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Andrea Gilligan invites callers to have their say on the topics of the day - get in touch by emailing lunchtimelive@newstalk.com Listen and subscribe to Lunchtime Live Highlights on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App. You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on Alexa, by and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'

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Andrea Gilligan invites callers to have their say on the topics of the day - get in touch by emailing lunchtimelive@newstalk.com Listen and subscribe to Lunchtime Live Highlights on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App. You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on Alexa, by and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'

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Episodes
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Summer Memories with Luke O’Neill

7/12/2024
Professor Luke O’Neill, Author, Biochemist and Newstalk fixture joined Andrea Gilligan to share some of his favourite summer memories!

Duration:00:10:57

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Is laughing good for our health? Japan’s new law

7/12/2024
Japan has brought in a new rule that everyone living there must laugh at least once a day. That’s right, they have brought in an actual rule about laughing. How will they police it? That remains to be seen, but they say it reduces the risk of heart attack. Is that true? What kind of power does laughter have? Andrea is joined by Marie Angeline Lascaux, a laughter yoga specialist, to discuss.

Duration:00:08:28

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Listener faces kidney failure without accommodation

7/12/2024
Diane got in touch with the show to tell how she’s facing kidney failure - and, without permanent accommodation, cannot do at-home dialysis treatments. She joins Andrea to discuss her situation, and Colm White from the National Kidney Association also joins to discuss.

Duration:00:19:08

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Why do we love Hallmark movies?

7/12/2024
Love it or loathe it: Christmas is only 166 days away! And Hallmark is on the search for their new leading man… Nobody can claim that Hallmark movies are films for the ages – yet there’s still a huge appetite for them, why? To discuss, Andrea is joined by Brendan Kelly, Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, Kathryn McKiernan, Actor and 98fm Presenter, Rebecca Finn, who visited a Hallmark set and Laura Donnelly from Newstalk’s newsroom.

Duration:00:13:58

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Regional Roundup with Shane Beatty

7/12/2024
From a cow making a visit to a nursing home to famous faces visiting Galway– Breakfast Briefing Presenter Shane Beatty has a roundup of some of the stories you might have missed this week.

Duration:00:12:22

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Is the XL Bully ban a good idea?

7/12/2024
The Government is set to ban XL Bully dogs after a spike in the number of attacks in Ireland, including the fatal mauling of 23-year-old Nicole Morey in ­Limerick last month. From the 1st of October this year: breeding, selling, rehoming or importing an XL Bully will be illegal. Then, from the 1st of February, it will be a criminal offence to own an XL Bully in Ireland, unless you have an exemption certificate. So, is the Government right to ban XL Bullies? Andrea Gilligan is joined by listeners to hear their opinions.

Duration:00:19:29

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The Home Squad: Wallpaper

7/11/2024
To wallpaper, or not to wallpaper - that is the question! Joining Andrea to talk all things wallpaper are Irish Examiner Columnist and previous ‘Home of the Year’ winner, Jennifer Sheahan and Hayley Burke from @thediyist.com_. Image: House & Garden

Duration:00:13:43

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Passport delays leave listener stuck - his story

7/11/2024
Listener Neil got in touch with the programme because of a problem he has gotten himself stuck in - which involves getting a new passport, and seemingly jumping through a million hoops in the process. He joins Andrea to share his frustration.

Duration:00:08:09

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Should you bring a +1 everywhere?

7/11/2024
Have you ever gone to meet your friend for a coffee and a catch up, only to discover that they’ve brought their other half with them? Met a friend down the pub for a drink and been stuck making small talk with their partner? Kate Lister wrote a piece in the Independent titled ‘Women who bring their husbands to lunch with the girls should be arrested (immediately)’. To discuss, Andrea is joined by Sarah-Jayne Tobin, Acting Editor of Rollercoaster.ie, Podcaster Aideen Finnegan, Sunday Mirror Columnist Siobhán O'Connor and more.

Duration:00:21:18

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Woman with HIV struggles to get fertility treatment - why?

7/11/2024
In April 2017, Ainara was told she was HIV Positive, she says she never felt stigmatised over her status until she and husband sought fertility assistance. Listener of the show Ainara joins to share her story.

Duration:00:11:06

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Throwback Thursday: Live Aid, Cave Rescue, Wimbledon

7/11/2024
It's Throwback Thursday, where we look back on things that happened this week in history. Rebecca Shekleton, Co-Presenter of 98FM’s Big Breakfast joined Andrea Gilligan to rewind the clock.

Duration:00:11:36

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Do you feel safe in Dublin?

7/11/2024
A survey carried out by Fianna Fáil shows that Dubliners do not feel safe in their own city. 65% of those polled said that they had witnessed anti-social behaviour in the city centre. 70% said they had witnessed drug-dealing in public. So, do you feel safe in Dublin? Andrea Gilligan is joined by listeners to discuss.

Duration:00:20:43

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Ask the Expert: Midwife

7/10/2024
From pregnancy to postpartum, for this week’s Ask the Expert, Andrea Gilligan is joined by midwife Christine Lane (@myholisticmidwife on Instagram) to answer all of your midwife-related questions.

Duration:00:20:17

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What is a Rubik’s cube champion?

7/10/2024
Ciarán Beahan is 24 from Lucan in Dublin, and is Ireland’s most decorated Rubix Cube Champion. But what does that mean exactly? He joins Andrea to discuss the recent Rubik’s Cubes Championships that took place in Ireland, and why it’s so fun to finish the puzzle as quickly as possible.

Duration:00:08:28

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Irish woman detained in UAE - family speaks out

7/10/2024
Tori Towey, a 28 year old from Boyle in County Roscommon, is currently facing criminal charges - including attempted suicide and consuming alcohol - in the United Arab Emirates. With the Taoiseach’s announcement that Tori’s travel ban has been lifted, her family are desperately trying to get her home. Tori’s aunt, Ann, joins Andrea Gilligan to discuss. Image: Detained in Dubai

Duration:00:11:14

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Copenhagen giving free wine to litter-picking tourists!

7/10/2024
Several European cities are exploring ways to manage the level of tourism they’re seeing. Locals are starting to turn on visitors - there were angered protestors spraying tourists with water pistols in Barcelona this week, and places like Venice have added a tax to limit the amount of people that can visit the city daily. For a positive spin, the city of Copenhagen is now going to reward tourists who take part in climate-friendly tasks when they holiday there. They’ll get things like free lunches, coffees, glasses of wine and kayak rental in return for things like litter picking and using public transport. Should we be doing the same? Andrea is joined by Travel Journalist Ed Flynn, Gwen Leyden, Landlord of George’s Street Arcade and Melanie May ‘Talk Travel’ Presenter on Dublin City FM to discuss.

Duration:00:10:26

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Reasons to be Happy: Airport Haircuts, Football, Movie Sequels

7/10/2024
Lunchtime Live's Reasons to be Happy looks at some of the news stories that you might have missed that will leave you feeling more optimistic. Today FM’s Cathal O’Sullivan joined Andrea in the studio to put a smile on your faces… Image: Dreamworks

Duration:00:10:25

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What’s going on at Dublin Zoo?

7/10/2024
You may have heard the sad news from Dublin Zoo recently after two Asian elephants died from the same disease within a week. There is an update to this story, Newstalk reporter Stephanie Rohan joins Andrea to tell what she has learned. Also, Gerry Boland from Animals Behind Closed Doors, James who runs the National Reptile Zoo and more join to discuss if we should have zoos at all.

Duration:00:18:50

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The Pod Squad: The Canoe Con

7/9/2024
It’s the Pod Squad – where we troll through the podcast offers to see what we can recommend! This week, we’re talking about British Scandal – a podcast that explores famous scandals, in a country that loves scandal. The series we’ve listened to is The Canoe Con. Andrea Gilligan is joined by Laura Donnelly and Elaine Burke to discuss. Image: Wondery

Duration:00:11:26

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Are children losing their conversational skills?

7/9/2024
Are we on the cusp of a conversational crisis? Have phones affected how kids learn to talk? The UK Labour party wants all state-school children to be taught speaking skills as part of the curriculum. What do you think? Have you noticed a fall in conversational skills? Ollwyn Moran, Neuro Developmental Therapist & Founder of COGNI Kids joins Andrea to discuss.

Duration:00:09:16