Attack on a Cyclist“I don’t know how I didn’t break my neck.”

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“An act of savagery.” That was Joe Duffy’s description on Liveline of the attack on a cyclist in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains last weekend. The cyclist, John, was biking through the Sally Gap, as he has done many times in the past, when a car came up beside him. A man leaned out of the passenger side and pushed John off his bike. This …

Violence Against Women“You have no voice. You have no say.”

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Recent reports of violent incidents in Ireland and the UK, particularly violence against women, unleashed a flood of personal stories across media platforms and on social media over the past few days. In the UK, the remains of 33-year old Sarah Everard were found in Kent and a 48-year-old officer in the Met. Police has been charged with her murder. In …

PPS Fraud“The exploitation of the homeless was despicable.”

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When a homeless person is a victim of crime, they have an uphill struggle for justice.  That’s according to homeless advocate Alice Leahy on Liveline. She was referring to the actions of two former solicitors, Keith Flynn and Lyndsey Clarke, who were jailed for defrauding banks of almost €400,000. Part of the scam involved “buying” PPS numbers from homeless people. Joe …

Long Covid“It’s like I’ve lost 20 years of my life, Joe.”

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Long Covid is a phrase most of us have heard, but for many of us, it may not be really clear what it means. Patricia and Linda spoke to Joe on Tuesday’s Liveline, are both well aware of what long Covid is and their stories of what the condition has done – and continues to do – to them are chilling. The differences in the treatments they’ve …

Holidays Abroad“I’m appalled. I think those people are a disgrace, an absolute disgrace.”

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Una, speaking on Liveline from sunny Maspalomas in Gran Canaria, told Joe Duffy that she and her son had the biggest row they’ve ever had before she left because he didn’t think she should be going. He told her, when she spoke to him from the plane, that she was unbelievable. Now, Una is enjoying blue skies, warm weather and sea views.   “I’m in a private complex, where my apartment is …

Supermarket Assault“Next thing he’s out, right over into my face. Roaring and shouting and aggressive. I thought I was going to be decked there and then.”

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In some ways it’s a wonder that there haven’t been more stories like Michael’s on Wednesday’s Liveline. The pandemic has affected everyone in the country, to a greater or lesser extent. And while most people have done their best to adhere to the seemingly-endless restrictions, others have taken a more cavalier attitude. “It’s a weird story,” Joe says, as Michael goes on to explain the supermarket assault that happened to him …

The Missing Widget“No sound, no head, looked flat, tasted awful. I assumed it was a dud.”

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As the litany of woes to befall the Irish nation in 2020 continues to impact all our lives, one more can be added to the list, thanks to Liveline listeners, and it may well be the unkindest woe of all. Seán told Joe Duffy that, during steak night in his house last weekend, his second can of Guinness behaved differently than his first:  “Poured it. …

Amy-Maria, Stalking Victim“He would come into my house in front of my boyfriend, he would be there around my mother, so I never ever suspected anything sinister.” 

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Amy-Maria Dunne made the mistake of being nice to Eamon Byrne because she thought he was lonely and she felt sorry for him. But Byrne wasn’t interested in nice. Amy-Maria first came across Byrne, a fruit and vegetable delivery man, at her mother’s house. There he offered to come around to Amy-Maria’s neighbourhood, which she thought nothing of.  “He would call up an awful lot …