Should sulky racing be banned?

June 27, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Should there be gender quotas in Irish politics?

June 22, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

June 22, 2017

 

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

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

Listen to what he had to say.

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Do you agree with Donald Trump’s Travel Ban?

June 21, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Dublin Pride Festival - Is Ireland an Equal society now?

June 21, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

June 21, 2017

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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Should we arm the Gardai like the do in America?

June 20, 2017

 

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

This got heated!

Listen to what happened!

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Fake News in America

June 20, 2017

 

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

Enjoy!

 

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

June 20, 2017

 

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

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

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

Listen to his amazing story on our podcast now.

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Stories from the Undocumented Irish in America

June 19, 2017

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 19, 2017

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

www.realnewyorktours.com

 

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

June 12, 2017

 

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

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

Hi Niall,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who is right here- My sister or her boyfriend?

So what do you think of this email?

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

Who is right?

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

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

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

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

I want to get your opinions on this –

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

Mother or father?

 

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

June 12, 2017

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 9, 2017

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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COMPENSATION FOR CHILDREN OF MOTHER AND BABY HOMES

June 7, 2017

 

COMPENSATION FOR CHILDREN OF MOTHER AND BABY HOMES

Should all survivors of mother and baby homes be compensated?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Do you have a problem with Public Displays of Affection?

June 7, 2017

 

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

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

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

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Should dogs on the dangerous dog list be neutered?

June 6, 2017

 

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

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

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INTERVIEW with Imam Ibrahim Ahmad Noonan

June 6, 2017

 

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

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

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After Hours with Niall Boylan - Singing, Jokes and the Laughing Hyena

June 2, 2017

 

What goes on in the last hour of the Niall Boylan Show at night? Well in case you missed last night's show, here is something to tempt you to stay awake late at nights. 

We do not accept responsibility for distress caused by our bad singing, rude jokes and the 'Laughing Hyena'. Check it out ;-)  

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Is it selfish for a woman to get pregnant late in life?

June 2, 2017

 

When is it too old to become a Mother? We came across a story in the papers today about former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips. Now aged 74 – she was reminiscing about the abuse she revealed from people back in the 1980’s when she had her second child. 

Phillips was 47 at the time and she was expecting to be dealing with the menopause yet she actually found herself pregnant. She was overjoyed but said that feeling was overshadowed by the prejudice she met from other Mothers.

Is it fair on a child to essentially be raised by someone who should be their grandparent?  I know many of you won’t be happy with that! The biggest advantage of being older – no more mature – is the wisdom and life experiences that you come across during your life.

There is no manual, guide book or App that can give you these experiences and it’s only you that can pass this wisdom on. So one could really say that it is better to become a parent later in life.

Is it selfish of a parent to have a child in their late 40’s or early 50’s?

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Should parents who buy their children scramblers be prosecuted?

June 2, 2017

 

Do you think there is anything wrong with children having scrambler bikes?

Well according to Sinn Fein Dublin North West TD Dessie Ellis, property is being damaged by young children driving scramblers and dirt bikes in his constituency.

He told the Dail that four and five year old children are terrorising communities on quad and scrambler motorbikes.

He added that most people are responsible in their use of these vehicles but in some cases they are used in an anti-social way to torment communities and damage public property.

Unless a bike like a scrambler has been registered, taxed, insured and brought up to the correct standard it is illegal for it to be used on the public road.

It is also illegal to use these bikes in public parks and open spaces. However it is still happening in many areas around the country and parents know about it.

Should parents be prosecuted if they let their child have a scrambler?

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Would you let your ex take your kids away on holiday with their new partner?

June 1, 2017

 

I want you to have a listen to this email we go into the show this morning.

It’s an interesting one – Ill read it out and you can give me your opinion after you hear it.

Hi Niall,

I was wondering could you talk about something for me please as I have heard you speak up for men’s rights and father’s rights on your show before.

Before I tell you about my dilemma I need to tell you a little bit about myself. I have two beautiful children and an ex partner. My ex and I were together since we were teenagers and we had our son 7 years ago and we had our daughter 5 years ago. We split up about two years ago because our relationship wasn’t working and we basically both fell out of love with each other.

I am a very involved father and my ex and I are amicable with each other for our children’s sake.

She started seeing a guy about 7 months ago and their relationship has moved really quickly. I found out that he was staying over in the house a couple of months back when my 7 year old son told me. He told me that he didn’t like the man staying over. When I questioned him he said the man is nice to him and his sister but that he doesn’t want someone staying over with his mammy.

I spoke to my ex and voiced my concerns but she basically told me that it’s her life and I need to stop getting involved. I decided that I would leave it at that until recently.

She called me and told me that her boyfriend had booked a holiday for her and the kids to Florida and that she needs me to sign a form to let them go. Straight away I said no way – I told her that I did not want my children going on a holiday with a man that I do not know.

She told me that I needed to get over myself that the kids want to go on the holiday so why would I stop them! Can you believe that Niall – I am thinking of the safety of my kids here!  She only knows the man 7 months and now she wants to go on holiday and take my children with her.

Personally I don’t care what she does – she is a grown woman – but when it comes to my kids I should have a say. I am their father after all.

The problem in this country though is that when you are a man – you have absolutely no rights in this country. She has gone and told the kids that her boyfriend booked a holiday so all they are thinking about it Disneyland. They don’t understand any dangers that they could find themselves in.

How can I allow my children head off to the states with this strange man and stay in an apartment with him? What kind of a parent would I be?

I really am caught between a rock and a hard place here – the kids want to go to Disneyland but I don’t want them going with the new boyfriend.

Am I being unreasonable? Maybe there are other men out there who have been in my situation before – I would love to hear their views.

Thanks

So what do you think of this person’s situation –

Do you think he is being unreasonable? Or can you understand his concerns?

Have you any advice for this man? Should he let his children go or should he stand his ground?

I want to get your opinions on this –

Is this man being unreasonable?

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Would you allow your 13 year old child on ‘The Pill’?

June 1, 2017

 

Sex education classes and birth control advertising are failing to curb teenage pregnancy rates according to research in  ‘The Times’.

 

We received a message to our Facebook page from a mother who highlighted this issue to us. Here take a listen to what she wrote.

 

“Hi Niall

 

I listen to the show all the time and hear people regularly asking for help with a dilemma that they’re facing. I’ve spoken to my husband about this and we are at logger heads with each other. Maybe your listeners could help?

 

Kids these days are more streetwise and whether I like it or not they’re growing up faster. Talking to them can only go so far. Action sometimes is the only way to deal with a situation.

 

I have a 13 year old daughter and she knows all about sex. She’s told me that a couple of her class mates in school are sexually active even at this young age.

 

I’ve talked to her all about waiting until she’s older but I just know that she is thinking about having sex. So the question I ask myself is do I ignore this OR do I help her stay safe and pregnant free?

 

My husband is of the opinion that we should have our daughter under lock and key and if he had his way she would never leave the house. That’s just ridiculous and I’ve told him so.

 

I had my daughter when I was a young teenager and I know what having a child that young can do to your life. I don’t want her to make the same mistake as me. I want her to live her life and not be tied down with a child.

 

If she’s going to have sex then I told my husband that I’d rather her be on the pill!  If she is irresponsible then at least we can make sure she doesn’t get pregnant.

 

I know it sounds crazy as I’m writing this message BUT am I right to consider putting my 13 year old daughter on the pill? Can you and your listeners help? Susan”

 

WOW. Are kids that young having sex these days? Statistics would support that they are despite our efforts to teach them otherwise.

 

Is this a problem with the parents? Are they failing their children by not educating them or by setting a clear example of waiting to have sex when they are more mature to do so?

 

But as Susan said in her message – Kids are growing up faster and we can either stick our heads in the sand or we can deal with the fact head on.

 

Would you allow your 13 year old daughter to go on the pill?

 

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Are you glad that the sisters have withdrawn their ownership of the New Maternity hospital?

May 30, 2017

 

The religious sisters of Charity announced that they will end their involvement with the St Vincent’s Hospital Group – and will have no involvement with the National Maternity Hospital.

Ownership of the specific piece of land at the Elm Park campus will be sold to SVHG at commercial terms yet to be agreed.

In a statement today, Sr Mary Christian, Congregational Leader of the Religious Sisters of Charity, said:

The Religious Sisters of Charity will end our involvement in St Vincent’s Healthcare Group and will not be involved in the ownership or management of the new National Maternity Hospital.

The news comes after much discussion and controversy over the religious congregation’s involvement in the National Maternity Hospital.

Over 1,500 people had turned out in a protest earlier this month against the Sisters of Charity owning the hospital.

 

Ex-Holles Street master, Dr Peter Boylan, resigned from the board of the maternity hospital over the row about ownership. He had described himself as “long being a critic of the plan”, calling it unprecedented.

 

Health Minister Simon Harris had called for ‘cool heads’ in April due to the uproar over the ownership being given to the religious order. He had also spoken out after people raised fears that having a religious body involved in the maternity hospital would effectively mean that “nuns will be running the hospital” – describing that as “not true”.

However the news that the sisters of charity will not have ownership of the new maternity hospital today has put a stop to all the protests and concern.

 

Many people see it as a success however – not everyone does.  I want you to have a listen to this message we received on Facebook today.

Niall, I know your feelings about religion but I think even you can give some fairness to this hospital story. I am a deeply religious woman and the way these nuns have been treated has upset me. Even you can admit that the nuns ran hospitals very well and people always got the best of care.

They would have run this hospital to an excellent standard but I think they were bullied by the public into withdrawing. They own the land and should have been allowed to keep it without all the pressure they were put under. This is none other than anti-catholic nonsense that this country seems to be going through. As a catholic woman I am disgusted with how the public have treated the sisters and I am sick of the anti-catholic bias I am constantly listening to- Leave us alone.

I want to know what you think of this message – can you understand this woman’s frustration?

Or do you think Ireland needs to continue to distance itself from religion?

This woman believes that there is an anti-catholic bias today – would you agree with her?

Maybe you think the sisters were treated bad and bullied into giving up their ownership?

Or maybe you are simply delighted with the ruling and think Ireland is finally going in the right direction.

Are you glad that the sisters have withdrawn their ownership of the New Maternity hospital?

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Dead Dolphins, Killing a Bull To an ISIS execution - Would you let your kids do it?

May 29, 2017

 

Photographs have emerged of party-goers dancing with a dead dolphin at a student accommodation complex in Cork.

According to the Independent.ie there is also aware of a video which shows the dolphin being thrown out a window of the apartment.

It is understood the dead mammal was brought into the complex to a party on Wednesday night.

Photographs have emerged of the dolphin lying on its side next to a wall, with others showing two young males dancing with the carcass in the kitchen area of an apartment.

One young man is holding the dolphin over his shoulder, while the other young man can be seen photographing the incident on his phone.

The images appeared on the social media app Snapchat, where photos only appear for a maximum of 24 hours.

The incident occurred at the Parchment Square Student Accommodation complex on the Model Farm Road, Cork.

The accommodation is the closest complex to CIT and each apartment can house up to five people.

It is understood the two young men involved in the incident are not students at CIT.

A source told Independent.ie the two young men travelled from west Cork to the party near the CIT campus, and brought the dolphin's carcass into the student accommodation complex. It is not known how they came to be in possession of the carcass.

An employee at the complex discovered the carcass on the grass outside one of the apartments the morning after the party. Following instruction, the mammal was wrapped and disposed of safely.

On the line today to talk about this incident is CIT Students’ Union President Shane Falvey and ARAN animal rights activist John Carmody.

You will never guess what happened next!

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Should people have the right to know that a sex offender has moved into their area?

May 29, 2017

 

Should people be told if a sex offender has moved into an area?

I want to ask you this today because of a shocking incident over the weekend.

A man who was mistakenly identified online as a known sex offender was involved in an altercation because of a picture that was published.

The news publication Kildare Now has issued an apology, after a photograph of a man mistakenly believed to be a sex offender was wrongly shared by a commenter on its Facebook page.

This led to an altercation between the innocent man and a number of locals in the Kildare town of Monasterevin.

The publication issued a clarification and apology on its site yesterday, explaining how the situation arose.

An article had been published, it said, based on “the concerns of parents in Monasterevin and elsewhere” that a convicted sex offender had been seen in the area.

When it posted the article to Facebook, a commenter posted a picture of a completely innocent person “who they believed looked like” this sex offender and “who was seen in Monasterevin”.

It also asked that no one share further images of the innocent person on social media platforms.

So basically this was a case of mob mentality and people deciding to take the law into their own hands. It resulted in a completely innocent man being set upon all because of social media.

Today I want to know if you think this situation gives more weight to the notion that telling people where a sex offender may or may not be living is a bad idea.

The man who was falsely identified wrote a post about it – I am not going to identify the man for obvious reasons – but in his post he said:

Hello to everyone in Monasterevin, County Kildare.

I'm the man you mistook for Anthony Luckwill (based on zero evidence except hearsay and now confirmed as innocent by Kildare Now)

I'm the innocent man who was treated to a prime example of mindless mob mentality on Friday 26th, a mob who twice ignored a Garda stating I was not Anthony Luckwill and refused any attempt I made to state my innocence, while producing no evidence when I repeatedly requested evidence. If you weren't in the mob physically, you helped create it by sharing slanderous and dangerous uncorroborated lies about my presence in Monasterevin last week.

Since I am confirmed as being not Anthony Luckwill, do any of you have even the simplest idea of who you branded a criminal and attempted to enforce unlawful 'justice' upon. Leave law enforcement and confirmation of identity (a legal right) to the Garda. You took it into your own hands yesterday and thanks to the presence of two Garda correct justice was enforced in spite of your mob and its enablers.

What do you think of his message – clearly this poor man’s life was turned upside down by a mob.

In his post the man says that law enforcement should be left to the Gardai – and he is right – which is the reason why people are not told if a sex offender moves near them.

Should it stay that way? Or do you still think people should have the right to know?

Maybe you think that people should have the right to know to protect themselves and their families.

But then again people will say that it simply leads to vigilantism and unfortunately in this case – an innocent man was the victim of the vigilantism.

Should people have the right to know that a sex offender has moved into their area?

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Is it acceptable to house homeless families in the old Bargaintown warehouse?

May 25, 2017

 

Is it acceptable to house homeless families in the old Bargaintown warehouse?

Yes the government is constructing temporary housing units in the old Coolock site of the furniture warehouse of Bargaintown. 

We wanted to know if you thought this was a step in the right direction to solving the country's homeless issue. 

We had some personal stories of families having to sleep out in the open this week as they had no accomodation. 

Is this really the Ireland that we live in? 

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Is Primary School too early to teach children about sexuality and gender?

May 24, 2017

 

Lil Miss Hot Mess – teaching children about gender and sexuality

Should children be taught about the complexities of life such as gender, race and sexuality?

Gender, Race, Religion and Sexuality are always a source of discussion with our listeners. Then throw in how you talk to children on these topics - it can sometimes divide public opinion.

Now we came across a video from New York where a Drag Queen called Lil Miss Hot Mess was reading stories at the Brooklyn Public Library to children. The stories discussed had themes of gender and sexuality.

Times have changed since you and I were in school. How and when we had that “Special Talk on the Birds and Bees” was put off to the latest point possible.

We live in a different world now though and we have children being able to access the internet on their telephones.

We will also see many different family situations whereby a child may have two daddies and two mammies as opposed to the traditional family that children are used to at the moment.

Look kids are far more streetwise than we ever where and if you like it or not, they are being exposed to all these issues.

 

With extreme points of view everywhere is it not better that we actually take an active role in teaching our children the facts about life. Surely as a parent you would want your children to be informed and more acceptable of differences in us all?

Maybe you don’t agree and you think children should be censored from things until they are old enough to properly understand.

Some people may be concerned that we are stealing our children of their innocence. We were not exposed to sexuality and gender when we were growing up and we are in the main tolerant of people from different backgrounds and life styles.

Two years ago Ireland voted overwhelmingly to legalise same sex marriage. We were the first nation to publicly vote in same sex marriage. So do we really need to expose young children to such complex topics?

Can we not wait until they are older and are in a position to make up their own minds? Why are we in such a rush to make them grow up? Should we let them develop at their own pace? Or should they be thought about it at a much younger age – possibly in primary school?

Should we teach our children about gender, race, religion and sexual differences when they are in primary school?

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PART 2 - MANCHESTER BOMBING – The Aftermath, Reaction and Implications for Ireland

May 24, 2017

 

PART 2 - MANCHESTER BOMBING – The Aftermath, Reaction and Implications for Ireland

We spoke during the afternoon show about the devestation of the Manchester Bombings at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. There was such a huge reaction to the show that we covered it again on our night show. 

Do you think Ireland is equipped to handle a terror attack?

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Do you think home schooling is good or bad for children?

May 24, 2017

 

Do you think home schooling is good or bad for children?

During the week we spoke about jailing parents if they do not go to school. Well after that discussion we got a message from a mother who asked us to talk about home schooling as she is taking her children out of school in September to home school them.

At the moment in this country, for home schooling to be approved, children must be registered with the Education Welfare Board and it is an offence not to complete this registration process.

 

But is home schooling the right way to have your kids taught?

The argument is that if a parent wants to home school their children, they should be allowed to do it without any assessment.

Many people say that one of the major benefits a child gets from being in school is social skills and friendships. Being home schooled would mean that children do not socialize with friends during school, they do not do any of the occasions such as communion or confirmation with friends and some people believe it could isolate children from their peers.

Some people would go as far as calling it selfish – would you?

But maybe you think that’s no big deal and maybe you don’t agree with the education system in the country and believe home schooling would be much better.

Is homeschooling good or bad for children?

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MANCHESTER BOMBING - Eye witness interviews, reactions and could a terrorist attack hit Ireland?

May 23, 2017

 

MANCHESTER BOMBING - Eye witness interviews, reactions and could a terrorist attack hit Ireland?

A loud bang, screaming children running for the exits in panic and injured people – that was the scene in Manchester last night in the immediate aftermath of the attack at the Ariana Grande gig.

22 people have been killed and almost 60 have been injured. There are also reports that some children and teenagers are still missing.

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that children are among the 22 people killed in the blast. They said that the attacker had also died in the explosion.

Eyewitnesses described the incident as one of terror and panic.

One witness who was waiting on her 17 year old daughter said that after the blast went off she felt heat on her neck and that there were bodies everywhere.

Ambulances and bomb disposal teams rushed to the venue, as family members frantically searched for their loved ones, and residents opened their doors to stranded concert-goers after trains were cancelled.

One witness, Gary Walker, told BBC Radio 5 Live he was hit by shrapnel in his foot and his wife sustained a stomach wound as they waited for their daughters.

The Mayor of Manchester said that this terror attack was an evil act targeting children and their families.

The attack was carried out by a lone male suicide bomber who detonated an improvised explosive device.
Police are investigating whether he acted alone or was part of a network

It is the worst terrorist attack in the UK since 56 people were killed in the 7/7 London bombings in 2005.

Manchester Arena said the explosion happened outside the venue, as people began streaming from the doors.

The victims are being treated at eight hospitals across Greater Manchester. The first named victim was 18 year old A level student Georgina Callander.

Countries around the world are sending their condolences and condemning their attack. Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described the Manchester bombing as an attack on "innocence and happiness".

Mr Kenny said the country's sympathies are with the victims of the Manchester bombing and they will offer any support they can to the British government.

He condemned the attack and said "Obviously people went to a concert last night to enjoy themselves, to have a really good time, and so many will not come home,"

Countries around the world and Europe have greatly increased their security in response to the spate of terrorist attacks in England, France, Belgium and Germany among other places over the past few years.

But what about Ireland? Concerns have previously been raised about Ireland’s efforts to combat terrorism, with security expert Tom Clonan calling it “Europe’s weakest link in terms of counter terrorism awareness, preparedness and training”.

Concerns have been raised over a lack of adequate Garda training and resources. However, security services say they are in regular contact with their foreign counterparts and are always monitoring threats of terrorist activity.

But what do you think? I want to get your reactions to the shocking attack on Manchester today.

And I want to know what you think Ireland’s ability to handle such a shocking and depraved act.

Do you think Ireland is equipped to handle a terror attack?

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Would you lose respect for a woman if you found out she was a sugar baby?

May 23, 2017

 

Would you lose respect for a woman if you found out she was a sugar baby?

We have talked about sugar babies on this show before but the reason I want to talk about it tonight is because Europe’s first sugar baby summit took place in London recently with many woman gathering at the event to learn how to attract rich men to spoil them.

The event was hosted by seekingarrangments.com which is a California based site that pairs women looking for luxury gifts and cash with wealthy men often twice their age.

The website allows sugar daddies to seek out so called sugar babies to shower with gifts and cash in return for a pretty face and good company. 

The controversial service has been criticised and called a seedy playground for ageing adulterers.  However its spokesperson Angela Bermudo insists that’s not the case and the relationships formed are mutually beneficial.

A survey on the site not so long ago said that 80% of the relationships involve sex.

So do you think these women are demeaning themselves? Or are they just using their heads to get on in life.

Is there any shame in it? At the end of the day all they are doing is giving an old wealthy man a good time. Nobody has to know about it and they can finish their courses and put it in the past.

Or do you think they are completely letting themselves down?

Would you judge a woman if you found out she was a sugar baby?

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INTERVIEW : Brendan Rohan has received online threats for flying the British flag at his hotel

May 22, 2017

 

Brendan Rohan served in the Irish Army for more than 20 years and is from Clones in Monaghan. He is the owner of  Dunfanaghy Holiday Village at Corcreggan Mill in Donegal and has been attacked on-line for flying the British flag being displayed.

Brendan has vowed not to "bow down to bullies" after he was threatened for flying the Union flag. Trolls are using Facebook's rating system to hurt his businesses' credibility.

Brendan said that flying the flag of his guests' home country is something he likes to do to help welcome them and he won't give in to intimidation. 

"A passerby phoned me to say he objected to the flag, which he called the 'Butcher's Apron' and went on in a very derogatory way about his country's national flag.

"Some of them are a bit off the wall, some are pretty derogatory, one guy is trying to incite locals to break all my windows, another guy said if I fly it again there will be no more Corcreggan Mill - so I've obviously reported those to the gardai."

We could not believe the the threats that Brendan had received for flying the British flag at his hotel. Can you believe that people still use this intimidation? Or do you think have a right to protest? 

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Would you report someone if you saw them smack their child?

May 22, 2017

 

Smacking your children became illegal in 2015 after lobbying from groups who believes its abuse to smack a child.

There are people out there who agree with that but I know that there are others who think that a smack is a good form of discipline.

Would you report someone if you saw them smack their child?

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Interview with Greg Wilmot who laid his son Conor to rest yesterday - The Dangers of the Internet

May 17, 2017

 

ADULT WARNING - We spoke about this last week because TD Jim Daly has proposed new legislation that would see children banned from owning devices that have access to the internet. Today we spoke to Greg Wilmot who buried his 13 year old song Conor just yesterday. 

Greg told us the tragic stoory of finding his son dead after what he believes to be a failed attempt to play the 'Chocking Game' as it is known on the internet. 

Conor was laid to rest yesterday and during the service the priest warned mourners of the dangers of the internet.

 

Greg said he is absolutely certain that Conor did not lose his life through suicide but instead lost his life because of a stupid teenage accident gone wrong.

He also dismissed reports that Conor was being bullied or that his death was connected to the notorious online suicide game called Blue Whale. Gardai have no taken the teenagers phone and laptop to investigate it and his search history will ultimately tell all.

This is a must listen to podcast if you want to protect your child or relative!

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Do you think healthcare is a privilege or a right?

May 16, 2017

Do you think healthcare is a privilege or a right?

The winner of the Miss USA pageant has sparked a debate after stating that healthcare is a privilege and not a right.

Kate McCullough, a scientist working for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said, “As a government employee, I’m granted health care and I see firsthand that for one to have health care, you need to have jobs.”

The comments come as President Donald Trump attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act which provides health insurance for millions of lower paid Americans.

Currently in Ireland a person can have private healthcare which they could pay in the thousands for – others who are unemployed or on lower paid jobs can be entitled to a medical card.

A medical card obviously entitles them to free healthcare in their GP or a hospital. They do pay a small fee for a prescription. The prescription charge is €2.50 for each item that is dispensed to you under the Medical Card Scheme, up to a maximum of €25 per month, per person or family.

The number of people in Ireland with a medical card to the end of January 2017 is 1,669,721.

That means that over 1 million people in Ireland get free healthcare. Here is a list of things a person with a medical card can get:

  • Doctor Visits - a range of family doctor or GP services from a chosen doctor contracted to the HSE in your local area;
  • Prescription Medicines: The supply of prescribed approved medicines, aids and appliances like wheelchairs, crutches etc. In some circumstances a deposit may be required for aids and appliances which will be refunded on return of the aid or appliance. A €2.50 charge applies to all prescription medicines dispensed to medical card patients;
  • Certain Dental, Ophthalmic (Eye), and Aural (Ear) health services;
  • Hospital Care - all in-patient services in public wards in public hospitals, including public consultant services;
  • Hospital Visits - All out-patient services in public hospitals, including public consultant services;
  • Medical & Midwifery Care for Mothers, including health care related to pregnancy and the care of the child for six weeks after birth;
  • Some personal and social care services, for example, public health nursing, social work services and other community care services based on client need.

Some may also be entitled to the following additional benefits if you have a Medical Card:

  • No need to pay the health portion of your social insurance (PRSI);
  • Free transport to school for children who live 3 miles or more from the nearest school;
  • Exemption from state examination fees in public second-level schools;
  • Financial help with buying school books. The benefits above are available from the relevant government department.

What I want to ask you today is – should those people have to pay a fee for having a medical card for example a 10 per usage.

Or do you think that is unfair?

If you think they should pay then surely you believe healthcare is a privilege. If you think they shouldn’t pay then you think healthcare is a right.

Is healthcare a privilege or a right?

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Would you ever knowingly buy stolen goods?

May 16, 2017

 

 

Should children be allowed to visit their parents in prison?

I want to ask you this because there is a story on the paper of prisoner Brian Meehan being refused temporary release to attend a family member’s confirmation.

Meehan is serving a life sentence for the murder of Veronica Guerin and he was sure he would be able to attend.

Now I don’t want to talk about temporary release but I do want to talk about children being allowed to visit relatives who are serving sentences in prison.

Many children have parents, aunts, uncles or cousins serving sentences in prisons around the country.

Should the children be allowed to visit them in prison? Or are they better off not seeing them?

I had a look online and there are mixed reviews to this – some people believe it is good for the children to maintain a relationship with a family member, mainly a parent.

However, others believe that the prison environment of going through locked gates and doors is not something a child should go through.

It is a tough situation and I want to get your opinion on it.

Have a listen to this testimonial online from someone who did visit a parent in prison:

It said: I spent a lot of time visiting my bio father in prison. I spent my 5th birthday there. I wasn't traumatized by it. I played cards and dominos with my dad and his friends. I played with the other kids that were there visiting. If I was in jail I would want to see my child. People make mistakes and they have to explain those mistakes.

 

What do you think of this person’s view on it – is it a case of people making a mistake and they should be allowed to see their child?

Or do you think once a person commits a crime they lose any right to be a parent.

It’s definitely not a role model situation to be in. Some people believe it could send a bad message to a child that prison is ok because mammy or daddy is in there.

Or maybe you think that’s an overreaction.

Should a child ever visit a parent in prison?

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Would you ever knowingly buy stolen goods?

May 16, 2017

 

Would you ever knowingly buy stolen goods?

It all kicked off last night on air! We read a story on line. A woman who had her phone stolen tracked it down hours later to a man who had bought it for a price that was too good to be true.

The man who had the phone on him handed it straight back to the victim and said he was offered the phone for a cheap price and knew that the price was too good to be true.

The man has previous convictions and was in fact out on bail at the time, was given a further two months jail time for handling stolen property.

Many people buy goods from people at a fraction of the retail price and say they don’t know where they came from.

There are many people who want presents for their family or their children and get the option of getting it at a much cheaper price and take it.

Most often than not, these goods are stolen from either the back of a truck, from a person or even from a home.

Would you ever knowingly buy goods that are stolen because they are cheaper?

Or would your morality stop you?

It is a crime to handle stolen goods but many people believe in the notion that if they don’t ask questions about the product than it is not stolen.

However, anyone with common sense knows that the hypothetical guy in the pub who is offering iphones at a fraction of the cost, more than likely didn’t get them legally.

Would you buy the cheap Iphone? Or would you steer clear of a ‘deal’ like this? Have you ever bought goods cheap and wondered if they were stolen?

Would you ever knowingly buy stolen goods? It was confession time!

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Should families on the housing list be forced to live in Modular housing?

May 15, 2017

 

Should families on the housing list be forced to live in Modular housing?

It has been revealed that Modular homes, built to provide temporary homes for families living in hotels, are to be used as permanent housing under new plans from Dublin City Council.

The council’s housing department will present proposals to councillors in the coming weeks recommending that families who are moved into modular or “rapid build” housing would be given permanent tenancies for that house.

Homeless families moved into the first modular estate of 22 houses at Poppintree in Ballymun last May and were given six-month “licences” rather than the usual council tenancy agreement.

This was to allow the council to move the family on to suitable permanent accommodation once it became available, allocating the temporary home to another family living in a hotel.

However, due to the chronic shortage of social housing in the city the council has been unable to find homes for the families who moved into the Ballymun scheme, Baile na Laochra, one year ago, and is now proposing to offer the families permanent tenancies in the houses.

Four more estates of 130 rapid-build houses are under construction at FinglasDarndaleCherry Orchard and Drimnagh.

The council’s deputy chief executive and head of housing, Brendan Kenny, said the council will propose these new estates, due to be completed in the coming months, and any future rapid-build homes, would also be offered as permanent housing.

Sinn Féin councillor Noeleen Reilly said families living the Ballymun houses were already being offered permanent tenancies.

She said “While some residents were happy to stay in the houses, others were worried they would be moved back into hotels if they did not accept a permanent tenancy in the modular house”

She believes that tenants who don’t want to stay in the rapid-build houses should not be penalised.

She said “It has to be a choice for them. The council gave them temporary licences and can’t change the rules later. If they don’t want to stay, it must not be considered a refusal of accommodation.”

Families who refuse two offers of permanent accommodation lose their homeless priority status under council rules.

So what I want to ask you today is if you think homeless families should be forced to live in modular housing permanently or if you think that is completely unfair.

Some people believe that the modular housing facilities are degrading and forcing people to live in them is not right.

But at the end of the day we do have a housing crisis and this is a solution.

They were originally built as a temporary solution but as expected by some people they look like they will become a permanent solution as there are no houses.

Should people be forced to live in these modular houses?

Or do you think that is degrading?

Should people be allowed to refuse to live in modular housing permanently?

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Would you work with someone who had a mental illness?

May 15, 2017

 

Would you work with someone who had a mental illness?

This was the question we asked today on Niall's show. A survey of Dublin workers showed that over 50% of people said they would have an issue if one of their colleagues was suffering from a mental illness. 

This surprised us but when we spoke to people today on the show, we found that many people felt that they had to cover for colleagues who were absent from work due to their illness. One person even went as far as to say that 'mental illness' was an 'American import' and not real. 

Would you agree with them? Take a listen.

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Should we have welcomed Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to Ireland?

May 12, 2017

 

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have been on a state visit to Ireland and today they are in Dublin. Yesterday Kilkenny was in total lockdown for their visit as security measures for them are extremely tight.

Today is a significant day as they will be in Dublin and visiting historical sites that have a deep connection to the British occupation of Ireland.

The Royal family have been on a charm offensive. Prince William and Kate have done lots to personalise the monarchy for many.

It would appear that people are over the hangover of the British occupation of Ireland and see that as time has gone on that both countries have built up strong political, economic and cultural ties with each other. Gone are the days that people would be sceptical of an English accent on the streets of an Ireland. Sure look at how many British companies are centred out of Ireland. We’re closely linked together.

The past is in the past and we’ve all moved on. Or have we?

For many the very fact that the couple are visiting the resting place of several of the 1916 Rising victims, is disrespectful and in bad taste. The continued occupation of the 6 counties in Northern Ireland since Brexit has come front and centre in Irish politics.

Many still see Northern Ireland as a continuation of British occupation on the island of Ireland.  With some 2,500 British soldiers actively stationed in the North are we still looking at a military presence?

So we asked should we have welcomed Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to Ireland? 

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Is mental illness being used to excuse people from serious crimes?

May 12, 2017

 

Should mental illness ever be used as a mitigating factor in a crime?

It is back in the headlines today after the news broke that Alan Hawe’s body was exhumed from the family grave.

In case you do not know who Alan Hawe is – he killed his wife Clodagh (39) and children Liam (14), Niall (11) and Ryan (6) in a shocking murder-suicide at their Cavan home last August.

The story shook the nation with many people saying that mental illness is the reason this man decided to end his life and take his family with him.

Cases like this happen around the world where people get off due to their mental state.

We also see people expressing sympathy for a person if they commit a crime purely because of their mental state. Is that fair?

Would you feel sympathy for someone if they murdered someone but were deemed to be mentally unfit?

Should it ever be a mitigating factor?

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Would you have a problem with a woman breastfeeding in public?

May 12, 2017

 

BREASTFEEDING IN WORK

Do you see anything wrong with a woman breastfeeding in the workforce?

An Australian senator has made political history by becoming the first politician to breastfeed in the nation’s parliament.

Senator Larissa Waters fed her two-month-old daughter during a vote yesterday as she returned to work in the upper house Senate for the first time since giving birth.

Taking to her twitter account she said:  “So proud that my daughter Alia is the first baby to be breastfed in the federal Parliament! We need more #women & parents in Parli,”

Let’s say a woman who works in an office – brings her son in because she is breastfeeding – is it acceptable to breastfeed in work? Or do you think it’s just gone too far at this stage and the breastfeeding in parliament is simply a stunt?

Would you have any issue with a woman breastfeeding in work?

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True Confessions : Daniel Cronin tells us his story of sexual abuse at school

May 9, 2017

 

A man who was repeatedly raped by his teacher in a State-run school is to meet with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin next week in a bid to finally get a government enquiry into the abuse.

Daniel Cronin was just 11-years-old when he was sexually abused by his teacher at a Christian Brothers school in Co Cork.

The perpetrator, Denis O'Shea was sentenced to ten years in prison in 2000 and died in 2012 - having served just over six years in prison.

Daniel, who is from Midleton in Cork, suffered from depression and made a number of suicide attempts after his horrific ordeal.

The part he admits struggling with the most is how a number of allegations had been made against O'Shea prior to him starting school- and yet he was still allowed to return to his job as a teacher.

Daniel has been living in London for almost four years now and is travelling home to Ireland this week in pursuit of an apology and government enquiry.

During the court case, Daniel said that the judge requested a copy of the original school registrar as the one presented had been altered to say he had been absent on the days the abuse took place.

He decided to waive his anonymity back in 2014 and expected a full enquiry to be launched, and an apology to be made.

It is now 2017 and Daniel said still nothing has been done.

Describing the moment he found out his abuser had died, Daniel said he didn't have the reaction you would expect.

He will meet with Micheál Martin, who was Minister for Education at the time of the abuse, and said he intends to put "huge pressure" on the government to provide answers.

He is on the line now – Good afternoon Daniel.

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Should smoking be banned inside council housing?

May 8, 2017

 

Professor John Middleton, president of the Faculty of Public Health, said some councils are considering introducing contracts where anyone signing a new tenancy agreement with their local authority should be forced to sign an agreement not to smoke inside their new home.

The plan would be similar to a scheme in the US where public housing agencies will have to make their houses smoke-free by next year.

Simon Clark, the head of pro-smoking campaign Forest, is against the idea. He told the newspaper that the move would be an unnecessary intrusion into people’s private lives.

He added that a ban “would penalise unfairly those who can’t afford to buy their own homes”.

Today I want to know what you think – would you be in favour of banning smoking in council houses? Or is that a ridiculous suggestion?

Honestly I don’t know how it would be policed but if the UK goes ahead with the plan then you can be sure we will follow suit.

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Stephen Fry Aftermath - Should Ireland’s blasphemy law be removed?

May 8, 2017

 

Should Ireland’s blasphemy law be removed?

News broke over the weekend that Gardaí have launched an investigation into Stephen Fry and RTE over comments the actor made on 'The Meaning of Life' two years ago.

Independent.ie revealed that the investigation was sparked after a member of the public made a complaint to Ennis Garda station in Co Clare shortly after the show was broadcast in February 2015.

Mr Fry now faces a fine of up to €25,000 if a decision is made to prosecute him.

In February 2015, RTE broadcast an interview by Gay Byrne with Mr Fry for 'The Meaning of Life'.

During the show the comedian and writer was questioned about what he might say to God at the "pearly gates".

Many people are against getting rid of the blasphemy law. Most of those people are religious and believe that it would lead to open season in mocking certain religions.

And maybe you think they are dead right to protect their religion from ridicule.

So do you think the offence of blasphemy should be removed from our constitution?

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Do you agree with the new ‘Drug-Driving Laws’?

May 5, 2017

 

Do you agree with the new drug driving laws?

One of the most significant recent developments in road safety was the introduction of preliminary drug testing before Easter. As expected, it has raised some concerns among people taking over-the-counter and prescription medicines.

We had one caller who admits to smoking 9 joints a day and works driving an articulated truck! 

This show 'lit' up! 

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“Smoking marijuana makes me a better mother”

May 5, 2017

 

"Smoking marijuana makes me a better parent" was the title of an article that cought our eye. We had to speak to the woman who made the statement. 

Author Lea Grover suffers from ‘parenthood-induced anxiety’ and says getting high on marijuana makes her a better mum. Author and parenting blogger Lea has confessed she turned to an old box of marijuana and hid in the bathroom “to smoke a little pot...Two puffs was all it took, all it had ever taken, to get me as high as I like to be” she reveals in US Cosmopolitan magazine.

You will not believe the revelations people confessed to after Lea spoke on air!

You can also find more articles from Lea on 'Becoming Super Mommy' - CLICK HERE

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Would you agree with retirement age being removed for the Public Service?

May 5, 2017

 

Would you agree with retirement age being removed for the Public Service?

Calls this week for staff in the Public service to be allowed to work past the standard retirement age. Is this helping staff to continue to provide for themselves after retirement age or is it not freeing up jobs for new people coming into the jobs market? 

Wait till you hear what a woman working in the hospital service said about her colleagues. 

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Should parents lose their child benefit payments if their children are not vaccinated?

May 5, 2017

 

Should parents lose their child benefit payments if their children are not vaccinated? That was the proposal being put forward by some doctors and it certainly got our callers all fired up. 

Many spoke of their concers around vaccinations especially HPV. Should Ireland follow the lead of Australia where parents are made to have their children vaccinated or face penalites?

Listen to what our callers had to say.

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