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A selection of items from Kerry Today will be made available here every day for you to listen back to. In association with KWD Recycling
You might have seen in today’s Irish Examiner the spectacular photograph of Rebekah and Miki Barlok, in their wedding finery, on the top of Ireland’s highest mountain.
Cian O’Carroll is the solicitor for Emma Mhic Mhathúna and two other women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy. He also represents Vicky Phelan who brought the scandal into the public eye.
Susan from Killorglin is sick to death of hoax callers trying to gain access to her computer. She decided it was time to call them out.
Parliamentary correspondent with The Irish Times, Michael O’Regan, joins Jerry to discuss the week that was in Irish politics.
Laura Harmon is with Together for Yes. This is her appeal to voters.
Chairman of the IT Tralee Foundation Board, Dick Spring, and the foundation’s director, Ogie Moran, explained to Jerry the plans to honour the legendary broadcaster and how it’s hoped it will raise funds for the ambitious Sports Academy which is due to open at IT Tralee in January.
Áine tells Jerry that she had an abortion which is something that she regrets.
Dr Andrew O’Regan, Killarney GP is with the Medical Alliance for the Eighth. This is his appeal to voters.
Billy Alexander of the Kells Bay House and Gardens won a Silver Gilt Medal for his showcase of rare and exotic ferns grown at Kells Bay House and Gardens at the world’s most prestigious flower and garden event, the Chelsea Flower Show.
Every Wednesday, Val and Tony join Jerry to give their thoughts on listeners’ concerns. A mother has just been told that her son should not be going to a mainstream school and she is devastated.
Former IRA volunteer Angelo Fusco of Knocknacaska, Kilflynn was appealing a decision by Tralee Garda Superintendent Jim O’Connor to deny him a licence for a shotgun. Radio Kerry’s Eamonn Hickson was in court for the hearing.
The terrible news broke this morning that a man had been fatally stabbed in Cahersiveen. Jerry spoke to Joe McGill of Radio Kerry News and to local businessman and community activist, Alan Landers.
Susan Ní Churnain tells her story of losing two babies and explains why she is urging a Yes vote in Friday’s referendum. She first tells Jerry of how she realised all was not well in the first pregnancy when she was in Dublin and had to be taken urgently to the Rotunda.
Fine Gael senator, Paul Coghlan, from Killarney is voting No in Friday’s referendum in contrast to his party which is advocating the repeal of the 8th amendment.
Fergus O'Meara –International Business Development Manager with Dairymaster on the deal Dairymaster have done in China to build large scale farms.
Frank King is back with Jerry in studio for another edition of the popular 'Bird’s Eye View' series where Frank shares his vast knowledge on all things birds!
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan speaks with Aisling O’Brien during his visit to Kerry on Jastine Valdez, Ana Kriegal, Cervical Check, Tralee Courthouse and the Citizenship ceremony
A report from Killarney where 3,500 people became Irish citizens. Poland, Romania, the United Kingdom, India and Nigeria made up the top five nationalities of those conferred.
Mags Horgan Healy of Finesse Bridal Wear in Listowel and Anne Marie Drummey who lives in Windsor gave their verdict.
Tánaiste Simon Coveney spoke to Jerry about his position on Friday’s referendum.
Raymond Murray is the assistant principal in the Department of Justice on the first large scale citizenship ceremonies to be held outside of Dublin has been taking place in the INEC in Killarney.
Irish Independent Political Correspondent John Downing joins Jerry O'Sullivan on Kerry Today to discuss the events of the week.
74-year-old Mahmoud Bazzi was deported from the US three years ago to face the charges arising from an incident 38 years ago in Lebanon. Bazzi is accused of murdering Private Thomas Barrett from Cork and Private Derek Smallhorne from Dublin and the attempted murder of Private John O’Mahony from Scartglin. Private O’Mahony revisited the region at Easter and speaks to Jerry O'Sullivan about the current situation surrounding the trial
Kerry entrepreneur Jerry Kennelly speaks to Jerry O'Sullivan about the gulf, he says exists between education in third level and the realities of the workplace of 2018
As the country prepares to vote on whether to repeal and replace the Eighth Amendment in the Irish Constitution next Friday, May 25th, Kerry Right to Life representative Mary Fitzgibbon and Paul Bowler of Kerry Together for Yes join Jerry O’Sullivan in studio for a live debate on the relevant issues.
As media reports indicate the Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are due to visit Kerry and Cork on a three-day visit this June– and with local reports of embassy officials reportedly surveying locations in Killarney – Jerry speaks to Mayor of Killarney Niall Kelleher. The Killarney Cathaoirleach is also due to marry his fiancée Linda Gordon next week, on the same day Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are due to wed.
Killarney is hosting a national conference for one of the country’s largest group of trade unions – Fórsa - which has 80,000 members. Fórsa represents workers in the public service, private sector, state agencies, community and voluntary sector. Fórsa Communications Officer Niall Shanahan speaks to Jerry O’Sullivan.
Jerry O’Sullivan reads a letter sent to Radio Kerry from an adopted woman who wrote to Kerry Today to detail her experience after she was contacted by her birth mother. The woman said meeting her biological mother did her ‘more harm than good’ as she felt it was all on her terms.
Val and Tony McGinley speak to Jerry about a listener who’s always late and can’t manage their time properly. Also, the trials and tribulations of a messy artist.
Fianna Fáil Cllr Michael Cahill, speaking to Jerry, called for tougher sentencing for repeat offenders following the Assistant Commissioner’s assertion that the same people are being convicted again and again.
Stephan De Beer, creator of the Genesis Swift Boxes speaks to Jerry about the decline in Swifts and how to attract these beautiful birds near bird boxes using sounds.
Minister of State at the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief Kevin Boxer Moran speaks to Jerry about the new flood relief packages announced for Kerry under the Government’s national scheme.
Sinn Féin councillor, Pa Daly, spoke to Jerry about the information that gardaí gave to Tralee councillors.
More than 400 people were in The Square, Tralee last night to show solidarity with Emma Mhic Mhathúna, the Ballydavid resident who found out last week she terminally ill. Emma is one of the women caught up in the CervicalCheck scandal.
Skellig Michael’s opening to visitors has been delayed since the start of May as staff could not access the World Heritage site to carry out checks due to poor weather conditions. Grellan Rourke of the OPW gave this update to Jerry?
A South Kerry mother is calling on the Government to change the rules relating to patients’ access to cannabis for medicinal use.Noreen O’Neill’s son, Michael, who’s 21 months old, has a serious neurological condition which has led to the child suffering thousands of seizures. However, when the Kilgarvan woman started giving her child cannabis CBD oil, his seizures vanished.
A vigil has been taking place this evening in Tralee Town Square to show support for Emma Mhic Mhathúna from Ballydavid. The event has been organised by Cllr Toireasa Ferris. Tomorrow evening, another vigil is being organised in Ballydavid for the victim of the CervicalCheck scandal. Julí Ní Mhaoileóin, who’s organising Tuesday’s evening, spoke to Jerry.
How would you feel like it if you were looking for a parking space but none were available? Well, that’s an experience that’s all too common for drivers with disabilities. Josephine Carroll of the Irish Wheelchair Association spoke to Jerry about the experiment carried out in Tipperary Town last Friday, the organisation’s #Backin5 campaign.
Sinn Féin leader, May Lou McDonald, spoke to Jerry and gave her reaction to the decision by HSE’s Director General, Tony O’Brien, to step down in the wake of the cancer scandal.
Parliamentary correspondent, Michael O’Regan, joins Jerry for this week’s edition of the popular feature.
Siobhan McSweeney is manager of Recovery Haven. The cancer support house in Tralee is providing counselling for women directly affected by the CervicalCheck controversy.
The leader of Sinn Féin, Mary Lou McDonald, said Emma Mhic Mhathúna, who lives in Baile nan Gall, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Emma was among the group of women who were wrongly told they had normal smear tests through the CervicalCheck screening
The disappearance of Abbeyfeale native, Paddy Moriarty, and his dog, Kellie, has gripped Australia. Jerry spoke to Caroline Graham who along with Kylie Stevenson has produced a podcast series about his disappearance, entitled ‘Lost in Larrimah’.
Dr Mary Favier is with Doctors for Repeal and Dr Siobhán Crowley is with the Medical Alliance for a No Vote. http://www.radiokerry.ie/referendum18/
Anti-abortion campaigner, Robert Pierse, confronted Senator Ned O’Sullivan, last Saturday evening when the politician was part of the Fianna Fáil party collection outside the gates of the Catholic church in Listowel. Both men spoke with Jerry.
Yesterday’s Kerry Today was rather heated. Danny and Michael Healy-Rae believe the new evening and night bus services are a ‘sop’ to rural Ireland and don’t negate their opposition to the new drink driving bill. Junior Minister Brendan Griffin accused them of being negative. Kerry’s other TDs, John Brassil and Martin Ferris, reacted to Healy-Rae criticism of them.
A parent is distraught because of two adult children who have fallen out with each other. A listener is worried about a friend who is in the grip of alcoholism. Val and Tony offer their thoughts on these very difficult situations. If you have a loved one affected by alcoholism, Al-Anon may be of help: http://www.al-anon-ireland.org/
The students from the radio broadcasting course at the Digital Skills Centre at Kerry ETB have produced a series of short features called Crossroads. ‘First & Last Kiss’ by Keith Doran, touches upon the personal and emotional crossroad a young person faced in the years after their mother died.
Independent TDs Danny and Michael Healy-Rae are part of a group of rural deputies who are opposed to Minister Shane Ross’s new drink-driving bill. Jerry asked them would the new night-time transport services address their concerns in relation to rural isolation. Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Brendan Griffin, said the scheme is positive and accused the TDs of being negative.
Paul Curry, senior executive engineer, with Kerry County Council outlined why the Farranfore-Castleisland road has to close from the end of May to August. The Dysert Bridge is being replaced and Paul told Jerry why the work has to be done during the summer.
The Minister of Transport announced the introduction of the services on a trial basis. Jerry spoke to Carmel Walsh who’s the manager of Local Link Kerry which will be operating the services and to Christy Walsh, chair of the Kerry Vintners’ Federation.
Michael O’Regan returns for this week’s Call from the Dáil.
Teresa previously had treatment for pre-cancerous cells following a smear test and is now regularly tested. She was told by her GP she’d have to pay €100 for a test; the Department of Health yesterday promised they’ll contact GPs about the situation.
The inquest into the death of Paud O’Leary from Leam, Gneeveguilla was held yesterday in Killarney Coroner’s Court, nearly six years after his death. His wife Margaret said it’s a terrible system, as it reminds the family of the suffering caused by their loss after such a long time. The family’s solicitor, Pádraig O’Connell, spoke to Jerry.
Michael O’Shea of Malachy Walsh & Partners, Tralee has a background as a research engineer and has been involved with coastal erosion studies in this county.
Tributes have been paid to the late Paudie O’Connor, a former councillor and international basketball player from Killarney. Irish Examiner journalist, Kieran Shannon, recalled his character and achievements.
Danny Healy-Rae said in the Dáil that the ‘chubby lad’ from Korea and Trump are hugging each other. But is a similar rapprochement possible between the Kerry TD and Transport Minister Shane Ross? Yesterday, Minister Ross likened Danny Healy-Rae and other TDs opposed to the new drink-driving bill to ‘road traffic terrorists’.
Eddie Sweeney, Construction Project Manager with Gas Networks Ireland spoke to Jerry about the latest phase of the Gas to Listowel project.
Fianna Fáil senator, Mark Daly, says the cervical cancer testing scandal highlights the need to introduce corporate manslaughter legislation – which would hold corporate agencies and state bodies liable for unlawful deaths.
Every Wednesday, Tony and Val join Jerry to give their thoughts and perspectives on your personal dilemmas. This week’s queries include the following – if you witness what you suspect is the abuse of a vulnerable person in a public place, should you interfere even though you don’t know the people?
The N23 Castleisland to Farranfore road will close from May 24th to August 20th to allow for the construction of a new bridge. Jerry spoke to Jeremy Burke of Castleisland Chamber Alliance and to Dan Ahern of Farranfore Development Association.
Speaking in a personal capacity, Brendan Mannix of Ballymacelligott Post Office about the An Post offer which may lead to the closure of many post offices around the country.
Castlemaine Harbour to Rossbeigh is rebranding itself as ‘The Reeks District’. Jens Bachem, chair of the Mid-Kerry Tourism Cluster, spoke to Jerry
Dr Mary McCaffrey is a consultant obstetrician/gynaecologist at University Hospital Kerry and Killarney GP, Dr Gary Stack, spoke to Jerry.
On the first Tuesday of every month, Mike Lynch of Kerry Library, looks at events in the library’s newspaper archives that occurred in the county 100 years ago.
Mary, not her real name, told Eamonn Hickson how she’s been going to court for years over a maintenance case for her children. Chair of the Family Law Committee of the Law Society, and Managing Solicitor of the Law Centre in Tralee, Carol Anne Coolican is calling on the government to institute a new family law court system.
On the last Monday of every month, personal finance expert, Brian Leslie of Prima Finance joins Jerry to answer your questions.
Cian O’Carroll, represents Limerick woman, Vicky Phelan, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. She received a settlement last week over a false negative smear test in 2011. Yet she was only informed last year of the misread test. Vicky was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014. The Cervical Check Helpline can be contacted at 1800 45 45 55, between 9am and 6.30pm.
Liam Conway, Industrial Relations Officer with the INMO gave his reaction to the situation with nurses at University Hospital Kerry.
Mairead tells Treasa Murphy the story of how she lost control of her car and is lucky to be alive due to an oil spill.
Political correspondent with the Irish Independent, John Downing filled in for Michael O’Regan with the happenings from the Oireachtas this week.
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney is in Kerry today to re-launch the five-star Dunloe Hotel and Gardens. He spoke to Treasa Murphy about a variety of issues.
In a statement, Liz O’Donnell, Chair of the RSA spoke about ‘disgraceful and self-serving’ behaviour of a “tiny minority of rural TDs, who she says are delaying the passage of the Road Traffic Amendment Bill 2017. Independent TD for Cork South-West, Michael Collins gave his reaction, saying the condition of roads contributes to crashes.
Madeleine Doyle, PRO of Down Syndrome Kerry and Cormac Lally, Head of Development with KDYS spoke about their charities work and the benefit of the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.
Tadgh O'Donoghue, recently retired CE supervisor, Kilgarvan and Tony Darmody, chair, Kerry Parents and Friends, sponsor for companies for whom CE supervisors/ workers worked for- spoke about the issue of pensions for CE supervisors.
Senator Martin Conway says a State grant to help the elderly make changes to their homes is being abused with people on the verge of dying or going into a nursing home getting it.
27 gardaí were assaulted over the past 15 months in Kerry – this was revealed at the recent Kerry JPC meeting. GRA spokesperson John O’Keeffe gave his reaction.
A new website has been launched by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, providing free public access to information on thousands of historic wrecks in Irish waters; Dingle historian Pat Nelligan spoke to Treasa Murphy about some of the wrecks of the Dingle coast.
John Foley of Kenmare, who has lost a number of sheep due to dog attacks, told Treasa Murphy his story. Also, Flor McCarthy from Kenmare, chair of the National Hill Committee spoke about the issue.
Jill Crosher, a volunteer with the West Kerry branch of Birdwatch Ireland spoke about the high mortality rate of birds being found with plastic on them.
Val and Tony answered listened queries about a variety of issues.
The General Manager of University Hospital Kerry, Fearghal Grimes says UHK has 'no knowledge or evidence that a significant number of nurses are planning to leave'.
CBS the Green Tralee students are calling for the right to a home to be enshrined in the Constitution. Treasa Murphy went along to the school yesterday where the High Hopes Choir from Cork Penny Dinners performed at a concert there.
There’s an appeal to find the nephew or any other relative of the Tralee tailor, John O'Connor, who in the 1950s came up with the idea to build a grotto at the foot of Mount Brandon. On May 16th, they have a mass to mark the 60th anniversary of the grotto. Ann Fitzgerald is with Cloghane Brandon Tidy Towns, and she spoke to Treasa Murphy.
Deputy Michael Healy-Rae says 390 letters are being sent out today and tomorrow to post offices – ones with a smaller turnover – to offer them an exit package.
Billy Bevan, who’s been involved with the Church down through the years, and was also station officer at Kenmare Fire Station for 23 years, spoke about yesterday’s fire at Holy Cross Church Kenmare.
Solicitor and law lecturer, Miriam McGillycuddy answered listeners queries about a variety of issues.
Kildare North FF TD, James Lawless is the vice chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Change and the Environment – she spoke about the proposal.
Carmel tells how her husband was struck in the mouth by a jogger in Tralee. The impact caused her husband to lose several teeth and it will cost thousands of euro to replace them. She spoke to Treasa Murphy.
Keith Phelan of the Kerry Cycling Campaign gave his reaction about this call from gardaí.
Dermot Bannon of Room to Improve spoke to Treasa Murphy about the tv show and the fundraising initiative architects are undertaking for Simon.
James O’Higgins Norman, Associate Professor in Sociology and Director of the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre gave his view on the ban in place in Blennerville National School.
MEP Liadh Ni Riada says almost 70% of University Hospital Kerry’s workforce are leaving or considering leaving. This follows a meeting with the INMO - she spoke to Treasa Murphy.
Padraig Burke, County Registrar spoke to Treasa Murphy about what people need to do to ensure they’re eligible to vote in the May 25th referendum.
Seamus Mulconry, General Secretary of the Catholic Primary School Managers Association told Treasa Murphy about the findings from the Grant Thornton survey.
Every Friday, The Irish Times parliamentary correspondent and proud Kerryman, Michael O’Regan, joins Jerry to discuss the week in politics.
The CEO of the Policing Authority, Helen Hall, was in Kerry today to attend the county’s Joint Policing Committee meeting. Beforehand, she joined Jerry in studio in Killarney.
The country singer was in Oram, Co Monaghan for the funeral of Big Tom. Aaron McElroy, reporter with Northern Sound, also spoke to Jerry.
Since 2010, John in Tarbert has been keeping records of rainfall via weather gauges. He and other people in the area who have been keeping records have some very depressing statistics about rainfall in recent times.
Rita O’Reilly is CEO of Parentline, which provides advice to parents and guardians. She gives her reaction to Blennerville National School’s plan which has the support of parents to ban smartphones in and out of school.