Paddy Prendiville editor of the The Phoenix talks about the success of the current affairs and political magazine.

For the past four years The Phoenix has been informing and entertaining readers with articles on politicians, public figures and business people in Irish society, on a fortnightly basis. Satire is also a constant feature.

I could think of quite a few individuals who probably do dislike us with some intensity.

Not all journalists are fans of the magazine, which regularly reports on events not featured in the national media, but a large number of reporters pass on stories to The Phoenix, says editor Paddy Prendiville.

We have hundreds maybe thousands of sources.

Libel laws in Ireland mean that stories printed in The Phoenix have been thoroughly checked in advance, but even so legal action has been taken against the magazine in the past,

I think the libel laws are incredibly restrictive.

For such a small country, Paddy Prendiville is not surprised at the amount of subject matter available. Conflicts, rivalries and tales of one-upmanship keep him busy,

Ireland is a rich varied vein of sources for Phoenix and material for Phoenix.

The general distrust of authority in Irish society also means that people look at public figures differently,

They enjoy seeing the pillars of society, being exposed and being presented for what they are.

This report for 'Visual Eyes’ was broadcast on 7 August 1987. The presenter is Dave Fanning.