Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh“People who were doing very well are completely in trouble now.”

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Among workers, the Coronavirus pandemic has hit artists particularly badly. Usually self-employed or sole traders, musicians, actors, writers and directors tend to rely on regular planned or unplanned short-term engagements to keep the cashflow… well, flowing. But many arts practitioners cannot work now due to the Covid-19 restrictions and the supports that are available to them can be difficult to …

Wordsworth at 250“His poems celebrate and honour ordinary people.”

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250 years before the pandemic, the man who will forever be associated with daffodils was born in the Lake District in England. William Wordsworth (for it is he) was the second of five children and his early life was the stuff of a streaming mini-series: separated from his beloved sister at 8, orphaned at 13, child out of wedlock at …

Domestic Abuse“It’s incredibly difficult for families, who might have gone out to meet family or friends, to kind of get away from the tensions in their household.”

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Spending so much time at home isn’t easy for anyone, but it poses particular challenges for those experiencing domestic abuse. That’s according to two experts speaking to Seán O’Rourke today; Caitríona O’Neill, a social worker with Cork’s Cuanlee refuge for women and children affected by domestic violence and Family Law solicitor Catherine Ghent. Pandemic conditions have introduced significant changes in …

Coronavirus in Italy and Sweden“I haven’t heard a child in weeks. They’re all locked away.”

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The news from Italy is stark: the country is now the world’s epicentre for Covid-19 infections and deaths. The northern part of the country has been hardest hit and that’s where Irishwoman Jacintha McCarthy has lived for the past 17 years. Bergamo, where Jacintha lives, has been under strict lockdown for several weeks. By contrast, Sweden has imposed the fewest …

Meals on Wheels“I think it must be quite frightening for them to say that the one thing they have lost is the liberty to go where they want.”

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In the ongoing crisis, everything has to be measured through the viral lense of COVID-19 and charities are no exception. Thousands of older people across the country rely on the services of meals on wheels to provide them with lunches and dinners. But the current Coronavirus restrictions mean that their services are more important than ever. Today with Seán O’Rourke …

Coronavirus and the Homeless“I just believe that the sadness that’s going to prevail in another week or two in the country is going to hit everybody very, very hard.”

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The spread of the coronavirus has made life difficult for most people: everybody’s had to change the way they spend their day and some people have lost their jobs or their businesses. Today with Seán O’Rourke reporter Brian O’Connell told Seán about the remarkable scenes at Cork Penny Dinners, as restaurant owners, forced to close their premises, arrived at the …

Coronavirus in Direct Provision“It is quite literally impossible to self-isolate.”

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With over five and a half thousand people in direct provision, there are growing concerns among the residents at some centres about the limited possibilities for self-isolation, should it prove necessary. That’s according to a report by Brian O’Connell, who spoke to Seán O’Rourke today about conversations he had on his visit to two direct provision centres. Brian spoke to …

What War Does to Women“It’s the victim that is stigmatised much too often, rather than the perpetrator.”

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One of the – many – shocking statistics that author Christina Lamb reveals in her new book is that the Soviet army raped as many as two million German women when they were ‘liberating’ Germany at the end of the Second World War. Christina spoke to Seán O’Rourke about the book, Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: What War does to Women, …