The Right Hook

The Right Hook is a late afternoon to early evening talk programme broadcast on the Dublin, Ireland-based national Newstalk commercial radio station, and hosted by George Hook.

It was the first radio show in Ireland to broadcast the show entirely live via web cam on the internet.


Monday - Friday 16.30 - 19.00


As well as featuring news and current affairs interviews and analysis, a number of regular segments feature including technology with Jessica Kelly and Jonathan McCrae, travel with Fionn Davenport, movies with Philip Molloy and sport, which features regular contributions from well-known Irish sport pundits such as Johnny Giles, Liam Griffin and Jim Glennon. On Mondays at 5.30, the outspoken right-wing talk show host Michael Graham links up live from Boston. Every Friday George is joined by Newstalk's political editor Shane Coleman and sports commentator Dave McIntyre for the duration of the show.


The Right Hook is the only show that has been presented since the start of Newstalk in 2002 by the same presenter.

Garrett Harte was the original producer, and is credited by Hook on his autobiography Time Added On with moulding him into the presenter he is today. Harte was later appointed Newstalk's station editor and the show is currently produced by Mark Simpson.

The show is well known for Hook's opinionated style of broadcasting and regularly travels around Ireland for on-location broadcasts. Throughout the course of the 2008 US Presidential Election Campaign, Hook broadcast from key locations in the United States such as New York for Super Tuesday, Denver for the 2008 Democratic National Convention and Washington D.C. for both the 2008 election and the inauguration of Barack Obama as 44th President of the United States in January 2009.

The show is well known for interviewing the famous American celebrity Tom Cruise while he was doing a press junket in Europe for Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol.

During campaigning ahead of the 2011 Irish presidential election, Fine Gael candidate Gay Mitchell made a joke about suicide on while appearing on The Right Hook. He promised to "jump off O'Connell Bridge" if he was asked to smile.[1] Founding Secretary of the Irish Association of Suicidology Dr John Connolly described Mitchell's comment as "unfortunate".[2]


  1. "Mitchell makes 'jump off O'Connell Bridge' remark". Irish Examiner. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  2. "Mitchell remarks on suicide 'unfortunate'". RTÉ News. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011.

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