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    Family Courts

    Yesterday an international conference on child protection and the law held in Dublin was told that some Judges are too quick to issue orders taking children into care and that there are considerable variations in the decision of judges from county to county. The conference was organised by the Child Care Reporting Project in conjunction with the Law Society. 

    Valerie Cox was in studio to explain what exactly the Child Care Reporting Project is.


    Family Courts

    This morning we returned to the Family Courts in Dolphin House in Dublin where Valerie Cox had been sitting in on some of the cases being heard.

    Ghost Estates Rescue

    Over the years this programme has covered the plague of dozens of ghost estates around the country and the plight of the families who bought into these estates, setting up their family home in what turned out to be a wasteland of weeds, dereliction and vandalism.

    But this morning we bring you a good news story, the rescue of a ghost estate in Carrickmacross in Co Monaghan. Valerie Cox has been to see the Ascaill Rois estate.

    Ascaill Rois

    Ascaill Rois, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan

    Therese Toal of Toal Auctioneers


    Flooding and Insurance

    Cork city, Mallow, Clonmel, Kilkenny, Clonakilty and Ballinasloe... these are just some of the places that have been in the news for all the wrong reasons over the past few years. 

    Devastated by flooding, people having to leave their homes, millions of euro in houses, shops and property destroyed. But now the Government has spent €500m over the last five years on flood relief schemes around the country which you might say is very good news indeed.  The only spanner in the works is that people living in these areas – which were previously prone to flooding – can’t get insurance on their homes or businesses. 

    Valerie Cox has been to Co Cork to find out what’s happening.


    Grandparents Day

    Valerie Cox visited Walshestown National School in Dunleer, Co. Louth. There she met with the teachers, parents, kids and grandparents. 

    The Parents Committee

    Principal Nora Molloy, Deputy Principal Jim Griffin and teachers


    The Caffreys, Connors and McLoughlins

    Colm and Eoin Hackett 

    Attacks on Prison Officers

    Stabbing, punching, broken bones, gun threats and having urine thrown into their faces...these have all featured in attacks on prison officers serving in Ireland’s fifteen prisons. 

    There were 154 attacks in 2013 but the violence has been escalating with nine attacks in the last couple of weeks alone.  This morning a delegation from the Prison Officers’ Association is meeting with the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald. Valerie Cox joined Sean in studio.


    Courts: Repossessions

    There are 98 cases before the country registrars court this morning, most of these made up of people at various stages of repossession orders on their homes. Valerie Cox has been in the court this morning. 


    Older People Coping with Debt

    One of the legacies of the Celtic Tiger is the number of older people coping with debt, people in their sixties, seventies and eighties. Valerie Cox has been to meet some of them.

    Contact the Phoenix Project on 1850 20 30 40

    Older People in Debt

    One of the legacies of the Celtic tiger is the number of older people coping with debt, people in their sixties, seventies and eighties. Valerie Cox has been to meet some of them.

    Contact the Phoenix Project -  1850 20 30 40 or email


    Isolated Farmers

    The Inishowen peninsula in Donegal is one of the wildest and most beautiful places in Ireland but there is a downside too, isolation, loneliness, the lack of a public transport service, the closure of a number of garda stations and post offices and now a threat to the Now Doc medical service.  Valerie Cox has been to Inishowen.

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