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‘I was at Electric Picnic in 2007, took a pill on the Saturday night, and literally my whole life changed in that one night.’

Today with Sean O'Rourke

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It was an extremely honest and frank interview this morning on Today with Sean O’Rourke, with writer and food columnist Sophie White taking the presenter through some of the most harrowing turning points in her life, from her father’s diagnosis with early onset Alzheimer’s in his fifties to her own mind-altering experience, following a disastrous encounter with a mysterious pill …

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“Although we have a duty of care to our residents, the Government and the DCC have a duty of care to everybody.”

Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Rosi Leonard of the Home Sweet Home project spoke to Sean O’Rourke this morning as occupiers left Apollo House. “What we’ve done is we have ensured that there is safe and suitable and stable accommodation for all of those people,” she said. “But we will be continuing, however, to put pressure on the Government and the DCC to fulfill their …

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Water Charges‘What all of this proves is that civil disobedience works….’

Today with Sean O'Rourke

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“Never, never, never!” It was the refrain that kept Ian Paisley in the spotlight throughout the 1980s, and one which ultimately got him to the top table in northern politics, demonstrating to many that those who protest loudest ultimately get their way in negotiations. Civil disobedience, it appears, works. And on Today with Sean O’Rourke, the presenter demonstrated as much, …

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‘Mattress Mick has a factory, Mattress Mick has property… He could house them until the situation is resolved.’

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Quite how a mattress factory would be more suitable than Apollo House or other solutions as homeless accommodation remained a little unclear throughout a rather lively debate on Liveline between Mick Flynn, aka “Mattress Mick”, and Dublin City Councillor, Mannix Flynn. And when presenter, Joe Duffy, asked Councillor Flynn to expand on his suggestion, the councillor stuck to his guns. …

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‘Examine your conscience. It could be your daughter or sister in that hospital. Take a leap of faith. Go to the Gardaí’

Today with Sean O'Rourke

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It has been over seven weeks since Kym Owens, an 18-year-old student from Castleblaney, County Monaghan, was found a short distance from her accommodation in Maynooth with serious injuries. Since then, Kym has been in an induced coma in the Intensive Care Unit at Connolly Hospital, in Blanchardstown, where her condition is described as serious but stable. At this time, …

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Dr. Peter Boylan‘At the moment, we do have social termination in Ireland, except it is performed in the UK.’

Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Dr Peter Boylan, former Master of the National Maternity Hospital, has just retired from clinical practice following a long professional career dedicated to providing obstetric care to women and couples in Ireland, the UK and the United States. In a wide-ranging interview with Sean O’Rourke this morning, he spoke about how his thinking has evolved on a range of issues …

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Simon Coveney“We need to focus on the interests of homeless people in Apollo House. Everybody agrees that Apollo house is not a long-term solution.”

Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The Home Sweet Home group that were behind the occupation of Apollo House in Dublin’s city centre have met with widespread support in many quarters, expressed not just through a successful social media campaign, but in actual financial and other donations to help sustain the occupation. In other quarters, their actions have been dismissed as reactionary and publicity-seeking, with occasionally …

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Adam Clayton“It’s a very divided America at the moment. It’s a fascinating but frightening time for the world.”

The Ryan Tubridy Show

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U2 have always had an intensely personal relationship with the United States, embracing the vast and dynamic country from the outset, recognising both its greatness and its dark side equally, and reflecting all those contradictions in their musical output. This love affair was very consciously reflected in their 1987 album, the Joshua tree, and it was equally evident in Ryan …