How much should men spend on an engagement ring?

August 16, 2017

 

How much should men spend on an engagement ring?

I want to ask you this today because of a story that has gone viral today.

One woman has sparked a debate when she revealed that she was disappointed with the €1,400 engagement ring that her high earning fiancé bought for her, leading to accusations of greed and ungratefulness on her part by members of an online forum..

The woman wrote “His salary is nearing a six figure sum and he’s usually very generous,”

She went on to explain that she would have expected him to splash out a little more on such an important piece of jewellery.

The response however, was far less comforting than she might have hoped, with people expressing shock and horror at the bride-to-be’s reaction to the ring’s price tag.

One person said “Blimey. I'd have been delighted; talk about being ungrateful,

Another person said “1400 quid is a lot of money to most people no matter what he earns and you sound like the worst person imaginable. I hope he dumps you,”

Others however were quick to offer their support, understanding why she’d expect her high-earning fiancé to splash out a little more on such a significant ring.

One wrote “I don't think it's unreasonable to want to be absolutely head over heels in love with a ring you'll be wearing for the rest of your life

The woman explained how in an ideal scenario, she and her fiancé would have chosen a ring together.

Today I want to ask you what you think of this debate.

The old wives tail is that a man should spend 3 months wages on an engagement ring.

Women of Ireland – would you be insulted if a man proposed to you with a ring less than €1000?

Is this woman who sparked the debate being ungrateful and mean?

Or can you understand why she is upset with the cost of the ring? Is her fiancé the mean one?

I want to know what you think of this –

Is this woman being ungrateful?

 

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Should there be a Domestic Abuse register?

August 16, 2017

 

Should there be a domestic abuse register?

Well that is something they are looking at introducing in London.

A focus group are looking at the possibility of creating a national register of people who have been accused and convicted of domestic abuse.

The committee believe they need to send a clear message to anyone committing domestic abuse that the police have them on their radar.

It would be similar to the sex offenders register and those convicted of domestic abuse would be on a register. Would you agree with such a tough measure?

The figures of domestic abuse in Ireland are startling. For 2016 there were just fewer than 6 thousand cases of domestic violence reported to authorities.

There are no plans for such a register in Ireland although there have been calls in the past when Clare’s Law was introduced in Ireland.

Today I want to know if you think it would be a good idea.

Could this be a deterrent with the threat of being named and shamed on a national register?

I want you to have a listen to a comment I spotted:

I think this is a positive step forward in tackling domestic abuse but it does not go far enough. When a person is convicted they have already done the damage. What about someone who has been accused and is a danger in a new relationship. The register should also have the names of those accused of domestic abuse or have complaints made against them in order to protect a potential new partner.

What do you think of that comment – would you agree with them?

Should people who have not yet been convicted or have been accused of domestic abuse also be put on such a register?

People could then check a new partner if they suspect they could be a danger?

Or maybe you think a person can change their ways and having them publicly named and shamed is unfair.

I want to know what you think.

So Do you think there should be a public name and shame register for domestic violence?

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Remember, if you suspect someone is being abused – before you get involved, ask yourself if it’s safe and legal to intervene. If the situation is already violent or looks like it’s escalating quickly, do not directly intervene. Call the Gardaí on 999.

The only effective bystander intervention is a non-violent one. If you see or suspect domestic abuse in your area visit whatwouldyoudo.ie or call 999.

 

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Do you think members of the defence forces should be paid more money?

August 16, 2017

 

Do you think members of the defence forces should be paid more money?

An Irish soldier, his wife, and their four children are currently homeless as they struggle to make ends meet - despite his 17 years with the Defence Forces, and her part-time job.

The family, who wish to remain anonymous, includes four children aged 11 and under, one of whom has a rare genetic disorder which results in a range of physical problems.

The defence forces corporal said he is heartbroken and trying to wear a brave face every day but is worried sick.

He said he works damn hard and his family don’t deserve to be homeless.  He is due to travel abroad on a mission with a UN peacekeeping force in the near future.

The family's plight was highlighted in a statement from the Wives & Partners of the Defence Forces (WPDF) group.

WPDF has previously protested about pay and conditions in the Defence Forces, saying the families of many lower paid members are so financially stretched that they are using social welfare financial supports to make ends meet.

The mother in this situation said the pay in the Defence Forces is ‘dreadful’ and added that her husband has been subject to pay cuts.

Since cuts in 2009, basic pay for a private in the Defence Forces starts at €352 a week and rises after eight years’ service to a total package of €670 a week. They qualify for the HAP scheme but said they cannot find a landlord to accept it. The family, from Co Kildare, were recently informed by their landlord that he was selling the house.

Concerns have been raised over drop-off in Defence Forces numbers. The Defence Forces has an approved establishment strength of 9,500.

However despite a significant recruitment campaign during 2016, there are fewer members now then there were at the end of 2015. The reason for the drop off is the pay and conditions.

Do you think the defence forces deserve a pay increase? Or do you believe our force is pointless and paying more would just be a burden on the country.

Should members of the defence forces be paid better?

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TRUE STORIES : One man’s heartbreaking story of being abandoned at the age of 2

August 15, 2017

 

A caller today told Niall of how he was abandoned on the doorstep of a children's home at the age of 2. The heartbreaking story of what happened when he eventually found his mother and family you will not believe. 

This is a must listen to podcast. 

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Should children be taken off their drug addicted parents?

August 15, 2017

 

Do you think the first step for any addicted parent should be for them to completely lose custody of their children? Or would you be against that idea?

There are many children out there right now who are at home with parents who are not capable of looking after them properly because of drug addictions. Should these children be taken off their parents and put in better homes?

We hear countless times in the courts how a young lad has gone down a bad road because of a bad upbringing yet society doesn’t take the kids out of the situation they grow up in to prevent it.

Some people will argue that taking children away from their parents who they love unconditionally regardless of their faults would actually be damaging to them.

Should children be taken away from parents who have drug addiction problems?

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Should the Princess Diana tapes be shown?

August 13, 2017

Should the Princess Diana tapes be shown?

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Should we reduce the time it takes to get divorced?

August 13, 2017

Should we reduce the time it takes to get divorced?

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Is there any excuse for people under the age of 25 to be on the dole?

August 13, 2017

Is there any excuse for people under the age of 25 to be on the dole?

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Are the staff at RTE being paid too much?

August 13, 2017

Are the staff at RTE being paid too much?

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Do you agree with male child minders?

August 13, 2017

Do you agree with male child minders?

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Would you agree with social housing being built in your area?

August 12, 2017

Would you agree with social housing being built in your area? 

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Would you leave your partner if you found out they were bisexual?

August 12, 2017

Would you leave your partner if you found out they were bisexual?

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Is Catholicism treated unfairly in the media?

August 12, 2017

Is Catholicism treated unfairly in the media?

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Should mental health ever be an excuse for crime? Interview with Nicola Hynds

August 12, 2017

Should mental health ever be an excuse for crime? Interview with Nicola Hynds

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Do men need Paternity leave?

August 12, 2017

Do men need Paternity leave?

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Do you think the nuns in the mother and baby home did their best at the time?

August 12, 2017

Do you think the nuns in the mother and baby home did their best at the time?

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

July 24, 2017

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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Should we admire people who live a Vegan lifestyle?

July 24, 2017

 

Do you admire people who choose to go vegan?

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

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

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

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

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

Do you admire someone who chooses to go vegan?

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Is it time that Ireland leaves the Eurovison Song Contest?

July 21, 2017

 

Is it time that Ireland leaves the Eurovison Song Contest? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Should Ireland pull out of the Eurovision song contest?

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Is there ever an excuse to commit crime?

July 21, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

July 21, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 20, 2017

 

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

What happened next was radio gold! 

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

July 20, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

July 19, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Should we as parents protect our children from possible bullying?

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

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

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Would you hire someone if they had visible tattoos?

July 18, 2017

 

Would you hire a person who has visible tattoos?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 17, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 17, 2017

 

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

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

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

https://youtu.be/Z04Oe_GULao

 

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

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

July 17, 2017

 

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

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

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Should Ireland decriminalize drugs use?

July 17, 2017

 

Should Ireland decriminalize drugs use?

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

July 14, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 14, 2017

 

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

Niall received an email into the show and it read 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

July 14, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 14, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 14, 2017

 

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

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

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Are you proud of Conor McGregor?

July 14, 2017

 

Are you proud of Conor McGregor?

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

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

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

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

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

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Is the TV license value for money?

July 14, 2017

 

Do you think the licence fee is value for money?

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

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

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

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

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

But do you think RTE provides the same quality?

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

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

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

Would you pay more for your TV licensee?

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Should Homework Be Done Away With For Children?

July 14, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Should homework be completely done away with?

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

July 11, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I want to know what you think –

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

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

July 11, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Would you forgive you partner for a one night stand?

July 10, 2017

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Should rickshaws be banned in Ireland?

July 10, 2017

 

Should rickshaws be banned from Irish roads?

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Should rickshaws be banned from Irish roads?

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

July 10, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

June 30, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 30, 2017

 

SUSAN AND MARY MONAGHAN – SISTER AND MOTHER OF KEIRAN MONAGHAN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

However, none of these reports have been confirmed.

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

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

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

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

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

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INTERVIEW with Irish Singer/Songwriter Zack Boone

June 30, 2017

 

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

 

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

https://youtu.be/8V8uOQMCo1c

 

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

 

Things got a little kinky "OH LOUISE"

Check him out!

 

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Interview with Scott Masterson of the Jobstown Six

June 29, 2017

 

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

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

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

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Do you believe in Aliens?

June 29, 2017

 

Do you believe in aliens?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 28, 2017

 

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

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

Hi Niall,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What do you think of this man’s email?

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

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

The vows do say in sickness or in health.

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

I want to know what you think –

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

 

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Should sulky racing be banned?

June 27, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Should there be gender quotas in Irish politics?

June 22, 2017

 

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

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

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

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