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The Hard Shoulder Highlights with Kieran Cuddihy on Newstalk. Join Kieran every weekday afternoon from 4-7pm for a round-up of the day’s events, interviews with the people at the centre of the stories – and a bit of craic along the way. Listen and subscribe to The Hard Shoulder on Apple Podcasts, Google 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 adding the Newstalk skill and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'.

The Hard Shoulder Highlights with Kieran Cuddihy on Newstalk. Join Kieran every weekday afternoon from 4-7pm for a round-up of the day’s events, interviews with the people at the centre of the stories – and a bit of craic along the way. Listen and subscribe to The Hard Shoulder on Apple Podcasts, Google 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 adding the Newstalk skill and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'.

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Ireland

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The Hard Shoulder Highlights with Kieran Cuddihy on Newstalk. Join Kieran every weekday afternoon from 4-7pm for a round-up of the day’s events, interviews with the people at the centre of the stories – and a bit of craic along the way. Listen and subscribe to The Hard Shoulder on Apple Podcasts, Google 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 adding the Newstalk skill and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'.

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English


Episodes

Increase in prices since hospitality reopened

6/15/2021
We have heard from a number of our listeners who have noticed a price hike when out and about enjoying the hospitality sector. Owner of the Cherrytree pub, Gerry McKeogh and Consumer journalist with the Irish Times Conor Pope joined Kieran to discuss the issue. McKeogh reported a modest increase in the price of a pint from €5 to €5.20. He made the point that the hospitality industry has heavily invested in itself during the downtime of lockdown. Conor Pope remarked that the publicans and...

Duration:00:14:33

Thousands of mica-affected homeowners protest in Dublin

6/15/2021
Thousands of people gathered in Dublin today for a protest in support of a 100% redress scheme for homes and other buildings affected by blocks defective due to mica. The protest assembled at the Convention Centre, where the Dáil is sitting, before marching to Leinster House this afternoon. There were people from Clare, Limerick, Sligo and Mayo. While the majority of the crowd were from Co Donegal. Our reporter Barry Whyte was there....

Duration:00:14:05

''Loneliness Has Almost Doubled In The Last Year In Ireland''

6/15/2021
According to the latest figures from the CSO, loneliness has almost doubled in the last year, increasing from 6.8% in April 2020 to 13.1% in February 2021. The Loneliness Taskforce is a coalition of organisations and individuals who work to address loneliness. Sean Moynihan CEO of Alone and Bill Murphy an older Person and member of Alone joined Kieran on The Hard Shoulder today. Bill got in touch with the show to discuss how lonely he has felt over the past year during the lockdown and how...

Duration:00:10:16

How can parents better encourage girls into sport?

6/15/2021
The Dads from Off The Ball get together regularly on the 'Dadcast' to discuss what it’s like to be a father. They just had Ireland rugby legend Paul O’Connell as a guest on this week, and he spoke about how he unconsciously encourages his son into sport in a stronger way than his daughter; and it can be as simple as buying rugby jerseys for him from a young age, or putting a hurley in his hand before he could walk. Off The Ball's Nathan Murphy and former Irish rugby international Tania...

Duration:00:13:01

Sick Pay ''This is yet another cost at a tough time for small companies''

6/15/2021
Cabinet has signed off on new legislation to give all workers the right to paid sick leave. The Government’s statutory sick pay scheme will be phased in over a four-year period It will start with three days per year in 2022, rising to five days payable in 2023 and seven days payable in 2024. Employers will eventually cover the cost of 10 sick days per year in 2025. Sick pay will be paid by employers at a rate of 70% of an employee’s wage, subject to a daily threshold of €110. John Barry, HR...

Duration:00:14:54

The Irish Museum Of Time Opens In Waterford City

6/15/2021
The country's latest museum has officially opened in Waterford City. The Irish Museum of Time showcases the very best in clocks and watches, of all shapes and sizes. The Irish Museum of Time officially opened in Waterford today. Hundreds of clocks and watches are now being showcased by @WFORD_Treasures. Hear from Director of the Museum Eamonn McNeaney and collectors on @TheHardShoulder. pic.twitter.com/vZVJArbYsg — Josh Crosbie (@JoshCrosbie3) June 14, 2021 Our reporter Josh Crosbie has been...

Duration:00:09:43

"The conditions have become so unbearable in the defence forces!"

6/14/2021
A survey by the Representative Association of Commissioned Officers has found more “push factors than pull factors” for officers in the Defence Forces. Nearly one-in-three officers who quit the Forces in the past few years told the survey they wouldn't recommend a military career in this country. Cathal Berry, Independent TD for Kildare and Noel O’Callaghan, retired Regiment Sergeant Major joined Kieran to discuss the findings. Listen and subscribe to The Hard Shoulder on Apple Podcasts,...

Duration:00:15:34

"It's why Stobart collapsed... they'd no passengers!"

6/14/2021
It’s been reported that the Government is likely to get rid of self-quarantine requirements for travellers arriving here from Britain who have received two shots of a Covid-19 vaccine. However, requirements may be toughened for those travelling from Britain who are not vaccinated. The Cabinet is likely to discuss the changes and receive an update when it meets tomorrow. Meanwhile, we saw this weekend that Stobart Air has terminated its contract with Aer Lingus. The CEO of Ryanair, Eddie...

Duration:00:08:42

''I'm disappointed, you can't help be a bit gutted!''

6/14/2021
We noticed a tweet earlier this afternoon that really took us aback. Panti Bliss tweeted out a picture of a building two doors down from PantiBar in Dublin’s City Centre, with the words ‘Pedo Bar’ and an arrow presumably pointing at Panti Bar. Rory O’Neill, aka Panti Bliss, joined Kieran to discuss. Listen and subscribe to The Hard Shoulder on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App. You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com...

Duration:00:10:59

Men’s Health Week ''Significant improvement in recent years''

6/14/2021
It’s Men’s Health Week and with higher death rates for almost all major illnesses, poorer lifestyles leading to chronic diseases and late presentation to a doctor meaning that many illnesses become untreatable, much work remains to be done on making men a healthier bunch . Men’s Health Specialist at IT Carlow, Dr Noel Richardson joined Kieran to discuss on the Hard Shoulder. Listen and subscribe to The Hard Shoulder on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen and...

Duration:00:08:42

"It's cosy." Join Henry McKean on his Campervan Tour

6/11/2021
From Ballybunion to Brittas Bay, Henry McKean is taking to the highways and byways of Ireland in his trusty campervan to discover some of our beautiful country’s hidden gems…and to catch up with some fellow staycationers along the way. Follow Henry’s Campervan Tour all next week on The Pat Kenny Show, weekday mornings from 9, on Newstalk. Henry is setting off on his journey. We checked in with him on his journey.

Duration:00:06:38

''If the G7 really want it, there is very little that will stop it''

6/11/2021
Ireland will have to fight to keep our 12 and a half percent corporation tax rate. That’s according to the finance minister Paschal Donohoe as the G7 indicates it wants a worldwide rate set at 15%. Barry Ward, Fine Gael senator And Rosamond Bennett, the Chief Executive of Christian Aid Ireland, joined Joe Molloy to discuss. Listen and subscribe to The Hard Shoulder on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App. You can also listen to...

Duration:00:13:35

Live Music Returned ''It was amazing, just so lucky to be there''

6/11/2021
Live music returned to Ireland last night with James Vincent McMorrow performing the first of the official pilot events taking place at the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin. Kieran was joined by Brian McDermott, Director at Fuel and organiser of the Kalidaskope festival and Michael who was at the gig last night. Ahead of tonight’s test event in the RDS which will see 1,200 supporters in attendance for Leinster versus Dragons, Kieran was joined by Leinster Rugby's Head of Commercial and Marketing,...

Duration:00:13:24

''The fear is they will be asked to do more & more and paid less & less''

6/11/2021
Farmers are protesting across the country today, highlighting the upcoming changes to the Common Agricultural Policy payments they receive, and the expectations for environmental changes. But with a growing environmental crisis, domestic targets for climate action and Ireland’s role in the Paris Climate Agreement, there are calls for action from the agricultural community to reduce emissions and the impact on biodiversity. Brian Rushe is the Deputy President of the IFA, and Sadhbh O’Neill,...

Duration:00:15:08

Clarkson: Brexit is “an ocean-going pain in the arse.”

6/10/2021
You may know him best from driving extremely fast, extremely expensive cars around whilst shouting over their roaring engines. In more recent times, he has been quizzing would-be millionaires. Well, in a drastic change of pace, Jeremy Clarkson has gone rural. His latest show Clarkson’s Farm sees the city slicker attempt to navigate the day to day operations of running a farm. He’ll be driving tractors. Shearing sheep. All under the watchful, bemused eye of locals. Jeremy joins Kieran to talk...

Duration:00:09:45

''The key issue is supply, there is a massive demand''

6/10/2021
It could take at least until 2024 before supply comes close to meeting demand. That’s according to research from the Banking and Payments Federation and for more on this we’re joined by Brian Hayes, the boss of the Federation Kieran was joined by Aimee and also James Benson from the Construction Industry Federation. Listen and subscribe to Moncrieff on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App. You can also listen to Newstalk live on...

Duration:00:18:14

''Everyone accepts the protocols or something like it, is here to stay''

6/10/2021
The G7 summit is set to start tomorrow. US President Joe Biden is expected to warn UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson that any disagreement over trade rules can't damage the peace process. Kieran was joined by political commentator in the North, Newton Emerson and Fianna Fáil MEP, Billy Kelleher. Listen and subscribe to The Hard Shoulder on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App. You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on...

Duration:00:12:07

''It's the big one, we pick the grand finale winner''

6/10/2021
It's been a year since Comedian PJ Gallagher 'became his own parent’ when moving in with his mammy. Kieran asks him if his mom is still talking to him after the year of parent-child role reversal, and what we can expect from tonight's final episode of his show The Big DIY Challenge at RTE. The Big DIY Challenge series finale airs tonight, 20:30, RTÉ One & RTÉ Player. Listen and subscribe to The Hard Shoulder on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on...

Duration:00:13:13

''Obviously drink is a massively important element of Irish culture''

6/10/2021
Ireland is one of only two countries in Europe that didn’t reduce its alcohol consumption during the first lockdown. A new study in the Addiction Journal found that Ireland’s alcohol consumption stayed the same, even though pubs and restaurants were closed, while in the UK, alcohol consumption increased. Should we be surprised by the fact that we still managed to drink the same amount, just at home? Prof Frank Murray, Consultant Physician/Gastroenterologist and Associate Professor of...

Duration:00:15:41

''Yes, this is inevitable to move to these new advanced technologies''

6/9/2021
Norway's Green party have thrown their support behind the use of nuclear power to achieve their climate goals. Should Ireland be doing the same? John Sodeau is Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at UCC and Tony Lowes, Director of Friends of the Irish Environment, joined Kieran to discuss. Listen and subscribe to The Hard Shoulder on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App. You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on Alexa,...

Duration:00:11:46