Is it O.K. to take your children out of school to go on holidays?

February 21, 2018

 

Is it O.K. to take your children out of school to go on holidays?

Family holidays are so expensive during peak periods that some parents take their children on holiday during the school term. 

Many said they had no problem doing this but others said that it doing damage to children's education. 

What do you think? 

Listen to what people had to say. 

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Ibrahim Halawa Interview - The shocking truth about what he is facing since returning home

February 21, 2018

 

Niall had Ibrahim Halawa in the studio to talk about his time that he spent in prison in Egypt, the sequence of events leading up to his improsonment and what has happened him since returning to his home in Dublin. 

We were shocked to learn about the death threats that Ibrahim has received since coming back to Ireland. 

This is a must listen to podcast!

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Is deer culling in Dublin’s Phoenix Park cruel?

February 21, 2018

 

A sniper was hired to cull some 200 deer in Dublin's Phoenix Park in an effort to keep the herd numbers under control. 

Some people thought there could be a better way to manage the number of deer in the national park without having to kill the deer. Others said it was necessary and people need to stop complaining about this common practice. 

Niall asked if you supported the deer culling? Animal activists had a very strong opinion in the issue. 

Take a listen. 

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Should students be allowed to opt out of religion classes in school?

February 19, 2018

 

The government is proposing that students who want to opt out of religion calsses in schhol should be taught another subject instaead of supervised study. 

Niall asked if you would support such an initiative. 

Listen to what you had to say on the subject. 

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Is it irresponsible for parents to let their daughters go to a school disco dressed provocatively?

February 14, 2018

 

Is it irresponsible for parents to let their daughters go to a school disco dressed provocatively?

That was the question that a listener posed to Niall. A mother told us how she saw 14 year old girls wearing "bra tops" to a disco. She felt that it was totally inappropriate for a child to be dressed like this. 

Does this mother have a point? Is it wrong for young girls to be dressed so provocatively or is this just the style of the 21st century and parents should teach their children to be sensible? 

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Is it fair to ask people to pay for excessive water use?

February 12, 2018

 

Irish Water has confirmed that plans are in place to introduce excess water charges from next year.

A report from the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) confirmed the suspension of water charges would continue until December 31st, 2018.

Excess use charges will not begin until January 1st, 2019, “at the earliest” while bills for excess use charges will not be issued until July 1st next year “at the earliest”.

Charges to domestic customers will only apply when water in excess of 213,000 litres per year is used.

The CRU said there will be no charges to domestic customers in any circumstances in 2018.

The rules and processes relating to excess use charges will be determined by the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy.

Irish Water said a public consultation would be carried out to determine what constitutes excess usage.

In a statement Irish water said “The Water Charges Plan clarifies that there will be no charges for water services for domestic customers in 2018; provides that excess use charges will apply from 2019; advises that detail regarding excess-use charge levels, commencement dates and associated rules and processes will be agreed with the Minister and the CRU and provided in a later version of the water charges plan,”

However, Solidarity TD Paul Murphy has said the introduction of excess water charges starting from next year could lead to a reintroduction of water charges in the future.

He said “Irish Water plans to charge for water from next January “will come as no surprise to those following the debates in the Dáil”.

 In a statement he went on to say “Clearly, any excessive usage charges would only be the thin edge of the wedge in attempting to reintroduce water charges for all,” he said in a statement.

“However, there is a world of difference between Irish Water’s plan for charges and their actual implementation. Water charges remain politically completely toxic.”

Mr Murphy said the implementation will be met with “mass opposition” from people who had campaigned against the introduction of water charges.

I am going to speak to Paul Murphy in a moment but before I do I want to ask you if you would be happy paying for excessive water use or if you will be taking to the streets again.

Many people hailed the end to water charges as a victory for those who protested. Now they are threatening to return to the streets if we're charged for excess use.

Will you be taking to the streets? Or do you agree with paying for excessive use?

So – do you think it is fair to ask people to pay for excessive water use?

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Should children under the age of 14 be allowed to have a mobile phone & Internet access? low?

February 6, 2018

 

According to new research children in Ireland are putting themselves at risk by contacting strangers online.

Figures released today by CyberSafeIreland, the children’s internet safety charity, show that one-third of children regularly contact strangers online.

The research, which surveyed 1,500 children aged between 8 and 13 from September to November 2017, also found that over one-third of children rarely or never talk to their parents about online safety.

Of this group without parental engagement, over 34% are in regular contact with a stranger online and 50% use social media and messaging apps that are meant to be inaccessible to users under 13 years of age.

The survey found that 67% of children aged between 8 and 13 own a smartphone and over a quarter (28%) are spending more than two hours per day online, with widespread (69%) use of social media and messaging apps like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.

Ahead of Safer Internet Day, which is happening today, a leaflet with advice about keeping children safe online – covering privacy and health concerns – was sent to all primary schools across the country.

I am going to speak to Avril Ronan from Cybersafe Ireland about keeping kids safe online but before I do I want to ask you about children having access to the internt and if you think it should be limited to a certain age.

Last week, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar defended the government’s decision to set the digital age of consent at 13, saying it was based on advice from children’s charities and the Children’s Ombudsman.

However, he said he understands that the issue is a cause of concern for parents.

The digital age of consent, which was agreed by the Cabinet last summer, refers to the age from which it is legal for data controllers to hold data gathered on children and teenagers. For children under the age of 13, parental consent will be required.

It could be argued that 13 has been the de facto age of digital consent for some time in Ireland – it’s the minimum age for setting up a Facebook account, for example. However, the age had to be officially set before the EU General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect on 25 May 2018.

Keeping children safe online has been in the spotlight recently after a number of high profile cases, and Communications Minister Denis Naughten recently said the government is moving towards appointing a Digital Safety Commissioner.

The Government are also going to examine proposals for age limits on smartphones. Varadkar said an age limit for the devices was definitely something he will give consideration to and examine.

Today I want to know if you think under 14s should be banned from the internet and from having a smart phone.

Or so you think that is too restrictive?

It has been argued in the past that teenagers do not fully understand the ramifications of posting online for the world to see. The dangers of bullying, revenge porn, and in very extreme cases suicide is something linked to the internet that we cannot ignore.

So – should we keep them away from the internet and social media for as long as we possibly can?

Or do you think we need to embrace social media and the internet and let children be a part of it.

I want to know what you think –

So – do you think the digital age of consent being set at 13 is too low?

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Should an adopted child be allowed to know who their biological parents are?

February 6, 2018

 

 

Niall asked if adopted children should be allowed to know the identity of their biological parents? 

He spoke of his own personal experience of being adopted. 

You don't want to miss this podcast. 

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Is there anything wrong with getting a prostitute for your son?

February 2, 2018

 

Well this one had us debating in the office today. Have a listen to this email we received.

Niall,

Have a problem with my son need you to help make the wife see sense.

My oldest lad is turning 21 and well… let’s just say he’s not cut from the same cloth as me. I was your typical jack the lad growing up but my son literally sits in his room playing play station when he isn’t at his part time job. He isn’t into the pub or nightclubs and literally has no idea how to speak to women.

There’s never been a girl round the house or even a mention of one on the scene.

Anyways to cut a story short I’m fairly sure my lad hasn’t lost his virginity yet- and I think as a man coming up to 21 there’s something wrong with that. I have spoken to him about it and he said he is just shy and not comfortable around girls.

So for his birthday I want to get him sorted- so if he’s embarrassed about the whole thing it might take the pressure off and give him some confidence.

I think it’s time to bring in a professional if you know what I mean. I was thinking of booking a lad’s weekend to Amsterdam and basically just letting him have fun.

Was talking to the wife about it and she’s hit the roof- thinks I’m being insensitive and irresponsible. But the lads an adult- I don’t see any problem with getting him a prostitute if it makes it easier for him to seal the deal and then meet proper girls in the long run. I don’t want my son to be a virgin at 21 or worse, older.

What do you reckon? Is the wife right or am I?

Look- he’s dead right no man I know would have wanted to be a virgin at 21.

But is getting your son a prostitute really the solution?

If I think back to my youth, I think I would have been horrified if my father suggested a weekend in Amsterdam with prostitutes.

But it was a different time and maybe these days parents are more liberal.

What do you think? Is there anything wrong with getting a prostitute for your son?

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Are protesters over reacting to a clothing shop’s racy toilet door picture?

February 2, 2018

 

Are protesters over reacting to a clothing shop's racy toilet door picture?

Niall spoke to David James Kerr who owns a store in East Belfast of the same name. 

His store is causing a huige controversy when people were calling for shoppers to boycott the store when they saw a racy but tongue and cheek picture on their toilet door. 

The picture depicts 2 people naked from the waist down but you cannot see anything of note!

David explained that he has had the picture up in his shop for over 3 years and had no complaints - so why change it now? 

Listen to what happened! 

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Should Ireland follow the rest of Europe and extend their night club opening hours?

February 2, 2018

 

There is a campaign to extend Ireland’s night club hours and it is being led by the organisation ‘Give Us The Night’. We will be speaking to one of the founders and organisers of the group now in a moment.

Just to give you the background on the group ‘Give Us The Night’ is an independent volunteer group of professionals within the music industry, campaigning to bring about a change to the licensing laws in Ireland, with particular regard to nightclubs.

They formed as a campaign group in September 2004, in response to Garda Síochána proposals recommending the curtailing of nightclub opening hours to 1.30 am from their current 2.30 am curfew.

Currently their campaign is lobbying for sequential closing times between bars, late bars and nightclubs across Ireland and creating debate and logical discussion about licensing laws with a view to bringing in progressive Irish licensing laws for the whole country in the long term.

This has caught the public’s attention this week with many people saying that having later closing times on night clubs will avoid the nation’s street every weekend night filled with thousand of drunk party revellers descending on fast-food outlets and taxi ranks at the same time. The inevitable happens and drunken people get into fights fuelled by alcohol and too many people concentrated in one place.

 That surely can be avoided if we adopt the European closing hours of night clubs where people don’t feel the need to rush their night out and drink in a short period of time. Plus it provides more employment for the nightclubs and possibly less drunken behaviour for the Gardai to deal with.

Others though are saying that there is no need to shorten the night club hours. People are already drinking in bars and at home before they hit the night clubs. Others are saying that this is only putting temptation in front of people which could lead to more people becoming dependent on alcohol. Heaven knows we already have an alcoholic issue in Ireland. One look down the main streets of any town will show you that.

But is the extension of the opening hours of night clubs the way forward? So today I want to ask you today is – Should Ireland follow the rest of Europe and extend their night club opening hours?   

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Should a man have the right to walk away from fatherhood completely if it was never something he wanted?

January 31, 2018

 

Should a man have the right to walk away from fatherhood completely if it was never something he wanted?

Today on the show we spoke about the repeal the 8th referendum. We heard from so many people with opinions on it ranging from women who have had abortions, men who have regretted their partner having an abortion and people’s views on repealing the 8th in general.

Near the end of the show we got a very interesting text on the subject with respect to equality.

Have a listen to it:

Niall, if a mother can make a decision to rid her unwanted baby... surely a man should be able to make a decision not to be a dad... after a child is born. Is it only women who have a choice? The dad would be a dead beat dad in my eyes, but what about equality?

I thought it raised an interesting debate on the rights of Father’s, or in this case the right to not want to be a Father.

On today’s show and for the next couple of months we will hear the repeal side say that a woman should have the choice on whether or not she wants to be a mother.

I don’t have an opinion on that, as I have already stated – but does a man get the same choice.

Let’s say a woman decided she wants to keep her baby but the man doesn’t want to be a father. Does he have the right to walk away?

By walk away I mean simply have no input into the child’s life, pay no maintenance and just pretend he didn’t father a child.

I know it takes two to tango and some people will say if he was capable and willing to jump into bed and do the deed then he should deal with the consequences – meaning the fact that he will now be a father.

But if a woman can have a choice about being a mother, shouldn’t a father have the same choice?

I don’t want to talk about repeal tonight – I want to talk about a different side of it – the father not wanting to be a father.

So I want to know what you think -

Should a man have the right to walk away from fatherhood completely if it was never something he wanted?

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Would you get rid of a pet for a potential partner?

January 31, 2018

 

Would you get rid of a pet for a potential partner?

There is a dilemma I read online that I thought was an interesting discussion.

Have a listen to it.

It says:

My boyfriend has two cats and it has emerged that I am allergic. We are only together six months but it’s actually a make or break situation now. I react really badly to his cats and I don’t think he is up for getting rid of them.

I don’t know what to do here – I think if he is serious about our relationship going further he would get rid of them. Is it wrong of me to expect him to get rid of his cats?

What do you think of this dilemma?

Would you get rid of a pet for a potential partner? Or do you think it is wrong to even expect that?

We have spoken in the past about getting rid of pets for various reasons, a baby on the way or a partner having a fear of a dog or a cat.

It really comes down to who you would think is more important.

Would a six month relationship be long enough for you to consider getting rid of a pet?

Or would your pet always come first?

I want to know what you think –

Would you get rid of a pet for a potential partner?

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Do you believe in demonic spirits and the need for exorcisms?

January 31, 2018

 

Do you believe in demonic spirits and the need for exorcisms?

Ireland's most prominent exorcist has put pressure on the Catholic Church to assist with an issue that is sweeping the nation.

Father Pat Collins says that he has been overwhelmed by "an inordinate number of calls from people, and emails" requesting exorcisms.

Collins has penned an open letter urging Irish bishops to train up priests in order to meet demand, in which he pointed to "increasing evidence of the malicious activity of the evil one."

Speaking to the Irish Catholic, Collins noted that, “It’s only in recent years that the demand has risen exponentially," adding that he is "baffled" by the lack of demonic education in the priesthood.

Fr. Collins stated that anyone who dismisses the need for exorcists is "out of touch with reality."

Each diocese in Ireland is required to have a trained exorcist who has the ability to recognise whether a case of possession is real or the result of mental or psychological illness.

In 2014, the International Association of Exorcists - made up of 400 Catholic leaders and priests - revealed that the level of global demonic activity had resulted in a "pastoral emergency."

It might sound like something only found in Hollywood, but the demand is there - an exorcism hotline was set up in Milan in 2012, while 2016 documentary Hostage to the Devil tells the story of Fr. Malachi Martin; a priest from Kerry who dedicated his life to battling evil.

Do you believe in demonic possessions and the need for exorcisms?

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Do you want to Repeal the 8th Amendment?

January 31, 2018

 

Do you want to 'Repeal the 8th Amendment'? That was the simple question that Niall asked people today.

With the news from the Government that the country will vote on this referendum by the end of May, Niall wanted to test public opinion now so we can compare the results the closer we come to voting day.

So how will you vote in the Referendum?

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Do you think politicians and the Taoiseach should be impartial in the abortion debate?

January 29, 2018

 

Should the leader of the country remain impartial on the abortion debate?

Over the weekend Leo Varadkar said that he will campaign to liberalise Ireland’s abortion laws.

In an interview with the BBC, Varadkar said he was in favour of changing Ireland’s abortion laws.

This is the first time he has given his public opinion on the matter.

The Eighth Amendment grants the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn child – effectively making abortion illegal except in very limited circumstances.

When question over whether he would be campaigning for the abortion laws to be relaxed, Varadkar said:

“I’ll be campaigning for them to be changed and to be liberalised, yes.

“As I’ve said on many occasions I believe Ireland’s abortion laws are too restrictive and need to be liberalised.

Varadkar was pressed on whether he would call himself “pro choice”.

He would not give a straight answer and said “Again what do those words even mean? Every single person I know who says they are pro choice believes in some sort of restriction,”

He did say that he does not believe in late term abortion for example up to 38 weeks.

Some commentators have expressed confusion that the Taoiseach decided to give his views and stance on the matter for the first time to an international outlet.

It is expected that Varadkar will set out his full views on the matter – around whether he backs a straight repeal – following the special cabinet meeting today.

Today I want to know if you think it is appropriate for the Taoiseach to give his opinion and essentially take a side in the abortion debate.

I read some comments online about this. I want you to have a listen to some of them:

I don’t think it is right that the Taoiseach has publicly taken a side in this referendum. It was the exact same with the marriage equality referendum. The Government simply go with the populist vote.

I am pro-life and it is not right that I, a citizen of this country, have to read stories of how the man who is supposed to lead us goes against everything I believe it. The leader of this country should be campaign to save more lives not help end some. He is entitled to vote and have his opinion but he should do that in the privacy of a polling booth and not go against half of the citizens of this country in such a public manner. He does not represent me or my views.

Another person said:

Not right that he is taking sides. He should be impartial and represent all of the people of Ireland.

Not everyone thought he was wrong however, have a listen to this comment:

I am delighted that Varadkar has publicly stated his view on the 8th. It is about time we had people in power who stood up for what is right. Women should never be forced to do anything by the state and the current 8th amendment means the state has a power over a woman’s body. Finally a leader I can support fully as he represents the majority of the people of Ireland’s views.

I want to know what you think of this –

Do you think politicians and the Taoiseach should be impartial in the abortion debate?

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Should babies be taken off mothers in custody straight away?

January 26, 2018

 

Should babies be taken off mothers in custody straight away?

Four babies born to mothers in custody in 2017- the highest annual number in recent years.

In figures provided to Clare Daly TD by the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, the four babies born to mothers in custody tops the three babies born to mothers in custody in 2016.

The seven births in 2017 and 2016 follow no births to mothers in custody in 2015 with three in 2014 and two in 2013.

In total, 17 babies have been born to mothers in custody between 2010 and the end of last year.

According to a spokesman for the prison service “there is a considerable level of support available for mothers and babies in the Dóchas Centre”.

New mothers are allowed to keep their infants with them in custody so as not to disrupt early bonding. Each mother and child are provided with their own single room with en-suite facilities in the mother and baby Unit on their return to the Dóchas Centre after giving birth.

Required items such as a cot, baby food, nappies etc. are also provided.

The level of maternity care provided to women in custody, including ante-natal care, is comparable to that available to women in the community.

Pregnant women attend a maternity hospital, and the babies receive the same care from Public Health Nurses as that provided to a baby born outside prison. The Dóchas Centre provides a 24 hour nursing service, and has daily access to a Prison Doctor.”

Once the child in each instance reaches 12 months at the mother and baby unit, the baby must then leave the prison leaving his/her mother behind in accordance with prison rules.

The Dóchas centre that has the capacity to house 105 female inmates is the only prison in the country that has facilities for mothers and babies.

As part of the suite of services to mothers who have given birth while in jail, the spokesman said that “counselling is provided to the mother at all stages of the transition.  Contact is also made with the social services in the carer’s local area to monitor the care being provided to the child”.

The service’s 2007 prison rules provide the structure for babies to remain with their mothers until they are 12 months of age.

Today I want to know if you think it is wrong to have babies in prison for the first year of their life.

I know that they won’t remember what happened but is it wrong regardless?

Or do you think it would be cruel to take a baby from its mother straight after birth?

I want to know what you think –

Should babies be taken straight from their mother in prison when they are born?

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Are you happy with the news that pubs will open this Good Friday?

January 26, 2018

 

The Dail has passed legislation allowing alcohol to be sold on Good Friday.

The ban will be overturned as the Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill 2017 cleared the house today.

Junior Justice Minister David Stanton said that the bill, introduced by independent senators was good for tourism.

He said “Tourism makes a much greater contribution to our economy (than when the act was brought in) and this is particularly true during holidays, such as the busy Easter period.

“In addition changing demographics and increasing diversity in our population have led to a reduction in traditional religious practice.

“Taking all these factors into consideration the Government considered that it was an opportune time to have an examination of the Good Friday restrictions.”

The law will be signed by President Michael D Higgins next week and be in effect for this Good Friday.

The prohibition was originally included in the Intoxicating Liquor Act, 1927, which set out closures for three days – Good Friday, Christmas Day and St Patrick’s Day. The St Patrick’s Day ban was lifted in 1960.

The two days that pubs are closed are two of the most significant in the Christian calendar, marking the birth and death of Jesus.

The closure is meant to be used as a mark of temperance and something of mourning for the church.

But the independent Senator Billy Lawless, who proposed the bill, last year hailed its passing as “another progressive step in Ireland’s long journey of separation between Church and State”.

Publicans have estimated they lose between €30 and €40 million by closing on Good Friday.

Independent TDs Maureen O’Sullivan and Mattie McGrath were against the amendment, with O’Sullivan called for “a few Good Fridays” during the year and McGrath saying “Good Friday is the only day when publicans can take a breather”.

Tonight I simply want to know – are you happy about this?

I read through some comments online and I was quite surprised at the amount of people who weren’t.

In all the years I have spoken about Good Friday, the majority of people have always wanted pubs to open.

However, when I look through the comments, it’s like you can’t please people. So many people commented saying that the law should have been left as is and that we didn’t need another day in this country when the pubs are open.

Tonight I want to get your opinions –

So – are you happy with the news that pubs will open this Good Friday?

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Were Leo Varadkar’s comments that people should ask their parents for money to get a mortgage?

January 26, 2018

 

Leo Varadkar has caused quite a storm when he suggested people trying to get a mortgage can get money from their parents.

His comments have been labelled insensitive comments and he has been accused of letting the ‘mask slip’.

He was criticised by Labour leader Brendan Howlin after he suggested during Leaders’ Questions with Mr Howlin that young people should just go to the ‘Bank of Mom and Dad’ for the huge lump sums needed for a mortgage deposit.

Tens of thousands of people are caught in a trap where they can nowhere near afford a deposit for a new home because of the existing massive costs of rent and living in Ireland today.

Mr Varadkar was addressing the affordability of homes when he said that people could get the money needed from their parents, but this is sure to have angered tens of thousands out there struggling desperately to scramble together a deposit.

Mr. Howlin told the Irish Mirror that the mask slipped from privileged Leo today in the Dáil.

He went on to say that Not all our parents can afford to sign a check for a house deposit and that for most working families, 20 or 25 thousand euro is an unachievable fortune,”

The new scheme is designed to assist families already refused by banks and building societies for a mortgage.

Howlin said “The Government expects these families to continue to pay an exorbitant rent, and be in a position to put together 20 thousand euro for a deposit.

Under the affordable housing scheme that was being discussed, first-time buyers can apply to local authorities for a low-interest loan if they can prove they have had two refusals from other lending institutions.

The Taoiseach predicted the new initiative, called The Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan, could be something that is expanded in a number of months if it is successful.

But he added that “it’s always been the case” that people raised money for their mortgage deposits in a range of different ways.

He said: “It’s always been the case that to buy a house, you need to raise a deposit, people do it in lots of different ways.

“Sometimes people go abroad for a period, or they get money from their parents - as lots of us did - or they get money through other loans.

“Sometimes they may stay at home for a period and raise a deposit in that way.”

However, People before Profit TD Richard Boyd-Barrett hit out at the Taoiseach’s comments, saying that his suggestions were “scandalous”.

Today I want to know what you think of the Taoiseach’s comments.

Are you currently trying to save for a mortgage? I want to hear your views on this.

Some people think he doesn’t deserve to be lambasted for his views because the fact is that people do have to save for their mortgage.

However, others say that his comments are insulting because as Taoiseach of the country he has no idea what it is like to try to live, work and save between 25 and 30 grand.

I want to know what you think –

Do you think Leo’s comments were out of order?

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Should welfare be cut for those people who refuse to take up jobs?

January 23, 2018

 

Should welfare be cut from people who refuse to take jobs? 

New figures released paint a very grim picture of entitlement in Ireland. 

in 2012 1,500 people were fined €44 a week from their social welfare payments for refusing to take up jobs offered to them. Today figures for 2017 were released and they are shocking. They now show that 16 THOUSAND people refused to take jobs offered to them. 

This is a startling increase. Niall asked if the Goverment has created a welfare state where people feel they are entitled to a state wage without having to work. 

What do you think? Should people have their welfare payments reduced or even stopped if they refuse to take jobs? 

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Do you believe that God created the world?

January 23, 2018

 

Do you believe God created the world?

According to a new poll in Iceland, less than half of Icelanders claim they are religious and more than 40% of young Icelanders identify as atheist.

The most remarkable finding to come out of the research was that the poll failed to find young Icelanders people (25 or less) who accept the creation story of the Bible.

94% of Icelanders younger population believe the world was created in the big bang, 6% either had no opinion or thought it had come into existence through some other means AND STRIKINGLY 0.0% believed that the Earth had been created by God or a religious entity.

Now – I don’t want to talk about Icelanders – but I do want to talk about Irish people’s belief in how the world was created.

Ireland was always a staunchly Catholic country with many people believing the word of God and the bible to be completely factual.

However, in recent years we have seen a decline in that and we have actually seen more people believe in the big bang.

According to the CSO figures, While Ireland remains a predominantly Catholic country, the percentage of the population who identified as Catholic on the census has fallen sharply from 84.2 per cent in 2011 to 78.3 per cent in 2016. There has been a corresponding rise in the number with no religion which grew by 73.6 per cent from 269,800 to 468,400, an increase of 198,600.

Regardless of those figures, the people who do identify as Catholic would still be practising Catholics who believe very much in the word of the Bible.

Do you believe that God created the world?

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Should Catholic marriage counselling groups be forced to accept same sex couples?

January 22, 2018

 

According to The Times, Catholic marriage counselling agencies could face closure unless they agree to stop “discriminating” against LGBT couples.

The government is threatening to withdraw millions of euro of public funding unless the counselling services agree to change their longstanding policy of excluding same-sex couples from their services on religious grounds.

It means that groups such as Accord could be facing closure having already had their funding cut by more than 40 per cent three years ago.

At the moment, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs is paying at least €1.6 million to religious counselling groups that have policies of refusing homosexual couples for marriage or relationship counselling. The agencies are funded by Tusla, which is the responsibility of Katherine Zappone, the minister for children.

Accord, the counselling service run by the Irish Catholic Bishops, received over 1 and a half million in 2016, the most public funding awarded to any single counselling service in the state.

Accord’s funding accounted for a quarter of the €6 million of taxpayers’ money awarded to similar services in the same year. It has a formal national policy of not accepting gay and lesbian couples in its marriage counselling courses.

Tusla has now created a new service level agreement for 2018, which means that any agency that it funds will have to agree to have non-discriminatory policies.

All of the Tusla funded agencies have recently been sent the new service level agreement. Funded groups have been told they cannot discriminate against people on a number of grounds, including sexual orientation. The new policy is based on a review Tusla carried out.

I have gone out to Accord for an interview on this but today I want to know what you think.

Do you think Catholic marriage counselling services should be forced to accept same sex couples?

Or do you think it goes against their religious beliefs and that is it actually discriminatory to the religious groups.

It comes down to this really – should religious groups be forced to go against their beliefs?

The main issue is that these groups are publicly funded so tax payers money is used to fund them.

However, the Catholic Church has always been against same sex marriage and they firmly believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. Should they be forced to change their beliefs in this ever changing world?

Or do you think that would be unfair?

I want to know what you think –

So – should Catholic marriage counselling groups be forced to accept same sex couples?

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Should cyber bullying be a jail-able offence?

January 19, 2018

 

Should cyber bullying be a jail-able offence?

The mother of a teenage victim of alleged cyber bullying says laws need to change to protect children from online predators.

Elaine Hughes lost her 17 year old son Darren Hughes Gibson to suicide on 23 August 2012.

Ms Hughes believes her son was bullied online due to the colour of his skin.

Following consideration of a substantial file containing 5,500 pages of online messages, the Director of Public Prosecution has directed that no charges will be brought.

Her son Darren was found dead at the Stephenstown Industrial Estate in Balbriggan, Co Dublin on 23 August, 2012.

He had been reported missing by his mother after he failed to return to the family’s former home at New Haven Bay in Balbriggan the previous night.

Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane set a date for a full hearing into the teen’s death, but Hughes said she wants a review of the DPP’s decision.

Elaine broke down in tears when she was informed of the court of the DPP’s decision not to bring charges.

I am going to speak to Elaine in a couple of minutes but tonight I want to know if you think cyber bullying should be a jailable offence.

We live in such a scary digital age now. I don’t know what it is like growing up as a teenager with such access to the internet and the lack of protection out there for young people.

I was bullied growing up but thankfully, when I went home the bulling didn’t follow me. Kids and teenagers these days have nowhere to turn anymore as the bullying now follows them home, in the form of their phones and laptops.

Some of these teenagers who are bullying people online may grow up to regret it but what in the mean time there is a possibility of them causing serious and irreversible damage.

Some people may argue that these teenagers don’t deserve to be jailed and punished for making a a childish mistake of calling someone names online. Not all bullying cases lead to the tragedy of a suicide but some do – which I personally think is the worrying thing about this and it shows the need for clear way to put a stop to it.

Would the possibility of prosecuting teenagers who engage in online bullying put a stop to it?

The primary statutes protecting individuals are the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997 and the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. While these laws seem old and outdated, they are designed to both safeguard individuals from abuse and to provide appropriate sanctions to those who are found guilty.

Last year the Labour party put forward a bill to make cyber bullying and revenge porn a crime. The Bill proposes updating the existing definitions of communication and harassment so that acts such as cyberstalking, cyberbullying and dissemination of revenge porn can be codified into law.

Under the terms of the Bill anyone who causes another person harm or distress by persistently following, watching, pestering or communicating with or about them will be guilty of harassment and liable for a fine, a prison sentence of up to seven years or both.

Should this be rigorously enforced, even for teenagers?

I want to know what you think tonight –

Should cyber bullying be a jail-able offence?

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Should Conor McGregor apologise to road safety campaigners for his video of him recording a mobile phone video phone while driving?

January 19, 2018

 

On Wednesday evening, Roseann Brennan spoke to The Niall Boylan Show on Classic Hits 4FM about why she believes UFC star Conor McGregor owes the families of road traffic accidents an apology.

Roseann Brennan is the mother of 6 year old Jake Brennan who was killed in 2014 when he was knocked down by a car in their housing estate.

The mother set up a group called 'Jake's Legacy' which was created in the hope of decreasing speed limits to 30km/h in residential areas.

Conor McGregor posted a video on his Instagram account of himself driving his car while recording a video on his mobile phone.

The grieving mother told Classic Hits 4FM that the UFC star should apologise to victims of road traffic accidents and their families because she believes his behaviour is very irresponsible.

She told Niall Boylan that McGregor is taking away from the good work being done by herself and many organisations who are trying to reduce the amount of road accidents through awareness and legislation.

She believes he is a role model to many people and he must apologise for the video.

The heartbroken mother said;

"I call out Conor McGregor to publicly give an apology not to me but to the people that were seriously injured or killed on our roads" 

When Niall asked was Conor McGregor's video irresponsible, Roseann Brennan responded 

"He (McGregor) is actually saying to them (his fans) it is cool to get in your car, drive, take a selfie and have no seat belt...this is undoing all our work trying to make our roads safe."

"He is being irresponsible and childish doing something that you'd expect of a teenager...I actually thought he was a clever man but I actually think he is stupid"

" Conor has so much of an influence, if he just used that he could do so much good being a proper role model...what is he playing at?"

Should Conor McGregor make a public apology to road safety campaigners for his video of him recording a video on his mobile phone while driving? 

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Would you be offended if someone asked you to take an STI test?

January 17, 2018

 

Would you be offended if a potential partner asked you to take an STI test?

The popularity of dating apps may have led to an increase in the amount of sexually transmitted infections being reported in Ireland.

According to Dr. Ilona Duffy, sex education needs to be improved to decrease the prevalence of STIs in Irish society.

However, she has pointed to the emergence of STI clinics as one of the reasons behind the inflated figures.

She believes modern attitudes towards casual sex are one of the main contributing factors to the rise in infections.

She said "We're seeing the likes of Tinder, other websites where people are hooking up purely for sex and people, young people especially, don't have the same hang ups as they had years ago - worrying about pregnancy, worrying about STIs, worrying just about their reputation,".

She went on to say that “While it is fine to be on Tinder etc and meeting up people for casual sex - you've got to take precautions and I think that's not out there,"

Tonight I want to talk about the rise in STI’s in Ireland and the new age approach to casual sex.

Is casual sex a good thing or a bad thing in society?

Would you ask a potential partner to take a STI test before sleeping with them?

Or do you think it is offensive to assume that they may have an STI?

Put yourself in the situation – you are dating a guy or girl and you decide to take things to the next level. The woman or man you are dating whips out a home STI kit and asks you to do it – Would you be offended?

It would certainly be a mood killer but with the rise of STI’s in Ireland maybe it is necessary.

How would you react?

In 1995, just over 3,000 STIs were diagnosed; by 2013 it was 12,753, so is it time to change our attitude to testing?

 A survey by insurer Aviva Health in 2013 found that 70 per cent of people surveyed had never had an STI test.

Tonight I want to know what you think –

Would you be offended if someone asked you to take an STI test?

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Would you let a 16 year old stay home alone for a weekend?

January 17, 2018

 

Would you trust a 16 year old to be left at home alone for the weekend?

I want to ask you this because of a message we received from a listener.

Have a listen to it.

Hi Niall,

My husband and I have a predicament on our hands that I was wondering could you get me some advice on it. We have a 16 year old son. He is our only child. We are booking a weekend away and told our son about it. He told us that he doesn’t want to come with us and thinks he is too old to be going away with his parents.

He asked us can he stay home while we go and we are so unsure about what to do. He used to always come with us and I’ll be honest, I did notice him getting bored when he was away with us.

He is too old for a babysitter and said he doesn’t want to go stay with my sister. He wants us to trust him to stay at home by himself for the weekend.

My husband is more on the side of trusting him but I don’t think I can do it. We have left him in the house for a couple of hours if we are going to the local pub but we have never left him for a number of days alone.

He thinks he is old enough, I am not too sure.

Basically, I am hoping maybe a listener can offer some advice as they might have had this situation before themselves.

Is 16 old enough to be left in the house alone for a weekend?

What do you think of this message?

Do you think the mother is being overprotective? Or can you understand why this mother is concerned?

The thing that comes to my head when leaving a 16 year old boy alone in the house is will he have friends in the house? Will he get up to no good? Can you trust your child alone?

All children are different. Some may get up to no good whereas some may sit on their computer and be as good as gold.

Only a parent knows their child but even then – do we as parents really know what our child is capable of getting up to when we are not around. All children have secrets from their parents.

What should this mother do – should she let her 16 year old stay at home alone?

Is 16 old enough to be trusted?

I want to know what you think –

Would you let a 16 year old stay home alone for a weekend?

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Should the Gardai be held to a higher standard of the law than civilians?

January 17, 2018

 

You may have seen in the papers the story of a female Garda who was caught in a Kildare nightclub taking a Class A drug just before Christmas. When she was confronted by the security staff of the club she admitted that had used the drugs and that her colleague – a fellow Garda - had dealt her the drugs.

 

No charges have officially been taken yet against the 2 Gardai but the story as I said, has been plastered all over the media. A source said last night: “This is shocking. Gardai are absolutely disgusted to hear that this happened. There are brave and courageous members putting themselves in danger every day of the week fighting drug gangs, there is a murderous feud in Dublin and the fact of the matter is cocaine sales in Ireland directly fund these gangs.”

 

The local Garda station has been praised for reacting so swiftly to deal with this incident. They are investigating the incident fully and all those concerned. It is understood when Gardai questioned the woman she identified herself as an officer stationed in the Midlands.

When questioned further she identified her dealer as a colleague. Gardai are understood to have immediately called senior officers to alert them to the situation and to enforce a plan to target the drug-dealing operation.

 

Many of us in the office said that as these 2 individuals’ members of the Gardai, they should be heavily covered by the media. Why – you may ask? Well people said that we are supposed to put our faith in the Gardai that they will arrest people who break the law – even more so when it comes to drugs that is a huge medical and gangland issue in Ireland.  The Gardai have to be a step above the law at all times and ensure that they lead by example and furthermore this duo who were caught should be made an example of by the media.

 

Many people on social media had a different opinion. One comment said “I’m glad to see that the Gardai are going to investigate this crime fully and through to a possible conviction. However It looks like the media has decided that these 2 Gardai are going to be sacrificial lambs. They should be treated like all citizens of the country and get their trial in court and not on the front pages of the newspapers like it’s already started.”

 

That’s an interesting point. At the end of the day the Gardai were off duty when then committed the alleged crime and I’m sure they were not the only people in Ireland that night who were caught using drugs but they were the only ones reported in the papers because of their profession.

 

So tonight I want to ask you – Should it matter what your profession is when it comes to being charged for crimes especially against drugs? Or should all people be treated the same by the law when it comes to investigations and prosecutions?

 

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Should the voting age for referendum be reduced to 16?

January 17, 2018

 

Should the voting age be lowered to 16 in Ireland?

The citizen’s assembly made a number of recommendations yesterday relating to the conduct of referendums.

To increase turnout in referendums, members recommended allowing early voting and holding ballots on weekend.

The assembly also recommended lowering the voting age to 16.

In Scotland, the voting age was reduced to 16 for the 2014 independence referendum and was since extended to the Scottish parliament and local elections.

But should we do the same here?

As it stands, a person must be 18 before they can register to vote. Many people believe that is the right age because it is when a person starts becoming an adult.

The argument for lowering the age is that referendums on issues affect the younger generation too and that it is unfair to not let their voices be heard.

However, some will argue that their age is exactly why they shouldn’t vote as they believe they are simply not mature enough to make changes to our legislation through voting.

I want to know what you think:

Should the voting age for referendum be reduced to 16?

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Is President Donald trump a racist?

January 15, 2018

 

Is President Donald Trump a racist? 

President Donald Trump has insisted that he was “not a racist,” after his reported denunciation of immigration from “shithole” countries triggered a global firestorm of criticism.

Trump last week tweeted a convoluted denial about the comments, which were reported by The Washington Post and The New York Times and confirmed by Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who attended the meeting at which they were said to have been spoken.

Trump told reporters, “I’m not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that I can tell you,” 

The alleged expletive came during a Thursday meeting between Trump and legislators about immigration reform.

After lawmakers raised the issue of protections for immigrants from African nations, Haiti and El Salvador, the president reportedly demanded to know why the United States should accept immigrants from “shithole countries,” rather than, for instance, wealthy and overwhelmingly white Norway.

Accounts suggest that when Mr Trump was told that the largest groups of immigrants with the status were from El Salvador, Honduras and Haiti, the president responded: "Haitians? Do we need more Haitians?"

The president tweeted on Friday morning that the language he used in the meeting was "tough" but disputed the wording of the reports.

He also posted another tweet denying he had insulted Haitians, accusing Democrats of making it up.

But Senator Dick Durbin stood by claims, and said that Mr Trump had used "hate-filled, vile and racist" language during the meeting.

The African Union on Friday demanded that the US president apologise expressing their "shock, dismay and outrage" at the "clearly racist" remarks.

The UN human rights spokesman, Rupert Colville, told a Geneva news briefing: "There is no other word one can use but racist. You cannot dismiss entire countries and continents as 'shitholes'."

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) accused the president of falling "deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole of racism and xenophobia".

Several Democratic representatives have said they intend to skip the president's State of the Union address later this month over the comments, accusing the president of racism.

Today I want to know if you think President Trump’s comments were racist.

The president has been accused of being racist in the past with some of his proposals like building walls to keep Mexicans out of America and also his travel ban from certain Middle Eastern countries.

Some people say that calling counties ‘shithole’s is not racist as a country is not a race.

However, disagree and think his comments are racist.

I want to know what you think –

So – do you think Trump is racist?

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Do you think people are making themselves homeless to get a house?

January 3, 2018

 

Charity officials and opposition politicians have strongly criticised the outgoing chair of the Housing Agency over comments he made saying that families may be “gaming the system” by making themselves homeless in order to jump up the social housing waiting list.

Speaking to the Irish Times, Conor Skehan – who will finish up with his role this year after six years - suggested that the government may have “unwittingly created a problem by prioritising self-declared homelessness above all other types of housing need”.

Skehan referenced a measure – introduced in January 2015 – whereby 50% of all social housing allocations in Dublin were to go to homeless people.

This practice was discontinued in July 2016, due to fears that general applicants were being disadvantaged. Dublin City Council still prioritises homeless applicants, however.

Commenting on this measure, Skehan suggested that the prioritisation could be skewing homelessness figures.

“We unwittingly created a problem by prioritising self-declared homelessness above all other types of housing need, which created a distortion in the waiting list system and may have encouraged people to game the system,” he told the Irish Times.

He said that a way of gauging this was to look at if there was a change in the type of people presenting as homeless over the period that prioritisation has been in effect.

“If you were a social scientist analysing it, you might find people who had chaotic lives suddenly being displaced by people who had two or three kids and who have found a way of gaming the system,” said Skehan.

In the interview, Skehan also suggested that homelessness charities should be subject to “performance targets” to justify any state funding they receive. He also said that it was time to stop saying that homelessness can be ended.

The Housing Agency was set up in 2010 and plays a crucial role in addressing housing issues in the state.

Skehan has been strongly criticised for his comments, with homelessness experts and others saying that there was no evidence for the claims that families were “gaming the system”.

Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin “Conor Skeehan’s comments accusing some homeless families as ‘gaming the system’ are deeply hurtful to the thousands of people living in emergency accommodation,”

Ó Broin pointed towards an April 2016 report from the Housing Agency which examined the impact of the 50% social housing allocation and which failed to show any evidence to back up Skehan’s remarks.

Tonight I want to know if you think Conor Skehan should apologise for his comments.

Or do you agree with him?

Do you think people are making themselves homeless to get a house?

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Should the TV license be means tested?

January 3, 2018

 

Should the TV licence be means tested?

There is talk around the role of a public service broadcaster, and how it should be funded in the age of new media.

In Ireland, public service broadcasters include RTÉ, TG4, the Houses of the Oireachtas Channel and the Irish Film Channel. Their role is to provide quality programming from all areas of the country, ensuring that news and current affairs are presented in an “objective and impartial manner“.

But despite gathering almost €180 million through the television licence fee, RTÉ is in financial difficulty. Last year it made losses of over €19 million a year.

The Oireachtas communications committee has recommended that the current licence fee of €160 be replaced by a ‘broadcasting charge’ which would charge each household that would have a device that could view RTÉ’s content (this would include laptops and smartphones).

Each year, Ireland’s television owners must pay a once off payment €160 for their television. In 2016, a total of €213.7 million was collected from the TV licence fee.

€179 million last year went to RTÉ, with €9 million extra going to TG4. RTÉ also gathered €158 million in commercial revenue. But that’s against a deficit of €19.7 million – something which they said was due to their coverage of “significant special events” including the general election, the 1916 centenary and the Olympic games.

Ireland has high rates of TV licence fee evasion – around 14% of those liable for the charge don’t pay it.

Faced with a similar problem of high rates of evasion and an unsustainable funding model, Finland decided to abolish TV licence fees, which was set at €252 a year, in favour of a means-tested tax model.

The average TV tax a person would pay amounts to around €140 a year. The change aimed to benefit low-income individuals and those who live alone, while people earning less than €10,300 a year and minors are exempt from the fee.

James Lawless, who’s a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, says that the Finnish model is quite similar to the Irish one.

He said “Some people might say I don’t watch RTE I don’t want to pay the charge, and that’s certainly an argument, but it is a public good. The same way hospitals and schools and roads are – you may not use them. But public service broadcasting is a good thing that’s essentially about protecting our cultural and democratic values.”

When asked whether the Department had considered implementing Finland’s means-tested tax, it claimed to already partly implement that approach as some people can qualify for an exemption.

So today I want to know if you would like to see a system whereby the TV or broadcasting charge would be means tested.

It would mean that those who earn less would pay less and those who earn more would pay the full amount.

It would also mean that some people who earn significantly less than others could be exempt from paying anything at all.

Would you be happy with that?

Some people will argue that a tv, phone or laptop is actually a luxury and people can choose to have it. Essentially saying that if you cannot afford the licence fee you can’t have a tv.

I understand means testing things that are necessities but not luxury items.

Why should I or you have to pay full price for a tv but someone who earns less shouldn’t have to pay at all.

I want to know what you think –

So – should the licence fee be means tested?

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Fake Miracle Cures - Should people who promote them be imprisoned?

January 3, 2018

 

Fake miracle cures - should they be outlawed? 

Niall asked this question as it seems that social media is flooded at New Year with people offering miracle cures for so many ailments and conditions. 

What do you think? 

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Niall Boylan’s Review of 2017 Live From Dublin Airport

December 22, 2017

 

What were the top stories of 2017? 

Niall Boylan went through the memorable moments of the year from Donald Trump to Conor McGregor to the Tuam Mother and Baby Homes Scandal.  

Karl Dieter from Irish Mortgage Brokers and Alison O'Reilly of the Irish Daily Mail joined Niall and live music came courtesy of Luane Power and The Bootleg Beachboys.

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Do you think putting a parent into a nursing home is selfish?

December 20, 2017

 

Do you think putting a parent into a nursing home is selfish?

I want to ask you this because of a Facebook message we got into the show.

Hi Niall,

Could you talk about people who put their parents into nursing homes and leave them there at Christmas time? My neighbour put her mother into a home recently. Her father passed away last year and she had moved her family in to her mother’s home take care of her. The mother has Alzheimer’s and I know the last couple of months were hard for my neighbour.

The last few months were too hard and she eventually put her mother into care. They are living in the house now and I believe that is what the mother wanted.

Anyway, I was talking to her the other day in passing about Christmas and I happened to ask was she taking her mother home for Christmas day – to my horror she said no. She said Christmas is going to be about her kids this year and that her mother was so far gone she has no idea its Christmas anyway.

I couldn’t believe how cold her answer was. I just said my goodbyes and went on about my business but the conversation stuck with me. Before this I didn’t think much of people going into care homes but since that conversation I can’t help but think how completely cold and cruel it is to just throw your parent into a nursing home and simply forget about them.

I have been genuinely upset thinking about how this woman will be sitting in a home surrounded by strangers on Christmas day while her family are eating and celebrating the holiday.

Please talk about this- nobody should be alone at Christmas time.

Well what do you think of this message?

Do you think it is selfish to put a parent into a nursing home?

Or can you understand why people do it?

So – Is it selfish to put a parent into a nursing home?

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Is it racist to want housing to go to Irish people first?

December 20, 2017

 

Is it racist to want housing to go to Irish people first?

A Kerry councillor has protested against the proposed housing of refugees in a former Killarney guesthouse.

Linden House in Killarney is set to become an accommodation centre for 55 people currently in the asylum and refugee process.

The Department of Justice confirmed that the first few people seeking international protection will arrive before Christmas.

However, a number of protesters gathered outside Linden House today, before handing in a petition.

The protest was led by local Councillor Donal Grady who argued that the council needs to "see after our own" before accommodating the refugees.

Speaking to Radio Kerry, Cllr Grady said the needs of those on the housing list in the local community needs to be met first.

He said "We have 1,600 on our housing list in the Killarney area and it's time we started seeing after our own.

"I'm not saying that these people haven't gone through bad times. Of course, I'm sure they have.

"But you should see what some of our people are going through.

"I'm very concerned about the way things are going and it's time to say 'listen, we must see after our own' because they are not fixing that."

In a petition handed to Linden House, Cllr Grady said he wanted to make it clear that the community believes that "people from war torn areas like Iraq and Syria should be accepted in our country".

But he said the community is concerned that the council did not consult with them before making the decision.

He also expressed concerns over the lack of transparency around the vetting process.

Cllr Grady argued that local families are being housed in Tralee and have to travel to Killarney daily in order to take their children to school.

He wrote "It is our wish that these [of] our own community should be looked after first. Then and only then we would be in a position to support the nationwide position of housing refugees,"

The letter was signed by members of the local community.

In an agreement with the EU, Ireland has said that it will accept an additional 330 refugees next year as part of its response to the migration crisis facing people fleeing war-zones in Syria, Yemen and some other states.

Under the EU re-location programme refugees will also continue to be housed in existing centres in Waterford, Roscommon, Kildare and Meath.

Tonight I want to know what you think of this protest that took place over the weekend.

Do you agree with it? Or do you think anyone who protests against refugees getting homes in Ireland is racist?

I want to know what you think –

So – is it racist to want housing to go to Irish people first?

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Should someone who drinks one or two drinks be allowed to drive?

December 18, 2017

 

Do you think Ireland’s drink driving laws are too strict?

A Sligo - Leitrim TD has said people should be allowed to drive after drinking two alcoholic drinks.

The new Road Traffic Bill would see those detected over the blood alcohol limit automatically disqualified.

It would impose a three-month driving ban for those caught with a blood alcohol level of between 50mg and 80mg per 100ml.

 Fianna Fáil Deputy Eamon Scanlon claims Ireland's drink-driving laws are already strict enough.

He said "One or two drinks, I don't think, genuinely, will create a problem for most people - I don't think it would,”

He added "I think what we're doing is a bit excessive. Even as we are, the regulations in this country are way more excessive in other European countries,"

Today I want to know if you agree with this TD and think people should be allowed to drive after one or two drinks.

Or if you agree with a zero tolerance approach!

As you know, Christmas is next week and many people will be out enjoying themselves or visiting family and some people will decide to get behind the wheel after drinking.

I think we all agree the driving while drunk is a disgusting thing to do as you are not only endangering your own life, you are endangering others.

But – what about those people who say one or two drinks doesn’t affect them and they are capable of driving.

Here is a hypothetical scenario – you are visiting family over Christmas. You have one or two bottles of beer while you are there and then after a while you get into the car and drive home. You feel fine but technically you are over the limit.

This TD believes that should be allowed – do you?

I want to know what you think –

Do you think this TD’s opinions on drink driving are outrageous? Or do you agree with him?

So – should someone who drinks one or two drinks be allowed to drive?

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Should families on the housing list be allowed to refuse a house?

December 18, 2017

 

Should families on the housing list be allowed to refuse a house?

I want to ask you that today because of an interview with had with a woman on last night’s show.

I am going to play the interview for you again today so you can hear her story.

Basically, Suzanne is on housing list 10 years and currently in emergency accommodation. She has three children and a partner. She was renting before but found that there was no security with renting.

She has been offered a house in what she called a bad area and she said the house is too small.

She said she will be on the streets by Wednesday is she doesn’t accept this house.

Today I want to know if you think people should be forced to take the house they are offered by a state or if you think they have a right to refuse if it is not what they want.

As it stands, people are allowed to refuse twice and if they refuse a third time they are put to bottom of list or even taken off it.

Families will tell council what type of house and area would suit them but the council cannot always give them what they want because of availability.

Some people may argue however that forcing families to move into a house that doesn’t suit the family for certain reasons like it’s not big enough, not close to schools and other reasons that have been used in the past would be unfair and cruel, but can beggars really be choosers?

I know that might seem like a harsh sentence, but if you are getting a house from the state that will cost you a hell of a lot less than getting a mortgage, do you really have the right to be picky?

Can you understand why someone might refuse a council house?

Or does it anger you that people are being so picky about a house that they are getting for free?

So here’s the question… Should people on the housing list be forced to take the first house they are being offered?

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Do you think vegans are attention seekers?

December 13, 2017

 

Do you think vegans are attention seekers?

We got an interesting email over the weekend. Have a listen to the email that came in.

Hi Niall,

I have something I want you to talk about on your show. Please don’t mention my name because I don’t want to be identified. My sister lived abroad and is coming home for Christmas. She recently called home to tell us that she is now vegan and that we need to have a completely different dinner for her.

I asked her why she has changed all of a sudden and she went on this rant about how meat is so bad for us and that we should research it all. She also brought up the animal cruelty and said that eating a defenceless turkey does not have to signify Christmas. She went on to say that she wants a completely different meal prepared for her because she doesn’t want any of the meat products to touch her food.

This same woman had no problem tucking into a turkey last year and even went for seconds. This year, Christmas dinner has to change for her.

My mother is a softy and said that of course she would do that but I am so annoyed that Christmas dinner has to be even more stressful now all because my sister is jumping on this vegan bandwagon.

It is attention seeking plain and simple. You only need to walk around town and see all the different restaurants with gluten free and vegan options. These fads are getting out of hand. Most of the people don’t have medical reasons to not eat gluten yet they do it anyway because it is the latest hipster trend.

It is ridiculous. Can you talk about this on your show? Do people agree with me that all these fad diets are attention seeking.

What do you think of this email?

Do you think the person is right? Are vegan’s attention seekers? Or do you think they should be respected for their choice?

I can understand why this person is angry considering their family Christmas dinner is going to be even more stressful than it needs to be.

But is the person over reacting by calling his sister an attention seeker? Or is he right?

I want to know what you think of this.

So – do you think vegans are attention seekers?

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Would you be happy to see abortion with no restriction up to 12 weeks?

December 13, 2017

 

Would you be happy to see abortion with no restriction up to 12 weeks?

Well, the committee is expected to vote in favour of allowing unrestricted access to abortion up to 12 weeks as members believe that inserting clauses to allow for terminations in cases of rape and incest would be unworkable.

Health Minister Simon Harris said he has prepared for various scenarios ahead of the final report from the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment.

The committee will cast a series of votes relating to the repeal and replacement of the amendment, which gives equal status to the life of the mother and her unborn baby.

Several amendments proposed by members relating to the circumstances in which abortion should be made available - including gestation, viability and acceptable grounds for termination, such as rape or incest - will be considered.

However, TDs and Senators are expected to conclude that allowing abortion in cases of rape and incest only is unworkable due to the high burden of proof required to prove rape.

During previous hearings, Prof Tom O'Malley BL said that in cases where a woman has an abortion after being raped, it could in theory be used as evidence against the accused and so prejudice a trial.

It was also heard that cross-examining a woman who may have just been raped - in order to decide if she was eligible for an abortion - would be deeply traumatic.

The widespread and unregulated use of abortion pills is another reason why members will support unrestricted access.

Today I want to know if you would be happy to see abortion with no restriction up to 12 weeks brought in.

Or if you are totally against it!

The vote is due to be announced later in the day however, there are still many stages after the vote to be considered before the question for the referendum is decided on.

Many people believe the committee has been one-sided in its views on abortion with many anti-abortion speakers and experts choosing not to be involved because of it.

I want to know what you think of this potential vote of abortion with no restrictions up to 12 weeks.

Would you be happy with this recommendation?

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Do you think man flu exists?

December 13, 2017

 

Do you think man flu exists?

Well according to research, the much debated ‘man-flu’ could have some basis of fact.

A Canadian study was carried out to determine whether men really do experience worse symptoms than women or whether it is just a myth.

Dr Kyle Sue, a clinical assistant professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, suggested men may not be exaggerating symptoms but have weaker immune responses to viral respiratory viruses.

In what is thought to be the first study of its kind, he analysed relevant research and found evidence that adult men have a higher risk of hospital admission and higher rates of influenza associated deaths compared with women, regardless of underlying disease.

Men are also more susceptible to complications and higher mortality from many acute respiratory diseases, while some evidence supported men suffering more from viral respiratory illness than women because they have a less robust immune system.

Writing in the BMJ, Dr Sue argued the concept of man flu, as commonly defined, is potentially unjust and further research is needed.

He wrote "Men may not be exaggerating symptoms but have weaker immune responses to viral respiratory viruses, leading to greater morbidity and mortality than seen in women,"

He said there may actually be an evolutionary benefit to a less robust immune system, as it has allowed men to invest their energy in other biological processes, "such as growth, secondary sex characteristics, and reproduction".

No scientific study has ever been carried out before to determine whether the term man flu is appropriate or accurate.

Today I want to get your opinion on this – do you think man-flu exists and men suffer more than women?

Or do you think they simply moan more than women?

So – here’s the question – does man-flu really exist?

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Do you think it is insensitive to sell the Magdalene laundry site to a hotel owner?

December 13, 2017

 

Do you think it is insensitive to sell the Magdalene laundry site to a hotel owner?

Well it looks like that could be on the cards.

Dublin city councillor Gary Gannon has said that the “preferred bidder” for the Magdalene Laundry building on Sean McDermott Street is the Japanese hotel chain Toyoko Inn.

The hotel chain, which bought Abbeville in 2015 – the grand mansion and estate of the former Fianna Fáil Taoiseach Charles J Haughey – has an unusual staff policy.

In Japan, the chain has a policy of hiring workforces almost entirely made up of women; it’s been reported that 95% of its approximately 8,500 employees are female.

One English-language flyer described its approach as “the feminine touch in hotel management” that provides “care and hospitality to the weary traveler”.

On the company website, its president says that its “Toyoko Inn’s dream is to build 10.45 million rooms all over the world”. It also states:

The key to making this vast dream come true lies in each member of our employees. This is why what I envision for this company is, “to build 500,000 rooms in the next 30 years”, “to become the most popular name among females in Japan” and “to become the most respected name throughout the society”.

Gannon, who’s a member of the Social Democrats, said that it was inappropriate for the hotel chain to purchase the premises given the premises’ dark history if abuse.

 

He has set up a petition to urge Dublin city council to halt the sale of the building.

On the petition it says that this unique historic site must be preserved as centre for commemoration and remembrance for the victims and survivors of religious run institutions.

Gary said that this is the only Magdalene laundry of its kind that is currently in the possession of the State and its disposal cannot be treated as just another commercial transaction.

I am going to speak to Gary Gannon in a moment but before I do I want to know if you think selling a Magdalene laundry building to a private owner is insensitive and should be stopped?

Or do you think people need to remember the history of the building but move on?

I read a comment online that really struck a chord with me.  Have a listen to it –

My Mother was sent to a laundry. When she saw this she was horrified. She wondered whether guests would be in the same rooms where she could have given birth and had her child taken from her.

Imagine the poor women who were sent to these institutions – some of them have never recovered from the experience and they see a hotel being built there.

I want to get your opinions on this –

Do you think the sale of this building should be stopped and a memorial put in place instead?

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EXCLUSIVE : Interview with Cllr Francis Timmons on the possible Homophobic attack on his home

December 11, 2017

 

Cllr Francis Timmons - Independent Dublin Mid-West - spoke to Niall today about how his home and property attacked last night in what the Cllr believes is another "homophobic attack" on him. 

As you will see from the pictures the damage was extensive on the Cllr's home. Earlier in the year Cllr Tommons spoke to Niall about the homophobic letters he had received. 

Is Homophobia still a part of of Irish Society? 

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Should children be taken off addicts?

December 11, 2017

 

Should children be taken off addicts?

I want to ask you this because of a story I read in the papers today. A policeman went above and beyond the call of duty after finding a heavily pregnant homeless woman using heroin - by adopting her baby.

Officer Ryan Holets, from Albuquerque in New Mexico, came across Crystal Champ while he was on duty on September 23.

Footage from Ryan's body camera shows him walking towards a man and a woman sitting on the ground behind a convenience store.

He asked the couple if they were about to shoot up and then asks the woman if she is pregnant. She tells him she is about 7 months gone.

The woman is homeless on the streets of New Mexico and a heroin and methamphetamine addict.

Ryan, already a father of four children, decided instantly he wanted to help by adopting Crystal's baby.

Champ gave birth to a baby girl three weeks later, on October 12, and Ryan adopted her. He named her Hope.

The baby went through medical treatment after birth to help her deal with withdrawal symptoms.

In an interview Ryan said: "It's not every day that I see a sight like that and it just, it just made me really sad.

"I'd gotten tired of seeing so many situations where I want to help but can't and in that moment I realised that I had a chance to help."

The woman is trying to turn her life around but is grateful her baby is now being looked after.

This is good news story in some sense considering this baby is now going to grow up in a loving family free of drugs.

Unfortunately, in Ireland we don’t see a lot of happy endings like this. We see children growing up with addict parents and they are on a path to ruin as they do not get a decent start in life.

Today I want to ask you if children should be taken into care in Ireland if their parents are addicts. It seems to be a last resort to take children away from their parents even if they are addicted to alcohol or drugs.

I have seen the sights myself where children are walking down the street with a parent who is clearly out of their heads. Social services will get involved in some situations but taking the children off the parents is always the last option.

Should it be the first option rather than the last?

Some people will say that taking children from their parents and into care can also have devastating effects on a child.  

Surely, taking them out of an environment where drink or drugs is the main objective of these parents is the right thing to do for the children.

Should children be immediately taken away from parents if they are addicted to drink or drugs?

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Do you agree with naming and shaming tax defaulters?

December 6, 2017

 

Do you agree with naming and shaming tax defaulters?

Broadcaster Tom McGurk was among a number of people included in Revenue’s latest tax defaulters list.

The presenter, best known for RTÉ’s rugby coverage as well as hosting radio shows, was hit with a €75,000 bill for under declaration of his income.

He had been billed nearly €43,000 but by the time interest and penalties had accrued, it added up to €75k. He has since paid his bill in full.

Horse trainer James Leavey from Kildare was also listed as owing Revenue over €2.24 million. Following its own investigation, Revenue determined that Leavey owed a tax bill of little over €1 million.

However, when interest and penalties were added, that figure, which is still unpaid, rose to €2.24 million.

Others named on the list included hospital consultants and hoteliers.

In total, there were 81 settlement cases published by Revenue today with a total value of €17,430,699.

34 of those cases were for amounts exceeding €100,000 – seven of those exceeded €500,000 and three were for sums of over €1 million.

Revenue said that the published settlements reflect only a portion of all its audits and investigations.

In the three month period to 30 September 2017, a total of 1,253 audits and investigations, together with 22,567 risk management interventions were settled.

This resulted in €138.65 million in tax, interest, and penalties being returned to the State.

Today I want to know if you agree with naming and shaming tax defaulters or if you think it is unfair.

After all, we don’t have a list available to the public of sex offenders, yet we have a public list of tax defaulters to be shamed.

In some cases, tax defaulters don’t default intentionally. In some cases, the expenses they declare are not accepted by the revenue.

Yes, there are cases were people genuinely evade tax but not all the time.

Tax audits can be very stressful and costly for those involved. Some people will say that naming and shaming them deters people from doing it again. However, with penalties and costs – isn’t that a deterrent enough?

Maybe you agree with naming and shaming and think it is proper order for anyone who is not paying the correct amount of tax.

I want to know what you think –

So –do you agree with naming and shaming tax defaulters?

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Should Gardai be punished for the recent scandals in the force?

December 6, 2017

 

Should gardai be punished for the recent scandals in the force?

Hundreds of gardaí who abused the penalty points system will escape disciplinary action after Gsoc said it would be too expensive and too difficult to pursue them.

A report published by Gsoc provided further evidence of the widespread abuse by gardaí of the penalty points system in recent years.

This included gardaí hiding their involvement in the cancellation of penalty points by logging into the Garda computer system using the credentials of retired ex-colleagues.

However, the report indicated the further investigation of individual cases was "very unlikely" as it would be difficult to progress disciplinary proceedings due to a lack of supporting documentation.

It said even the cheapest estimate for the cost of a further probe was well above €1m and the commission believed this "would not be the best use of public money".

The report followed a three-and-a-half-year investigation examining the period between 2009 and 2014. It found that too many members of An Garda Síochána were authorised to cancel fixed charge notices - a total of 442 in the four years.

Cancellations were also carried out by superintendents and inspectors for fixed charge notices outside their geographical area, contrary to policy.

The report found one officer based in Dublin cancelled 744 fixed charge notices across 17 counties, while 46,161 notices were cancelled by a garda working in the Fixed Charge Processing Office.

The probe was ordered by then-justice minister Alan Shatter in 2014 after allegations made by whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe came into the public domain.

The force's cancellation policy has since been changed and authorisation to cancel penalty points is now restricted to a small number of officers.

Similarly, it was revealed by the acting garda Commissioner that he will not be pursuing disciplinary action against anyone in the organisation in relation to the breath test scandal.

Dónall O Cualáin told members that the organisation “unreservedly apologises for the unacceptable behavioural and governance failures” which led to the recording of 1.4 million phantom breath tests on the garda Pulse system.

The Commissioner noted that the recent report carried out for the Policing Authority by consultancy firm Crowe Horwath on the scandal found no evidence of criminality. There is, however, evidence of breaches of discipline, he said.

To review all 502,730 calls made by gardaí to the Garda Information Service Centre relating to alcohol testing checkpoints since 2009 would take a number of years.

As a consequence, he decided that pursuing discipline across the entire organisation is not appropriate and said that he appreciates that this will not meet the expectations of some people.

O Cualáin said he must balance the need to address the issues identified with the need to minimise disruption to services or huge spending of taxpayer’s money.

Today I want to know if you would like to see individuals punished for the Garda scandals.

Or if you agree that it would be a waste of taxpayers’ money.

Do you think individuals in the organisation should be punished for the scandals?

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Is it irresponsible parenting to buy video games with and 18 rating for children under age?

December 6, 2017

 

Is it irresponsible parenting to buy video games with and 18 rating for children under age?

It's coming up to Christmas and many children will be looking for the newest video games to play. Many of the games are extremely graphic with violence and murders and as a result the games have an 18 Year Old certificate. 

However many parents have no problem with buying a 13 year old a video game that is just as realistic as a slasher movie. 

Is that right? 

Is it irresponsible parenting to buy video games with and 18 rating for children under age?

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How much is acceptable to spend for Christmas?

December 6, 2017

 

STRICTLY ADULTS ONLY

What is an acceptable amount to spend on Christmas?

Business group Retail Ireland has said it expects Irish households to spend an average of €2,654 in shops this month, €870 more than any other month this year.

As a whole, it expects us to spend around €4.5 billion over the Christmas period, which is up from €4.4 billion in 2016.

However, retailers fear that they may lose out due to the number of people shopping online with non-Irish websites and crossing the border to Northern Ireland to do their shopping.

Tonight I want to talk about the amount being spent on this one day of the year and I want to know if you think it is acceptable to spend thousands on Christmas?

According to this research a family will spent over two and a half grand! Is that just bonkers?

Or are you a big fan of Christmas and think it is worth the money?

I know there are people out there who will spend thousands on presents for family and friends. They will spend thousands on the kids.

Some people believe that spending thousands on kids for Christmas is just spoiling them.

Others say that it is simply showing your love at Christmas and there is nothing wrong with it.

I want to know you think of this –

How much is acceptable to spend for Christmas?

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Would you leave your partner if you found out he was a cross-dresser?

December 6, 2017

 

Would you leave your partner if you found out he was a cross-dresser?

I know that sounds like the most bizarre question but believe it or not it’s a common issue in relationships.

I spotted a piece in the Irish times over the weekend about a man who is wondering how to tell his partner that he likes to dress up in women’s clothing.

Have a listen to what it says;

I’m a guy in my mid-30s who’s always had a penchant for cross-dressing. I’m in a long-term relationship and would really like to tell my partner but I’m unsure about how she’ll react to it. I have a profile online on a swinging website and I’m constantly being told I look great while I’m dressed up. It’s not something I’m looking to stop doing and would love to introduce my partner to that part of me.

Today I want to know how you would react if you found out your partner liked to dress up on women’s clothing.

Would it be a deal breaker for you?

Or would you accept it?

Ladies, would you be able to stay with you partner if you found out he liked to cross dress?

Here is a hypothetical situation –

You go to work and your boyfriend or husband is at home. You forget something and turn back to get it only to find your partner standing there in your clothing – he tells you it is a part of him and he like to dress up in women’s clothing in the house.

What would you do?

Would that be the end of the relationship for you?

Or would you try and accept it and move forward?

So – would you break up with your partner if you found out he likes to dress up in women’s clothing? 

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Would you support a General Election in Ireland before Christmas?

November 27, 2017

 

Will there be a General Election in Ireland before Christmas? 

The country is on the verge of a General Election after Fianna Fáil tabled a no confidence in Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald.

This motion breaks the confidence and supply agreement with the Government.

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald is under intense pressure from the opposition to step down, but Fine Gael are backing her strongly.

The reason the government could be brought down is tied up with the ongoing controversy around how gardaí treated whistleblower Maurice McCabe.

The O’Higgins Commission examined claims made about garda misconduct, and found serious flaws and failures in a number of investigations in the Cavan-Monaghan area between 2007 and 2008.

Maurice McCabe was one of the gardaí who highlighted these issues. A legal strategy adopted by Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan’s team in 2015 was to challenge his credibility at the O’Higgins Commission.

Documents uncovered by RTÉ’s Prime Time back in 2016 showed that Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan’s senior legal told Justice Kevin O’Higgins that he had “instructions from the commissioner” to “challenge the integrity… of Sergeant McCabe”.

So, the reason that Fitzgerald is under such pressure now is because an email was sent to her back in May 2015 around this legal strategy.

The email concerns a row between McCabe’s and O’Sullivan’s legal teams and mentions an allegation that “a serious criminal complaint against Maurice McCabe – which he had always denied – had not been properly investigated by the Garda Siochána”.

The fact that she was sent the email would suggest that Fitzgerald knew about these legal efforts to discredit McCabe. All of this snowballed into a huge scandal for the government in recent weeks.

So – what now - it looks like we could be heading for a Christmas time general election which is – let’s be honest – a shambles.

Taoiseach Leo Vardkar will essentially have to go to the Aras today. The president can reject and tell the Government to talk again but it is unlikely that will happen.

We will be a laughing stock in Europe with no Government as Brexit talks are supposed to move to the next stage.

The referendums coming up will have to be looked at again because the Government could collapse.

An Post have said that they would not be in a position to get polling cards out to people before Christmas.

At this time of the year it really is not what we want to be hearing from the Government. 

Michael Martin said in an interview today that Fianna Fail will not be going into Government with Sinn Fein after this General Election.

Today I want to get your reaction to this shocking news of a snap general election....

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Would you ever buy stolen goods?

November 22, 2017

 

Would you ever buy stolen goods?

It is coming up to Christmas and you know what that means – expensive gifts.

Tonight I want to know if you would ever buy knocked off goods if it meant a savings in your pocket.

Some people will say that there is nothing wrong with buying stolen goods.

It’s happening and has been going on for decades!

People are happy enough to get the goods cheap and not think about where it comes from.

If it is off the back of the truck some people think sure it’s insured and they won’t miss it. Truth is, they will as they have to reimburse the stock that has been stolen.  

There is also the dreaded and horrid experienced of having your home broken into. That has happened to me and I can tell you that you feel violated. To think that someone will then go and sell the goods to someone else. How would that make you feel?

But then again – what you don’t know won’t hurt you and if you get the goods for cheap and have no knowledge of where it came from – is it really a big deal.

After all, you are not the one stealing it.

I want to know what you think.

So tonight I want to ask you – would you ever buy stolen goods to save a few quid?

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