'We've past the point where it's feasible' for the Leaving Cert to go ahead as planned Image

'We've past the point where it's feasible' for the Leaving Cert to go ahead as planned

13 January - 5 mins
Podcast Series The Hard Shoulder Highlights

Secondary school students are calling on state exams to be cancelled in their current format.

The Irish Second-Level Students Union have written an open letter to the Education Minister Norma Foley calling for an alternative format to be found.

Kieran spoke to the ISSU President Reuben Murray about their call.

5 mins

Series Episodes

Shane Mullins on the impact driving a car drunk had on his life and how he's turned his life around

Shane Mullins on the impact driving a car drunk had on his life and how he's turned his life around

Shane Mullins was driving a car drunk in 2005, and he crashed. His friend in the car with him was relatively unhurt, but Shane suffered catastrophic injuries. He lost an eye, he lost the ability to speak, to walk, to swallow. And he had to re-learn and build back up practically all of his motor skills. 14 years later, he speaks about his journey and his recovery to schools and colleges, in an effort to prevent someone else making the same mistake, and his use of his system called D’Mess that he developed and uses as a coping mechanism. Shane joined Kieran on and show and told him about the night and you can find out about the D’Mess system - Determination, Motivation, Emotion, Support and Social life on his facebook page, facebook.com/dmessone Listen and subscribe to The Hard Shoulder on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.      Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App.    You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on Alexa, by adding the Newstalk skill and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'.

8 mins

22 January Finished

Does Ireland need to follow NPHET's advice more closely?

Does Ireland need to follow NPHET's advice more closely?

Dr Gabriel Scally joined Kieran on Friday's edition of The Hard Shoulder to tell him why we should be following NPHET's advice on mandatory quarantining and banning all-essential travel. Listen and subscribe to The Hard Shoulder on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.      Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App.    You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on Alexa, by adding the Newstalk skill and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'.

12 mins

22 January Finished

"As someone with cystic fibrosis, I find it insulting to be so far down the list for the vaccination"

"As someone with cystic fibrosis, I find it insulting to be so far down the list for the vaccination"

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland are calling on the Health Minister to give greater vaccination prioritisation to people with CF at risk from Covid-19. Currently the people who are being vaccinated are people aged 65 years and older who are residents of long-term care facilities (and staff on site). Then it’s frontline healthcare workers, followed by people aged 70 and over. Category four is other healthcare workers who are not in direct patient contact, category five is people aged between 65-69 and then category six is key workers; this includes workers in the food supply system, public and commercial transport and “other vital services”. Category seven is people aged 18-64 with certain medical conditions, so this is where people with cystic fibrosis are on the list. Barry Whyte reports.....

14 mins

22 January Finished

Shane Ross and Michael Healy Rae debate graduated speeding fines

Shane Ross and Michael Healy Rae debate graduated speeding fines

The Government has abandoned plans to introduce graduated speeding fines. This is despite legislation being previously agreed by Cabinet. Graduated speeding fines were agreed by the last government and would have hit motorists with more severe penalties based on how fast they were driving when they broke the speed limit. Kieran was joined on Friday's edition of The Hard Shoulder by former Minister for Transport Shane Ross, and Independent TD for Kerry, Michael Healy Rae.   Listen and subscribe to The Hard Shoulder on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify.      Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App.    You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on Alexa, by adding the Newstalk skill and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'.

15 mins

22 January Finished

"You feel it's because you're not sick enough, or not thin enough."

"You feel it's because you're not sick enough, or not thin enough."

While lockdowns have been hard on everyone, people with eating disorders have been particularly badly affected. Doctors and advocacy groups have both reported big increases in the numbers of people coming forward for treatment. However, they have consistently faced problems getting the help they need, and it has now emerged that no new funding was provided to a crucial treatment plan last year. Reporter Paul O’Donoghue joined Kieran after taking a closer look at what could be done to help those suffering with an eating disorder.

11 mins

22 January Finished

"I don't want to hear the word 'special' again when this is all over..."

"I don't want to hear the word 'special' again when this is all over..."

Newstalk's own Stephen Daunt joined Kieran on Thursday's edition of The Hard Shoulder to talk about why he gets frustrated with the language that gets used when it comes to people with additional needs.

6 mins

22 January Finished

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