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    Mortgage Debt Couple

    A couple of weeks ago we brought you the story of an elderly couple in a town in rural Ireland who got into trouble with their mortgage and who have already handed over their home and their business to the bank.  This morning we have an update...but it’s good news.  Valerie Cox reminds us what happened to Thomas and Mary.

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    Erosion of Croagh Patrick

    Up to ten thousand people a year now climb Croagh Patrick in numbers that are causing serious erosion on the mountain, so much so that one local priest ahs called for a ban on people using the Holy mountain. Valerie Cox has been to Westport to find out what's going on.

     

     

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    Ben and Jake Connolly

    Last November we brought the story of the Connolly family from Mountmellick in Co Laois.  Nicolette and Terence have two boys – Ben and Jake - both of whom suffer from Allan-Herndon-Dudley-Syndrome, so rare that they are the only two sufferers in Ireland. Both parents had to give up work to look after them and then their mortgage fell into arrears and they have been told to hand over their home to the bank in September.  Valerie Cox has the details.

    The family’s website is www.benandjakeconnollytrust.com. You can make a donation through the webpage or through Mountmellick Credit Union.

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    Dublin Zoo

    Gorillas, Rhinos, Sealions, Elephants, Monkeys, a visit to Dublin Zoo is a great way to spend a sunny afternoon and Valerie Cox has been to Dublin Zoo for an update on what’s happening. Dublin is the second oldest zoo in Europe.

    Further information on the zoo, admission prices, events, adopt an animal, all on Dublinzoo.ie.

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    Cavan 1916

    In the countdown to the 100th anniversary of 1916 the Government has been organizing a series of public meetings around the country. Last night it was the turn of Cavan and Valerie Cox went along. There she met with relatives of those who fought and Minister for Arts, Heritage and an Gaeltacht Heather Humphries. 

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    Young Ballymun

    A huge success story in a community that has faced tough challenges over the years that about sums up the role of YOUNG BALLYMUN since it started in 2008 to improve child learning and wellbeing.

    Valerie Cox has been along to Ballymun to find out more.

    Anyone who would like further information can go to their website: www.youngballymun.org and they're on Twitter: @young_ballymun.

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    New Children's Hospital

    As planning for the new National Children’s Hospital goes ahead for the St James’s Hospital site in Dublin, groups of residents living in the areas close to the hospital have been raising objections to the location. 

    Valerie Cox has met with some of them.

    To discuss some of the concerns raised in Val’s report Eilish Hardiman, CEO of the Children Hospital’s Group Board joined Sean in studio.

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    Rape Crisis Network

    This morning the Rape Crisis Network Ireland will launch what it says could be their last Crisis Statistic Report because Tusla – the Child and Family Agency – has withdrawn 100% of their core funding.

    Valerie Cox joined Sean in studio with more on this.

    You can download the full RCNI Report on www.rcni.ie from 10am this morning.

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    Au Pairs

    Childcare is one of the most difficult and expensive things for young parents to organise but for some, the solution is the exploitation of young women coming to Ireland as au pairs. Over the past five years the number of families relying on au pairs has jumped to 20,000, but, almost half have no written contract, 44% complained about unfair treatment and long working hours but were ignored. 13% are not allowed to leave the house when their work is finished and 15% had to be on call over night. 

    This morning, the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland will launch a report on the exploitation of au pairs and childminders in Irish homes. Valerie Cox has been meeting with some au pairs who have had bad experiences. Also joining Sean in studio was Edel McGinley, Director of Migrant Rights Centre Ireland.

    Ballymun Early Intervention

    A huge success story in a community that has faced tough challenges over the years, that about sums up the role of YOUNG BALLYMUN since it started in 2008 to improve child learning and wellbeing.  Valerie Cox, has been along to Ballymun to find out more.

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