Life after 140 convictions‘I basically didn’t know any other way of living…I wasn’t shown another way.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Can you come back after 140 convictions? Is there life after prison? Aisling Meyler, Service Manager of Care After Prison (CAP) and John, a former inmate who now works at CAP, joined Sean O’Rourke. The service aims to reduce rates of recidivism in prisoners, saying that 60% of those released from prison will re-offend in 3 years. John told Sean about his first time in front of a court for a …

Child to parent abuse ‘What we do is encourage parents to see the behaviour as an uninvited guest or an infection…  The problem is the problem, it’s not the child’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Senior social worker and family therapist Madeleine Connelly was so struck by an email read out on The Ryan Tubridy Show this week describing aggressive behaviour from a child towards a mother that she rang the show to share her professional opinion on the often-hushed subject. “I was really very, very struck by the woman’s letter… talking about, it is …

Emotional Resilience‘There is a perception out there…that resilience is something either you have or you haven’t…I believe that emotional resilience is actually something we can learn.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Dr Harry Barry joined Sean O’Rourke to talk about the importance of emotional resilience. He’s written a book on the subject, “Emotional Resilience: How to Safeguard your Mental Health”. Harry says it’s about learning how to deal with what he calls “the big waves” of life – bereavements, work and financial problems, family conflicts. According to him, emotional resilience is the ability to “understand the emotions” …

Eithne Shortall on publishing her second novel ‘I’ve always been fascinated by the possibility of, can you will something into being.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Unsuccessful bids on 8 different houses left journalist and writer Eithne Shortall exasperated, fed up, but more importantly, inspired to write her second novel, she told Ryan Tubridy.  Without giving too much away, Grace after Henry follows the story of a couple shopping around for a new home when tragedy strikes. Waiting to go on @RyanTubridyShow to talk about this …

Cervical cancer scandal ‘The good thing about this story is that we’re being educated.  The bad thing is the obviousness of the injustice of what happened’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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“My first thought this morning… was here we go again,” said Ryan Tubridy, speaking about coverage of the cervical cancer smear test scandal. “By here we go again, I mean the state and this country’s bizarre and uncomfortable relationship with, to me, women and children, and this has been obviously illustrated down through the years in case after case after …

RTÉ Radio 1 Folk AwardsVicar Street, October 25th

As heard on RTÉ Radio 1

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RTÉ Radio 1 has today announced that it will host the inaugural RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards at Vicar Street on October 25th this year, with the event being broadcast live on RTÉ Radio 1 on the night. The RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards will be the first dedicated folk awards held in Ireland and will be presented by John …