Christmas prison release.‘Mountjoy is just crazy. All them Dublin boys in there, they’re off their heads on tablets and drugs and all sorts.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

Share this Post

As many as 5% of the prison population of Ireland will be released on short-term leave over Christmas to spend time with their families, many returning after the Christmas period to complete their sentences. Reporting for Today with Sean O’Rourke, Paddy O’Gorman met several people on the way out through the gates of Mountjoy prison in Dublin, looking forward to …

Frauke Petry, AFD Leader‘Merkel’s government has been criticised so many times by us, we basically predicted something like that to happen.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

Share this Post

The horrific scenes at a Berlin Christmas market on Monday night, where a truck ploughed through the crowds, killing 12 and injuring 48, continue to reverberate. Some in Germany, across Europe and around the world, will point to the massacre as a further indictment of the immigration policy of chancellor, Angela Merkel. This has already been the case, with Dutch …

‘Every terrorist cell globally, FARQ, IRA, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram …. as a primary source of income, have used counterfeiting.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

Share this Post

The massacre two years ago at the offices of the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, sparked an outpouring of solidarity and grief worldwide. I’m sure many reading this article reposted the ‘Je suis Charlie’ meme on their Facebook page, or spread the same sentiment in some other form. And I’m quite sure many individuals who did just that have also, in …

Dressing politicians.‘If Enda Kenny or anybody came in wearing leather trousers, there would be discussion about it.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

Share this Post

With everything that’s happening in the world, it could be described as a little sad that one of the biggest political controversies in the UK over the last week has been generated by a photo shoot in the Sunday Times featuring British Prime Minister, Theresa May, in a pair of leather trousers. In yet another overuse of the suffix “gate”, …

Glen Hansard on Home Sweet Home.‘We’ve got people without homes. We’ve got homes without people. Surely we’ve just got to get them together.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

Share this Post

Some of the best-known figures in Irish music and film have lent their support to the Home Sweet Home movement in their takeover of the Nama-controlled Apollo House on Poolbeg Street, in Dublin, to provide shelter for homeless people as winter sets in. Film director Jim Sheridan, actress Saoirse Ronan, singers Christy Moore , Damien Dempsey and Hozier, have all …

Drink Driving‘I am so sorry for drink-driving. I’m so glad I didn’t kill or hurt anybody.’

As heard on liveline

Share this Post

In what is undoubtedly one of the most powerful and heart wrenching safety adverts ever made, the human fallout from drink-driving is laid bare. You’ve probably seen the advert. It features Gillian and Ronan Treacy, the grieving parents of Ciaran, who was killed by a drink-driver at the age of just four. But other voices are also featured, the voices …

Charlie Weston.‘One in every 14 cars that you see around you on the road is uninsured. 7 ½ %. … 151,000 cars.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

Share this Post

If you’ve managed to retain a manageable level of motor insurance over the last few years, without increases of 30%, 40% and more, you are one of the lucky ones. Insurance premiums have spiralled upwards over the last few years, partly to do with legacy issues such as the bailout of Setanta Insurance, partly to do with the high costs …

Family home repossession.‘My youngest wanted change for Focus. He said, ‘mom, can we help a homeless person.’ And I’m thinking, ‘that could be you.’’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

Share this Post

It’s never an easy time to face the threat of losing your family home, but a week or two before Christmas is probably the worst time possible. The stress and pain that can descend on families in this situation is barely imaginable to most of us. But today’s report from Brian O’Connell on the Today programme really cast cold eye …