INTERVIEW: Senator David Norris

July 2, 2018

On Tuesday, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin confirmed that his party would support President Michael D. Higgins’s candidacy should he seek a second seven-year term.

Niall spoke to Senator David Norris to gauge his reaction.

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Is it irresponsible to let your teenage son sleep in the same bed as his girlfriend?

June 27, 2018

A father doesn't know if he should let his 17 year old son sleep in the same bed as his 17 year old girlfriend on holiday. Would it be irresponsible parenting?

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Would you be supportive of your son or daughter being a sex worker?

June 27, 2018

Would you be disappointed or would you support them?

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INTERVIEW: Noreen O’Neill

June 27, 2018

A mother who is pleading for a licence for medicinal cannabis for her sick toddler who suffers from seizures plans to climb Croagh Patrick this Sunday in order to highlight her plight.

Michael O’Neill, who will be two at the end of August, has a neurological condition called bilateral frontal polymicrogyric.

As a result he has experienced severe seizures which are currently reduced to spasms via the use of CBD oil.

Ms O’Neill has received more than 10,000 signatures on a petition calling for legalisation of medicinal cannabis. She said legalisation would make the process a lot easier both for patients and consultants.

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INTERVIEW: Mother of 9 living with her family on a Youghal beach.

June 27, 2018

 Keely Jones, 36, and her family have set up a makeshift home on the shoreline of Youghal due to difficulties finding a place to stay.

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Disciplining a partner’s child - is it acceptable or a no go area?

June 25, 2018

Wwe had an interesting message in from a listener who thinks it is unacceptable for her partner to discipline her 10 year old daughter.

It is a difficult situation when new partners meet your children. How far are they allowed to go when it comes to helping out with the children?

Is disciplining them out of the question? Or is it ever allowed?

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Will you be attending events surrounding the Pope’s visit?

June 25, 2018

As the free tickets went live for the Pope's visit today - we ask the question, will you be attending?

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Should Asylum Seekers be allowed to work unrestricted?

June 21, 2018

The Irish Refugee Council has advocated for the right to work to be immediately given to people who have waited six months for a decision and that there be no restrictions as to the profession they can pursue.

What do you think? Should asylum seekers be allowed to work with no restrictions?

Was Donald Trump right to stop standing by America’s strict immigration laws?

June 21, 2018

We discussed the outrage over the policy recently – some people called it “cruel and immoral”.

At the time Trump stood by the policy, making comments such as: “a county without borders is not a country at all

But just a few days later he has ordered an end to the policy. He signed a new executive order yesterday and he will be:

“keeping families together”

Is this change of policy being brought about to protect America? Or is it merely a response to all the criticism Trump has been receiving?

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Should Paternity leave be increased?

June 20, 2018

UNICEF is encouraging the Irish Government to increase parental supports for fathers and families.

It has welcomed the introduction of two weeks paternity leave for Irish dads since 2016 but says it's time to do more.

Does the government need to do more for fathers to newborns?

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Will you supporting England in The World Cup?

June 20, 2018

We love to cheer for the English football teams- is it a different story when it comes to cheering the country on in The World Cup?

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

June 20, 2018

 Niall spoke to the Head of Advocacy at Focus Ireland, Mike Allen, after a government report on homelessness found offers of social housing in the private rental sector were rejected last year.

The report from the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive says 112 offers of permanent social housing were turned down in 2017.

It said the reasons for refusal included that the housing wasn’t close to schools or in preferred areas.

Should this be allowed?

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Do you agree with America’s strict immigration laws?

June 20, 2018

US president Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the US would not become a “migrant camp”, as pressure mounted on him globally to end the separation of immigrant families on American’s southern border.

Do you agree with America’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy?

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Is Ireland, to put it frankly, a kip? PART 2

June 20, 2018

We continued are conversation on the night show about our inequalities in Ireland and if you, the listener, is happy with the Ireland you live in.

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INTERVIEW: Anne Dunlea

June 20, 2018

Mother of three Olivia Dunlea was stabbed in the neck in her home by Darren Murphy in 2013.

Olivia's sister Anne, spoke to Niall. Anne and her family are calling for an overhaul of the criminal justice system after they had to endure three murder trials before they saw the killer jailed for life.

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Is Ireland, to put it frankly, a kip?

June 18, 2018

Ireland is now a country where house prices soar while salaries go down. With a mess of a health care system and a lithany of scandals, when is enough enough? Are you happy with the Ireland you live in today?

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Video Game Addiction: Fact or Fiction?

June 18, 2018

Addiction to video games will officially be recognised as a mental disorder from today.

The World Health Organisation has included “gaming disorder” in a new draft of its International Classification of Diseases (ICD), which was released today.

The entry for the illness says that those who suffer have trouble controlling their behaviours around gaming and give it precedence over the rest of their lives.

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Should we introduce the Half Game Rule in sports?

June 13, 2018

Sporting bodies have been called on to introduce a 'half game rule' which would guarantee pitch playing time for amateur youth and adult athletes.

Niall spoke to Fine Gael Senator Neale Richmond who believe that Irish sporting organisations should follow the example of their UK counterparts and introduce a code of practice which would mean young adults could not be left on the sidelines during games.

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Interview with Dr.Brid Walsh, spokesperson for The National Association of General Practitioners

June 13, 2018

Niall Spoke to Dr. Brid Walsh, spokesperson for the NAGP, about the current fallout from the GP lead abortion services issues

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Heartbreaking Interview with Karen Docherty who has lost her 2 sons to suicide.

June 13, 2018

Karen Docherty’s boys Stephen, 30, and 22-year-old Graham Murray took their own lives within three years of each other.

Karen talks to niall in this upfront and harrowing interview about wanting to raise awareness of mental health so no other family has to go through the same trauma.

The mother of three, from Lucan, South Dublin, wants to share her story in the hope of saving others from following in her tragic sons’ footsteps.

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Leaving a dog outside at night. Would you call it neglect?

June 13, 2018

We had a message in from a listener Fiona speaking about her neighbour's dog is being left outside and feels like it is a form of neglect. What do you think?

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**PART 2** Do you agree with doctor’s having a conscientious objection regarding abortion?

June 13, 2018

In our continuation of this topic, Siobhan, a doctor, spoke to Niall about how she believes GPs have been kept in the dark throughout the whole campaign. She also claims the first time she heard it would be a GP lead campaign was on the news. 

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Strip Club advertising. Do you think it should be banned?

June 11, 2018

Dublin Senator Catherine Noone speaks to Niall about strip bar clubs advertising in Temple Bar. She talks about how these semi clad posters have no place in an area that has tourist and children present. 

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Do you agree with doctor’s having a conscientious objection regarding abortion?

June 11, 2018

The Nation Association of General Practitioners on Saturday held a meeting passing a motion of "opt in" abortion services. They believe they should not be made to refer a woman seeking abortion onto a doctor that is willing to provide the service as they believe that would be aiding something in which they do not agree with. 

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Do beauty pageants objectify women?

June 6, 2018

Miss America pageants have announced that they will no longer be having a bikini round in their contests. Niall spoke to Brittany Mason, Director of the Miss Universe Ireland franchise about the subject of objectifying women in these contests.

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Should child benefit be means tested?

June 6, 2018

Minister Regina Doherty is discussing cutting child benefit for households earning over €100,000. Should child benefit be cut for higher earners?

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Should Magdalene Laundry survivors be rewarded compensation?

June 6, 2018

Magdalene Laundry survivors have been honored by The State and The president at special events in Dublin this week, do you believe there should be a form of redress for each mother and child that endured these homes?

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Where does the right to privacy lie in adoption?

June 6, 2018

Where does the right to privacy lie in adoption? Should adopted people be allowed to access their full birth information?

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Should Ireland take a Portugal style approach to drugs?

June 6, 2018

Portugal may be winning the war on drugs by ending the decriminalisation of illegal substances, should Ireland follow suit?

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Adoption Scandal

May 30, 2018

126 children were incorrectly registered as the biological children of their adoptive parents. It has been said that this is just the tip of the iceberg and there could be thousands more.

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Divorce - Should we abolish the wait time?

May 30, 2018

We live in a relatively progressive society nowadays is there such a need for a wait time for a divorce in Ireland?

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Is there a place for religion in our education system?

May 30, 2018

Do you agree with religion being taught in schools or should we ban it entirely?

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Should cheating be made illegal?

May 30, 2018

Should cheating be made illegal? This might sound crazy but in certain places in America committing infidelity will impose a fine. Would you agree with something like this being implemented in Ireland?

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Do you believe in Earth Angels?

May 30, 2018

We spoke to Sarah Rebbeca Vine - A woman who believes she's an angel put on earth to better it and everyone in it, and claims you could be an earth angel too.

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Reaction to The Referendum result

May 28, 2018

Are you happy with the referendum result? Or are you disappointed and think Ireland has made a mistake?

Niall talked to listeners today about their reaction to the result.

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Wolf Whistling - Should it be punishable by a fine?

May 23, 2018

France has brought in fines up to 700 euro if a man is found to be wolf whistling at a woman. This is in order to tackle sexual violence. Do you agree with it? Does wolf whistling make you uncomfortable? Should Ireland follow in France's footsteps? 

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Can you be a child’s sponsor if you are not a practicing Catholic?

May 21, 2018

In the wake of Independent Alliance TD John Halligan claiming he was denied being the sponsor for his Godson's Confirmation by The Bishop of Waterford, we as the question: Can only a practising Catholic be a child's sponsor?

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Should psychological abuse carry a 5 year sentence?

May 16, 2018

Psychological abuse and controlling behaviour within a relationship is to become a crime punishable by up to five years. How does someone prove psychological abuse? 

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AIB Playing “Big Brother” through spying on customers Social Media Accounts

May 16, 2018

The AIB banking group has been accused of playing Big Brother with its customers after it emerged that it spies on customers' social media accounts.

The bank tells customers that the move "helps us understand your behaviour", what do you think?

 

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RTE broadcasting The Royal Wedding - Do you support this?

May 14, 2018

Ahead of The Royal Wedding, Niall speaks to Seamus Kelly - spokesperson for Anti Imperial Action Ireland about the about the objection to RTE broadcasting the Royal Wedding. 

 

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TEST

May 11, 2018

 

TEST

 

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Are the Government Doing Enough to Tackle Domestic Abuse?

April 18, 2018

 

Are the government doing enough to tackle domestic abuse in Ireland? 

Niall asked listners to share their stories and thoughts on domestic violence. Different people have breaking points where they cannot take either the physical or domestic abuse from their partner. 

Listen to what callers had to say. 

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Should Women Have to Take Their Husband’s Name When They Marry?

April 18, 2018

 

Should women have to take their husband's name when they get married - asked a listener? 

Niall had Australian Journalist, Broadcaster and Comedienne Catherine Devney on the show who had an interesting take on the topic - Marriage is sexist!

You don't want to miss this podcast!

What do you think? Should a woman take her husband's name in marriage? 

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DEBATE : The Arguments For Both the “Yes” and “No” Vote in the Repeal The 8th Referendum

April 18, 2018

 

How will you vote in the upcoming Repeal the 8th Referendum? 

Niall had Cora Sherlock (Deputy Chairperson for the Pro-Life Campaign) and Sinead Kennedy (National Spokesperson for 'Together For the Yes Campaign') representing the Pro-Life and Pro-Choice campaigns join him in the studio to discuss the vote facing Ireland. 

Listen to the arguments being put forward by both speakers as they canvas for your vote. 

How will you vote in the upcioming referendum? 

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Heartbreaking Interview with Noleen Cullen who is seeking respite support

April 16, 2018

 

Heartbreaking Interview with Noleen Cullen who is seeking respite support. 

Noleen is a 57 year old mother who has 2 adult children with special needs. She has taken care of them all her life and she talked Niall through the hardships of day to day life caring for her 2 children at home. 

Noleen does not want to put her children into residential care but the emotional and physical pressures of caring for 2 handicapped adult children is challenging. 

Noleen tells us why respite care is so important for her children but also for herself too. 

This is one courageous woman and you need to listen to her story. 

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Do you think graphic posters are wrong or reality?

April 11, 2018

 

Do you think graphic abortion posters are wrong or reality?

The reason I want to ask you this question tonight is because of a message we got from a woman in Cobh.

Have a listen to it.

Hi Niall, I am fuming!!! Spitting feathers I am!  So apparently there were
2 women in Cobh in co cork down the Main Street with a picture of a baby a “foetus” on a huge poster for the voting. Cobh has a no poster campaign for the tidy towns.

So they went down with the poster ... well there was war ... the locals called the guards said it was offensive. They said the poor kids walking home from school would be traumatized. My thoughts on this is that if they insist on teaching kids that young about being gender neutral in school then why not teach kids about abortion and ask them to look it up on you tube like they do with all their idols and see it’s life at 10 weeks .

I know at least 10 guys who have had their babies aborted in the UK most of them found out after and they were gutted. If I knew one of my grandchildren were aborted I would be so angry.  I have an 18 year old who is refusing to vote because her friend’s say vote yes and she wants to vote no but she is afraid because her friends are telling her if she voted no then mothers who are in risk of their Life will die. Our kids need more education on both sides of the argument.

Don’t give out my name because Cobh is such a small town and I will be lynched!

Ok – let me explain this photo. It is a poster for the No side of the abortion debate that shows terminated babies or foetus’s (whatever way you choose to say it) at different stages from 8 weeks up to 22 weeks.

The pictures are quite graphic and the poster is quite a big one. From the photo that the listener sent in to us, it looks like it could be on a bus stop or billboard.

Tonight I want to know if you think these graphic posters are necessary in the campaigning or if they are too graphic.

According to our listeners, some locals in Cobh objected to the posters saying that it is graphic and not right that children would see it.

I am sure there are posters on the yes campaign that people are not happy with too.

Some people believe that graphic posters like this are the reality and should be shown.

Others however will say that they are offensive and unnecessary.

I am sure there are more like them around the entire country.

I want to get your views on them tonight –

Do you think graphic posters are wrong or reality?

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Could you date someone if they told you they were bi-sexual?

April 11, 2018

 

Would you date someone who is bi-sexual?

We got an interesting email into the show. Have a listen to it.

Hi Niall,

Can you talk about something on your show for me? I recently starting dating a guy that I met online. We have been on a number of dates in the last three months. All was going well until he dropped a bombshell on me and I really do not know how to take it.

We were talking about our pasts and I was telling him how my last relationship was pretty serious to which he said so was his. He proceeded to tell me that his ex BOYFRIEND and him are still good friends.

I froze and asked him to did he mean his ex girlfriend to which he told me that he is bi sexual and his last relationship was with a man.

I was totally shocked. At the time I just went on with the date and after an hour or so I said I felt ill and needed to go home.

I am still in shock and don’t know if I am over reacting or old fashioned.

He is extremely attractive, has a great personality and we never stop laughing when we are together. I don’t know how to explain this but I never would have put him down as bi-sexual.

I am dumbfounded by this and don’t know what to do. I am afraid if I allowed this to go further and we did end up in a serious relationship, would he leave me for a man? Is he more attracted to men than women? Would I end up jealous of men and women?

It all seems too much. I spoke to a close friend of mine about it and she couldn’t believe it either. She said she couldn’t be in a relationship with a bi-sexual man and that I should end this now.

I don’t want to be old fashioned but I don’t know if I can continue to see someone who also likes men.

Please don’t mention my name.

What do you think of this message?

Do you think this woman is being old fashioned? Or would you be able to date someone who was bi-sexual?

In an ideal world, a person’s ex partners shouldn’t really be an issue for you. They left them for a reason and it should be left at that.

However, if their ex was someone of the same sex – does that change things for you?

Maybe you are bi-sexual or have dated someone who is b-sexual – I want to hear from you tonight.

So – would you have any issue dating a person who is bi-sexual?

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INTERVIEW : Evelyn Brown’s Shocking Story of her Daughter Not Getting Medical Assistance

April 9, 2018

 

Niall spoke to mother Evelyn Brown about the shocking story of her 7 year old daughter Anna. 

Anna was born 7 years ago and Evelyn felt that there was something not right with her. Seven years arguing with Doctors and Specialists it was only last year that that the Medical community eventually gave Anna proper testing where it was tragically found that she has life changing conditions. 

How did the HSE alloow this to happen? What is the future for Anna and what can you do to help? 

A must listen to podcast. 

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INTERVIEW : Fintan Dunne and Founder Irish First Mothers Kathy McMahon

April 9, 2018

 

Niall spoke to Fintan Dunne and the founder of 'Irish First Mothers' Kathy McMahon. 

Fintan and Kathy are calling for women who were in the 'Mother and Baby Homes' not to work with the government to share their perosnal information. 

Why would they ask survivors to do such a thing? 

Only one way to find out - Take a listen. 

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Should Gerry Adams should apologise for saying violence is justified in certain circumstances?

April 9, 2018

 

Former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has found himself in a bit of hot water after he said he believes violence can, in certain circumstances, be justified to reach political aims.

In an interview with German newspaper Der Spiegel, Mr Adams was asked about the Troubles, the current political deadlock in Northern Ireland and his hopes for a united Ireland.

He was speaking ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement next week.

When asked if he believes violence is a legitimate means with which to reach one’s aims, he replied: “I think in given circumstances.

He went on to say “And the circumstances at that time in the North were that people were being denied their rights.

“The English occupiers refused to concede those and in fact attacked the demonstrators. The most disastrous mistake that the English government made is that they handed the situation over to the generals. That always leads to a militarisation of the situation. Military people are not there to pacify, they are there to subjugate.”

Mr Adams denied ever shooting at anyone during the Troubles but said he joined Sinn Féin after reading what the British government had planned for Ireland in the Special Powers Act.

He said “The people that I know didn’t go to war. The war came to us,”

“I woke up one morning, and the British Army were in occupation of the local school, the local football pitch, the local social centre, the roadblocks were up. They were stopping you. They were throwing you up against the wall. They were arresting you. They were molesting women, and so on and so on.”

Mr Adams was asked how he reconciled his Catholic faith with the use of violence.

He said “It’s still my view that the use of armed actions in the given circumstances is a legitimate response. Whether you exercise that right is another issue. And of course, there were many things that the IRA did which were wrong. And I both condemned at the time and deplore and regret it to this time,”

Mr Adams was also asked if the Belfast Agreement was worth the deaths of more than 3,000 people killed during the Troubles.

He said “Well, it’s hard to measure it in those ways. Of course, it would’ve been far better if not one person was killed or injured. But you don’t pursue and you don’t get progress without struggle,”

“And I say that as someone who has lost a lot of family members and friends and who has been tortured and shot myself. I’ve been there, and I’ve been at many, many funerals. But of course, you can only measure all of this at the end of all of this. And I do believe that Irish unity is going to be the reality.

Many people up North including the DUP are angry at his comments and have called for him to apologise.

They believe sending out the message that violence can be justified is wrong.

Do you think he should apologise? Or do you think violence during the troubles was somewhat necessary?

Today I want to know what you think.

Do you think Gerry Adams should apologise for saying violence is justified in certain circumstances?

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