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Lifeline: Slí An Chroí Winter Solstice 2018

By Near FM – Listen Again
Debbie Mc Mahon speaks to John Cantwell from Slí an Chroí about the City of Dublin winter solstice celebration festival taking place Friday  21st December 2018 from 4 to  7 pm in DIT  Grangegorman campus to Smithfield square . This will be a free admission indoor & outdoor festival & everyone of all ages are […]

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Lifeline:Dogs Trust Santa Paws

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Debbie Mc Mahon speaks to Fiona Gregan who is Educate & community manager with Dog’s trust to talk about an event called “Santa Paws” coming up on  8th December 2018.  Fiona also talks about Dogs Trust & the world they do there.

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Lifeline: Kerry Lawless Tick Talk Meeting On Lyme’s Disease

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Debbie Mc Mahon speaks to   Kerry Lawless talks about a meeting being organised by Tick Talk on Lyme’s disease. The talk is taking place in Trinity College Monday 26th November 2018.  Kerry also talks about the signs & symptons of the disease & how it is treated.        

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Organic Vibes 19.11.2018

By Organic Vibes

This week’s show concentrates on Roots Reggae with tracks from the latest EP from CONSCIOUS SOUNDS; I’ve also put in tracks from WIRE, SMITH & MIGHTY and PLANXTY… For full play list go to www.dj-iano.blogspot.com

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Lifeline: Dr Terri Morrissey,PSI CEO, Psychological Society Of Ireland Annual Conference 2018

By Near FM – Listen Again
Michael Sullivan speaks to Terri Morrissey PSI, CEO, Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) Annual Conference 2018.

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Organic Vibes 04.11.2018

By Organic Vibes

From many genres to beyond

New edition of Organic Vibes is made up entirely of music from 2018 from around the world with a range of styles. To view play lists and other info go to: www.dj-iano.blogspot.com

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Lifeline: Living With Loss Breffni Mc Guinness

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Debbie Mc Mahon speaks to Breffni Mc Guinness about a  bereavement talk taking place in the Alexander hotel on November 1st 2018 on living with loss.

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Presidential Election:  A Poor Campaign And A Disturbing Result

By Fiona Ferguson

People Before Profit acknowledges the achievement of Michael D Higgins in winning a second term as President. However, the Presidential campaign and its result is no cause for celebration, quite the contrary.

Overall it was a dismal campaign with an appallingly low level of political debate. There was a striking failure of any of the candidates or the media to address seriously any of the main issues facing Irish society or Ireland’s role in the world.

There was virtually no debate on the housing and homelessness crisis, the health crisis, education, poverty and inequality, separation of church and state, Brexit, the rise of the far right internationally or the threat of catastrophic climate change. Neither the candidates nor the media presenters raised these issues . This was shameful and was reflected in the very low turnout – the lowest ever.

Then there is the disturbing result achieved by Peter Casey. The simple and unpleasant fact is that Casey’s vote rocketed from a well merited 1% and last place to 20+% and second place on the basis of his attack on Travellers.

This was a cynical and disgraceful move by a multi-millionaire businessman to attract support by trading on and stirring up prejudice against the most disadvantaged and marginalised community in Irish society. It has caused major hurt and dismay among Travellers confirming their sense of isolation and discrimination. As always in such circumstances People Before Profit is proud to proclaim its solidarity with the Traveller Community and its total opposition to all racism and scapegoating.

Some points need to be made here:

  1. Casey criticised the recognition of Traveller ethnicity as if this grants Travellers special privileges. This is the reverse of the truth: by any objective measurement  of health, life expectancy, housing conditions, income, mental health or suicide, Travellers are the most disadvantaged group in Irish society. It is a classic racist device to attack the poorest, most oppressed and most vulnerable –for example refugees and asylum seekers and migrant workers – as if they are somehow ‘privileged’ and ‘favoured’. This is done to deflect responsibility and anger from where it belongs with the rich and powerful  and onto the vulnerable.
  2. Some people, mistakenly, credit Casey with ‘having the courage’ to ‘say what everyone is thinking’ and ‘challenging the establishment’. This is false. Casey has not shown courage; he has benefitted directly from his calculated racist intervention.

    Also some people talk as if ‘challenging the establishment‘ is good in itself, regardless of the message. The establishment does indeed need to be challenged on many grounds but that does not make racist bigotry acceptable anymore than Leo Varadkar saying domestic violence and child abuse is wrong makes these things alright.

    Moreover, Casey is not in any shape or form a genuine anti-establishment or radical candidate. Apart from being a multi-millionaire, he is also pro-NATO, went on to attack welfare recipients ie the poor, and got his highest votes in conservative rural areas.

  3.  In this whole saga the media has played a dreadful role. The TV presenters were complicit in the failure to focus on the real issues and complicit in feeding and amplifying Casey’s racist intervention, giving it massive publicity. In a world where the far right are on the rise it is grossly irresponsible to treat racism as ‘livening up the debate’ or to ask, as Pat Kenny did, ‘Would you want Travellers living next to you’.
  4. For the Left Casey’s vote is a serious warning. With a less than 50% turnout a 20% vote is less than 10% of the population bit it is still a cause for concern. It shows the danger of opportunist right wing politicians exploiting racist sentiments that are clearly out there.

As Galway People Before Profit representative, Joe Loughnane says:

“We should be concerned about a multi-millionaire using racism and class prejudice  to woo the protest vote, especially where a deeply ingrained racism towards the Traveller population is concerned. Casualisation of anti-Traveller sentiment over decades has allowed a tax-avoiding multi-millionaire to deflect attention away from government austerity and increasing privatisation.”

We must therefore redouble our efforts to combat racism in general and specifically to tackle racism against Travellers.  

As Memet Uludag, Convenor of United Against Racism says ‘We must stand should to shoulder with our Traveller sisters and brothers’.

At the same time we must ensure that the Fine Gael/Fianna Fail political establishment are challenged  from the left and by People Power on the basis of unity and solidarity not division and scapegoating.

Ciaran Mahony, DCC Community Officer about Dublin City Council’s programme of Halloween Events on Dublin’s Northside

By Near FM – Listen Again
Ciaran Mahony, DCC Community Officer speaks with Johnny Holmes about Dublin City Council’s programme of Halloween Events on Dublin’s Northside Interviewer:  Johnny Holmes Interviewee:  Ciaran Mahony Broadcast:  25th Oct ’18

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The Liberties Tribute Group & the All For Me Grog Show

By Near FM – Listen Again
On this edition of Lifeline Michael Sullivan Speaks to Marty Walsh of “The Liberties”, a Dubliners tribute group, about their “All for me Grog” show, that will be coming to The Axis, Ballymun, on Friday November the 9th 2018. Presenter: Michael Sullivan Interviewee: Marty Walsh Broadcast: October the 25th 2018

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Una O’Toole, Head of Veterinary Services, Irish Blue Cross gives advice for Pet Owners in the run up to and during Halloween

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Una O’Toole, Head of Veterinary Services, Irish Blue Cross speaks with Johnny Holmes about  advice for Pet Owners in the run up to and during Halloween. Interviewer:  Johnny Holmes Interviewee:  Una O’Toole Broadcast: 18 October 2018

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Kristian O’Neill Director of The Health Effect Speaks About his Film

By Near FM – Listen Again
On this edition of Lifeline, Kristian O’Neill speaks to Michael Hennessy about his new documentary film, “The Health Effect”, which is a NEAR TV Production and whose premier is showing in The Odeon Cinema Coolock, on Thursday October the 18th 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. The film explores why there are health inequalities in North […]

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Lifeline:Lip Sync Craobh Chiarann Gaa Club Parnell Park

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Debbie Mc Mahon speaks to Cathy Kelly about a lip sync battle which is taking place in   Gaa Craobh Chiarann Gaa Club on the 20th October 2018 in aid of Saint Francis hospice in Raheny & Saint Annes ward in Beaumont hospital.

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Artist Gráinne Hallahan Talks About The Aphasia Workshop in The Draíocht Theater

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  On this edition of Lifeline, Michael Sullivan speaks to Gráinne Hallahan, Artist, Theater Maker and Facilitator about a theater making workshop for those affected by Aphasia in the Draíocht Theater on Friday October the 12th 2018 at 6:15 pm. Presenter: Michael Sullivan Interviewee: Gráinne Hallahan Broadcast: October the 12th 2018

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Lifeline: Irish Wheelchair Association

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Michael Sullivan speaks to Chris Hoey who is national director for the association with The Irish  Wheelchair Association about their open day which took place on 28th September 2018. He also talks to Cathy Glennon who is the art tutor down there . He also speaks Anita Matthews who is communication manager with the organisation […]

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Treasa Harkin of The Irish Traditional Music Archive on their 2018 Sort-A-Thon

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On this edition of Lifeline Treasa Harkin of the Irish Traditional Music Archive, speaks to Michael Sullivan about their 2018 ITMA Sort – A – Thon. Presenter: Michael Sullivan Interviewee: Treasa Harkin Broadcast: October the 11th 2018

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On This Issue of God Talk – Anthony Brabazon & Paul Caffrey Discuss Salvation

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Ep 58: On a train in Victorian England a young evangelist meets a bishop, who gives her a lesson about the three tenses of salvation. Presenters: Anthony Brabazon & Paul Caffrey Broadcast: October the 8th 2018

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Tom Lawlor, Director on Northside Today all about the Bram Stoker Festival

By Near FM – Listen Again
Tom Lawlor, Director of the Bram Stoker Festival speaks with John Healy about the various events happening at the festival

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Dr. Caitriona King PhD Psychoanalyst On World Mental Health Day October the 10th 2018

By Near FM – Listen Again
On this edition of Lifeline, Dr. Caitriona King PhD, who is a Freudian Psychoanalyst in private practice in North County Dublin, speaks to Michael Hennessy on World Mental Health Day, October the 10th 2018, on the topics of ‘Dealing With Change’, ‘High Functioning Anxiety’ in individuals, and about  some of her other psychoanalytic talks and […]

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