Louise runs a group called "Child Protection Awareness" which aims to confront potential predators. Callers both for and against the idea rang Liveline.
The new legislation around unaccompanied drivers is causing plenty of debate particularly around the urban/rural divide.
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UK Tattoo artist Brendan McCarthy was recently found guilty on 3 counts of GBH for his body modification work. Liveline caller discussed tongue splitting, ear stitching and ear candle treatments.
Fay Hayden has been fighting for 5 years to get a care plan for her autistic 10 year old son.
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Brid has a son with special needs who's routine has been disrupted by the strike and most listeners think it's not acceptable to protest oustide the minister's home.
Hayley sent a large "Thank You From Ireland" card to President of the European Commission Jean Claude Junker, which has created quite a stir all over Europe.
A bus stopped outside Michael Moylan's house last Sunday and some of those on board got off and urinated in full view of the occupants in the house.
More on the nurses strike including a chat with Louise Maher, a nurse in a Dublin hospital, who's currently in Brussels having a major operation.
Kerri was on her way home from Australia last week after receiving news that her mother was dead. She wants to thank an Irish couple who comforted her at Abu Dhabi airport and even gave her one of their business class seats on the flight.
Kim Schotte is trying to find the Irish witnesses to her son Sean's marriage in San Francisco 10 years ago.
The growing political discontent in Venezuela is creating great problems for its citizens. We heard from supporters and opponents of President Maduro and from Venezuelans living here.
Given the freezing temperatures at the moment, John was surprised to see workers in the Sports Direct shop in Liffey Valley in shorts !
A Community Centre in Firhouse which is owned by the Church of Scientology is being used for dance competitions, bingo nights and magic shows. Some listeners don't want to attend for fear that they'll be exposed to the cult.
Following the news that a Scottish boy's death was linked to pigeon droppings, we hear from listeners who've had issues with pigeons.
Rachel's father is a patient in Vincent's Hospital. Her family has been told that they'll have to attend to his needs during tomorrow's strike.
As Teresa May sets out her next move in relation to the UK's departure from the EU, we hear from some British people who are having difficulty getting citizenship in Ireland.
Frank traveled to Zimbabwe in December to shoot buffalo. His ammunition was lost on the way out and his gun was lost on the way home. Most Liveline callers took issue with Frank over his views on hunting, while others supported him.
A Funny Friday live from the Raddison Blu Hotel in Athlone with Joe and the team.
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Clare Meade is concerned that, with the closing of An Post's Ballsbridge Sorting office, she will have to travel across the Liffey to collect her packages. Jerry Beades was the owner of the site on the north side of Dublin which An Post is now using as a distribution centre as mention by Clare Meade earlier in the programme.
Cormac was entrusted with over €5,000 by a relative to pay bills while that person was out of the country, but he ended up gambling it away in an afternoon. We heard from other callers who have been in similar situations.
Niall Hogan disputes the Aer Lingus claim that their first transatlantic flight was in 1958. His mother was on a test flight in 1947.
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Listeners and victims react to yesterday's revelations that Gardai have failed to prosecute thousands of crimes committed by juveniles.
Anne's son has autism. He was due to start work at an animal rescue Centre yesterday but because he hadn't disclosed his condition he wasn't allowed to stay.
Should we take meat out of our diet? Some listeners have done so and it impacted on their health.
Ivan, a chef from Croatia, is seeking a new job but is being asked to do free trials of anything from 3 days to two weeks. Eva had similar experiences.
Laura fell foul of some scammers on holiday in Gran Canaria when she bought an iPad.
Nuala Bourke is Principal of an Educate Together school in Tuam which needs more space but can't get any, even though there are empty classrooms beside them.
Angela Dolan's sister has been paralysed following a fall down her stairs but is stuck in hospital because no home help can be put in place.
Sandra Dunne's landline has been ringing every 5 -10 minutes for several days with callers saying they had a missed call from her number. No one knows why this is happening. Other callers were having the same problem.
Should pupils with special educational needs be exempt from learning Irish? Our listeners give their views
Krista, who lives in New Zealand, tells us about the badly behaved Irish visitors she encountered on a beach in Auckland.
Callers spoke to Philip Boucher Hayes about Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's visit to Ethiopia, when he was forced to leave a number of high ranking female officials outside an ancient Monastery during his recent visit to the country.
John shared his story of being unemployed in Ireland. John has been unemployed for a long period of time and told Philip the impact it can have on a person.
Brendan, was born to an Irish woman and an African father. He spent his first 17 years of life in an orphanage. After tracking down his mother at the age of 35, he went in search of his father and started his search in Africa.
Janet's niece, 6 year old Claudia, met another 6 year old on holidays. When he asked for her number , she said 1850 715 815.
Dermot's trip to Portugal turned into a nightmare when he and his fiance were robbed at gunpoint, bundled into a car and taken up the mountains. He spoke from the airport on his way home.
Earlier in the week we spoke to Patrick Sweeney who was brought back from the dead following a heart attack. He didn't know who had given him CPR. Richie Durkan was that man.
Yvonne came home to find her house burgled and her wall safe ripped out.
Abagail and Marion were both adopted and they told Joe about tracing their birth mothers.
Kevin Devitte, like Larry Gogan on yesterday's programme, is undergoing dialysis three times a week. We heard from other callers in similar situations.
Thecla Fowler was amazed when Minister Shane Ross knocked on her door on New Year's Eve at 8.45 pm, prompting a lively discussion on after dark canvassing. Minister Ross joined in the conversation.
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Geraldine, whose sister had a very bad leg break before they were due to go on holidays, has been looking after her since she came out of hospital. She is trying to get the insurance company to cover the home care.
Pat O'Callaghan got a scam phone call purporting to be from Irish Revenue.
Jim, whose son had cancer, and Ruby, whose brother had been seriously injured in an accident, have both received legal letters from Irish hospitals looking for payment.
Brian McGovern was bitten by a German Shepherd dog, and feels not enough is being done by owners to ensure the safety of others.
Boyne Windows in Fairview has appointed liquidators to its business, leaving many Liveline listeners out of pocket for windows and doors.
A caller named Joe has been getting treatment in the Mater over the past few months. He is very concerned that a violent patient is being treated on the ward, and has caused serious injury to a number of staff members.
Daire Hickey McGovern told Joe that a man she knows took pictures from her Facebook page and put them on a porn site, accompanied by vile captions. Daire explained how traumatic the experience was for her, and how she felt let down by the justice system.
Frances was in Kilkenny on New Year’s Eve and saw a woman in a takeaway who seemed to have had her drink spiked. "Her head was back, with her eyes closed and mouth open," Frances told Joe. "When I was speaking, she seemed to hear me, but couldn’t respond."
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What presents, if any, should schoolchildren give their teachers at Christmas. Sean, a former principal, suggested none. Others callers disagreed.
A number of callers were having issues with Eir over charges taken from their accounts.
Theresa is a foster mother who, rather than see him become homeless, has taken one of her foster children back into the house, even though he has many issues which concern her.
Claire was horrified to learn that her daughter had been groomed on social media and was possibly being blackmailed.
James is terminally ill and hasn't been paid Illness Benefit since the 4th of November. The Department of Social Welfare sort out his problem while we're on air.
It looks like Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda will be renamed. Locals aren't happy.
Brendan Keegan's wife Jacqueline fell in Coolock yesterday. She was left lying on the ground for more than 2 hours while waiting for an ambulance.
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Elizabeth, who returned from New Zealand 6 years ago, is so disillusioned with home that she is thinking of returning there. And Paul, an Australian who suffers from vertigo, has been waiting for 7 years to get treatment here. He has been told that in Australia he will be seen in 6-8 weeks.
In advance of the motion of no confidence in British Prime Minister Theresa May this evening, Liveline callers gave their opinions on Brexit.
Oliver Moyles' daughter Kate was killed in a motorway pile up in 2007. Oliver says he's fully supportive of new initiatives to reduce speeding motorists.
Dorothy Shannon is providing free Xmas dinners at her cafe in Boyle in Roscommon on the 25th. Other listeners tell us how they are catering for people in need on the day.
Martin Sinnott is not impressed with the crib at the GPO.
Women who were not told about incorrectly read smear tests were due to meet Minister Simon Harris this afternoon. But the meeting was postponed at short notice.
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Kathleen Keyes was in touch with Joe with the sad news that her son, Fergal, had passed away. Fergal, who was only 31, had previously been on Liveline to campaign for the drug Orkambi to be available to all Cystic Fibrosis sufferers who needed it. Joe paid tribute to Fergal and played a clip from their previous interview.
Next Joe spoke to Laura who shared her life story with listeners. After a difficult childhood, Laura’s troubles continued into her adult life when she suffered domestic abuse and now the mother-of-foru is struggling to get onto the property ladder and set up a permanent home for her family.
Joe returned to the A&E topic as William McCarthy and Mary Jones shared their views on the topic.
Áine O’Connor got in touch with Liveline to tell Joe about the difficult A&E experience that she witnessed when her mother-in-law needed care in St. James. She was joined on air by retired nurse Mary, followed by Audrey, Monica, another Mary, Anne, Monica and Ciara who all shared their experiences.
Kevin Lovett, who has been in the pub business in Paris for many years, told Joe about the background to the recent riots there.
Nicola's daughter is 16 today and is being sent home from hospital, even though she has been a danger to her mother on many occasions.
Marilyn wanted to bring a homeless family into her house for Christmas but she says they would lose their place on the homeless list if they did.
On Saturday, James and his pregnant wife were stuck in a Galway car park for almost 4 hours.
Margaret O'Mahony is a sister-in-law of Anthony O'Mahony, whose killer, Michael Ferris, was sentenced for the manslaughter today.
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Grainne Savage wants to give up smoking. She got a prescription for "Champix" tablets to help her kick the habit but she's discovered they cost €100 a month. She wants the government to give them out for free to promote healthy living.
Mary Daniels spent €6,500 on a 36-hour trip to Lapland. She's due to fly out on Monday but there's no snow. She's looking for her money back or an opportunity to postpone the trip.
Linda Van Der Westhuizen's mother attends a special 'Alzheimer's club' in Crumlin but she's been told she can no longer attend the service because she's "too mobile". Linda says the club is brilliant but very understaffed.
For listeners interested in obtaining a copy of Fr Sean Hyland's self-published book "Whisperings of my Soul" featured on today's show, they'll be on sale in all Kildare & Leighlin parishes from Dec 7th. Copies will also be available on Amazon soon after.
21 year old driver, Timothy Neville, was hit by another car when the driver fell ill at the wheel. But the errant driver's insurance company will not pay for the damage to Timothy's car.
Maura is a volunteer with a homeless charity in Dublin. She allowed 2 homeless men to stay in her house because she couldn't get accommodation for them in.
Are consumers benefiting from falling fuel prices? Some listeners don't think so.
Listeners who've had bad experiences with dental work while abroad talk to Joe.
As Christmas approaches, Rosemary says some stores' window displays are not very festive.
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Sabyna Purcell was responsible for bringing the Haunting Soldier to Dublin’s St Stephen Green and she told Joe how upset she was to hear that the sculpture was vandalised. With the clean-up operation taking place Mal Murray tells Joe that he wants to help Sabyna organise a standing down ceremony on Sunday before the statue is moved on Monday.
The Ivy restaurant is in the spotlight as staff members Matthew and Lorraine complain about their tips policy and the restaurant respond to some of their claims.
More schools and organisations talk about how they are still awaiting payments from Lenrec Ltd. Denis Quinn, Dennis Corry, Louise Mannion and Ivor Hayes.
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Numerous sporting organisations, charities and schools are owed money by Lenrec Ltd, Kilkenny who collect clothes for recycling.
John had a heart attack several years ago but now he cannot get travel insurance.
Deirdre received a €500 Gift Card in the post but it wasn't meant for her. The intended recipient also talks to Philip.
Alma Power, who is in constant pain after damaging her neck saving a person from choking, is now worried that no pain killer will work for her. Hilary is trying to wean herself off Lyrica.
Zeno was at Ireland's match in Denmark but was not allowed bring in his anti John Delaney flag
Bart, a widower, believed he had found a new love but it turned out to be an internet scam. Ann Marie has engaged with these scammers and has toyed with them.
Gareth was extremely lucky during storm Ali when a container at Dublin Port landed on the roof of his car. He is fighting to get what he feels is the proper value of the vehicle back.
More callers talk about their experience using addictive prescription pain killers.
Gary O'Reilly says he's been put off buying an electric vehicle because of the prohibitive cost of insuring it.
Elvira thought she'd met her husband when she fell for a man online but it soon turned nasty when she loaned him €900. Kathie also tells her story of meeting a man through social media. Although the two never met in person, she transferred him thousands of euro when he asked her to help his business.
Suzanne Behan has an aggressive form of cancer. She tells Philip about having her operation cancelled due to bed shortages and how difficult it's been to deal with various state agencies while unwell.
Orla describes being put off a bus with her buggy to accommodate a wheelchair user.
Why did a security guard take the reg plate off a car that was parked beside its owner's apartment block? Callers tried to explain a video that was sent in to Liveline.
William was made redundant 2 weeks ago. "I had a payment protection policy to cover my mortgage - so I thought at least I'll be ok on the house." But now it transpires that William has to be out of work for 3 months before he gets a payment. How will he pay his mortgage?
Is the Irish Book Awards running an Acid Drop Ad Campaign? Alice says their poster (pictured) is "mimicking someone taking an acid tab....Why are they normalizing illegal drug taking and linking reading with getting high?"
Callers told Philip how they got hooked on prescription drugs, and what happened when they tried to quit.
As we came on air, the sad news broke that veteran singer and entertainer Sonny Knowles had passed away. Colleagues and Liveline listeners paid tribute to his memory.
Patrick Reilly and Peter Bradley availed of a "Free TV" offer from Sky but never got their televisions. Sky Ireland spokesperson Sharon McHugh addressed their queries on air.
John Roche was attacked while acting as linesman during an U-16 football match. He called Liveline to empathise with Daniel Sweeney, the midlands referee who was assaulted after a match in the midlands at the weekend.
Attracta Boyle's uncle was expelled from his nursing home for "challenging behaviour".
Michelle Regazzoli lost her €12,000 deposit when Ballymena-based kitchen company Hayburn & Co went bust this week.
Breda O'Connor's shower door exploded inexplicably in the middle of the night. She and others talked to Joe about the phenomenon.
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With the news that the Dublin and Monaghan bombings had been left out of the Junior Cycle history text book, callers rang Joe to talk about other atrocities from the Troubles that have been forgotten by history.
Last year, barman Wesley Wilder stepped in to protect a woman who was being harassed. He was hit with a single blow by one of the harassers. Wesley can’t remember anything from the next two months of his life. He spoke to Joe about how he felt after his attacker was jailed this week
iobhan is addicted to painkillers. At the age of 60, she says that she finds this embarrassing. Siobhan had previously been addicted to codeine but got off that. Then her back started at her, and she ended up on Lyrica. Keith rang in and spoke to Siobhan about his own pain killer addiction. He was on as much as 60 Solpadeine per day.
Following on from the mixed reaction to the 'Haunting Soldier' in St Stephens Green in Dublin and ahead of Remembrance day this Sunday, November 11, Liveline callers share the stories of their families and loved ones who fought in World War I.
Eileen and Donal talk about two scams that they've come across in two different parts of the country.
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The "Haunting Soldier" sculpture in St. Stephen's Green has received mixed reaction from the public. Sabyna Purcell is the person responsible for bring it to Ireland. We heard family stories of WW1.
James is a former Ambulance Service worker who said that they regularly ferried patients home at Christmas so that hospital wards could be closed over Christmas.
The new GDPR regulations have led to some farcical situations for Liveline listeners.
Debbie Deegan, of the children's charity To Children With Love, has just returned from Russia where she was honoured for her work. She sat beside President Putin for the duration of the banquet
Alan Barry is a former soldier in the British Army. He called Joe to take issue with Poppy Watch Patrols, which have been set up to clamp down on Remembrance Day poppy sales in Dublin.
Callers rang Joe to express their frustration with the GDPR system which was introduced 6 months ago.
Is veganism good for you, animals and for the environment? Farmers, vegans and environmentalists phoned in to discuss their views.
Following on from Minister Regina Doherty’s promise that delays in Illness Benefit payments would be resolved by today, we followed up with a Liveline listener whose issues are ongoing.
The clinics in St. James and in the Mater have paused their services for hundreds of high risk cancer patients, which is causing great distress to many listeners.
Michael Sherlock, who is a traveller, has decided to stop playing soccer as a result of racist abuse he has suffered on the field. We heard from a member of his club as well as a number of referees.
The ongoing delay in Illness Benefit payments is still causing great concern for many Liveline listeners.
Huge numbers of people called in to say they are struggling to make ends meet because the Illness Benefit payment system has been a mess since August.
Kathleen told Philip that, despite her previous life as a musician and businesswoman - she's been homeless for over a year, and found herself sleeping on cardboard in a doorway last night.
Dingle publican John Carolan told Philip about the mayhem that broke out in the town last Sunday night. Busloads of drunk teenagers arrived in Dingle and caused havoc.
Tom Carew told Joe about the Irish gun running connection with gangster Whitey Bolger, who was killed in his cell overnight in the USA.
Deirdre contacted Liveline about her 9 year old daughter who is constantly attacking her, pulling out her hair, and being aggressive towards her. Fiona, whose child has autism, suggested getting as much help as early as possible.
Chloe 's grandmother had a stroke on Sunday, but her ambulance journey from Wicklow to St. Vincent's Hospital had to be diverted due to road closures for the Dublin Marathon. We heard from other callers who have had strokes.
Listeners tells us why they voted for Peter Casey in last week's presidential election.
Liz spotted some ghoulish halloween decorations in a graveyard in Dublin. Some listeners think this is going too far and is disrespectful.
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With the Blasphemy Referendum being held on Friday, we heard the views of some callers.
Pam's 12 year old daughter Liz has high functioning Autism and has attacked her on many occasions, resulting in several hospital visits. We heard from many more mothers - Mary, Siobhan, Nicola, Anne ,Ger, Liz and and Catherine, who have found themselves in exactly the same position.
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A Transition Year dance on Friday night turned in chaos when it was abruptly halted by a Dublin hotel. Some parents took issue with organiser Liam O'Driscoll, who in turn blamed the hotel.
With the Presidential election taking place on Friday, we heard from 6 Liveline listeners, each of whom is supporting a different candidate.
Mick, a COPD sufferer, feels that as an ordinary Joe, he is being ignored for a much needed lung transplant
Trish Flood is getting her life back now , having seen the man who sexually abused her 30 years ago finally sentenced to 6 years in prison.
The Gardai called to Dean Russell's home at 4 am in the morning over an unpaid driving fine. Russell admits he's been involved in criminality in the past.
Buckley Hall, a student accommodation facility in Dublin, won't return John Mullaney's deposit of nearly €900. John's son backed out of renting a room in the facility.
Sheep farmer Terry Murphy tells us why he shot Maire Dumigan's dog in the Dublin mountains.
Breda Cashe was driving through Temple Bar when she was spat on and intimidated by unruly drinkers.
Ryanair's generosity surprised one listener.
We heard arguments for and against hare coursing
One listener's dog was shot and killed while walking in the mountains.
Alex Dunne is with MSF in Yemen. He told Joe about the work he has done there. Pauline has been a regular visitor there for years.
Chris Wilson has come a cross a distressed Lurcher dog running wild around Naas and farmer John Magner gave Joe an insight into hare coursing.
Anne Marie Doyle has had almost €400 taken out of her account by a skin cream company called "Dermavix".
Sharon Harris owes her life to the quick thinking actions of passengers and crew on a transatlantic Aer Lingus flight.
Lily joined "Singles 50" looking for a dance partner, but has ended up having over €100 taken out of her account.
Majella got in touch with Liveline over a clothing regulation called the " Fingertip Rule" in her daughter's school, which she feels is causing great embarrassment to students.
Patricia doesn't want VAT added to Airbnb properties.
Ibrahim Hasheem is originally from Yemen. He has three teenage nephews fighting in the war there where 13 million civilians face starvation. He and other callers discuss the ongoing humanitarian crisis
Louise and Teresa Clare have both been affected by the delays in receiving illness benefit from the Department of Social Protection.
Joe Fogarty thinks the budget should have addressed the issue of older people leaving their homes vacant when going into nursing homes.
Aaron Daly, who's daughter Sophia has scoliosis, has praise for Britain's Princess Eugenie who highlighted the issue on her wedding day today.
Angela has noticed increases in petrol prices since the budget even though there were no changes in taxes and motorists tell us how they've been overcharged on Ireland's toll roads.
Laura Johnston's step father has been released from prison after serving 2 years for sexually assaulting her. Laura says she's not happy with the sentence nor the fact that she could bump into him on the streets of Dublin.
Sarah Reilly and Greg Leonard debate the recent closure of Erin's Isle Pitch and Putt Club in Finglas.
Fr Tom Mannion in Sligo helps in the search for the late Joe Sheridan's family. Joe died in Swindon in August and his friends are trying to find a next of kin.
Stephanie Fox outlines an upsetting experience at immigration in Dublin airport
Retired Garda sergeant Christy Galligan reacts to the recently published Charleton Tribunal repo
Gillian says her bin company is encouraging her to put out her rubbish despite the arrival of Storm Callum.
Carol Cansdale is angry at Bank of Ireland for taking money out of her late mother's account without her knowledge.
Anne, who's now a former customer of The Coffee Club in Tullamore, and the cafe's owner Tom are at loggerheads over a price increase.
Irishman Joe Sheridan died in Swindon in August. But he hasn't yet been buried because the authorities cannot find his next of kin.
Student Ciaran Hennessy tells us how his expensive bike was stolen from under his nose.
Dubliner Joan Byrne had her leg amputated a few weeks ago after an accident. But she will no longer be able to live in Dominic Street where she's been for nearly 50 years. The flat there is not wheelchair accessible. Her neighbours say they'll miss her terribly.
Pauline Fitzgerald's emigrant sons have returned to Ireland only to be met with huge living and insurance costs.
Deirdre Murnane has a cyst in her abdomen which is getting progressively bigger but she can't get a consultant to see her. Fiona Lalor describes recovering from a radical hysterectomy and getting a letter from the Department of Social Protection informing her that her sick leave was being reviewed.
Lisa Marie Healy rings Liveline from her late father's graveside where the council had just informed her that the plot was too wide and had to be narrowed.
Michael's son lost out on a trip of a lifetime to watch Conor McGregor fight in Las Vegas when immigration officials pulled him out of the queue in Dublin Airport. When asked if he'd ever smoked marijuana, he answered yes, and his entry to America was immediately denied. More would-be travellers told Joe similar stories.
Frank Kennedy wants to know why his property in Donegal can't be let out to homeless families. Meanwhile, Letitia says that living in a Peter McVerry Trust run Homeless Hub is akin to living in an 'open prison' because of the rules and regulations set down by management.
Bride-to-be Noreen Clancy handed over $9,000 to Heffernan's Travel in Cork but this week the company went bust, she phoned Liveline to try and find out what her rights are.
Don't queue, make your own! Brenda Costigan gives Liveline listeners her recipe for Krispy Kreme-style doughnuts
Concession owner Denis Forde had €50,000 in cash in the Clerys safe the day it closed. Three years later, he wants to know where his money went.
Wedding planner Edel Cooney's vision for Jenny and Dave's wedding last week was thrown into disarray when the officiating priest objected to the cherry trees she had placed in the church. It led to an interesting discussion on today's Liveline!
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On Today's show Natalie O'Donohue, Carl Austin, Fran Burns and Emma Oidov spoke about their experiences of racism in Irelan
David Mooney spoke about the hidden dangers of foreign car hire.
Kathleen spoke about her personal experience of homelessness
Grace Tambwe and Sile Ni Dhubhgaill spoke about the direct provision system in Ireland.