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#171 You Need To Choose: Me Or The Dog?
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#171 You Need To Choose: Me Or The Dog?
In this episode, Niall addresses a dilemma sent in by a listener named Shirley, who seeks advice on a challenging situation. Shirley and her boyfriend are preparing to move in together, but her boyfriend's beloved German Shepherd, Luna, poses a significant obstacle due to Shirley's deep-seated fear of dogs.Shirley shares her fear stemming from a traumatic childhood experience with Niall, expressing her concerns about living with Luna under the same roof. Despite her attempts to communicate her fears to her boyfriend, he remains steadfast in keeping Luna, even stating that he would choose the dog over Shirley.Opening the lines to callers, Niall invites listeners to weigh in on Shirley's predicament. Some callers advocate for Shirley to confront her fear of dogs, suggesting therapy or counseling as a means to overcome her phobia and foster a harmonious relationship with Luna and her boyfriend.Others sympathize with Shirley's position, criticizing her boyfriend's unwillingness to compromise and prioritize their relationship over his attachment to Luna. They emphasize Shirley's right to feel safe and comfortable in her own home, suggesting that her boyfriend's refusal to consider rehoming Luna may indicate deeper issues in the relationship.As the discussion unfolds, Niall provides insights and guidance to Shirley and other callers, navigating the complexities of relationships and fears. Ultimately, he encourages Shirley to prioritize her mental well-being and make decisions that align with her needs and boundaries.Join Niall as he delves into Shirley's dilemma and offers valuable advice on navigating relationships and overcoming fears.
#172 Sorry We're Out Of Business
Yesterday
#172 Sorry We're Out Of Business
In this episode, Niall discusses the concerning trend of business closures in rural Ireland. The episode begins with a discussion around the closure of Burnt Pizza, a restaurant in Cork, which resulted in the loss of up to 10 jobs. The owner, Damien Twohig, attributes the closure to various factors, including the government's decision to restore the VAT rate for food-led businesses, increased minimum wage, and rising energy costs exacerbated by external factors such as the war in Ukraine.Niall highlights the broader issue of small businesses struggling across the country, with reasons ranging from COVID-19 debt to staffing shortages and increased running costs. The influx of refugees into local hotels is also cited as a factor contributing to decreased footfall for rural businesses.Despite attempts to reach out to industry organizations such as Failte Ireland and the Restaurant Association, they were unavailable for comment. However, Niall engages with business owners and listeners to gather their perspectives on the challenges facing Irish businesses and their prospects for survival during these tough times.Listeners are encouraged to share their thoughts on the factors they believe are impacting Irish businesses and whether they perceive any solutions or changes on the horizon. Through open dialogue and discussion, Niall aims to shed light on the complex issues facing rural businesses and explore potential avenues for support and improvement.Join Niall as he navigates the landscape of rural business closures, seeking insights from business owners and listeners alike on the challenges and opportunities ahead.
#170 Poll Suggests Immigration Is A Key Issue For Voters.
2d ago
#170 Poll Suggests Immigration Is A Key Issue For Voters.
In this episode, Niall explores the findings of a recent poll indicating that immigration is a significant concern for voters in Ireland. Drawing insights from John McGuirk's analysis in Gript media, Niall discusses the methodology and implications of the Irish Times/MRBI “snapshot” poll, offering a unique perspective on the issues that matter most to the public.Exploring the poll results, Niall highlights immigration as the primary concern among voters, followed by housing, climate change, democracy, social policies, and health. Despite media attention on other topics such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, immigration emerges as a focal point for voters, indicating a disconnect between public sentiment and media coverage.Opening up the lines to callers, Niall invites listeners to share their perspectives on the key issues facing Ireland. From concerns about housing affordability and healthcare access to the challenges of rising living costs, callers provide valuable insights into the issues that resonate with them and their communities.As the discussion unfolds, Niall emphasizes the importance of addressing voter concerns and prioritizing meaningful solutions to the pressing issues identified in the poll. Through engaging dialogue and diverse perspectives, Niall navigates the complexities of public opinion, offering listeners a deeper understanding of the issues shaping the political landscape in Ireland.Join Niall as he explores the implications of the poll results and facilitates an open conversation about the issues that matter most to voters in Ireland.Date:2/28/2024
#169 He’s My Son But He’s Not Yours
2d ago
#169 He’s My Son But He’s Not Yours
In this episode, Niall navigates the heart-wrenching dilemma faced by a listener who discovered through a DNA test that her eldest son is not her husband's biological child. Struggling with overwhelming guilt and uncertainty, she seeks guidance on whether to reveal this devastating truth to her husband and risk shattering the foundation of their family.The listener's heartfelt email sets the stage for a profound exploration of honesty, trust, and the complexities of marriage. While some callers advocate for transparency, emphasizing the importance of open communication and the preservation of marital integrity, others caution against the potential repercussions of revealing such a deeply held secret.As Niall opens up the lines to callers, listeners share their diverse perspectives, grappling with the moral and emotional implications of the listener's predicament. While some believe that honesty is paramount, others argue that protecting loved ones from unnecessary pain may justify keeping certain truths buried.Throughout the episode, Niall provides empathetic guidance, encouraging listeners to consider the long-term consequences of their choices and the importance of prioritizing the well-being of all involved. As the discussion unfolds, profound insights emerge, challenging listeners to confront the complexities of love, betrayal, and forgiveness.Join Niall and his callers in this poignant exploration of one of life's most profound dilemmas: when the truth threatens to tear apart the fabric of family.Date:2/28/2024
Two Thirds Of Mothers Would Prefer To Stay At Home (With Prof Patricia Casey)
3d ago
Two Thirds Of Mothers Would Prefer To Stay At Home (With Prof Patricia Casey)
In this interview, Niall engages in a discussion with Prof. Patricia Casey, a distinguished psychiatrist, academic, journalist, and conservative commentator on social issues. Together, they delve into the upcoming referendum on Article 41 and 41.2 of the Irish Constitution, which propose significant amendments regarding the concept of family and the role of women in the home.Drawing from a recent Amarach Research opinion poll commissioned by The Iona Institute, Prof. Casey sheds light on the prevailing sentiments among mothers regarding their preferences for staying at home with their children. The poll reveals that an overwhelming majority of mothers, approximately 69%, express a desire to stay at home if afforded the opportunity, despite societal expectations and economic pressures.Furthermore, the survey underscores a perceived undervaluation of the work performed by mothers within the home, with over 70% expressing feelings of being underappreciated by society. Prof. Casey emphasizes the importance of recognizing and respecting the choices made by mothers, advocating for policies that facilitate their ability to stay at home with their children if desired.Reflecting on the constitutional amendments proposed by the referendum, Prof. Casey criticizes the government's approach, arguing that the deletion of references to mothers and the home from the Constitution fails to uphold the promises of protection and support outlined in Article 41.2. She contends that policymakers should prioritize the well-being of mothers and families over economic interests, advocating for policies that empower mothers to make choices aligned with their preferences and values.Through insightful analysis and compelling commentary, Niall and Prof. Patricia Casey navigate the complexities of gender roles, societal expectations, and the evolving landscape of family dynamics in contemporary Ireland.Join Niall Boylan and Prof. Patricia Casey in this thought-provoking discussion as they examine the implications of the referendum and advocate for greater recognition of the invaluable contributions made by mothers within the home.
#168: He Wont Be Laughing When His Bags Are in The Garden
3d ago
#168: He Wont Be Laughing When His Bags Are in The Garden
Can men and women be friends?In this episode, Niall asks the age-old question: Can men and women truly be just friends? The discussion stems from a heartfelt email sent in by a listener who finds herself grappling with feelings of jealousy and insecurity as her husband forms a close bond with a female colleague.The listener candidly shares her concerns about the nature of her husband's relationship with his coworker, whom she affectionately dubs "The Husband-Snatching Cow." Despite her husband's assurances that their friendship is platonic, the listener can't shake the feeling of unease as she observes their interactions, both in and out of the workplace.As callers weigh in on the topic, opinions vary widely. Some argue that genuine friendships between men and women are entirely possible, rooted in mutual respect and shared interests. They emphasize the importance of trust and communication in maintaining healthy boundaries within relationships.Conversely, other callers express skepticism about the possibility of purely platonic friendships between opposite sexes, particularly within the context of committed relationships. They highlight the potential for emotional intimacy to blur the lines between friendship and romance, leading to feelings of betrayal and distrust.Navigating the nuances of friendship and fidelity, Niall offers insightful commentary and practical advice to callers, encouraging them to examine their own insecurities and communicate openly with their partners.Join Niall Boylan in this engaging discussion as he explores the complexities of male-female friendships and the impact they can have on romantic relationships.
Are We Been Told The Truth About The Referendum With Senator Rónán Mullen
4d ago
Are We Been Told The Truth About The Referendum With Senator Rónán Mullen
In this riveting episode, Niall Boylan delves into the heart of the upcoming referendum with special guest Senator Rónán Mullen. Together, they unravel the complexities surrounding the proposed amendments and scrutinize the government's communication strategy regarding the 'Family' and 'Care' referendums.Senator Mullen sheds light on the government's utilization of the McKenna principles to withhold crucial information about the implications of the referendums, raising concerns about transparency and accountability. He unveils the underlying dynamics at play, highlighting the disproportionate influence of publicly-funded NGOs in shaping public discourse and swaying opinion.Throughout the interview, Senator Mullen challenges the prevailing narrative surrounding the referendums, questioning the motives behind certain political factions and NGOs heavily reliant on government funding. He emphasizes the importance of robust journalistic inquiry and governmental accountability, condemning instances of information censorship and evasion.Drawing from his wealth of experience in politics, Senator Mullen offers invaluable insights into the democratic process and the ethical responsibilities of those in power. As he and Niall navigate through the intricacies of the referendum debate, listeners are encouraged to critically examine the information presented to them and make informed decisions about the future of Irish governance.Join Niall Boylan and Senator Rónán Mullen in this compelling conversation as they seek to uncover the truth behind the referendum rhetoric and empower citizens to engage critically with their democratic rights.Date:2/26/2024
#166 A Good Heart These Days Is Hard To Find
4d ago
#166 A Good Heart These Days Is Hard To Find
In this compelling episode, Niall Boylan explores the contentious topic of organ donation with the introduction of Ireland's new opt-out system. The discussion stems from the recent passing of the Human Tissue Bill 2022, which brings significant changes to the organ donation landscape. Under this legislation, Irish citizens will now be presumed organ donors unless they explicitly register their wish not to donate.Niall provides listeners with insightful context from the bill, outlining its key provisions and the rationale behind the shift to a soft opt-out system. The bill aims to address organ shortages, streamline transplant services, and respect individual autonomy in end-of-life decisions. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly's announcement of increased funding further underscores the government's commitment to expanding organ donation and transplantation initiatives.As the lines open up to callers, opinions on the new opt-out system vary widely. Some passionately support the measure, emphasizing its potential to save lives and alleviate the burden on grieving families. They argue that by defaulting to organ donation, individuals can leave behind a powerful legacy of generosity and compassion.Conversely, dissenting voices express concerns about the infringement on individual autonomy posed by the opt-out system. They advocate for greater emphasis on education and awareness to encourage voluntary organ donation while respecting personal beliefs and values.Niall navigates these diverse perspectives with his trademark blend of empathy and incisiveness, guiding listeners through a thought-provoking exploration of ethics, healthcare policy, and the complexities of end-of-life decision-making.Join Niall Boylan in this thought-provoking discussion as he confronts the challenging question: Are good hearts truly hard to find in today's society?
#167 Pill or pregnancy For My 15 Year Old
4d ago
#167 Pill or pregnancy For My 15 Year Old
In this episode, Niall Boylan delves into the sensitive issue of teenage sexuality and parental responsibility, sparked by an email from a concerned mother grappling with her daughter's request to go on the pill at the age of 15.The email paints a poignant picture of a mother torn between her daughter's plea for contraception and her husband's vehement opposition to the idea. As Niall navigates the complexities of the situation, listeners are drawn into a thought-provoking discussion about the challenges of modern parenting.With the lines open to callers, opinions vary widely on whether parents should consider putting their 15-year-old daughters on the pill if they are sexually active. Some advocate for a pragmatic approach, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing their daughter's health and safety by providing access to contraception. Others express reservations, highlighting the need for open communication, education, and guidance to address the underlying factors driving teenage sexual activity.As the debate unfolds, Niall encourages listeners to reflect on their own parenting philosophies and values, challenging conventional wisdom and societal norms surrounding teenage sexuality. Through candid conversations and empathetic insights, he navigates the delicate balance between protecting adolescents and respecting their autonomy.Join Niall Boylan in this emotionally charged episode as he delves into the complexities of parenting in the digital age and confronts the age-old dilemma: pill or pregnancy for my 15-year-old?
#164 Best Man vs. Bridezilla
22-02-2024
#164 Best Man vs. Bridezilla
In this episode, Niall addresses a dilemma sent in by a listener, Alister, who is facing a significant challenge regarding his upcoming wedding. Alister shares that he's considering calling off the wedding because his partner, who he's set to marry in June, adamantly opposes his choice of best man.Alister's childhood and best friend, Jerry, is his preferred choice for best man. However, his partner vehemently dislikes Jerry for reasons unknown to Alister. Despite his attempts to reason with her, she insists that Jerry cannot be the best man and issues an ultimatum: either pick someone else or the wedding is off.Niall opens up the lines to callers, sparking a lively discussion about the situation. Some callers express concern about the controlling behavior exhibited by Alister's partner, emphasizing the importance of compromise and mutual respect in a relationship. They advise Alister to stand his ground and assert his autonomy in making decisions about his wedding.Others empathize with Alister's predicament but stress the need for open communication and understanding between partners. They suggest that Alister should engage in a dialogue with his partner to address her concerns about Jerry and work towards a mutually acceptable solution.As the discussion unfolds, varying perspectives emerge, highlighting the complexities of relationships and the importance of navigating conflicts with care and consideration.In the wrap-up, Niall reflects on the insights shared by callers and encourages Alister to carefully evaluate his options before making a decision that will impact his future. He emphasizes the significance of communication and compromise in fostering a healthy and harmonious relationship.Listeners are left with food for thought as they contemplate the delicate balance between individual autonomy and partnership in matters of love and marriage.
Referendum Is A Recipe For Chaos And Uncertainty With Senator Michael McDowell
22-02-2024
Referendum Is A Recipe For Chaos And Uncertainty With Senator Michael McDowell
In this interview, Niall engages in a deep dive with Michael McDowell, Independent Senator for NUI Merrion Sq and Senior Counsel, about the impending referendum on Article 41 and why McDowell advocates for a "no" vote while urging others to do the same.McDowell's stance is informed by his comprehensive analysis of the proposed amendments, as outlined in his recent article. He elucidates the potential ramifications of the referendum, contending that it is a recipe for chaos and uncertainty. McDowell challenges the purported necessity of the amendments, highlighting the existing legal avenues through which rights for single parents and cohabitants can be addressed without constitutional amendments.The discussion delves into the intricacies of the proposed changes, particularly the implications of extending the constitutional definition of family to encompass "other durable relationships." McDowell raises pertinent questions about the practicality and coherence of such a redefinition, emphasizing the potential pitfalls and complexities that may arise in its implementation.Through his expertise as a legal scholar and lawmaker, McDowell provides invaluable insights into the legal, social, and practical implications of the proposed amendments. As the referendum date approaches, his perspective offers listeners a nuanced understanding of the issues at hand and encourages critical reflection on the proposed changes to Ireland's constitution.
#165 Are We To Kind To Prisoners?
22-02-2024
#165 Are We To Kind To Prisoners?
In this episode, Niall explores a contentious topic: whether society is too lenient towards prisoners. The discussion is sparked by an article from The Journal detailing Minister Simon Harris's plans to introduce training programs for prisoners convicted of minor crimes, aimed at reducing re-offending rates and facilitating their reintegration into society upon release.As Niall opens up the lines to callers, contrasting perspectives emerge. Some callers express strong support for Minister Harris's initiative, arguing that providing education and skills training to prisoners is crucial for breaking the cycle of re-offending. They emphasize the importance of rehabilitation and second chances in promoting a safer and more productive society.On the other hand, some callers voice skepticism about the proposed training programs, particularly for prisoners convicted of minor offenses. They raise concerns about the potential message of rewarding criminal behavior and suggest that resources should be directed towards supporting law-abiding citizens and victims of crime instead.Throughout the discussion, listeners grapple with questions about justice, rehabilitation, and the balance between punishment and compassion in the criminal justice system.In the wrap-up, Niall reflects on the diverse viewpoints shared by callers and underscores the complexity of the issue. He acknowledges the importance of considering various perspectives and finding common ground in addressing the challenges of prisoner rehabilitation and societal safety.Listeners are left pondering the nuances of compassion, accountability, and the pursuit of justice in the context of prisoner rehabilitation.
#163 €800 Million To Be Spent On Northern Ireland
21-02-2024
#163 €800 Million To Be Spent On Northern Ireland
In this episode, Niall delves into a pressing question: Should the Irish government spend €800 million on Northern Ireland? The decision to allocate such a substantial amount of money to Northern Ireland has sparked debate among listeners.The funding, part of the coalition Government's Shared Island Fund initiative, encompasses various projects, including the construction of the Narrow Water Bridge and the enhancement of the Belfast/Dublin rail link. Additionally, initiatives promoting cross-border cooperation and economic development are included in the package.As Niall opens the lines to callers, contrasting opinions emerge. Some argue that investing in Northern Ireland is a testament to Ireland's commitment to peace and reconciliation, emphasizing the positive impact on both sides of the border. They view it as a strategic investment in fostering stronger ties and promoting economic growth.However, others express reservations about allocating taxpayer money to projects in Northern Ireland, advocating for prioritizing domestic issues within Ireland. While acknowledging the importance of supporting peace initiatives, they believe that addressing pressing issues at home, such as housing and healthcare, should take precedence.The discussion underscores the complexity of allocating government funds and balancing domestic priorities with regional cooperation and peace-building efforts.As the episode concludes, Niall encourages listeners to reflect on their perspectives and consider the broader implications of government spending on cross-border initiatives.
#161 Article 41: How Are You Voting Yes Or No?
20-02-2024
#161 Article 41: How Are You Voting Yes Or No?
In this episode, Niall explores the upcoming referendum on Article 41, posing a critical question to listeners: How will you vote—yes or no? Scheduled for March 8th, 2024, which coincides with International Women’s Day, the referendum aims to amend Article 41.1.1 of the Irish Constitution.Currently, Article 41.1.1 recognizes the family "as the natural primary and fundamental unit group of Society," primarily founded on marriage. However, the proposed amendment seeks to redefine the family as "whether founded on marriage or on other durable relationships." Additionally, Article 41.2, which acknowledges the role of women within the home, will be removed and replaced with a broader statement recognizing caregiving within families.As Niall opens the lines to callers, opinions diverge. Few support for voting yes, arguing that updating the Constitution to include all types of families reflects the reality of modern Ireland. They emphasize the importance of inclusivity and equal recognition for diverse family structures.Conversely, others voice concerns about the proposed changes. While acknowledging the need to reflect contemporary realities, they caution against removing Article 41.2, which recognizes the significant contribution of women in caregiving roles. They fear that deleting this provision may devalue the traditional family structure and prioritize non-traditional arrangements.Join the discussion as Niall delves into the complexities of the referendum, encouraging listeners to weigh the implications and make an informed decision on voting day.
#159 My Neighbor Is A Pedophile And The Police Wouldn't Tell Me.
19-02-2024
#159 My Neighbor Is A Pedophile And The Police Wouldn't Tell Me.
In this episode, Niall explores a sensitive and contentious issue: Should you have the right to know if there is a sex offender living near you? The topic arises from a listener's email, prompting a discussion on the powers of the police in Ireland regarding the disclosure of information about sex offenders.Niall provides insights into the powers of the Gardaí to disclose information about offenders on the sex offenders register, particularly if they believe there is a serious risk to the public and it is deemed necessary. He outlines the information that can be disclosed, including the offender's name, photograph, current address, nature of the offense, and the risk posed to the public.As the lines open to callers, diverse perspectives emerge. Some strongly advocate for the right of individuals to know if there is a sex offender living nearby, citing public safety and transparency as paramount concerns. Others express reservations, highlighting the potential for fear, stigma, and vigilantism that may result from public disclosure.Amidst the debate, questions arise about the balance between public safety and the rights and dignity of individuals who have served their sentence. While safety remains a priority, callers emphasize the importance of effective rehabilitation programs and community support for both offenders and survivors.Tune in to gain valuable insights into this complex and sensitive issue, as Niall navigates the nuances of public disclosure and community safety in the context of sex offender registration.
#160 Are The Irish Hypocrites For Emigrating Abroad?
19-02-2024
#160 Are The Irish Hypocrites For Emigrating Abroad?
In this episode, Niall asks a controversial question: Are Irish people hypocrites for emigrating abroad while expressing anti-immigrant sentiments at home? Recent years have seen a rise in anti-immigrant rhetoric in Ireland, with sentiments of the country being "full" and resistance to immigration.Niall highlights a striking statistic from the Australian embassy in Dublin, revealing that around 27,000 Irish visa holders currently reside in Australia. This prompts a critical examination of the apparent contradiction between Irish emigration and anti-immigrant sentiment.As the lines open to callers, diverse perspectives emerge. Some argue that it is indeed hypocritical for Irish individuals to advocate for strict immigration policies in Ireland while benefiting from open borders and economic opportunities abroad. They stress the importance of recognizing the global interconnectedness of migration and promoting empathy and inclusivity.However, others push back against the notion of labeling Irish emigrants as hypocrites, emphasizing the complexity of migration decisions and the diverse reasons behind them. They argue that emigration is influenced by various factors, including economic opportunities, personal growth, and family ties, and should not be equated with anti-immigrant sentiments.Join the discussion as Niall navigates the complexities of emigration, immigration, and societal attitudes, encouraging listeners to reflect on their perspectives and consider the broader implications of migration trends.
#158 Is It Wrong I Hate My Children?
15-02-2024
#158 Is It Wrong I Hate My Children?
In this episode, Niall addresses the challenging topic of parental regret, sparked by an email from a distressed listener. The email reveals a candid account of a parent struggling with feelings of resentment towards their own children, shedding light on the complexities of parenthood.The email recounts the challenges faced by the listener's wife, who expresses profound regret and frustration over the sacrifices and disruptions parenthood has brought to her life. Despite their initial enthusiasm for starting a family, the reality of raising energetic and demanding children has taken a toll on her emotional well-being.Niall explores the broader context of parental happiness, drawing on research findings that challenge the conventional narrative of parenthood as an unequivocal source of joy. While children undoubtedly bring meaning and fulfillment to parents' lives, the day-to-day realities of parenting can be overwhelming, leading some individuals to grapple with feelings of regret and dissatisfaction.Listeners weigh in on the discussion, offering contrasting perspectives on the normalcy and implications of parental regret. Some empathize with the struggles of overwhelmed parents, acknowledging the societal pressures and unrealistic expectations surrounding parenthood. Others express concern over the profound implications of regretting one's children, emphasizing the importance of seeking support and reframing negative emotions towards parenting.As the episode unfolds, Niall navigates through these complex viewpoints, encouraging empathy and understanding towards parents grappling with conflicting emotions. Ultimately, the episode prompts introspection and dialogue about the realities of parenthood, challenging listeners to confront the stigmatized issue of parental regret with compassion and empathy.