Should Wolf Whistling Be Banned?

September 25, 2017

 

“Wolf-whistling and other street harassment should be turned into a criminal offence” according to France’s Prime-Minister Macron.

The country’s new gender equality minister Marlene Schiappa has called for strong legislation to ‘frame the situation’ of street harassment so it’s taken seriously.

Schiappa, a 34-year-old feminist and mum-of-two, has set up a parliamentary working party aimed at changing the law.

‘We’re in a grey zone,’ said Ms Schiappa. ‘Nowadays, when a woman is whistled at in the street, insulted or followed, that’s not classed as an assault or harassment because there are no elements of proof. There is no point filing a complaint against X because the details are not sufficient. It’s absolutely necessary to frame the situation and to get rid of the definition of harassment that we have today.’

Schiappa added: ‘We will create a new offence, to define its contours, the evidence and the sanction – a spoken warning and then a fine.’

Are we really going to entertain this PC brigade and their calls to criminalise men – and women – for having a little fun. All they are doing is a whistle. It’s not 50 Shades of Grey! For decades a wolf whistle was something that people did and others took as a compliment. How can you say that it is violating your personal space?

Harassment is one thing but can you really call a wolf-whistle harassment? Where will this end?

Are there women out there that really feel distressed when men whistle at them or the other way around? Look if there are people out there that think that whistling is harassment then please call the show now. I will give you priority on the show.

Should wolf-whistling be banned?

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Should housing be a constitutional right?

September 25, 2017

 

The Dail voted to defeat a Solidarity-PBP Bill that called for housing to be constitutional right.

 

The bill was defeated by 73 votes to 37. Instead it will now be sent to the Oireachtas Finance Committee for consideration.

 

TD Richard Boyd Barrett has called the government “shameful” for not supporting the Bill and have it ratified. 

 

The Constitutional Convention in 2014 voted to have the right to housing, social security, and essential health care “expressly stated” in the Constitution.

 

With a housing crisis gripping Ireland with 8,000 people living in emergency accommodation, Boyd Barrett said he is dumbfounded that the government would not support the Bill.

 

However is it the responsibility of the government to ensure that people are entitled to a house? Should people not take responsibility for their own affairs and not look to the tax payer to come to their rescue. 

Have we created a culture of entitlement in Ireland where people feel it is acceptable to look to the state to provide for them? 

 

Should housing be a constitutional right? 

 

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Should unemployed people of housing lists be made to move to rural properties?

September 22, 2017

 

Relocating people who can’t find a house in Dublin to the rural countryside could be one of the potential solutions to the ever increasing housing crisis.

Independent TD for Clare Dr Michael Harty, is working on a plan which will seek to encourage people who are on the social housing list or receiving the HAP allowance to move to a rural town and village.

It’s being reported that Housing Minister Minister Eoghan Murphy told local authorities that the ‘Rural Population Rejuvenation Programme’ could be a workable solution to reduce housing lists.

This proposal is based on families entertaining the idea of leaving their city centre temporary accommodation. IS THAT RIGHT?

Many on social media felt that people on waiting lists should not have the choice in the situation if they are desperate for a home.

One person wrote “There are so many people refusing to take properties on Housing Waiting Lists. They want to hold on for a prime location site close to their families and friends and sponge off the state – Single mothers are the worst!”

 

It was those final few words ‘Single Mothers are the worst’ that riled up many. People rightly pointed out that there are a considerable number of single unemployed mothers on the housing lists in Dublin and many Irish cities. They’ve been unemployed for several years and now with children, the likelihood of them gaining or seeking employment remains low.

Would it not make sense to make these unemployed single mothers move to vacant rural accommodation or is that victimisation?

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Is it emotional abuse to deny your partner sex?

September 22, 2017

 

Emotional abuse in a relationship can come in many forms. From insults to the silent treatment it can all takes it toll. However we saw an interesting article about a debate that has been taking place in parts of South East Asia and it really got us talking here in the office.

We’ve all had arguments with our partners and it has either ended up with shouting matches or the cold shoulder. Sometimes you banned to the spar room or the sofa for a night. Of course any intimacy is the last thing on anyone’s mind.

But what happens if the arguments are finished and your partner lets you back into the bedroom BUT they refuse to have sex with you?

I can hear the giggles and the laddish comments from some of you listening but I want you to seriously think about this. What if one partner is intentionally refusing to have sex with you as punishment for an argument or out of pure bitterness towards you?

Or let me give you another scenario where your partner asks you to do something for them and sex is the pay off for you complying.

In both instances sex is being used as a tool to either reward or punish the other partner. I know that this happens to many people all over the country. I wonder if people will be brave enough to admit that they have experienced this or if they have inflicted this behaviour on their partner.

Look - if you’re in a relationship – married or committed – sex is one of the key elements of that partnership. It’s the most intimate thing that two people can do together.

So if you deny your partner sex, are you trying to control their emotions and the relationship? I just want people to be honest tonight.

If your partner denies you sex is that a form of emotional abuse?

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Should the Mandatory Retirement Age should be scrapped?

September 22, 2017

 

There was an interesting article in the Journal today and the headline grabbed our intention

“Ageism at work: '42% of employers believe there's an upper age limit for customer facing roles'

The article was written by Justin Moran from Age Action Ireland. We’re going to be speaking to Justin shortly but in essence he is asking “how we can support older unemployed workers to get back into the workforce?

Is the answer to the issue “Abolishing mandatory retirement?” – Well we will ask Justin Moran that shortly.

There are many people who will say that companies that use more mature people in their workforce have staff that are totally invested in their work and show that with age comes experience and ultimately great service from many people who could be affected by mandatory retirement?

As it stands the retirement age in Ireland is 67 and the government is looking to raise this to 68 over the next 10 years. I know many people who do not want to retire at 67 and have plenty to offer the workforce.

Alternatively people say that as one gets older your productivity decreases. How can a 70 year old person work as quickly as an 18 year old?

Should the Mandatory Retirement Age should be scrapped?

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Will the banning of Alcohol Advertising in Ireland reduce alcoholism?

September 22, 2017

 

The Public Health Alcohol Bill is now a priority and could be finalised before the Dail shortly.

 

The Bill proposes to ban the advertising of alcohol in main stream media. This will see such iconic TV moments like the Guinness Christmas advert or the Budweiser Christmas Horses gone from our screens and what will we now call ‘The Heineken Cup’?

 

Will the banning of alcohol advertisement actually reduce people becoming alcoholics?  Many sporting events across the world are sponsored by alcohol products. There is the Heineken Rugby Cup and the Guinness Pro 12’s Tournament that I can think off the top of my head.

 

Critics say the Bill say that jobs in the Advertising industry will be hit severely by this ban. It is estimated that €20 million worth or revenue will be lost on a yearly basis.

 

Ireland looks set to become one of the most restrictive countries in the world for marketing alcohol. Patricia Callan, of the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, said: “The Bill will make it extremely difficult for all drinks companies to advertise their products. Small producers with less brand awareness will also struggle, which will hit the drinks industries innovation, export and growth potential”.

 

The Bill will seek to ban images of “conviviality”, such as scenes in a pub, and restrict drinks firms from advertising in parks and on public transport and within 200m of school grounds.

 

Look we have always had drinks sponsors of events and yes they do create revenue for the country and firms. If someone is going to become addicted to alcohol then there is no concrete evidence that their decision is due to seeing a sporting event sponsored by a brewery. Countries that have banned alcohol advertising like France, Sri Lanka, Norway and Russia have not seen a corresponding drop in cases of alcoholism.

 

Will the banning of Alcohol Advertising in Ireland reduce alcoholism?

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Should we abolish the Medical card and introduce a Tax for Health Insurance?

September 21, 2017

 

We’re talking about the medical system in Ireland. Yes it is a mess and there is no getting away from it. But what should we do?

 

Look we have unemployed people who have medical cards and they are using them A LOT according to the yearly figures released by the Department of health.

 

But we have a middle class population in the country who are struggling to make ends meet. With rents and the cost of living increasing many families find it virtually impossible to visit the Doctor. A doctor’s visit can range anything above 60 Euro or more - which many people can’t afford.

 

Then we have the more affluent communities who have private medical insurance and can avail of Doctors and Specialists appointments a lot more easily and frequently.

 

In short we have a tiered medical system that does not provide cover to all people across the country.

 

With Leo Veradkar talking about USC and Tax Rates in the upcoming budget, should they look at a radical proposal to fix our floundering medical system once and for all?

 

Some people in the office said that the Medical Card should be gotten rid of and everyone in the country should be made to pay a weekly charge of let’s say 10 or 15 euro a week.

 

So if you are on the Dole then it would come out of your weekly welfare payment. If you are working then it would come out of your salary in the form of a general tax.

 

This would generate much needed funds for the health system and would ensure that ALL people would have access to medical coverage including the unemployed and the struggling middle class.

 

Would you be in favour of this? This would help all people get the health care they need. Or is this just another tax for all to pay?

 

Would you support abolishing the Medical Card in favour of a universal charge of 10 Euro a week for full medical care?

 

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Should you give back your engagement ring if you get divorced?

September 21, 2017

A rather heated debate that broke out in the office. It was almost fisty-cuffs as people were divided in their opinion.

 

Marriage! When it breaks down and the unfortunate situation of divorce comes to pass, it leads to many settlements as couples divide all their possessions. Who gets the home, who gets the car all the way down to who gets the Goldfish? But one thing that divided the team was the ENGAGEMENT RING!

 

An engagement ring – besides your children – is possibly the most significant item that people associate with their marriage. The ring is a reminder of when both partners were madly in love and felt they could take on the world and win. A man couldn’t ask for a woman’s hand in marriage unless he had a diamond that could be seen from SPACE!

 

The engagement ring was a sign that you had made a commitment and intended to spend the rest of your life with that ‘one true love’ – then LIFE kicked in and slapped you across the face.

Kids, mortgage or just life in general make you fall out of love with that person. For some people it may become an abusive relationship that you want to run a million miles from. So you get divorced and in a lot of cases you have no emotional affection to that person ever again. So why on earth would you want to keep an engagement ring that reminds you of a person who you no longer love - and in some cases despise?

 

Imagine – you look down at your hand everyday and you see that ring shining back at you and all you can think of is not being in love with him or her. Why would you want to keep that reminder on your hand for all to see?

 

Now some will say – “Oh I got it melted down and made earrings out of it”. It still doesn’t get away from the fact that it came from a ring from a person who you don’t love anymore.

 

Some in the office said that the ring is a reminder of the relationship and the SPECIAL MOMENTS that you once had with your ex partner and that you should keep the ring out of respect for what you both had.

 

Who is right? Is it right that the woman should keep the engagement right after the collapse of a marriage or should the man get to keep the ring as he more than likely spent thousands of Euro on the ring.

When a couple divorce, should the woman give back the engagement ring to her ex partner?

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Should a parent be prosecuted for the criminal actions of their underage children?

September 20, 2017

 

Do you think the parents of children who commit anti social behaviour should be punished?

I want to ask you that today because a land mark case in the UK has taken this issue to a whole new level.

It has been revealed that a parent has been prosecuted for not stopping her child committing anti-social behaviour. The parent appeared at Lancaster Magistrates’ Court on Monday for three breaches of a community protection notice and was fined £280 for her child’s misdemeanours.

And today I want to know if you think similar punishment should happen here.

The police in the UK said that the Mother was prosecuted as a last resort following countless attempts to rehabilitate her son. A post on the local Police Facebook page said: “We have been trying to assist the parent in engaging the necessary support services to help, however, in the end we have had to take this action to make them accountable.”

 

Looking at the on-line comments, many people said that it was about time that parents were held accountable for the actions of their children.

On the other hand, many people are outraged that a parent should be punished like this. One person online said for example – “parenting is not easy and sometimes it’s very difficult to control an unruly child. This is so unfair”!

 

There’s no doubt that we do have a big anti social behaviour problem in this country particularly in the large cities. There are no go areas for Gardai and a lot of teens simply don’t respect the Guards.

There are kids out on the street til all hours and you’d have to wonder where the parents are!

So is it fair to punish the parents rather than the kids?

Should they be held accountable for their children’s actions?

 

Others as I’ve mentioned will say that you can try and control your child and keep them in line but some will always be wild.

We all know that one kidwho just can’t be controlled. Should it therefore be the parent who is prosecuted?

So where does the blame and responsibility lie for children who are anti social behaviour offenders?

Should a parent be prosecuted for the criminal actions of their underage children?

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Should a man get the snip reversed for a new partner?

September 19, 2017

 

Should a man get the snip reversed for a new partner?

Niall received an email from a listener

 

Hi Niall,

Can you talk about my dilemma on your show for me?

I am just going to jump straight into it. I starting dating an older guy about 6 months ago and to be honest, I fell head over heels for him. We got pretty serious in a short amount of time. I can honestly say I love him and he told me he loves me too. He is in his late 40s and I am in my 30s – so there is a big enough age difference.

One night we were in bed and things started to happen when I realised we didn’t have any contraception. I said it to him and he told me something that shocked me.

He said he had the snip and that we didn’t have to worry about that. As you can imagine the flame went out pretty quickly that night as I realised this man did not want children.

We went to sleep and the next morning we talked about it. I told him that I have always wanted children and was waiting for the right man – which I thought was him. He said he has a child already from a previous long term relationship and that he doesn’t want to have anymore.

I was and still am devastated by this. I can’t explain how much I have fallen for this man and at the risk of sounding like something from a fairytale – I thought he was the one.

Now I don’t know what to do. I asked him would he ever consider having it reversed if our relationship got to that serious level. He said he has never given it much thought but doubts it would be something he would want to do as he has made up his mind.

I got angry when he said that because I thought – how selfish can he be that he wouldn’t even consider my feelings on this?

Am I wrong? I know we are only dating a short time but every relationship starts from somewhere and until now I thought we were going somewhere. Am I wrong to ask him to get it reversed? I want to continue dating him but this is a bit of a deal breaker for me as I have always wanted children.

Please talk about this on your show.

What do you think of this woman’s dilemma? Do you think she is wrong to ask her partner to have his vasectomy reversed?

Although not always successful, vasectomies can be reversed. Should this man have his reversed for his girlfriend?

Or is that girlfriend being unreasonable?

Men – have you ever had the snip? What are your thoughts on it – have you regretted it or was it the best decision you made?

Ladies – would you date a man if you knew he didn’t want children?

So back to the dilemma – is this woman wrong to want her partner to get the snip reversed?

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Do you think bad areas deserve the reputation that they have?

September 19, 2017

 

Do you think bad areas deserve the reputation that they have? 

If you type into Google, ‘areas to avoid in Dublin’, a website will pop up by a person that was clearly house hunting in the past and decided to make a website about it.

On this website it has three lists. They are ideal area, ok areas and not suggested areas to live in.

Some people on social media have taken exception to the website and believe it’s wrong to label an area as a place to avoid when buying a house. One person said about the website:

This is disgraceful. I am absolutely fuming. How dare they put Finglas South in as an area to avoid? I am from the area and you will not get nicer people. We have the best community spirit. Every area has a level of anti-social behaviour because guess what! We are all human! I hate that some people think they are better than others and go on stigmatising certain places because they may not be as well off as others. Disgraceful!

 

Some of the areas in the areas to avoid on the website are:

Finglas South
Blanchardstown
Ballyfermot
Clondalkin
Tallaght
Rialto (especially around St. James hospital)
The Coombe
Cathal Brughal St. (and the area around it)
Mountjoy
East Wall

There are so-called bad areas all around the country. People in Cork will say that southhill, Moyross, Blackrock, Knocknaheney and other areas.

Do these areas deserve the bad reputation they have?

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EXCLUSIVE Interview with Ibrahim Halawa’s sister Somaia

September 19, 2017

 

Mike Hogan sat in for Niall today on the show and he spoke to Somaia Halawa - the sister of Ibrahim Halawa. 

She told us of the heartache she has felt not being able to see her brother for 4 years. 

Ibrahim Halawa was arrested back in 2013 follow being in a protest in support of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi. 

The hearing of Halawa’s case was delayed a staggering 28 times before his solicitors were able to defend him in court in early August.

Listen to what the Halawa family had to go through for t6he past 4 years. 

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Should smoking be completely banned?

September 18, 2017

 

Should smoking be completely banned?

According to a new study, seven million deaths were caused by tobacco use last year.

The study is coordinated by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, Seattle, and involves more than 2,500 collaborators from across more than 130 countries and territories.

The study made findings on life expectancy and causes of death.

Tobacco was responsible for more than 7.1 million deaths. Poor diets were associated with nearly 1 in 5 (18.8%) of all deaths. In particular, diets low in whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds, fish oils and high in salt were the most common dietary risk factors.

The first comment on the story suggested making smoking illegal. It said:

Give us a couple of years’ notice and make smoking illegal. Short term loss of revenue; long-term gains for health service. Be the first country in the world to make a stand.

The government are doing their best to stop people smoking. We can argue about whether or not smoking causes the deaths of people or if it is just correlation but many medical professionals will tell us that it is the main cause of many illnesses and that people should stop smoking as soon as they can.

If there was any other substance causing the death of 7 million people a year – wouldn’t it be banned already?

Do you think banning smoking would be a good idea?

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Should the length of time it takes for a couple to get divorced be reduced?

September 18, 2017

 

Should the length of time it takes for a couple to get divorced be reduced?

Members of the public could be casting their vote in another referendum on divorce in November 2018.

The government accepted Fine Gael’s Josepha Madigan’s proposal to reduce the waiting time for a divorce from four years to two.

The change will require a constitutional referendum. 

Currently, couples must have lived apart for four years out of the preceding five before they can initiate divorce proceedings.

Madigan’s Bill will reduce the period of time to two years out of the previous three.

The latest figures on divorce rates in Ireland show that they have returned to pre-economic downturn levels.

Some people believe there should be no restrictions and if a couple decides they want to split it should be quick and easy. What do you think?

Should there be no waiting time for divorce?  

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Do you support a group opening up empty houses for homeless families?

September 13, 2017

 

Do you support a group opening up empty houses for homeless families?

Well a new Facebook group is doing just that. They are going around to all empty houses in the country and opening them and giving them to families to live in.

Let me be clear that this is not being done by councils or the people who actually own the properties. It is being done by a group of concerned citizens who believe they have the solution to the housing crisis by giving empty houses to families.

According to the Facebook page they have already houses some homeless people including a family with three children.

This was posted on Facebook, have a listen:

It says: As many people might have seen today there is a new page set up " Open up all empty houses ". Already there have been two good solid houses opened to home homeless families. We’re looking for like minded people and groups to get involved and help. If anyone knows of any suitable properties Nama, Bank owned or Council please contact the page. Can pm the page in strictest confidence of any families living in cars, tents hostels etc that need immediate accommodation !

This Government has failed the people ! This Government has allowed the homeless and housing crisis to happen while doing absolutely nothing to resolve this . Too many people have died so far ! It's now time for people to stand up and fight back. Please like and share this page. If one woman can open up two Nama houses can you imagine as a Country what we can do! #HomesForTheHomeless.

So do you support this type of action? Or do you think it is wrong as they are trespassing on properties.

This is similar to Apollo house last year whereby concerned citizxens decided to take over an unused building and house homeless people in it.

At the time many people said this was a fantastic action and that finally people were doing something to help others.

However, there were also those who didn’t agree with it and believe we cannot just go around taking properties that don’t to us.

We have gone out to the group for comment but have not heard anything back as of yet.

Niall spoak to Cllr John Lyons about his opinion on the issue. 

Do you support the action that this group have allegedly taken?

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Would you judge someone who was a Sugar Baby?

September 11, 2017

 

Would you judge someone who was a Sugar Baby?

This phenomenon of Sugar Daddy and Sugar Baby relationships – is where a younger woman has a relationship with a man who is older, wealthy and pays large sums of money for the company of a younger woman.

It has been in recent years something that was popular abroad bit NO MORE! It’s hit the Irish shores and there are plenty of young women signing up to be a Sugar Baby.

According to the company ‘Seeking Arrangement’– there are over 900 Irish Students signed up to the Sugar Baby Service.

At a private meeting in Dublin this Friday a team from ‘Seeking Arrangement’ will be on site to offer members one-on-one sessions about “how they can improve and optimise their dating lives”.

Niall spoke to Brook Urick who is the spokesperson for Seeking Arrangments.

Seeking Arrangement claims to have 9.3million active members – 7 million Sugar Babies and 2.3 million Sugar Daddies in 139 countries that now include Ireland.

Would you judge a woman or would you say fair play to her?

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Do you believe in the miracles at Lourdes?

September 11, 2017

 

Do you believe in the miracle of Lourdes?

I know it isn’t usually a question you would hear me ask but the reason I am asking it is because over 2,000 people left Dublin airport on board 10 different flights to Lourdes today.

So even though I don’t believe in it, there are clearly many people who do.

This group heading to Lourdes today includes 200 sick pilgrims, parishioners, students, priests, volunteers, musicians and medical teams.

Demand for places to travel to Lourdes with the Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage increased considerably this year with a capacity number of sick pilgrims making the journey to the French Marian Shrine.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is leading the Pilgrimage for the 14th time as Archbishop of Dublin.

The organisers of the Pilgrimages to Lourdes were taken aback at the level of demand for 2017, with Fr. Martin Noone admitting that they were very unhappy with not to be able to take everyone who wished to travel.

He highlighted the fact the pilgrims would be praying every day for the success of the forthcoming World Meeting of Families and possible visit of Pope Francis in August 2018.

Many sick people who head to Lourdes do so in the hope their ailment may be cures or eased.

 

The famous Marian shrine in Lourdes received an official declaration from the Bishop of Pavia in Italy stating that the 69th miracle has taken place there.

An official from the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints' Causes explained in a conversation with Catholic New Agency how the process of miracles works.

He said "When a miracle is recognized by the Medical Bureau of the Sanctuary of Lourdes, the paperwork is sent back to the diocese of origin. When recognized by the local bishop, it is recognized officially by the Church as a miracle through the intercession of Our Lady,”

Tonight I want to know if you buy into this or if you think it is a money making racket and a load of nonsense.

I want to know what you think - Do you believe in miracles at Lourdes and other holy places?

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Is it ok for a Parent to hit a kid that is bullying their own child?

September 11, 2017

 

Is it ok for a Parent to hit a kid that is bullying their own child?

We had a listener mail the show telling us that she her child was being bullied at school and that the teachers had not resolved the situation. She was going to take matters into her own hands and confront the bully. 

Niall was shocked when a caller told him that she had paid an 18 year old man to beat up a 7 year old boy that was bullying her 6 year old daughter. We were all left in shock as she told us the extent of the injuries that the boy suffered. 

Is it ok for a Parent to hit a kid that is bullying their own child?

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EXCLUSIVE : We speak to Homeless people living in tents by the Royal Canal in Dublin

September 6, 2017

 

Niall spoke to people who have been living in tents on the banks of the Royal Canal in Dublin for over a year now. Irish Waterways served them notice of eviction and they asked where are they to go now. 

This show got heated. 

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Do you have any sympathy for a person caught over the drink driving limit the next day?

September 6, 2017

 

Do you have any sympathy for a person caught over the drink driving limit the next day?

Well, Sky sports presenter Kirsty Gallagher has been handed a two year driving ban after she was caught three times over the limit – the next day.

The presenter had been drinking until 3am and the next day at 11am, she drove to meet her two young sons.

She told the court that she had been going through a stressful divorce and pleaded guilty in court.

Gallagher had been drinking with friends, left her car at the pub and got a taxi home. She took another cab to get her car the next morning before driving 8 miles to meet her children who were staying with their father.

Her defence said Kirsty is not someone who usually drinks to excess and she had no intention of drink driving. The defence said that had she known she was over the limit she would not have got into the car and she is horrified to be in this position.

Today I want to know if you have any sympathy for Kirsty and others in that situation.

The legal limit for fully licenced drivers in Ireland is 50 milligrammes of alcohol per 100ml of blood.  The legal limit for professional and learner drivers is 20 milligrammes of alcohol per 100ml of blood. 

Health experts say that alcohol can stay in your system for up to 24 hours. This obviously depends on your size and so on. But the fact is that many people have to drive the next day.

Surely you can’t expect people to walk or get the bus for 24 hours.

Experts say that it can take up to an hour for the body to get rid of one standard drink.

So let’s take an example. Let’s say a guy goes out for his Christmas party at 9pm. He has 7 drinks, does the right thing by getting a taxi home and gets to bed at 3am. He gets up a bit groggy and get’s behind the wheel at 8:30am. There is still alcohol in his system but he is well capable of driving. He gets a ban on his license for one year. Do you have sympathy for him?

Should those people be punished exactly the same as a stereotypical drink driver?

Or should there be some leniency given?

The charge will of course be at the judge’s discretion but should it be treated any differently?

Do you have any sympathy for a person caught over the drink driving limit the next day?

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Can a man and woman have a platonic relationship?

September 6, 2017

 

Can a man and woman have a platonic relationship?

We got an interesting message into the show and I want you to have a listen to it.

Hi Niall,

Here’s one for your show? Is it possible for a man and woman to have a platonic, friendly relationship? If you talk about this please don’t mention my name. My wife has a male friend at work that she has become very close to. I have met him once a couple of months ago at a work party but I don’t really know him.

They have started to go out a lot lately just the two of them. They have gone for dinner a couple of times just the two of them and lately I have been starting to feel a little concerned. He is single heterosexual man and my wife is a beautiful woman.

Does he have more in mind them she does? Could she end up falling for him? Or am I completely over-reacting and men and women can be just friends?

I don’t have any close female friends. My wife and I have female friends who have husbands and we would all meet together but I would never dream of going for dinner with another woman regardless of is it was platonic or not.

Can you ask your listeners if I am over-reacting? Can a man and a woman really have a platonic, friendly relationship?

What do you think of this message?

Do you think this man is over-reacting? Or do you think he has a right to be concerned.

The man may not be far from the truth when he says that the man could be looking for more in the friendship.

A 2012 study into this found in the majority of opposite-sex friendships, there’s at least a low level of attraction. Men reported more attraction and a stronger desire to date their female friends than women did their male friends.

These men were also more likely to overestimate how attracted their platonic female friends were to them, while women underestimated how attractive they were to their male friends. The researchers noted the more attracted a person was to their platonic friend, the less satisfied they were with their current romantic relationship.

So according to this study, this guy has a reason to be concerned – but – what do you think?

Do you think he is over-reacting?

Would you have an issue if your partner had a best friend whom he or she spent a lot of time with who was of the opposite sex?

So – can a man and woman really have a platonic relationship?

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Do you have faith in the Gardai?

September 6, 2017

 

An investigation into how almost one million false breath tests were recorded on An Garda Síochána computer systems has discovered another 500,000 false tests that were also recorded but not carried out.

A report by Assistant Garda Commissioner Michael O'Sullivan, which has yet to be published, has found that some gardaí were making up the figures and in some cases were exaggerating them by as much as 300%.

The report also identified systems and IT failures, a misinterpretation of policy, and failures of governance and oversight as contributory issues.

Mr O'Sullivan has concluded that the controversy reflects poorly on the professionalism of the organisation and has undermined public confidence in the police service.

However Mr O'Sullivan's report has now established that the figure is over 1.4 million, more than half a million more than originally believed, although this was over a seven-year period dating back to 2009.

The report identified IT and systems failures, failures of governance, oversight and supervision, and a misinterpretation of policy both at station level and at the Garda Information Services Centre in Castlebar, where the figures are also recorded.

It also established that individual gardaí were simply making up the figures, and in some cases there was gross exaggeration.

For example, the report highlights an incident where a garda contacts the centre in Castlebar to report a figure from a MAT (Mandatory Alcohol Test) checkpoint.

When asked how many checks he conducted he hesitates and first says 30. He then changes that to 50, before finally telling the operator to ‘put him down for 90’.

The breath test report also points out the controls that are now in place to prevent a recurrence of such failures.

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Are people who don’t get their daughters vaccinated against cervical cancer irresponsible?

September 4, 2017

 

Are people who don’t get their daughters vaccinated against cervical cancer irresponsible?

Hpv is back in the news again and before you all say I need to stop talking about this – I won’t stop talking about it until the scaremongering stops.

The HSE have said the tactics used by some opposed to the HPV vaccine amounts to "emotional terrorism".

It is launching a new information campaign today which urges parents to get informed and vaccinate their daughters against cervical cancer.

More than 90 women die because of it each year - a third of them under the age of 50.

Professor Donal Brennan, Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician at the Mater Hospital in Dublin, says international evidence shows the vaccine is saving lives.

He said: "What we know from the information out of Australia in particular is that there has been a 50% reduction in the incidences of cervical cancer in the 10 years since the vaccine has been implemented.

"There has also been almost a 50% reduction in mortality from the disease."

There has been a lot of scaremongering about this vaccination from women who say that the vaccination is damaging their young girls – even going as far as saying some of them can no longer walk because of the vaccination.

The initial concerns sparked a review by the European medicines agency which found that there is no causal link between the vaccine and the symptoms.

The HPV vaccine protects girls against four strains of the human papilloma virus which can lead to cervical cancer.

It has been administered to girls in first year of secondary school since 2010 under a national immunisation programme.

However, the uptake on the vaccine has significantly decreased because of the scaremongering from some parents.

Today Niall wanted to talk about it again – because he thinks it is really important. Doctors are now calling it emotional terrorism to scaremonger against the vaccine.

Are parents completely irresponsible if they don’t get their daughters vaccinated?

Or do you think every parent has the right to choose and voice their own concerns – even if that means some others will refuse the vaccine based on their concerns?

So – is it irresponsible parenting to refuse to have your daughter vaccinated with HPV vaccination? 

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CAT POOP - Should you not allow your cat outside of your house?

September 1, 2017

 

CAT POO!

Not much to say about this except a caller told Niall that she arrived home to find that her neigbour's cat had gotten into her house and went to the toilet under her bed! She said that cats are vile and she couldn't even sleep in her oun room with the though of the gift the cat had left her! 

We even heard from a Vegetarian Cat LOL

I don't kniw about the cat but we peed laughing at this show!

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Would you have a threesome?

September 1, 2017

 

Would you have a threesome?

You may remember last week we had a very – let’s call it insightful – conversation with an Escort. One of the services she said that she offered were “Threesomes”.

The texts that night were crazy as you can imagine BUT we came across one Facebook message that raised a dilemma related to the conversation. Take a listen.

“Hi Niall – I’m just listening to the female Escort on your show. She said one thing that made we want to write into the show - “THREESOMES”.

I’ve been dating a guy for a few months now and we’re getting on great. The best thing is that we can talk about anything to each other. Recently he mentioned that he had had threesomes with his ex girlfriend.

He wasn’t asking me to have a threesome but the fact that he casually mentioned it to me made me wonder if he is going to in the future? He said it was something that he and his girlfriend did a few times a year and they both got a thrill from it.

I guess it was the fact that he said it with no hesitation or embarrassment that struck me. I’ve been thinking about it since that night.

Am I being a prude? Do lots of people have threesomes in their relationships? I don’t know. I don’t know what I would do if he asked me for a threesome. If I said “no” might he be disappointed in me?

I never asked him if his threesome was with another woman or a man. I’m a young woman in my late 20’s and I guess I should try something once but I’m not sure what I should do if he asks me for a Threesome? Can your listeners help?”

Well where do you begin? How would you feel if your partner asked you to have a threesome with someone? Are the days of having one partner out of touch with modern society?

Some will say that if both people are consenting THEN having a threesome is fun and could be good for a relationship. Others will say that they are repulsed at the thought of sharing their loved one with another person. Why bother being in a relationship if you need a third person to satisfy you?

So Niall asked – Would you ever have a threesome?

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Do you think Conor McGregor should be given a civic reception when he returns to Ireland?

September 1, 2017

 

Do you think Conor McGregor should be given a civic reception when he returns to Ireland?

Have a listen to this message we received yesterday.

Niall – I know your feelings on McGregor but even you can’t deny the success in his latest fight against Mayweather. He may not have won but he got into the ring with one of the best boxers and he isn’t even a boxer.

He went 10 rounds and should be commended and seen as the hero that he is when he comes back to Ireland. He should be given the respect he deserves from his country. Talk about this on your show pal.

What do you think of this message – do you think Conor McGregor should be given a civic reception when he returns to Ireland?

You might remember that last year there was talk of a civic reception for McGregor after he defeated Jose Aldo but it never came about.

An event like that would certainly attract many fans and some people believe he deserves the recognition.

Do you? Or do you think it is a ridiculous suggestion?

I want to know what you think – Should Conor McGregor be given a civic reception?

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Have you any issues with the public services card?

September 1, 2017

 

Have you any issues with the public services card?

The Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has defended the introduction of the Public Services Card, stating that the legislation surrounding it hasn’t changed since 2013 and that “this isn’t a new process”.

There is no legal requirement for Irish citizens to hold the card and the government has denied that is it making the card compulsory.

However, while some residents have had them for years, if the government has its way, everyone will need this identity card for everything from doing a driving test to apply for a passport in the near future.

A recent story in the Irish Times detailed how a pensioner in her 70s is owed about €13,000 because she refused to register for the card.

The first mention of a PSC goes back to the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005, which was introduced by the Fianna Fáil-led government.

The introduction of the card was tossed about for a number of years before the card finally began to be distributed under the Fine Gael-Labour coalition.

Finally, the Social Welfare and Pensions (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013 added provisions that are now cited by the Department of Social Protection as justification for the card.

Defending the roll-out of the card, Doherty said that there is “nothing ambiguous about the legislation”.

Doherty said “It is very clear that the legislation brings in, in the Social Welfare Act, a new standard authentication framework environment which is called Safe,”

She went on to say “At the end of that authentication process, you will get a PSC. It’s a once-off process in which you will give us your data and we as a department can verify that you are who you say you are so that we can give you a once-off experience so that you don’t have to give that information to any other department,”

The personal information provided by a cardholder is date of birth, place of birth, gender, nationalities and surnames. The will be shared with around 50 public services bodies, who are included in the 2013 legislation.

Addressing concerns around the security of information provided by cardholders, Doherty said they have the most robust systems to ensure that the information is secure.

Doherty said the card is not compulsory but it is mandatory for anyone who needs to access welfare from the state.

Essentially they are asking people to authenticate who they are – personally I don’t see the big deal.

Do you have an issue with the public service card?

I spotted one comment online that I think sums up the whole over the top reaction to the card. Have a listen to it –

If you’ve nothing to hide or are not engaged in benefit fraud then you’ve nothing to worry about.

To be honest – I kind of agree with the person.

You give your information to your TV providers, for a  passport, for a drivers licence, to pay any bills, to get a house – so what is the big deal to pooling all of that together on one card for obtaining benefits?

Surely it’s a good solution to tackle social welfare fraud in this country?

Maybe you don’t agree and you are totally against the card?

I want to know what you think – Do you have an issue with the public service card?

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Would you have any issue with an injection centre going in near you?

August 28, 2017

 

Would you have any issue with an injection centre going in near you?

The HSE has launched the search for a facility in Dublin where drug users can inject themselves in a safe environment.

A tender has just been published on the Government’s etenders website seeking “suitably qualified and experienced service providers” to submit applications to provide a medically supervised injecting facility in Dublin city centre area.

It said the service will provide for adults who use drugs “who are on the premises of the supervised injecting facility with the permission of the licence holder, for the purposes of consuming drugs by injection only”.

The legislation said the proposed facilities would provide a controlled environment for drug users to self-administer, by injection, drugs they have brought with them.

It also said the facilities would provide access to clean, sterile injecting equipment and have trained staff on hand to provide emergency care in the event of an overdose, as well as advice on treatment and rehabilitation.

The bill said the rooms would alleviate the problems associated with injecting on the street, including drug-related litter. It also exempts users from the offence of possession when in the facility and operators for allowing drugs on their premises.

While this pilot centre is being set up for Dublin city centre, there have been calls for such a facility in other areas, such as Cork City.

Currently, there are 88 such facilities to be found across Europe.

The arguments for it are that these people are going to inject themselves anyway and it would serve the purpose of having them do it in a medically supervised facility.

The benefits are that they will get these junkies off the street. They will supervise how much they are taking. They will provide clean needles which will stop the spread of HIV.

We have a huge problem with drug addiction in this country and it’s time we attempted something different to try and tackle it.

However some people believe that this is just hiding the problem and not actually tackling the drug issue in the country.

Have a listen to this message we got in to the show.

Why is the Government focusing so much time on junkies? If they choose to take drugs then why should we have to give them a facility to do it? I certainly would not want one in my area.

So what do you think of this message?

There is no doubt that something needs to be done to tackle drugs but is an injection centre the way to do it?

Would you be against a supervised drug injection centre going in your area?

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Do you think there needs to be more women on air in Ireland?

August 28, 2017

 

Do you think there needs to be more women on air in Ireland?

Communications Minister Denis Naughten is prepared to introduce gender quotas for Irish radio stations if recommended in a forthcoming report.

Minister Naughten, whose powers cover public service broadcasters such as RTÉ and TG4, said that the quotas could even be extended to commercial stations if the Broadcasting Association of Ireland was willing to connect them to licensing agreements.

The BAI and Minister Naughten’s department are currently awaiting the results of research undertaken by Dr Kevin Rafter on gender and broadcasting in Ireland.

In 2015, a report into gender representation on Irish radio found that female voices only make up an average of 28% of broadcasting time on current affairs shows. 

A recent look at Irish radio found that two national broadcasters, Today FM and Newstalk, have no women on air between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Friday.

Naughten said that he was always someone who was opposed to gender quotas but he said they have worked in Leinster House and would be in favour of them in Broadcasting.

Do you think gender quotas should be introduced in radio?

Or are you dead set against any type of gender quota.

 

Do you think gender quotas should be brought into Irish radio?

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WARNING - Adult Content - How would you react if you found out your daughter was an escort?

August 25, 2017

 

***Adult Warning - Strictly Over 18's***

How would you react if you found out your daughter was an escort?

Niall received an email from a listener who happens to be an escort.

She won’t come on the show because she doesn’t want to be recognised but have a listen to the topic she wants raised.

Hi Niall, I'm wondering if you could discuss something for me on your show. I work as an escort part-time and I also have a legitimate job.

Both pay very well. Contrary to what a lot of people think, it isn't a seedy activity where I'm having sex with creepy men.

I have clients from all walks of life. I have clients who are couples and many are very attractive and I enjoy having sex with them. I'm very level-headed and I don't have ''mental issues'', I know what I'm doing and I'm doing it for myself.

A common misconception is that most men who use the services of escorts are strange deviants. This isn't the case, all of my clients are genuine people, not wanting to sound cruel though, but many of them simply wouldn't attract a good looking woman in 'real-life', so this is why they avail of the service I provide.

They're nice people and I see this as a job, I'm a professional providing client with an experience. Saying this though, I know that I could never tell my family about this, for they would disown me. I couldn't tell friends either as that would be social suicide.

I want you to ask your listeners the following; if you found out that your daughter/ mother/ friend/ girlfriend was working or used to work as an escort, how, would you react?

 Would you accept it as part of their emotional baggage(which we all have) or would you judge them?

And if you would judge them, why? Do you find the thought of them being independent and sexually confident intimidating? Please discuss. Thank you

What do you think of this woman’s email? Would you judge a woman if you found out she was an escort?

Do you think there is something wrong with it as a profession?

 

Would you be disappointed if you found out your son or daughter was a sex worker?

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Is there anything wrong with a woman sunbathing topless at a family resort or beach?

August 25, 2017

 

Is there anything wrong with a woman sunbathing topless at a family resort or beach?

A user of popular parenting website Mumsnet has sparked debate online by asking whether a woman sunbathing topless in a holiday resort around children is being "inappropriate."

The person did not specify whether they had any children themselves but said that the woman in question had her children with her.

They said they felt "uncomfortable" by the woman.

Their post read:

"We are on holiday in a family resort in sunny country. There is a lady who keeps ending up on the sun loungers opposite us, who seems to enjoy lying topless by the pool every day. She has a son who looks about 15, and a daughter who looks about 5.

I think it's really inappropriate to sunbathe topless on a family resort in full view of everyone and right by the toddler pool, and with her own son around. Am I being unreasonable in feeling uncomfortable and wishing she'd cover up??"

Many said that the user was being "unreasonable" and that there was no reason for them to be uncomfortable.

One person said "What exactly is offensive about her breasts - are they spouting curse words as people go past? I assume you're also offended by any topless man around as well?"

 

Is it inappropriate to sunbathe topless at a beach or resort where children are present?

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Should gay conversion therapy be banned in Ireland?

August 25, 2017

 

Should gay conversion therapy be banned in Ireland?

Conversion therapy refers to the controversial and pseudoscientific practice of trying to change an individual's sexual orientation using psychological or spiritual interventions.

There is virtually no reliable evidence that sexuality can be controlled or changed and peak medical bodies warn that conversion therapy practices are ineffective and potentially seriously harmful.

Nevertheless, advocates and proponents do provide anecdotal reports of so-called "ex-gays" who claim some degree of success in becoming heterosexual.

Medical, scientific, and government organizations in the United States and Britain have expressed concern over conversion therapy and consider it potentially harmful.

One man who has brought the practise back into the news is Emmett Dillon.

Emmett who is a gay man has laid down a challenge to Pastor Mark Bradfield from Londonderry's Bethel Baptist Church who practises gay conversions therapy.

Emmett said "If Mark think his treatment will work, sign him up and he will document the process".

Foyle Pride 2017 takes place on Saturday, and Pastor Bradfield, whose church is based at Campsie, plans to be there with his megaphone.

He claims gay people's lifestyle is "physically, mentally and spiritually harmful".

Pastor Mark believes that god can cure homosexuality and he can help with that.

On the line tonight I have both Emmett and Pastor Mark Bradfield.

But before I talk to them I want to ask you if you think gay conversion therapy should be banned in Ireland. Or if you, in fact, support the practise!

Last year Malta became the first European country to ban gay conversion therapy, imposing fines of up to 10,000 euro and a jail term of up to one year for offenders.

Tonight I want to know if you think the same should be done in Ireland.

Or do you believe that a person should have the right to try conversion therapy if it is something they want to do?

I’m not suggesting for a minute that every person in the country has to accept homosexuality because the fact of the matter is that there are people who are quite religious who simply can’t. I believe they should have that right once they do not harm anyone in the process.

However conversion therapy is a whole other ball game– should it be banned completely? Or do you actually support it?

So here’s the question – should conversion therapy be banned in Ireland?

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Do you think students who cheat on state exams should be named and shamed?

August 25, 2017

 

Do you think students who cheat on state exams should be named and shamed?

I know it seems like a harsh question but what do you think?

Students have had a total of 38 Leaving Cert results permanently withheld over suspected cheating.

Under exam rules, students can’t bring in mobile phones or notes into their tests.

The State Examinations Commission declined to say how many students were involved.

It also said that it wants to protect the pupils' privacy and will not reveal what subjects they were doing or where they were taking the exams.

According to The Irish Times, a further 34 results are being 'provisionally' held back while an investigation is carried out.

Although they want to protect the pupil’s privacy there is a clause in the commission’s rules on cheating that states:

Where the Commission is of the opinion that any candidate has violated any of these rules… the Commission may think fit from any sum payable in respect of any grant or scholarship obtained by the candidate, according to the opinion which the Commission may form of the gravity of the offence.

The Commission may, if the Commission thinks fit, publish the candidate’s name and address, as given in the notice of intention to present for examination, as those of a candidate who has been so deprived and the Commission may, according to the opinion of the Commission as to the gravity of the offence, debar the candidate from entering for any of the examinations run by the State Examinations Commission for such period as the Commission may determine.

We called the State Examinations Commission about this rule and they said that they fully respect the right to privacy of all candidates and it is unlikely that this rule would ever be enforced because of their views on privacy and also for Data protection reasons.

But I want to know if you think people who cheat on state examinations should actually be named and shamed?

Or do you think that would be completely unfair.

Look we were all young once and we make mistakes. I’m sure many people listening would have written some cheat sheets for the exams.

Students are under a lot of pressure and sometimes they draw a blank and need a cheat sheet.

But at the end of the day it is wrong to cheat and it is against the rules.

Would it be unfair to shame the cheaters? Or would it, in your opinion, be justified?

Should people who cheat on state examinations be named and shamed?

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INTERVIEW : Student Accommodation Scam Story - Beware

August 25, 2017

 

Students are starting back at college and the annual search for accommodation. We spoke to Simon whose daughter was scammed out of money from an alleged apartment on the DIT accommodation page. 

Listen to his story and take heed!

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Should landlords have the right to choose who lives in their apartment or house?

August 23, 2017

 

Should landlords have the right to choose who lives in their apartment or house?

Apparently they don’t as a case in the news today has highlighted.

Three tenants have been awarded compensation after the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) found they had been discriminated against by their landlord who refused to facilitate their access to the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme.

The scope of the Equal Status Acts, which prohibit discrimination in the provision of goods and services, was expanded from January 2016 to prohibit discrimination in the provision of accommodation based on a person’s eligibility for housing assistance.

This includes rent allowance or the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) or any payment under the social welfare acts.

To date there had been no determination by the WRC as to whether the new ground extended protection to existing tenants who become entitled to social housing support during the course of their tenancy.

Three almost identical cases were brought against the same landlord to the WRC and heard together. They were awarded compensation ranging from €13,300 to €15,000.

The decision of the WRC clarifies that the protection from discrimination extends to not only prospective tenants but also existing tenants

Essentially what happened here is that the tenants were already living in the accommodation and for whatever reason became dependant on social welfare.

The landlord clearly didn’t want somebody on welfare and decided that he/she wasn’t accepting the HAP scheme.

The HAP scheme is paid directly to the landlord from the state so I can’t understand why the landlord would have an issue but clearly he/she did.

I don’t want to talk about this particular case – but I do want to talk about the rights of a landlord.

Should a landlord have the right to refuse someone in receipt of rent allowance or HAP if they want? Or is it discrimination plain and simple?

 

I remember when the news of the legislation came out Vincent McNamara of the Residential Landlords Association denied claims that property owners discriminate against those on state benefits. However he did go on to say that:

 

"Landlords don't refuse people because they're on rent supplement but they want people who have a track record of paying on time and being compliant.

"While most tenants on rent supplement do observe the rules, the majority of non-compliant tenants happen to be on rent supplement. That's where the problem arises.”

 

So there obviously is a stigma there. It might not be right tar everyone receiving rent allowance with the same brush, but, surely as a homeowner you would want to choose the tenant with the least risk of causing problems.

Is that such a bad thing?

What do you think? Here’s the question- should landlords be allowed to refuse rent allowance and HAP scheme tenants?

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Should Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tell Donald Trump that he is not welcome in Ireland?

August 23, 2017

 

Should the invitation extended to President Donald Trump to visit Ireland be revoked?

The reason I want to ask you this is because despite calls for it – Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that the invitation for the US president to come here still stands despite his controversial remarks following the Charlottesville protests.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says that he does not intend to cancel Mr Trump's proposed State visit, adding that Ireland's relationship with the US is "much greater" than any one president.

Mr Trump sparked outrage last week after drawing parallels between far-right racist groups and those who campaigned against their staging of the rally in Virginia.

Opposition politicians, including Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin, have expressed their opposition to a Trump visit, even though a date has yet to be announced.

But speaking during the first day of his state visit to Canada, Mr Varadkar said the invitation remained in place.

He said "No, the invitation stands and he has invited me to visit Washington DC in March for the traditional St Patrick's Day meeting and I intend that to go ahead as well,"

He went on to say "Ireland and America are countries in a long-standing bilateral relationship much greater than any president, any Taoiseach or any government at any particular time and it is important to we maintain that friendship.

Also, true friends, whether countries or individuals, must be able to speak truths to each other and you can only do that by speaking to each other, not ignoring each other, so the invitation stands."

However, Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty yesterday said people must "stand up" against Mr Trump if they truly value diversity.

Tonight I want to know if you think Donald Trump should come to Ireland or if you think as a nation we should revoke his invitation.

Personally, I would hate if a politician told him not to come. I would be mortified actually; he is the US President for Christ sake!

But maybe you disagree with me – maybe you think that he is racist and a bigot and if Ireland doesn’t tell him he is not welcome then we are agreeing with his beliefs.

Should Leo tell Donald Trump that he is not welcome in Ireland?

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Do you support animal testing if it can improve human life?

August 21, 2017

 

Would you support animal testing if it improved human life?

It has been revealed that more than 100,000 live animals have been used for biomedical research by Trinity College Dublin.

Rats, mice, pigs and rabbits have been used in biomedical research at Trinity since 2012

Last year 24,990 were bought by the university for use in experiments at a cost of €310,000, with a further €10,000 spent disposing of the carcasses.

The current regulation around animal testing in Ireland is that the use of animals for scientific purposes is permitted only in cases where there is no alternative method of experimentation.

The number of animals used for research at TCD during 2016 increased almost four-fold compared to the previous year – drawing criticism from animal rights activists.

Yvonne Smalley, chairperson of the Irish Anti-vivisection Society accused the University of having a ‘gung ho’ approach to animal suffering and called for stricter regulation.

According to a spokesperson for Trinity College, animal studies are conducted at the college only when they will contribute to the advancement of knowledge that is likely to lead to the improvement of the health and welfare of animals and human beings.

Today I want to know what you think of animal testing – is it necessary or cruel?

Do you care that animals are being scientifically tested on if it can safe or even improve the life of a human being?

Animal testing is being done worldwide to improve drugs for diseases and for cosmetics.

Cosmetic animal testing doesn’t happen as much anymore after years of protests.

But animals are often tested for drugs to fight disease.

We are talking about research for cancers or motor neuron disease. They are pretty horrific diseases and conditions so would you really care if an animal was tested?

Maybe you think it is cruel and that in 2017 there should be another way to test medications instead of hurting or killing innocent animals.

So do you support animal testing if it can improve human life?

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How much should men spend on an engagement ring?

August 16, 2017

 

How much should men spend on an engagement ring?

I want to ask you this today because of a story that has gone viral today.

One woman has sparked a debate when she revealed that she was disappointed with the €1,400 engagement ring that her high earning fiancé bought for her, leading to accusations of greed and ungratefulness on her part by members of an online forum..

The woman wrote “His salary is nearing a six figure sum and he’s usually very generous,”

She went on to explain that she would have expected him to splash out a little more on such an important piece of jewellery.

The response however, was far less comforting than she might have hoped, with people expressing shock and horror at the bride-to-be’s reaction to the ring’s price tag.

One person said “Blimey. I'd have been delighted; talk about being ungrateful,

Another person said “1400 quid is a lot of money to most people no matter what he earns and you sound like the worst person imaginable. I hope he dumps you,”

Others however were quick to offer their support, understanding why she’d expect her high-earning fiancé to splash out a little more on such a significant ring.

One wrote “I don't think it's unreasonable to want to be absolutely head over heels in love with a ring you'll be wearing for the rest of your life

The woman explained how in an ideal scenario, she and her fiancé would have chosen a ring together.

Today I want to ask you what you think of this debate.

The old wives tail is that a man should spend 3 months wages on an engagement ring.

Women of Ireland – would you be insulted if a man proposed to you with a ring less than €1000?

Is this woman who sparked the debate being ungrateful and mean?

Or can you understand why she is upset with the cost of the ring? Is her fiancé the mean one?

I want to know what you think of this –

Is this woman being ungrateful?

 

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Should there be a Domestic Abuse register?

August 16, 2017

 

Should there be a domestic abuse register?

Well that is something they are looking at introducing in London.

A focus group are looking at the possibility of creating a national register of people who have been accused and convicted of domestic abuse.

The committee believe they need to send a clear message to anyone committing domestic abuse that the police have them on their radar.

It would be similar to the sex offenders register and those convicted of domestic abuse would be on a register. Would you agree with such a tough measure?

The figures of domestic abuse in Ireland are startling. For 2016 there were just fewer than 6 thousand cases of domestic violence reported to authorities.

There are no plans for such a register in Ireland although there have been calls in the past when Clare’s Law was introduced in Ireland.

Today I want to know if you think it would be a good idea.

Could this be a deterrent with the threat of being named and shamed on a national register?

I want you to have a listen to a comment I spotted:

I think this is a positive step forward in tackling domestic abuse but it does not go far enough. When a person is convicted they have already done the damage. What about someone who has been accused and is a danger in a new relationship. The register should also have the names of those accused of domestic abuse or have complaints made against them in order to protect a potential new partner.

What do you think of that comment – would you agree with them?

Should people who have not yet been convicted or have been accused of domestic abuse also be put on such a register?

People could then check a new partner if they suspect they could be a danger?

Or maybe you think a person can change their ways and having them publicly named and shamed is unfair.

I want to know what you think.

So Do you think there should be a public name and shame register for domestic violence?

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Remember, if you suspect someone is being abused – before you get involved, ask yourself if it’s safe and legal to intervene. If the situation is already violent or looks like it’s escalating quickly, do not directly intervene. Call the Gardaí on 999.

The only effective bystander intervention is a non-violent one. If you see or suspect domestic abuse in your area visit whatwouldyoudo.ie or call 999.

 

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Do you think members of the defence forces should be paid more money?

August 16, 2017

 

Do you think members of the defence forces should be paid more money?

An Irish soldier, his wife, and their four children are currently homeless as they struggle to make ends meet - despite his 17 years with the Defence Forces, and her part-time job.

The family, who wish to remain anonymous, includes four children aged 11 and under, one of whom has a rare genetic disorder which results in a range of physical problems.

The defence forces corporal said he is heartbroken and trying to wear a brave face every day but is worried sick.

He said he works damn hard and his family don’t deserve to be homeless.  He is due to travel abroad on a mission with a UN peacekeeping force in the near future.

The family's plight was highlighted in a statement from the Wives & Partners of the Defence Forces (WPDF) group.

WPDF has previously protested about pay and conditions in the Defence Forces, saying the families of many lower paid members are so financially stretched that they are using social welfare financial supports to make ends meet.

The mother in this situation said the pay in the Defence Forces is ‘dreadful’ and added that her husband has been subject to pay cuts.

Since cuts in 2009, basic pay for a private in the Defence Forces starts at €352 a week and rises after eight years’ service to a total package of €670 a week. They qualify for the HAP scheme but said they cannot find a landlord to accept it. The family, from Co Kildare, were recently informed by their landlord that he was selling the house.

Concerns have been raised over drop-off in Defence Forces numbers. The Defence Forces has an approved establishment strength of 9,500.

However despite a significant recruitment campaign during 2016, there are fewer members now then there were at the end of 2015. The reason for the drop off is the pay and conditions.

Do you think the defence forces deserve a pay increase? Or do you believe our force is pointless and paying more would just be a burden on the country.

Should members of the defence forces be paid better?

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TRUE STORIES : One man’s heartbreaking story of being abandoned at the age of 2

August 15, 2017

 

A caller today told Niall of how he was abandoned on the doorstep of a children's home at the age of 2. The heartbreaking story of what happened when he eventually found his mother and family you will not believe. 

This is a must listen to podcast. 

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Should children be taken off their drug addicted parents?

August 15, 2017

 

Do you think the first step for any addicted parent should be for them to completely lose custody of their children? Or would you be against that idea?

There are many children out there right now who are at home with parents who are not capable of looking after them properly because of drug addictions. Should these children be taken off their parents and put in better homes?

We hear countless times in the courts how a young lad has gone down a bad road because of a bad upbringing yet society doesn’t take the kids out of the situation they grow up in to prevent it.

Some people will argue that taking children away from their parents who they love unconditionally regardless of their faults would actually be damaging to them.

Should children be taken away from parents who have drug addiction problems?

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Should the Princess Diana tapes be shown?

August 13, 2017

Should the Princess Diana tapes be shown?

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Should we reduce the time it takes to get divorced?

August 13, 2017

Should we reduce the time it takes to get divorced?

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Is there any excuse for people under the age of 25 to be on the dole?

August 13, 2017

Is there any excuse for people under the age of 25 to be on the dole?

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Are the staff at RTE being paid too much?

August 13, 2017

Are the staff at RTE being paid too much?

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Do you agree with male child minders?

August 13, 2017

Do you agree with male child minders?

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Would you agree with social housing being built in your area?

August 12, 2017

Would you agree with social housing being built in your area? 

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Would you leave your partner if you found out they were bisexual?

August 12, 2017

Would you leave your partner if you found out they were bisexual?

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Is Catholicism treated unfairly in the media?

August 12, 2017

Is Catholicism treated unfairly in the media?

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