Nell McCafferty on Joanne Hayes ‘The tribunal itself was a terrible experience…  I think it was very anti-women, not just anti-me but anti-women altogether.’

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“Joanne was the anvil on which the new Ireland was hammered out.”  So said Nell McCafferty to Alan Torney for a report on the Kerry babies case, on which Nell has written a book, A Woman to Blame.  Alan asked Nell to set the scene in 1984 when Joanne Hayes’ life was turned upside down by the Garda investigation and …

Someone Like Me“To create that awareness early on changes attitudes.”

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The International Day for People with Disabilities was marked with campaigners in Ireland calling for the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In Dublin’s City Hall, meanwhile, pupils from 45 primary schools gathered to promote awareness of disabilities, with the winners of a national art competition being announced. Drivetime’s Della Kilroy was there. Sponsored …

The Ballroom of Romance ‘These people don’t look their age because they’re out and dancing and they’re great movers around the floor!’

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Dancing days are far from over for these elderly Irish emigrants in London – The Ballroom of Romance in Kilburn is single-handedly fighting social isolation amongst an older generation who feel that modern-day London has backed them into a corner without any viable outlets.  Named after the famous movie, the ballroom is regularly host to 200 London Irish, looking for …

‘Gay teachers…that’s an absolute foreign concept to me…that’s not something that would ever be talked about’

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70% of young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender  (LGBT) people do not feel safe at school, according to research. This week is Stand Up! LGBT Awareness Week which aims to tackle homophobic and transphobic bullying. It will take place in schools and youth services around the country. Mary Wilson spoke with Katie about her own personal experience of bullying and coming out …

Hoarding‘We’re not talking about people hanging on to belongings of loved ones who have passed away…’

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Have you kept that first Valentines card you received? Do you still have your school yearbook? Do you hang on to items that are chipped but can’t bring yourself to throw away? There are differences between keeping sentimental items and hoarding. However, there could be more to this than meets the eye. You could be a hoarder with very significant …

Garda Breath Tests“A Culture of Carelessness”

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A new report carried out by Crowe Howarth and commissioned by the Policing Authority has concluded that the number of false breath tests logged by An Garda Síochána could be 400,000 higher than previously thought. Mary Wilson and the Drivetime team took listeners through this development and were joined by reporter Fergal Keane and Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan. Fergal Keane read the report and took Mary through some of the main findings. He said that …

Acting with Tourette's“People will say things like cover your nose, cover your mouth, what’s the matter with you? Stay home if you’re sick.”

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Which career would you least expect a man with Tourette’s to choose? Acting maybe? Surprisingly, acting is the career of choice for Gardiner Comfort who has had Tourette Syndrome from a very young age. Reporter Colm Flynn met with Gardiner in New York to learn more about this condition. Tourette Syndrome, more commonly known as Tourette’s, is a neurological disorder …

Scientology‘It’s the secrecy that’s attached to it ya know…but certainly people came away apprehensive about the whole thing’

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Have you ever wondered what the Church of Scientology is like from the inside? Are you fascinated as to why so many celebrities have become members over the years? And why to this day it remains shrouded in mystery and controversy? Only last Saturday, the Church of Scientology opened a new centre in Firhouse County Dublin. It was bought for …