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This time around on Callan’s Kicks… As Theresa May calls a shock British election, there’s a row at home over the maternity hospital while Leo hunts for fraudsters and Simon for councillors’ votes. Get involved on Twitter #CallansKicks. For more from Callan’s Kick’s, click here. © The Listener 2017Share this Post

Billy Keane‘The day of the old fella coming in, drinking 8 pints a night, it’s gone forever. He’s dead anyway, as he drank too much.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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John B Keane is one of Ireland’s most legendary playwrights, the man behind The Field, Moll, and The Chasitute, which makes a return to the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin next week. On Today with Sean O’Rourke, John B Keane’s son, Billy Keane, came into studio to talk about the play itself, his father’s love of rural Ireland, and how rural …

Protecting your health data‘The threats are huge. The ability of cyber criminals to get data, it’s no longer in the realm of the high-tech.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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You may remember last December, Meath County Council issued a statement saying there had been an attempt to access its computer system, in a bid to steal just over €4 million. It was a reasonably sophisticated attempted cyber crime, but thankfully, at that time, it was foiled. But cyber crime is not all about large-scale theft or fraud, such as …

Gluten-free diets‘Something in the region of 20% of the population is engaging in this food fad, as I would say it is.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Over the past few years, the shelves in supermarkets, local shops and food outlets of all kinds have filled up with products advertising themselves as ‘gluten-free’. You can’t miss them, really. They are everywhere. And they are, it seems, responding to a genuine consumer demand. As many as one in five Irish people are reported to be following a gluten-free …

National Maternity Hospital‘To suggest the hospital will be run under Catholic ethos, this is not true.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Two flagship RTÉ Radio shows. Two of the leading practitioners in maternity care in Ireland. Two extraordinarily divergent opinions surrounding the ownership and governance of the new National Maternity Hospital. That was the picture that emerged over the course of this morning in a story that will, no doubt, run and run over the coming days. The scale of the …

Irish Hospital Sweepstakes ‘Anybody who saw the Irish State running this and the head of the police being the man in charge, then it had to be honest’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Reader’s Digest called it ‘the greatest bleeding heart racket in the world’ The Irish Hospitals’ Sweepstake was a lottery established in 1930 to fund the building of hospitals in the Irish Free State. Though such lotteries were illegal in most jurisdictions at the time, tickets were sold in every corner of the globe, raking in millions and millions of pounds. …

Enda Kenny Leadership‘If Varadkar doesn’t jump, the momentum may be gone’

As heard on The Late Debate

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Enda Kenny overtakes John A. Costello today as the longest-serving Fine Gael Taoiseach, with 2,234 days in office. But his record-making moment has prompted new calls for him to step down. On The Late Debate last night Fine Gael’s Noel Rock explained why he thinks Kenny should go now but, as he stressed, he’s not a stalking horse nor is …

‘Being responsible for taking another human life, it’s horrendous… A piece of me had gone that night as well… a piece of humanity was lost.’

As heard on liveline

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There are days when Liveline and its presenter, Joe Duffy, come into their own, uniquely placed as they are to examine the human stories behind so many newspaper headlines that come and go over the years. Today was one of those days. Richard Kelly, convicted for the manslaughter 30 years ago of John Fox, spoke at length in an extraordinary …