Are you happy that the Oireachtas Committee moved recommend not to retain the 8th Amendment in Full?

October 20, 2017

 

An historic vote at the Oireachtas Committee on Abortion moved to recommend “not to retain the Eight Amendment in Full”.

The motion was proposed by Sinn Fein and seconded by Fianna Fail. The late-night sitting at Leinster House saw members vote by 15 votes in favour, two against, with two members, James Browne and Anne Rabbitte of Fianna Fáil abstaining.

Senator Ronan Mullen and Deputy Mattie McGrath voted against.

Senator Ronan Mullen called the vote and the committee “a disgrace” with no regard for the human rights of the unborn.

Meanwhile the National Women's Council of Ireland (NWCI) welcomed the outcome as a "move in the right direction".

The committee is responsible for recommending what question will go before the people in a referendum on the Eighth Amendment in May or June next year.

Its members are now considering 6 legal options as alternatives to the Eighth Amendment, ranging from deleting the article entirely, to deleting it and replacing it in the constitution with legislation although most members of the committee saying inserting complex law like this in to the constitution is “cumbersome” and inflexible.

Earlier the committee heard that the Eighth Amendment has caused “grave harm to women including death” according to former master of Holles Street hospital, Professor Peter Boylan.

He said Ireland’s abortion legislation has an effect on the decision-making abilities of clinicians, resulting in the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar who died of sepsis at Galway University Hospital. 

“She died as a consequence of the Eighth Amendment”, Professor Boylan told the committee following questions from Deputy Mattie McGrath.

Mr McGrath went on to argue that there are “lots of differing opinions” about the cause of death of Savita Halappanavar, to which Professor Boylan said he had “the advantage of reviewing her notes forensically”.

All witnesses at the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment today called on Ireland to repeal the Eighth Amendment and replace with legislation along the lines of what was called for by the Citizens Assembly earlier in the year.

The Citizens’ Assembly members voted on their recommendations for access to abortion for certain medical and other conditions and voted overwhelmingly to remove the 8th amendment from the constitution.

64pc of the Members’ recommended that the termination of pregnancy without restriction should be lawful.

Professor Boylan  said Ireland could look at other EU countries to as possible legal models when shaping any new abortion legislation, not just the UK, where most Irish women have an abortion.

He said 99pc of women in the EU have access to termination in the first trimester.

He also pointed out the difficulties that will emerge when a burden of proof will lie with a woman to prove she has been raped in order to obtain an abortion.

Today I want to know if you think agree with what the committed have said.

Or if you think that it is disgraceful that they have recommended not retaining the eight in full.

I want to know what you think on this –

Are you happy that the committee have recommended that the eight not be retained in full?

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Tracker Mortgages - Have you been affected by the banks actions?

October 20, 2017

 

Niall spoke to David Hall - Director of the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation spoke to Niall about the Tracker Mortgage scandal gripping Ireland at the moment. 

Have you been affected by the banks actions over Tracker Mortgages? 

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EXCLUSIVE : Interview with the man who discovered the dead homeless man in Dublin

October 20, 2017

 

Another homeless person loses their life on the streets of Dublin. 

Niall spoke to the man who discovered the dead man in the heart of the city. 

Gardaí said the man was discovered in Adair Lane in Temple Bar last night. It’s believed that he travelled up from the Midlands where he lived within the past week.

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Niall Boylan Speaks To People Across Ireland As They Battle Storm Ophelia

October 16, 2017

 

Ex-Hurricane Ophelia finally made land in Ireland today and Ireland braced itself for the strongest storm to hit the country. 

 

A country wide Red Alert was issued by Met Eireann and the Government as all citizens were asked to remain indoors where possible. 

 

Niall spoke to many of the Emergency Services for updates on the destruction of the storm. Members of the public called in from across the country to share their stories of dealing with Strom Ophelia. 

 

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Should a woman take the man’s name when getting married?

October 11, 2017

 

Should a woman take the man’s name when getting married?

I want to ask you that today because of an email that came into the show.

 A man called John wrote the following  

“Hi Niall, love the show. Can you and your listener’s help with something that is brewing between me and my fiancée.

I’m marrying my school sweetheart. We’ve been together almost 10 years. She’s the best thing that’s ever happened in my life and I know we’ll be happy together.

She’s become successful in her marketing job and I know when the time comes she will be a fantastic mother.  There’s just one problem that is causing a problem between my family and my fiancée – She’s refusing to take my surname when we get married.

She says that it’s 2017 and women are not taking their partner’s names anymore. She has said before jokingly that being forced to take your partner’s name is almost like saying that she is my property.

My parents on the other hand are furious! My Dad said that we need to insure our family name is never lost. I’m their only son so my father says it’s my responsibility to ensure that family tree continues. He is adamant of this and says that if my fiancée really loved me then this would not be an issue for her.

My mates are slagging me off saying that my fiancée wears the pants in our relationship, and while I laugh along with them it’s beginning to make me feel that I should stand up and say something to her.

Am I being unreasonable in asking my future wife to take my name when we get married? I’d love to hear what your listeners have to say?”

What do you think of this email? Is this man wrong to want his fiancé to take his name? Or is that a little draconian?

Some in the office said “Why bother getting married if you don’t want to take your partner’s name? Just to do a civil partnership.  

The tradition of taking your husband’s name is centuries old - so is it time that we questioned this practice? OR has the feminist movement gone so far that they want to remove all traces of the man in a marriage?

So today I want to ask you – Is it insulting for a woman to refuse to take her husband’s name in marriage?

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Do you think Donald Trump is a good president and leader?

October 11, 2017

 

Do you think Donald Trump is a good president and leader?

President Trump has been in office for 261 days and I think it is safe to say most of those days have been filled with controversy.

Almost every day there is something in the news about him.

From Trump wanting to build walls, wanting to keep Muslims out by bringing in a travel ban, sexual assault claims, Russian ties, North Korea, his tweets, banning transgender people from the military, firing the head of the FBI, cancelling obamacare, the list really goes on and the man has not been in office a year yet.

Today I want to get your opinion on the President of the United States and ask you, as Irish people, if you are concerned that this man is a danger or if you think he is doing a good job.

Britain is reportedly preparing for the possibility of war breaking out with North Korea as concerns rise that another provocative missile test could trigger a military response by the US.

North Korea is being closely watched amid fears it could launch another long-range missile test on Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the founding of its ruling party.

Bellicose rhetoric from Donald Trump has heightened tensions in the region in recent months, prompting British officials to draw up military plans for a response to a break out of hostilities, it was reported. 

Whether you like it or not, the president of the United States is one of the most powerful leaders in the world and decisions he makes affect the world.

There were protests in Ireland when he was elected and more protests when it was revealed that his invitation would not be revoked.

Today I want to get your opinions on the president and ask you if you are concerned by his behaviour or if you think he is a good president to date.

There are many people who think he is a hero and wish we had somebody like him running our country.

We have sent our man Robbie Kane out on the streets today to ask people what they think of Trump.

Do they think he is dangerous or do they support him?

I want to know what you think –

Do you support Donald Trump and his behaviour?

Or do you think he is a dangerous world leader?

Does the behaviour of Donald Trump concern you?

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Would you judge a person if they held a full on funeral for their pet?

October 11, 2017

 

Would you judge a person if they held a full on funeral for their pet?

The reason I want to ask you that is because of an email we got into the show. Have a listen to it.

Hi Niall,

Have you ever been invited to the funeral of a pet dog? Well I have and I would love for you to talk about this nonsensical thing on your show please.

My friend invited me to her dog’s funeral on Saturday just gone. I could not make this stuff up. Her dog passed away and she was obviously devastated. I sympathised with her of course when it happened but when she asked me to go to the funeral I really thought it was taking the biscuit. She also took a full week off work to mourn the death of Roxie.

She invited her family members and her friends and had a full on service for the dog.  It was actually held in a crematorium. Of course I didn’t go because personally I think the whole thing is completely outrageous. In my day, when the dog died we just buried it in the back garden, moved on and got a new dog. These days’ people are treating dogs like human beings and I think it is getting ridiculous.

My friend was pretty annoyed when I told her that I wasn’t going to the funeral but realistically, who would go to a dog funeral.

Can you talk about this on your show please - do people agree with me that pet funerals are ridiculous?

Mark

What do you think of Mark’s email? Do you think he is being unfair? Or do you agree with him and think that a funeral for a dog is absolutely ridiculous?

Would you go to a pet funeral?

It’s a strange one and one I don’t think we have ever spoken about on the show before.

Is a funeral for a pet over the top?

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Do you agree with the Christmas Bonus for Unemployed People being reinstated?

October 11, 2017

 

Are you happy that the Christmas bonus is to be reinstated?

Those on social welfare appear to be the winners in Budget 2018.

Minister Paschal Donohoe today announced a €5 per week increase in all weekly social welfare payments, beginning end March 2018.

Among those set to benefit from this are the unemployed, disabled, pensioners and lone parents.

It was also announced that the Christmas bonus payment of 85% will again be paid to all social welfare recipients in 2017.

Tonight I want to know if you are happy to see it reinstated.

It is not going to be fully reinstated but 85% is practically there.

The bonus used to be a once off end-of-year payment for elderly people, carers and long-term social welfare recipients. It was equal to 100 per cent of the person's social welfare payment.

It was scrapped when the recession hit but each budget since the recovery started has seen the bonus reinstated by more each year. It was 25% first, then 50%, 75% and now 85%. I think it would be a fair estimation that it won’t be long until the bonus is reinstated fully.

The government are feeling quite generous but it seems more so to those on welfare.  Last year the bonus cost the state around €225 million in payouts.

1.3 million people on welfare in this country will benefit from the bonus. Maybe you think Christmas is an expensive time and those on welfare need a help in hand – I want to hear from you.

Or maybe – like me – you work your backside off and don’t see a penny of a Christmas bonus and it annoys you that those on welfare are getting one for staying at home and not working.

Is the Government really giving them an incentive to get out and work? Or are they making the same mistakes again and making it easier for people to stay on welfare for a longer time.

I am obviously not talking about pensioners or carers because I think everyone agrees with a bonus for them – but a person on the welfare long term (which is 12 months or more) – should they really be given a bonus?

I want to know what you think, so –

Are you happy or angry that the 85% Christmas bonus will be reinstated?

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Are you better off following the release of the details of Budget 2018?

October 11, 2017

 

Yesterday was D day – and by that we mean Budget day – the day when men and women in suits in a little room decide what the countries money will be spent on.

Today Niall wanted to get your reaction to the budget. It certainly seems like people on social welfare were the big winners this year. I want to know what you think of the budget – are you happy with it or are you disgusted and feel hard done by.

Here is a summary of it -

  • A total of €1.83 billion has been allocated to housingin Budget 2018, with 3,800 social houses to be built by local authorities and approved housing bodies.
  • The Housing Assistance Payment Scheme will increase by €149m, enabling an additional 17,000 households to be supported and accommodated next year.
  • Funding for homeless services will increase by €18m to more than €116m.
  • The Government has said 4,000 social housing homes will be delivered next year through the Social Housing Current Expenditure Programme.
  • An extra €500m for the direct building programme will see 3,000 additional new build social houses by 2021.
  • €750m is to be made available for commercial investment in housing finance.
  • The level of stamp duty on commercial property transactionswill rise from 2% to 6% from midnight.
  • The vacant site levywill increase from 3% in the first year to 7% in second and subsequent years.
  • new house-building entityto boost construction has been announced.
  • An additional 1,300 teaching posts have been announced for next year, of which 300 are being used to reduce the primary pupil teacher ratioto 26:1.
  • €1.7 billion will be invested in special education, with more than 1,000 new Special Needs Assistants being recruited before September 2018.
  • An additional 800 gardaí will be recruited during 2018. Another 500 civiliansto be hired also.
  • The health allocation includes an additional 1,800 staff in frontline services across acute, mental health, disability, primary and community care sectors.
  • A reduction in prescription charges for all medical card holders under 70from €2.50 to €2 per item.
  • The monthly cap drops from €25 to €20, with the threshold for the Drugs Payment Scheme dropping from €144 to €134.
  • An increase of €685m in allocation to the Department of Health brings total funding to almost €15.3bn next year.

Social welfare

  • From the last week of March, there will be a €5 per week increase in all weekly social welfare payments, including disability allowance, carer's allowance, Jobseekers' Allowance and the State pension.
  • A Christmas bonus payment of 85% will be paid to all social welfare recipients in 2017.
  • There will be a €20 increase in the earnings threshold for the One Parent Family Payment and Jobseekers' Transitional scheme.
  • The threshold for the Family Income Supplement will rise by €10 per week for families with three children. €2 per week rise in the rate of the qualified child payment.
  • There will be a €2.50 increase in the Telephone Support Allowance for those receiving the Living Alone and Fuel allowances.
  • The home carer credit will rise by €1000 to €1,200.
  • The point at which an income earner attracts the higher rate of income taxwill rise next year by €750 per annum.
  • The entry point for single earners will increase from €33,800 to €34,550.
  • Targeted changes to Universal Social Chargewill reduce rates but do not narrow the USC tax base.
  • The entry point to USC will remain at €13,000.
  • The 2.5% USC rate will be reduced to 2% with the ceiling for the new rate increased from €18,772 to €19,372.
  • The 5% USC rate will be reduced to 4.75%.
  • A working group will be set up over the coming year to plan the amalgamation of the USC and PRSI over the medium term.
  • The Earned Income Credit for the self-employed will rise by €200 to €1,150 a year.
  • Reduction in seven-year period for owners to enjoy full relief from Capital Gains Tax to four years.
  • Mortgage interest reliefwill be cut next year in a move that will affect about 300,000 homeowners.
  • The relief for people with loans from 2004-2012 is being continued to 2020, but at just 75% of the rate in 2018, 50% in 2019 and 25% in 2020.

Sugar tax – we will be talking about this in more detail later on in the show.

  • From April 2018, there will be a 30 cent per litre of tax on drinks with over 8g of sugar per 100ml.
  • There will be a reduced rate of 20 cent per litre on drinks with between 5g and 8g of sugar per 100ml.
  • The excise duty on a packet of 20 cigarettes will rise by 50 cents. 
  • The VAT rate on sunbed services is to increase from 13.5% to 23%.
  • There will be €17 million for the Renewal Heat Incentive and to incentivise an increase in electric vehicles.

Rainy Day Fund will be established in the coming year, with at least €1.5 billion transferred to it from the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund. 

Are you better off following the release of the details of Budget 2018? 

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Interview with an Irish man caught in the Las Vegas Shootings?

October 4, 2017

 

America was stunned at the horrific shootings of concert goers in Las Vegas. Niall spoke to Irish man Patrick Mahony who was performing at The House of Blues in the city as the attach took place. 

He described the chaos as the shooter was firing on the public and the aftermath of the attack. 

Naill went on to ask if you would support the right to carry guns in Ireland? 

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Did Hugh Hefner exploit women?

October 4, 2017

 

Do you think Hugh Hefner exploited women?

As you all know, the playboy mogul passed away last week at the ripe age of 91. His death was met with positive media coverage, painting him as both a driving force in the sexual revolution and a gentle soul with a soft spot for oppressed groups of people.

But not everyone felt that way with many people coming out and saying that he was a misogynist who exploited women and damaged women’s right.

GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance against Defamation) president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis slammed the media's kind tributes, calling Hefner a misogynist whose exploitative empire caused "irreparable damage to women's rights."

She took to twitter and said “It's alarming how media is attempting to paint Hugh Hefner as a pioneer or social justice activist. Because nothing could be further from reality”

She went on to say "Hefner was not a visionary. He was a misogynist. He built an empire sexualizing women & mainstreaming stereotypes that caused irreparable damage to women's rights & our entire culture."

She is not alone in her views either. There are many people who think the same.

Not everyone who worked for the Playboy magnate claims they had such a good time in the iconic mansion.

A number of Playmates have spoken out about their lives in the world's most famous bachelor pad, suggesting that it wasn't all smiles behind the scenes.

Playboy Bunny Holly Madison offered a bleak description of her time living with Hugh.

In her book she wrote that everyone thinks that the infamous metal gate was meant to keep people out. But she grew to feel it was meant to lock her in.

Holly Madison uses her book to offer another bleak perspective saying she turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with her life as a playmate.

Fellow Playmate Izabella St. James also claimed in her book that the experience wasn't as pleasant as outsiders may be lead to believe and explained how they used to have to ask for their allowance every Friday.

She said "We all hated this process. Hef would always use the occasion to bring up anything he wasn't happy about in the relationship.

She added that most of the complaints were about the lack of harmony among the girlfriends or  lack of sexual participation in the 'parties' he held in his bedroom.

She alleged that he used their allowance as a weapon and wouldn’t give it to them if they were not available for the bedroom parties.

Playboy model Carla Howe  previously said that the girls have a strict 9pm curfew, saying that none of them are even allowed to invite friends to the mansion to see them.

Now all of that does not sound like a man who respects women but many Playmates will actually say they lived a great life in the mansion and that Hefner was extremely respectful and looked after them.

Some people will even say that these women chose this lifestyle so why have a go at Hugh Hefner for it after he passed away?

We spoke to Dr Gail Dines who gave us an insight into Hugh Herner that she believed that was created by his media Machine. You do not want to miss what she had to say. 

I want to know what you genuinely think of the Playboy mansion, the Playboy and the bunnies –

So – do you think Hugh Hefner exploited women?

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Do you support the introduction of a Sugar Tax?

October 4, 2017

 

Do you support the introduction of a sugar tax?

It is back in the news today after sources said that it is almost certainly going to be included in the budget.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar recently revealed that he wanted to see a sugar tax on fizzy drinks and sweets.

Speaking about the issue at the recent Fine Gael think in he said he has been a long time supporter of the sugar tax and he wants to see it introduced but he is not in a position to go into details.

Studies have shown that one in four Irish children are overweight while the country has the worst obesity rates in Europe.

Today I want to know if you would be happy to see a sugar tax in the budget.

The rate of tax has not yet been decided and could range from 1c to 20c per 330 ml can. The annual yield would be approximately €8.4 million for a 1 cent increase, and would be around €168.7 million for a 20 cent increase.

Today I want to know if you think a sugar tax is necessary.

If the companies are forced to pay more tax, the price will go up for consumers.

Do you agree with that if it means the rate of childhood obesity may go down?

They have raised the price of cigarettes over the years, it’s now €11 for 20 smokes, but it hasn’t stopped most people from smoking. The budget could see cigarettes increased to €11.50 in this year’s budget also.

Should the rest of us suffer because someone can’t control their weight or the weight of their children?

The obesity figures are pretty scary in this country. But should the parents be targeted instead of sugary drinks?

Or maybe you think that some parents simply don’t have nutritional education and that it’s not their fault.

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland called for a 20% tax on sugary drinks but as I said the rate of tax hasn’t been decided yet.

I like having a can of coke. I have coke in moderation. Why should I suffer financially because someone drinks it like water?

Maybe you think it’s a step needed to reduce the growing number of Irish children who are obese.

I want to know what you think –

Do you support the introduction of a sugar tax?

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Would you hire an ex convict?

October 2, 2017

 

Would you ever hire a former prisoner?

The reason I want to ask you this today is because of a story I spotted online.

The UK’s leading employer of people with convictions says there can be huge benefits in hiring ex-prisoners.

The Timpson Group owns a wide range of different retail outlets. The companies under the group’s banner include cobblers, locksmiths, photo shops and dry cleaners.

In total, they have about 1,850 outlets spread out across the UK (as well as a small number in Ireland).

The group employs about 4,000 people across all of its outlets. What’s notable about the company is that 10% of these people are ex-convicts.

Just over 15 years ago, James Timpson was invited on a tour of a young offenders open prison in Warrington. He was impressed by his tour guide (a 19-year-old serving three years) and would later go on to hire him.

Following this, Timpson started visiting prisons across the north west of England aiming to recruit people to the business. 

Initially, he had some issues admitting that he was recruiting some of the wrong people and that he paid off one guys drug dealer three times.

As he progressed in his recruitment, Timpson began to learn the right and wrong things to do. Today, the company employs over 400 people with convictions.

Timpson was the keynote speaker at a seminar in Dublin this week organised by the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) around the topic of hiring people with a conviction.

The IPRT campaigns for the rights of prisoners and for progressive reform of Irish penal policy.

The purpose of the seminar was to highlight the recruitment potential of people with previous convictions and to try to combat the stigma against hiring people who have committed crimes in the past.

Today I want to talk about that stigma and ask you if you would hire an ex-prisoner.

Have a listen to some of the comments online about this.

One person said: People make huge mistakes and pay dearly for it. They have time to reflect in prison. Everyone deserves a second chance. They could turn out to be the best employees.

However not everyone was as positive with a few people commenting on how they believes many prisoners do not want an honest life.

Have a listen to this comment: More hug a thug political correctness crap. Most prisoners are unemployable and don’t want a job. Crime is their job. Imagine hiring an armed robber to look after your finances – it’s laughable! How could you trust the person?

So clearly there is still a stigma in Ireland around the issue and many people would not hire an ex-con – would you?

Do all prisoners deserve a second chance at life when they leave prison?

Or do they lose the right to a second chance when they commit crimes?

I want to know what you think –

So – do all prisoners deserve a second chance?

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Is it wrong for a mother to remove her child from a class because the teacher is obese?

September 29, 2017

 

A story in the UK say a mother remove her 4 year old son from a class because she did not want her child being taught by an obese person. 

She thought it was setting a bad example for the child that it was acceptable to be overweight. 

Was the mother right or was she fat shaming the teacher? 

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Would you dump your partner if you found out they watched pornography daily?

September 29, 2017

 

Niall had a caller who said that his girlfriend of several years dumped him because she found out that he watched pornography ona daily basis. 

Was she a prude? Does everyone watch some porn? Should she have dumped him? 

Listen to some of your confessions here.

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Do speed cameras save lives or are they a money making scam?

September 29, 2017

 

Niall spotted 6 new speed cameras on the streets of Dublin on his way into work. Do drivers slow down when they see speed cameras? Or do people see them just as a money making scam? 

Well you had your say on the subject!

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INTERVIEW : We speak to actor Joe McKinney aka The Dancing Guinness Man

September 29, 2017

 

With the new ban on alcohol advertising set to hit Ireland, Niall spoke to Irish actor Joe McKinney who became a global sensation back in the 1990's when he became the 'Dancing Guinness Man'. 

Joe tells Niall what it was like travelling around the world and being recognised everywhere he went. What you may not know is what Joe has been doing since THAT Guinness ad. 

Take a listen as Joe was frank with Niall as to the highs and lows. 

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Should Communion classes be taken out of primary schools?

September 29, 2017

 

State-run primary schools are taking formal religious instruction for pupils off the timetable.

The decision is being made by the Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) and comes after years of discussion over the place of religion teaching in primary schools.

Education Minister Richard Bruton said he welcomed the direction in which the ETBI was moving but we asked if you were? 

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Is it time to take Rickshaws off the streets of Ireland?

September 29, 2017

 

Niall was contacted by a taxi driver who shared a video of a man claiming he was beaten up by a Rickshaw driver and the drivers accomplices. 

Niall spoke to Rickshaw owners/drivers and taxi drivers who had different on what should happen to Rickshaws on the streets of Ireland. 

Should Rickshaws be banned in Ireland? 

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INTERVIEW : I have 5 kids and have been on the Housing Waiting list 8 years

September 29, 2017

 

Niall spoke to Edel Dunne fromn Dublin who lives with her partner and theri 5 children in 2 rooms. They have been on the housing waiting list for 8 years. 

Some callers asked why were they still having children if they had no fixed accomodation. 

Find out waht Edel told Niall. 

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Is a sexy comment from someone a compliment or harassment?

September 29, 2017

 

“You’re at total ride, Hey Sweet Cheeks, Well You’re Hot” – All comments that I’m sure people tonioght will be saying to me at the Listners Party here in D2 in Dublin.

However are these appropriate comments to make especially following recent events for other people in the media spotlight – you know who I’m talking about. But seriously iare these comments just a bit of banter or are they encroaching on people’s personal space.

The reason why I ask this is because Dublin City Council have started a new campaign that you may have seen across the city. It says “A Sexist Remark Is Not A Compliment”. Would you agree with that?

Well I am going to be speaking to Councillor Janice Boylan – no relation to me – but she will be talking is through the campaign and what they hope to achieve from it.

But I want to ask you if you would be offended if someone say in the office or in a club came up to you and threw you out one of these one liners “Ya Ride, Those legs go on for ever or Buns of Steel”.

 Would you be offended if someone said that to you? Or is this just PC thinking gone way too far. Are the days when you could have some harmless banter seem to be long gone. Would shows like ‘The Benny Hill Show’ have a place of TV’s today?

Do guys and girls still pass cheeky topics today or are they scared to even utter something that might be seen as offensive? You will remember we had Aisling from the station on the air earlier this week when we were talking about wolf whistling and she said that the comments she got were above and beyond a bit of banter. Some people – especially women – can feel intimidated if a group of men harass a woman.

Look is this PC culture gone too far or is the new Dublin City Campaign right “A sexist Comment is Not A Compliment”

Is a sexy comment from someone just a compliment or is it harassment?

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“Why do you want me DEAD?” - Pro-Life Activists Rebecca Kiessling & Jennifer Christie asked!

September 27, 2017

 

Abortion will be a topic that Irish people will be debating over the coming year. Today Niall had in studio American Pro-Life activists Rebecca Kiessling and Jennifer Christie whose talk for 'Unbroken Ireland' was cancelled in Dublin's Gibson Hotel. 

Today saw activists claiming to be from People Before Profit, remove posters advertising 'Unbroken Ireland's' conference around parts of Dublin. Adrienne Wallace from People Beofre Profit was also on the show along with other Pro-Choice activists debating the Repeal the 8th movement.

This got very heated and saw the station flooded with callers wanting to discuss Rebecca and Jennifer's comments which included "It's unfortunate that people would go to England and allow British people to kill your children"

This is a must listen to podcast! Do you think we should allow abortion in Ireland?

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INTERVIEW : Family with 5 children on Housing Waiting list for 8 years - Is it right?

September 26, 2017

 

Niall spoke to Edel Dunne whose story was making headlines in Ireland. She, her partner and their 5 children are living in basically 2 rooms of their parents home.

They have been on the housing list for 8 years now. Is it right that the housing sysytem is making them wait this long? Some callers though said that she and her partner should not be having children if they are not in a position to provide a home of their own for them to live in.

This got heated?

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Should Wolf Whistling Be Banned?

September 25, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Should wolf-whistling be banned?

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Should housing be a constitutional right?

September 25, 2017

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Should housing be a constitutional right? 

 

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

September 22, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Is it emotional abuse to deny your partner sex?

September 22, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Should the Mandatory Retirement Age should be scrapped?

September 22, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Should the Mandatory Retirement Age should be scrapped?

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Will the banning of Alcohol Advertising in Ireland reduce alcoholism?

September 22, 2017

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Will the banning of Alcohol Advertising in Ireland reduce alcoholism?

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

September 21, 2017

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

September 21, 2017

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

September 20, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

September 19, 2017

 

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

Niall received an email from a listener

 

Hi Niall,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please talk about this on your show.

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

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

Or is that girlfriend being unreasonable?

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

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

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

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

September 19, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Do these areas deserve the bad reputation they have?

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EXCLUSIVE Interview with Ibrahim Halawa’s sister Somaia

September 19, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Should smoking be completely banned?

September 18, 2017

 

Should smoking be completely banned?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you think banning smoking would be a good idea?

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

September 18, 2017

 

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

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

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

The change will require a constitutional referendum. 

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

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

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

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

Should there be no waiting time for divorce?  

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

September 13, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

This was posted on Facebook, have a listen:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Would you judge someone who was a Sugar Baby?

September 11, 2017

 

Would you judge someone who was a Sugar Baby?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Do you believe in the miracles at Lourdes?

September 11, 2017

 

Do you believe in the miracle of Lourdes?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 11, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

September 6, 2017

 

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

This show got heated. 

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

September 6, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or should there be some leniency given?

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

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

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Can a man and woman have a platonic relationship?

September 6, 2017

 

Can a man and woman have a platonic relationship?

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

Hi Niall,

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

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

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

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

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

What do you think of this message?

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

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

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

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

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

Do you think he is over-reacting?

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

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

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Do you have faith in the Gardai?

September 6, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 4, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 1, 2017

 

CAT POO!

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

We even heard from a Vegetarian Cat LOL

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

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Would you have a threesome?

September 1, 2017

 

Would you have a threesome?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So Niall asked – Would you ever have a threesome?

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

September 1, 2017

 

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

Have a listen to this message we received yesterday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Have you any issues with the public services card?

September 1, 2017

 

Have you any issues with the public services card?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do you have an issue with the public service card?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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