Is it O.K. to take your children out of school to go on holidays?

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Is it O.K. to take your children out of school to go on holidays?

Family holidays are so expensive during peak periods that some parents take their children on holiday during the school term.

Many said they had no problem doing this but others said that it doing damage to children’s education.

What do you think?

Listen to what people had to say.

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Ibrahim Halawa Interview – The story about what he is facing since returning home

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Niall had Ibrahim Halawa in the studio to talk about his time that he spent in prison in Egypt, the sequence of events leading up to his improsonment and what has happened him since returning to his home in Dublin.

We were shocked to learn about the death threats that Ibrahim has received since coming back to Ireland.

This is a must listen to podcast!

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Is deer culling in Dublin’s Phoenix Park cruel?

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A sniper was hired to cull some 200 deer in Dublin’s Phoenix Park in an effort to keep the herd numbers under control.

Some people thought there could be a better way to manage the number of deer in the national park without having to kill the deer. Others said it was necessary and people need to stop complaining about this common practice.

Niall asked if you supported the deer culling? Animal activists had a very strong opinion in the issue.

Take a listen.

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Should students be allowed to opt out of religion classes in school?

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The government is proposing that students who want to opt out of religion calsses in schhol should be taught another subject instaead of supervised study.

Niall asked if you would support such an initiative.

Listen to what you had to say on the subject.

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Is it irresponsible for parents to let their daughters go to a school disco dressed provocatively?

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Is it irresponsible for parents to let their daughters go to a school disco dressed provocatively?

That was the question that a listener posed to Niall. A mother told us how she saw 14 year old girls wearing “bra tops” to a disco. She felt that it was totally inappropriate for a child to be dressed like this.

Does this mother have a point? Is it wrong for young girls to be dressed so provocatively or is this just the style of the 21st century and parents should teach their children to be sensible?

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Is it fair to ask people to pay for excessive water use?

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Irish Water has confirmed that plans are in place to introduce excess water charges from next year.

A report from the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) confirmed the suspension of water charges would continue until December 31st, 2018.

Excess use charges will not begin until January 1st, 2019, “at the earliest” while bills for excess use charges will not be issued until July 1st next year “at the earliest”.

Charges to domestic customers will only apply when water in excess of 213,000 litres per year is used.

The CRU said there will be no charges to domestic customers in any circumstances in 2018.

The rules and processes relating to excess use charges will be determined by the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy.

Irish Water said a public consultation would be carried out to determine what constitutes excess usage.

In a statement Irish water said “The Water Charges Plan clarifies that there will be no charges for water services for domestic customers in 2018; provides that excess use charges will apply from 2019; advises that detail regarding excess-use charge levels, commencement dates and associated rules and processes will be agreed with the Minister and the CRU and provided in a later version of the water charges plan,”

However, Solidarity TD Paul Murphy has said the introduction of excess water charges starting from next year could lead to a reintroduction of water charges in the future.

He said “Irish Water plans to charge for water from next January “will come as no surprise to those following the debates in the Dáil”.

In a statement he went on to say “Clearly, any excessive usage charges would only be the thin edge of the wedge in attempting to reintroduce water charges for all,” he said in a statement.

“However, there is a world of difference between Irish Water’s plan for charges and their actual implementation. Water charges remain politically completely toxic.”

Mr Murphy said the implementation will be met with “mass opposition” from people who had campaigned against the introduction of water charges.

I am going to speak to Paul Murphy in a moment but before I do I want to ask you if you would be happy paying for excessive water use or if you will be taking to the streets again.

Many people hailed the end to water charges as a victory for those who protested. Now they are threatening to return to the streets if we’re charged for excess use.

Will you be taking to the streets? Or do you agree with paying for excessive use?

So – do you think it is fair to ask people to pay for excessive water use?

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Should children under the age of 14 be allowed to have a mobile phone & Internet access? low?

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According to new research children in Ireland are putting themselves at risk by contacting strangers online.

Figures released today by CyberSafeIreland, the children’s internet safety charity, show that one-third of children regularly contact strangers online.

The research, which surveyed 1,500 children aged between 8 and 13 from September to November 2017, also found that over one-third of children rarely or never talk to their parents about online safety.

Of this group without parental engagement, over 34% are in regular contact with a stranger online and 50% use social media and messaging apps that are meant to be inaccessible to users under 13 years of age.

The survey found that 67% of children aged between 8 and 13 own a smartphone and over a quarter (28%) are spending more than two hours per day online, with widespread (69%) use of social media and messaging apps like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.

Ahead of Safer Internet Day, which is happening today, a leaflet with advice about keeping children safe online – covering privacy and health concerns – was sent to all primary schools across the country.

I am going to speak to Avril Ronan from Cybersafe Ireland about keeping kids safe online but before I do I want to ask you about children having access to the internt and if you think it should be limited to a certain age.

Last week, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar defended the government’s decision to set the digital age of consent at 13, saying it was based on advice from children’s charities and the Children’s Ombudsman.

However, he said he understands that the issue is a cause of concern for parents.

The digital age of consent, which was agreed by the Cabinet last summer, refers to the age from which it is legal for data controllers to hold data gathered on children and teenagers. For children under the age of 13, parental consent will be required.

It could be argued that 13 has been the de facto age of digital consent for some time in Ireland – it’s the minimum age for setting up a Facebook account, for example. However, the age had to be officially set before the EU General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect on 25 May 2018.

Keeping children safe online has been in the spotlight recently after a number of high profile cases, and Communications Minister Denis Naughten recently said the government is moving towards appointing a Digital Safety Commissioner.

The Government are also going to examine proposals for age limits on smartphones. Varadkar said an age limit for the devices was definitely something he will give consideration to and examine.

Today I want to know if you think under 14s should be banned from the internet and from having a smart phone.

Or so you think that is too restrictive?

It has been argued in the past that teenagers do not fully understand the ramifications of posting online for the world to see. The dangers of bullying, revenge porn, and in very extreme cases suicide is something linked to the internet that we cannot ignore.

So – should we keep them away from the internet and social media for as long as we possibly can?

Or do you think we need to embrace social media and the internet and let children be a part of it.

I want to know what you think –

So – do you think the digital age of consent being set at 13 is too low?

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Should adopted children be allowed to know the identity of their biological parents?

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Niall asked if adopted children should be allowed to know the identity of their biological parents?

He spoke of his own personal experience of being adopted.

You don’t want to miss this podcast.

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Is there anything wrong with getting a prostitute for your son?

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Well this one had us debating in the office today. Have a listen to this email we received.

Niall,

Have a problem with my son need you to help make the wife see sense.

My oldest lad is turning 21 and well… let’s just say he’s not cut from the same cloth as me. I was your typical jack the lad growing up but my son literally sits in his room playing play station when he isn’t at his part time job. He isn’t into the pub or nightclubs and literally has no idea how to speak to women.

There’s never been a girl round the house or even a mention of one on the scene.

Anyways to cut a story short I’m fairly sure my lad hasn’t lost his virginity yet- and I think as a man coming up to 21 there’s something wrong with that. I have spoken to him about it and he said he is just shy and not comfortable around girls.

So for his birthday I want to get him sorted- so if he’s embarrassed about the whole thing it might take the pressure off and give him some confidence.

I think it’s time to bring in a professional if you know what I mean. I was thinking of booking a lad’s weekend to Amsterdam and basically just letting him have fun.

Was talking to the wife about it and she’s hit the roof- thinks I’m being insensitive and irresponsible. But the lads an adult- I don’t see any problem with getting him a prostitute if it makes it easier for him to seal the deal and then meet proper girls in the long run. I don’t want my son to be a virgin at 21 or worse, older.

What do you reckon? Is the wife right or am I?

Look- he’s dead right no man I know would have wanted to be a virgin at 21.

But is getting your son a prostitute really the solution?

If I think back to my youth, I think I would have been horrified if my father suggested a weekend in Amsterdam with prostitutes.

But it was a different time and maybe these days parents are more liberal.

What do you think? Is there anything wrong with getting a prostitute for your son?

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