'They need their special classes open' Finian McGrath on getting special schools reopened Image

'They need their special classes open' Finian McGrath on getting special schools reopened

20 January - 8 mins
Podcast Series The Hard Shoulder Highlights

The reopening of special schools and classes has fallen through for a second time this month.

Kieran was joined by John Farrelly, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Commission and Finian McGrath, former minister for disabilities to discuss the issue.

8 mins

Series Episodes

Why hasn't there been more investment in Public Health services?

Why hasn't there been more investment in Public Health services?

Peter Barrett is a Public Health doctor based in the south of the country. He's raising awareness about the lack of investment in the service, the fact that they don't have consultant contracts and how one year into a pandemic, very little has changed. He spoke to Kieran about the challenges involved and what would improve the situation.

12 mins

26 February Finished

Newstalk Dads -The birth and the first few weeks!

Newstalk Dads -The birth and the first few weeks!

Becoming a parent is a life-altering experience, but the conversations are often heard from the female perspective. Kieran - a doting father of two - invited back three fellow dads who will be familiar to you for our monthly conversation around parenting. This week Newstalks Tom Dunne, John Fardy and Simon Tierney discussed their memories of the birth and the first few weeks of being a father.  

15 mins

26 February Finished

"Nursing homes are a persons own home."

"Nursing homes are a persons own home."

Encouraging signals have emerged that suggest vaccination is leading to a fall in Covid-19 cases among nursing home residents and health staff. Tadgh Daley CEO of Nursing Homes Ireland joined Kieran to discuss why we need to now be looking at allowing visitors back into homes to see their loved ones.

9 mins

26 February Finished

Squeeze in a read!

Squeeze in a read!

Irish libraries have teamed up with publishers, booksellers and authors for Ireland Reads. The campaign is to celebrate reading and all the benefits it can have for our wellbeing and enjoyment. Author Sheila O’Flanagan and singer Brian Kennedy joined to Sinead to discuss their love for reading and what makes a good book.

11 mins

25 February Finished

Danny Healy Rae wants Kerry to come out of Level 5 restrictions now

Danny Healy Rae wants Kerry to come out of Level 5 restrictions now

Because Covid cases are so low in Kerry, my next guest would like restrictions lifted for the county. Danny Healy Rae, an Independent TD for Kerry and Gerry Killeen, who is the Research Chair in Applied Pathogen Ecology at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences in University College Cork, joined Sinead to discuss the merits of regional lockdowns and openings.

19 mins

25 February Finished

Mother and Baby Homes Commission recordings

Mother and Baby Homes Commission recordings

The Mother and Baby Commission has come under fire after it emerged audio recordings of testimony from almost 550 survivors had been deleted. Then last night the government said that, actually, the files can be recovered. But the opposition says there are still serious questions about all of this. The commission is due to be wound up at the end of the week, but there was a motion in the Dáil today to try to get that extended. Our reporter Paul O’Donoghue brings Kieran up to date with what survivors want to happen.

8 mins

24 February Finished

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