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Newstalk Breakfast brings you all the news you need to set you up for the day – from politics, business, sport, entertainment and everything in between. Shane Coleman and Ciara Kelly have all the stories that matter, every weekday from 7-9AM. Listen and subscribe to Newstalk Breakfast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App. You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on Alexa, by adding the Newstalk skill and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'.
 
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In March 2017, the body of Danielle McLaughlin from Donegal was found on an isolated stretch of open field between Agonda and Canacona beaches in south Goa, India. She had been raped and murdered. A man named Vikat Bhagat was later charged with her murder, which he denies. His trial — which began four years ago in July 2017 — will resume again in e…
 
Frustration is growing amongst young people waiting to take their driving test. Because of the pandemic nearly 100,000 (96,000) learners are still waiting to do their driving test. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) plan to clear the backlog by the end of the year. More than three-quarters on the list are under 40. Non essential workers are now beginn…
 
Return of unvaccinated children to school ‘a ticking time bomb’ - that was the headline in the Sunday Independent yesterday. Professor Paddy Mallon said that children of school-going age must be considered for Covid-19 vaccines to protect them and society from the risk of virus outbreaks. Education Minister Norma Foley spoke to Ciara this morning.L…
 
Professor of Immunovirology at University College Cork, Liam Fanning spoke to Mark Cagney on whether children should be vaccinated before returning to the classroom in September.Listen and subscribe to Newstalk Breakfast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App. You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk…
 
Many of us invested in new technology over the last 18 months for work and homeschooling, and a new survey by Which has found that refilling your printer could set you back more than a bottle of champagne. Newstalk’s Technology Correspondent, Jess Kelly joined Mark Cagney on the show.Listen and subscribe to Newstalk Breakfast on Apple Podcasts or S…
 
Adam Henson, farmer and BBC Countryfile presenter joined Ciara this morning to discuss.Listen and subscribe to Newstalk Breakfast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App. You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on Alexa, by adding the Newstalk skill and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'.…
 
200 brides-to-be in wedding dresses will march on Government Buildings this coming week in a bid to see wedding capacities increased. Representatives from the industry will also be in attendance and present draft guidelines on how 100 guests can be achieved in August. Tara Fay, President of the Wedding International Professionals Association spoke …
 
It’s the day many pub and restaurant owners have been waiting months for – indoor hospitality has finally returned! Under new guidelines, customers will have to provide their EU Digital Covid Cert or HSE vaccination card to show that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or have recently recovered from the virus. Photo identification will also…
 
Ten years after the passing of Amy Winehouse, her goddaughter and fellow singer-songwriter Dionne Bromfield opens up for the first time in a new documentary Amy Winehouse & Me: Dionne’s Story. Dionne spoke to Vincent this morning on the show this morning.Listen and subscribe to Newstalk Breakfast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Download, listen and s…
 
The HSE has said the threat posed by the Delta variant is the "last big hurdle to cross" in relation to Covid-19. The variant - which accounts for 90% of cases - has "potential impacts through the rest of this month and into August and September". For more on this Ciara spoke to Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Model…
 
Following on from our discussion yesterday on the show over the women’s Norwegian volleyball team been fined for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms. Today we take a closer look at just how big issue sexism is here in Ireland and what needs to be done in order to tackle the problem and find a solution. Dr. Aoife Lane Head of the Department of …
 
Restaurants and pubs are being threatened with fake bookings by people who disagree with the Government’s law on indoor dining that's according to Galway chef and restaurateur Jp McMahon and JP spoke to us this morning.Listen and subscribe to Newstalk Breakfast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App. You ca…
 
Journalist Andy Pollack recently wrote a letter in the Irish Times appealing to Irish Rail to put more bikes spaces in place on Intercity trains. He said currently these trains are restricted to two bike spaces meaning a cyclist must reserve a spot two weeks in advance do we need more bike spaces onboard our trains? In reaction to this, we heard fr…
 
Today the European Medicines Agency will meet to discuss extending the use of Spikevax vaccine (previously known as Moderna), to include children aged 12 to 18. With the spread of the virus is now thriving in young people should we start vaccinating children here? To discuss Vincent spoke to Paul Moynagh Professor of Immunology and Director of the …
 
A mother is warning parents to be sure suncream gets a chance to soak in before heading out in the hot weather. Laura Daly said her son was screaming in the show after suffering second-degree burns and needed hospital treatment after getting sunburnt after a few hours at the beach. Laura spoke to us this morning to tell us what happened to her son …
 
Urgent action is needed to improve physical activity worldwide. That’s according to a new Lancet report that found progress in the area has hit a global standstill. Dr. Esther van Sluijs, Group Leader at the Centre for Diet and Activity Research at the University of Cambridge lead the study and she took us through the findings a little earlier this…
 
The European Union will not agree to renegotiate the protocol on Northern Ireland, the European Commission has said after Britain demanded changes to the post-Brexit arrangements. Will the UK renege on the treaty? To discuss further we were joined by Sammy Wilson DUP Brexit Spokesperson & Barry Andrews Fianna Fail MEP.Listen and subscribe to Newsta…
 
We are bang in the middle of the school summer holidays, but is the break too long for students and parents? Laura Erskine, Parenting Expert spoke to us this morning and told us why she believes it is too long.Listen and subscribe to Newstalk Breakfast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App. You can also li…
 
Now yesterday morning you would have heard us mention that cricket is the third most popular sport by children in some parts of Dublin. The success of the Irish cricket team and more multicultural communities have led to more and more young people joining their local clubs. Our reporter Josh Crosbie took a visit to a training session in Tyrrelstown…
 
Fine Gael MEP Maria Walsh will travel to Hungary this weekend to take part in a series of LGBTI+ events, including the Pride parade in Budapest. Maria joined us this morning and we ask what she was hoping to achieve by taking part in the pride march.Listen and subscribe to Newstalk Breakfast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Download, listen and subscr…
 
Yesterday saw 1,378 new covid cases reported. Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn has warned of a “significant increase” in hospitalisations and intensive care admissions if the incidence of Covid-19 continues to rise. Dr Glynn highlighted how the 14-day incidence rate has increased from 93 per 100,000 in the week of June 24th to 246 per 10…
 
With the weather hitting highs of 30 degrees this week, many people are looking for fun activities to do to enjoy the weather. What about hiking? Joining us this morning with the best tips and tricks for hiking in a heatwave is Co-editor of Outsider.ie, Heather Sneglar Listen and subscribe to Newstalk Breakfast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Downloa…
 
There will be no time limit for those allowed into bars and restaurants when indoor dining reopens on Monday. According to the Irish Examiner, the new guidelines will see six adults allowed at a table and an 11:30 pm closing time. Vaccine status will be assessed at the door of the premises, with the Government developing an app for QR scanning. For…
 
Time limits for indoor hospitality bookings could be removed following meetings between the Government and industry stakeholders yesterday evening. Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue joined us to discuss indoor dining and also that shocking Panorama report.Listen and subscribe to Newstalk Breakfast on Apple Podcasts …
 
Harry and Meghan’s small family is the only eco-way to go. So says the charity Population Matters who gave the royal couple an environmental award for acting as "role models" by openly deciding to cap their child count at two. A spokesperson for Population Matters, Alistair Currie joined us on the show.Listen and subscribe to Newstalk Breakfast on …
 
According to new research, Instagram’s algorithms are pushing teenage girls who even briefly engage with fitness-related images towards a flood of weight-loss content. For more on this research and its finding we spoke to Alex Cooney Cyber Safe Kids CEO and Co-Founder.Listen and subscribe to Newstalk Breakfast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Download…
 
When we think of wind farms we think of clean energy and the environment. SSE Renewables are investing €2BN in the Arklow area of Wicklow, creating 80 jobs with their Arklow Bank Windpark, powering half a million homes. Supporting local community groups with €4 million a year. Many locals are pleased about the new job prospects. But some folks in t…
 
The number of people entering treatment for crack cocaine use has increased by 400% in the past six years, according to the latest figures from the Health Research Board. Their Research Officer Dr. Anne Marie Carew spoke to us on the show to discuss these latest figures.Listen and subscribe to Newstalk Breakfast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Downlo…
 
Insurance customers who don’t shop around are set to be protected from having their premiums hiked every year. For more on this, we heard from Charlie Weston, Personal Finances Editor with the Independent.Listen and subscribe to Newstalk Breakfast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App. You can also listen …
 
Paul Quinn, a journalist with Virgin Media, and his cameraman were not asked for proof of negative covid test or vaccine cert before travelling to Spain yesterday on the first day of international travel what is the protocol, and have we already dropped the ball? Joining us on the show this morning to discuss this is the Country Manager for Emirate…
 
The very first upmarket commercial toilets have recently opened in Clifden, Co. Galway. The six posh toilets are located in a converted retail unit in the centre of the town. Using the U-Luu pods will set you back €3.50 to use the toilet and €15 to take a shower a price which the man behind the invention says is right. But would you pay €3.50 to go…
 
The Muslim festival Eid as-Adha is taking place for the second year in a row at Croke Park this morning. The Eid festival is a celebration to mark the end of the pilgrimage season through prayer and food in a religion that has a lot of diversity. Dr Rachel Woodlock Assistant Lecturer in the Study of Religions at University College Cork joined us th…
 
Successful racehorses linked to some of the biggest names in Irish racing were among 4,000 horses slaughtered in British and Irish abattoirs since 2019. A BBC Panorama documentary last night showed footage filmed inside one of the UK’s biggest abattoirs which it is claimed show rules surrounding the slaughter of horses being breached. In reaction t…
 
Irish pharmacies have reached the milestone of administering 100,000 COVID-19 vaccines. We spoke to Darragh O’Loughlin, General Secretary Irish Pharmacy Union on this milestone.Listen and subscribe to Newstalk Breakfast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App. You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk…
 
Is ‘Freedom Day’ in the UK today with the removal of all legal COVID restrictions. But with rising cases, is Boris Johnson taking a deadly gamble? For more on the UK's Freedom Day we were joined by Stephen Pound, Labour MP for Ealing North & Chris Green, Conservative MP for Bolton West and Atherton.Listen and subscribe to Newstalk Breakfast on Appl…
 
International travel returns to Ireland today with passengers allowed travel to EU and a select other few countries with their Digital Green Cert or proof of a Covid test. To discuss what this means for those wishing to travel we were joined on the show by Minister of State for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne. Listen and subscribe to Newstalk Breakf…
 
Fianna Fail’s Deirdre Conroy has claimed that her treatment by the media during the Dublin Bay South by-election campaign will deter other women from entering politics. She said it was “hurtful” to find journalists describing her as “a bad candidate” in post-election analysis and she was unprepared for media scrutiny of her online activity. But are…
 
Night-time water restrictions are being introduced in some parts of the country because of high demand. The areas affected include County Kerry, Portlaoise, and parts of North County Dublin where residents and businesses will experience reductions in pressure. We spoke to Head of Operations at Irish Water Tom Cuddy who outlined why the restrictions…
 
An online hub to inform third-level students about sexual consent is being launched today will go live at the beginning of the academic year in September. It will contain material for both students and staff in higher-level institutions and be publicly accessible. For more on this, we were joined by Noeline Blackwell, CEO of Dublin Rape Crisis Cent…
 
International travel returns to Ireland today with passengers allowed travel to EU and a select other few countries with their Digital Green Cert or proof of a Covid test. For more on International travel returning we were joined this morning by Peter O’Neill Aer Lingus Chief Operating Officer through Tabitha and Enda Corneille, Country Manager for…
 
Ireland is set to experience a heatwave this weekend with temperatures expected to reach 27 degrees. But as temperatures soar thousands will flock to beauty spots in order to cool off so how can you make your swim that little bit more idyllic? Well with some suggestions we were joined by Heather Snelgar, Co-editor of outsider.ie.Listen and subscrib…
 
TV licence inspectors could soon be out of a job. Fine Gael are pushing for the licence fee to be scrapped in favour of a ‘public service media charge’ for all households and businesses. To debate this possible charge coming into force we were joined on the show this morning by Richard Bruton, Chairperson of the Fine Gael parliamentary party, TD fo…
 
‘Cancel culture is a threat to comedy’, that’s the view of UK comedian Leo Kearse, who said he’s had shows disrupted by left-wing protesters and promoters blacklist him for his offensive jokes. Is this an issue here in Ireland? To discuss further we were joined by Comedian, David McSavage.Listen and subscribe to Newstalk Breakfast on Apple Podcasts…
 
Irish gamblers accumulated the fourth-highest gambling losses in the European Union last year. And that's despite bookies shops being closed for the majority of the pandemic. However, the majority of money being gambled here is now online. But just big of a problem is gambling in Ireland? Barry Whyte reportsListen and subscribe to Newstalk Breakfas…
 
Rugby will look a little different next season after World Rugby announced a number of law trials designed to make the game safer. The introduction of a group of ‘Independent Concussion Consultants’ is the biggest change in a move designed to monitor the graduated return to play process . Joining us this morning to discuss these new trials is Dr. E…
 
Almost 1000 cases of Covid 19 were reported yesterday but will vaccinations put a stop to a fourth wave as 25-29 years olds register from today? For more on this increase in Covid cases, we spoke to Professor of Immunovirology at University College Cork, Liam Fanning.Listen and subscribe to Newstalk Breakfast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Download,…
 
NASA has warned that a “wobble” in the Moon’s orbit will cause an onslaught of coastal flooding from the mid-2030s. We spoke to Leo Enright Space Commentator, who told us the significance of this change.Listen and subscribe to Newstalk Breakfast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App. You can also listen to…
 
Parents should not bring their children indoor dining and stay outdoors instead, that's the warning from Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan. 783 cases of Covid were recorded yesterday, the highest since the end of February. To discuss this further is Professor of Health Systems at the School of Nursing and Human Sciences in DCU, Anthony Staines…
 
The cabinet has approved the Summer Economic Statement which forecasts a core budget package this year of 4.7 billion euros. To discuss this in detail is Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath.Listen and subscribe to Newstalk Breakfast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App. You can also…
 
The UK is to offer amnesty for killings committed during the Troubles. The British Government intends to introduce a statute of limitations that would end all prosecutions related to the Troubles in order to stop the North being “hamstrung by its past”. We get reaction to this with Doug Beattie, Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party.Listen and subscr…
 
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