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On Newstalk Breakfast, we’re opinion led, full of personality and bring you all the latest news, sport, business and entertainment you need to get your day started. Weekdays with presenters Shane Coleman, Kieran Cuddihy, business with Vincent Wall and sport with Alan Quinlan.
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Are laptop squatters are the scurge of cafe culture?

Laptop squatters are the scurge of cafe culture or at least that's what anti-screen policies in Europe would have you believe.  So should Irish cafe's follow suit and ban the use of laptops on their premises, or is working from cafe good for workers and business too? Newstalk's Sarah Madden reports.
5/24/20245 minutes, 15 seconds
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Eight commuter rail stations for Cork to be announced today

Transport Minister, Eamon Ryan will today announce A landmark €50m contract for the design of eight Cork commuter rail stations later today. We got the details from Jane Cregan, Deputy Corporate Communications Manager, Irish Rail.
5/24/20243 minutes, 33 seconds
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Should employees have the right to disconnect?

The Association of Higher and Civil Public Servants is calling for stronger policy around the Right to Disconnect, as 83% of members who responded to their survey reported to receive emails and text messages outside of working hours.   Speaking to Ciara this morning was Ciaran Rohan is General Secretary of the Association of Higher Civil and Public Servants.  
5/24/20246 minutes, 8 seconds
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Minister McEntee has commenced the Criminal Justice Act 2024

Minister Helen McEntee has this morning commenced the Criminal Justice Act 2024, which makes it an offence for an adult to either force or encourage children to engage in any criminal activity.  Minister McEntee joined Shane this morning on the show.   
5/24/202411 minutes, 28 seconds
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Sleeping in separate beds key to a happy relationship?

Whether it’s to avoid partners who steal the covers and toss and turn all night, or those who snoring, new research reveals more than one-third of people say they occasionally or consistently sleep in another room than their partner.  Can this make or break your relationship? We discussed this with Dr. Neil Stanley, Coauthor of A Sleep Divorce: How to Sleep Apart, Not Fall Apart. 
5/24/20245 minutes, 15 seconds
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Plans to expand Dublin Airport have been met with resistance by climate groups

Plans to expand Dublin Airport have been met with resistance by climate groups.  It’s reported that if the expansion went ahead, it would increase emissions by 750 thousand Tonnes.  Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was Louise O’ Leary, Spokesperson, One Future Dublin Bay South who is protesting this issue tomorrow. 
5/24/20244 minutes, 14 seconds
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Almost 240 people have died on trollies University Hospital Limerick in the last five years

More and more stories continue to come out about University Hospital Limerick as the HSE is set to review the care of a man who died from sepsis late last year. This comes as figures released yesterday show that Almost 240 people have died on trollies there the last five years  So, what needs to be done? We spoke to Sinn Féin Senator and MEP Candidate for Ireland South Paul Gavan.
5/24/20245 minutes, 40 seconds
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Calls for legislation on protests outside private residences!

Fianna Fail Senator, Malcolm Byrne has reiterated calls for Justice Minister Helen McEntee to proceed with the Bill to Prevent Protests Outside Private Residences. We speak to Malcolm to discuss further. 
5/23/20243 minutes, 57 seconds
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Why dancing is a highly effective treatment for depression

A recent study has found that dance is an extremely effective treatment for depression. With Ireland in the midst of a mental health crisis, could dancing could be the solution. Dr. Peter Lovatt, AKA. Dr. Dance, Director of Dance Psychology at Movement in Practice explained why to Ciara.
5/23/20245 minutes, 5 seconds
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Rishi Sunak announces 4 July general election

UK prime minister Rishi Sunak has stunned Westminster by calling a snap election for July 4th, four months earlier than had been predicted.  We get reaction from Dominic Grieve, Former UK Attorney General and Conservative MP. 
5/23/20245 minutes, 45 seconds
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President Joe Biden has opposed 'unilateral recognition' of Palestine 

Ireland, Norway and Spain recognise Palestine as independent state – what does this mean for diplomatic relations? As President Joe Biden has opposed 'unilateral recognition' of Palestine.Ciara was joined on the show this morning by Gershon Baskin, Middle East director of the International Communities Organisation. 
5/23/20247 minutes, 10 seconds
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The battle on banning smartphone for kids rumbles

Ciara was joined this morning on the show by Education Minister Norma Foley as the battle on banning smartphone for kids rumbles on.
5/23/20249 minutes, 52 seconds
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Is Ireland a trusting society?

Denmark is considered the “good faith capital of the world,” with political scientist Gert Tingaard Svendsen claiming trust is the key to why Denmark is so wealthy and successful as a society. How does Ireland compare- are we a trusting society?   Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was freelance journalist Niamh O’Reilly.
5/23/20243 minutes, 58 seconds
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Single use plastics are banned, so why are we continuing to use them?

Single use plastics have been banned in the EU since 2021, but three years since the introduction of the law, 45% of businesses report they are still offering at least one of the banned items for sale or use.   Joining Ciara this morning was Will Mitchell, spokesperson for MyWaste.ie.
5/23/20244 minutes, 45 seconds
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Could Ireland’s relationship with America be tarnished for recognising Palestine?

Mick Mulvaney, former Chief of Staff for Donald Trump and Chair of Actum Global Consultants, shared his reaction on Ireland's recognition of Palestine during an interview with Kieran Cuddihy on The Hard Shoulder yesterday.  We ask this morning Could Ireland’s relationship with America be tarnished for recognising Palestine? Joining Ciara to discuss was Paul Rogers, Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University. 
5/23/20246 minutes, 14 seconds
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So how can we give up drink but still maintain our social life?  

Alcohol and socialising seem to be intrinsically linked in this country.  So how can we give up drink but still maintain our social life?  We ask writer and broadcaster Keith Walsh.
5/22/20242 minutes, 47 seconds
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Ireland will join Norway and Spain in formally recognising the state of Palestine

Ireland will join Norway and Spain in formally recognising the state of Palestine. Eamon Ryan, Green Party leader and Minister for the Environment, Climate, Communications and Transport, joined us to explain why the government has taken this decision.
5/22/20246 minutes, 6 seconds
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The impact of human caused climate change on storm rainfall!

Storm rainfall in Ireland and UK has been made 20% more intense by human-caused climate change – that’s according to a new study from the World Weather Attribution. Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was John Sweeney, Climatologist and Professor Emeritus at Maynooth University. 
5/22/20243 minutes, 25 seconds
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Should there be price caps on essential groceries?

People before Profit are calling for price caps on essential food such as milk and bread.  Could this be the solution to tackling the cost-of-living crisis for households struggling to make ends meet?    Shane was joined on the show this morning by Dublin South-Central People Before Profit TD and Dublin MEP candidate Bríd Smith and Cormac Lucey, Economics Columnist with Sunday times and independent local election candidate for Dun Laoghaire Council. 
5/22/20247 minutes, 10 seconds
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Would recognising the State of Palestine condone terrorism?

The Israeli foreign ministry posted a video that warned if the Irish government recognise the State of Palestine, it will be encourage terrorism and become “a pawn in the hands of Hamas”    Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast with reaction was Oliver Sears, Founder of Holocaust Awareness Ireland and Cathal Berry Independent TD.
5/22/202411 minutes, 48 seconds
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.Can you cut Wedding guest numbers without cutting yourself off socially?

Weddings are back to pre-pandemic numbers and beyond, but with cost risings and guests expecting ever more .Can you cut numbers without cutting yourself off socially? Sarah Madden reports.
5/22/20246 minutes, 14 seconds
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Social media influence a force for good or bad?

One-in-five voters have changed their ballot choices based on social media posts. That’s according to a new survey from Pure Telecom. Speaking to Jonathan this morning with more on this was Stephen O'Leary, Founder of Olytico. 
5/22/20245 minutes, 35 seconds
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Should your pet go vegan to reduce its carbon footprint 

Should your pet go vegan to reduce its carbon footprint? Sadbh O'Neill, climate researcher and lecturer wrote about this very topic in the Irish Times this morning.
5/21/20247 minutes, 8 seconds
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Why the Irish have such a love affair with tea?

Today is international tea day. Why is the drink is so deeply ingrained in our national identity? To tell us why Jonathan spoke to Dr Sharon Hall, Chief Executive from the UK Tea and Infusions association.
5/21/20244 minutes, 32 seconds
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Is the government overlooking the challenges facing the squeezed middle?

Workers that earn between 30,000 to 40,000 euro per Annum experience little of the budget gains each year and this is widening an income division in Ireland. That's according to Social Justice Ireland, and we spoke to research and policy analyst Michelle Murphy. 
5/21/20244 minutes, 16 seconds
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Is class the biggest divide in Irish society?

“I’m sick of hearing the phrase ‘known to gardaí’ used as a dog-whistle".]So wrote Estelle Birdy, Author and journalist who joined Jonathan this morning on the show.
5/21/20247 minutes, 11 seconds
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The ICC’s chief prosecutor is seeking arrest warrants for senior Hamas and Israeli officials

The chief prosecutor of the international criminal court has said he is seeking arrest warrants for senior Hamas and Israeli officials for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Shane was joined on the show to discuss further by Alan Shatter, Former Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence and also Sinn Fein’s spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Matt Carthy.  
5/21/202411 minutes, 32 seconds
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Calls for a tax break for gym membership

A New “Fit 4 Life” pressure group has been formed to lobby Government for tax breaks for gym membership.   We discuss this with Irish Physical Activity Alliance Chairperson,  Darina Dunne. 
5/21/20244 minutes, 28 seconds
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Are children’s issues falling behind on the government’s priority list?

There exists a climate of uncertainty and instability for many children in Ireland.  That’s according to 2023’s annual report from the Ombudsman for Children’s Office.  We speak to Dr Niall Muldoon is Ombudsman for Children.
5/21/20244 minutes, 41 seconds
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ICC bid to arrest Israeli leaders 'outrageous', says Biden

US President Joe Biden has denounced an "outrageous" application by the International Criminal Court's prosecutor for an arrest warrant for Israel's prime minister and defense minister.   We discuss with Scott Lucas, Professor of US and International Politics, Clinton Institute, University College Dublin. 
5/21/20245 minutes, 2 seconds
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New e-scooter rules in place from this morning!

Children aged under 16 are banned from using electric scooters in public spaces from this morning..  That’s just one of a number of regulations coming into force around the use of e-scooters.  Speaking to Ciara this morning was Sam Waide, CEO of the Road Safety Authority.
5/20/20246 minutes, 13 seconds
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Are TEMU products safe for users here in Europe?

TEMU is one of the most popular apps in the world, but are the products it offers safe for users here in Europe?  Newstalk’s Technology Correspondent Jess Kelly discusses this with Shane this morning.All with thanks to Bird & Bird.
5/20/20243 minutes, 16 seconds
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Would extra time for dyslexic students in Leaving Certificate exams create an 'unfair advantage'?

Parents, campaigners, and politicians have been calling for extra time to be given to pupils with dyslexia while sitting their exams. However, the State Examinations Commission said this would create an unfair advantage. Speaking to Ciara this morning to discuss further Rosie Bissett, CEO, Dyslexia Association of Ireland..
5/20/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Housing Minister accused of ‘sitting on’ report into protection racket

The Department of Housing has been accused of “sitting on” an explosive report into the alleged role of Dublin City Council in facilitating “protection payments” to criminals.   Damian O'Farrell, Independent Dublin Councillor, talks us through what happened on last Friday.
5/20/20243 minutes, 40 seconds
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Should Ireland recognise the state of Palestine?

An Taoiseach Simon Harris insisted over the weekend that Ireland’s position in recognising Palestinian statehood will come into effect by the end of the month. What will this signal to the world?   Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was Daniel Epstein O’Dowd, Spokesperson for the Ireland Israel Alliance.   
5/20/202410 minutes, 2 seconds
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Will new traffic measures harm businesses in Dublin city centre?

Irish business representative group IBEC has called for Dublin City Council to pause the new city centre traffic plans to allow for an urgent examination on how these proposals will work. Are businesses right to be concerned?     To discuss further Shane spoke to Aidan Sweeney, Head of Infrastructure and environmental sustainability with IBEC..
5/20/202411 minutes, 12 seconds
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Is there no end in sight to rising rents,

Rental prices rose by over 7% year on year outside of the capital. That’s according to Daft.ie's latest Rent Price Report   We speak to Ronan Lyons, Economist at Trinity College Dublin & author of The Daft.ie  
5/20/20244 minutes, 56 seconds
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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has died in a helicopter crash

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has died after the helicopter he was travelling on crashed in a mountainous area in the northwest of Iran. Hannah McCarthy, Journalist in Israel brought us the latest.
5/20/20243 minutes, 55 seconds
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Sarah Sexton the Director of Public Affairs at Intel Ireland

Few non Irish companies have invested more in this country than Intel.  Only last October it opened its latest and most modern fabrication unit in Leixlip at a total cost of $17bn.  Only last week it emerged that Intel was looking to invest a further $11bn here.  Now it wants to help the rest of us to give back to our communities by matching voluntary work by paying $10 for every hour donated by volunteers at sports clubs and civil society associations to a total of $1.4m Joining Joe in studio was Sarah Sexton is the Director of Public Affairs at Intel Ireland. 
5/20/20245 minutes, 53 seconds
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Brown Thomas turns 175!

Happy Birthday to Brown Thomas!  Today the iconic Grafton Street store will celebrate its 175th anniversary celebration. Noel Cunningham, Ambassador for Harvey's Point Donegal joined us on the show to chat about this iconic store.
5/17/202412 minutes, 43 seconds
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Will you be happy to hand your phone to gardaí to check your digital driving licence?

Later this year, the Government plans to put your driving licence on your phone. But should we be concerned about this move? We discuss this with Adrian Weckler, Technology Editor, Irish Independent.
5/17/20244 minutes, 29 seconds
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Bertie Ahern on the 50th anniversary of the Dublin-Monaghan bombings

Today marks 50 years since the Dublin-Monaghan Bombing that claimed the lives of 34 people, including one unborn baby. We speak to Former Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern.
5/17/20247 minutes, 30 seconds
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Is the government doubling down on delivering the living wage?

Taoiseach Simon Harris recently asked The Low Pay Commission not look at the minimum wage “in isolation” when making its recommendation in July.  Is this signaling a government U-Turn in delivering its promised national living wage? Joining Shane to discuss Owen Reidy, General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and Tony Foley, Emeritus Associate Professor of Economics with the DCU Business School.
5/17/20247 minutes, 30 seconds
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Government to provide tents at Thornton Hall in 'very near future'

Asylum seekers are to be housed in tents at Thornton Hall “in the near future”, the Department of Integration has said. Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast to discuss was Niall Boylan, Independent Ireland Candidate for the European election in the Dublin constituency and Alan Farrell, Chair of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party.
5/17/20249 minutes, 16 seconds
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Is the GAA leaving supporters behind by keeping tickets cashless?

The GAA has launched a match ticket assistant helpline for those having difficulty buying tickets using their online system.    Is this enough, or is it time to start accepting cash at the turnstiles again? We discussed with Cllr Sarah O’ Reilly is an Aontú local election candidate for Cavan County Council.
5/17/20245 minutes, 1 second
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Is the role of pharmacists set to change?

A public consultation has been launched to help inform the expansion of the role of pharmacists that could allow for prescribing medications for certain uncomplicated common conditions. We discussed with Rebecca Barry of Care Plus Pharmacy in Adare.
5/17/20245 minutes, 36 seconds
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Getting young people more climate active

Young people’s worries about climate change don’t necessarily result in an increase in willingness to engage in climate action.  That’s according to a new study published this morning by the ESRI.   So what should be done to get young people to go green?  We asked Anjelica Foley, Activist with Fridays for Future.  
5/17/20244 minutes, 22 seconds
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Is the panic over the Dublin Portal unnecessary?

In recent days people have been up in arms about the antics taking place at the Dublin/ New York Portal. But are we taking it all a bit too seriously? We asked Emma Nolan, Dublin Audience Editor, Irish Independent.
5/16/20243 minutes, 20 seconds
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Parents campaigning for Irish-medium school

‘Every child in the State should have the opportunity to be educated through Irish,’ That’s the call from Eóin MacMaoilir Chairperson of Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua and a member of the Gaelcholáiste4Cherrywood campaign and Eóin spoke to Newstalk Breakfast this morning.
5/16/20244 minutes, 36 seconds
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Public sector workers call for higher starting salaries

Public sector workers will today call for an increase in starting salaries amid claims that pay for new entrants is far too low. We speak to Kevin Callinan, General secretary Fórsa.
5/16/20244 minutes, 22 seconds
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Should we start paying people to lose weight?

A new study has found that financial incentives helped men living with obesity to lose weight.   The trial found men who were offered cash for hitting weight-loss targets lost more weight than those not given a financial incentive. We discuss with Sarah Keogh, Dietitian at Eatwell.ie.  
5/16/20247 minutes, 16 seconds
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We speak to Pascal Donohoe, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform

The Government has agreed a range of measures with the aim of reducing costs for small and medium sized businesses. Shane was joined on the show by Pascal Donohoe, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.
5/16/202414 minutes, 27 seconds
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How can we clamp down on dog attacks?

With over 1,500 dog attacks reported to Gardai nationwide in the last two years, gardai and local authorities in Limerick have responded with a campaign urging owners to keep their dogs under control in public spaces.   But is this response getting to the real cause of the issue? Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast with more on this was Donal Ryan, vet and owner of City Vet in Limerick City. 
5/16/20245 minutes, 26 seconds
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How rain is putting pressure on our beaches!

The number of beaches with poor bathing water quality increased from three to five.  That's according to 2023’s Water Quality report from the Environment Protection Agency. We speak to Mary Gurrie, Programme Manager at the EPA joins.
5/16/20245 minutes, 25 seconds
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Slovak PM Robert Fico fights for life after assassination attempt

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico is no longer in life-threatening condition after he was shot and wounded in an attempted assassination. We get the latest from Pavel Vrbičan, News Editor of Radio Expres in Slovakia. 
5/16/20245 minutes, 12 seconds
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Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin

Tánaiste Micheál Martin joined Ciara live in studio to discuss migrant accommodation, tensions in the Middle East and abuse against politicians.
5/15/202414 minutes, 15 seconds
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Are energy prices set to drop?

Energy prices are set to fall in the months ahead, but why does Ireland remain one of the most expensive countries in Europe for electricity? Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast with more on this was David Kerr, founder of Bonkers.ie. 
5/15/20244 minutes, 46 seconds
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Should we reduce divorce access times to six months?

The Green party is seeking to amend legislation which would see wait access times for divorce reduced to six months. Speaking to Ciara this morning on the show was Green Party TD & Justice Spokesperson, Patrick Costello & Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, of the Waterford and Lismore Diocese.
5/15/20246 minutes, 40 seconds
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Parents have dropped the ball when it comes to policing their teenagers phone

Two thirds of secondary school students say their parents put no limits on smartphone use. That’s according to a new survey published this morning.  We discuss the findings with Luke Saunders is co-founder of Studyclix and former teacher, who conducted the survey and Dr Richard Hogan, Family Psychotherapist and Author of ‘Home Is Where The Start Is.’
5/15/20248 minutes, 7 seconds
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Should teenagers be helping with chores while you’re at work?

Sleeping in past noon and binge-watching Netflix are part and parcel of teenager’s summer. But should we expect our teenagers to manage their days better and help with household chores? We asked Iseult White, Psychotherapist and Author.
5/15/20246 minutes
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Should Irish people living abroad have the right to vote in the upcoming elections?

With elections looming, are we overlooking the voting rights of Irish emigrants? Current regulations mean Irish not planning to return home within 18 months are ineligible to vote- is this too restrictive?  Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was Emma De Souza, Writer and Political Commentator   and also Dr Elaine Callinan, lecturer in Modern Irish History at Carlow College, St Patricks. 
5/15/20247 minutes, 32 seconds
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Labour calls for the Government to put road safety first

The Labour Party is calling for the government to address the state of the nation's roads, claiming that motorists across the country are facing crumbling, unrepaired surfaces. With more on this Ciara was joined on the Deputy Sean Sherlock, Labour TD for Cork East.
5/15/20244 minutes, 13 seconds
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Michael Flatley launches a new whiskey

Michael Flatley who modernised Irish dancing at Eurovision 30 years ago with Riverdance, has just launched a new whiskey called Flatley Whiskey 'The Dreamer'. Henry McKean sat down with him at the Mansion House at a special party to honour him.
5/14/20245 minutes, 9 seconds
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Weight loss jabs could transform cardiovascular disease

A trial set to revolutionise medical practice has found that weight loss jabs like Ozempic could cut heart disease deaths by 20%. Joining Ciara this morning on the show was Professor Donal O’Shea, HSE Lead for Obesity.
5/14/20245 minutes, 44 seconds
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All Things Considered: Dublin portal misbehaviour

All Things Considered: Dublin portal misbehaviour. Ciara and Shane discussed this morning.
5/14/20243 minutes, 56 seconds
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Technical changes will be made to the new portal installation

Technical changes will be made to the new portal installation within the next 24 hours due to inappropriate behaviour, according to Dublin City Council. We speak to Janet Horner is a Green Party Councillor for North Inner City Dublin.
5/14/20246 minutes, 16 seconds
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Changes to migrants' entitlements

A memo will be brought before cabinet today calling for changes to migrant entitlements. Meanwhile, Sinn Féin is calling on the Government to provide a clear roadmap for the reduction of Ukrainian refugee payments. Speaking to Shane was Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Social Protection. 
5/14/20249 minutes, 45 seconds
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Why are bikes banned on some Irish Rail trains?

In recent weeks cyclists in Cork’s Kent station have been told they can’t bring their bikes onboard trains during peak times.   The decision has been met with dismay by cycling advocates. We get reaction to this from Stephan Koch, Spokesperson for Cork Cycling Campaign, Chair of the Transport and Mobility Forum, Cork and UCC Commuter Plan Manager.
5/14/20244 minutes, 47 seconds
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Is the family pub on the way out?

Almost four in ten publicans are considering retirement. That’s according to a new survey from The Vintners Federation of Ireland, whose AGM takes place later this morning. We spoke to their CEO Pat Crotty.
5/14/20244 minutes, 9 seconds
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Trump’s Former Lawyer Michael Cohen began his testimony

Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen has begun his testimony in the high-profile hush-money trial. David Smith, Washington Bureau Chief of The Guardian told us the standout moments.
5/14/20245 minutes, 59 seconds
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The battle against misinformation online continues

The battle against misinformation online continues and social media company TikTok says it will now add labels to content to help inform its users.  Newstalk’s Technology Correspondent, Jess Kelly brings us more detail on this.With thanks to Bird & Bird
5/13/20243 minutes, 21 seconds
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Wake up call needed if Government want to reach its 2030 electricity capacity targets

“Urgent action is required from Government if Ireland is to meet its 2030 electricity  capacity targets”. That's the call from The Climate Change Advisory Council today and its Chair, Marie Donnell who spoke to Newstalk Breakfast this morning.
5/13/20244 minutes, 34 seconds
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Should payments to refugees be cut?

A memo will be brought to cabinet on Tuesday which could see further cuts to migrant’s payments. In March payments to Ukrainian refugees were cut from €220 per week to €38.80. To discuss further Ciara spoke to Fine Gael TD for Kildare, Bernard Durkan.
5/13/20249 minutes, 53 seconds
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Should all events have a plant- based quota?

Organisers of the upcoming Paris Olympics have announced 60% of the food served to the public will be meat-free in a bid to reduce the event’s carbon footprint.  Should we introduce a quota that makes all menus provide a plant-based option to help the environment?   We discuss with Ciara Brennan, vegan and owner of the Happy Food at Home and Sean Lavery, Chair of the Limerick branch of the Irish Farmer’s Association.
5/13/20246 minutes, 19 seconds
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Do you experience loneliness as a parent?

Becoming a parent brings enormous responsibility and a new sense of identity, but does it also bring a sense of loneliness?  As early year staples like play dates end and your child becomes more independent, what can be done to offset the feeling of no longer being needed?   To discuss further we spoke to Leslie Shoemaker is a counselling psychologist and lecturer in TU Dublin.
5/13/20247 minutes, 16 seconds
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A councillor and her Husband beaten whilst hanging election posters

A councillor and her husband are still recovering after being violently attacked last week whilst hanging election posters. Speaking to Ciara this morning was Tania Doyle, Independent candidate running for Ongar on Fingal County council.
5/13/202410 minutes, 53 seconds
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Are Ireland’s housing targets way below what we need?

Ireland could need up to 80,000 new homes a year between now and 2050, according to an unpublished report seen by the Business Post.  Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was Marian Finnegan, Managing Director of Sherry Fitzgerald. 
5/13/20245 minutes, 23 seconds
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Paul Harrington joins us ahead of Saturday’s Eurovision final.

With Bambi Thug through to tomorrow’s Eurovision Final in Malmo, how is Ireland set to fare on Saturday?  Paul Harrington of The Lyrics The Thing on The Pat Kenny Show who will announce the Irish jury votes on Saturday night spoke to Ciara this morning.
5/10/20244 minutes, 1 second
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Should blanket speed limits of 30 kilometres per hour be introduced?

Speed limits should be cut to 30km/h in towns across the country. That’s the call from the Green Party in its local election manifesto. We spoke to Mairéad Forsythe Spokesperson for Love 30 to discuss further. 
5/10/20244 minutes, 40 seconds
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Is GAA Go killing the GAA?

GAA President Jarlath Burns has been invited before the Seanad to discuss the on-going row over the streaming service GAAGO. The invite comes as for the second consecutive weekend, no hurling championship games will be broadcast free to air. We speak to Sean Kelly, Former GAA President, Fine Gael MEP and candidate for Ireland South in the upcoming European elections. 
5/10/20246 minutes, 14 seconds
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Minister for Housing Darragh O'Brien

Minister for Housing Darragh O'Brien spoke to us about housing, immigration and the Dublin city taskforce 
5/10/202410 minutes, 7 seconds
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The best tips for barbecuing over the weekend!

Its barbecue weather!  Today is expected to be the hottest day of the year with temperatures of up to 22 degrees forecasted  So, what are the best recipes to make the most of the sunshine?  Louise Lennox, Chef & Children’s Fussy Eating Expert give us some great recipes.
5/10/20246 minutes, 20 seconds
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Are you experiencing higher insurance premium costs?

One in three Irish adults believe the personal injuries claims process is unfair because of the number of fraudulent claims and excessive compensation amounts.   That’s according to a new public opinion poll carried out for the Injuries Resolution Board. We get reaction to these findings with Brian Hanley, CEO of Alliance for Insurance Reform.
5/10/20244 minutes, 12 seconds
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What needs to be done to combat tent cities across Dublin?

Tents have now sprung up in Ringsend and East Wall hours after asylum-seekers were moved from Grand Canal yesterday. Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast this morning was Eugene Quinn, National Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service, Ireland.
5/10/20245 minutes, 36 seconds
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The impact your diet is having on climate change

People do not yet understand how what they choose to eat affects climate change that’s according to a new report out today from the ESRI. We get reaction to these findings with Professor of Environmental Policy at University College Dublin & Member of the Climate Advisory Council, Cara Augustenborg.   
5/9/20244 minutes, 42 seconds
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Could woodlouse have a role in conservation?

Record-breaking woodlice have scientists rethinking their role in conservation. We get more on this with Eanna Ní Lamhna , Wildlife expert and author of Children's book “Wonders Of The Wild”.
5/9/20244 minutes, 8 seconds
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Why the majority of Irish nurses and midwives are concerned about patient safety in their workplaces

Nurses and midwives are concerned patient safety is being negatively impacted by staffing shortfalls, according to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation’s Work and Wellbeing Survey.  Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was Tony Fitzpatrick, Director of Professional Services with the INMO.
5/9/20247 minutes, 33 seconds
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Should the Palestine flag be flown at Leinster House on Nakba day?

 People Before Profit MEP candidate Bríd Smith TD has written to Ceann Comhairle requesting the Palestine flag be flown at Leinster House on Nakba Day next Wednesday. It comes after a number of other EU member states are considering 21 May as the date on which they will jointly recognise the State of Palestine. To discuss Shane was joined on the show by Brid and also Oliver Sears, Founder of Holocaust Awareness Ireland.
5/9/20247 minutes, 31 seconds
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An Operation to remove tents from Grand Canal is under way this morning

An Operation to remove tents from Grand Canal is under way this morning.  Our reporter Stephanie Rohan was at the scene and also talking to Newstalk Breakfast was Barry Ward, Fine Gael Senator and Co-chair of the Oireachtas Justice Committee and Michael McNamara, Independent TD for Clare. 
5/9/202412 minutes, 17 seconds
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Should we give the vote to 16 and 17 year-olds?

Lowering the voting age to 16 is a “discussion worth having”, Education Minister Norma Foley has said. We discuss with Cailum Hedderman, Social Activist. 
5/9/20245 minutes, 14 seconds
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Faulty septic tanks pose a risk to human health

Some 45% of septic tanks failed inspections last year. The EPA is warning that failure to fix faulty septic tanks is a risk to human health and the environment. Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was Noel Byrne, Programme Manager in the Waste Water Enforcement area of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement. 
5/9/20244 minutes, 34 seconds
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Do we give children too much money for making their communion?

25% of children in 2023 raked in more than €800 for their Holy Communion. Is it right to give children so much money? We discussed with Rachel O’ Dwyer, writer and a lecturer in Digital Cultures in the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. 
5/8/20246 minutes, 21 seconds
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Stormy Daniels testimony in the Donald Trump Hush Money Trial

Adult Film Star Stormy Daniels took to the stand in Donald Trump’s Hush Money Trial. Harriet Alexander, US Based Journalist gave us the details 
5/8/20242 minutes, 36 seconds
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Hate crimes and hate related incidents are rising

There has been a 12% increase in the number of hate crimes and hate related incidents reported to An Garda Síochána in 2023 in comparison to 2022  With the most prevalent discriminatory motive being anti-race. We speak to Dr Ebun Joseph, Founder of the Institute of Antiracism and of Black Studies in Dublin.
5/8/20245 minutes, 3 seconds
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10% increase in dissatisfaction with the direction of the European Union

Just 48% of people in Ireland believe the EU is moving in the right direction. That’s according to new research published this morning, which also found an overwhelming majority of people both North and South believe Ireland should remain a member of the European Union.   Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was Ray Bassett, Former Senior Irish Diplomat and Fergus Finlay, Irish Examiner Columnist.
5/8/20248 minutes, 41 seconds
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The findings of three reports examining governance, human resources and finances at RTÉ

 Payments made to former RTÉ presenter Ryan Tubridy had “no valid basis” to be paid through barter accounts.  That’s one of the findings of three reports examining governance, human resources and finances at RTÉ, which have now been published after being considered by the Cabinet. Fionnán Sheahan, Ireland Editor with the Irish Independent, ran us through the key details. We also got reaction from Terry Prone, Chairman of the Communications Clinic.
5/8/20248 minutes, 3 seconds
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Henry McKean reports from Malmo as Bambie Thug has brought Ireland to the finals

Henry McKean joins us live from the Eurovision in Malmo where Bambie Thug has brought Ireland to the finals!
5/8/20246 minutes, 35 seconds
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The UN urge Israel to stop escalation as tanks enter Rafah 

UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres has called on Israel to stop escalation of tanks into Rafah saying a full invasion would be a ‘humanitarian nightmare’ Alistair Bunkall, Sky Middle East News Correspondent gave us an update.
5/8/20245 minutes, 3 seconds
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Sinn Fein has a plan to deliver homes at prices under €300,000

Sinn Fein claim they are the only party that has a plan to deliver homes that workers and families can afford. Today they are tabling a motion that plans to deliver homes at prices under €300,000 in their Affordable Housing Schemes.  Speaking to Shane this morning was Sinn Fein Housing Spokesperson, Deputy Eoin O’Broin. 
5/8/20246 minutes, 18 seconds
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New taskforce to be established to rejuvenate Dublin City Centre

The Cabinet is expected to approve the establishment of a new taskforce charged with rejuvenating Dublin City centre when it meets at Government Buildings. What changes will this taskforce hope to bring? We speak to Richard Guiney, CEO of Dublin Town.     
5/7/20244 minutes, 7 seconds
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We get the latest from Eurovision in Malmo

Bambie Thug is set to grace the stage of the Eurovision main stage in Malmo this evening. Joining us to get a preview of tonight’s performance is Frank Dermody, President Eurovision Fan Club.
5/7/20243 minutes, 57 seconds
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More new accommodation for asylum seekers as tents pitched on Dublin’s Grand Canal

More accommodation is expected to become available this week to assist asylum seekers who currently do not have a place to stay. This comes as about 70 tents have been pitched along the Grand Canal bank in Dublin, not far from the International Protection Office. Speaking to Shane this morning was Peadar Toibín, Aontú leader.
5/7/20245 minutes, 57 seconds
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Israeli officials say No ceasefire deal reached in Gaza

An Israeli official has said no ceasefire had been agreed in Gaza after Hamas announced that it had accepted a ceasefire proposal from Egypt and Qatar. Newstalk Breakfast spoke to Alistair Bunkall, Sky Middle East News Correspondent and Dr Jilan Abdalmajid, Palestinian Ambassador to Ireland.
5/7/202410 minutes, 7 seconds
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Why Irish people are starting to buy into conspiracy theories?

A significant minority of Irish people say they believe in conspiracy theories about a secret world government and scientists deceiving the public. So found new research carried out for the Electoral Commission. Dr Ruth Freeman Director of Science for Society at Science Foundation Ireland spoke to Newstalk Breakfast to discuss further.
5/7/20245 minutes, 7 seconds
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Have we forgotten the importance of the ‘Irish Hello’?

‘If we don't want loneliness to grow in society, we all have to take the chance of saying hello and being blanked and perhaps it has to be the older generation who needs to show the way and model behaviour.’ So says Writer, Nuala Woulfe who’s determined to keep the ‘Irish Hello’ and Nuala joined Ciara on the show.
5/7/20246 minutes, 54 seconds
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Could we see a reduction in the licence fee?

Three reports offering recommendations for changes at RTE are set to be published this week and brought before cabinet.  One of those recommendations is a “hybrid model” which will see RTE funded by a reduced and reformed licence fee with a top-up from an exchequer-funded media fund. We get reaction from Larry Bass, CEO of ShinAwiL.
5/7/20244 minutes, 40 seconds
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Gardaí conducting a murder investigation into a shooting in Drimnagh

Gardaí conducting a murder investigation into a shooting in Drimnagh have arrested three men and seized a number of vehicles. Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was Irish Times Crime & Security Editor, Conor Lally.
5/7/20245 minutes, 58 seconds
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Free pints to Leinster fans in one pub with one catch!

A pub in Phibsborough has offered free pints to Leinster fans tomorrow, with one caveat only if they arrive with a Brown Thomas bag.  Chris Raymond, Head of Marketing for Body Tonic, which owns The Back Page Pub told us about their offer.
5/3/20242 minutes, 45 seconds
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Many secondary schools were forced to rely on parental contributions

Many secondary schools were forced to rely on parental contributions and charges to avoid running deficits last year that's according to an analysis of schools’ end-of-year accounts.  The Joint managerial board has called this reliance degrading” for schools and families. We get reaction from Paul Crone, Director of The National Association of Principals and Deputies. 
5/3/20245 minutes, 8 seconds
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15 homeless asylum seekers pitched tents in park in Dublin 4

Gardaí attended a private park in Dublin 4 on Thursday night as up to 15 homeless asylum seekers pitched tents for the night. Kitty Holland, Social Affairs Correspondent of The Irish Times has the story and brought us up to speed. Also with more on this we heard from Eugene Quinn, National Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland is on the call, Eugene what needs to be done? 
5/3/20248 minutes, 23 seconds
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How bad is Ireland’s litter problem?

Ireland has a ‘disposable attitude to waste’ so says Claire Byrne, Green Party Councillor for Dublin Southeast Inner City who spoke to Newstalk Breakfast this morning.
5/3/20245 minutes, 47 seconds
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The impact of sleepwalking

 A number of studies have shown more people are experiencing sleep disorders in recent years. Some academics put it down to stress, others believe an increase in anxiety among children is disrupting their sleep. We sent our reporter, Josh Crosbie, to examine the impact of sleepwalking.
5/3/20244 minutes, 58 seconds
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An appeal to be safe in and near water this weekend

Water Safety Ireland, the Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI are jointly appealing to people to be safe when planning an activity on or near the water this bank holiday weekend.  Shane spoke to Roger Sweeney, Deputy CEO of Water Safety Ireland.
5/3/20245 minutes, 30 seconds
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Count underway following UK local elections

So far, the results have proven to be disappointing for the Conservatives in the local elections across the UK. Speaking to Ciara with more on this was   Former Political Editor of the Times of London, Phillip Webster.
5/3/20244 minutes, 39 seconds
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Is it time to allow Rugby fans to drink alcohol in Croke Park?

Is it time to allow Rugby fans to drink alcohol in Croke Park? We discussed with Audience Editor of the Independent Danny Ruddock.  
5/2/20246 minutes, 54 seconds
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Should Ireland boycott the Eurovision?

Protesters, Singers, musicians, artists and activists from the Irish Boycott Eurovision 2024 Coalition will gather outside RTÉ studios today to call for Ireland to boycott the Eurovision. Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was Zoe Lawlor, Chairperson of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign and member of the Irish Boycott the Eurovision 2024 Coalition and also Keith Mills, Current Affairs Commentator and a Lifelong Eurovision Fan.
5/2/20247 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Road Safety Authority launches new campaign 'Time To Talk'

The Road Safety Authority is appealing to road users to consider the devastating consequences of dangerous driving habits in its new campaign “Time to Talk”. To explain the new campaign was Minister of State with Special Responsibilities for Road Safety, Jack Chambers.
5/2/20248 minutes, 32 seconds
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Why is the word ‘slut’ being reclaimed?

Journalist, Beth Ashely says that women should reclaiming the word ‘slut’ and she explained why to Shane this morning on the show.
5/2/20246 minutes, 14 seconds
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Planning concerns around offshore wind projects

The government needs concrete plans for the development of floating wind energy in Ireland’s deeper waters .That’s the call from Wind Energy Ireland ahead of a two-day offshore conference beginning this morning and their CEO Noel Cunniffe spoke to Newstalk Breakfast this morning.
5/2/20245 minutes, 41 seconds
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No Irish stock market-listed company has a female CEO for the first time since 1999

For the first time since 1999, No Irish stock market-listed company has a female CEO. Mary McAuliffe Director of the Gender Studies Programme at UCD joined Ciara this morning with her reaction.
5/2/20245 minutes, 15 seconds
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A crucial election for the Rishi Sunak’s government

Voters across England and Wales are set to go to the polls today, in what will be the largest test of electoral opinion before the next general election. Speaking to Shane with more on this was Lauren McEvatt, Former UK Government Special Advisor.
5/2/20245 minutes, 45 seconds
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Its 'No Mow May'

Today marks the beginning of ‘No Mow May’, a national effort to make space for nature in gardens across the country. We speak to Monica Alvarez is a judge on RTÉ’s Dulux Supergarden.
5/1/20245 minutes, 44 seconds
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Retailers should be forced to warn shoppers about shrinkflation on shelves

Retailers should be forced to warn shoppers about shrinkflation on shelves, says Consumers’ Association of Ireland. We get more on this with Charlie Weston, Personal Finances Editor with the Independent. 
5/1/20244 minutes, 12 seconds
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Energy related emissions decrease

There was a record 7% decrease in energy-related emissions in 2023 that’s according to new data from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. We get the details from  Margie McCarthy their Director of Research and Policy insights.
5/1/20244 minutes, 31 seconds
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Should the EU Migration Pact be put to the people in a referendum?

The new EU migration pact should be put to the people in a referendum. That’s the call in a new motion from the rural Independents group up for discussion in the Dáil today. To discuss further we heard from Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae and also People Before Profit TD Brid Smith.
5/1/202411 minutes, 3 seconds
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Should politicians be criminalised for lying?

The Welsh Parliament is hoping to become the first country in the world to make lying by politicians a criminal offence. Leading this change is Adam Price, Member of the Senedd and Adam spoke to Ciara this morning.
5/1/20247 minutes, 9 seconds
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Why do we struggle to complain about things?

An Irish man took to Reddit to share his recent experiences of complaining about poor service and encouraging others to do the same even if it’s “not the Irish thing to do”. We asked Dr Richard Hogan, Family Psychotherapist and author is it an Irish thing not to complain? 
5/1/20244 minutes, 52 seconds
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Why are household sizes in Ireland larger than European countries?

Higher housing supply will reduce the pressure on household sizes that's according to a new report from the ESRI. Conor O’Toole, Associate Research Professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute brought us the details.
5/1/20243 minutes, 16 seconds
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Should planned price hikes on petrol and diesel be scrapped

Sinn Fein are calling for the government to scrap planned price hikes on fuel. Speaking to Ciara on the show this morning to discuss was Deputy Leader of Sinn Fein & Party Spokesperson on Finance Pearse Doherty.
5/1/20247 minutes, 41 seconds
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Public warned to be vigilant of seagulls!

The public and businesses have been warned to be vigilant of seagulls as the birds’ nesting season approaches. We get more details from  Colm Moore Area Technical Manager for Rentokil.
4/30/20243 minutes, 49 seconds
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Plans to scrap the triple lock will begin today

Plans to scrap Ireland’s long standing “triple lock” will begin today. Tanaiste and Defence Minister, Michael Martin, is looking to draft a bill which changes how Defence Forces are sent on peacekeeping missions overseas. Speaking to Shane this morning was Mark Price Co-Chair of the Irish Anti War Movement and Co-founder member of the Irish Neutrality League. 
4/30/20247 minutes, 55 seconds
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Should we raise the legal age for buying cigarettes and tobacco?

The Irish Examiner reporting this morning a memo proposing to raise the legal age for buying cigarettes and tobacco from 18 to 21 is set to come before Cabinet within weeks. We asked John Crowne, Consultant oncologist at St Vincent's University Hospital Group is this a good move?  
4/30/20245 minutes, 37 seconds
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Rishi Sunak has stated that he’s "not interested" in pursuing a deal with the Irish Government  

Rishi Sunak has stated that he’s "not interested" in pursuing a deal with the Irish Government.  This comes as Minister for Justice Helen McEntee is set to bring Emergency legislation to Cabinet today that would send asylum seekers back to UK. Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was Matthew Parris, Columnist with The Times and Former Conservative MP  Professor Siobhan Mulally, Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights and UN Special Rapporteur for Trafficking of the Persons.
4/30/20248 minutes, 50 seconds
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All Things Considered: The UK Asylum deal fallout

All Things Considered: The UK Asylum deal fallout. Ciara and Shane discussed in length this morning.
4/30/20245 minutes, 36 seconds
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Should all secondary schools be co-ed?

 Secondary School Students, regardless of attending single-sex or coeducational schools, favour coeducational settings that's according to new research from the Economic and Social Research Institute.  We get reaction from Jennifer Horgan, Secondary school teacher and Irish examiner columnist.
4/30/20245 minutes, 37 seconds
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What to do if you don’t like your child's partner

An issue that parents around the country may be faced with.... Your son or daughter gets into a relationship, but you do not like their partner – how do you navigate that?  We asked Leslie Shoemaker, Counselling Psychologist and Lecturer in TU Dublin for people in this situation what is the answer?
4/30/20246 minutes, 30 seconds
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Why hayfever season is starting earlier than ever

Climate change is responsible for an earlier, longer and more intense pollen allergy season in Ireland. That’s the warning from Irish pharmacists this morning. Illona Duffy, Monaghan based GP explained more to Ciara this morning.
4/30/20244 minutes, 4 seconds
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Hamas urged to accept Israeli ceasefire deal

US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken has urged Hamas to accept an ‘extraordinarily generous’ Israeli ceasefire deal. For more on this, Shane was joined on the show by Alistair Bunkall, Sky Middle East News Correspondent.
4/30/20245 minutes, 30 seconds
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Summer camp prices are set to rocket!

 Parents have been warned to expect high prices for sending children to summer camps during the school holidays and are being advised to plan ahead.  We hear from Jen Hogan, Irish Times Columnist. 
4/29/20245 minutes, 36 seconds
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Tech Check: Has your phone bill gone up?

Many of you may have received notice from your mobile network that your phone bill is going up this month.  Newstalk’s Technology Correspondent, Jess Kelly joined us this morning with details on why the bills have gone up and where you can go to for better value.All with thanks to Bird & Bird.
4/29/20243 minutes, 59 seconds
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INTO calls for trade unionism to be taught in primary schools

Trade Unionism should be taught in primary schools. That’s the call this morning from the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation. Deirdre O’Connor is their Deputy General Secretary and joined Ciara this morning on the show to discuss this further.
4/29/20245 minutes, 15 seconds
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The emergency legislation that would see international protection applicants back to the UK

A scheduled meeting between Minister for Justice Helen McEntee and her UK counterpart James Cleverly was postponed at the last minute late on Sunday evening. The meeting was due to take place over the flow of migrants across the border. To discuss further Shane was joined on the show by Jim O’Callaghan, Fianna Fail Spokesperson for Justice and TD for Dublin Bay South and also Donnchadh O’Laoghaire, Sinn Fein’s spokesperson on Social Protection. 
4/29/20248 minutes, 25 seconds
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Should rent pressure zones be discontinued?

Rental supply will be further constricted if we don’t discontinue Rent Pressure Zones and indefinite tenancies. That’s the warning this morning from The Irish Property Owners’ Association. We discuss with Pat Davitt, CEO of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers and also Rory Hearne, Lecturer in Social Policy at Maynooth University and Social Democrats candidate for Europe in the Midlands/Northwest constituency.   
4/29/20248 minutes, 48 seconds
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All Things Considered: Impact of Rwanda Bill on Ireland

All Things Considered: Impact of Rwanda Bill on Ireland. Shane and Ciara discussed.
4/29/20244 minutes, 22 seconds
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Why are we seeing a decline in staycations?

Hotels have said there has been a 50% decline in domestic summer bookings of since the pandemic peak. But why are we seeing the sun set on Irish staycations?  We asked Megan Virgo, Freelance Travel Writer for the Irish Daily Mail.
4/29/20245 minutes, 36 seconds
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Accidents caused by uninsured vehicles are on the rise!

The number of claims relating to accidents caused by uninsured vehicles grew by 11% in 2023.That’s according to new figures published by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland. We get reaction to these figures with Conor Faughnan, Transport Consultant and CEO of the Royal Irish Automobile Club.
4/29/20244 minutes, 9 seconds
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Hamas to travel to Egypt for ceasefire talks

A Hamas delegation will travel to Cairo today  to deliver its response to Israel's latest ceasefire proposal this comes after Israeli air strikes on three houses in Rafah killed 13 people and wounded many others. We get the details from Sean Bell, Former Fighter Pilot, Military Analyst and Co-Host of the Red Matrix Podcast.
4/29/20246 minutes, 15 seconds
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Is our perception of ageing distorted?

'Extreme ‘beauty’ treatments are now the norm and destroying our perception of ageing’. That’s the view of Mary McCarthy, Irish Independent columnist who spoke to Newstalk Breakfast this morning.
4/26/20245 minutes, 46 seconds
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Aoife Johnston inquest: Irish Patients Association react to verdict

Following four days of harrowing evidence at Aoife Johnston’s inquest, the Limerick Coroner, John McNamara, returned a verdict of medical misadventure in her death from meningitis after she contracted sepsis. Stephen McMahon, Chairperson of the Irish Patients Association gave his reaction to the verdict to Newstalk Breakfast.
4/26/20245 minutes, 29 seconds
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Are we repeating the mistakes of the past?

"Everyone laughed at Hitler in the 1920s. A century on, are we making the same mistake?" That’s the question posed by Broadcaster, Writer and Guardian columnist Adrian Chiles. Shane asked Adrian what prompted him to write the piece.
4/26/20246 minutes, 48 seconds
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Justice Minister Helen McEntee to meet British Home Secretary

Justice Minister Helen McEntee will meet the British home secretary as early as next week to discuss the phenomenon of people claiming asylum in Ireland having crossed the border from the North. Minister McEntee spoke to Johnathan this morning on the show.
4/26/20248 minutes, 35 seconds
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All Things Considered: Reaction to Thursday's night events in Newtownmountkennedy

All Things Considered: Shane and Jonathan react to Thursday's events in Newtownmountkennedy.
4/26/20245 minutes, 18 seconds
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What's behind the #girlrun trend?

Whether she's going for a hot girl run, a slow girl run or even a lazy girl run there's no denying that young women are taking to the roads like never before.  But what's behind the #girlrun trend and is the online mode actually translating into IRL miles? Newstalk's Sarah Madden reports.
4/26/20244 minutes, 15 seconds
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Should we invest more in our regional airports?

Funding of over €5.6 million has been announced for regional airports in Donegal, Kerry, and Mayo. We get reaction from Pádraig Ó Céidigh, Founder of Aer Lingus Regional & Former Chair of Shannon Group.
4/26/20243 minutes, 58 seconds
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What would a net zero future look like?

What might a Net Zero Future look like? That’s the subject up for discussion at a conference taking place today at Dublin’s Royal Convention Centre.    Speaking to Shane this morning was one of the speakers attending that conference Michael Liebreich, Investor, Analyst and Commentor on the net zero transition.
4/26/20246 minutes, 5 seconds
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Why do we need to celebrate poetry?

Today is Poetry Day Ireland. Why is it so important we celebrate poetry today, and what does poetry mean to modern society? We asked Gabriel Fitzmaurice, renowned poet and writer.
4/25/20244 minutes, 43 seconds
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Flight disruptions across French airports!

The French civil aviation authority has warned of major flight disruptions at French airports from today tied to the threat of an air traffic controllers strike. We get the latest on the situation in France with Eoghan Corry, Editor of Air and Travel Magazine.
4/25/20244 minutes, 42 seconds
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Calls for Government to take a tougher approach to road safety

A road safety campaigner has called on the Government to take a tougher approach to road safety following the news that four more people have lost their lives on our roads in the past four days.  Irish Road Victims Association vice president Leo Lieghio explained the sanctions he wants to bring in. Also speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was Shane Ross, Journalist, Author and Former Transport Minister.
4/25/20247 minutes, 22 seconds
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Calls for the government to crack down on drinking at teen discos

The government should take immediate steps to regulate large scale teenage discos. That’s the call this morning from Alcohol Forum Ireland, whose CEO Paula Leonard spoke to Newstalk Breakfast.
4/25/20245 minutes, 59 seconds
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100,000 children were denied a school dental screening appointment in 2023

100,000 children were denied a school dental screening appointment in 2023.   That’s according to new figures from the Irish Dental Association How has this happened? Shane spoke to Dr Caroline Robbins, Former President and Incoming Chair of the Irish Dental Association.
4/25/20244 minutes, 42 seconds
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Rugby 7s superstar Jordan Conroy on his new documentary 'Man Up?'

Ireland rugby 7s-star Jordan Conroy is presenting a new coming of age sports series with 10 male teenage participants. All episodes of ‘Man Up?’ are available to stream on the RTE player. Jordan joined Shane this morning to explain a little bit about the idea for this documentary.  
4/25/202411 minutes, 47 seconds
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Opposition respond to government’s Housing for all

  The number of new homes delivered this year will be close to 40,000, So said Taoiseach Simon Harris, as the government gave its housing progress report yesterday. With hear from Cian O’Callaghan is a Social Democrats TD for Dublin Bay North.
4/25/20246 minutes, 25 seconds
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Should Ireland invest in more walking and cycling trails?

Bord na Móna has announced plans to build a new inter-county network of walking and cycling trails across bogs previously used for peat extraction in the midlands.  With more on these plans we were joined by Dr Damien O’Tuama, National Co-ordinator with Irish Cycling Campaign.
4/24/20244 minutes, 28 seconds
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Are we to have another “giveaway” budget this year?

 The Government has revised down its projections for growth in the domestic economy this year. Michael McGrath, Minster for Finance spoke to Newstalk Breakfast.
4/24/202411 minutes, 26 seconds
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Does a Catholic ethos still have a place in our schools?

Ireland’s school communities are becoming increasingly diverse and secular. That’s according to a new report investigating the realities of Catholic education in Ireland. But is this change for the best? To debate this we were joined on the show this morning by Alan Whelan, President of Catholic Secondary School’s Parent’s Association and Jillian Brennan, CEO of Humanist Association of Ireland.
4/24/20248 minutes, 24 seconds
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Local authorities to be granted more powers to clamp down on the sale of smoky fuels

Green Party Leader, Eamon Ryan has got cabinet approval for a new air pollution law to give local authorities greater powers to prevent the illegal sale of smoky fuels . Sadhbh O’Neill, Senior Climate Advisor to Friends of the Earth Ireland gave her reaction to Newstalk Breakfast.
4/24/20244 minutes, 21 seconds
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Is your child a fussy eater?

Six out of ten parents customise family meals for fussy children, new research has found. But according to one expert, that might not be such a bad thing.  Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was Children’s Dietitian and Feeding Specialist, Lucy Upton. 
4/24/20245 minutes, 24 seconds
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Should we introduce a levy on fast fashion clothing?

Fianna Fáil MEP, Barry Andrews has made calls for a levy to be introduced on “ultra fast fashion products” sold in Ireland. Speaking to Shane was Meghann Scully, Multimedia Presenter with Limerick Leader and Host of Fast and Slow Fashion Podcast.
4/24/20245 minutes
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Jeffrey Donaldson to appear before Newry Magistrates Court today

Former DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson is due to appear before Newry magistrates court later this morning.   Journalist Amanda Ferguson is covering the story and joined Ciara this morning.
4/24/20244 minutes, 45 seconds
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The difference that Make A Wish can make in an ill child’s life!

This week, Newstalk is partnering with Make-A-Wish Ireland to celebrate Wish Week. Join us all week as we talk to some incredible children and their courageous families, and hear how Make-A-Wish Ireland have been beacons of light for children facing the toughest battles of their lives. One of those children is 16 year old Adam Nagajek  and this morning we were joined by Adam and his mother Aleksandra.
4/23/20246 minutes, 8 seconds
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The first criminal trial of a US ex-president is underway

The first criminal trial of US ex-president is underway as former President Donald Trump faces charges related to a hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2016. To discuss the significance of this trial with Shane was Matt Mayer, President of Provisum Strategies and Former Senior Official in the US Department of Homeland Security. 
4/23/20246 minutes, 16 seconds
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What can be done to address hospital overcrowding?

The Emergency Department at University Hospital Limerick was “akin to a war zone” on the weekend that 16-year-old sepsis patient Aoife Johnston died there. That’s what Clinical Nurse Manager Katherine Skelly told the inquest into Aoife’s death yesterday. But more than a year after her passing, has anything been done to address the overcrowding crisis?  We heard from Professor Conor Deasy, President of the Irish Association of Emergency Medicine.
4/23/20247 minutes, 35 seconds
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Calls for stricter regulations on website Tattle

Clare Fianna Fáil TD Cathal Crowe is calling for stricter regulation to be introduced around anonymised online bullying and abuse via the website Tattle. He joined Ciara this morning on the show.
4/23/20246 minutes, 10 seconds
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What should be done with Dublin's Iveagh Markets?

Advanced works have begun on Dublin’s historic Iveagh Markets. But what should a future role for the old trading ground be?  We asked Máire Devine, local Sinn Féin Councillor.
4/23/20244 minutes, 46 seconds
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What might a Stardust redress scheme look like?

Taoiseach Simon Harris will today make an official state apology to the families of the victims of the Stardust nightclub fire. The government has also indicated its support for a redress scheme to be introduced.  But what would such a scheme look like in real terms? Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast Stuart Gilhooley, Solicitor and Senior Counsel. 
4/23/20244 minutes, 35 seconds
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AI technology in LA being used to predict homelessness

Much of the talk around AI has revolved around the impact on jobs, but a pilot programme in LA is using the technology to predict homelessness and allocate resources to prevent individuals and families from reaching that point.  Newstalk’s Technology Correspondent, Jess Kelly brought us the details.All with thanks to Bird & Bird Law Firm.
4/22/20243 minutes, 21 seconds
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The five major measures to cut greenhouse gas

There are five major measures needed to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the energy system in order to meet carbon budget obligations this decade.  So says Professor in Sustainable Energy at the School of Engineering in University College Cork, Hannah Daly who talked to Newstalk Breakfast this morning.
4/22/20244 minutes, 40 seconds
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We hear from the families of the Stardust victims ahead of tomorrow’s state apology

An Tánaiste Micheál Martin has said that the Government will give "serious consideration" to a redress scheme for families of victims of the Stardust tragedy in addition to Tuesday’s state apology. We were joined this morning by Maurice Frazer, Brother of Thelma Frazer who died in the Stardust Tragedy.
4/22/20246 minutes, 6 seconds
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Garda Representative Association conference get underway today

The Garda Representative Association conference will get underway later today. Ahead of the conference we spoke to Labour Justice Spokesperson Aodhan O'Riordain and Pat Marry, former Detective Inspector and “author of "Making Of A Detective”.
4/22/20247 minutes, 34 seconds
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Are influencers ruining the gym?

 Is the gym in danger of being taking over by fitness influencers? Roisin Kelly, writer for the Sunday Times discussed.
4/22/20243 minutes, 54 seconds
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All Things Considered: Half of public not recycling properly

All Things Considered: Half of public not recycling properly. Shane and Ciara discussed this morning.
4/22/20244 minutes, 11 seconds
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Why are there fewer taxis across the country than in 2019?

New figures from the National Transport Authority show there are fewer taxis across the country than were in 2019. The border region has experienced the sharpest decline, with a 26 percent drop in taxi licences in Co Monaghan since 2019. Limerick, Kerry and Dublin are the only counties to see an increase in taxis. We sent our reporter, Josh Crosbie to find out what is causing this.
4/22/20245 minutes, 8 seconds
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HSE and Government row over a substantial exit package payment attempt

Attempts by the HSE to pay a substantial exit package to a former top executive earlier this year led to a furious row within the Government.  Martin Wall, Irish Times correspondent brought us the details.
4/22/20245 minutes, 22 seconds
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Should Dublin city invest in street art?

The cost of removing graffiti in South County Dublin is set to nearly double this year – so should we invest in more community mural projects? Speaking to Shane this morning was Willie White, Member of the Arts, Culture and Recreation Strategic Policy Committee on Dublin City Council and Director of the Dublin Theatre Festival.
4/22/20243 minutes, 51 seconds
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An analysis on Israel’s strike on Iran

Israel has launched a retaliatory strike on Iran’s central city of Isfahan, home to a major military airbase and nuclear facilities. We get the latest on this with Scott Lucas, Professor of US and International Politics, Clinton Institute, University College Dublin.
4/19/20246 minutes, 2 seconds
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We speak to Irish acting legend Stephen Rea

Actor Stephen Rea is to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Irish Film and Television Academy tomorrow.  We spoke to Stephen and starting by asking him what this means to him.
4/19/20248 minutes, 44 seconds
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More reaction to the Stardust jury verdicts

Last April, fresh inquests into the deaths of 48 people in the 1981 fire began. They concluded yesterday as the jury returned its verdicts. Our reporter Barry Whyte was there when the final verdict was read out and Barry spoke to us on the show and also joining Newstalk Breakfast was Lisa Lawlor who lost her mother and father in the fire.
4/19/20247 minutes, 22 seconds
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Is it time to do away with the triple lock?

Taoiseach Simon Harris has said he hopes to get rid of the triple lock “in the lifetime of this government”  To debate Shane was joined this morning by Declan Power, Defence and Security Expert and Mark Price, Co-Chair for the Irish Anti-War Movement.
4/19/20249 minutes, 11 seconds
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Taylor fans rejoice as singer releases a new album

There’s a taste of Taylor Swift's new album, The Tortured Poets Department released today. Saoirse Hanley, Features Writer for the The Irish Independent gave us the reaction to the new music.
4/19/20244 minutes, 31 seconds
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Why did it take 40 years for the Stardust families to get justice

“Unlawful killing. A huge moment. Why has it taken 40 years? Because of where they were from” those are the stark words from Labour’s Justice spokesperson Aodhan Ó Ríordáin and Aodhan joined Ciara this morning on the show.
4/19/20246 minutes, 52 seconds
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Heineken adds to the list of pint price hikes

It's happened again! Heineken Ireland are the latest distributor to increase their pricing.  Joining us to discuss the increase and what it means for punters and consumers is Pat Crotty CEO, Vintners’ Federation of Ireland.  
4/19/20242 minutes, 44 seconds
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Israel strikes on Iran

Israel has launched a strike against Iran with reports of explosions near the city of Isfahan. We get the latest on the situation there with Alistair Bunkall, Sky Middle East News Correspondent .
4/19/20243 minutes, 52 seconds
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How is our aging workforce shaping our economy?

The latest CSO figures reveal Ireland’s workforce is experiencing an aging trend. Dr.Barra Roantree, Director of MSC in economic policy at Trinity College Dublin discusses these findings.
4/18/20244 minutes, 50 seconds
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"Israel makes own decisions" Netanyahu says after Cameron talks

Benjamin Netanyahu has told UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron that Israel would "make its own decisions" over how to respond to an Iranian attack.   We hear from Dr Paola Rivetti, Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations in DCU. 
4/18/20246 minutes, 30 seconds
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University drops legal threat on Gender identity policy

South East Technological University has dropped references it its gender identity policy which stated that refusal of staff or students to use the preferred pronouns of other members would amount to ‘unlawful discrimination or harassment’  Speaking to Ciara was Colette Colfer, a lecturer in world religions at Southeast Technological University.
4/18/20245 minutes, 37 seconds
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Minister for Justice will not attend the GRA annual conference

Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee will not attend the Garda Representative Association’s annual conference – as delegates voted to not invite Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris citing a breakdown in trust. Dr Pat Leahy Former Garda Assistant Commissioner for Dublin gave his reaction to Newstalk Breakfast.
4/18/20246 minutes, 47 seconds
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How will post-COVID leaving cert changes affect students?

Changes to Leaving Certificate marking will come into effect in 2025 after years of disruption due to Covid . We get more details from Gemma Lawlor, Guidance Counsellor at Tyndall College Carlow.
4/18/20248 minutes, 39 seconds
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Illegal dumping in Ireland has gotten progressively worse

The Dublin City Council collects up to 50 tonnes of illegally dumped waste each month.    Green party Councillor, Janet Horner, says measures need to be put in place to put this to a halt. Janet spoke to Newstalk Breakfast to discuss further.
4/18/20244 minutes, 6 seconds
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Digital Ireland Conference is taking place today

The second Digital Ireland Conference is taking place today looking at the implementation of digital regulation, artificial intelligence and the opportunities of the digital transformation.     Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Dara Calleary spoke to Shane ahead of the conference.
4/18/20244 minutes, 44 seconds
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Jury verdict on Stardust inquests to be delivered this afternoon

Almost one year after inquest began into the deaths of 48 victims of the Stardust fire, the jury later today will deliver their verdict. Stephanie Rohan, Newstalk Reporter spoke to us ahead of the verdict.
4/18/20243 minutes, 23 seconds
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How to navigate the parental fear associated with sleepovers.

Sleepovers are ‘heaven for kids and hell for parents’ That’s the view of Dr Malie Coyne, Clinical Psychologist and Author of ‘ Love In Love Out’ who joins me now. Malie explains why is it a difficult thing for parents to navigate sleepovers with their kids.
4/17/20245 minutes, 50 seconds
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An Post was forced to stop TV licence inspections

An Post was forced to stop TV licence inspections and offer “resilience” ­training to staff because of public anger over the RTÉ payments scandal. A spokesperson said increased hostility, mainly in the form of verbal abuse, led them to take this action to protect its workers.  We get reaction from Brid Smith, People Before Profit TD.
4/17/20244 minutes, 25 seconds
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Alcohol is still the substance for which people seek treatment the most

One person dying every day due to alcohol-related liver disease that's according to the latest alcohol overview from the Health Research Board   We get reaction from Dr. Sheila Gilheany, CEO at Alcohol Action Ireland.  
4/17/20246 minutes, 8 seconds
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Why are so many people dropping out of apprenticeships?

Almost 3,400 apprentices dropped out of apprenticeships last year.  That’s despite the Department of Further Education aiming to entice 10,000 new apprentices each year.   Speaking to Ciara this morning was General Secretary, Connect Trade Union, Paddy Kavanagh.
4/17/20245 minutes, 26 seconds
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The government is being accused of being “at war” with its own people

“The government is openly at war with its own people” that’s what John McGuirk, Editor of Gript Media says.  John along with Emma deSouza, writer and commentator, is also on the line, spoke to Newstalk Breakfast.
4/17/20248 minutes, 52 seconds
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How to love been bald

Losing my hair made me miserable. Now I’m as bald as an egg, I couldn’t be happier – so says Stuart Heritage, author of Bald: How I slowly learned to not hate having No Hair(And you can too). Stuart joined Newstalk Breakfast this morning. 
4/17/20246 minutes, 57 seconds
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Measures for Future of the Family Farm may be on the way

Sinn Fein have introduced legislation to establish a Commission on the Future of the Family Farm in hopes that it will allow farms to “thrive over the rest of this century and beyond”.   Speaking to Ciara this morning was Claire Kerrane, TD for Roscommon Galway and Sinn Fein Spokesperson on Agriculture.
4/17/20245 minutes, 5 seconds
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Western allies eye swift new sanctions against Tehran

The U.S have revealed that they will be hitting Iran with new sanctions in retaliation for their unprecedented attack on Israel.  However, Seyed Mohammad Marandi,  Professor of English Literature and Orientalism in University of Tehran says these sanctions will have no effect on his country. He explained why to Shane this morning,
4/17/20248 minutes, 9 seconds
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Restaurant closures since January could come at a cost of €288m  

A new report from the Restaurant Association of Ireland claims restaurant closures since January could come at a cost of €288m  We get reaction from Paul Treyvaud, Owner of Treyvaud's Restaurant in Killarney. 
4/16/20244 minutes, 33 seconds
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Are we getting in right when it comes to housing?

A one-day summit is taking place today which brings housebuilders, property developers and policymakers together for discussions on how the delivery of homes can be accelerated. Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was Michael O’Flynn, Chairman and CEO, O’Flynn Group who is one of the speakers.
4/16/20245 minutes, 57 seconds
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Are dating apps running love lives of a generation?

Dating apps have had a profound impact on the love lives of a generation and can be as addictive as gambling. So said UK based psychologist and addiction expert Dr Ree Langham. For more on this Shane spoke to Jennifer Haskins, Relationship Expert from Two’s Company.
4/16/20245 minutes, 47 seconds
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do beef farmers get special treatment compared to other carbon emitters?

Livestock farming ranks with the fossil fuel industry as one of the two most destructive industries on Earth, but we apply entirely different standards to it.  So wrote Environmental Activist George Monbiot in the Guardian who spoke to Newstalk Breakfast along with Denis Drennan, President of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association.
4/16/20247 minutes, 54 seconds
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Chargé d’affaires of the Iranian embassy to Ireland, Dr Kazem Sharif Kazemi

Israel has vowed to respond to Iran's attack on Saturday and is considering its next steps, the country's army chief says  Shane was joined on the show by Chargé d’affaires of the Iranian Embassy to Ireland, Dr Kazem Sharif Kazemi.
4/16/20249 minutes, 14 seconds
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Are today’s young people worse off than previous generations?

A report today from the National Youth Council found that today’s 18-29 year olds believe they are worse off than their parents generation   We asked Sarah McGuinness, Assistant News Editor at the Business Post does she agree with this?
4/16/20248 minutes, 18 seconds
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The dangerous practice of unsupervised learner drivers 

The European commission will hold a Road Safety conference at the RDS in Dublin today.  As a group representing driving instructors in Ireland, will highlight the ongoing dangerous practice of unsupervised learner drivers  Speaking to Shane this morning was Dominic Brophy, Director of Professional Driving Instructors Association.
4/16/20246 minutes, 1 second
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Israel confirms that they will be retaliating against Iran

Israel has vowed to respond to Iran’s attack despite calls for restraint. We get the latest on the situation with Alistair Bunkall, Sky’s Middle East Correspondent. 
4/16/20245 minutes, 25 seconds
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Bad news for EV drivers

Electric car owners without driveways  could be breaking planning rules if they try to erect new overhead charging “arms” outside their homes.   We discuss this with Conor Faughnan, Transport Commentator.
4/15/20245 minutes, 13 seconds
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Apple may be forced to pay a 1-billion-dollar lawsuit

Apple’s bid to dismiss an almost 1-billion-dollar lawsuit was rejected on Friday.   Elaine Burke, Host of For Tech's Sake explained what does this mean for the tech giant.
4/15/20242 minutes, 53 seconds
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Israeli war cabinet wants response to Iran attack

Iran’s attack on Israel was a 'declaration of war', according to Israeli president Isaac Herzog. We speak to Sean Bell, Former Fighter pilot and now Military Analyst.
4/15/20246 minutes, 40 seconds
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We discuss plans for a dedicated transport police

Tánaiste Micheál Martin said over the weekend he hopes to push forward with plans for a dedicated transport police.  We asked Aodhan O’Riordain, Labour Party Justice & Education Spokesperson, is this a good idea? 
4/15/20245 minutes, 59 seconds
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Healthcare spending report

Large increases in healthcare funding and staffing has not been matched by a similar level of rising activity in hospitals that’s according to a new report   Martin Wall, Irish Times Correspondent brings us the findings.
4/15/20247 minutes, 1 second
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How our roads are riddled with potholes

Recently on Newstalk Breakfast we discussed potholes in Cork but it seems to be a nationwide problem.  Henry McKean took a journey around rural Meath with local Councillor Gillian Toole. Henry sent us this report, on a very bumpy ride. 
4/15/20245 minutes, 48 seconds
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Jury Selection is set to begin today as Donald Trump faces 34 felony counts

Jury Selection is set to begin today as Donald Trump faces 34 felony counts of falsifying business records to cover up a hush money payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.   We get the latest from David Smith, Washington Bureau Chief of The Guardian.
4/15/20245 minutes, 25 seconds
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Israel remains on high alert

Israel remains on high alert after Iran's mass drone and missile attack, its chief military spokesperson has said. We get the latest on the situation there was Hannah McCarthy, Journalist in Beirut covering the Israel-Hamas Conflict. 
4/15/20245 minutes, 7 seconds
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OJ Simpson's Lawyer - The Extended Interview

OJ Simpson, the former American football star and Hollywood actor who was cleared of murdering his ex-wife and her friend in a criminal trial passed away yesterday. A little earlier, Shane caught up with one of OJ’s Defence Lawyers, Alan Dershowitz.  
4/12/202410 minutes, 55 seconds
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Is 30 minutes enough for Gardaí Road Safety?

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has directed all uniform gardaí will conduct 30 minutes of road safety activity per shift.  To discuss, Shane is joined by Pat Marry, former Detective Inspector and Senior Investigating Officer and author of “The Making of a Detective”.
4/12/20244 minutes, 46 seconds
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Housing the future: Minister Darragh O'Brien on cost-rental homes and more

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage of Ireland, Darragh O'Brien joins Ciara to discuss cost-rental homes, housing supply and the Fianna Fáil ard fheis later today.
4/12/20249 minutes, 47 seconds
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Should prostitution be legalised?

Sex work should be legalised because those involved are "providing a service".  So said Independent Ireland party leader Michael Collins in a new interview with Hot Press. Kate McGrew Sex Worker and Activist  joined Shane to discuss.
4/12/20247 minutes, 24 seconds
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How does parental behaviour affect young athletes?

A 2024 study ‘Monkey see, monkey do?' exploring parent-athlete behaviours from youth athletes' perspective’ explores the impact of parents sideline behaviour on children. Antonio Montero, Founder of the Silent Sideline campaign & Castleknock Celtic coach joined Ciara to discuss.
4/12/20246 minutes, 4 seconds
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Cracking under pressure: Are Ireland's roads and paths beyond repair?

Between 2019 and 2023, Cork city Council have had to pay out nearly €5m in compensation claims for trips and falls on footpaths. Deirdre O’Brien, Fianna Fáil councillor on the Cork County Council talks to Ciara about the state of roads and footpaths in her area.
4/12/20245 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ironclad Support: Biden, Israel, and Iran

President Joe Biden has promised Israel "ironclad" US support amid fears that Tehran could launch reprisals for an attack that killed senior Iranians.  Paul Rogers, Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University joins Shane to discuss.
4/12/20245 minutes, 9 seconds
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Anne Winterlich Vs Scouting Ireland

Anne Winterlich life changed forever in December 2015.   Her beautiful daughter Aoife died after being swept out to sea during a trip with Scouting Ireland.  Eight years on Anne settled her legal action against Scouting Ireland yesterday. Ciara spoke to Anne and started by asking her to take her back to that day in December 2015...
4/11/20247 minutes, 39 seconds
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How should physical education be taught in the classroom?

Today a forum on Physical Education takes place at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.  So how should Physical education be taught in the classrooms?  Ciara is joined by well-known Personal Trainer and broadcaster Karl Henry. 
4/11/20245 minutes, 7 seconds
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EU Migration Pact with Helen McEntee

After years of faltering starts and winding negotiations, the long-debated and highly contentious reform of EU asylum policy finally cleared the European Parliament yesterday.  Minister for Justice Helen McEntee joins Shane to discuss.
4/11/202410 minutes, 43 seconds
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Should killing an animal be treated as murder?

Unlawfully killing a pet should be treated as an offence akin to murder, not criminal damage. That’s the call from a public petition up for consideration in the Dáil today.  Sandra Higgins Director of GoVegan World, says murdering all animals should be an offence and joins Ciara to discuss.
4/11/20246 minutes, 34 seconds
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Why are important cancer surgeries being cancelled?

An Oireachtas Health Committee has heard warnings that time critical cancer surgeries are being cancelled due to the trolley crisis in hospitals Anthony Staines, Professor of Health Systems at the School of Nursing and Human Sciences in DCU joins Shane to discuss.
4/11/20245 minutes, 10 seconds
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How does the new Catholic church reform affect Ireland?

The Pope has announced a monumental reorganisation of church leadership in Ireland. Father David Vard, Administrator of Stradbally Parish explains to Shane how this will affect the churches in the West. 
4/11/20245 minutes, 34 seconds
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Reaction to the EU Migration Pact

The EU has approved a new pact on asylum and migration laws after eight years. However, many activist groups have described it as a major blow to human rights and one that will lead to ‘great suffering’. Niall O’Keeffe, Head of International and Migration at the Irish Red Cross joins Ciara to discuss
4/11/20246 minutes, 31 seconds
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All Things Considered: Is Ireland cold towards Catholics?

All Things Considered: Is Ireland cold towards Catholics? Shane and Ciara discussed on the show this morning.
4/11/20244 minutes, 16 seconds
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Do you believe you make your own luck?

“It’s you, not the universe, causing your bad fortune”. So says Helen Coffey, Senior Features writer for The Independent,
4/10/20245 minutes, 26 seconds
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How farms are coping in this weather

A fodder transport scheme has been announced for farmers who are finding it challenging to source feed for their animals.  Months of consistent rain have led to rising costs and delays to crops. The measure comes as the National Fodder and Feed Security Commitee met yesterday over the ongoing situation. Our reporter, Josh Crosbie has been meeting with farmers to hear how they are coping with the weather
4/10/20244 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ireland will soon formally recognise the State of Palestine

Ireland will soon formally recognise the State of Palestine, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin has told the Dáil.   We get reaction from Oliver Sears, founder of Holocaust Awareness Ireland.
4/10/20245 minutes, 16 seconds
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Newly appointed Minister of State for European Affairs and Defence

Newly appointed Minister of State for European Affairs and Defence Jennifer Carroll MacNeill joined Ciara this morning on the show.
4/10/202411 minutes, 17 seconds
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If your child is being bullied physically they should defend themselves? 

If your child is being bullied physically they should defend themselves? We get an expert view on this from Stella O’Malley, Psychotherapist and Author of What your Teen is Trying To Tell You.
4/10/20245 minutes, 55 seconds
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How do ask for a pay rise?

More than 6 in 10 workers are considering asking for a salary increase in the next 12 months.  That’s according to new research published this morning.  But how should you approach the subject with your employer? We get advice from Mary Connaughton is Director of CIPD, the Professional Body in Ireland for HR.
4/10/20247 minutes, 9 seconds
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Should we get rid of mandatory retirement?

Mandatory retirement should be abolished.  That’s the call from Age Action Ireland, who are set to appear before an Oireachtas committee later today.  Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was Nat O’Connor is Senior Public Affairs & Policy Specialist with Age Action.
4/10/20245 minutes, 50 seconds
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All Things Considered: Telling kids to fight back against bullies

All Things Considered: Telling kids to fight back against bullies. Shane and Ciara discussed this morning on the show.
4/10/20243 minutes, 41 seconds
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Insurance premiums are expected to reduce after landmark Supreme Court ruling

In a landmark case, it’s been ruled that personal injuries awards guidelines established by judges will now be enforceable. This may result in premium reduction, saving policy holders some money.  With more on this Shane spoke to Brian Hanley, CEO, Alliance for Insurance Reform.
4/10/20246 minutes, 5 seconds
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New busking rules in Cork city

Last night new busking rules have officially come into place in Cork city. This includes a time limit of two hours for each performer, a reduction in noise level - and completely stopping the music by ten pm.  With more on this we spoke to Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork City Colette Finn.
4/9/20244 minutes, 44 seconds
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Paddle for Parkinson’s Awareness Week

This is Parkinson’s Awareness Week, and we were joined by Frank Mullen, a 61-year-old from Donabate, who plans to kayak for 300 kilometres down the Shannon River despite recently being diagnosed with the Disease. 
4/9/20245 minutes, 28 seconds
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Scotland’s new hate crime law descends into disarray

The scale of calls since the implementation of Scotland’s hate crime bill has been deemed “simply unmanageable” by Chair of the Scottish Police Federation David who joined Ciara this morning on the show.
4/9/20247 minutes, 2 seconds
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One mother is sick of justifying her decision, what is it?

Former editor of UK Glamour magazine has stated she is sick of constantly having defend her decision to have only one child.  What she wrote resonated with writer and consultant at Bannerton PR Barbara Neeson who spoke to Newstalk Breakfast this morning.  
4/9/20246 minutes, 9 seconds
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Leo Varadkar hands the reins to Simon Harris

Simon Harris is poised to take over as Taoiseach following a Dáil vote later today, Speaking to Jonathan this Fine Gaels spokesperson for Health, Colm Burke and Labour’s Justice and Education Spokesperson Aodhan Ó Ríordáin.
4/9/20248 minutes, 29 seconds
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Should religion classes be practiced outside of school hours?

“Religion must move outside school hours as opt-out approach fails children badly” that’s the view of teacher and a member of the Irish National Teachers Organisation Paddy Monahan who spoke to Newstalk Breakfast this morning.
4/9/20245 minutes, 10 seconds
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Reimaging unused office space

Office leasing falls to it's lowest level in more than a decade in Dublin. That's according to recent research from JLL. So what should be done with Ireland's empty offices? Newstalk's Sarah Madden reports.. 
4/9/20246 minutes, 18 seconds
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What should we expect in the upcoming Cabinet reshuffle?

With Leo Varadkar having stepped out and Simon Harris expected to step in and take over as Taoiseach, many changes are underway.   Hugh O’Connell, political Editor with The Sunday Times told us what can we expect later today. 
4/9/20245 minutes, 44 seconds
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Tech Check: Could ChatGPT be a useful tool for teachers?

Students have begun using AI to help study, but now teachers are taking advantage also. We get the details from Jess Kelly, Newstalk's Technology Correspondent. 
4/8/20243 minutes, 55 seconds
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Number of children referred for sex offences doubles in 10 years

The number of children and teens being referred for committing sexual offences has almost doubled over the past decade. Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast with reaction to these figures was Cliona Sadlier, Executive Director Rape Crisis Network Ireland.
4/8/20245 minutes, 58 seconds
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Asking prices are on the up again

Inflation on housing asking prices up 6.5% over the year, according to a myHome.ie report published today. Ciara discussed these figures with Conaill MacCoille is Chief Economist with Bank of Ireland and Author of the report.
4/8/20246 minutes, 42 seconds
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All Things Considered: Breathalysers for driver

All Things Considered: Breathalysers for drivers. Jonathan and Ciara discussed this morning.
4/8/20244 minutes, 22 seconds
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Should breathalyzers be used to stop drivers from accessing their vehicles if they’re over the limit?

The weekend saw three deaths in the space of 24 hours, bringing total fatalities to 61 in 2024 and despite tougher penalties there doesn’t seem to be any affect on road users that abuse the system. Should breathalyzers be used to stop drivers from accessing their vehicles if they’re over the limit? We discussed with Leo Leighio of the Irish Road Victims Association.
4/8/20247 minutes, 39 seconds
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A partial solar eclipse will be visible in our skies tonight

Tonight at around 5 to 8, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in our skies. With the eclipse being the most notable in the west of the country   Frances McCarthy, Head of Education and Outreach at MTU’s Blackrock Castle Observatory explained to Jonathan what is going to happen this evening.
4/8/20244 minutes, 54 seconds
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Israel exit south Gaza 'to prepare for future missions'

Israel's military said on Sunday that it was reducing its numbers of soldiers from southern Gaza, leaving just one brigade in the area. Bringing us up to date on the situation was Scott Lucas Professor of US and International Politics, Clinton Institute, University College Dublin. 
4/8/20246 minutes, 14 seconds
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The number of charges facing Jeffrey Donaldson can be revealed

The full number of historic sex charges faced by former DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson have been revealed.  Belfast-based Freelance journalist Amanda Ferguson brought us up to speed on the latest details.
4/8/20243 minutes, 57 seconds
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The photographer who witnessed Prince Andrew’s Newsnight interview

A new movie ‘Scoop’ on Netflix released this morning retells Prince Andrew’s infamous interview with Emily Maitlis on BBC Newsnight. Mark Harrison, who was the Professional Photographer, witnessed the interview first-hand and he told Newstalk Breakfast what is observed.
4/5/20246 minutes, 37 seconds
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The cultural significance of the Irish pub

Heineken is aiming to safeguard historical Irish pubs, advocating for their transformation into museums as a sustainable solution for preservation  Declan Delaney from Sean’s Bar in Athlone spoke to Newstalk Breakfast.
4/5/20244 minutes, 8 seconds
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1 million to be pumped into CCTV schemes

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee today announced a further €1 million for the development of Local Authority led CCTV schemes in specific communities.   Speaking to Ciara this morning was Olga Cronin, Surveillance and Human Rights Senior Policy Officer with the Irish Council of Civil Liberties. 
4/5/20244 minutes, 30 seconds
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Dublin has been appointed its first nighttime economy tsar

Ray O’Donoghue, the director of Sea Sessions has been appointed as Dublin city’s first nighttime economy tsar. We hear from Ian Redmond, Operator of Ohana Tiki Bar on Harcourt Street, Co-Owner of Hyde Dublin with reaction to this new appointment.
4/5/20248 minutes, 29 seconds
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Minister Pascal Donohue ahead of the Fine Gael Ard Fheis

We speak to Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohue ahead of the Fine Gael Ard Fheis.
4/5/202411 minutes, 45 seconds
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New findings behind the damage asthma causes

UK scientists say they have found a new cause behind much of the damage asthma causes. Professor Luke Clancy Director General of the Tobacco Free Research Institute Ireland and Consultant Respiratory Physician spoke to Newstalk Breakfast this morning.
4/5/20245 minutes, 58 seconds
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Calls for all stillborn babies to be included in the national register

All Stillborn Babies Must Be Included in the National Register irrespective of the length of their gestation or their weight. That’s the call from Emer Toibín, Aontú Councillor for the Navan Area who spoke to Johnathan this morning.
4/5/20244 minutes, 14 seconds
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 An Irish man is among three people killed following a helicopter crash in the Swiss Alps

 An Irish man is among three people killed following a helicopter crash in the Swiss Alps. We get the latest on this tragic incident with Vincent McAvinney, Broadcaster and Journalist.
4/5/20243 minutes, 59 seconds
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A clamp down on those who repeatedly fail their driving tests 

Minister of State for Transport Jack Chambers has confirmed that the government is set to clamp down on the renewal of L plate licences for those who repeatedly fail their driving tests. We get reaction from Brenda Bolger, Owner of Bolger School of Motoring. 
4/4/20244 minutes, 37 seconds
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Netflix’s new drama “Ripley” now available to view

Netflix’s new drama “Ripley” starring Andrew Scott in the title role is available to watch from this morning.  We hear all about it with Brian Lloyd Movies editor at Entertainment.ie.
4/4/20243 minutes, 42 seconds
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Potato shortage looms as farmers face ongoing bad weather

There's no respite for farmers as some areas are set to get four times the usual amount of rain over the next week.  Speaking to Jonathan was Paul Flynn, Dublin County Chair, Irish Farmer Association. 
4/4/20245 minutes, 4 seconds
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Is part-time work important for teenagers?

‘It’s not Dickensian cruelty to ask children to participate in the workforce, it’s sensible.’ So wrote The Times of London Columnist, Alice Thomson Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was Richard Hogan, Clinical Director of Therapy Institute and Columnist with the Irish Examiner and author of 'Home is Where the Start Is’.
4/4/20246 minutes, 12 seconds
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Could we afford a United Ireland?

Irish Unity could cost 20 billion a year for 20 years that's according to a new paper from the Institute of International and European Affairs  John Fitzgerald, Co-Chair of the IIEA Economists Group and author of the report spoke to Ciara this morning to discuss further.
4/4/20248 minutes, 42 seconds
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Do you fall off the fitness bandwagon after one hurdle?

More than half of adults in Ireland say that just one setback can derail them from their weight loss goals, that's according to a new survey released today.Joining Ciara to discuss how to stay on track when it comes to weight loss goals is Nathalie Lennon, Nutritional/health coach and Content Creator.
4/4/20247 minutes, 15 seconds
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Is it time to end clamping in Dublin?

Dublin City Council is set to draw up guidelines for the private company that will enforce parking laws in the city in the coming years. One proposed change is to do away with clamping. But is this a good idea? Ciara asked Keith Gavin, Chairman of Irish Parking Association.
4/4/20244 minutes, 5 seconds
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Poor working conditions leading to a mass exodus of Junior doctors

 Working conditions and a lack of supports are fuelling the shortage of non-consultant hospital doctors by driving many to move abroad. That’s according to a new survey from the Irish Medical Organisation, whose AGM takes place later today.  Speaking to Jonathan this morning to discuss was Dr Rachel McNamara, Chair o of the IMO’s NCHD Committee.
4/4/20244 minutes, 45 seconds
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Calls for the age of bowel cancer screening to be reduced

 ‘Reduce the age of bowel cancer screening from 59 to 50’ that's the call from the Marie Keating Foundation today. We spoke to Bernie Carter, their Assistant director of Nursing.
4/3/20247 minutes, 12 seconds
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Do Irish people take too many foreign holidays?

The Canary Islands’ president has admitted he is worried about the growing anti-tourism movement in the popular holiday destination, with several marches planned later this month.  This comes as more than 40% of Irish people are planning to go on three or more holidays this year, according to a recent survey. So have we completely lost the run of ourselves when it comes to foreign travel. We discuss with John Gibbons, Environmental Journalist. 
4/3/20246 minutes, 42 seconds
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What lies ahead for Fine Gael?

What does Fine Gael have to do to get back to the grassroots of the party? We asked Ivan Yates, Co-host of the Path to Power podcast and former politician.   
4/3/202411 minutes, 15 seconds
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Why is homeschooling is on the rise?

The number of children who are on the active register for homeschooling increased by 20% last year. So what accounts for this dramatic rise? We asked Monica O’Connor, Mother and Home Education Network contact for Carlow.
4/3/20247 minutes, 54 seconds
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Seagulls are a friend or foe?  

Seagulls are being forced into our towns by the loss of natural spaces - and we need to learn to live alongside them, say scientists.   We asked wildlife expert and author of Children's book “Wonders Of The Wild” Eanna Ní Lamhna are seagulls are a friend or foe?  
4/3/20248 minutes, 19 seconds
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Should billionaires’ wealth be distributed more evenly?

Taylor Swift is officially a billionaire as Forbes shares its new list of the world’s wealthiest people. Should billionaire wealth be distributed more evenly? We get reaction from Daisy Pearson, Campaigner for Global Justice Now.
4/3/20246 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Charity, World Central Kitchen have suspended operations in Gaza

The international food charity; World Central Kitchen has made the decision to suspend its operations following the killing of seven aid workers in an Israeli air strike on Monday We get reaction on the situation in Gaza with Tess Ingram, UNICEF Communications Specialist.
4/3/20245 minutes, 5 seconds
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Three year waiting lists for creche places

Parents around the country could be waiting more than three years for a creche place for their child, with less than 35pc of areas nationwide currently having places available.   We heard from Karen Clince, CEO of Tigers Childcare. 
4/2/20244 minutes, 59 seconds
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Alarming number of motorists arrested for drink or drug driving over the weekend

According to figures from An Garda Síochána's Roads Policing Unit, 140 people were arrested for drink or drug driving over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend Speaking to Shane this morning was Martin Kenny, Sinn Fein TD abd Spokesperson on Transport and Communication.
4/2/20245 minutes
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Tax plans to discourage new estates in remote areas

The Government is drawing up plans to discourage one-off housing developments including potential new taxes on developers building in rural areas. Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was Conor Skehan, Sunday Independent Columnist.
4/2/20247 minutes, 3 seconds
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Minister Norma Foley on the number of vacancies in the teaching profession

One of the issues that keeps coming up at the teaching union conferences is the number of vacancies in the teaching profession and the difficulty with recruiting. We discuss all with the Minister for Education Norma Foley.
4/2/202410 minutes, 31 seconds
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Ireland has the fifth highest rate of c-sections across 38 OECD countries

More than one in three babies are now delivered by caesarean section in Ireland marking a ten-year high, that’s according to new statistics from the National Healthcare Quality Reporting System Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was Dr Vicky O’Dwyer, Consultant Obstetrician at the Rotunda.
4/2/20247 minutes, 26 seconds
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Calls for ATMs to dispense smaller notes

ATMs must dispense notes smaller than €50, Oireachtas Finance committee urges This is something Mattie McGrath, Rural Independent TD for Tipperary and the rural TDs have been advocating for quite some time.
4/2/20244 minutes, 48 seconds
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Iranian consulate in Damascus destroyed

Senior Iranian commander killed in Israeli strike, says Iran state media. Is this an escalation by Israel? Speaking to Shane this morning on the show was Scott Lucas, Professor of US and International Politics, Clinton Institute, University College Dublin.
4/2/20244 minutes, 17 seconds
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Eamon Ryan his new plans to reduce car use

Eamon Ryan, Green Party Leader & Minister for the Environment, Climate, Communications and Transport. The national demand management strategy is going to change a lot of things going forward. We discuss this with the Minister and got an overview of the strategy.
3/28/20249 minutes, 16 seconds
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Fuel prices set to rise again

Fuel prices will increase in stores for consumers from Monday. We speak to Shane was David Horgan, Chairman of Petrel Resources.
3/28/20243 minutes, 36 seconds
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The impact catcalling has on women

"It can happen in many contexts, whether it’s simply walking to your local coffee shop in the morning or heading to your GP for an appointment. But one of the most insidious – and common – spaces for catcalling is wherever a woman has gone to run” Ciara asked Journalist and Author of Millennial Love, Olivia Petter what prompted her to write this piece?
3/28/20245 minutes, 28 seconds
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Minister for Justice Helen McEntee

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee spoke to Shane this morning to discuss new plans for asylum seekers.
3/28/202411 minutes, 58 seconds
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The pubs that still close on Good Friday

What are your plans for the long weekend? For some, it will be filled with chocolate but for others it’s still very much a religious occasion. It’s six years now since the Good Friday alcohol ban was lifted and very few pubs have stuck with the tradition. Our reporter, Josh Crosbie has found a publican who will be closing his doors and also asked people where the sourced a drink, back in the day.
3/28/20246 minutes, 42 seconds
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20 Years of the smoking ban

Tomorrow will mark 20 years since the smoking ban was introduced in Ireland. The initial outrage slowly turned to acceptance and eventually smoke free sighs of relief. Speaking to Shane this morning Chris Macey, Director of Advocacy and Patient Support, Irish Heart Foundation.
3/28/20244 minutes, 25 seconds
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Mother and daughters killed in Mayo accident named locally

The mother and daughters who died in a traffic collision in Mayo on Tuesday have been named as Una, Ciara, and Saoirse Bowden.  Adrian Devane is a friend of the family and Adam spoke to Ciara this morning.
3/28/20247 minutes, 14 seconds
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Your questions answered on the deposit return scheme

Millions of euros have gone unclaimed in the first 40 days of the plastic bottle and can deposit return scheme.  Despite this, experts say the scheme is off to a “solid start.” Speaking to Shane this morning was Ciarán Foley, CEO Return Ireland.
3/27/20247 minutes, 18 seconds
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New Green Party strategy aims to reduce car use

Higher parking fees and new charges for polluting vehicles to enter city centres are among a list of options to reduce private car use in a new strategy going before cabinet today. We get reacation from Oisin Coughlan, Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth.
3/27/20245 minutes, 28 seconds
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Primary school teachers experience alarming levels of physical aggression

58% of primary school teachers have experienced physical aggression in school. That’s according to a new survey from The Irish National Teacher’s Organisation.Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was Mairín Ní Cheileachair, Assistant General Secretary of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation and Director of Education, Equality, Research and Learning. 
3/27/20246 minutes, 33 seconds
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new EU migration rules set to go before cabinet today

The biggest overhaul of migration rules in decades will go before cabinet for approval today, with the government set to adopt proposals that could result in the fast-track return of undocumented migrants. Speaking to Ciara this morning on the show was Enda O’Neill, Head of UN Refugee agency in Ireland and Leader of Independent Ireland Party and TD Michael Collins.
3/27/20249 minutes, 11 seconds
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Have parents nowadays become too competitive?

The concept of parents being uber-conscious of their performance seems to be growing in significance.  For many, the pressure to appear they are ‘winning’ at parenting is real. But are we becoming too competitive? Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was Child Psychotherapist, Colman Noctor. 
3/27/20245 minutes, 33 seconds
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The number of STIs increased by almost one-third last year

The number of STIs increased by almost one-third last year according to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre. Shane was joined on the show by Dr Aisling Loy, Consultant in Sexual and Himerous Health at St. James' Hospital to discuss these findings.
3/27/20245 minutes, 19 seconds
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Inflation finally on the decline!

The economy is in rude health heading into the next couple of years. That’s according to a new report published this morning by the ESRI.   John Fitzgerald, Adjunct Professor in Economics at Trinity College Dublin gave his reaction to these findings of the ESRI report.
3/27/20245 minutes, 17 seconds
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Hollywood Actor Russell Crowe gigging in Ireland this summer

Hollywood Actor Russell Crowe will be taking his Indoor Garden Party featuring his band The Gentlemen Barbers, Lorraine O’Reilly and special guests to Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre on the 1st of July. Russell spoke to Ciara ahead of his Dublin gig.
3/26/20248 minutes, 7 seconds
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Florida has banned social media for under 14s

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that bans children aged under 14 from social media platforms and requires 14 and 15-year-olds to get parental consent to use it. Could this take hold worldwide? We ask Alex Cooney Chief Executive of CyberSafeKids.
3/26/20247 minutes, 42 seconds
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Sinn Fein call for hate speech legislation to be scrapped

The government’s Hate Speech legislation is not fit for purpose and should be scrapped.  We debate with Pa Daly, Sinn Fein TD and spokesperson for Justice  and Barry Ward, Fine Gael Senator and barrister.
3/26/20248 minutes, 36 seconds
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Councillor in Northern Ireland wants Dublin Airport to apologise for an offensive tweet relating to Kate Middleton

Dublin Airport should apologise and remove a social media post “mocking” Kate Middleton. That’s the call from Allister Kyle, Councillor for The Traditional Unionist Voice in Northern Ireland who explained why to Newstalk Breakfast.
3/26/20244 minutes, 47 seconds
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Would a tourist tax deter you from hotel stays?

Galway City Councillors have made calls for a tourist tax to be levied on visitors who stay in hotels in Galway City One of those Councillors is Michael J Crowe, Galway City East Fianna Fáil Councillor who spoke to Shane this morning on the show.
3/26/20245 minutes, 2 seconds
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UN Security Council pass a resolution demanding Gaza ceasefire

The United Nations Security Council has passed a resolution that demands a ceasefire in Gaza for the rest of Ramadan with the US abstaining from the vote.  Speaking to Ciara this morning was Walt Kilroy, Lecturer in International Relations at DCU and Associate Director of it’s Conflict Resolution Institute.
3/26/20245 minutes, 27 seconds
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What to do if you lose your phone!

Picture the scene: you’re out for lunch or dinner with friends, you head home and suddenly you realise you can’t find your phone. With many of us using our phones as our debit cards, mobile office and line to the world, it can be chaotic. So what should you do? Newstalk’s Technology Correspondent, and host of Tech Talk, Jess Kelly has all the advice.
3/25/20246 minutes, 8 seconds
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Warnings of a tsunami of retirements from the Gardai

There will be a tsunami of retirements from An Garda Siochana by the end this year. That’s the warning from the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors, whose annual conference begins today.   Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was Ronan Clogher, Deputy General Secretary of the AGSI.
3/25/20245 minutes, 42 seconds
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Concerns over the implement the new post primary school book scheme

Many post-primary schools are at risk of not being able to roll out of the School Book Scheme in time for its launch in September. That’s the warning this morning from the National Association of Principals and Deputies, whose Director Paul Crone spoke to Ciara this morning with more on this.
3/25/20246 minutes, 38 seconds
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Calls for an overhaul of Ireland’s divorce system

The government should introduce legislation for pre-nuptial agreements. That’s the call from Michelle Browne, Senior Family mediator with Browne and Co Mediation in Naas and Author of Scars of Divorce: How to avoid and achieve an amicable divorce in Modern Ireland.
3/25/20245 minutes, 57 seconds
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Is the cost of having fun rising?

Is the cost of fun on the rise?  Well, the latest CSO figures have found that Recreation and Culture activities have had a greater price increase than any any other division.  Our reporter, Josh Crosbie has been asking people if they are feeling the pinch?
3/25/20245 minutes, 2 seconds
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137 people confirmed dead following attack on Moscow Concert Hall

The Islamic state has claimed responsibility for a shooting in Moscow’s Crocus city hall, however questions remain about how Russia will respond.To get the latest on this Ciara spoke to Paul Rodgers, Professor Emeritus of peace studies at Bradford University. 
3/25/20244 minutes, 21 seconds
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Simon Harris said it was time for Fine Gael to “reset”

Simon Harris said it was time for Fine Gael to “reset” as he officially became the party’s new leader yesterday. Fionnán Sheahan is Ireland Editor with the Irish Independent brings us the latest as Simon Harris takes up his new leadership role.
3/25/20245 minutes, 9 seconds
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The importance of Daffodil day

Today, on Daffodil Day, the Irish Cancer Society are urging the public to Go All in Against Cancer.  Speaking to Shane this morning was Jed Van De Poll is the CEO of Metro Dublin and currently in remission from Multiple Myeloma.   
3/22/20246 minutes, 51 seconds
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Is it ever ok to be rude to a waiter?

The world-renowned chef Anthony Bourdain once said “if you’re rude to a waiter you’re dead to me.”  But is there ever a circumstance that justifies being rude to waitstaff?  To discuss we spoke to Tanya Sweeney, Irish Independent Columnist.
3/22/20243 minutes, 29 seconds
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Attitudes towards immigration and refugees remain positive in Ireland

Irish people are more positive about immigration from European countries than from further afield. That’s according to a new study from the ESRI.  Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast about the findings was Fiona Hurley, Nasc Chief Executive.
3/22/20245 minutes, 52 seconds
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All Things Considered: Simon Harris set for Taoiseach what should he prioritise?

Simon Harris set for Taoiseach. What should he prioritise? Shane and Ciara discussed this morning.
3/22/20244 minutes, 20 seconds
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We hear from Taoiseach-in-waiting Simon Harris

Further and Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has declared his candidacy for the Fine Gael leadership, meaning in all likelihood he will become the next Taoiseach and succeed Leo Varadkar.  After his announcement, Newstalk Reporter Barry Whyte got to sit down with the Taoiseach-in-waiting. Also speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was Hildegarde Naughton, Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health, Well Being, and the National Drugs Strategy.
3/22/20249 minutes, 25 seconds
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Britain wants a united Ireland!  

Opinion in England, Scotland and Wales now favours Irish unity. That’s according to new research from UK academics.  For reaction to this research Shane spoke to Dr Ruth Dudley Edwards Commentator, Historian and Author.
3/22/20246 minutes, 3 seconds
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Dublin goes darts-mad!

More than eight thousand people attended the Premier League Darts event at the 3Arena last night. Our reporter, Josh Crosbie was there to capture it all.
3/22/20245 minutes, 23 seconds
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The impact of artificial light on Ireland’s natural skies

“About 99 pc of Europe cannot see a natural night sky, never mind the Milky Way. We’ve allowed artificial lights to take over the world.”  So says Georgia MacMillan, Mayo Dark Sky Park Development Officer at the National Parks and Wildlife Service who spoke to Ciara this morning.
3/22/20245 minutes, 15 seconds
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What can be done to reduce deaths on Irish roads?

Almost 1,800 people were caught speeding over the St Patrick’s weekend.  However, one TD claims that the most dangerous roads are not being policed correctly.  Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast this morning was Martin Kenny, Sinn Féin party Spokesperson on Transport.
3/22/20244 minutes, 39 seconds
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Nominations for the new Leader of Fine Gael will open this morning

Nominations for the new Leader of Fine Gael will open this morning following Leo Varadkar’s shock resignation.We asked Barry Ward, Fine Gael Senator and Vice Chair of the Justice Committee who he will be backing?
3/21/20244 minutes, 47 seconds
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House price inflation on the rise

House Price Inflation has accelerated for the fifth month in a row. That’s according to new data from the Central Statistics Office.   We get reaction to this with Pat Davitt CEO of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers.
3/21/20243 minutes, 27 seconds
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Are Irish workers underpaid?

Nearly 2 in 3 Employees Feel Underpaid, according to Irish Jobs Salary and Benefits Survey. But are Irish workers actually underpaid?  Ciara spoke to Kevin Callinan, Former President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.  
3/21/20246 minutes, 44 seconds
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Government and opposition will react to a seismic day in Irish politics

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has dramatically stepped down from his role and as leader of Fine Gael.   But where does that leave the government? W ehear from Minister for Education, Norma Foley and also Pearse Doherty Deputy Leader of Sinn Fein.
3/21/202415 minutes, 13 seconds
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Is it time to have standardised sizing in clothes shops?

Clothes shops should have standardised sizes. So says Makeup Artist and Founder of True Beauty Makeup Aideen Kate who spoke to Newstalk Breakfast.
3/21/20245 minutes, 2 seconds
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20 percent of hotel rooms are now housing refugees

1 in 5 hotel rooms in Ireland are being used to house refugees and asylum seekers. That’s according to a new report being launched today by the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation.   Speaking to Shane was their Chairperson Elaina Fitzgerald Kane.
3/21/20244 minutes, 46 seconds
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The race is on for the next leader of Fine Gael

The resignation of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as the leader of Fine Gael has shocked political circles.  The race is on now for Varadkar’s successor but can the party survive?  Speaking to Ciara this morning was Jack Horgan Jones, Political Correspondent, Irish Times.
3/21/20249 minutes, 43 seconds
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What does it mean to be a parent in Ireland?

New Research out today reveals the stark impact of parenting in Ireland. We get reaction from Jen Hogan, Journalist who will be launching this event and host of the “Mammy and Me” podcast. 
3/20/20244 minutes, 25 seconds
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Report from Joint Committee on Assisted Dying due for publication today

The Joint Committee on Assisted Dying will publish its final report later today. To discuss what can we expect we spoke to Paul Hosford, Political Correspondent with the Irish Examiner and  Gino Kenny, People Before Profit TD and Vice Chair of the committee.
3/20/20248 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Enhanced Games don’t only allow performance enhancing drugs, they encourage it

One of the most thrilling things about the Olympic games is watching the greatest athletes in the world gather to break records and set a new standard in sport, but what if those standards could be pushed even further?   The Enhanced Games don’t only allow performance enhancing drugs, they encourage it and are set to host their first event this year. Their President, Aron D’Souza spoke to Jonathan this morning.
3/20/20247 minutes, 25 seconds
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What is vegan ultra processed food doing to your body?

‘From fishless fingers to tofurkey, many vegan substitutes are far from healthy’  That’s according to columnist, Sinead Ryan writing in the Irish Independent this morning  We spoke to Sarah Keogh, Dietician at Eatwell.ie.
3/20/20247 minutes, 20 seconds
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Europe recommends 100% redress for Mica homeowners

The European Parliament’s report on the defective blocks crisis has recommended that the Government sure 100% redress for those affected.    With more on this Ciara spoke to Fine Gael MEP Maria Walsh.
3/20/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Public dental services “in disarray”

  Five years on since the launch of the Government’s ‘Smile agus Sláinte’ oral health policy, public dental services remain in a state of decay.  So say the Irish Dental Association, who today have launched a position paper on solving the crisis in access to dental care.  We spoke to Eamon Croke, President of the Irish Dental Association.
3/20/20245 minutes, 44 seconds
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Should flavoured vapes be banned?

One in five vapers said they would return to their smoking habit if flavoured vapes were banned.  The new survey from Red C shows 90pc of vapers surveyed believe an overall ban could lead to a black market for flavoured vapes.  To discuss we were joined by Dr Garret McGovern, Medical Director of the Priority Medical Clinic & GP Addiction Specialist and Professor Luke Clancy and Director General of the Tobacco Free Research Institute Ireland and Consultant Respiratory Physician.
3/19/20246 minutes, 20 seconds
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Warning over ‘malfunctioning’ smart meters!

Thousands of homeowners with smart electricity meters have been warned the devices may be malfunctioning, leading to consumers being overcharged.  Charlie Weston, Personal Finances Editor with the Independent who broke the story explained many people are affected by this and what’s going on. 
3/19/20244 minutes, 32 seconds
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Parents struggling to secure secondary school places for children

Nearly three out of four parents are unable to secure places for their children at Ireland’s most oversubscribed second-level schools.  The most heavily in-demand schools are in south Dublin where as little as 20% of applicants are successful.  Joining Shane to discuss this was Barbara Ennis, Principal of Alexandra College, Milltown.
3/19/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Asylum seekers removed from tents in Dublin return to the site

A group of asylum seekers who were relocated from Mount Street in Dublin have since returned to the site.  We speak to Eugene Quinn, National Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland.
3/19/20248 minutes, 20 seconds
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Should we introduce carpool lanes?

Should we introduce carpool lanes?   That’s the question we’re asking this morning as part of Newstalk Goes Green, with thanks to SSE Airtricity, to find out more about Generation Green Home Upgrade, see sseairtricity.com.”  Brian Caulfield, Professor School of Engineering at Trinity College Dublin.
3/19/20245 minutes, 3 seconds
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Kate Middleton reportedly sighted, but is it enough to put conspiracy theories to bed?

Kate Middleton has been spotted with Prince William visiting a business about a mile from their home in Windsor.  So is all well with the Duchess of Cambridge after all?  Royal Commentator Jennie Bond gave her reaction to the recent appearance by Kate Middleton.
3/19/20246 minutes, 11 seconds
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What can be done to bring an end to the conflict in Gaza?

Famine is imminent in northern Gaza and likely to occur by May.  That’s according to a new U.N.-backed report.   Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was Sean Bell, Former Fighter Pilot, now Military Analyst and co-host of the Red Matrix Podcast.
3/19/20246 minutes, 13 seconds
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Conor’s Pass looks set to become a national park  

The State’s new land purchase of Kerry’s famed Conor’s Pass looks set to become a national park . Siobhan O’Donoghue, Director of Uplift gave her reaction to this.
3/15/20244 minutes, 26 seconds
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A Senator claims people are not racist for objecting to refugees

 A Fianna Fáil senator has told locals in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon that they are “not one bit racist” to object to refugees being brought into the area. Senator Eugene Murphy joined Shane this morning on the show and was asked why are the people of Roscommon rejecting refugees? 
3/15/20246 minutes, 18 seconds
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We discuss concussion in rugby

The first confirmed diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in a fully professional rugby union player has been made in New Zealand.   Billy Guyton, who represented the Māori All Blacks, died last May at the age of 33.  Professor John Fairclough, Former president of the British Sports Trauma Association and a spokesperson for Progressive Rugby spoke to Newstalk Breakfast this morning.
3/15/20246 minutes, 33 seconds
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All Things Considered: How do we tackle our children watching porn?

All Things Considered: How do we tackle our children watching porn ? Shane and Jonathan discuss.
3/15/20244 minutes, 16 seconds
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The latest on new ESRI research on the use of online pornography

Online pornography use in Ireland is highly gendered, with 64 per cent of young men and 13 per cent of young women reporting use.  That’s according to new research from the ESRI.  With reaction to these findings was Anne McCormack Systemic Psychotherapist.
3/15/20247 minutes, 1 second
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The impact of St Patrick’s Day festivities on Dublin city

The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 12 noon on Sunday. But what impact does the day have across the city?   We heard from Gerry Farrell, Operations Director, Dublin Town.
3/15/20243 minutes, 44 seconds
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PETA to protest outside Cleary’s this morning

This morning O’ Connell Street will be lined with people dressed up as geese and ducks..  But...it’s not an early Paddy’s Day parade.  Sasha Camilli, Senior PR Coordinator with PETA explained why they are protesting this morning. 
3/15/20243 minutes, 24 seconds
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Warning that fuel retailers will close if excise duty increases

Fuel retailers in border counties will likely face closure if the government doesn't postpone the planned increase in excise duty next month.   That’s the warning from Kevin McPartlan, Fuels for Ireland CEO who spoke to Newstalk Breakfast this morning.
3/15/20242 minutes, 33 seconds
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Gardaí arrested ten men in Cork as part of a major drugs operation

Last night, Gardaí arrested ten men in Cork as part of a major drugs operation. To get the latest on this Shane spoke to Ralph Riegel, Southern Correspondent with the Irish Independent.
3/15/20243 minutes, 30 seconds
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Romantic relationships versus friendships

The world would look much better if we put our mates above all other relationships.  So says author Raina Cohen in her new book “The Other Significant Others”   Aoife Dunne, Teacher and Content Creator gave us her view on this.
3/14/20244 minutes, 6 seconds
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The EU court claims Ireland is failing to protect its boglands

Ireland is being threatened with a hefty fine for failing to curb turf cutting. The EU court claims Ireland is failing to protect its boglands. To discuss further Shane discussed this further with Independent Ireland TD & Chairman of the Turf and Contractors Association, Michael Fitzmaurice  and Environmental Journalist John Gibbons.
3/14/20247 minutes, 35 seconds
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New rules for Ukrainian refugees from this morning

The Government has confirmed the location of almost 2,000 beds for Ukrainian refugees across five different locations around the country.  This comes as new rules around social welfare and accommodation kick in from this morning.  To discuss further with Shane was Nick Henderson is CEO of the Irish Refugee Council and Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire is a Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on social protection.
3/14/20249 minutes, 9 seconds
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Why are we having fewer kids than we used to?

Ireland’s birth rate has dropped sharply over the past decade to reach its lowest level in over 60 years in 2022, according to new EU figures.  Are we having fewer kids because we have too much respect for parenthood? We discussed with Wendy Grace, Broadcaster and columnist.
3/14/20246 minutes, 18 seconds
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We hear about “I am not a typo” campaign

42% of the names of babies born in Northern Ireland in 2022 are considered ‘typos’ by Microsoft. That’s according to research from a new campaign calling on tech giants to “correct autocorrect”. Cathal Wogan is a Spokesperson for “I am not a typo” campaign.
3/14/20245 minutes, 5 seconds
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Implementing the Circular Economy

Implementing the Circular Economy - Are We on Track?  That is the theme of this year's Irish waste management conference. Dan Cooke, President of Chartered Institution of Waste Management joined Shane on the show ahead of the conference.
3/14/20244 minutes, 24 seconds
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Israel is using starvation as a “weapon of war.”  

Israel is using starvation as a “weapon of war.”  So said EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell at the UN Security Council  Speaking to Jonathan this morning on the show was Karol Balfe is CEO of ActionAid Ireland. 
3/14/20245 minutes, 27 seconds
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HSE has issued an urgent appeal to passengers on Abu Dhabi-Dublin flight following confirmed case of Measles!

The HSE has issued an urgent appeal to passengers on Abu Dhabi-Dublin flight following confirmed case of Measles. Anthony Staines, Professor of Health Systems at the School of Nursing and Human Sciences in DCU spoke to Newstalk Breakfast this morning.
3/13/20243 minutes, 7 seconds
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We debate new radical plans to pedestrianise Dun Laoghaire

Living Streets, a plan to create more cycle lanes and pedestrian friendly spaces in Dún Laoghaire, has been given the green light by councillors. We debate with Lorraine Hall, Fine Gael cllr for Dun Laoghaire and also Fianna Fáil councillor Michael Clark.
3/13/20245 minutes, 50 seconds
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Soda Blonde guitarist Adam O’ Regan on why they are boycotting SXSW festival

Arts Minister Catherine Martin will be attending the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Texas despite calls for her to boycott the event. Irish acts including Soda Blonde, Kneecap, Gavin James and Mick Flannery have pulled out of the festival citing the event's association with the US military and the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.   Soda Blonde guitarist Adam O’ Regan spoke to Shane this morning and explained why the band will not play the festival.
3/13/20246 minutes, 30 seconds
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NHS have confirmed that children will no longer receive puberty blockers

The NHS have confirmed that children will no longer receive puberty blockers, they will only be available in clinical research trials. We get reaction from Dr Donal O’Shea, Endriconologist working with the National Gender Service.  
3/13/20248 minutes, 57 seconds
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What are your plans for this St Patrick's day? 

What are your plans for this St Patrick's day? Parade? Pub? Plane? Newstalk's Sarah Madden discovers why escaping Paddy's day may be the most popular way to spend it. 
3/13/20246 minutes, 7 seconds
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Is the government failing adults with ADHD?

“The Government has failed adults with ADHD” - So says Sinn Fein TD Mark Ward, who was highlighting that waiting times for these services can be as long as 4 years. We asked Ken Kilbride, CEO of ADHD Ireland are services struggling at the moment? 
3/13/20245 minutes, 16 seconds
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Calls for a ban on fossil fuel-ed transport advertising

People Before Profit TD & Climate spokesperson, Paul Murphy has launched a bill in the Dáil that would ban the advertising of fossil fuel. He explained why to Shane this morning on the show.
3/13/20245 minutes, 43 seconds
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President Higgins has issued a statement calling for a ceasefire in Gaza

President Michael D Higgins has issued a strongly worded statement calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. We ask this morning has President Higgins overstepped the mark with this one? We discuss with Gerard Craughwell, Independent Senator  and Maura Adbshed Professor of Politics at the University of Limerick.
3/12/20246 minutes, 42 seconds
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Will new EU legislation allow governments to use spyware?

The new European Media Freedom Act will not protect journalists from intrusive surveillance measures.  So says Independent MEP Clare Daly who spoke to Newstalk Breakfast this morning.
3/12/20247 minutes, 31 seconds
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Warnings that later nightclub openings will lead to more road deaths

New laws to allow nightclubs to open until 6am and pubs until 2.30am will lead to more trauma and deaths on Irish roads,  that’s the warning from the Road Safety Authority.   We spoke to Dr Sheila Gilheaney, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland.
3/12/20246 minutes, 24 seconds
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Are we over sensitive to Irish celebs being claimed as British?

ITV presenter Jonathan Ross has been hit with backlash after he referred to Cillian Murphy as a “British star” during the 2024 Academy Awards. We asked Ian O’Doherty, Columnist with The Irish Independent  are we over sensitive with this? 
3/12/20246 minutes, 47 seconds
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A call for the taxation of holiday homes

The CEO of Macra, Mick Curran has called for the taxation of holiday homes after it has been revealed that they are putting houses in scenic areas beyond the reach of locals Fine Gael Senator Tim Lombard's Cork South West constituency is one of the areas most affected by holiday homes and he spoke to Newstalk Breakfast this morning.
3/12/20246 minutes, 27 seconds
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70% fear digital euro will leave people open to cybercrime

7 in 10 fear the planned digital euro will leave consumers vulnerable to technical glitches and cybercrime according to new research by the Compliance Institute. Speaking to Shane this morning was  Paul Dwyer, CEO of Cyber Risk International. 
3/12/20243 minutes, 39 seconds
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New report 'the final wake-up call' on climate risks

Europe is not prepared for the rapidly growing climate risks it faces.  So the European Environment Agency has said in its first risk assessment. Speaking to Ciara this morning was Hans-Martin Füssel is an EEA expert on climate change adaptation.
3/12/20245 minutes, 39 seconds
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HSE has dropped a target to increase breastfeeding rates

The HSE has dropped a target to increase breastfeeding rates by 2 percentage points per year.  We get reaction from Lynn Carroll, La Leche League Leader.
3/11/20243 minutes, 37 seconds
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Could TikTok be on the way out?

Could TikTok be on the way out? President Joe Biden has said he would ban the app from the United States, if a bill is passed. Newstalk’s Technology Correspondent, Jess Kelly brought us the details.
3/11/20243 minutes, 25 seconds
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The fallout from the referendum ‘no’ vote!

The Care referendum has returned the highest ever percentage no vote of people who voted in Irish referendum history.   We asked John McGuirk, Editor of Gript Media  was this a surprise? 
3/11/20246 minutes, 4 seconds
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Henry in Hollywood a great night for Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy, a proud Corkman helped Oppenheimer pick up 7 Academy Awards. Poor things produced by Dublin based Element pictures picked up 4 awards including Emma Stone winning Best Actress. We cross live to Hollywood with Henry McKean who has been reporting on the great night at the Oscars. Also speaking to Newstalk Breakfast was  Andrew Lowe, Producer of Poor Things and Co-CEO and founder of Element Pictures.
3/11/202410 minutes, 35 seconds
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Hotels in Dublin four times the normal price

A number of hotels in Dublin are charging 4 times the normal price to stay this St Patrick's weekend. Niall O’Callaghan, Independent Kerry County councillor and hotelier spoke to Ciara this morning.
3/11/20247 minutes, 45 seconds
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Major photo agencies issue 'kill notice' for Kate Middleton photo

The first picture of the Princess of Wales after her surgery has been pulled by major picture agencies over fears it has been manipulated. Jennie Bond, Former BBC Royal Correspondent gave her reaction.
3/11/20244 minutes, 2 seconds
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Should you be concerned about accidentally overdosing on paracetamol?

The majority of patients treated in Irish hospitals for drug and alcohol poisoning are accidentally overdosing on paracetamol. That’s according to new HSE figures release to the Sunday Times.  Shane gets reaction to these figures with Sheena Mitchell, Pharmacist and Host of the WonderCare podcast.
3/11/20244 minutes, 43 seconds
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Cillian Murphy wins the Best Actor award at the Oscars

It was a historic night last night, as Cillian Murphy has become the first Irish-born actor to win the Best Actor award at the Oscars Ciara spoke to Hollywood Journalist, Jeanne Wolf on the great win for Cillian and others.
3/11/20249 minutes, 13 seconds
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Does Dublin lack spaces for traditional Irish music?

According to the Director of Brendan Gleeson’s documentary, ‘Farewell to Hughes’ , Dublin is lacking in places for people to go to for traditional Irish tunes.  Liam Ó Maonlaí, Member of Hothouse Flowers joined Ciara on the show to discuss further.
3/8/20244 minutes, 51 seconds
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Henry at the Oscars

It's the final countdown to the Oscars on Sunday night. Our man Henry McKean is there for us in Hollywood. Henry joins us now from the Irish American, Oscar Wilde Awards, where Cillian Murphy walked the green carpet.Henry McKean at the Oscars is brought to you by Aer Lingus.
3/8/20243 minutes
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Risk of poverty lower in 2023 but deprivation rates rise

Figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the risk of people falling into poverty was lower in 2023 compared to the previous year, but they also reveal an overall increase in the percentage of people experiencing deprivation. Barra Roantree Director of the MSc in Economic Policy, Trinity College Dublin  broke down these figures for us.
3/8/20247 minutes, 7 seconds
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Is it time to cancel International Women's Day?

“Please, no Barbies: is it time to cancel International Women’s Day?” That's the title of an article by Features Writer with The Times, Helen Rumblow who joined Ciara this morning to discuss her article.
3/8/20245 minutes, 17 seconds
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No progress on meeting between Eamon Ryan and Michael O’Leary

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary is unrepentant about labelling Transport Minister Eamon Ryan "a dunce" as an hour-long meeting between the pair yesterday failed to reach any resolution. With reaction Newstalk Breakfast spoke to Pat Byrne, founder and chair of Cityjet and Executive Chairman.
3/8/20246 minutes, 51 seconds
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All Things Considered: International Women's Day - Justified day or tokenism at best?

All things considered: International women's Day - Justified day or tokenism at best? Ciara and Shane discussed this morning.
3/8/20243 minutes, 46 seconds
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People Before Profit Councillor has handed back her tickets for the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

People Before Profit Councillor for Ballyfermot/Drimnagh, Hazel De Nortúin has handed back her Saint Patrick’s Day Parade tickets due to the unfolding situation in Gaza. Hazel told Shane why. 
3/8/20245 minutes, 7 seconds
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Better access to cancer treatments for private patients

A hospital consultant says he is having to offer his public cancer patients a treatment he knows is just the second best available even though a better alternative is available to private patients in Ireland. Speaking to Ciara was Michael McCarthy, consultant medical oncologist at University Hospital Galway.
3/8/20244 minutes, 57 seconds
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President Biden’s state of the union address

President Joe Biden gave his State of the Union address, a high-stakes moment as he looks to convince voters to give him a second term in the White House. We get reaction to his speech with David Smith, Washington Bureau Chief of The Guardian.
3/8/20245 minutes, 44 seconds
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We debate the two referendums taking place this Friday

Ireland is going to the polls tomorrow to vote in two referendums that would change the language on family and care in the Constitution. We debate with Brenda Power, Columnist with the Sunday Times and Irish Daily Mail and also Keith Walsh, Divorce and Family Law Solicitor.
3/7/20249 minutes, 49 seconds
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Reaction to the Taoiseach’s support of the controversial EU Asylum Pact

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has backed controversial EU plans to crack down on migration, denying that the proposals are the same as the UK’s Rwanda Policy. We get reaction from Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Labour’s Justice and Education Spokesperson.
3/7/20245 minutes, 52 seconds
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Are we guilty of spoiling our children with elaborate experiences and material things?

Are we guilty of spoiling our children with elaborate experiences and material things? Shane discusses with Jen Hogan, Journalist and Columnist with the Irish Times.
3/7/20245 minutes, 47 seconds
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Committee to recommend legislation to allow for assisted dying

An Oireachtas Committee is to recommend that legislation is introduced to allow for assisted dying if a person has a terminal illness and has only a short time to live. To discuss further we spoke to Professor Siobhan McHale, Consultant liaison psychiatrist in Beaumont hospital and member of the college of psychiatrists of Ireland.  
3/7/20247 minutes, 38 seconds
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A pensioner willing to go to prison for his log cabin

“I already have my bag packed. I will walk into prison knowing I haven’t done anything to anyone” -so says Tipperary man Sean Meehan who has been threatened with jail time for building a log cabin on his own land. Sean joined Ciara this morning on the show.
3/7/20246 minutes, 30 seconds
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Sex for rent bill introduced into the Dáil

Legislation to criminalise the sort of “sex for rent” scams first exposed by an Irish Examiner reporter has been introduced into the Dáil by Sinn Fein.Speaking to Ciara was Laura Harmon, Executive Director of the Irish Council for International Students. 
3/7/20244 minutes, 21 seconds
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An Bord Pleanala hearings into the Metrolink are currently underway

An Bord Pleanala hearings into the Metrolink are currently underway. Today the focus will be on traffic management plans, land and property acquistion along the route. Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast with his view of plans for Metrolink was Duncan Stewart, environmentalist and architect,      
3/7/20244 minutes, 53 seconds
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A new EU deal may see a ban on packaging on fruit and veg

A new EU deal will see regulation on packaging and packaging waste with the aim to tackle the increase in packaging waste generated across the EU.  We got the details from Abi O’Callaghan Platt, Policy Director at VOICE Ireland.
3/6/20244 minutes, 59 seconds
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Is Ireland a tax haven?

The UN’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Committee has told Ireland to shore up its corporate tax policies as they are hindering efforts to ensure wealthy individuals and businesses are not exploiting loopholes to hide profits. To debate this Ciara was joined on the show by Seamus Coffey, Former Chair of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council and Economist at UCC and also Christian Aid Ireland’s Head of Policy and Advocacy, Conor O’Neill. 
3/6/20249 minutes, 8 seconds
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Planned shake-up to primary education in 25 years

Sex education to be taught at earlier age is one of several potential changes, in what will biggest planned shake-up to primary education in 25 years.  Shane discussed this further with Dr Patrick Sullivan, Deputy CEO of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.  
3/6/20246 minutes, 29 seconds
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No country in the world affords women the same opportunities as men in the workforce

No country in the world affords women the same opportunities as men in the workforce that’s according to a new report from the World Bank Sonya Lennon, founder of WorkEqual gave her reaction to these findings.
3/6/20244 minutes, 54 seconds
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No ceasefire in Gaza

Three days of negotiations with Hamas over a ceasefire in Gaza have failed to achieve a breakthrough We get the latest from Eylon Levy, Israeli Government spokesperson.
3/6/20246 minutes, 51 seconds
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Why the ring of Kerry road has been branded an ‘embarrassment'

Fianna Fáil Councillor, Michael Cahill has described the Ring of Kerry Road an embarrassment and claims 70% of the road is substandard. Michael spoke to Newstalk Breakfast this morning.
3/6/20244 minutes, 36 seconds
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Results of ‘Super Tuesday'

President Joe Biden and Donald Trump are sweeping the state primaries. We get the latest on what was Super Tuesday with David Smith, Washington Bureau Chief of The Guardian. 
3/6/20245 minutes, 51 seconds
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The 'manopause' is real and we should be talking about it

From about the age of 40, men start to lose about 1% of their testosterone per year, which can lead to a variety of symptoms and issues. So what can be done about the “manopause”? Ciara spoke to Professor Barry O’Reilly, Clinical Director and founder at aNuMe medical clinic...
3/4/20246 minutes, 53 seconds
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Asylum seekers 'should be able to work from when they arrive'

Minister of State, Neale Richmond has said he wants asylum seekers to be able to work after two months of arriving in the country. John Lannon, CEO of Doras joined Shane on Newstalk Breakfast to discuss...
3/4/20245 minutes, 18 seconds
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Tallaght cafe Aon Scéal embracing the Irish language

All this week across the station we are going to be spreading the cúpla focal as part of Sheachtain na Gaeilge.Newstalk reporter Josh Crosbie set out to find Irish being spoken where you might not expect.
3/4/20244 minutes, 59 seconds
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Hamas member Dr Basem Naim

Gaza health authorities have said at least 104 people were killed and more than 280 wounded by Israeli forces as they waited for an aid delivery. Speaking to Shane this morning was Member of the Political Bureau of Hamas and a former Health Minister Dr Basem Naim.
3/1/20245 minutes, 23 seconds
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Open season for Deer Hunting has been extended

The open season for deer hunting in Ireland has been extended by three months for male deer and by one month for female and antlerless young males as a response to problems arising with expanding deer population We get a reaction from Denis Drennan, President of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association and also John Tierney, Campaigns Director at the Association of Hunt Saboteurs.
3/1/20246 minutes, 12 seconds
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We speak to Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O'Leary has called for emergency legislation to lift cap on Dublin Airport passenger numbers. Ciara sat down with Michael and began by asking him why he feels it’s important that the passenger cap be increased.
3/1/20249 minutes, 33 seconds
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All Things Considered: Seachtain na Gaeilge kicks off today

All Things Considered: Seachtain na Gaeilge kicks off today. Shane and Ciara discuss.
3/1/20243 minutes, 26 seconds
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Should we all make a better effort to speak Irish?

This morning marks the beginning of Seachtain na Gaeilge, which runs until St. Patrick’s Day.  So should we all be making an extra effort to use our cúpla focail over the next few weeks?  Ciara was joined on the show by Louise Cantillon is a Radio and TV Presenter with Today FM to discuss further.
3/1/20246 minutes, 19 seconds
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First Waste Management Plan for a Circular Economy launching today

Ireland's first National Waste Management Plan for a Circular Economy is launching today. We speak to  Kevin Swift who is the Regional Waste Co-Ordinator Connacht Ulster. 
3/1/20244 minutes, 6 seconds
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Over 100 people die in Gaza aid truck incident  

President Joe Biden has rowed back on his optimism that an Israeli – Hamas ceasefire would happen by Monday. The president said reports of Israeli fire on Palestinians crowding around aid trucks would complicate talks. Hannah McCarthy, journalist in Israel brings us an update.
3/1/20243 minutes, 50 seconds
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President Michael D Higgins taken to hospital

President Michael D Higgins was taken to hospital after feeling unwell at Áras an Uachtaráin We get the latest from Mairead Maguire, Reporter with The Journal.
3/1/20241 minute, 42 seconds
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College dropout rates have increased significantly

College dropout rates have increased significantly amid signs that more students are struggling with issues such as mental health, long-distance commuting and financial pressures according to new data released by the Higher Education Authority.  For more on this we spoke to Dean Kenny, Student Union President at the University of Galway. 
2/29/20244 minutes, 36 seconds
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Why Ireland is an ‘affluent’ target for international drug gangs

Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris has described Ireland as an ‘affluent and wealthy’ place for international drug gangs to target.  We get a reaction with Paul Williams, Irish Independent Journalist and Author of The Monk: The Life and Crimes of Ireland's Most Enigmatic Gang Boss.
2/29/20246 minutes, 29 seconds
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The leave Molly mAlone campaign

Dublin busker, Tilly Cripwell has started a campaign to ‘leave Molly mAlone’ - against the tradition of groping the statue’s breasts for good luck. Tilly spoke to Shane this morning on the show.
2/29/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Call for a public inquiry into the deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean