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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
The Catholic Bishop of Elphin is in Tralee tonight to give a lecture in St John’s as part of the parish’s Lenten series of talks.
The chairman and the secretary of the Kerry Ladies’ Football executive resigned yesterday after the controversial decision to terminate the contract of minor manager Jonathan Griffin. Stephen Barry, who’s a journalist with the Irish Examiner, spoke to Jerry.
Last May, the HSE announced that it was to begin opening a respite facility for adults with intellectual disabilities in Kilmorna, outside Listowel. Kay Sayers, whose son Sean had availed of respite facilities when they were available in the past, says it still hasn’t opened.
Research by scientists at NUI Galway has revealed the extent of how plastic is polluting sea life. Ecologist, Vincent Hyland, who’s based in Derrynane isn’t surprised.
David Buttimer, retired economist disagrees with Frank McDonald’s analysis.
Michael O’Regan on the happenings in the Oireachtas this week.
Chair of Kerry Pro-Life, Cllr John Joe Culloty FF spoke about the removal by the council of posters for pro-life meetings.
Diarmuid Kearney spoke to local historian, Brian McMahon, about the wonderful myths and legends of Ballyheigue.
Former Wexford hurler, Diarmuid Lyng, spoke to Jerry about the online campaign he’s helped launch against the pay-per-view model.
Who the hell was Roaster Conway? Why are Killarney people called ‘laners’? Jerry explores the world of Kerry colloquialisms aided by David Kissane of the Ballydonoghue Magazine and Killarney councillor, Donal Grady.
Val and Tony join Jerry every Wednesday to give their perspective on listeners’ problems. This week, one listener believes neighbours are mocking her while another Kerry Today listener reports on how she got on after contacting Val and Tony a few weeks ago.
Sinn Féin councillor, Pa Daly, and President of Tralee Chamber Alliance, Aidan Kelly, believe if plans to move Tralee Courthouse from its current location succeed, it will be a major economic blow to the town centre.
Former environment editor with The Irish Times, Frank McDonald, says that one-off rural houses have damaged villages and towns.
Jerry spoke to one of the organisers of a group opposed to plans for oyster farm applications in the Rossbeigh, Glenbeigh and Dooks area. Maurice Murphy of Save This Beach outlined his concerns.
The Kerry Independent TD says the charge that he is a purveyor of parish pump politics, with no mind to the national interest, is a tired and lazy myth.
On February 9th, Joseph Pyke, an inmate of St Joseph’s Industrial School, Balloonagh, Tralee died. Many believe that the boy died as a result of an assault by a Christian Brother. Michael Clemenger who was sent to St Joseph’s as a child and historian and author, Ryle Dwyer, discussed what they believe was the cover up of the young boy’s death.
A meeting is taking place in Glencar this Friday over concerns for the future of the post office. Michael O’Sullivan, the son of the current postmistress, and local Cllr Norma Moriarty spoke to Jerry.
The Killarney Tourism Economic Impact Review (TEIR 1) was launched yesterday following four months of data gathering and analysis. Director of W2 Consulting (who compiled the report), Mark O’Connell spoke to Mary Mullins. You’ll also hear Mary’s interview with Junior Minister Brendan Griffin.
Fianna Fáil Councillor John Joe Culloty says the Office of Public Works needs to initiate a cull of deer in the park, to combat increasing numbers.
If you’ve applied for a driving test in this county, you could be, worst case scenario, waiting up to 6 months. Driving instructor Gordon Sheehy spoke to Treasa Murphy while Brian Farrell of the Road Safety Authority addressed the issues with Jerry.
The national utility, in partnership with Kerry County Council, will undertake works to repair leakages and replace water mains in the area. It’s hoped the works will save 3 million litres of water a day in Kerry alone by the end of this year. Eamonn Hickson reports.
A new report has found that tourism in Killarney generates over €400m annually but warns that the town should not rest on its laurels.
Yesterday, Ted Moynihan, who spent decades fund-raising for the Kerry Hospice Foundation, passed away at the unit he had spent years raising money for. Ted dedicated his life to the hospice movement to ensure that those facing the end of life are afforded dignity and comfort. UHK surgeon Tom McCormack, Mari O’Connell, director of nursing palliative care at UHK and Mairéad Fernane of the Kerry Hospice paid tribute to a remarkable man.
Parliamentary correspondent with The Irish Times, Michael O’Regan, joins Treasa for the week that was in Leinster House. He discusses Gerry Adams’s departure this weekend as President of Sinn Féin, the row that broke out between Fianna Fáil TD Mark MacSharry and the Healy-Raes as well as the National Development Plan.
Catherine Coffey O’Brien from Tralee was seven months pregnant in 1989 when she left the Bessborough Mother and Baby Home with her friend who was also from Kerry. Catherine’s been giving her reaction to the news that the commission investigating Mother and Baby Homes has urged anyone with information about the burial location of babies who died at Bessboro to come forward.
Éanna Ní Lamhna of the Tree Council has been discussing the yew tree in Muckross Abbey which has been dated back to 1348.
Patricia from Listowel has been getting random calls to her mobile from all over the country. But it’s not a financial scam. These people are genuine, they say they’ve got a missed call from her. But Patricia has not rung them. She’s been getting around 40 random call backs and she’s deeply puzzled. She spoke to Treasa Murphy.
Fine Gael County Councillor Bobby O’Connell says he’s hopeful that by this summer people will be able to pay for parking tickets in Killarney via mobile phone and other digital means.
A public meeting was held in Ballydesmond this week discuss to discuss the state of roads in the area. Treasa Murphy attended and brought this report from the event.
Some people in Moyvane have been waiting six weeks to have their phone connection repaired. Eir say they’ve a cable fault in the area, and have attempted to fix it by applying to the council for a licence to carry out repairs. Pat Leahy spoke to Jerry.
Every Wednesday, therapist and psychotherapist, Tony and Val McGinley, join Jerry to give their perspectives on listeners’ dilemmas.
A mother got in touch to tell Jerry her family’s story, how her son became addicted to alcohol, her own struggles and how the family has responded. Her voice has been changed.
It’s taken more than two years for the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill to get through the Seanad. Debate is now due to start in the Dáil on the bill which would introduce minimum unit pricing of alcohol as well as restrictions on advertising and promotions. John Higgins think it’s vital that the bill becomes law. His son David died by suicide at the age of 19. His inquest ruled that alcohol was a contributory factor in David’s death. If you are affected, you can call Samaritans at 116 123 or HSE Drugs & Alco
Paul Galvin’s new design for the Kerry away jersey made its debut in the National Football League tie against Mayo at the weekend. Diarmuid Kearney asked people for their views on the new gold jersey. Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan of the Kerry GAA store in Killarney also spoke to Jerry.
Judge Patricia Smyth told Laganside Crown Court yesterday that captain Rory Best attended the rape trial of Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding last week because he was legally instructed to do so. Jerry asked solicitor, John Galvin, who’s chairman of the Kerry Law Society, was the judge’s statement unusual?
The Sneem man who inspired the James Bond spymaster M, dancing in Cahersiveen and potatoes all made the headlines in Kerry 100 years ago this month. Mike Lynch, who’s an archivist with Kerry Library, joins Jerry on the first Tuesday of every month.
Diarmuid Kearney went to IT Tralee last week to speak to students about the financial challenges they are facing. Seán Darcy of the IT Tralee Students’ Union also spoke to Diarmuid.
While the footballers celebrated their win over Mayo in the National League, the Kerry hurlers went down to defeat to Carlow in the National Hurling League Division 2A. Mike O’Halloran spoke to Jerry.
No group water schemes in Kerry have been taken on since Irish Water took control of the water network four years ago. Fianna Fáil councillor, Norma Moriarty, spoke to Jerry.
Michael O'Regan joins Jerry O'Sullivan for this weeks installment of Call from the Dail
Billy Enright who is in business in the area speaks to Jerry about the impact of Broadband and phone connection issues in Ballylongford
Newly arrived asylum seekers in Killarney speak to Jerry O'Sullivan
Remembering Big Bertha, Kerry and Ireland's most famous cow
This week, the Government announced that it will finally ratify the UN Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities. Pádraig Hannafin from Ballyferriter who is a disability rights campaigner and advocate has been giving his reaction to Jerry.
Yesterday, Eir announced that it is to pull out of the tender process for the National Broadband Plan. What does this mean for the Government’s promise to deliver high speed broadband to rural Ireland? Jerry spoke to Eamon Wallace of Ireland Offline and chairman of Sneem Digital Hub, Niall Scott. Eir has recently been bought by a French consortium and was privatised in the late 1990s.
There is a national housing shortage. Dingle is experiencing a similar problem. However, it is particularly acute during the summer when seasonal workers come to West Kerry to work. However, there is nowhere to house them. Cllr Michael O’Shea has an idea that he says could provide a temporary solution to alleviate the problem.
There has been a lot of focus on the use of the court poor box in Kerry courts in which a convicted person makes a donation to a charity in lieu of a conviction. Deputy Danny Healy-Rae is defending the practice.
Diarmuid Kearney showed people in Tralee the photos of the four MEPs for Ireland South and asked them if they recognised them.
Every week, therapist and psychotherapist, Tony and Val McGinley join Jerry to give their thoughts on listeners’ problems. Among the issues raised this week is that by a listener whose elderly mother has always been very difficult to deal with.
Eugene attended the Kerry-Donegal match at the Killarney stadium on Sunday. He wasn’t happy with the standards of one of the toilet blocks. The Fitzgerald Stadium Committee sent a statement in response to Jerry.
Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae and Fianna Fáil Councillor Michael Healy-Rae discuss what was said about the Healy-Raes at the Fianna Fáil convention for Kerry which took place on Sunday.
On the last Tuesday of every month, law lecturer and solicitor, Miriam McGillycuddy, joins Jerry to answer your legal queries.
Businesses and residents in and near McCowan’s Lane in Tralee are sick to death of illegal dumping which is attracting vermin. Jerry paid a visit and spoke to locals.
The funeral took place today of David Higgins from Caherslee, Tralee, one of two kayakers killed in Ecuador last week. 19-year-old Alex McGourty from Sligo was also killed. David’s family asked that donations be made to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust. Jerry spoke to trustee Colin Bell about the organisation which he and his family established after his son, Kevin, was killed in New York.
19-year-old Dale is this year’s overall award winner. He’s from Greenville, Listowel, plays basketball with Special Olympics in Tralee, among other activities, volunteers in his community and is particularly dedicated to his Nan.
On the last Monday of every month, the personal finance expert joins Jerry to answer your questions. Today, he’s looking at how to make savings among other queries.
Annette Sheehan is a solicitor who specialises in family law with FitzGerald Solicitors in Cork. She says the Children and Family Relationships Act has given more rights to parents who don’t have custody of their children.
At the party convention last night to choose a candidate to represent Fianna Fáil in Kerry at the next General Election, 46% of delegates opted for TD John Brassil.
Michael O’Regan, parliamentary correspondent for The Irish Times, on the latest opinion poll on the abortion question, the lifting of the ban on the sale of alcohol on Good Friday and where the Ministers are off to this St Patrick’s Day.
C.L.G. an Ghaeltacht take on Moy Tír na nÓg in the Intermediate All-Ireland Club Semi-Final in Semple Stadium at 2pm this Saturday, after last week's fixture was postponed when the pitch in PortLaoise was deemed unplayable. Treasa Murphy speaks to Cathaoirleach of Bórd Chiarraí Thiar Muiris Ó Fiannachta about An Ghaeltacht's chances and also about the West Kerry contingent heading up the country (for the second time) in support of their team.
A 26-year-old man has been jailed for seven and half years for targeting young girls online and coercing them to send him explicit photos and videos. Matthew Horan of St. Johns Crescent in Clondalkin, Dublin 22 also admitted possessing child pornography and distributing the material. It prompted ‘Mary’ – not her real name – to come forward and tell her story, having suffered sexual abuse at a young age. She speaks to Treasa Murphy.
Killarney Park Hotel was voted the best hotel in Ireland in TripAdvisor’s annual Travellers’ Choice Awards. General Manager, Niamh O’Shea, spoke to Jerry.
There’s been a lot of discussion after the exchange between the Republic of Ireland football manager and Tony O’Donoghue, RTÉ’s soccer correspondent, which was shown on RTÉ1 last night. Jerry spoke to John O’Regan, secretary of the Kerry District League and member of the FAI Senior Council.
Sinn Féin are calling for a new agency which would punish people for not paying child maintenance. The proposed Child Maintenance Service would help separated parents decide how much maintenance should be paid. Damien Peelo, CEO of Treoir, gave his reaction to Jerry.
Siobhan Mather won’t turn 3 years old until May but this toddler has had to deal with more challenges than some of us have had to face in a lifetime. The child, whose parents come from Kerry, was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, an aggressive cancer. The people of mid and south Kerry have been fundraising to help send Siobhan to the US for vital treatment. Siobhan’s cousin, Juliet Russell, spoke to Jerry.
Every Wednesday, therapist and psychotherapist, Val and Tony McGinley, join Jerry to give their thoughts on listeners’ problems.
Not according to figures from the online company which show that the average amount earned by an Airbnb host in Ireland is €3,500 per annum. Michael Crossan lectures in hospitality and tourism at IT Tralee.
Yesterday, the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, announced changes to calculating pensions based on contributions made over a career. So, what does this mean for pensioners, particularly, those affected by cutbacks in 2012? Eilis Ní Chaithnía of the National Women’s Council of Ireland and two women who were forced to resign from their jobs when they got married in the 1970s, Mary Walsh from Cahersiveen and Mary Tighe of the ICA gave their reaction to Jerry.
Sinn Féin senator, Paul Gavan, is behind the bill which would give workers a legal right to hold on to their tips.
Following on from the discuss about free legal aid yesterday, Beatrice Caball got in touch to explain that it was Charles Haughey, as Minister for Justice, who introduced the scheme in the 1960s.
Donal got in touch with Jerry regarding the local property tax and his belief that the rates system, which was abolished in 1977, should be reinstated.
A 26-year-old Dublin man pleaded guilty to the sexual exploitation of girls as young as nine through social media. Matthew Horan, from St John's Crescent in Clondalkin, will be sentenced on Friday. Kerry Today listener, Noreen, spoke to Jerry.
John Moriarty from Dingle, who was friends with the Cranberries singer when she lived in West Kerry, travelled with his wife to Limerick yesterday to pay his respects at a public reposal in St Joseph’s Church.
Fianna Fáil Cllr, John Francis Flynn, says if you’re convicted a fourth time and subsequently, you should have to pay back free legal aid if you’re convicted. He and solicitor, Pádraig O’Connell, debated with Jerry.
John Clifford was making his way to work when he made the unusual discovery at Killahan, Abbeydorney. The seal, which was around three feet long and in good health, was on the road. How did it get there when it’s 3 or 4 miles from the sea?
Cllr John Joe Culloty of Fianna Fil is chairman of Kerry Right to Life. He profoundly disagrees with the statement made by his party leader, Micheál Martin, on abortion in the Dáil yesterday. At the start of the podcast, you will hear a selection of views expressed by TDs yesterday.
Michael O’Regan, parliamentary correspondent for The Irish Times, on a very important week for Irish society and politics – the Garda apology to Joanne Hayes and a Dáil debate on abortion.
Kerry Independent TD, Danny Healy-Rae, says he will continue his opposition to the Road Traffic Bill and has some strong words about Transport Minister, Shane Ross.
Kerry footballing great and current senior football selector, Mikey Sheehy, said the support for the team last summer was ‘embarrassing’ at the Mayo replay. Margaret from Ballyferriter says the cost of going to games in Dublin is a huge issue for fans.
Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has announced a review of the local property tax; at the moment the tax is calculated on 2013 market values, but property prices have increased substantially since then. Jerry O'Sullivan speaks to to Marie, who's unhappy about the Local Property Tax and feels she's part of the 'squeezed middle'.
Denis Moriarty Civil Engineering Contractors Ltd, based in The Kerries, Tralee, has been granted the protection of the High Court through the examinership process. The company employs 132 people. Jerry speaks to auctioneer and Tralee councillor Jim Finucane about the situation.
We hear from the debate and discussion on the 8th Amendment in the Dáil including Health Minister Simon Harris, Kerry Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae and Kerry Fianna Fáil Senator Ned O'Sullivan. Convener of Kerry for Choice, Paula Dennan, also joins Jerry in studio.
Val and Tony join Jerry every Wednesday to give their thoughts on listeners’ dilemmas.
Yesterday, An Garda Síochána apologised to Joanne Hayes for believing that she was linked to the death of a baby found in Cahersiveen in April 1984. Joanne Hayes’s solicitor, Pat Mann, spoke to Jerry as did Garda Superintendent Flor Murphy.
It was claimed at a recent Joint Policing Committee meeting that some taxi drivers are turning down customers because they figure by taking them relatively long distances, they are losing money in the long run because they’re missing out on more frequent journeys in towns.
Simon Quinn lectures in accounting and finance at IT Tralee. He’s been doing some number-crunching after the Government announced a review of the Local Property Tax.
Retired Irish Examiner, Donal Hickey, reported on the controversy which led to a Tribunal of Inquiry into the garda investigation after the bodies of two babies were found. Donal spoke to Jerry ahead of a Garda press controversy this afternoon regarding a fresh investigation into the circumstances that led to the murder of the new born baby boy found in Cahersiveen.
Michael Williams who designed Dolores O’Riordan’s home in Dún Chaoin and John Moriarty of Lord Baker’s Restaurant in Dingle remember a woman who was warm, kind, funny, sometimes shy but always the star.
The two men received sentences totalling 10 years at Tralee Circuit Criminal Court yesterday for the armed robbery which took place on August 3rd, 2016. Fiona Stack of Radio Kerry was in court for the sentencing.
Ryanair has confirmed it will run flights to Faro from Kerry Airport this summer while Stobart Air has been awarded the Kerry Dublin contract for four years. Jerry O'Sullivan speaks to Basil Sheeran of Kerry Airport about the news.
Jerry O'Sullivan speaks to Fianna Fáil leader deputy Mícheál Martin following Brexit discussions at the Killarney Economic Conference this past weekend where DUP leader Arlene Foster was among the guest speakers.
Jerry O'Sullivan gets the latest on the Eirgrid underground cable works commencing this week in and around Moyvane from company spokesperson David Martin
Is North Kerry is the poor relation when it comes to funding for roads? Fianna Fail Cllr Jimmy Moloney from Listowel join Jerry to discuss
Theresa Coughlan, board member of Kerry Respite Care - What can be done before the crisis hits emergency departments
Cllr Norma Foley, Cllr Niall Moloney and Senator Mark Daly
Pat Norris nee Spicer shares her family story
Sue Comerford from Waterville says all the publicity surrounding Star Wars and the Skelligs is for naught unless action is taken to deal with the problem of beach littering.
At least six candidates are seeking the nomination to run with TD John Brassil for Fianna Fáil at the next general election. Three of those who’ve declared their intentions, Cllrs Michael Cahill, Norma Moriarty and Michael O’Shea spoke to Jerry.
Could Donald Trump’s former White House spokesman, Sean Spicer, have Kerry roots? Historian and writer, Ryle Dwyer, has been looking into the matter.
Fine Gael MEP, Seán Kelly from Kilcummin, says he has political and sporting support if he were to decide to run for the presidency.