Discussion and debate with Joe Duffy
On Liveline today, we spoke to Ann who has a son with special needs. She contacted the programme after listening to Louise Mac An tSaoi last week. Ann told us that it is a postcode lottery when it comes to healthcare. If you are lucky enough to live in Dublin, you have access to excellent healthcare for children. Elsewhere in the country, it is not so easy. She spoke about the toll trying to source help for her son and looking after him has taken on her.
Breda had her bike stolen. This is a specially-modified bike as she suffers from MS. She has cycled for miles on her bike as the exercise really helps with her condition. She told us all about how important the bike was too her and how devastated she was at its loss.
Angela remembered the time her daughter met Nelson Mandela when he was in Ireland for the Special Olympics. She has a lovely photograph from the day – her daughter, who had special needs, died earlier this year.
Rachel spoke about cruelty to horses. She works with horses every day. She reported that a horse had been beaten in Wicklow. She believes that people should have licences to own a horse.
Nuala called in with a problem – holes in only her expensive clothes. Moths or some sort of creature is quite choosy and only munching on the expensive clothes, including her daughter’s Debs dress.
We ended the programme with a call from Paul Maher. He had heard Breda’s plight of the lost bike and he imports such specialist bikes. He wanted to give one to Breda.