaire with Raidió na Life says “It was clear to us that there is a wide range of people in public life in Ireland who would have a lot of interesting things to say about what happened in their lives between 1993 and 2013. We felt it important to create a public record of these stories through the Irish Language and we hope that people will still listen back to these interviews when Raidió na Life is celebrating its 40th anniversary. We also wanted to give the volunteer presenters of RnaL an opportunity to showcase their talents as journalists through undertaking major interviews with some of the key figures in Irish public life.”

Raidió na Life‟s recent trip to Áras an Uachtaráin was documented by RnaL volunteer and young film-maker Laura Gaynor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooJ9gNI-rxo