In The News
Lismore Protests: 'It would be like if The Shelbourne was used for Direct Provision.'
Last weekend up to 300 people gathered outside the historical Lismore House Hotel in Co Waterford, protesting over plans to use the vacant building as a temporary emergency accommodation centre for asylum seekers. Amongst the protestors were local residents expressing their concern over the lack of guidance from the Government, a group welcoming refugees and a small cohort, who weren't from the area, with an anti-immigration message. In this episode, Bernice Harrison is joined by Irish Times journalist Jennifer O’Connell who has been speaking to people on all sides of the protest.
Men with dogs, sticks and baseball bat attack Dublin migrant camp
A number of men with dogs, sticks and a baseball bat attacked a migrant camp in Ashtown, north Dublin, on Saturday, telling the multinational group of men who were living there in tents to move on - which they did. Irish Times Social Affairs Correspondent Kitty Holland was there at the time, reporting on the homelessness crisis. She talks to Bernice Harrison about what she witnessed.
Regency trial: Jonathan Dowdall's credibility is key
After 52 days, 140 witnesses, 10 hours of secret audio recordings, phone call data, hours of CCTV footage, eyewitness testimony from 27 National Surveillance Unit officers and four closing speeches, judgment will be delivered in the trial of Gerard Hutch and his two co-accused on April 17th.One star witness dominated the trial: former Sinn Féin councillor and convicted criminal Jonathan Dowdall, whose credibility Mr Hutch's defence team attacked from day one. Court reporter Alison O'Riordan returns to the podcast to explain what happened in court and the most important evidence the three judges will have to weigh up when reaching their verdict.
Ireland's Oscar joy: What it takes to turn a nomination into a win
This week, the Irish film industry earned an impressive 14 Oscar nominations. The biggest haul in any one year. But what next? When a film has an Oscar nomination in the bag, it’s not time to sit back and wait to see if it wins. It’s just the start of an intense campaign to win support from the voting Academy members. So what does the road to the Oscars look like? To find out Bernice Harrison talks to Irish Times Chief Film Correspondent Donald Clarke and Colm Bairéad, director of An Cailin Ciuin - The Quiet Girl, which was nominated for best international feature.
How mental health services fail families across Ireland
This week the Mental Health Commission released its interim report on the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (Camhs). It made for damning reading, painting a picture of a vital service that is not fit for purpose. For many, access to care is a postcode lottery. Two mothers talk to In the News about their experience with Camhs and how they feel it failed their children. Kitty Holland, Irish Times social affairs correspondent and Roisin Clark, interim chief executive of Mental Health Reform, an advocacy group representing organisations throughout the country, explain the background and what the report means for Camhs and the HSE.In the News is presented by Bernice Harrison and produced by Declan Conlon and Suzanne Brennan
How did mafioso Matteo Messina Denaro evade capture for thirty years?
Despite claims fugitive mob boss, Matteo Messino Denaro, was in Amsterdam, Liverpool and Brazil, the 60 year-old had been hiding in plain sight in Sicily. He was arrested last week after 30 years on the run. Italian criminologist, Dr Anna Sergi, says he was caught after being tracked down through plain old-fashioned detective work. Dr Sergi explains to host, Aideen Finnegan, why the Sicilian mafia boss' arrest is so significant, and what it was like to grow up in a region of Italy marred by terrifying mob violence.With any subscription you'll get unlimited access to the very best in unique quality journalism from The Irish Times. Subscribe today.
Richard Corrigan’s restaurant: ‘I would never work under those conditions ever, ever again'
"Elsa" had decades of experience waiting in restaurants before joining the staff at celebrity chef Richard Corrigan's new Dublin restaurant last year. Within a few weeks she had joined over a dozen other staff who left. Many of them spoke to The Irish Times's restaurant critic Corinna Hardgrave about why they did so: Harsh words, a bad atmosphere and rates of pay that were not what was promised. Many were also critical of the restaurant's system for distributing tips. And while the tip distribution policy in The Park Cafe is publicly available (as required by law), could it be that many customers have lost track of how tips are shared in a complicated system among restaurant staff - including senior managers? Elsa and Corinna talk to Bernice Harrison.
How the far right spreads misinformation and enflames anger at refugee protests
Ireland’s far-right is mobilising. Heated protests outside buildings used to house asylum seekers in Ballymun, East Wall and around the country show how anti-immigration sentiment is being stirred up by groups who are organised, heavily reliant on social media and increasingly adept at exploiting fears, often with baseless stories.Irish Times crime correspondent Conor Gallagher has been tracking the rise of the far right in Ireland in recent years and has reported on how misinformation is fuelling these increasingly heated gatherings of locals and far-right groups.He outlines how these protests are organised, who is behind them, the misinformation spread on social media and the fears being stoked up in communities where asylum seekers are being housed.
Religion in schools: What do people really want?
About 90 per cent of primary schools in Ireland are Catholic in ethos. The figure is increasingly out of line with the religious makeup of the population. Last week, an Athlone primary school switched from Catholic to multi-denominational, the first such change of school ethos in a state-led pilot programme. But in other areas, like Dublin's Raheny, local opposition to such changes in school ethos has been strong. So when it comes to religion in schools, what is it that people really want? Irish Times education editor Carl O’Brien gives the background. David Graham of lobby group Education Equality and Seamus Mulconry of the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association give their sides of a debate that is still divisive.This episode is presented by Bernice Harrison.