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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'.

Language:

English


Episodes

Meghan and Harry's tell all interview with Oprah

3/5/2021
Oprah's exclusive interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry airs this Sunday. And, already excitement about the 'tell all' has begun. But what sort of appetite is there for it in the States? Tim Grey, Variety’s Senior Vice President told us all about it.

Duration:00:06:39

"I've put on extra security at my shop incase there's trouble at tomorrow's protest"

3/5/2021
There are calls for an anti-lockdown protest to be cancelled in Cork City tomorrow. Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney tweeted saying he knows people are stressed by restrictions, but mass gatherings to protest are counterproductive and he called the growing list of people calling for the event to not go ahead. But what are people in Cork City and businesses saying? Our reporter Barry Whyte joins us from the Rebel County.....

Duration:00:13:23

"We're being held to ransom as a country..."

3/5/2021
Kieran continued to get reaction to the vaccine rollout around the country on The Hard Shoulder as he was joined by Sneem GP Hernan Ganzo, Debbie O'Halloran from Galway, and Emma from Lucan - both of whom have elderly mothers waiting for the vaccine.

Duration:00:15:05

"I've put on extra security at my shop incase there's trouble at tomorrow's protest"

3/5/2021
There are calls for an anti-lockdown protest to be cancelled in Cork City tomorrow. Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney tweeted saying he knows people are stressed by restrictions, but mass gatherings to protest are counterproductive and he called the growing list of people calling for the event to not go ahead. But what are people in Cork City and businesses saying? Our reporter Barry Whyte joins us from the Rebel County.....

Duration:00:12:01

"Non-essential construction work should be stopped and should not continue"

3/4/2021
Construction workers were busy during the last few days at one of Dublin's most high-profile roads, despite COVID-19 restrictions. Workers could be seen at a number of separate addresses on Shrewsbury Road and Ailesbury Road. But what is considered non-essential work and essential? Our reporter Barry Whyte has been finding out?

Duration:00:12:01

Why has the HSE missed its 100,000 vaccine target?

3/4/2021
On Newstalk Breakfast this morning, Monaghan GP Ilona Duffy said that around 200 Irish GP practices have yet to receive any coronavirus vaccines. Further to that, the HSE last week missed its target of administering 100,000 vaccine doses – with just over 81,000 rolled out over the seven days. Meanwhile, a number of Fianna Fail TDs have strongly criticized the pace of our vaccine rollout. For more on the rollout, Kieran Cuddihy spoke to Ossian Smyth, Minister of State for Public Procurement...

Duration:00:16:15

Gordon Elliott: Has the backlash gone far enough?

3/4/2021
Gordon Elliott will face an Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board hearing tomorrow following the image posted online of him sitting astride a dead horse on the gallops at his training yard. But has the backlash gone far enough? Can he be allowed to apologise for his mistake, take a punishment as decided by the IHRB, and then get back to racing? Kieran Cunningham is Chief Sports Writer with the Irish Daily Star and he joined Kieran Cuddihy to discuss. Listen and subscribe to The Hard Shoulder on...

Duration:00:14:08

Fianna Fáil risks becoming a ‘mudguard in waiting’ for Sinn Fein

3/4/2021
Senator Michael McDowell joined Kieran on The Hard Shoulder to discuss whether there is space for a new party on the political spectrum.

Duration:00:09:50

Nick Cave, Van Morrison and remembering Bunny Wailer

3/4/2021
Tom Dunne talked about the strange list of new Van Morrison songs, new music from Nick Cave, and had some reflections on the life of Bunny Wailer.

Duration:00:09:50

"People thought we were crazy..."

3/4/2021
From getting his vaccine against Covid 19, to discussing his upbringing in Wexford and then Killiney, to his move to New York, Kieran had plenty to discuss with John Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald Hotels on The Thursday Interview.

Duration:00:20:47

How would vaccine passports work?

3/3/2021
The European Commission is set to propose vaccine passports in time for summer holidays. The idea is to enable people to travel across Europe to help countries’ tourism sector recover. But how could this work exactly - if at all? Kieran Cuddihy was joined by Barry Andrews, MEP for the Dublin Constituency and travel editor of the Independent in London Simon Calder. Listen and subscribe to The Hard Shoulder on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on the...

Duration:00:09:52

The Last Post: Fanne Foxe

3/3/2021
In "The Last Post" this week John Kelleher joined Kieran to take a look back at the life of flamboyant ‘Argentine Firecracker’, at the centre of a juicy Washington sex scandal who passed away recently aged 84. 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'.

Duration:00:15:42

"Children grow into adults, and adults deserve the truth..."

3/3/2021
Louise McLoughlin is a journalist, and host of the podcast 'You Look Like Me'. She is donor conceived, and she joined Kieran to discuss her journey in finding her father, her half-sister, and trying to find the rest of her family.

Duration:00:10:09

Movies & TV

3/3/2021
John Fardy and Sue Murphy join Kieran Cuddihy with their picks of the best of the box and the box office. 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'.

Duration:00:11:50

The Hard Shoulder Health Check: Glaucoma

3/2/2021
On The Hard Shoulder Health Check this week... March 7th to 13th is World Glaucoma Awareness Week and Kieran Cuddihy was joined by Graeme Rogers, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Beacon Hospital, to talk about glaucoma prevention and treatments. 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:...

Duration:00:07:58

'It’s common, it’s widespread' Martin Beanz Warde on Pontin's Travellers blacklist

3/2/2021
One of Britain's biggest holiday park operators Pontin’s has agreed to corporate changes after it was found to have run a secret blacklist targeting members of the Irish Traveller community, the UK equality commissioner has said. Many of the last names are common more widely in Britain and Ireland, including people named Carney, Cash, Gallagher, Murphy and Stokes. Martin Beanz Warde, Presenter of the “Haz bean Show” podcast, comedian and member of the travelling community joins Kieran to...

Duration:00:03:50

Are local authorities equipped to set affordable housing targets?

3/2/2021
The Oireachtas Housing committee today heard that local authorities are best placed to assess the demand for affordable housing. And it comes as Sinn Fein says the plan should not get the go ahead. But what do the developers think? Well for more on this, Kieran Cuddihy was joined by James Benson, Director of Housing, Planning & Development at the Construction Industry Federation. Listen and subscribe to The Hard Shoulder on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen and...

Duration:00:13:48

Are people still adhering to Covid 19 guidelines?

3/2/2021
According to figures from the ESRI, when it comes to following Covid-19 restrictions, almost everyone thinks they are doing better than average. The Social Activity Measure found that 97% of respondents believed their behaviour was as careful or more careful than average. Kierna was joined on The Hard Shoulder by the Head of the ESRI’s Behavioural Research Institute, Pete Lunn.

Duration:00:10:59

Why is it so hard to switch broadband and TV providers?

3/2/2021
Kieran Cuddihy was joined by Daragh Cassidy, Head of Communications at Bonkers.ie and Siobhan Maguire, Consumer journalist, to discuss why is it so hard to switch broadband and TV providers? 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'.

Duration:00:16:13

"We should be in there having a go..."

3/2/2021
Ireland and the UK are making a joint bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup. In a joint statement, the five football associations of Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales said that they were delighted to support a prospective bid for the tournament. Kieran was joined on The Hard Shoulder by former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, who saw no reason why we can't make the most of it, as well as former Irish international Gary Breen.

Duration:00:14:04