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    Gay Teachers

    What is it like to be a gay teacher in a Catholic school in Ireland, and feeling like you could be fired because of your sexuality? That’s the situation some gay teachers are faced with.

    Our reporter Brian O’Connell, in our Cork studio, has spoken with two gay teachers about their experiences.

    Read More: Employment Equality Act 1998, S. 37

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    Adoption

    For those adopted in Ireland, the struggle to find out exactly who you are is rarely an easy task. The accessing of birth certificates or being able to discover secrets that many take to their grave causes years of frustration for those searching for answers.

    Children’s Minister Dr James Reilly has now announced the terms of reference for the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes. However, Susan Lohan of The Adoption Rights Alliance says that up to 70,000 women will be excluded from the inquiry. Brian O’Connell has been speaking to some of the women whose voices won’t be heard.

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    Susan Lohan of the Adoption Rights Alliance joins Sean in studio.

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    Dirty Town

    Last week the Irish Business Against Litter published their second annual survey of cleanliness levels in certain areas of the country. Just one area in the latest survey has been named as a litter black spot, and our reporter Brian O’Connell has been to hear what locals think of the results.

    Read IBAL's response to Brian's queries here.

    Contact Brian here.

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    The Classifieds

    Brian O’Connell has been looking through the classified sections for stories, he tells Sean what he's come across. One being a young man with three dogs looking to become a trainee shepard, another ad two women named Mary and Frances who help people declutter their lives.

    Visit Mary and Frances' website here

    Dirty Town

    Last week the Irish Business Against Litter published their second annual survey of cleanliness levels in certain areas of the country. Just one area in the latest survey has been named as a litter black spot, and our reporter Brian O’Connell has been to hear what locals think of the results.

    Contact Brian here

    Dirty Town, Farranree, Co. Cork

    Last week the Irish Business Against Litter published their second annual survey of cleanliness levels in certain areas of the country. Just one area in the latest survey has been named as a litter black spot, and our reporter Brian O’Connell has been to hear what locals think of the results.

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    Petrol Prices

    While the price of a barrel of US crude oil has dropped below $50 in the past week, down almost 60% since last June, many motorists have yet to feel huge savings at the pumps.

    Our reporter Brian O’Connell has been out and about checking prices at some garages across the country. Firstly Brian gave us the backdrop to the reduction in oil prices, followed by Conor Faughnan, Director of Consumer Affairs with,  AA Ireland.

    Contact Brian here.

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    JD Wetherspoon: Low Priced Alcohol

    The news that the UK chain of pubs JD Wetherspoon is planning to invest €50 million into Ireland over the next five years has drawn some criticism, not least because of plans to sell some pints for €2.50.

    Others see the expansion of the British chain here as a threat to very fabric of Irish pub culture. I’ll be joined shortly by JD Wetherspoon CEO Tim Martin, but firstly our reporter Brian O’Connell has been looking into this issue.

    Contact Brian here.

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    Spiced Buffalo

    Now, an age old Cork tradition is for spiced beef at Christmas, but one butcher in the English Market is offering the dish with a twist. Brian O’Connell popped in to find out all about it.

    If you want to sample spiced buffalo, the butcher is Eoin O’Mahony, in the English Market in Cork, or try toonsbridgebuffalo.com

     

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    Road Safety Roadshow

    How do you get the importance of road safety across to the group of teenagers? Well, one road safety roadshow has been travelling the country trying to do just that, and it doesn’t pull any punches. Brian O’Connell went along last week and he was in studio to tell us how he got on.

    To have an AXA RoadSafe Roadshow in your area, get in touch with AXA here or you can email andrea.cassells@axa.ie directly.

    Contact Brian here.

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