Do you think that naming and shaming drink drivers will act as a deterrent?

July 24, 2017

 

Do you think that naming and shaming drink drivers will act as a deterrent?

You have probably heard that this idea is being considered for introduction at the end of the year and today I want to know what you think about it. Minister Shane Ross said that he believes that if even one life can be saved with such a law, then it’s worth introducing.

 

Some people however think that it’s a pointless exercise, saying that more checkpoints and stiffer sentences are a bigger deterrent.

A man called into the show to share the harrowing story of how his daughter was killed by a driver over the drink driving limit. Then a woman confessed that she had been a serial drink driver until she made the decision to give up alcohol. 

So do you think naming and shaming drink drivers will work?

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Should we admire people who live a Vegan lifestyle?

July 24, 2017

 

Do you admire people who choose to go vegan?

Do you think Ireland needs to do more to accept veganism? Or, like many, do you think it’s just a fad and that vegans are pretentious and should just get on with their life without pushing their food beliefs down your throat . 

It is worth nothing however that there are also many meat eaters who also live very healthy lifestyles too. 

Vegans generally have a lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes – and may live longer, as a result. But being vegan doesn’t cancel out your chances of getting these diseases of course.

However, some experts disagree with it as a diet for children purely because of the need for all nutrients for children. Many parents are choosing to raise their children vegan though. Some go to an extreme which sadly has lead to some fatalities. Others have been able to do it correctly though and healthily. 
Today I want to open a discussion on people who choose to go vegan.

We spoke to Vegan Blogger and YouTuber Amy McColgan - Her website 'Green Leafy Gael' CLICK HERE and author Kelly Donegan CLICK HERE - about how to live a Vegan LifeStyle. 

Do you admire someone who chooses to go vegan?

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Is it time that Ireland leaves the Eurovison Song Contest?

July 21, 2017

 

Is it time that Ireland leaves the Eurovison Song Contest? 

We all remember the glory days of Ireland in the Eurovision when we seemed to be always winning the Contest or at least in the running for a Top 10 placing.

Since the new millennium we’ve certainly lost our way. We didn’t keep up with the musical tastes of European countries and now we can’t even qualify for the competition!

And to make matters worse, it was revealed this week that it cost RTE a whopping  €331,000 to send Brendan Murray and his song ‘Dying to Try’ to Kiev.

Ireland failed to qualify for the Grand Final for AGAIN. The last time Ireland made the final was in 2013 when Ryan Dolan came last in the final!

RTE have justified the money that they spent on the contest saying that it brought good value for money.

The spend this year included the competition entry fee of €84,500 but not RTE labour costs and the 16 members of a delegation sent to the contest in Ukraine.

RTE spent €337,000 on former Westlife singer Nicky Byrnes’s performance in Stockholm in 2016.

RTE were also in the news for reporting a deficit of €19.6m in 2016. In defending the cost, an RTE spokesperson said that entering the competition allowed RTE to deliver seven and a half hours of entertainment to Irish viewers.

The spokesperson also said that "This year, an average 273,000 viewers tuned in over the course of the three nights of the contest, representing a 21pc share," defending this as "excellent value for money for RTE and for Irish television licence-fee payers".

So what do you think Ireland should do when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest? Does it provide value for money for the viewer who pays their TV license? Are the costs associated with entering the contest too expensive and could they be spent more wisely by RTE?

And maybe you think we just need to pull out of this yearly competition.

Should Ireland pull out of the Eurovision song contest?

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Is there ever an excuse to commit crime?

July 21, 2017

 

I want to know if you think there is ever an excuse to commit crime.

I want to ask you that because of a story I spotted in the paper today about a man who has received a four and a half year sentence for carrying out an armed robbery.

It’s reported that he threatened to chop a customer’s head off and he had a balaclava, an air pistol and a hatchet with him.

The very interesting part of this case is that the man apologised for his actions said that he had to do it. He explained that he had a drug debt and would be killed if he didn’t get the money.

It’s reported that the judge said that he had been ‘motivated by fear’ but he was still handed a big enough sentence.

 

So should someone’s circumstance be considered when it comes to sentencing? I’m talking about people with drug debts, people who are finding it hard to support their families and so on. There are many people who will take a hard line on this. They’ll say do the crime do the time.

Others will have more sympathy and understand that sometimes people are forced in to committing a crime.

So.....is there ever an excuse for crime?

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Do you think it’s selfish for someone to have a baby over the age of 45?

July 21, 2017

 

Do you think it’s selfish for someone to have a baby over the age of 45?

An increasing number of Irish women are having babies after their 50th birthday too.

The trend for older mothers is being put down to people living longer and advances in fertility treatments.

So do you agree? Is it selfish to have a baby later in life? If a person is 50 when they have their first child, they will be 68 before the child is deemed an adult. 

But maybe you think it’s nobody’s business and that nobody should judge another parent for the choices they make.

So…..Is it selfish to have a child over the age of 45?

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Mike Hogan Calls Out A Listener In A Mic Drop Moment - RADIO GOLD

July 20, 2017

 

Mike had some fun with a caller who trolled him for being a "Boring D$@K HEAD". Never a shy wall flower, Mike offered the texter to come on the air. Well who would believe it when the caller accepted the offer. 

What happened next was radio gold! 

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Should Cyclist be made to get a license to cycle in city centers?

July 20, 2017

 

Should Cyclist be made to get a license to cycle in city centers?

Yesterday the Luas operators released a video showing how some cyclists were reckless on the roads almost causing accidents and fatalities on the city's tram lines. 

Today Mike asked the question if cyclists in urban areas should be made take a cycling test and get a license to cycle on our roads? 

It was a battle of Cyclists versus Motorists. Who won? Take a listen!

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Do you think there is anything wrong with allowing a young boy wear a dress in public?

July 19, 2017

 

Do you think there is anything wrong with allowing a young boy wear a dress in public?

I want to ask you that today because of a story in the UK. A proud mum has slammed haters who mock her five-year-old son for wearing princess dresses and tiaras by saying: “If you don’t like him, don’t look”.

Disney-mad Riley asked for a Cinderella gown for his fourth birthday and has both his ears pierced.

The now five-year-old is often met with stares and whispers when out in public and has been called a girl by his classmates because of his appearance.

His mother Charlie has now defended her son and said when it comes to children expressing themselves, gender shouldn’t be an issue.

She said that people have told her that she shouldn’t let her son wear a dress.

She believes that it is ridiculous to assume that girls should wear dresses and boys shouldn’t and that parents should just let their children be who they want to be.

 

So, today I want to know what you think – should parents be more open and encourage their children to be who they want to be and wear what they want to wear.

Or should they discourage this behaviour for fear of them being bullied?

As much as we try to stamp out bullying and focus on the bully, we cannot deny that kids will be kids and they will say what they want without realising they are hurting someone else.

Should we as parents protect our children from possible bullying?

Or should we encourage them to do what they want and ignore the bullying?

Is this mother right to allow her 5 year old son wear a dress in public?

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Would you hire someone if they had visible tattoos?

July 18, 2017

 

Would you hire a person who has visible tattoos?

We spotted a story over the weekend about a man who cannot find work and believes it's because of his tattoo.

The teenage father has a tattoo covering half his face saying DEVAST8. Mark Cropp who was recently released from prison, put a plea out on Facebook saying his facial tattoo was stopping him securing employment.

He said he's been told he wouldn't be employed with "that on his face," and had people shrug and laugh at him.

The 19-year-old said his tattoo- which he claims is a 'name' rather than being gang affiliated- wasn't planned and was not supposed to be quite as big.

He got it a number of months ago while in prison serving a two year and three month sentence in the Otago Correction Facility for aggravated robbery.

Cropp said he was going through a 'rough patch' with people trying to bully him at the time and believed people were more cautious around those with tattoos in prison.

After his story went viral he said he finally has a potential job, and he has been inundated with offers to remove his tattoo; which he taking a company up on.

What I want to talk about today thought is tattoos in general. Would you make a snap judgement about someone based on their tattoos?

Would you refuse to hire someone if they have very visible tattoos?

A recent survey found that 60% of employers said that they would be less likely to employ someone with visible tattoos or piercings and said they would have a lower opinion of those people.

Do you fall into that category? Would you have a lower opinion of a person with a tattoo?

There are many people who have a lot of tattoos and very visible ones at that. They believe they are an art form and should not stop them from being hired for a job. They say their tattoos do not make them less capable than a person with no tattoos.

But can you understand why an employer might not want to hire someone.

There is a perceived notion attached to tattoos that a person is a trouble maker. Whether you agree with that or not you cannot deny that the stigma is attached to tattoos.

Can you understand why an employer may refuse to hire a person with tattoos?

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Are those who attend mass and refuse to take communion hypocritical?

July 17, 2017

 

Are those who attend mass and refuse to take communion hypocritical?

I know it sounds like a bizarre question, but it’s a debate that arose in the office today.

PJ Gallagher ended up getting his hands on some holy communion discs (UNBLESSED and NOT from a church) for some random reason and we got talking about the amount of people who now refuse to take communion when attending a mass.

Mike was at a funeral recently and he was taken aback with the amount of people who didn’t walk up the aisle to receive holy communion in protest.

If you’re going to attend the ceremony in the first place, why not get involved.

Surely, if you want to protest, you wouldn’t attend the church even in the first place.

If you don’t believe the giving of community represents anything, why are you so afraid to take it?

But maybe you think I’m completely wrong and that it would be hypocritical of non practicing Catholics to receive holy communion.

Maybe I’m hypocritical for taking it when I’m at a funeral, baptism or wedding mass.

This topic can be expanded to other religious hypocrisies too. Maybe you think people who become sponsors of kids doing confirmations are hypocritical if they are not religious.

Then of course there’s the whole debate around parents getting their children baptised to get in to schools.

But for the moment let’s stick to the debate about those who stay in their seats in protest when communion is being offered.

Do you think they are hypocrites for being there in the first place?

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The Irish Man Who Made His Wimbledon Tennis Debut - Chris Quinn

July 17, 2017

 

Who won Wimbledon? Well if your're talking about the most the most spoken about person at the tennis championship it has to be Chris Quinn from Greystones. 

Kim Clijsters asked her teammate Rennae Stubbs whether she should serve wide or down the middle only to be answered by Quinn who said "Body". 

Well what happened next is what YouTube is made for - Take a look

https://youtu.be/Z04Oe_GULao

 

Mike caught up with Chris Quinn today and here what has happened since his Wimbledon debut.

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We speak to residents who’s homes were flooded in Limerick

July 17, 2017

 

Several homes in Limerick city were badly damaged when water and sewage besieged parts of the city.

We spoke to resident Niamh Counihan about the devastating impact on her home.

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Should Ireland decriminalize drugs use?

July 17, 2017

 

Should Ireland decriminalize drugs use?

Well....the possession of small quantities of drugs including heroin, cocaine and cannabis for personal use could be decriminalised under proposals being discussed by the Government today.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister of State for Drugs Catherine Byrne are to publish the National Drugs Strategy, which will govern the official approach to substance abuse through 2020.

The strategy will confirm the establishment of a working group to assess alternatives to criminal convictions for minor drug possession.

The aim is to have a health-led approach rather than criminalizing those in possession of drugs.

They will look at how other countries deal with drug problems.

 

The argument against it is of course that if it is decriminalized, more people will try drugs because the stigma will be gone.

Some have argued that people won’t be afraid to get caught with drugs anymore meaning more people will start taking them.

So, will it actually solve the drug problem or make it worse?

So should the possession of drugs be decriminalized in this country?

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BABY CHARLIE - Is it wrong that a child be taken off life support against the parents wishes?

July 14, 2017

 

Everyone is talking about the heartbreaking story of ‘Baby Charlie’. He is a 10 month old baby boy whose parents have been fighting through the courts to stop hospitals from turning off the life support system that he is on.

Charlie Gard, who has brain damage, is shortly to be taken off life support after a ruling against his parents by British courts and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Charlie’s parents want to take him to the United States in the hope that there may be some treatment for his mitochondrial disease, but the courts ruled that he should be allowed to die with dignity.

The Pope said “He prays for them, hoping that their desire to accompany and care for their child until the end is not disregarded.”

Even Donald Trump took time out from his daily tweets to say that the USA would be willing to help.

So it brings up the question as to who should have the right to decide if Baby Charlie – or any other child for that matter – should have the right to say when a child should be allowed to die.

Put yourself in the position of the patents who are fighting every second for their son to be kept alive. As a parent I would give my last breath to save my child and I’m sure that every other parent out there would feel the same. Your child is never meant to die before you!

But when does the time come when a parent needs to say goodbye? Baby Charlie’s parents only want the best for him. However scientists have overwhelmingly said that Charlie is brain dead and that allowing him to die will stop his prolonged pain and agony. So should his Parents not listen to the advice of the doctors? If they truly wanted the best for their son then they should let him die with dignity and stop his pain?

This is truly a case of should you listen to your “head of your heart”.

Is it wrong that this child – Baby Charlie - is being taken off life support against parent’s wishes?

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How old is too old for a child to see a parent naked?

July 14, 2017

 

How old is too old for a child to see a parent naked?

Niall received an email into the show and it read 

"Hi Niall, here’s a weird one for you to discuss. The other day I walked into my sister’s house and called her name. I have a key! She told me she was upstairs getting changed and to come up. I walked into her bedroom and she was standing there in a towel just out of the shower. She proceeded then to dry herself and drop her towel to get dressed. No big deal around me because we are sisters by my 8 year old nephew was sitting on the bed.

Straight away I said what are you doing? And told her she shouldn’t be getting changed in from of him. She said that it was no big deal; he is her son and its fine. I didn’t say much more because it’s not really my place but I really thought it was wrong. Surely at 8 years of age he should not be seeing his mother naked. Whatever about a child up to the age of 4 but anything after that is just a little weird in my opinion?

I was wondering could you discuss this – I know it’s a strange discussion but I really would be interested in hearing people’s opinion – is 8 years of age too old to be seeing a parent completely naked? Thanks."

 

Maybe you are a parent who gets naked in front of his or her children and think its fine.

Or maybe you agree with this sister and think anything after the age of 4 is wrong.

Look most of us are parents and we know that with children, timing can be everything. You’re trying to get ready but your child simply will not leave you alone – is it ok to get changed in front of them?

So here’s the question tonight – how old is too old to get naked in front of your child?

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Would you call someone a racist if they would only use a taxi with a white driver?

July 14, 2017

 

Would you call someone a racist if they would only use a taxi with a white driver?

We were speaking in the office today about getting a taxi late at night. Some people said that they always look at the driver before they get into the taxi. I guess that’s normal as you wouldn’t just jump into a car with a stranger without taking a glance.  

However one person said that they knew someone who said that when they’re trying to hail a taxi they will always avoid a foreign taxi driver. They were pretty adamant about that. If they stopped a taxi with say a Nigerian driver, they would let the taxi go and wait for another.

Is this “FEAR” just ridiculous or do you think it is a genuine concern for people?

The term racist is used very freely in modern society and in many cases it is totally justified. However you will hear from Jamie now that it can be thrown out in a legal setting as an attempt to sway judge and court case.

Would you call someone a racist if they would only use a taxi with a white driver?

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So is it ever acceptable for a farmer to kill a dog?

July 14, 2017

 

Do you think it is acceptable for farmers to shoot and kill dogs on their property?

It was reported that a Wexford farmer has lost more than €20,000 worth of livestock in three separate attacks by dogs on his sheep over the past six months.

The latest incident happened last week when more than 15 of his sheep were savaged to death and several more injured in an attack by two dogs.

The farmer said that he shot another dog last week that was in his field. He explained that he called him back, got him in a trailer and shot him.

The farmer appealed to people to keep their dogs under control.

So is it ever acceptable for a farmer to kill a dog?

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Is Homophobia alive in Ireland - Cllr Francis Timmons tells us his story?

July 14, 2017

 

Cllr Francis Timmons of Clondalkin in Dublin received homophobic hate mail. Is this something that is on the rise in Ireland? 

Have we not as a nation moved on from those days of inequality? Well we spoke to Cllr Francis Timmons about hate mail he received. 

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Are you proud of Conor McGregor?

July 14, 2017

 

Are you proud of Conor McGregor?

Did you look at the McGregor/Mayweather pre fight press conference - it was two grown men acting like a pair of children.

It was another colourful press conference in a long line of McGregor pressers where he cursed and trash talked. The other guy wasn’t much better.

But there is no doubt that McGregor has made a world-wide name for himself and he is adored by thousands of people in Ireland. I have no doubt that I will have die-hard fans on the show today giving out to me for evening questioning if he is a good influence or not.

He isn’t adored by everyone in Ireland though. We have a tendency in this country to feel we have to love any Irish man or woman who does well for themselves abroad. But Conor has his haters here too because of his crass behaviour.

So are you proud of Conor McGregor? Or like some people commenting on social media after last night...are you embarrassed by him?

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Is the TV license value for money?

July 14, 2017

 

Do you think the licence fee is value for money?

Well, the director general of RTE certainly does and actually thinks it should be increased.

Dee Forbes has said the TV licence fee should be increased to €175.

The director general said the TV licence fee system is “fundamentally broken” and is preventing the station for long-term planning.

She said failure to reform the system means that those that pay the fee are now subsidising those that don’t.

The BBC for example doesn’t advertise but takes a fee from the general public. Many people in Britain think they get value for their money due to the quality programming that the BBC provides.

But do you think RTE provides the same quality?

Let’s take a look at what RTE has on offer today for example…..

Super Garden – Nationwide – Eco Eye – Fair City – Grandma’s Boy with Donal Skehan – Dundalk against Rosenburg in the Champions league qualifier

So do you think that’s good value for money?

Would you pay more for your TV licensee?

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Should Homework Be Done Away With For Children?

July 14, 2017

 

Should kids not be given homework? An Oireachtas committee will today asses whether we should scrap homework in our schools.

The Irish Primary Principals' Network says the traditional form of after-school assignments as we now it needs to be re-evaluated.

However, the main body for Ireland's primary school leaders believe that a new form of homework should be kept in place to help teach students how to study.

We spoke to President of the IPPN, Maria Doyle who says the traditional idea of giving students homework is out-dated and needs to be reassessed.

A study found students in the primary school years are getting significantly more homework than is recommended by education leaders.

The data shows that homework over this level is not beneficial to children's grades, and there's really a plethora of evidence that it's detrimental to their attitude about school, their grades, their self-confidence, their social skills and their quality of life."

We all had homework when we went to school and most of us turned out absolutely fine.

Some will say that homework teaches children diligence and structure for young children and it should stay that way.

While others may say that children shouldn’t be doing homework after studying for 6 or 8 hours a day and that they should be allowed to have fun and be creative.

 

Should homework be completely done away with?

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Do you agree with an automatic driving ban for drink drivers?

July 11, 2017

 

Do you agree with an automatic driving ban for drink drivers?

Kerry TD Danny Healy Rae came on the show and stunned listeners with his comments on drinking. You must listen to this! 

Controversial changes to the law on drink-driving are due to be discussed at Cabinet this morning.

The proposed legislation would see the introduction of an automatic three-month ban for drivers over the alcohol limit.

Currently, first-time offenders are not necessarily disqualified and can pay a fine and get three penalty points.

Mr Ross's proposals would see the introduction of a three-month mandatory ban for motorists found to have reached an alcohol limit of between 50mg-80mg per 100ml.

Opponents say this is the equivalent of a glass of wine.

Last night, Transport Minister Shane Ross confirmed that he would push for a free vote on the measures which have been labeled 'anti-rural' by some TDs. The legislation will come before the Oireachtas in the Autumn.

When introducing it in February, Minister Ross said: "What I am proposing is that the existing provision allowing people to get penalty points rather than a disqualification for drink driving sends the wrong message and should go.

"Instead of three penalty points, such drivers will get a three-month disqualification. This is quite proportionate.

Kerry TD Danny Healy Rae is a strong opponent to the legislation and said he would be happy to get into a plane, being flown by someone with three glasses beer.

Danny Healy Rae's comments come as the Cabinet meets to discuss the prospect of giving TDs a free vote on the issue.

He insists he has never seen anyone whose ability to drive is affected by three glasses of beer.

He said “I don't believe and until the day I die, I don't believe that anyone that has had two or three glasses, a pint and a half that they are a liability or a danger on the road,”

Would you be happy to see people automatically banned from driving if they are over the limit even by a little bit?

The reality is that if a person injures or kills someone from drink driving they are punished and banned from driving anyway.  If a person is caught over the limit by a substantial amount, they are also banned from driving.

Essentially what this new law seeks to do is punish those who may be a little over the limit by one glass of wine or one beer. It could affect those who drive the following day after drinking.

Do you support that? Maybe you think it is the zero-tolerance policy that we need in Ireland?

Or maybe you think it is simply going to punish people unnecessary and take thousands off the road.

I want to know what you think –

Do you agree with an automatic driving ban for anyone caught over the drink driving limit?

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Should the Catholic Church be more accepting of the LGBT community?

July 11, 2017

 

Should the Catholic Church be more accepting of the LGBT community?

The Church of England has "turned a corner" after its ruling body voted overwhelming in favour of welcoming transgender people into the church.

The General Synod backed Reverend Chris Newlands' motion which said transgender people should be "welcomed and affirmed in their parish church" as part of the "long and often complex process" of transition.

Mr Newlands had also called for the Church to provide guidance to help clergy provide services for transgender people to mark their transition.

The vote came after bishops overwhelmingly backed a motion calling for a ban on "unethical" conversion therapy for gay Christians.

Opening the debate, Mr Newlands, of the Blackburn Diocesan Synod, said: "I hope that we can make a powerful statement to say that we believe that trans people are cherished and loved by God, who created them, and is present through all the twists and turns of their lives."

This is no doubt a huge step in welcoming members of the LGBT community into religion and today I want to know if you think the Catholic Church should follow suit?

 A Catholic church in New York recently opened its doors to gay people who wanted to remain part of the church.  They were welcomed personally by the leader of the Archdiocese of Newark, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin and were seated on folding chairs at the cathedral’s centre.

The welcoming of a group of openly gay people to Mass by a leader of Cardinal Tobin’s standing in the Roman Catholic Church  would have been unthinkable even five years ago.

But Cardinal Tobin is among a small but growing group of bishops changing how the American church relates to its gay members. They are seeking to be more inclusive and signalling to subordinate priests that they should do the same.

Would you like to see churches in Ireland do the same?

It’s similar to a moral dilemma that we’ve mentioned on the show before. Can a person be Catholic and Gay at the same time?

You would wonder why a gay person would want to enter into a building that every day preaches that their lifestyle is wrong and sinful.

However, as I said before, hundreds of gay and lesbian people along with their families sat in a church in Newark while the Cardinal welcomed them personally. So clearly there are people out there who just want to be welcomed into the church and not shunned.

So many people were raised in the Catholic faith – are we to say that because they’re homosexual, they are no longer religious.

I know there are people out there who will say they are gay but they are also religious and there are others who will denounce that and say it isn’t possible to be both.

Tara spoke to Fr. Bernard Lynch who is a gay priest from Co, Clare. Fr Lynch came out as a gay priest in the 1980s and is no longer allowed to practice on behalf of the Catholic Church, but he said he continues to consider himself an ordained Catholic priest.

He recently married his long term partner Billy and believes that the Catholic Church has done terrible damage to gay people by getting the message of God “very wrong”.

I want to know what you think – can a person be gay and catholic?

Clearly Cardinal Tobin believes they can and has opened his church doors – would you like to see Irish churches do the same? Or would you be horrified by the notion?

So – should churches in Ireland open their doors to the LGBT community?

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Would you forgive you partner for a one night stand?

July 10, 2017

 

Would you forgive your partner if they had a one night stand? A study carried out by ‘Victoria Milan’ – a social site for women who are either married or attached posed this question. They asked 7 thousand of their followers if they would have a one night stand behind their partner’s back?

 

26% of women said that they either had or would have no problem having a one night stand if they were away on holiday.

 

15 countries were identified for high percentages of women who admitted to regularly having one-night stands with “sexy strangers especially when away on holidays”.

 

Those surveyed admitted to having one-night stands regularly – around once a month, in their own city. Others said that they would only stray from their partner when they were abroad and maybe just once a year – you know being away with the sun, sea and sangria.

 

Irish women rank 8th in the world for admitting to one night stands behind their partners backs. Finland tops the list with a staggering 44% of women admitting to one night stands while in a relationship.

 

Now let’s stop beating women about one night stands behind their partner’s backs. Men are just as bad! We’ve had plenty of male confessions on our show.

 

So let’s just talk about both sexes. Call it a gender quota – 50/50 – I speak to both sexes.

 

If you knew that your partner – whether you’re married or dating – had a one night stand behind your back, would you be able to forgive them? Could you get over the thought of them being with another person? Would the trust be gone?

 

Or would you be able to discuss it with your partner, talk it out or even get couples counselling?

 

So Niall asked would you be able to forgive your partner if they had a one night stand?

 

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Should rickshaws be banned in Ireland?

July 10, 2017

 

Should rickshaws be banned from Irish roads?

Last Tuesday night Niall spoke at some length about racism towards taxi drivers. Well the response to that took us by surprise but it also got lots of taxi drivers contacting us about the battle between Taxi Drivers and the new phenomena of Rickshaw drivers across the country.

 

Niall was leaving the station last night and 2 taxi drivers waved down my car pleading that we discuss rickshaw drivers on the roads of Ireland. So we did! 

It’s clear to see that rickshaws have become a day to day sight on the streets of Ireland’s main cities. Whether it’s tourists or Irish people having the banter – these rickshaw drivers have made an impact on Irish roads.

However everyone does not seem to be happy about this new mode of transport. This is basically an unregulated business except for Galway city. Throughout the country there is no license for these drivers, no driving test and no requirement of road insurance.

As for paying tax on their income – well how do you pay tax when it’s an industry unregulated. Also they say “Trips for Tips” which technically is not earning a wage. How many stories have we seen in the papers of road accidents caused by these rickshaws? One of the more recent ones was following the Justin Beiber concert. I’m sure many of you have had or seen good and bad rickshaw driving.  

However is it fair that all this bad press is thrown at the rickshaws? The ‘Kings of Leon’ are playing the 3Arena tonight in Dublin and there will be hundreds of laughing customers sitting in the back of rickshaws happy to pay anything from a €40 Euro fare up to O’Connell Street and Grafton Street.

Taxi drivers have competition on their hands and they’re feeling the pinch. Are they right to be upset at this unregulated industry hitting their livelihoods? Do they need to get creative and come up with ways to beat the competition. Some will say it’s just a battle of economics – horse and carriages lost out to the steam train that in turn lost out to airplanes - or is it more than that? Taxi drivers will say that it is only a matter of time before there is a death on the roads as a result of rickshaws.

So we spoke to Taxi and Ricklshaw drivers and one woman who had a serious accident while on a rickshaw. This show had it all! 

Should rickshaws be banned from Irish roads?

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One Mother’s Story of Raising Her Transgender Child in the Face of Oppression

July 10, 2017

 

Should children be encourage of discouraged from transitioning at a young age?

Niall spoke to Kimberley Shappley who is positively reinforcing her 6 year old child to transition. Kai was born a boy but his mother Kimberley has allowed her to transition.

Kimberley said that Kai told her at 3 years old that he was really a girl. After some time of telling him that he was a boy she eventually decided to allow him to transition into a girl.

Kimberley is letting Kai live as a girl and said at the age of 12-14years of age she will allow Kai to start the process of transitioning if she still wants to.

Kimberley told us of the struggles she has encountered with family and friends from her decision to allow Kai to live her life as a girl. 

This is one of those "Must Listen To" podcasts.

So what do you think - Should children be encourage of discouraged from transitioning at a young age?

 

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INTERVIEW : TD Brid Smith tells us her personal story of having an abortion

June 30, 2017

 

Deputy Brid Smith has become the first Irish TD to speak publicly about having an abortion.

The Solidarity -People Before Profit TD spoke about the experience, which took place when she was around 23, during a recording of the Irish Times’ The Women’s Podcast.

During the podcast Deputy Smith said that she just didn’t want to be pregnant.

The theme of the podcast event was ‘the walk (and talk) of shame’ and Smith said that she thought “maybe there was an element of shame that I couldn’t identify” about her abortion.

We spoke Brid today so she could tell you her story. 

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INTERVIEW : SUSAN AND MARY MONAGHAN – SISTER AND MOTHER OF KEIRAN MONAGHAN

June 30, 2017

 

SUSAN AND MARY MONAGHAN – SISTER AND MOTHER OF KEIRAN MONAGHAN

The parents of young a man stabbed to death at a Valentine’s Day party say they are furious with the state for refusing to bring charges against their son's killer.

Kieran Monahan (21) died from knife injuries following the attack at a house in Kilkenny City in 2012.

A 35-year-old man was arrested at the scene after he was discovered clutching a bloody knife. However a decision was made not to prosecute after the suspect claimed he was defending his home under the Criminal Law (Defence and the Dwelling) Act 2011.

The act came into operation in January 2012, just one month before the stabbing. It was introduced in the wake of the fatal shooting of burglar John Ward by farmer Padraig Nally in 2004, allows householders to use reasonable force to protect themselves in their homes.

It is the only publicised case where this defense has been used in an incident involving a fatal injury.

Now Kieran's family have spoken out for the first time to demand a total review of the investigation and decision not to proceed with a trial.

Parents have been told many versions of events on the night.  

Some reports have suggested that a row broke out at the flat and Kieran left before returning some time later and attempting to get into the home.

However, none of these reports have been confirmed.

Asked if she feels the DPP came to its decision too fast, Mary said: “Yes we do as this was the first case of the new law at the time. We have not heard of any cases of this kind since.”

Today the family have demanded that all of those who were with Kieran on the night give full statements to gardaí.

They have also called for gardaí to reopen the investigation into Kieran’s death. They are considering lodging a complaints with the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) for alleged failures in the investigation.

A garda spokesman said: “The death of Kieran Monahan was fully investigated and a file sent to the DPP who directed no prosecution in the case.”

Today we spoke to Kieran's sister and mother Susan and Mary. Listen to their story. 

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INTERVIEW with Irish Singer/Songwriter Zack Boone

June 30, 2017

 

It was Thursday night and we had live in the studio the Irish talent that many people are talking about Zack Boone. 

 

You will be hearing a lot about this singer over the Summer when he releases his new song shortly. You heard him here first. 

https://youtu.be/8V8uOQMCo1c

 

Zack will be playing all aroound the country this year and you can find out where by checking out his Facebook Page and Website

 

Things got a little kinky "OH LOUISE"

Check him out!

 

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Interview with Scott Masterson of the Jobstown Six

June 29, 2017

 

We interviewed Scott Masterson who as part of the 'Jobstown Six' was fount not guilty of falsely detaining TD Joan Burton at a water charges protest last year. 

Scott Masterson is a member of éirígí and has led the protest in Jobstown against Water Charges for several years. 

Listen to what he had tro say directly after his court victory today. 

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Do you believe in Aliens?

June 29, 2017

 

Do you believe in aliens?

Anonymous, the global hacking collective, believes that alien life exists—and that NASA is about to confirm it.

The shadowy group made the claim in a 12-and-a-half-minute video published on an unofficial YouTube channel on Tuesday.

The video centres around recent findings by the American space organization, including the discovery of 219 new planet candidates by NASA’s Kepler space telescope team in June, as well as comments made by a senior NASA official during a U.S. government hearing.

But while Anonymous is right to point out that NASA is probably closer than ever in human history to discovering extraterrestrial life, it may be a leap to say concrete evidence for it exists.

NASA has made statements recently that suggest that the discovery of aliens is a matter of when, rather than if.

They said “Taking into account all of the different activities and missions that are specifically searching for evidence of alien life, we are on the verge of making one of the most profound, unprecedented discoveries in history,”

But while NASA are enthusiastic about the prospect of finding alien life, they have not claimed to have actually done so.

So – today I want to know if you think aliens actually exist?

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Would you leave your partner if they suffered from Alzheimer’s?

June 28, 2017

 

Would you leave your partner if they suffered from Alzheimer's?

I want you to have a listen to this email and tell me what you think of it.

Hi Niall,

I have quite a situation on my hands and I know you can discuss stuff like this on your show. Here is my story. I am a 66 year old fit and healthy man. I have two daughters who are 27 and 25.

I am married but for the past two years my wife has been quite ill. She is 65 years old and has Alzheimer’s. I have been looking after her but it is very difficult lately as she has no idea who I am.

My 27 year old daughter has been a great help to me and I honestly couldn’t have done this without her but lately we have talked about putting my wife into full time care as it is getting even more difficult.

I also met a woman recently who has become quite a good friend to me. I sat down with my daughter and told her that her mother and my wife was not the same person anymore and that I was beginning to feel very lonely. I told her about my female friend and that we like to go out on lunch dates.

She did not take it too well. She said I was completely selfish and just because her mother is sick does not give me the right to go out with other women.

I tried to explain to her that her mother was never really coming back and that I needed to live my life too but she does not see it my way.

I am so upset by the whole thing as I don’t want to fall out with my daughter but I do want to have a life for myself and not be so lonely.

The reason I am emailing you is because I am torn as to what I should do now – should I sacrifice any happiness I may have with my new friend for my daughter’s feelings?

Or should I consider seeing this friend and hope my daughter comes around?

Am I being selfish in wanting to have a life again? Is my daughter right?

Please discuss this – I won’t come on the show though.

What do you think of this man’s email?

Do you think he is selfish for wanting to see another woman?

He said that his wife doesn’t know who he is. Is it fair to expect the husband to wait around?

The vows do say in sickness or in health.

Maybe you think he is right to get his life back. Or maybe you agree with his daughter and think it’s completely selfish.

I want to know what you think –

So, is this husband being selfish in wanting to see another woman?

 

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Should sulky racing be banned?

June 27, 2017

 

We came across a horrific video posted on social media by Fianna Fail Cllr Andrew McGuinness. It shows a video of a man riding a sulky horse and cart at high speed on a main road and having a major collision with a road sign resulting in the death of the horse and the man be taken to hospital.

According to Cllr McGuinness “Not only has it resulted in a dead horse but it could also have caused a serious accident on the Ring Road and the driver (who appears to be very young) is lucky to be alive! This is not culture! Its down right cruelty and abuse and a complete lack of regard for the law and the safety of road users. “

Sulky racing and riding has come under a lot of pressure from many animal rights groups. There are laws to ban sulky racing but according to Cllr McGuinness “we have raised sulky racing publicly with the guards on numerous occasions and it only seems to get worse!”

Now many people will argue that sulky racing/riding is part of the travelling Communities heritage. We gave the Travelling Community Ethnic Minority status earlier this year and should we not respect their culture? We may not understand it but it is part of their culture just like bull fighting and bull running in Spain.

However is this becoming a nuisance on our roads and should be banned completely? Should we start to see prosecutions or people who defy the law, see their horses taken away from them and see the carts banned fully from the roads. After all they are using the main roads and are not regulated.

So really is this culture or animal torture and should sulky driving/racing be removed from Irish roads?

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Should there be gender quotas in Irish politics?

June 22, 2017

 

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced his new cabinet for government. Many people were surprised with his noticeable lack of women promoted to his government table. 

While Varadkar would align himself with the politics of France's Emmanuel Macron and Canada's Justin Trudeau he is not following them when it comes to gender equality in senior government positions. 

Today we asked if there should be gender quotas in Irish politics. 

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INTERVIEW : Head of Research at Cancer Ireland Dr Robert O’Connor

June 22, 2017

 

News today came of a ruling in the European Court of Justice that will have a potential impact on vaccination programs across the continent.

Dr Robert O'Connor (The Head of Research for Cancer Ireland) had stern words for those who do not believe in the benefits of vaccinations.

Listen to what he had to say.

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Do you agree with Donald Trump’s Travel Ban?

June 21, 2017

 

Do you agree with Donal trump's Travel Bamn that he is trying to implement? 

Onbe of his first executive orders signed was to establish travel restrictions from 7 countries that are mainly Muslim in religion. 

This was deemed unconstitutional by the Federal Courts and President Trump looks set to bring this to the Supreme Court. 

With national security a critical topic for all countries we wanted to get an insight into president Trump's proposal, how Americans are viewing it and ask if Ireland needs a similar plan in place?

We spoke to Irish journalist Orlaith Farrell who now works in New York. Listen to what she had to say. 

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Dublin Pride Festival - Is Ireland an Equal society now?

June 21, 2017

 

2 years ago Ireland was the centre of media coverage when we became the first country in the world to publicly vote in same sex marriage. 

Fast forward 2 years and we now have an openly gay Taoiseach. It seems as if Irish society has become inclusive. Recently there was public outrage when the LGBTQ bar ‘The George’ was vandalised with hate graffiti.

Not sure if you are aware but this week is Gay Pride Week in Dublin. This Saturday will see the hugely colourful and family orientated ‘Gay Pride March’.

The Pride March has transformed since its inception. Being gay is no longer a criminal offense. One cannot be discriminated at the workplace or socially because of your sexual orientation.  The Pride movement has been successful in getting what they have fought long and hard for.

We spoke to Eddie McGuinness - The Frestival Manager for Dublin Pride - about the full rage of events that are on for the Dublin Pride Festival. For more details check out the Official Website HERE

The Dublin Pride Parade will be taking place this year on June 24th 2017. Participants will gather from 11am and the parade begins at 2pm sharp.

People and floats taking part in the parade will be assembling at St. Stephen’s Green. Follow this link if you want to participate in the parade.

 

We also asked if people thought that the Pride Movement had accomplished all of its goals? 

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Interview with Leon Redlinski & How should convicted minors be treated in the legal system?

June 21, 2017

 

Viral videos and pictures usually put a small on your face but one such set of pictures have literally moved people across the country and beyond Ireland.

 

A young man Leon Redlinski posted pictures on social media on Monday night. They showed the horrific injuries he had received at the hands of a group of underage youths as he cycled home from work late at night.

 

We spoke to Leon about his horrific attack and how he trying to want other people about opportunistic juvenille criminals.

We then discussed with callers what action they thought convicted minors should receive from the courts.  

Oberstown juvenile centre is where convicted minors have normally been sent to. There they would serve their time and receive any necessary therapy.

They are now wanting to trial allowing these convicted minors receive their therapy while staying at home in the community.

Do you agree with the government’s decision not to incarcerate young offenders?

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Should we arm the Gardai like the do in America?

June 20, 2017

 

Niall is broadcasting live from The Fitzpatrick Hotel in Manhattan New York. Today he wanted to compare the police between Ireland and America and in particular should they be armed. 

This got heated!

Listen to what happened!

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Fake News in America

June 20, 2017

 

Niall is broadcasting live from The Fitzpatrick Hotel in Manhattan New York. Niall and Helena took to the streets to have fun with some New Yorkers. Sheep, Bono and St Patricia can only mean Fake News!

Enjoy!

 

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Interview with Michael Hingson - An account of escaping The World Trade Center

June 20, 2017

 

Niall is broadcasting live from The Fitzpatrick Hotel in Manhattan New York. Today we spoke to Michael Hingson who told his his story of escaping the World Trade Centre on the day of 9/11. 

Listen to how he escaped from the building which is made all the more amazing when Michael was accompanied by his guide dog. 

If you want to read more of Michael's gripping story you can read his book 'Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust' - CLICK HERE

Listen to his amazing story on our podcast now.

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Stories from the Undocumented Irish in America

June 19, 2017

 

Niall is broadcasting live from The Fitzpatrick Hotel in Manhattan New York. Today he spoke to people who were and are undocumented irish people living in New York. 

 

Niall spoke to Ray O'Hanlon of the Irish Echo in New York. He joined the Echo in 1988 and began his career with the paper by expanding its coverage of Irish-American life and activities beyond the New York area.

During the 1990s, O’Hanlon, as senior editor of the paper, continued to expand the Echo’s drive for a greater variety of stories from all corners of the United States, Ireland and beyond.

For a two-year period he was a contributing commentator on the PBS-broadcast “Out of Ireland” television show. O’Hanlon’s particular beat has long been the immigration issue and his 1998 book, “The New Irish Americans,” is considered a definitive account of the battle for immigration reform waged by the Irish Immigration Reform Movement and other Irish-American organizations in the late 1980s and early ’90s.

Niall also spoke to Mary Courtney and 'Alan' about their expereinces being undocumented Irish in America. 

Do you thin the undocumented Irish in America be allowed to stay legally? 

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Luke Miller From Real New York Tours tells us the true story of The Big Apple

June 19, 2017

 

Luke Miller is a proud born and bred New Yorker! He is the owner of ‘Real New Your Tours’

Luke says that “My life as a New Yorker has shaped so much of who I am today: how I walk, talk, what I eat, how I eat it, how I think, feel, and interact with people. I can't help but feel that when I share New York with folks that I am somehow sharing a part of myself as well.”

Even as a child he was fascinated with the history of the Big Apple. He would explored the abandoned train stations of the subway, searched for old hidden caves in Central Park and buried his head in books about the history of his beloved hometown of New York City.

 

For years now he has shared his knowledge and personal experiences with thousands of tourists from around the world. This led him to form his own company "Real New York Tours" and is one of the Top Rated companies in NYC.

 

Real New York Tours is a family business and the first tour company to offer comprehensive tours solely by subway and foot.

For 10 years now owners Luke and Amber Miller have been creating friendships and great memories for their customers world-wide.

“We feel that the best way to experience the greatest city in the world is hanging out with locals that are knowledgeable, personable, and accommodating.”

Their guides far exceed the criteria and will go above and beyond to provide you with an experience that cannot be matched by any large-scale corporate tours.

After a Real New York Tour, you'll leave the city with fond memories, great photos, interesting knowledge, and of course, new friends.

“We look forward to meeting you and showing you REAL New York!”

www.realnewyorktours.com

 

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Do you think a parent who wants to terminate a pregnancy because of a disability is wrong?

June 12, 2017

 

Do you think a parent who wants to terminate a pregnancy because of a disability is wrong?

Have a listen to this email that was sent into us.

Hi Niall,

Can you talk about something on your show for me please? My sister is pregnant and just found out that her baby will be born disabled. I don’t particularly want to get into the baby’s disability but my sister and her boyfriend would become full time carers for their child.

It came as a huge shock to the entire family. We all sat around the kitchen table as they told us. Everyone was visibly upset and shocked.

Later that evening my sister called me and told me that her and her boyfriend had an argument when they got home. She had told her boyfriend that she was thinking of a termination because she didn’t think it was fair on the child to knowingly bring it into the world with such harsh disabilities.

She said that she thought it was cruel to knowingly give birth to the child when she feels that the child has no chance at a normal life.

Her boyfriend however did not agree with her. He said that their child should be born no matter what. He said that this pregnancy is already a human being and that they would have no right to terminate. Bascially he said every human has the right to life. 

She told that they are not talking at the moment because of her view on this and she asked me what I thought. I honestly couldn’t give her an answer and I have been thinking about it ever since. Who is right here? Is her boyfriend right? Or is she right to not want to bring a baby into the world who in her words – has no chance at a normal life.

I know she is not coming from a selfish point of view – she is the most caring person in the world and she would be a fantastic mother no matter what. I know this is coming from a genuine concern for the baby growing up.

Can you ask your listeners about this and please keep me anonymous – I want to know what they think –

Who is right here- My sister or her boyfriend?

So what do you think of this email?

It’s a very tough situation – basically the parents know there baby will be severely disabled. One parent think a termination is the right thing to do, the other parent is totally against it.

Who is right?

The mother thinks it wrong to knowingly bring a child into the world that may have a limited life due to its disability.

The father thinks that their child will be loved no matter what and that every person has a right to life.

I am not for one minute saying that a child with a severe disability is any less a person. I am just talking about this emailers dilemma.

Who do you think is right - The mother or the father?

I want to get your opinions on this –

Who do you think is making the better choice in this situation?

Mother or father?

 

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Should cyclists who cycle in the city have to pay road insurance?

June 12, 2017

 

Should cyclists who cycle in the city have to have insurance?

This week is national bike week and to coincide with that a new survey was conducted. The survey covered a wide range of bike-related questions, from what we wear when cycling to when we first learned to cycle a bike.

In terms of taking precautions when cycling, there were low numbers of people wearing cycling specific clothing, with only 13% of survey respondents saying they did so.

Only 41% of people wear lights, 39% wear helmets and 29% wear reflective gear according to the survey.

Dublin had by far the highest number of daily cyclists, at 15%, with other regions of the country having much lower figures. Only 5% of people in Munster reported cycling daily.

At the launch of National Bike Week, Dublin Cycling Campaign’s Colm Ryder said that some people are wary of cycling in the city because they believe it can be dangerous.

He greatly supports having separate, dedicated cycle lanes on the quays and around the city centre, as he believes this would encourage more people to get on the bike instead of driving.

He said: We definitely want more and better quality routes so it can be ensured that cyclists stay safe around the city.

Plans are already well underway from Dublin City Council (DCC) to restrict traffic from cars in many areas of the city.

These plans include a civic plaza at College Green and the Liffey Cycle route, which see a continuous cycle path along the River Liffey, from Heuston Station to Dublin’s docklands and, in parts, incorporate a dedicated cycling boardwalk.

As it is national bike week I want to talk about those who cycle in the cities around the country.

Should all cyclists have insurance and a licence to cycle in the city? Many people have said in the past that they think they should.

We have heard stories from people who said they have had to swerve to avoid hitting a cyclist in the street and that they believe they have no consideration for drivers.

On the other hand, cyclists will say that the majority of them are safe drivers and that they shouldn’t have to answer for the minority.

The fact is that there is an increase in cycling in Irish cities because the government is promoting it. It is also a lot cheaper to cycle than to drive.

The problem is that there has been very little cycling infrastructure introduced which has lead to more accidents. .

Today I want to know if you think cyclists should be held accountable for their actions.

Authorities in Canada believe that licensing would hold cyclists accountable for their on-road behavior but critics say it would simply be a money grabber.

The facts are that cyclists often break lights, swerve in and out of traffic and basically put their lives at risk as well as the lives of drivers on the roads.

So is it time they at least have to take a test and get a license?

You might think that it’s unrealistic but it could be introduced.

I’m not asking if every cyclist should get a license. I’m not talking about the cyclist who rides in the park, or the kids that cycle their bikes around the estate. I’m talking about city cyclists.

If you choose to cycle in the boundaries of a city, should you have to pass a test, pay insurance and carry a registration plate?

Should cyclists have to pass a test and pay insurance to cycle in our cities?

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Would you like Homeless people to be moved into your neighbourhood?

June 9, 2017

 

Two redbrick Victorian homes in the idyllic, highly sought after and expensive area of Clontarf in Dublin, have been bought by the Housing Agency for a staggering €2 million. The purchase is to house some 13 homeless families.

 

While the intentions maybe admirable, the residents association of Clontarf have raised concerns about this move and the influx of a homeless population onto their doorstep.

 

 

The properties which are side-by-side on St Lawrence Road were purchased by the executive to “provide accommodation for 13 families who are currently homeless and in commercial hotels”.

 

 

The properties, which were sold for €194,000 above the original asking price of €1.8million, had together been used as a B&B.

 

 

Tony McNally of the local residents’ association and his wife Mary said they were “sincerely sympathetic” to the homelessness crisis in Ireland. However they highlighted that the money spent on the property could have been used better to provide long term accommodation for families.

 

Tony said - “The problem the community has here is the way in which Dublin City Council has imposed this on us. Nobody on the road knew anything about this project until we did our own investigation. A neighbour across the road became concerned when he heard noises in the vacant property and called gardaí. The [Housing Agency] have paid almost €2 million for a property that could have bought eight or nine apartments in the same area,”

 

 

Residents have also said that there will not be enough space, with one kitchen for families to cook in, it’s really a tenement. Residents reiterated that they are not unsympathetic to the homeless crisis but these units are not the best solution.

 

 

The homeless agency told the residents at a meeting that a number of house rules were implemented for the new homeless residents and these included daily collections of unsafely disposed-of injecting equipment in the locality and that the new residents are “discouraged” from begging, “tapping” or requesting money from other people.

 

Fr Peter McVerry, a leading voice for the homeless, said that the purchase was “welcome news” for the families escaping hotel-type accommodation.

Would like to see a mass influx of homeless people onto your road? This is what these residents now have to face. Clontarf is a VERY expensive area and many people have taken out huge mortgages to afford to live in this costal haven. Why should homeless people be given one of the most desirable addresses in Dublin. We’d all love to live in Clontarf but we cannot afford to. So you can imagine how the local residents are up in arms over this decision thrown upon them.

 

 

However we’re always being told by the upwardly mobile  that homelessness is a problem that ALL OF US have to be help solve. But look what happens when a solution is found? The “well-to-do” actually “Well - DONT” want to help when it comes to having homeless people integrated into their neighbourhoods. Other areas do it around Ireland so what makes Clontarf any different.

 

So tonight I want to ask you – Are the residents of Clontarf just being snobs by not wanting to have this homeless community in their neighbourhood.

 

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COMPENSATION FOR CHILDREN OF MOTHER AND BABY HOMES

June 7, 2017

 

COMPENSATION FOR CHILDREN OF MOTHER AND BABY HOMES

Should all survivors of mother and baby homes be compensated?

Survivors of the Magdalene Laundries gathered outside the Dáil yesterday calling for a truth commission into ALL homes around the country.

One woman who was present at the protest was Sheila OByrne. She said that the memories of being in St Patrick’s Magdalene Laundry on the Navan Road will always be with her.

According to the women, some are still searching for their lost children, while others just want to know where their children or their mothers who were in the homes are buried.

It’s understood that at least 1,663 former Magdalene women are buried in Irish cemeteries – many in unmarked graves.

In 2013, Taoiseach Enda Kenny apologised to Magdalene women in an emotional speech, saying the laundries “have cast a long shadow over Irish life”.

However, the women standing outside the gates of Leinster House yesterday said more needs to be done to shine a light on what is one of Ireland’s darkest and most guarded secrets.

O’Byrne said it is time for all of the facts to be put out in the open, demanding that the State agencies, the clergy, the medical profession and the gardaí must be upfront about the roles they played.

Sheila’s baby was put up for adoption. But after many years of searching, they are now in correspondence with one another.

Pressure has been mounting on the Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone to extend the Mother and Baby Home Commission’s scope to other homes.

Last week, the minister appointed an expert forensic archaeology team to examine whether the Tuam mother and baby site can be excavated.

Today I want to know if you think ALL survivors should be compensated by the state, that means the mothers and the children who were taken away, sold and pretty much had a very different life than was intended for them.

Previous redress schemes have cost the government billions but Zappone did not rule out the possibility of redress once the Commission completes its full report.

Thousands of women were put into mother and baby homes throughout Irish history. St Patrick’s home on the Navan Road in Dublin was the largest home in Ireland and its estimated between 9000-12000 women went through its doors.

Compensation will cost the Government and the taxpayer money granted –but someone needs to pay it.

The church could pay it but up until now it seems they won’t pay.

But wouldn’t compensation be worth it considering what these women and children went through?

Maybe you don’t think so – maybe you think as horrific as things were in these homes – we should leave it all in the past.

What do you think – Should all the mothers and children be given compensation?  

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Do you have a problem with Public Displays of Affection?

June 7, 2017

 

Do you have a problem with people showing 'Public Displays of Affection'? This was the question Niall posed following a text he received from a caller. 

The caller said that they had never been hugged or kissed by his parents and that he was now the same with family. 

Do Irish people have a hang up with with public displays of affection due to our past? Listen to what you had to say. 

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Should dogs on the dangerous dog list be neutered?

June 6, 2017

 

The terrible news of the death of a woman in Galway at the hands of a pair of Bull Mastiffs emerged over the weekend. This tragedy has led many people to call for a review of dog ownership laws. 

Niall asked if you thought that dogs on the dangerous breed list should be neutered? This got very heated. What do you think? 

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INTERVIEW with Imam Ibrahim Ahmad Noonan

June 6, 2017

 

Following the terror attackis in London overthe weekend there has been several hate crimes committed against the Muslim community in the UK but also no in Ireland. Today Niall spoke to Imam Ibrahim Noonan whose mosque in Wellpark Galway was attacked last night. 

The attack on the mosque came while prayers were taking place. Listen to Imam Ibrahim Noon tell us about the events as they unfolded. 

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