Superstar Russell Brand is the latest celebrity to be hit with claims of sex assault by victims which would have once devastated his career.
But what is the likely outcome for the star from the sensational claims by four women who say he assaulted and raped them?
Has the media landscape of 2023 changed enough for Brand to survive being cancelled or will he lose his status as an outspoken comedian who is followed by millions?
Nicola speaks with Niall Donald about the scandal which has deep implications for Brand and those who employed him.
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Children are now being radicalised by drug gangs according to new reports from Europol which state that kids as young as 12 are being brainwashed to carry out serious crimes on behalf of older mob bosses. So how does that play out in Ireland and do we have enough systems in place to protect vulnerable children. Nicola and Niall speak with Criminologist Trina O’Connor about protecting kids from gangs. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4 March Finished
A supergrass trial ends in a not guilty verdict. The families of innocent victims Eamon Fox and Gary Convie, two innocent catholic workmen murdered almost 30 years ago are left devastated. A self professed loyalist killer turned witness, Gary Haggarty, is told he is unreliable and a ‘deeply flawed individual.’ And Jimmy ‘Shades’ Smyth, the accused who has already been convicted of murder and proved he was ‘happy to murder catholics for being catholics’ walks free. Nicola speaks to crime correspondent Allison Morris about the justice fiasco in a Belfast courtroom which will mark the end of the catastrophic supergrass trials. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2 March Finished
Notorious cocaine boss Ridouan Taghi has been jailed for life after a mammoth four year trial in Amsterdam but he leaves behind a legacy of terror that will not be forgotten into the future. Nicola speaks with Jan Meeus, an author, podcaster and a crime correspondent with NRC in the Netherlands about the one time street dealer who, just like Pablo Escobar, took on the pillars of a state. They discuss the criminal who formed a European Super Cartel with his friend, Irish Cartel boss Daniel Kinahan, and who believed he was totally untouchable. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
2 March Finished
A convicted killer has vowed to continue to agitate for his freedom twelve years after he brutally killed 25-year-old mum Anna Finnegan. Vessel Jahiri has lost his appeal against his conviction on what Judges detailed in a damning judgement and inadmissible hearsay, unsupported assertion and irrelevant material. Yet still, the 43-year-old Kosovan has vowed to fight on layering ever more trauma on her grieving family. Nicola speaks with Niall Donald about an evil killer who has shown no remorse and whose cruelty knows no bounds. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1 March Finished
Two Kerry men charged in relation to the biggest ever haul of crystal meth in the country have appeared in court via video link. Nathan McDonnell, 43, the owner of Ballyseedy Garden Centre is charged with the possession of drugs worth more than 13k at the garden centre between October 27 and February 12. James Leen, age 41, from Listowel is facing two charges one of importation and sale of crystal meth. Nicola speaks with Niall Donald about the latest court appearances of the two men. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28 February Finished
The daughter of an innocent man shot dead by the Kinahan Organised Crime Group directed her victim impact statement at the man known as Mr Nobody and told him he had taken her past, present and future. Donna Kirwan was making her comments at Declan Brady’s sentence hearing. He has pleaded to facilitating a criminal organisation in the murder of Noel Duck Egg Kirwan in December 2016. He is already servicing sentences relating to Kinahan weapons and money laundering. Nicola speaks to Niall Donald about the senseless murder of Kirwan and the man who claims he has hit the reset button on his life in prison. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
28 February Finished