Frank O’Dea, Clontarf artist

Pat Meehan speaks to Frank O’Dea, art gallery owner, about his painting ‘Budget Day’, which he painted for this Halloween season, and why he started being an artist.

Interview with Noelleen Reilly, local Sinn Fein Councillor

John Healy speaks to Noeleen Reilly, local Sinn Fein councillor about recent events in Ballymun and other issues including Sinn Fein’s stance on Water Charges.

Interview with Yvonne O’Sullivan from FLAC

John Healy speaks to Yvonne O’Sullivan from FLAC about how the Civil Society Survey shows that Budget 2015 will not restore “downgraded” rights, on Northside Today.

Interview with Cllr. Allison Gilliland

John Healy speaks to Allison Gilliland local Labour Councillor about DCC lands which were handed over to Belmayne residents, and other issues, on Northside Today.

Education Fair Parnells 2014

Listen back to John Healy reporting from the Education Fair on 16th. October 2014 in Parnell’s GAA Club. John is speaking to Paul Hayes, Education Guidance Councillor, Northside Partnership; Pamela Duffy, SUSI (Your National Students Grants Online Application Service); Agnes Kiernan, BTI coordinator of Grange Community College; Laura Nolan, Liaison Department of Institute of Technology Tallaght as well as Kieran and Danny, students attending the Fair from St. Josephs School.

Budget 2015 – How fair is it?

Michelle Murphy of Social Justice Ireland talks to Noel McGuinness on Northside Today about Budget 2015. She says the gap has widened between rich and poor and describes how this budget favours those on higher incomes. See also

Neither Either

Philip Connaughton is a dancer from Ballymun. He talks to Noel McGuinness about his dancing career and about modern dance in general. He also speaks about a new work “Neither Either” which blends dance, poetry and music together. Two dance companies, one from Belfast and one from Dublin, come together to perform this work which will premiere in the Belfast Festival at the end of October and then tour around Ireland. It will be in the Project Arts Centre in Dublin on 11th to 15th November.

BA in Personal Development

Colm Kilgallon and Georgina Fedigan talk to Noel McGuinness about the BA in Personal Development at All Hallows College (the “ALBA” programme). Colm explains that the course is continuing for the existing students even though the college has had to close. This part time course is designed for adult learners and many of the students are from a non-academic background.

Georgina Fedigan will graduate from the course this year. She says that she was looking for change and found that the ALBA programme certainly provided this. She learned academic skills and a vast amount of knowledge and feels the course has changed her life. She can’t praise the course enough and says that looking back on her journey through it, she now has completely different goals to those she started with – a whole new path has opened up.

The ALBA course is unique to All Hallows College but Colm hopes that some way will be found for it to continue. For the moment he suggests that people talk to their public representatives to try to ensure that the programme lives on.

Outside with Near 3

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Listen back to Part Three of ‘Outside with Near’ from the Autumn Fair of the Glasnevin Educate Together School, October 2014. Noel and Leslie are speaking to many guests including Roisin, School Principal on the Educate Together Ethos; Ranite and her daughter Emily; Yvonne on the ‘Haunted House’; Xana and Zoe of 6th class to talk about Santry Sport, Oscar and Alice of Senior Infants to talk about the Aistear teaching method; Josh to talk about the school committee; Louise and son Rory; Seren on the Green School Committee; Lukas who will be performing at the ‘King and I’ later this year in the National Concert Hall; Ciaran and Ana; Ellie and Ben; Markus and Rory; Julie with her son Conor and daughter Sarah; Jessica and Jane two parents on the fair and on the Second Level Campaign; Deidre to talk about the Art Day; Grainne on the Book Stall; Susan who is a teacher in the school to talk about inclusion and ALC and Marian of the PTA on the organisation of this event.


“Gateways” is a four part radio documentary on Dublin. The documentary hears from the people who live near, work at and are connected to the Airport. We talk to present and former employees of not only the major corporate entities  at the Airport but also those who work in some of the ancillary businesses based at the Airport, along with those involved at a legislative and management level.

The series concentrates on the people who contribute to everyday life in this unique North Dublin transport hub. From the Fire Chief to retired graphic designers, we learn what makes Dublin Airport special in the eyes of the travelling public. The series also looks at the positive influence the Airport has had on the community of North County Dublin.

Topics as varied as the Swords Young Musician of the Year imitative and the role of the customs sniffer dogs are discussed and the listener is given a personal behind the scenes look at Dublin Airport.

Broadcasted at 3.30pm, Thursday the 16th of October and airing every Thursday for 4 weeks.
October 16th, 23rd, 30th and November 6th 2014

Episode one
Local historian Gerry Cooley takes the listener on a nostalgic look back at the development of the area around the airport and speaks on his memories of growing up in Corballis town land where the airport is situated and tells of his time as an Altar Boy serving at the airport chapel.
We speak to some passengers and get feedback on the airport from its users.
Niall Greene is a Director of the D.A.A. and gives us a unique insight into airport management and speaks of his experiences as a seasoned business traveller.
We hear from four members of the Dublin Airport Band who outline who they are and what they do and tell us what it is like as a member of one of the world’s only airport bands.
As A Clare Dáil Deputy and Fianna Fail spokesperson on transport Timmy Dooley is well qualified to discuss the historical impact of the compulsory Shannon Stopover on the development of both Shannon and Dublin airports. Timmy also speaks on the position of worker directors in the Airport.
Fionnula May is County Architect with Fingal County Council and speaks on the subject of the original terminal building and on the conditions prevailing in Ireland during the construction of this iconic building.

Episode Two:
Gerry Keogh is Chief Fire Officer at Dublin Airport and explains the procedures and challenges involved in this critical and necessary role.
Willie Kirwan is a fire fighter at the airport and as an employee of thirty years has a unique story to tell.
Vincent Barrett is an airport policeman and along with Louise Wilson who is involved with emergency planning gives us a glimpse into their day-to-day operations.
Declan Keane is operations Manager at the airport and Declan guides us around the airport’s busy control room.
David Hendron is an architect with Pascall Watson, the firm behind the design of the new Terminal Two building. David outlines the design process and describes how the finished award winning building was achieved.
Edel Bourke is CEO of The Airport Credit Union and is well placed to describe the role the credit union has played in the lives of airport workers through out the years.
Linda Murphy is a Revenue Officer dog handler at Dublin Airport and outlines the unusual role of custom’s sniffer dogs.

This series is made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

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