Do you support the introduction of drug injection centres?

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Do you support the introduction of drug injection centres?

Dublin businesses have hit out at plans to open supervised drug injection centres in the city centre.

Local businesses have claimed the centres will lead to the decriminalisation of hard drugs, as well as increased crime and drug dealing.

The Temple Bar Company, the Licensed Vintners Association and the Restaurants Association of Ireland – who represent over 1,000 city centre businesses – are opposed to the plans.

According to reports in the Daily Mail, the three organisations wrote to the Government demanding a public debate on the matter last week.

Ministers have confirmed that the Government will go ahead with plans to set up supervised injecting centres to help combat the city’s drug problem.

One supervised injecting centre is to open on a pilot basis in the coming months.

It is understood there are three locations are being looked at for the first injecting centre, one is on Abbey Street while another is on the South Quay. A third location on Baggot Street is also being considered, which would prove the most controversial as it is reportedly near Dail Eireann.

I’m going to be honest- I hate the idea of injection centres. I think it’s a ridiculous concept to give drug addicts who can be drains on society a happy safe little haven to shoot up in.

I’ve said it before on the show I just don’t think it’s the right way to try and tackle our drugs problem in this country.

However, I’m not in Government so these decisions aren’t mine to make. And it seems when it comes to this Government we have very different opinions on how to solve the drugs epidemic.

I am going to speak to Martin Harte in a moment about this. Martin is the CEO of The Temple Bar Company and wrote an article about this very subject in the Daily Mail.

He believes that giving addicts a city centre haven to shoot up won’t work. I am going to speak to him in more detail about this in a moment but before I do I want to ask you what you think.

Do you think injection centres are a good idea or a bad idea?

Some people believe that it’s simply hiding the problem of addicts on the streets and will not actually solve the problem.

However supporters of the centres believe that something has to be done and we cannot allow addicts to die on the streets.

The basics of the centre are so that addicts can inject drugs in a safe, secure and clean environment. They will bring their own drugs but will be provided with clean needles.

There will also be nurses and councilors on hand to help them deal with and tackle their addictions.

Anyone who works or lives in the city can see what a scourge drug and addicts are on an otherwise lovely city. The same can be said for Cork, Galway and Limerick – unfortunately is it a nationwide problem.

I recently read a story of how a young boy is awaiting test results after he was pricked by a used needle. He will wait an agonizing 6 months or so to find out if he has caught something from the needle.

So clearly something needs to be done to tackle this problem – but is giving addicts a haven to shoot up really the way we want to do it?

So – Do you support the idea of drug injection centres?

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Should cyclists have to pay a tax if they want better road infrastructure?

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The vigil and demonstration ‘Stop Killing Cyclists’ took place tonight outside Leinster House on Tuesday evening.

Hundreds of cyclists lay down as if struck by drivers outside the Dáil in protest to what they say is the lack of road safety action being taken by the Government.

14 cyclists have lost their lives on the roads of Ireland so far this year which is unfortunately an increase on last year.

Should cyclists have to pay a tax if they want better road infrastructure?

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Is there anything wrong with a father taking his daughter into a public loo?

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Is there anything wrong with a father taking his daughter into a public loo?

I want to ask you this because a mother left viewers outraged on ITV’s ‘This morning’ after she claimed fathers should never take their daughters to the ladies’ toilets.

Journalist and mother-of-four Claire Muldoon said she would even consider asking a father to leave if he brought his daughter into the toilet, arguing it was about protecting women’s ‘modesty’.

She provoked further outrage when she suggested fathers should instead take their children to disabled toilets, even when they did not need the specialist facilities.

Dozens of shocked viewers took to Twitter to blast the journalist, saying her views made their ‘blood boil’.

One wrote: ‘Jeez what is the problem with a dad taking a 3-4 year old daughter into a gent’s loo if their little one need to go? Stop making issues out of things that really don’t need to be blown out of proportion.’

The debate was started after a Mumsnet user revealed how she had told her husband he can’t take their daughter into the ladies’ toilets because other women ‘don’t like it’.

Claire was invited to discuss the issue on This Morning alongside commentator Susie Jones, who argued people were being overly prudish about the issue.
Claire furiously disagreed, saying only women should take both girls and boys into the ladies’ toilets with them.

She also said that she would not advocate any young girl into the depths, the darkest parts of the male toilets because they absolutely reek. If there’s no facility with the ladies loos while not use the disabled loo? It will be quicker, there’s more room and the father can actually deal with it.’

I am going to speak to Clare in a moment but before I do I want to know if you agree with her.

Is there something wrong with a father taking his daughter into either the male or female toilets?
As a father, I know what those days were like when your daughter needs the loo and the missus or another female is not with you.

Do you let her go alone into the ladies or do you take her into the gents with you?

It’s a difficult situation.

I don’t know if I would have ever gone into the ladies toilets with my daughter because I don’t think if a grown man going in with his daughter is appropriate but I know that many men would take their daughter into the gents. Do you see anything wrong with that?

I want to know what you think.

So – is there anything wrong with a father bringing his daughter into the gent’s toilets?

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Should a parent encourage a child if they say they want to change gender?

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I want you to have a listen to this email.

Hi Niall, I have heard you discuss topics on gender before and used to listen with curiosity and honestly as a liberal person used to think why we can’t all just accept people for who they want to be.

That was until it came to my doorstep. Let me explain what I mean. Last week by 10 year old son came home from school and told me about how his friend Maria is now Mark and how he was told by the teacher that they all need call Maria Mark now.

Apparently Maria has been going through the process of becoming Mark without surgery and now the parents want the school to call her Mark.

My son came home completely confused and to be honest I didn;t know how to explain this to a 10 year old child. I went to the school to talk to the teacher about it and she said that the children needed to understand how society is changing and becoming more accepting and that Maria is to be known as Mark from now on as a request from her parents.

I left feeling frustrated because as much as I understand that this is a difficult time for the young kid and their parents trying to understand what is the best thing for Mark.

I can’t help but think that I do not want my young son exposed to this. He came home from school during the week and asked me is he a girl because Maria is a boy.  I told him that he is a boy and tried my best to explain this to him but it was difficult and I know he still doesn’t understand it.

I can’t help but think these parents are encouraging this behaviour and a young 10 year old cannot possibly understand gender reassignment and transgenderism.

I believe they should have told her that she is a girl at least until she got a little bit older.

I spoke to my husband and we are considering taking our son out of the school.

I think it might be the right thing to do because he is too young to be confused about gender and this situation is causing it in my opinion.

I would like to hear a discussion on this. Are the parents wrong to allow this child to identify as a different gender at such a young age? Or are they right to embrace it.

What do you think of this email?

Do you think the mother is overreacting wanting to take her son out of this school?

Or would you feel the same way as her?

It is a complex situation when young people identify as a different gender because as a parent you have to make a decision as to whether to go with it or tell them that they are wrong.

Either one could be the wrong decision in the long run.

What do you think a parent should do in that situation?

Should they embrace the gender change? Or should they stamp it out and tell them that they are the gender they were assigned at birth and not entertain it?

I want to know what you think –

So – are these parents right to embrace a gender change at such a young age?

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Should greyhound racing be banned?

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Should greyhound racing be banned?

A total of 139 greyhounds were put down last year after suffering serious racetrack injuries.

Of the almost 100,000 greyhounds raced at tracks in the full 2016 racing calendar, 427 suffered on-track injuries, figures released by the Irish Greyhound Board (IGB) for the first time have shown.

There were 81 injuries at Mullingar track, 51 at Shelbourne Park, 35 at Harold’s Cross, 34 at Limerick, and 21 at Newbridge.

The most common injury was to a dog’s hock, or ankle, and an IGB spokesman said injuries can range from mild to serious and that a diminished quality of life is the key determinant on which a track vet makes a decision to put down a greyhound.

Arising from veterinary advice, 139 injured dogs were euthanised — 0.14% of all greyhounds raced. Most of the dogs were put down at the Kingdom Greyhound Track in Tralee, with 18 dogs euthanised, with tracks in Mullingar and Dundalk accounting for 15 each, Longford, 10 and Waterford, were eight dogs were destroyed.

The figure is slightly up on 2015 when 95,127 dogs raced, 421 were injured, and 122 were put down on veterinary advice — 0.13% of dogs raced.

The IGB said control stewards carry out a track inspection prior to all race meetings and trial sessions.

It said “The track vet attends all race meetings and sales trials to ensure that appropriate care is provided to injured greyhounds and to advise the stewards on welfare,” i

“As with any sport involving speed and athleticism, injuries do occasionally occur and best veterinary care and advice is followed in every case.”

IGB welfare manager, Barry Coleman, said the board has identified best practice in track maintenance and these maintenance procedures are implemented at tracks nationwide.

Austin Noonan of the Limerick and Clare Greyhound Owners Breeders Association, described the figures as “an unfortunate outcome for all involved in the sport”.

However animal rights activists are shocked at the figures with many continuously calling for the sport to be banned.

Animal rights activist John Carmody said “The number of dogs killed on these Irish racetracks due to injuries is shocking and few people, I bet, are aware of it. There’s little the industry can do at this stage that will spin their deaths in any other way. Most people who go for a night at the dogs will be horrified to learn of this and I hope that they will refuse to have anything go to do with this industry that is appearing more desperate by the day.”

Today I want to know if you think the sport should be banned or if you think it is a sport and there is nothing wrong with it.

Supporters of the sport will say that unfortunately dogs will be injured or die in the sport similar to any sport involving animals or humans.

For example in formula one racing, it is a dangerous sport and some people can unfortunately get injured or die in serious situations. Yet people don’t call for a ban on formula.

Obviously humans can make the conscious decision to take part in the sport and people will argue that animals get no decision and are bred for the sport.

Today I want to know what you think –

Do you think greyhound racing should be banned?

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Are these Vigilante groups really taking dangerous individuals off the streets?

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Vigilante groups have struck again. You will have seen the news of a TV Producer being accosted by a group of what have become known as ‘Paedophile Hunters’. Now we are not going to get into the details of this specific case so there is no point in calling to make comments on this individual. The individual is set to appear in court in Leeds today.


But I want to talk in general terms about these ‘Paedophile Hunters and Vigilantes’. What they are doing is posing as underage children on social media and making contact will alleged paedophiles. They engage in conversations with these men and get them to agree to a meeting.


Then you will have seen the countless videos where the suspect is caught waiting to meet – who they believe is an underage child. They are surrounded by a group of people who video the entire encounter while they wait for the police to arrive.


Now we will ALL agree that paedophiles are the lowest of the low and anyone caught trying to have sex with a minor should be subject to the full extent of the law. However is what these vigaltes groups doing going to result in fewer convictions and actually pose a threat to vulnerable children?


The reason I ask this is because these men who have been caught in these honey traps are guilty of messaging an adult posing as a minor and NOT a child.


Many will say that is a good thing. Sure it’s naming an individual and exposing the face of someone whom their children should be weary of. However when it comes to trying to get a conviction against these alleged paedophiles it will be very difficult. What have they done in these fake meetings? They have not met with a minor, they have not spoken to a minor on-line and what they can hope to achieve is for the police to seize the person’s pc/mobile and hope they find information of previous meetings with minors.


This could lead to potential paedophiles being released due to the lack of evidence from the honey trap and more crucially it can lead to child abusers going further underground and becoming even more difficult for police to find. Ultimately some may say that these vigilante groups are making it harder to reduce paedophile activity.

However looking at the comments on social media it seems that people are highly supportive of these vigilante groups with comments like “Thank God for these people taking this scum off the streets”…”These guys are doing the work the police should be doing”…”One less paedo to worry about ion the streets”.


Are they right?

So today I want to ask you – Are these Vigilante groups really taking dangerous individuals off the streets?

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Should the age of consent be lowered in Ireland?

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Should the age of consent be lowered in Ireland?

For the first time ever, France is looking to introduce an age of consent. A minimum age of sexual consent does not currently exist in French law.

French law defines rape as any act of sexual penetration committed on others “by violence, coercion, threat or surprise”.

The definition does not distinguish between adults and minors for either the victims or perpetrators, although the potential criminal penalty is higher when victims are under 15.

The law only says that an adult who performs a sexual act with a person under the age of 15 “without violence, coercion, threat or surprise” can be prosecuted for “sexual abuse,” not rape.

A bill being prepared by the French government could set a minimum legal age for sexual consent for the first time, and the country’s justice minister said Monday that she thought 13 years old could be reasonable.

Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet told France’s RTL radio network that 13 was a “limit that is worth considering” for the forthcoming legislation, but noted that judges should also have the ability to assess whether someone was old enough to give consent in individual situations.

She said “The question of the age below which the minor’s consent is presumed not to exist is crucial, because there are obviously extremely shocking and unacceptable situations,”

One of her colleagues in the French government has said that a minimum age for sexual consent has not been set for the bill.

Marlene Schiappa, a junior minister for gender equality, said that the cut-off could be between the ages of 13 and 15.

Today I want to know if you think 13 is way too young for a minimum age of consent.

Personally I do – however, I asked a few people around the office and one of the people in the office said that there are a lot of people aged between 14 and 16 who are already having sex. Nowadays, whether you like it or not, teenagers are experimenting and having sex younger.

In Ireland, the age of consent is 17. Some people think that it is a little but too high considering most people will lose their virginity between 15 and 16.

Do you think it should be lowered to let’s say 15 or 16?

I don’t agree with France’s suggestion of 13, I think that is way too young. But 15/16 – is someone that age capable of consenting to sex with their girlfriend or boyfriend at that age?

Or do you think it complicated the issue too much?

The age of consent varies across the world…….

In Austria and Germany it’s 14.

It’s 16 in Belgium

15 in Denmark

It’s 16 in the UK.

So should the age of consent be lowered?

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Do you think the homeless crisis is a myth?

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Do you think the homeless crisis is a myth?

I know I have asked that question before but there is a valid reason for the question today.

According to the chair of a major State housing body, “homelessness is a dreadful thing when it happens to someone, but it is a normal thing, it happens,” 

In a recent interview, Conor Skehan said we need to move from a situation where we use words like “homeless’” and “crisis” continuously.

Skehan is the chair of the Housing Agency, the government body set up in 2010 to advise on policy for housing.

He said that “The word ‘normal’ is the enemy of the word crisis, but once you normalise it you can start to give people challenges to ask are we dealing with this as effectively as we could do.

He went on to say:

When we start to realise we are the same as all the other countries in Europe we start to start to take the emotion out of this argument, because emotion is the enemy of this. Homelessness is something that reaches right into our entrails and upsets us and worries us and we are so easily manipulated when we are in that state and what the Taoiseach is doing is dead right…

The discussion about homelessness in Ireland has been pushed back on the agenda, after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the homeless figures in Ireland are low in comparison to the rest of Europe.

The Taoiseach said:

“Obviously homelessness and the number of people in emergency accommodation has increased over the last number of years, but by international standards homelessness in Ireland is low but that is not good enough. We want to turn the tide on it.”

Homeless charities and those in the opposition have since come out to criticise the Taoiseach for his comments, and called on him to retract them and apologise.

Niamh Randall of the Simon Community disputes the Taoiseach’s claim.

She said the real challenge is “not comparing like with like”, highlighting that countries have inconsistent definitions for homelessness and therefore are measuring very different things.

It excludes people who are rough sleeping, hidden homeless figures like people not living in state funded accommodation, those in direct provision, and those living in domestic violence shelters.

Randall highlighted this stating the reports on homelessness, such as from the OECD (which the Taoiseach based his remarks on) come with health warnings that the measure used in Ireland is more limited than in other countries, and international comparison is messy.

She said homelessness is about people – their lives, their homes and people planning for the future.

Skehan was also asked what is an acceptable level of homelessness?

He said “The man from Nazareth said, ‘the poor will always be with us’. There will never be a night when a set of loving parents [doesn’t] show their heroin addicted son the door. There will never be a night when a woman hasn’t been hit for the last time by her abusive partner and finds herself out on the street with no plans. That day will never come,”

Tonight I want to know if you agree with Skehan and the Government on this. Do you think we need to stop calling this a homeless and housing crisis?

Or do you think they are completely misguided and the situation has become a crisis.

We rang around homeless shelters and hostels tonight to find out how many beds were available.

(insert figures here)

Do you think the homeless crisis is a myth? Or do you think it exists?

I want to get your views on this.

So – is the homeless crisis a myth?

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Would you get your family a dog for Christmas?

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Would you get your family a dog for Christmas?

It’s coming to that time of the year where children ask their parents if they can get a dog for Christmas. It may seem like a great idea at the time but after of few weeks many people abandon the pet.

Is it fair on the animal?

Listen to what the National Dogs Trust had to say.

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