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Highlights from The Hard Shoulder

Podcast Series Highlights from The Hard Shoulder

Highlights from Ivan Yates on The Hard Shoulder

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Series Episodes

Music With Tom Dunne

Music With Tom Dunne

This week Tom joined Ivan to discuss the sad passing of composer Ennio Morricone, Paul Wellers new album and the three best streaming gigs to keep an eye out for. 

11 mins

9 July Finished

"No child deserves to be in a hotel over Christmas..."

"No child deserves to be in a hotel over Christmas..."

Ivan was joined on Thursday's edition of the Hard Shoulder by Darragh O’Brien, Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Fingal, and the newly anointed minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage. He’s been given, arguably, one of the most pressing portfolios in Housing.  That was certainly the case before the Covid crisis hit. It's a crisis that has not gone away, and Minister O'Brien explained what he intended to do in his new Department.

20 mins

9 July Finished

Nursing Homes were the "blind spot" during Covid-19

Nursing Homes were the "blind spot" during Covid-19

“I cannot highlight enough the immediate threat…at the home from Covid-19" That's just one of the remarks in email correspondence between two nursing homes and the HSE and Dept of Health during the early weeks of Covid-19, where the services were pleading for more assistance as the virus swept through the facilities.  Tara Winthrop in Swords Co Dublin and Dealgan House in Dundalk, Co Louth, struggled to cope with outbreaks prompting them to make desperate pleas for help between mid-March and the Easter weekend. The emails are a stark account of the pressure some facilities came under rapidly once the virus spread.  Tadhg Daly, the CEO of Nursing Homes Ireland, gave his reaction to Ivan on The Hard Shoulder.

12 mins

9 July Finished

"I don't want the banks ripping off the consumer..."

"I don't want the banks ripping off the consumer..."

A sharp rise has been seen in the number of households forced to get a payment break on their mortgage and consumer loan. According to a Central Bank report, a total of 114,500 payment breaks were granted to households up to the end of June. But there are fears that banks will increase the debt of those who have taken a break. Pearse Doherty is Sinn Fein's Finance Spokesperson, and he joined Ivan on this evening's edition of the Hard Shoulder.

16 mins

9 July Finished

Managing Hay Fever and Asthma

Managing Hay Fever and Asthma

Dr Dermot Nolan, Asthma lead of the Irish College of General Practitioners has advice on managing hay fever and asthma, and the link between the two. They're a common complaint in our climate, so learning to cope with them can make life much easier.

13 mins

9 July Finished

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