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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.

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According to the Times of London, the reason inflation remains so high is due to the rise of “treatonomics,”. That’s when people prioritize spending on fun stuff and cut back elsewhere instead.    Is this what is stopping banks dropping interest rates any further spending spend over and above on the likes of concert tickets or flat white lattes? We discussed with Siobhan Maguire, Consumer Journalist.
Donald Trump spoke at the Republican National Convention yesterday when the former president accepted the party’s presidential nomination. We discuss the highlights of the speech with David Smith, Washington Bureau Chief of The Guardian.
Ireland’s COVID Inquiry plans are set to be published before the end of the Dail’s Summer Recess. The Tanaiste has confirmed there are details still to be finalised, such as what the Inquiry would look like? We discussed with Michael McNamara, MEP & Former Chairperson of Special Covid Committee. 
Recently Taoiseach Simon Harris suggested the future funding of public service broadcasting will be through a combination of the TV licence and exchequer funding.  The Government is finalising plans for a so-called hybrid model of the TV licence that will include a form of the annual charge on Irish households and multi-annual funding.   We get reaction to this with Thomas Gould, Sinn Fein TD for Cork North Central. 
Economists have suggested that lower earners should pay some income tax to broaden Ireland's tax base, as currently 20% of taxpayers contribute 80% of all taxes. Is this a good idea? We asked Dr Barra Roantree, Director of MSC in economic policy at Trinity College Dublin. 
Donald Trump making his presidential acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. Our own reporter, Josh Crosbie has been there all week and has just left the convention. Josh explained what the speech like and the crowd reaction to it.
Conor Lally, Security and Crime Editor of The Irish Times gave us the details on a suspected arson attack at Coolock site earmarked for asylum seekers.
Scientists at Imperial College London have developed an anti-ageing drug that could extend lifespan by 25%, prevent cancer, and reverse signs of ageing. Have we discovered the elixir of life? We discuss with Kingston Mills, Professor of Experimental Immunology at Trinity College Dublin.
The Government is looking to break motorists’ car addiction with bike buying incentives and more discounted fares for frequent public transport users. But will they work? We discussed this with John Gibbons, Environmental Journalist.
"Blatant and blunt threat on my life” those are the words Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has used to describe the sinister death threat that appeared on the social media platform TikTok Tuesday afternoon. Mary Lou spoke to Newstalk Breakfast on what she has been experienced over the last year and this week.
The period following the birth of a new baby is particularly sensitive for new parents. Even though you may not intend to offend, well-meaning but poorly chosen comments can be received very negatively.  Speaking to Ciara this morning to discuss further Iseult White, Psychotherapist and Author. 
Southern Europe bakes in heatwave with hotter temperatures on the way, while Italy places 12 cities under the most severe heat warning as temperatures soar above 40 degrees. But where’s Ireland’s heatwave? We ask Gerry Murphy, Meteorologist with Met Eireann.
Donald Trump is to be officially crowned Republican Candidate later tonight at the party’s National Convention in Milwaukee. JD Vance spoke overnight he very much spoke of his blue collar credentials and his troubled upbringing. We got reaction to his first speech with Former Nevada Republican State Chairwoman and Republican Strategist Amy Tarkanian.
The European Parliament will today vote on whether Ursula Von Der Leyen will serve a second term as president of the European Commission.  Despite being part of a coalition of parties that is supporting Ms Von Der Leyen, none of Fianna Fáil’s four MEPs will vote for her re-election, a move that has been criticised by Fine Gael. Barry Andrews Fianna Fail MEP for Dublin explained this decision to Ciara this morning.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland is warning parents about the health risks of slush ice drinks for young children. We discuss the health risk with Dr Wayne Anderson, FSAI Director of Food Science and Standards.
When it comes to US politics the merchandise, posters and slogans play a central role in the campaigns from both sides. The Republican National Convention is ongoing in Milwaukee and as expected, Make America Great Again hats are selling out. Our reporter, Josh Crosbie is there and has been meeting with some Trump fans and also finding out how the election is shaping up.  
The State ‘should help developers to build more homes for rent’, that’s according to a government review. Speaking to Shane to discuss further wasCarol Tallon, CEO of Property District.
Minister for Justice Helen McEntee gave her response to the ongoing protests scenes in Coolock.
An investigation is under way by gardaí after an under-15 hurling championship match was abandoned on Monday evening following a brawl involving players, mentors and supporters.  We get a reaction from Liam O’Neill, Former GAA President. 
Now last week on the show we heard calls from the Climate Change Advisory Council for people to ditch the open fire. However it appears many in Rural Ireland want the cosy fire to remain in the home with turfcutting remaining a staple in the Irish household.  Henry McKean visited a bog on the Galway - Roscommon border, beside the N60 road.  He sent this report. 
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Darragh Hickey

everything needs to be fucking banned in Ireland hey

Jul 31st
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Darragh Hickey

Such poor hosting. Absolute anecdotal shite being spouted by Regina Doherty, which goes completely unchallenged by the host Ciara. Ridiculous.

May 13th
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Darragh Hickey

jesus christ people are so fecking ridiculous with what offends them

Apr 30th
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