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

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

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

Is Homophobia still a part of of Irish Society?

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Should children be taken off addicts?

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Should children be taken off addicts?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Should it be the first option rather than the last?

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

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

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

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Do you agree with naming and shaming tax defaulters?

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Do you agree with naming and shaming tax defaulters?

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

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

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

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

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

Others named on the list included hospital consultants and hoteliers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I want to know what you think –

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is that right?

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

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What is an acceptable amount to spend on Christmas?

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What is an acceptable amount to spend on Christmas?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I want to know you think of this –

How much is acceptable to spend for Christmas?

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

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

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

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

Have a listen to what it says;

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

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

Would it be a deal breaker for you?

Or would you accept it?

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

Here is a hypothetical situation –

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

What would you do?

Would that be the end of the relationship for you?

Or would you try and accept it and move forward?

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

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Would you support a General Election in Ireland before Christmas?

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Will there be a General Election in Ireland before Christmas?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Would you ever buy stolen goods?

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Would you ever buy stolen goods?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After all, you are not the one stealing it.

I want to know what you think.

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

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