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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

"It shows that people do not care about stuttering."

1/15/2021
Joe Biden is set to become the first president to have overcome a stutter. His journey will no doubt inspire many who have to manage a stutter in their day to day life. Dr. Jonathan Linklater joined Kieran to discuss what can cause a stutter and what are the best ways to manage them.

Duration:00:10:15

"I've reported on 40 wars, but nothing on that scale..."

1/15/2021
BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson was on the ground in Baghdad 30 years ago as Operation Desert Storm began on Iraq. 30 years on, he joined Kieran on Friday's edition of The Hard Shoulder to recount his experiences.

Duration:00:16:01

Travel in 2021..and beyond!

1/15/2021
Mary McKenna, CEO of Tour America and Eoghan Corry of Air and Travel magazine joined Kieran to take a closer look at the travel industry and the prospects for 2021.

Duration:00:10:46

How quickly will the GPs be vaccinated?

1/15/2021
As the schedule for vaccinating the Irish population was published, Kildare GP Brendan O'Shea joined Kieran on Friday's edition of The Hard Shoulder to tell him why he is upbeat about when GPs will be fully ready to vaccinate. SIPTU's Adrian Kane also told Kieran why he wants to see further clarification on how quickly the rest of the workforce will get their vaccinations.

Duration:00:12:27

"We have never had to deal with something on this scale so rapidly."

1/15/2021
It has been decided that the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be given after 28 days rather than 21 days. The change comes into effect for anyone vaccinated from this coming Monday and will allow for more people to receive their first dose of the vaccine sooner. Karina Butler, Chair of National Immunisation Advisory Committee joined Kieran to discuss what impact this will have on the vaccination process.

Duration:00:10:53

"You are missing out on all the contact that can help you!"

1/14/2021
The pandemic has been an ongoing struggle for all us but for new mothers though the isolation caused by rolling lockdowns has been especially tough. Journalist, Broadcaster and new mum Aideen Finnegan has joined me alongside Dr. Brian Higgins GP in Galway Primary Care to discuss the challenges of being a new parent in a pandemic.

Duration:00:10:54

"They have quite a nutty taste and a nice crunch!"

1/14/2021
The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has given the green light to snacking on worms. These mealworms could be used as a protein-rich snack, or an ingredient for other foods. Dr. Cara Augustenborg Environmental Policy Fellow at UCD to share her experience of tucking into insect based dinners and why a move towards them could actually have an environmental benefit.

Duration:00:09:55

"Impeachment is a constitutional remedy..."

1/14/2021
The US House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump on Wednesday for a second time. This is just days before he is scheduled to leave office. The House voted 232-197 to impeach the president, with 10 members of the Republican Party joining 222 Democrats. Richard E Neal is a US Congressman, and Chairman of the Friends of Ireland Caucus in the United States House of Representatives. He joined Kieran on Thursday's edition of The Hard Shoulder to describe the last week, as well as...

Duration:00:12:12

Children with special needs could be in school next week

1/14/2021
Schools and some classes catering for children with physical and intellectual disabilities could reopen in a week's time. After talks with trade union representatives this morning, Minister for Education Norma Foley said that it is a "shared ambition" of both her's, the INTO and Fórsa trade union that special schools open again for students on January 21st. They would also like special classes for children with disabilities in primary schools. Josepha Madigan, Minister for State at the...

Duration:00:23:59

Leo Varadkar: ICU numbers to be below 50 before we reopen

1/14/2021
Tanaiste Leo Varadkar joined Kieran Cuddihy to discuss vaccine roll out, the reopening of the economy, our new travel rules, and offering his services to the medical system to help with vaccine rollout. He said he wouldn't envisage businesses reopening until March, and the ICU numbers would need to be down to 50 before we could open up. He also explained how there are more vaccinations being adminsitered each week, and the plan for ramping that up should AstraZeneca's vaccine get approval...

Duration:00:19:47

Movies and TV

1/13/2021
Screentime Presenter John Fardy joins Off The Balls Sue Murphy and Kieran to take at look at the best of this weeks box and box office.

Duration:00:12:26

'We'll get there, it's going to take a few months!' Renowned Irish hotelier on how New York will bounce back

1/13/2021
What has it been like for the tourism industry in the city that never sleeps? Kieran spoke to John Fitzpatrick, who has been running the hugely successful Fitzpatrick Manhattan and the Fitzpatrick Grand Central in New York for the past 30 years. He told The Hard Shoulder that once the vaccine roll out gets going the city will do well, and that it will take a few months to get there.

Duration:00:13:37

The Last Post: Fr. Reginald Foster

1/13/2021
Every Wednesday here on the Hard Shoulder on Newstalk we bring you The Last Post - where we hear about the life of someone who has recently died but you have probably never heard of... John Kelleher, told Kieran about Fr. Reginald Foster, The Vatican’s ‘Latin Lover’ who passed away recently aged 81.

Duration:00:10:21

'We've past the point where it's feasible' for the Leaving Cert to go ahead as planned

1/13/2021
Secondary school students are calling on state exams to be cancelled in their current format. The Irish Second-Level Students Union have written an open letter to the Education Minister Norma Foley calling for an alternative format to be found. Kieran spoke to the ISSU President Reuben Murray about their call.

Duration:00:05:55

How does disinformation cause episodes like the Capitol Hill siege?

1/13/2021
Craig Dwyer, campaigner and lecturer in DCU, joined Kieran on Wednesday's edition of The Hard Shoulder to tell him how disinformation can lead to riots, the likes of which we saw in Washington DC. Is President Trump to blame, or does it go deeper than that?

Duration:00:05:52

"You'd be amazed at the Irish you actually have..."

1/13/2021
Over one and half million Irish people are confident in their ability to speak Irish. This is according to new research from Conradh na Gaeilge; and almost two million are confident in their ability to understand Irish. So do people need more of an opportunity to speak it? Or why aren’t we hearing more of the language spoken? Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh is an Irish speaker and presenter with RTE, and she .

Duration:00:10:19

Concerns continue over the vaccine rollout

1/13/2021
Concerns have continued to be raised about the ongoing vaccine roll out. GPs and private ambulance operators, in particular, have been vocal in their concerns. Dr. Amy Morgan is a GP based in Drogheda and David Hall is the owner of Lifeline Ambulances. They joined Jonathan on Tuesday's edition of The Hard Shoulder to air voice their issues.

Duration:00:10:05

The Hard Shoulder Health Check: Porn

1/12/2021
In this weeks Hard Shoulder Health Check Enda Murphy Psychotherapist and director of SeeMe.ie joins Jonathan Healy to discuss how to talk to teeangers about porn.

Duration:00:12:38

"I haven't a notion of moving!"

1/12/2021
New figures published by the European Commission show that almost 7 in 10 people in Ireland are living in homes that are too large for their household needs. Edgar Morgenroth Professor of Economics at DCU and Mary O’Rourke Former Fianna Fail Minister joined Jonathan Healy to discuss why so many people chose to remain in a house that has become to big.

Duration:00:13:50

'We call ourselves the banished babies' - Mari Steed on her reaction to the Mother and Baby Homes Commission report

1/12/2021
The Mother and Baby Homes Commission's final report makes clear Ireland had a “stifling, oppressive and brutally misogynistic culture” towards unmarried mothers and their children, the Children’s Minister has said. The lengthy and long-awaited report has been published this afternoon, highlighting the 'particularly harsh treatment' that women who gave birth outside marriage were subject to. Mari Steed, who was born in Bessborough in Cork and gave her reaction to the report to Jonathan Healy...

Duration:00:20:43