Inheriting the farm‘I don’t want it back, I’ve just given it to you’

Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Over the last few decades, with increasing urbanisation, the rapid expansion of the capital, and industrial policy focused on science, technology and foreign direct investment, fewer young people are willing to, or in a position to, take over farms left to them either by parents or relatives. And sometimes, when elderly farmers write their wills and pass their farms on …

‘When it was first built, 50 years ago, it couldn’t actually accommodate the people…. Now, we need about a fifth of it.’

Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Those words, spoken by Finglas parish priest, Fr Éamonn Cahill, could probably be repeated by many local clerics across the country as the stark reality of falling church attendance hits home. Fr. Cahill was speaking to Paddy O’Gorman, as he reported for Today with Sean O’Rourke on the closure of one of the largest churches in Dublin, the Church of …

Mark Simpson on Karen Matthews‘I’m the mug that believed her’

The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Journalist Mark Simpson spoke with Ryan Tubridy about the case of Shannon Matthews. Her story is currently at the centre of BBC dramatisation “The Moorside” focusing on the hoax kidnapping of the 9 year old in 2008. Mark was the first journalist to get an interview with her mother Karen at the time. “I looked in to her eyes and …