Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin“I was quite worried because there was no way out of my office without him leaving first, you know?”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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For two years, scientist and broadcaster Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin was harassed by a colleague in her workplace. On Tuesday’s Today with Claire Byrne, Dr Ní Shúilleabháin took us through the disturbing sequence of events that eventually led to her colleague being convicted of harassment and ordered to stay away from her for five years. Dr Ní Shúilleabháin told Claire that she was speaking out about her ordeal because so many people go through harassment and don’t report it:  …

Sarah Donovan: Surviving Breast Cancer“It felt like a mandarin in my chest, it was that big.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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As soon as Sarah Donovan heard the word “cancer” from the doctor, she wanted to get out of the room and go somewhere to process what she’d just heard. She’d always been breast aware, even checking for lumps automatically while watching TV. It was while looking forward to a getaway to Lanzarote last year that Sarah came across a lump:  “In early May I was just in the shower as …

The Documentary on OneThe Hospital the Irish Shipped to France

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  The Hospital the Irish Shipped to France It was a time of black markets, rats, rain and mud — Europe’s world war was only barely over — when three Irishmen stood in a field in Normandy in August 1945 as the advance party for an ambitious medical-logistical operation in north-western France. One was an experienced Irish army officer, another …

Sexual Health Promotion“The ordinary romance they have mightn’t live up to this wonderful world, in their eyes, of pornography.”

As heard on liveline

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It’s not too long since poor Joe Duffy had to contemplate taking to the bed, such was the uproar among callers over sex scenes in the TV drama Normal People. Well, now the subject of human sexual relations has reared in beastly head again, as the Liveline lit up with people outraged over a leaflet from the HSE which seemingly encourages people to go online for their sexual activity. It all started …

Alastair Campbell“I hope that if people are out there who are struggling, that they don’t take as long as I did to face up to some of the things that you need to do.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Mental health has yet to achieve parity with physical health in terms of perception: there are still people and places where mental illness is considered a taboo, a stigma, a sign of weakness. But, of course, mental illness is just like physical illness – anyone can get it and it’s best to seek treatment advice from a medical professional. And, just like any other illness, …

Wendy Moxley: Head to Head“When my father walked into the house, you were walking on eggshells. It was terrifying.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Malin to Mizen. Head to Head. 610 kilometres. That’s the distance that Wendy Moxley walked in 18 days. “I did a bit of a mad thing, alright,” is the way Wendy put it to Ryan Tubridy on Tuesday. The walk was to raise funds for Women’s Aid. The aim was to raise €3,000, and so far the rolling total is almost €8,000. Not bad for “a bit of …

Meat Plant Workers“We have to take care of ourselves, because they are not going to take care of us.” 

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Today with Claire Byrne’s Brian O’Connell has been reporting on the continuing issue of meat processing plants and Covid-19 for a number of weeks now. On Monday, he told Claire that it’s getting increasingly difficult to talk to workers inside factories, as they seem to be terrified of getting fired for speaking about even the most basic health and safety concerns. TheJournal.ie has reported that …

Documentary on OneA Very Irish Coup

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A Very Irish Coup On the morning of Sunday, 22nd October 1978, the nation awoke to news that simply didn’t make sense. The country’s bookies had been beaten. A group of friends from Listowel in Co Kerry and Abbeyfeale in Co Limerick had spotted a way of manipulating the betting system into believing that a racing greyhound was so poor it …