Are protesters over reacting to a clothing shop’s racy toilet door picture?

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Are protesters over reacting to a clothing shop’s racy toilet door picture?

Niall spoke to David James Kerr who owns a store in East Belfast of the same name.

His store is causing a huige controversy when people were calling for shoppers to boycott the store when they saw a racy but tongue and cheek picture on their toilet door.

The picture depicts 2 people naked from the waist down but you cannot see anything of note!

David explained that he has had the picture up in his shop for over 3 years and had no complaints – so why change it now?

Listen to what happened!

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Should a man have the right to walk away from fatherhood completely if it was never something he wanted?

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Should a man have the right to walk away from fatherhood completely if it was never something he wanted?

Today on the show we spoke about the repeal the 8th referendum. We heard from so many people with opinions on it ranging from women who have had abortions, men who have regretted their partner having an abortion and people’s views on repealing the 8th in general.

Near the end of the show we got a very interesting text on the subject with respect to equality.

Have a listen to it:

Niall, if a mother can make a decision to rid her unwanted baby… surely a man should be able to make a decision not to be a dad… after a child is born. Is it only women who have a choice? The dad would be a dead beat dad in my eyes, but what about equality?

I thought it raised an interesting debate on the rights of Father’s, or in this case the right to not want to be a Father.

On today’s show and for the next couple of months we will hear the repeal side say that a woman should have the choice on whether or not she wants to be a mother.

I don’t have an opinion on that, as I have already stated – but does a man get the same choice.

Let’s say a woman decided she wants to keep her baby but the man doesn’t want to be a father. Does he have the right to walk away?

By walk away I mean simply have no input into the child’s life, pay no maintenance and just pretend he didn’t father a child.

I know it takes two to tango and some people will say if he was capable and willing to jump into bed and do the deed then he should deal with the consequences – meaning the fact that he will now be a father.

But if a woman can have a choice about being a mother, shouldn’t a father have the same choice?

I don’t want to talk about repeal tonight – I want to talk about a different side of it – the father not wanting to be a father.

So I want to know what you think –

Should a man have the right to walk away from fatherhood completely if it was never something he wanted?

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Would you get rid of a pet for a potential partner?

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Would you get rid of a pet for a potential partner?

There is a dilemma I read online that I thought was an interesting discussion.

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It says:

My boyfriend has two cats and it has emerged that I am allergic. We are only together six months but it’s actually a make or break situation now. I react really badly to his cats and I don’t think he is up for getting rid of them.

I don’t know what to do here – I think if he is serious about our relationship going further he would get rid of them. Is it wrong of me to expect him to get rid of his cats?

What do you think of this dilemma?

Would you get rid of a pet for a potential partner? Or do you think it is wrong to even expect that?

We have spoken in the past about getting rid of pets for various reasons, a baby on the way or a partner having a fear of a dog or a cat.

It really comes down to who you would think is more important.

Would a six month relationship be long enough for you to consider getting rid of a pet?

Or would your pet always come first?

I want to know what you think –

Would you get rid of a pet for a potential partner?

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Do you believe in demonic spirits and the need for exorcisms?

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Do you believe in demonic spirits and the need for exorcisms?

Ireland’s most prominent exorcist has put pressure on the Catholic Church to assist with an issue that is sweeping the nation.

Father Pat Collins says that he has been overwhelmed by “an inordinate number of calls from people, and emails” requesting exorcisms.

Collins has penned an open letter urging Irish bishops to train up priests in order to meet demand, in which he pointed to “increasing evidence of the malicious activity of the evil one.”

Speaking to the Irish Catholic, Collins noted that, “It’s only in recent years that the demand has risen exponentially,” adding that he is “baffled” by the lack of demonic education in the priesthood.

Fr. Collins stated that anyone who dismisses the need for exorcists is “out of touch with reality.”

Each diocese in Ireland is required to have a trained exorcist who has the ability to recognise whether a case of possession is real or the result of mental or psychological illness.

In 2014, the International Association of Exorcists – made up of 400 Catholic leaders and priests – revealed that the level of global demonic activity had resulted in a “pastoral emergency.”

It might sound like something only found in Hollywood, but the demand is there – an exorcism hotline was set up in Milan in 2012, while 2016 documentary Hostage to the Devil tells the story of Fr. Malachi Martin; a priest from Kerry who dedicated his life to battling evil.

Do you believe in demonic possessions and the need for exorcisms?

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Do you want to Repeal the 8th Amendment?

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Do you want to ‘Repeal the 8th Amendment’? That was the simple question that Niall asked people today.

With the news from the Government that the country will vote on this referendum by the end of May, Niall wanted to test public opinion now so we can compare the results the closer we come to voting day.

So how will you vote in the Referendum?

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Should the leader of the country remain impartial on the abortion debate?

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Should the leader of the country remain impartial on the abortion debate?

Over the weekend Leo Varadkar said that he will campaign to liberalise Ireland’s abortion laws.

In an interview with the BBC, Varadkar said he was in favour of changing Ireland’s abortion laws.

This is the first time he has given his public opinion on the matter.

The Eighth Amendment grants the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn child – effectively making abortion illegal except in very limited circumstances.

When question over whether he would be campaigning for the abortion laws to be relaxed, Varadkar said:

“I’ll be campaigning for them to be changed and to be liberalised, yes.

“As I’ve said on many occasions I believe Ireland’s abortion laws are too restrictive and need to be liberalised.

Varadkar was pressed on whether he would call himself “pro choice”.

He would not give a straight answer and said “Again what do those words even mean? Every single person I know who says they are pro choice believes in some sort of restriction,”

He did say that he does not believe in late term abortion for example up to 38 weeks.

Some commentators have expressed confusion that the Taoiseach decided to give his views and stance on the matter for the first time to an international outlet.

It is expected that Varadkar will set out his full views on the matter – around whether he backs a straight repeal – following the special cabinet meeting today.

Today I want to know if you think it is appropriate for the Taoiseach to give his opinion and essentially take a side in the abortion debate.

I read some comments online about this. I want you to have a listen to some of them:

I don’t think it is right that the Taoiseach has publicly taken a side in this referendum. It was the exact same with the marriage equality referendum. The Government simply go with the populist vote.

I am pro-life and it is not right that I, a citizen of this country, have to read stories of how the man who is supposed to lead us goes against everything I believe it. The leader of this country should be campaign to save more lives not help end some. He is entitled to vote and have his opinion but he should do that in the privacy of a polling booth and not go against half of the citizens of this country in such a public manner. He does not represent me or my views.

Another person said:

Not right that he is taking sides. He should be impartial and represent all of the people of Ireland.

Not everyone thought he was wrong however, have a listen to this comment:

I am delighted that Varadkar has publicly stated his view on the 8th. It is about time we had people in power who stood up for what is right. Women should never be forced to do anything by the state and the current 8th amendment means the state has a power over a woman’s body. Finally a leader I can support fully as he represents the majority of the people of Ireland’s views.

I want to know what you think of this –

Do you think politicians and the Taoiseach should be impartial in the abortion debate?

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Should babies be taken off mothers in custody straight away?

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Should babies be taken off mothers in custody straight away?

Four babies born to mothers in custody in 2017- the highest annual number in recent years.

In figures provided to Clare Daly TD by the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, the four babies born to mothers in custody tops the three babies born to mothers in custody in 2016.

The seven births in 2017 and 2016 follow no births to mothers in custody in 2015 with three in 2014 and two in 2013.

In total, 17 babies have been born to mothers in custody between 2010 and the end of last year.

According to a spokesman for the prison service “there is a considerable level of support available for mothers and babies in the Dóchas Centre”.

New mothers are allowed to keep their infants with them in custody so as not to disrupt early bonding. Each mother and child are provided with their own single room with en-suite facilities in the mother and baby Unit on their return to the Dóchas Centre after giving birth.

Required items such as a cot, baby food, nappies etc. are also provided.

The level of maternity care provided to women in custody, including ante-natal care, is comparable to that available to women in the community.

Pregnant women attend a maternity hospital, and the babies receive the same care from Public Health Nurses as that provided to a baby born outside prison. The Dóchas Centre provides a 24 hour nursing service, and has daily access to a Prison Doctor.”

Once the child in each instance reaches 12 months at the mother and baby unit, the baby must then leave the prison leaving his/her mother behind in accordance with prison rules.

The Dóchas centre that has the capacity to house 105 female inmates is the only prison in the country that has facilities for mothers and babies.

As part of the suite of services to mothers who have given birth while in jail, the spokesman said that “counselling is provided to the mother at all stages of the transition.  Contact is also made with the social services in the carer’s local area to monitor the care being provided to the child”.

The service’s 2007 prison rules provide the structure for babies to remain with their mothers until they are 12 months of age.

Today I want to know if you think it is wrong to have babies in prison for the first year of their life.

I know that they won’t remember what happened but is it wrong regardless?

Or do you think it would be cruel to take a baby from its mother straight after birth?

I want to know what you think –

Should babies be taken straight from their mother in prison when they are born?

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Are you happy with the news that pubs will open this Good Friday?

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The Dail has passed legislation allowing alcohol to be sold on Good Friday.

The ban will be overturned as the Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill 2017 cleared the house today.

Junior Justice Minister David Stanton said that the bill, introduced by independent senators was good for tourism.

He said “Tourism makes a much greater contribution to our economy (than when the act was brought in) and this is particularly true during holidays, such as the busy Easter period.

“In addition changing demographics and increasing diversity in our population have led to a reduction in traditional religious practice.

“Taking all these factors into consideration the Government considered that it was an opportune time to have an examination of the Good Friday restrictions.”

The law will be signed by President Michael D Higgins next week and be in effect for this Good Friday.

The prohibition was originally included in the Intoxicating Liquor Act, 1927, which set out closures for three days – Good Friday, Christmas Day and St Patrick’s Day. The St Patrick’s Day ban was lifted in 1960.

The two days that pubs are closed are two of the most significant in the Christian calendar, marking the birth and death of Jesus.

The closure is meant to be used as a mark of temperance and something of mourning for the church.

But the independent Senator Billy Lawless, who proposed the bill, last year hailed its passing as “another progressive step in Ireland’s long journey of separation between Church and State”.

Publicans have estimated they lose between €30 and €40 million by closing on Good Friday.

Independent TDs Maureen O’Sullivan and Mattie McGrath were against the amendment, with O’Sullivan called for “a few Good Fridays” during the year and McGrath saying “Good Friday is the only day when publicans can take a breather”.

Tonight I simply want to know – are you happy about this?

I read through some comments online and I was quite surprised at the amount of people who weren’t.

In all the years I have spoken about Good Friday, the majority of people have always wanted pubs to open.

However, when I look through the comments, it’s like you can’t please people. So many people commented saying that the law should have been left as is and that we didn’t need another day in this country when the pubs are open.

Tonight I want to get your opinions –

So – are you happy with the news that pubs will open this Good Friday?

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Were Leo Varadkar’s comments that people should ask their parents for money to get a mortgage?

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Leo Varadkar has caused quite a storm when he suggested people trying to get a mortgage can get money from their parents.

His comments have been labelled insensitive comments and he has been accused of letting the ‘mask slip’.

He was criticised by Labour leader Brendan Howlin after he suggested during Leaders’ Questions with Mr Howlin that young people should just go to the ‘Bank of Mom and Dad’ for the huge lump sums needed for a mortgage deposit.

Tens of thousands of people are caught in a trap where they can nowhere near afford a deposit for a new home because of the existing massive costs of rent and living in Ireland today.

Mr Varadkar was addressing the affordability of homes when he said that people could get the money needed from their parents, but this is sure to have angered tens of thousands out there struggling desperately to scramble together a deposit.

Mr. Howlin told the Irish Mirror that the mask slipped from privileged Leo today in the Dáil.

He went on to say that Not all our parents can afford to sign a check for a house deposit and that for most working families, 20 or 25 thousand euro is an unachievable fortune,”

The new scheme is designed to assist families already refused by banks and building societies for a mortgage.

Howlin said “The Government expects these families to continue to pay an exorbitant rent, and be in a position to put together 20 thousand euro for a deposit.

Under the affordable housing scheme that was being discussed, first-time buyers can apply to local authorities for a low-interest loan if they can prove they have had two refusals from other lending institutions.

The Taoiseach predicted the new initiative, called The Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan, could be something that is expanded in a number of months if it is successful.

But he added that “it’s always been the case” that people raised money for their mortgage deposits in a range of different ways.

He said: “It’s always been the case that to buy a house, you need to raise a deposit, people do it in lots of different ways.

“Sometimes people go abroad for a period, or they get money from their parents – as lots of us did – or they get money through other loans.

“Sometimes they may stay at home for a period and raise a deposit in that way.”

However, People before Profit TD Richard Boyd-Barrett hit out at the Taoiseach’s comments, saying that his suggestions were “scandalous”.

Today I want to know what you think of the Taoiseach’s comments.

Are you currently trying to save for a mortgage? I want to hear your views on this.

Some people think he doesn’t deserve to be lambasted for his views because the fact is that people do have to save for their mortgage.

However, others say that his comments are insulting because as Taoiseach of the country he has no idea what it is like to try to live, work and save between 25 and 30 grand.

I want to know what you think –

Do you think Leo’s comments were out of order?

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