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    Syrian Refugees

    As more and more people from Syria and other countries try to reach the safety of Europe, our reporter Brian O’Connell has met with two Syrian families recently granted refuge here in Ireland.

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    Cork's Employment Success

    Reporter Brian O’Connell has been looking at some of the new types of jobs created in the tech sector and those creating them.

    The Government talks about 100,000 jobs being created since coming to office and Brian looks at one of the areas experiencing growth and that is the tech sector. In Cork there is something of a tech hub with several local companies expanding rapidly and all currently looking for staff.

    Contact Brian here.

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    Exotic Animals

    Racoons, boa constrictors, deadly spiders and 5 foot long iguanas, these are just some of the animals the National Exotic Animal Sanctuary has had to deal with when their owners could no longer handle them or when they were found. Our reporter Brian O’Connell has been to the sanctuary and has also looked at how easy it is to import rare and sometimes dangerous animals into Ireland.

    The website for the sanctuary if people would like to donate www.neas.ie

    Contact Brian here.

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    The Puck Fair

    Now for hundreds of years the Puck fair has been held in the Kerry town of Killorglin. Today is the fair day, and our reporter Brian O’Connell pulled on his wellingtons and joined the trader from 6 o’clock this morning.

    Brian tells us how business has been and tells us a bit about the history of Puck.

    Contact Brian here.

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    Racism in Ireland

    In recent weeks, there have been a number of racist attacks in Ireland. With plans for Ireland to take in 600 migrants as part of an EU programme, is our society becoming more racist?

    Our reporter Brian O’Connell has been looking at this issue.

    Contact Brian here.

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    Air BnB

    Now, for some it has more than halved their mortgage repayments, while for others it provides annual holiday money - it seems more and more people are using AirBnB to generate income.

    Our reporter Brian O’Connell has been looking into how it works and who is making money from it.

    Read More: Revenue dashes hopes of AirBnB generation, Dominic Coyle, The Irish Times, 4th Feb 2015

    Contact Brian here.

    Cervical Cancer Vaccine

    A group has recently been set up to highlight concerns they have about possible side effects of the HPV vaccine, which is given to teenage girls in Ireland. I’ll be joined shortly by Dr Kevin Connolly, Chairman of the National Immunisation Committee, but first our reporter Brian O’Connell has been looking at this issue.

    Contact Brian here.

     

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    Cervical Cancer Vaccine

    A group has recently been set up to highlight concerns they have about possible side effects of the HPV vaccine, which is given to teenage girls in Ireland. I’ll be joined shortly by Dr Kevin Connolly, Chairman of the National Immunisation Committee, but first our reporter Brian O’Connell has been looking at this issue

    Contact Brian here.

    HSE response to Brian's questions.

    Brian asked the HSE some questions about the HPV vaccine following queries by parents - read response here

    The company which distributes the HPV vaccine here also provided a comprehensive reply to issues raised - read here

    And in relation to complaints about the vaccine, this is what the HPRA told him - read here

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    Spike Island Excavations

    It has housed everyone from Irish Nationalist John Mitchell to notorious Dublin criminal Martin The General Cahill, and for the next few weeks Spike Island, at the entrance to Cork harbour, is home to a team of archaeologists. Our reporter Brian O’Connell has been to Spike Island to find out why they are there.

    Contact Brian here.

    There’s an open day tomorrow, Tuesday, and outside of that you can visit by getting the boat from the harbour in Cobh where there are sailings every hour from 11am until 3pm. www.spikeislandcork.com.

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    Mindful Walking

    Billed as Ireland’s first mindful walking group, former army commandment Hugh O’Donovan aims to get people fit and promote inner peace and wellbeing at the same time. Our reporter Brian O’Connell met some of a new mindful walking group in Cork yesterday.

    It takes place the last Tuesday of every month meeting at the Bishopstown Café in Cork. Next one is July 28th. More details on Hugh’s website www.hoda.ie.

    Contact Brian here.

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    Syrian Families

    Brian O'Connell meets two families living in Cork.

    Virginia Shootings

    Tributes have been paid to the two television journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward who were shot and killed during a live broadcast in Virginia yesterday.

    Creche Inspections

    Brian O'Connell has been looking into the area of creche costs and low wages of staff.

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