Should cyber bullying be a jail-able offence?

January 19, 2018

 

Should cyber bullying be a jail-able offence?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 While these laws seem old and outdated, they are designed to both safeguard individuals from abuse and to provide appropriate sanctions to those who are found guilty.

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

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

Should this be rigorously enforced, even for teenagers?

I want to know what you think tonight –

Should cyber bullying be a jail-able offence?

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

January 19, 2018

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The heartbroken mother said;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 17, 2018

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How would you react?

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

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

Tonight I want to know what you think –

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

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

January 17, 2018

 

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

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

Have a listen to it.

Hi Niall,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What do you think of this message?

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

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

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

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

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

Is 16 old enough to be trusted?

I want to know what you think –

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

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

January 17, 2018

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Should the voting age for referendum be reduced to 16?

January 17, 2018

 

Should the voting age be lowered to 16 in Ireland?

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

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

The assembly also recommended lowering the voting age to 16.

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

But should we do the same here?

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

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

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

I want to know what you think:

Should the voting age for referendum be reduced to 16?

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Is President Donald trump a racist?

January 15, 2018

 

Is President Donald Trump a racist? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

However, disagree and think his comments are racist.

I want to know what you think –

So – do you think Trump is racist?

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

January 3, 2018

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or do you agree with him?

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

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Should the TV license be means tested?

January 3, 2018

 

Should the TV licence be means tested?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Would you be happy with that?

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

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

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

I want to know what you think –

So – should the licence fee be means tested?

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

January 3, 2018

 

Fake miracle cures - should they be outlawed? 

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

What do you think? 

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Niall Boylan’s Review of 2017 Live From Dublin Airport

December 22, 2017

 

What were the top stories of 2017? 

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

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

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

December 20, 2017

 

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

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

Hi Niall,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well what do you think of this message?

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

Or can you understand why people do it?

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

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

December 20, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The letter was signed by members of the local community.

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

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

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

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

I want to know what you think –

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

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

December 18, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or if you agree with a zero tolerance approach!

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

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

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

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

This TD believes that should be allowed – do you?

I want to know what you think –

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

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

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

December 18, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can you understand why someone might refuse a council house?

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

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

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Do you think vegans are attention seekers?

December 13, 2017

 

Do you think vegans are attention seekers?

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

Hi Niall,

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

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

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

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

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

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

What do you think of this email?

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

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

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

I want to know what you think of this.

So – do you think vegans are attention seekers?

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

December 13, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or if you are totally against it!

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

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

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

Would you be happy with this recommendation?

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Do you think man flu exists?

December 13, 2017

 

Do you think man flu exists?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or do you think they simply moan more than women?

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

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

December 13, 2017

 

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

Well it looks like that could be on the cards.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I want to get your opinions on this –

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

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

December 11, 2017

 

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

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

Is Homophobia still a part of of Irish Society? 

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Should children be taken off addicts?

December 11, 2017

 

Should children be taken off addicts?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Should it be the first option rather than the last?

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

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

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

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Do you agree with naming and shaming tax defaulters?

December 6, 2017

 

Do you agree with naming and shaming tax defaulters?

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

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

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

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

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

Others named on the list included hospital consultants and hoteliers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I want to know what you think –

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

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

December 6, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 6, 2017

 

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

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

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

Is that right? 

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

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How much is acceptable to spend for Christmas?

December 6, 2017

 

STRICTLY ADULTS ONLY

What is an acceptable amount to spend on Christmas?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I want to know you think of this –

How much is acceptable to spend for Christmas?

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

December 6, 2017

 

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

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

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

Have a listen to what it says;

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

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

Would it be a deal breaker for you?

Or would you accept it?

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

Here is a hypothetical situation –

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

What would you do?

Would that be the end of the relationship for you?

Or would you try and accept it and move forward?

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

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Would you support a General Election in Ireland before Christmas?

November 27, 2017

 

Will there be a General Election in Ireland before Christmas? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Would you ever buy stolen goods?

November 22, 2017

 

Would you ever buy stolen goods?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After all, you are not the one stealing it.

I want to know what you think.

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

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Do you support the introduction of drug injection centres?

November 22, 2017

 

Do you support the introduction of drug injection centres?

Dublin businesses have hit out at plans to open supervised drug injection centres in the city centre.

Local businesses have claimed the centres will lead to the decriminalisation of hard drugs, as well as increased crime and drug dealing.

The Temple Bar Company, the Licensed Vintners Association and the Restaurants Association of Ireland - who represent over 1,000 city centre businesses - are opposed to the plans.

According to reports in the Daily Mail, the three organisations wrote to the Government demanding a public debate on the matter last week.

Ministers have confirmed that the Government will go ahead with plans to set up supervised injecting centres to help combat the city's drug problem.

One supervised injecting centre is to open on a pilot basis in the coming months.

It is understood there are three locations are being looked at for the first injecting centre, one is on Abbey Street while another is on the South Quay. A third location on Baggot Street is also being considered, which would prove the most controversial as it is reportedly near Dail Eireann.

I’m going to be honest- I hate the idea of injection centres. I think it’s a ridiculous concept to give drug addicts who can be drains on society a happy safe little haven to shoot up in.

I’ve said it before on the show I just don’t think it’s the right way to try and tackle our drugs problem in this country.

However, I’m not in Government so these decisions aren’t mine to make. And it seems when it comes to this Government we have very different opinions on how to solve the drugs epidemic.

I am going to speak to Martin Harte in a moment about this. Martin is the CEO of The Temple Bar Company and wrote an article about this very subject in the Daily Mail.

He believes that giving addicts a city centre haven to shoot up won’t work. I am going to speak to him in more detail about this in a moment but before I do I want to ask you what you think.

Do you think injection centres are a good idea or a bad idea?

Some people believe that it’s simply hiding the problem of addicts on the streets and will not actually solve the problem.

However supporters of the centres believe that something has to be done and we cannot allow addicts to die on the streets.

The basics of the centre are so that addicts can inject drugs in a safe, secure and clean environment. They will bring their own drugs but will be provided with clean needles.

There will also be nurses and councilors on hand to help them deal with and tackle their addictions.

Anyone who works or lives in the city can see what a scourge drug and addicts are on an otherwise lovely city. The same can be said for Cork, Galway and Limerick – unfortunately is it a nationwide problem.

I recently read a story of how a young boy is awaiting test results after he was pricked by a used needle. He will wait an agonizing 6 months or so to find out if he has caught something from the needle.

So clearly something needs to be done to tackle this problem – but is giving addicts a haven to shoot up really the way we want to do it?

So - Do you support the idea of drug injection centres?

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Should cyclists have to pay a tax if they want better road infrastructure?

November 22, 2017

 

The vigil and demonstration 'Stop Killing Cyclists' took place tonight outside Leinster House on Tuesday evening.

Hundreds of cyclists lay down as if struck by drivers outside the Dáil in protest to what they say is the lack of road safety action being taken by the Government.

14 cyclists have lost their lives on the roads of ireland so far this year which is unfortunately an increase on last year. 

It raises the question yet again as to who are more responsible on the roads - Cyclists or Drivers - an what can be done to save lives on Irish roads? 

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Is there anything wrong with a father taking his daughter into a public loo?

November 22, 2017

 

Is there anything wrong with a father taking his daughter into a public loo?

I want to ask you this because a mother left viewers outraged on ITV’s ‘This morning’ after she claimed fathers should never take their daughters to the ladies' toilets.

Journalist and mother-of-four Claire Muldoon said she would even consider asking a father to leave if he brought his daughter into the toilet, arguing it was about protecting women's 'modesty'.

She provoked further outrage when she suggested fathers should instead take their children to disabled toilets, even when they did not need the specialist facilities.

Dozens of shocked viewers took to Twitter to blast the journalist, saying her views made their 'blood boil'.  

One wrote: 'Jeez what is the problem with a dad taking a 3-4 year old daughter into a gent’s loo if their little one need to go? Stop making issues out of things that really don't need to be blown out of proportion.'

The debate was started after a Mumsnet user revealed how she had told her husband he can't take their daughter into the ladies' toilets because other women 'don't like it'.

Claire was invited to discuss the issue on This Morning alongside commentator Susie Jones, who argued people were being overly prudish about the issue.   

Claire furiously disagreed, saying only women should take both girls and boys into the ladies' toilets with them. 

She also said that she would not advocate any young girl into the depths, the darkest parts of the male toilets because they absolutely reek. If there's no facility with the ladies loos while not use the disabled loo? It will be quicker, there's more room and the father can actually deal with it.'

I am going to speak to Clare in a moment but before I do I want to know if you agree with her.

Is there something wrong with a father taking his daughter into either the male or female toilets?

As a father, I know what those days were like when your daughter needs the loo and the missus or another female is not with you.

Do you let her go alone into the ladies or do you take her into the gents with you?

It’s a difficult situation.

I don’t know if I would have ever gone into the ladies toilets with my daughter because I don’t think if a grown man going in with his daughter is appropriate but I know that many men would take their daughter into the gents. Do you see anything wrong with that?

I want to know what you think.

So – is there anything wrong with a father bringing his daughter into the gent’s toilets?

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Should a parent encourage a child if they say they want to change gender?

November 20, 2017

 

 

I want you to have a listen to this email.

Hi Niall, I have heard you discuss topics on gender before and used to listen with curiosity and honestly as a liberal person used to think why we can’t all just accept people for who they want to be.

That was until it came to my doorstep. Let me explain what I mean. Last week by 10 year old son came home from school and told me about how his friend Maria is now Mark and how he was told by the teacher that they all need call Maria Mark now.

Apparently Maria has been going through the process of becoming Mark without surgery and now the parents want the school to call her Mark.

My son came home completely confused and to be honest I didn;t know how to explain this to a 10 year old child. I went to the school to talk to the teacher about it and she said that the children needed to understand how society is changing and becoming more accepting and that Maria is to be known as Mark from now on as a request from her parents.

I left feeling frustrated because as much as I understand that this is a difficult time for the young kid and their parents trying to understand what is the best thing for Mark.

I can’t help but think that I do not want my young son exposed to this. He came home from school during the week and asked me is he a girl because Maria is a boy.  I told him that he is a boy and tried my best to explain this to him but it was difficult and I know he still doesn’t understand it.

I can’t help but think these parents are encouraging this behaviour and a young 10 year old cannot possibly understand gender reassignment and transgenderism.

I believe they should have told her that she is a girl at least until she got a little bit older.

I spoke to my husband and we are considering taking our son out of the school.

I think it might be the right thing to do because he is too young to be confused about gender and this situation is causing it in my opinion.

I would like to hear a discussion on this. Are the parents wrong to allow this child to identify as a different gender at such a young age? Or are they right to embrace it.

What do you think of this email?

Do you think the mother is overreacting wanting to take her son out of this school?

Or would you feel the same way as her?

It is a complex situation when young people identify as a different gender because as a parent you have to make a decision as to whether to go with it or tell them that they are wrong.

Either one could be the wrong decision in the long run.

What do you think a parent should do in that situation?

Should they embrace the gender change? Or should they stamp it out and tell them that they are the gender they were assigned at birth and not entertain it?

I want to know what you think –

So – are these parents right to embrace a gender change at such a young age?

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Do you think greyhound racing should be banned?

November 20, 2017

 

Should greyhound racing be banned?

A total of 139 greyhounds were put down last year after suffering serious racetrack injuries.

Of the almost 100,000 greyhounds raced at tracks in the full 2016 racing calendar, 427 suffered on-track injuries, figures released by the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) for the first time have shown.

There were 81 injuries at Mullingar track, 51 at Shelbourne Park, 35 at Harold’s Cross, 34 at Limerick, and 21 at Newbridge.

The most common injury was to a dog’s hock, or ankle, and an IGB spokesman said injuries can range from mild to serious and that a diminished quality of life is the key determinant on which a track vet makes a decision to put down a greyhound.

Arising from veterinary advice, 139 injured dogs were euthanised — 0.14% of all greyhounds raced. Most of the dogs were put down at the Kingdom Greyhound Track in Tralee, with 18 dogs euthanised, with tracks in Mullingar and Dundalk accounting for 15 each, Longford, 10 and Waterford, were eight dogs were destroyed.

The figure is slightly up on 2015 when 95,127 dogs raced, 421 were injured, and 122 were put down on veterinary advice — 0.13% of dogs raced.

The IGB said control stewards carry out a track inspection prior to all race meetings and trial sessions.

It said “The track vet attends all race meetings and sales trials to ensure that appropriate care is provided to injured greyhounds and to advise the stewards on welfare,” i

“As with any sport involving speed and athleticism, injuries do occasionally occur and best veterinary care and advice is followed in every case.”

IGB welfare manager, Barry Coleman, said the board has identified best practice in track maintenance and these maintenance procedures are implemented at tracks nationwide.

Austin Noonan of the Limerick and Clare Greyhound Owners Breeders Association, described the figures as “an unfortunate outcome for all involved in the sport”.

However animal rights activists are shocked at the figures with many continuously calling for the sport to be banned.

Animal rights activist John Carmody said “The number of dogs killed on these Irish racetracks due to injuries is shocking and few people, I bet, are aware of it. There’s little the industry can do at this stage that will spin their deaths in any other way. Most people who go for a night at the dogs will be horrified to learn of this and I hope that they will refuse to have anything go to do with this industry that is appearing more desperate by the day.”

Today I want to know if you think the sport should be banned or if you think it is a sport and there is nothing wrong with it.

Supporters of the sport will say that unfortunately dogs will be injured or die in the sport similar to any sport involving animals or humans.

For example in formula one racing, it is a dangerous sport and some people can unfortunately get injured or die in serious situations. Yet people don’t call for a ban on formula.

Obviously humans can make the conscious decision to take part in the sport and people will argue that animals get no decision and are bred for the sport.

Today I want to know what you think –

Do you think greyhound racing should be banned?

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Are these Vigilante groups really taking dangerous individuals off the streets?

November 20, 2017

 

Vigilante groups have struck again. You will have seen the news of a TV Producer being accosted by a group of what have become known as ‘Paedophile Hunters’. Now we are not going to get into the details of this specific case so there is no point in calling to make comments on this individual. The individual is set to appear in court in Leeds today.

 

But I want to talk in general terms about these ‘Paedophile Hunters and Vigilantes’. What they are doing is posing as underage children on social media and making contact will alleged paedophiles. They engage in conversations with these men and get them to agree to a meeting.

 

Then you will have seen the countless videos where the suspect is caught waiting to meet - who they believe is an underage child. They are surrounded by a group of people who video the entire encounter while they wait for the police to arrive.

 

Now we will ALL agree that paedophiles are the lowest of the low and anyone caught trying to have sex with a minor should be subject to the full extent of the law. However is what these vigaltes groups doing going to result in fewer convictions and actually pose a threat to vulnerable children?

 

The reason I ask this is because these men who have been caught in these honey traps are guilty of messaging an adult posing as a minor and NOT a child.

 

Many will say that is a good thing. Sure it’s naming an individual and exposing the face of someone whom their children should be weary of. However when it comes to trying to get a conviction against these alleged paedophiles it will be very difficult. What have they done in these fake meetings? They have not met with a minor, they have not spoken to a minor on-line and what they can hope to achieve is for the police to seize the person’s pc/mobile and hope they find information of previous meetings with minors.

 

This could lead to potential paedophiles being released due to the lack of evidence from the honey trap and more crucially it can lead to child abusers going further underground and becoming even more difficult for police to find. Ultimately some may say that these vigilante groups are making it harder to reduce paedophile activity.

However looking at the comments on social media it seems that people are highly supportive of these vigilante groups with comments like “Thank God for these people taking this scum off the streets”...”These guys are doing the work the police should be doing”...”One less paedo to worry about ion the streets”.

 

Are they right?

So today I want to ask you – Are these Vigilante groups really taking dangerous individuals off the streets?

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Should the age of consent be lowered in Ireland?

November 15, 2017

 

Should the age of consent be lowered in Ireland?

For the first time ever, France is looking to introduce an age of consent. A minimum age of sexual consent does not currently exist in French law.

French law defines rape as any act of sexual penetration committed on others "by violence, coercion, threat or surprise".

The definition does not distinguish between adults and minors for either the victims or perpetrators, although the potential criminal penalty is higher when victims are under 15.

The law only says that an adult who performs a sexual act with a person under the age of 15 "without violence, coercion, threat or surprise" can be prosecuted for "sexual abuse," not rape.

A bill being prepared by the French government could set a minimum legal age for sexual consent for the first time, and the country's justice minister said Monday that she thought 13 years old could be reasonable.

Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet told France's RTL radio network that 13 was a "limit that is worth considering" for the forthcoming legislation, but noted that judges should also have the ability to assess whether someone was old enough to give consent in individual situations.

She said "The question of the age below which the minor's consent is presumed not to exist is crucial, because there are obviously extremely shocking and unacceptable situations,"

One of her colleagues in the French government has said that a minimum age for sexual consent has not been set for the bill.

Marlene Schiappa, a junior minister for gender equality, said that the cut-off could be between the ages of 13 and 15.

Today I want to know if you think 13 is way too young for a minimum age of consent.

Personally I do – however, I asked a few people around the office and one of the people in the office said that there are a lot of people aged between 14 and 16 who are already having sex. Nowadays, whether you like it or not, teenagers are experimenting and having sex younger.

In Ireland, the age of consent is 17. Some people think that it is a little but too high considering most people will lose their virginity between 15 and 16.

Do you think it should be lowered to let’s say 15 or 16?

I don’t agree with France’s suggestion of 13, I think that is way too young. But 15/16 – is someone that age capable of consenting to sex with their girlfriend or boyfriend at that age?

Or do you think it complicated the issue too much?

The age of consent varies across the world…….

In Austria and Germany it’s 14.

It’s 16 in Belgium

15 in Denmark

It’s 16 in the UK.

So should the age of consent be lowered?

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Do you think the homeless crisis is a myth?

November 15, 2017

 

Do you think the homeless crisis is a myth?

I know I have asked that question before but there is a valid reason for the question today.

According to the chair of a major State housing body, “homelessness is a dreadful thing when it happens to someone, but it is a normal thing, it happens,” 

In a recent interview, Conor Skehan said we need to move from a situation where we use words like “homeless’” and “crisis” continuously.

Skehan is the chair of the Housing Agency, the government body set up in 2010 to advise on policy for housing.

He said that “The word ‘normal’ is the enemy of the word crisis, but once you normalise it you can start to give people challenges to ask are we dealing with this as effectively as we could do.

He went on to say:

When we start to realise we are the same as all the other countries in Europe we start to start to take the emotion out of this argument, because emotion is the enemy of this. Homelessness is something that reaches right into our entrails and upsets us and worries us and we are so easily manipulated when we are in that state and what the Taoiseach is doing is dead right…

The discussion about homelessness in Ireland has been pushed back on the agenda, after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the homeless figures in Ireland are low in comparison to the rest of Europe.

The Taoiseach said:

“Obviously homelessness and the number of people in emergency accommodation has increased over the last number of years, but by international standards homelessness in Ireland is low but that is not good enough. We want to turn the tide on it.”

Homeless charities and those in the opposition have since come out to criticise the Taoiseach for his comments, and called on him to retract them and apologise.

Niamh Randall of the Simon Community disputes the Taoiseach’s claim.

She said the real challenge is “not comparing like with like”, highlighting that countries have inconsistent definitions for homelessness and therefore are measuring very different things.

It excludes people who are rough sleeping, hidden homeless figures like people not living in state funded accommodation, those in direct provision, and those living in domestic violence shelters.

Randall highlighted this stating the reports on homelessness, such as from the OECD (which the Taoiseach based his remarks on) come with health warnings that the measure used in Ireland is more limited than in other countries, and international comparison is messy.

She said homelessness is about people – their lives, their homes and people planning for the future.

Skehan was also asked what is an acceptable level of homelessness?

He said “The man from Nazareth said, ‘the poor will always be with us’. There will never be a night when a set of loving parents [doesn't] show their heroin addicted son the door. There will never be a night when a woman hasn’t been hit for the last time by her abusive partner and finds herself out on the street with no plans. That day will never come,”

Tonight I want to know if you agree with Skehan and the Government on this. Do you think we need to stop calling this a homeless and housing crisis?

Or do you think they are completely misguided and the situation has become a crisis.

We rang around homeless shelters and hostels tonight to find out how many beds were available.

(insert figures here)

Do you think the homeless crisis is a myth? Or do you think it exists?

I want to get your views on this.

So – is the homeless crisis a myth?

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Would you get your family a dog for Christmas?

November 15, 2017

 

Would you get your family a dog for Christmas?

It's coming to that time of the year where children ask their parents if they can get a dog for Christmas. It may seem like a great idea at the time but after of few weeks many people abandon the pet. 

Is it fair on the animal? 

Listen to what the National Dogs Trust had to say. 

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EXCLUSIVE : Interview with Vera Donovan whose son Stephen was murdered

November 15, 2017

 

Gardai investigating the murder of dad of three from Tallaght think he may have been killed because he said ‘the wrong thing.’

A group of young men who are involved in a low-level feud in Crumlin in Dublin are the chief suspects in the murder of Stephen Lynch, 32, who was deliberately run over by a car.

Independent.ie report they think the four men will be arrested soon after he was killed in Brookview Close, Tallaght, in April of this year.

Gardai believe Stephen may have been targeted for simply saying the wrong thing to these people in the course of an argument.

The innocent man was knocked down in front of horrified children as he walked to visit his mum’s home.

One theory being explored by investigators is that he was targeted after telling the four thugs who were driving a Ford Focus to slow down because kids were playing nearby.

In studio with Niall today was Stephen’s mother Vera Donovan.

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Would you leave a partner if they didn’t want children?

November 13, 2017

 

Would you leave a partner if they didn’t want children?

I want you to have a listen to this listener’s situation.

Hi Niall,

I have one for you that you could talk about on your show. A mate of mine was telling me about a dilemma he is in at the moment. Let me tell you the story. He recently got engaged to a lovely girl. They were dating almost two years and are head over heels for each other. He popped the question about a month ago and everything seemed rosy in the garden. Until now!

He told me that they were at a family dinner and one of his elderly aunts was talking about the wedding. She was joking with them and said once the wedding was over she wanted to see a little nipper brought into the family. Obviously talking about them having a baby! His fiancé then said that it wouldn’t be happening and that she never wants children. My mate said that it just went quiet at the dinner and they moved on from the subject.

When they got home he confronted her about it and she said that children are just not something she wants and she doesn’t see herself being a mother. He was shell shocked. He always thought, as we all do, that children and a family would be a natural progression. He didn’t think they needed to have a conversation about it until now.

He is completely torn and was upset telling me the story. He said that he thought he would become a father in his 30s and he thought everything was starting to fall into place with his beautiful fiancé.

He doesn’t know what to do. I’ll be honest, I told him to run for the hills. I told him that his happiness needed to come first but he said he didn’t want to lose his fiancé because he is in love with her. He started saying stuff like should he respect her views and that he shouldn’t have just assumed she wanted children. He said he has taken the plunge now and it would be wrong of him to call off the engagement. I completely disagree with him but I thought maybe this might be something for you to talk about on your show.

Am I being unreasonable to think he should run for the hills and call off the engagement?

I don’t know what you think of this situation.

Do you think the friend is right? Should this man call off his engagement because his fiancé doesn’t want children?

Or should he respect her views and not expect her to change for him?

I know you are all thinking that the simple option is for them to go their separate ways but what if you are head over heels for someone and don’t want to lose them?

Would you stick by them hoping that one day they might change their minds?

I want to know what you think of this –

Do you think this guy should call off the engagement because the fiancé doesn’t want children?

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Should we respect the older generations views?

November 8, 2017

 

Should respect the generation gap?

What I mean by that is should we respect those people who have very different views of the world than society today.

For example, an episode of living with Lucy is on TV tonight in which the presenter moves in with music legend Dickie Rock.

While Lucy got along with Dickie, she did say that some of his views, which he expresses on the show, are very old-fashioned and there was a generation divide between them.

Dickie Rock is 79 years of age and has a different view on certain aspects of life than society today.

According to Lucy, Dickie has some old fashioned views towards marriage, women being at home and that women are trying to do men’s jobs in relation to gender equality.

Now – for some people those types of views are not a representative of modern Ireland and I know that there are some people out there who would take exception to his views.

They would say that he should be taught about how his views are not in line with modern thinking and in some way forced to conform to the way of thinking of the more liberal of society.

I am not just talking about Dickie Rock, there are many men and women out there who would have similar views.

They may have voted no to gay marriage, they may not agree with abortion, they may believe a women’s place is in the home.

They come from a different time in Ireland whereby they grew up with these believes, that would have been popular beliefs in Ireland.

But Ireland has definitely changed, with the introduction of same sex marriage, same sex adoption, a looming referendum on abortion – should we be trying to change the older generation’s views? Or leave them be?

Should we respect their views or try and change them?

I want to know what you think –

So here’s the question – Should we respect the older generations views?

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Would you object to social housing being built near you?

November 8, 2017

 

Would you have an issue with social housing being build near a private estate?

It seems like a mouth-full of a question but have a listen to the context first.

We got a message in from a listener –

Have a listen to it,

Hi Niall,

Can you talk about something for me because my blood is boiling right now? My 11 year old son came home from school the other day beaten to a pulp by a little scut that lives down the road. He lives in the new social housing estate that was built. He walks home from school because we don’t live far from it but he passes this social housing estate and the kids in it are ferrel. I have seen some of them in action and they would honestly intimidate you.

Their parents are nowhere to be seen and they run amuck. My son told me that this particular scut has been giving him grief. He only told me after the hiding he got so I was none the wiser.

It is a case of scum breeding scum Niall and I am sick to my teeth of it at this stage. We pay a big mortgage for our house and these gorier just get a cheap house and have no respect for anything or anyone.

The Government are talking about building more and more social housing – but where will they go?

They have to put them close to honest, taxpaying families like mine and we end up paying the price with anti-social behaviour and our children becoming victims of attacks.

I have taken steps to protect my son – he won’t be walking home anymore but there is nothing else I can really do. The parents won’t care if I go to them about it.

This needs to be talked about because honest families are the ones suffering in the end.

Thanks, An angry mother.

 

Well what do you think of this mother’s email?

She clearly blames social housing for the fact that her son was beaten up. Personally I don’t know if that is fair but I can see where she is coming from.

She believes that people in social housing are basically bringing down the area and that it is unfair to build social housing close to private estates.

Is she being a snob? Or do you agree with her?

Here’s the question tonight –

Would you object to social housing being built near you?

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Should people who fail their driving test twice be refused a license?

November 8, 2017

 

Should people who fail their driving test twice be refused a license?

We got a very interesting Facebook message into the show that I want you to have a listen to.

Hi Niall,

I have heard you speak about drivers and laws around them on your show before. Well I think I have something for you to discuss.

My niece is a god awful driver. I do not feel bad about saying this. I have told her myself. She is 28 and has failed her driving test three times. The gas thing is – she is still driving. She drove out of the test centre three times after failing it – in what other country would that happen?

I know the Gardai are trying to clamp down on learner drivers but they can’t catch all of them, what do you think of actually telling some people that they are terrible drivers and that they shouldn’t drive?

What I mean is – if a person fails the driving test more than twice, they shouldn’t be allowed to drive. Not everyone is cut out for it. I have seen that personally with my niece. I am a bus driver myself so I am on the road all the time and I see the silly mistakes and terrible drivers which are, a lot of the time, learners.

I wonder does anyone else agree with me. Can you bring this up on your show please?

Fran

 

So what do you think of Fran’s message?

Should it be two strikes and you are out when it comes to driving test?

Realistically, if you can’t pass the test on the second go - are you really fit for the road?

Or maybe you think this is too harsh and people need to have a second, third or even fourth go at the test? 

How many times did it take you to pass the driving test?

I want to know what you think of Fran’s message – do you agree with him?

So – should it be two strikes and you are out when it comes to driving test?

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Niall Speaks to Ella Whelan - ‘What Women Want - Fun, Freedom and an End to Feminism’.

November 8, 2017

 

Did you hear today's interview with author and assistant editor of 'Spiked' - Ella Whelan?

She spoke to Niall about how free speech and debate is being attacked by political correctness, the #metoo campaign and how certain women are making themselves victims. All of these issues are in her book - 'What Women Want, Fun, Freedom and an End to Feminism'.

Ella spoke last night about these themes from her new book at the Battle of Ideas satellite event 'Safe or Sanitised: Free speech and the Right to be Offensive' at the College of Computing Technology in Dublin. 

This show got a huge reaction today. Take listen to what Ella had to say. 

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Should prisoners get any time off their sentence for good behaviour?

November 8, 2017

 

Do you agree with prisoners getting out early for good behaviour?

Niall spoke to a brave woman  -Shaneda Daly. Niall has spoken to Shaneda on his show before and her story is one that shocks the nation.

Back in 2011 her father Harry Daily was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the repeated abuse and rape of Shaneda over 10 years in what she described as their “house of doom”.

She waived her right to anonymity so her father could be named.

Harry Daly came forward to the Central Criminal Court on signed pleas of guilty from the District Court. He signed 227 pleas, 103 of indecent assault and 24 of sexual assault. The remainder were charges of different forms of rape, including oral rape.

He pleaded guilty b to sample charges of rape, indecent assault and sex assault of the girl between February 1st, 1982, and November 30th, 1992, when she was between six and 17 years old.

Daly’s wife stayed with him after their daughter disclosed the abuse. The judge said he understood from the evidence there was a five-year period when the girl was abused daily.

He said the breach of trust, gravity of the offence, effect on the victim, multiplicity and duration of the crimes and “the grooming and escalating nature of the offences”, warranted a 15-year sentence.

He suspended the last five years of the sentence, having taken into account the fact Daly “availed of a procedure to bring the case before the court in the shortest possible time” by signing pleas of guilty.

He also took into account his lack of previous convictions, expression of remorse and the fact he had worked all his life.

Mr Justice Carney granted the suspension on condition Daly kept away from his daughter unless she wished to see him. He registered him as a sex offender and said he must undergo seven years of post-release supervision.

This particular man will be out next year after serving just 7 and a half years of a 15 year sentence.

As I said, 5 of the 15 were suspended because of his guilty plea – even so – he should be serving 10 year at least but if he gets out next year he won’t have even served that.

Why? Because he behaved himself in prison – do you think that is right?

Under Rule 59 of the Prison Rules 2007 as amended, the vast majority of prisoners serving sentences are entitled to remission at a rate of one quarter. In practice, this means that a person sentenced to 4 years' imprisonment will be expected to serve 3 years in custody.

The reason for remission is to ensure that there would be no breaches of prison discipline and incentivise prisoners to behave better behind bars. However, it seems over the years that the idea of remission has become some sort of entitlement rather than as discretion.

I want to know if you think any prisoner should actually be rewarded for their good behaviour behind bars.

I know they say prison is a place for rehabilitation these people who have committed crimes and remission and rewards for being good is a way of rehabilitating.

But what about the victims?

Here we have a woman who fought tooth and nail to have her disgusting abuser put behind bars – only for him to be released 7and a half years later.

Is that fair? In some countries they have minimum sentencing. This means that no matter how well someone behaves, they have to serve the minimum sentence they were given. In Ireland, we don’t have that.

Should prisoners get any time off their sentence for good behaviour?

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INTERVIEW : Niall spends time with Irish Singer Songwriter Zack Boone

November 8, 2017

 

One of Niall's favourite Irish singer/songwriters was back in the studio. Zack Boone has been on the show before and again he came with his guitar in hand plus a song for the show. 

Niall tried to hit the high notes that Zack reached BUT failed dismally. Could you? Take a listen

If you want to find out more about Zack Boone then check out his official Facebook Page and YouTube Channel. 

Just click the links about to find oout more from the man himself. 

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Would you give your water charges refund to the homeless?

November 6, 2017

 

Would you give your water charges refund to the homeless?

I want to ask you that today because homeless charities are urging people to do it. Anytime we talk about homelessness on this show I have people come on the show and pontificate about how the Government needs to do more.

Well now is the chance for you to do more and donate your money to help the homeless – will you do it?

The Simon Community, Focus Ireland and Peter McVerry Trust are planning a major national fundraising campaign to coincide with the upcoming Irish Water national repayment scheme, which will see €173m handed back to households over the coming months.

The refund project will be overseen by former head of the Workplace Relations Commission, Kieran Mulvey, and will ask people who can afford to donate to consider the plight of those without a home.

The group says that even a fraction of the total repayments could help deliver homes.

Mr Mulvey said "Homelessness is the greatest social problem facing post-recession Ireland.”Focus Ireland, Peter McVerry Trust and the Simon Community are at the forefront in trying to deliver much-needed investment in housing infrastructure."

Further details will be announced over the coming weeks as to how people can donate, and the types of projects that will benefit. The most recent figures show a record total of 8,374 people homeless in Ireland. This includes 5,250 adults and 3,124 children.

Today I want to know if you would give your water refund to the homeless.

Would you donate it?

Or do you think that it is your money and you are not responsible for the homeless crisis in the country?

I want to know what you think – Will you donate your water charge refund to the homeless?

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Would you report a parent if they bought their child a scrambler?

November 6, 2017

 

South Dublin County Council has said that they may consider setting up a county-wide task force to tackle the issue of anti-social behaviour on scramblers and quad bikes.

The issue was raised by Cllr Francis Timmons at the recent meeting of the Clondalkin Area Committee of SDCC.

In his motion, Cllr Timmons said: “The behaviour is causing ongoing distress to many residents, it is both anti-social and a dangerous behaviour.”

In response to Cllr Timmons’ motion, the council issued a report saying that it was acutely aware of long standing problems related to scramblers and quad bikes.

The report added that measures had been taken in an attempt to combat that problem.

These measures included the erection of 1.2 metre high fencing along the side of green space areas, installation of bollards and an awareness campaign launched ahead of Christmas 2016 asking parents to make sure that they were aware of the legal requirements related to the use and operation of such vehicles.

The council’s parks and open spaces byelaws state that any mechanically propelled vehicle – including scramblers and quad bikes – are not allowed on parks and open spaces.
Under the byelaws these vehicles can be removed by An Garda Siochana.

The council report acknowledged that there may be difficulty in prosecuting offenders and suggested that a task force may be set up to tackle the problem.

I don’t want to talk about the prospect of a taskforce because I think we can all agree that something needs to be done.

However, if the community are not behind it and parents continue to buy scramblers for their children – then what is the point of it?

There will be parents who will buy a scrambler for their little youngster knowing full well that they are going to head off to the local park or up the main road racing their mates.

Today I want to know if a specific taskforce was set up, would report someone for buying their child a scrambler?

There are people who will say, the kids are just having fun and we have to stop banning everything.

On the other hand you have residents in certain areas that are being terrorised by little guttersnipes racing up and down their road on scramblers or quad bikes.

Is it irresponsible parenting to buy kids a scrambler?

Would you report a parent for doing so?

Or do you think people need to start minding their own business.

So – would you report a parent if they bought their child a scrambler?

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Would you but your 15 year old child condoms?

November 2, 2017

 

Would you but your 15 year old child condoms?

Niall was asked this question from a mother whose 15 year old son whom she suspected might be on the verge of losing his virginity with his girlfriend. 

Should she speak to her son and tell him to wait to have sex or give him condoms and tell him to have safe sex? 

Listen to what you had to say. 

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Is it time to boycott the TV show ‘I’m a Celebrity - Get Me Out Of Here’?

November 2, 2017

 

Ireland – Animal rights campaigners are today urging Irish television viewers to switch channels as the date for the 2017 ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ is announced for November 19. Each year the show promises to get even more gory and more graphic as the cruel use of animals and insects continues to rise with even more cruel ‘bushtucker trials.’

Last year, challenges have included eating live scorpions and beetles as well as chasing ostriches around a tiny enclosure. Other challenges ask celebrity participants to perform acts such as sticking their hands or heads into tanks filled with insects, arachnids, rodents, or fish; holding live animals in their mouths; crawling into small spaces on top of masses of rats or insects; and even eating live animals. 

“Unlike the celebrity contestants who volunteer to be on the show, animals are not there by choice, and they deserve more than to be used in irresponsible and inhumane stunts in an attempt to boost ratings. All animals – not just the ones who are considered to be cute and cuddly – want to live free from harm, and none should be exploited for so-called entertainment. Switch on to entertainment that doesn’t involve abuse at the expense of other beings,” says animal rights campaigner and founder of the Irish animal rights group ARAN that ran for 20+ years, John Carmody.”

The animal rights campaigner also fears that insect and bug pizzas are winding their way to shops and restaurants in Ireland as the sale of such grotesque products are now on sale in Belfast.

Animal rights campaigners have called for a boycott of the controversial show. Should you? 

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Is it too soon to talk Christmas?

November 2, 2017

 

Halloween is gone and now people are already using the "C" word. Yes Christmas. 

Is it too soon to even start talking about the holiday season? 

Niall asked the question and let's just say that it got FESTIVE! 

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