Independent stores affected by TESCO/MANDATE strike‘On Friday and Saturday, we were down between 70 and 80%.’

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Des Doyle is not a happy man. And who could blame him, given his business was down by 80% at the weekend through no fault of his own? Des is a well-known butcher in Greystones, Co. Wicklow, and runs an independent butcher in a shopping centre in Greystones, Co Wicklow. Unfortunately for Des, his store is one of a number …

‘Dad was found as a two week old baby, he’d been left outside a store on Oxford Street on London’

The Ryan Tubridy Show

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It is, as Ryan Tubridy said this morning, a curiously Victorian word, the word “foundling”. Defined as “an infant that has been abandoned by its parents and is discovered and cared for by others”, its currency has thankfully been reduced as the decades have passed and society has become less judgemental about the ways in which children are conceived and …

‘Fair play to him. I admire him for taking that opportunity up to play with the most powerful man in the world.’

The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Rory McIlroy’s round of golf with US President Donald Trump has been hitting the headlines, with divided views over whether or not he should have played. Certainly judging by the text messages coming into the Ryan Tubridy Show this morning, most listeners to the show seem to be on his side. One caller, Martin, was pretty unequivocal in his support, …

Lucia Lucas, transgender baritone‘If you have traditional puberty… the testosterone is high, the voice will drop. But there is no way to go the other way.’

The Ray D'Arcy Show

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The reviews for Lyric Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly at the National Concert Hall have been uniformly glowing, Puccini’s best loved opera coming to life with the brilliant Korean soprano, Hye-Youn Lee, in the title role, and the equally outstanding Irish soprano, Sarah Richmond, as her maid, Suzuki. But of all the principals, the role of Sharpless, the American consul …

Jack Whitehall‘If I caught fire would they all sit there and laugh? Probably’

The Ray D'Arcy Show

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Baz Ashmawy was in the Ray D’Arcy Show presenter chair today, and he was joined by comedian, actor and TV presenter, Jack Whitehall, ahead of his Dublin gigs on Tuesday and Wednesday at the 3Arena. Kicking off the conversation, Baz was keen to hear more about a recent gig in Leeds where the stage caught fire, unbeknownst to Whitehall. Having …

HSE data protection‘One x-ray report ended up in Penney’s in Mullingar with a sticker of another patient on it…’

Today with Sean O'Rourke

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It’s difficult to know which jaw-dropping nugget to begin with, listening back to Priscilla Lynch’s interview on Today with Sean O’Rourke. Priscilla is editor of the Medical Independent and over the course of six-minutes, she managed to condense some rather alarming breaches of private patient information into an equally alarming interview. “There were breaches of patient information, private patient information …

Self-drive cars‘It might be forbidden or illegal to have a human driver because they are considered too risky.’

Today with Sean O'Rourke

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We’ve all been there, I’m sure. Dealing with a technician, an IT professional, a techie helpline, trying to identify a problem with one of the many technological gadgets or gizmos that rule our lives. The customer on the one side, insisting the technology is not delivering what it says on the tin. And on the other end of the phone, …

Fearne Cotton on depression‘I wasn’t hiding it as well as I thought I was. I may have been professionally but not personally.’

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TV and Radio presenter Fearne Cotton joined Ryan Tubridy to speak about her experience of depression, and the book that she has written which charts her journey through the disease. “It was tough to write because obviously it’s very personal, but actually I found the whole process massively cathartic” Fearne admits that she has always dipped in and out of ‘having …