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Apprenticeships in Logistics

Following our Apprenticeship Fair, Donie spoke with Anna Gorecka, Apprenticeship Project Manager with the freight Transport Association of Ireland, to discuss the very wide and varied apprenticeships available within the Logistics industry in Ireland.

(22th November 2021)

Apprenticeships in Logistics

Darndale Apprenticeship Fair

Apprenticeships allow participants to earn while they learn, without student loans or fees – and they are proving an increasingly popular way to continue in education without going to college.
Structured training programmes allow apprentices work towards a qualification and gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed.

The Apprenticeship Fair in the Darndale Belcamp Village Centre brought together employers, trainers, apprentices and students to explore what apprenticeship options are available in the area.

Donie Tarrant spoke to Paul Hayes, Education Coordinator with Northside Partnership who  coordinated the event; Conor Grey of Mercury Engineering; Dermot McCrudden from The Discovery Centre; Caroline Kinsella from ESB Networks along with one of their 2nd year apprentices, Cameron Murphy; and Guidance Counsellor with Colaiste Dhulaigh, Brian Comerford

(16th November 2021)

Darndale Apprenticeship Fair 2021

Local Employment Service – Why Proposed Changes Don’t Make Sense

Pay-per-placement turns people into commodities. Employment staff then try to find people who are closer to employment in order to reach targets. It is not a successful model for long term unemployment.

Here’s a fascinating panel discussion about the Local Employment Service scheme and the proposed changes to it, featuring Paul Rogers, CEO, Northside Partnership; Dr. Michael McGann, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Social Sciences Institute, Maynooth University; and Lisa Bornemann, LES Coordinator on Near FM. The panel is chaired by Declan Cahill. (20th October 2021)

Local Employment Services Work

Developing Community

Dearbhail Butler from the Developing Community team at the Northside Partnership joins Donie Tarrant to explain the idea behind the programme, how it looks at ways of creating community, connecting with others and contributing.. (27th September 2021)

Developing Communities

Careers in Mind Builds Confidence in Women Who Want to Go Back to Work

Ger Nolan from the Northside Partnership’s Careers in Mind programme and Denise Smith, past participant, join Donie Tarrant to discuss the Careers in Mind project and how it built one woman’s confidence to get a job. The women on the programme have gone on to engage in training courses/Further Education or secured part-time or full time employment.  (6th September 2021)

Careers in Mind Builds Confidence in Women Who Want to Go Back to Work

Advantaged Thinking in Northside Partnership

Niamh McTiernan, Director of Services in Northside Partnership speaks to Adrianne Murphy about how the Advantaged Thinking philosophy is at the centre of everything we do. (27th July 2021)

Advantaged Thinking in Northside Partnership

Preparing for Life Home Visiting Programme

Caroline Creagh, Preparing For Life Home Visiting Mentor with The Northside Partnership and Niamh O’Shaughnessy, mother & PFL Home Visiting Programme Participant join Donie to discuss the massive benefits of the Preparing For Life program on families with new babies. (10th May 2021)

Preparing For Life Home Visiting – Caroline Creagh & Niamh O’Shaughnessy

Lifelong Learning Hubs

Elaine Davis, of our Education team, and Ryan Ó Murchú join Donie to talk about the supports available to students who are thinking about becoming Primary School Teachers through our Lifelong Learning Hubs. (1st November 2021)

Lifelong Learning Hubs

Eco Pockets in Northside Partnership’s Coolock Garden

James Hill, who has developed a project called Eco Pockets, joins Donie Tarrant to explain how they have created a garden in Coolock focused on biodiversity. There will be planting to support bees, butterflies, fungi and insects, sod seats and a gazebo where people can gather. In the long run they will be able to deliver classes to schools on biodiversity. (12th July 2021)

James Hill talks Eco Pockets

Preparing For Life’s Parenting Programmes

Linda Pickett discusses Preparing for Life’s Parenting Programmes, in particular Triple P Positive Parenting Programme (5th July 2021)

Preparing for Life’s Parenting Programmes

Coolock Student Wins Award at Challenger Graduation

Paul Hayes, Education Coordinator at Northside Partnership & Chloe Kennedy, Challenger Graduate and winner of the Lorcan Ó hÓbáin Award join Donie to talk about the Challenger Programme and the effect it has had on one student’s life. (21st June 2021)

Paul Hayes and Chloe Kennedy talk about the Challenger Programme and winning the Lorcán Ó hÓbáin Award

Story Massage Best Practice Award

Melanie Murphy, Winner Best Practice Award from The Story Massage Programme in association with the Northside Partnership, joins Donie to chat about the programme and what the award means. (15th June 2021)

Melanie Murphy on Winning a Story Massage Best Practice Award

Ecopocket Update with Community Employment and Tús Participants

Gerald Durney and Keith Burn from our Tús and Community Employment schemes join Donie Tarrant to talk about working in horticulture and an update on our Ecopocket project. (18th October 2021)

Ecopocket Update

National Childcare Scheme

Leah Russell, Early Years Programme Coordinator with Preparing For Life, joins Donie Tarrant to speak the National Childcare Scheme and how it disadvantages parents who are not working. (4th October 2021)

National Childcare Scheme & Non-Working Parents

Get The Message Out – There is Another Way Launch

Deborah Morgans of EDIT (Edenmore Drug Intervention Team) and Ger Redmond, Professional Athlete join Donie Tarrant at the launch of GTMO.
Following a rise in crime and drug-related activity in north east Dublin, local community
groups have come together to launch a new initiative called Get The Message Out – There is Another Way.
The aim of the initiative is to inform young people and their families that there are
alternatives to drugs and crime and that supports are available to them to avoid or exit this lifestyle. (13th September 2021)

Get The Message Out – There is Another Way

Chair of Northside Partnership Discusses Recent Social Housing Report

Nessan Vaughan, Chair of Northside Partnership, recently spoke at the launch of a report from Cluid Housing Financial Inclusion Among Social Housing Tenants in his role as Chair of North Dublin MABS. Here, he talks to Donie about the report, social housing and financial capabilities. (28th June 2021)

Nessan Vaughan on “Financial Inclusion Among Social Housing Tenants” report from Clúid Housing

Young Community Leaders

Kathleen Murphy, Young Community Leaders Co-ordinator and  Rachel O’Kelly, Young Community Leaders graduate and co-facilitator from the Young Community Leaders at the Northside Partnership join Donie Tarrant to discuss the project. (17th May 2021)

Young Community Leaders with Kathleen Murphy and Rachel O’Kelly

Money Made Sense

Angela Shafer from the Northside Partnership and Margaret Deegan, MABS Financial Coach join Donie to explain all about Money Made Sense at a time when we are being told that there is €14 billion on deposit in the countries financial institutions. (29th March 2021)

Money Made Sense with Angela Shafer and Margaret Deegan – Listen Again


Paul Hayes from the Northside Partnership joins Donie to discuss Communiversities we are also joined by Catherine Murphy who has been a participant on the Communiversities programme and share’s her experience of it. (22nd March 2021)

Communiversities with Paul Hayes and participant Catherine Murphy


James Hill, Tús Team Leader, with The Northside Partnership & William Hackett, participant on Tús join Donie to explain how Tús works and they also explain how participants can benefit from the Tús program. (24th February 2021)

How Tús Works With James Hill and William Hackett – Near FM – Listen Again


Paul Hayes from the education team at the Northside Partnership joins Donie with some very timely advise to deal with all the confusion around the Leaving Cert. (11th February 2021)

Paul Hayes on Confusion Surrounding the Leaving Cert – Near FM – Listen Again

Preparing for Life Perinatal Services

Public health nurse and lactation consultant, with Preparing for Life at the Northside Partnership, Niamh Lohan, speaks to Donie about Preparing for Life’s perinatal services i.e. Antenatal Care & Education, Breastfeeding Support and Baby Massage. (3rd February 2021)

Perinatal Services with Niamh Lohan – Near FM – Listen Again

Social Enterprise

Angela Shafer from the Northside Partnership tells Donie about the Social Enterprise program and explains what Social Enterprise is, who can get involved and what supports are available. Of course, Near FM itself is a great example of social enterprise. (27th January 2021)

Angela Shafer from the Northside Partnership – Near FM – Listen Again

Local Employment Service

Audrey McGill from the Northside Partnership talks to Donie Tarrant about the Local Employment Services she explains How our Local Employment Service is adapting to Covid 19 changes, the services they provide, the Job preparation pack, Future Job trends and skills required. (22nd January 2021)

Northside Partnership’ Local Employment Services During the Pandemic – Near FM – Listen Again

Careers in Mind

Ger Nolan from Careers in Mind with the Northside Partnership tells Donie Tarrant about how they are conducting the program and talks about the success of the 2020, despite all the issues they had to overcome. (11th January 2021)

Ger Nolan from Careers in Mind – Near FM – Listen Again

Smoking Cessation

Interview with Michael Malone, Smoking Cessation Officer, Northside Partnership about the Free Stop Smoking Support Service courses. (4th January 2021)

Michael Malone on Quitting Smoking by near fm | Mixcloud

Challenger Resource Manual Launch

Donie Speaks with Niamh McTiernan, Director of Services, Northside Partnership Challenger Resource Manual Launch. (19th October 2020)

Challenger Resource Manual Launch

Money Made Sense

Angela Shafer from “Money Made Sense” a new program from the Northside Partnership joins Donie to explain this new development to help people develop their money management skills. (21st September 2020)

Money Made Sense


Simon Yeates discusses Northside Partnership’s Jobs Club programme for those who are ready to find a job. (14/9/2020)


Northside Partnership in Lockdown

Paul Rogers from The Northside Partnership joins Donie to give us an update on how Northside Partnership has coped with Covid19, how both participants and staff have been kept engaged. (15th July 2020)

Northside Partnership operating during Covid-19

Local Enterprise Services

On this edition of Northside Today, Maureen Downey, Northside Partnership joins John Healy to talk about “Enterprise Week 2020”. (26th February 2020)

Enterprise Week 2020

National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Service

Donie talks to Kathleen Lawrence from the National Traveller & Roma Inclusion Service about the Traveller Culture & History in Education Bill, which was sponsored by Sen. Colette Kelleher. (27th January 2020)

Donie discusses the Traveller Culture & History in Education bill with Kathleen Lawrence.

Preparing for Life Research at 9 Years

Niall Sexton P.F.L. from the Northside Partnership and Dr. Orla Doyle UCD Geary institute for Public  policy are in studio with Donie Tarrant to discuss the research carried out into the early years learning and looks forward to some of  their project for 2020. (16/12/2019)

Preparing for Life Research Launch

Healthy Food Made Easy

Linda Scanlan of the Northside Partnership joins Donie Tarrant to talk about Healthy food made easy in the run up to Christmas and how shops turn a bit mad at this time of the year. (09/12/2019)

Healthy Food Made Easy

Smoking Cessation

Debbie McMahon talks to Michael Malone in the studio about the “Stop Smoking” campaign. (5th November 2019)

Smoking Cessation

Education Fair

Donie Tarrant interviews reporting from Education Fair at Parnell’s GAA Club. (17th October 2019)

Education Fair

Preparing for Life – Supporting Homeless Children & Families

Donie Tarrant is joined by Niall Sexton, Programme Manager and Sue Cullen, Preparing for Life. They talk to Donie about a new program they have rolled out to help young children who find themselves in emergency accommodation. (30th September 2019)

Supporting Homeless Children & Families


Joyce Topham with Northside Partnership’s Enterprise Section joins Donie Tarrant to discuss the work of the enterprise unit and the opportunities they can open up for people. (19th September 2019)

Enterprise Supports

Northside Partnership Strategy Statement Launch

Paul Rogers, CEO & Niamh McTiernan, Director of Services at the Northside Partnership join Adrianne to discuss the advantaged thinking at the heart of their new strategy. (10th September 2019)

Northside Partnership Strategy 


Donie speaks to Paul Hayes from the Northside Partnership about Communiversities. (6th January 2019)