Breakthrough: Media Moments That Changed The World - When Cearbhall O'Dáliagh was called a thundering disgrace

Jack Murray of tells Ciara about the time Don Lavery has some choice words for a President in his third term of office

This week’s moment is about getting the scoop. A scoop is when you’re in the right place at the right time and a huge story lands on your lap. But the scoop doesn’t just carry itself, it’s the way the story is executed that matters.

Cearbhall O’Dálaigh was born on 12th February 1911 in Bray, Co. Wicklow. He was born to a family of shopkeepers, and he spoke excellent Irish. Below is a documentary about O’Dálaigh’s life, compiled by TG4.

Cearbhall O’Dálaigh proceeded to study at UCD, where Eamon DeValera appointed O’Dálaigh as Irish language editor of the Irish Press newspaper at just 21 years old.

He studied Law, and found his true calling. At the age of 35, O’Dálaigh became Ireland’s youngest ever Attorney General.

When President of Ireland Erskine Childers died suddenly on in November 1974 – the Fine Gael-Labour coalition had a real problem. It was a time of turmoil in Ireland and no one wanted an election.

Cearbhall O’Dálaigh had been elevated to the supreme court in 1961, and then onto the European Court of Justice. He was deemed as the best candidate for the presidency position and was appointed.

In 1976, O’Dálaigh entered his third year as President of Ireland. It was a time of turmoil in Ireland.

Have a listen to what happened when he came across a young cub report Don Lavery.

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