Mental Health Waiting Lists“Everyone’s mental health is under strain at the moment.”

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Barry Lenihan’s report on the effects of the pandemic on Ireland’s mental health services for Today with Claire Byrne is chock-full of the sort of statistics that, when collected and delivered en masse, are pretty shocking. Here’s what Barry told Claire about what he called “a significant spike in demand” for various mental health bodies’ services:  “Samaritans says its volunteers have listened for almost 73,000 hours since lockdown 1 last March, as thousands contacted its helpline; …

Perception of Time“We’ve really lost all the little cues in our life that help to keep us in time.”

As heard on The Ray D'Arcy Show

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If you’re confused about the passage of time, you’re not alone. We know that each hour is divided into 60 equal minutes, and each minute into 60 identical seconds; but why do some hours feel longer than others? And is the pandemic changing our perception of time? Dr Ruth Ogden aims to answer these questions in her research, as she …

Rise In Divorce Cases“You’re talking at the least two years before you get a hearing date.” 

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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Family law solicitor Marion Campbell has seen a recent spike in the number of divorce-related inquiries to her firm. The Head of Family Law at KOD Lyons spoke to Claire Byrne about how divorce proceedings are being managed by the courts in the pandemic. Marion also explained some features of the Irish “no-fault” divorce system, which may not be well …

Dog Poo on the Rise“It’s just very upsetting to think that people are so irresponsible that they would put others in a situation this dangerous.” 

As heard on Today with Claire Byrne

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5-year-old Evan Overfield from Celbridge in Co Kildare was hospitalised just before Christmas with a severe bacterial infection. Evan’s mother Kris told Barry Lenihan on Today with Claire Byrne that her son had been playing on his local green and accidentally touched some dog poo while playing.  “He had severe diarrhoea, was complaining of a lot of pain in his tummy and by the time we got …

Tech2Students“We’ve got to lift people’s spirits, we’ve got to get behind young people and tell them they’re great.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Remote learning is about so much more than course work for teacher Kevin Shortall: it’s about the welfare of the students and the wider school community. Kevin is Deputy Principal at Old Bawn Community School in Tallaght and a member of the pastoral care team, looking after the needs of 1000 students. He spoke to Ryan Tubridy about supporting students …

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

As heard on liveline

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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 …

Imelda May“We’ll probably be a bit tense to begin with and then we’ll just lose the plot and have parties constantly.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Imelda May celebrated the release of her new single with champagne for herself and mocktails for her daughter Violet. The pair of them got all dolled up and danced around their kitchen like mad yokes, as she told Ryan Tubridy over the phone from London. The Dublin-born musician also spoke about collaborating with rock legends Noel Gallagher and Ronnie Wood …

Dr Keith Gaynor on Hope“You actually have to work for it, find it, build it up, protect it.” 

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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At the end of his conversation with Dr Keith Gaynor, Ryan Tubridy calls his guest “a good guy who speaks immense sense”. It’s hard to argue with the host’s conclusion after listening to the clinical psychologist talk for 24 minutes, but when Keith starts the conversation by telling Ryan that he feels hopeful, the immediate response is to wonder if sense is indeed the right word to use. But …