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

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

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

Hi Niall,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who is right here- My sister or her boyfriend?

So what do you think of this email?

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

Who is right?

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

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

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

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

I want to get your opinions on this –

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

Mother or father?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Should we provide compensation for children of ‘Mother and baby Homes’?

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Should all survivors of mother and baby homes be compensated?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Do you have a problem with people showing ‘Public Displays of Affection’?

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

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

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

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Should dogs on the dangerous breed list should be neutered?

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

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

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INTERVIEW : Imam Ibrahim Noonan following the attack on his mosque in Galway

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

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

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

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

We do not accept responsibility for distress caused by our bad singing, rude jokes and the ‘Laughing Hyena’. Check it out 😉

And remember we are on WhatsApp too at 087-1880008. Send in your texts, pictures and videos!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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