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In a remarkable U-Turn yesterday, the government announced that they would return discretionary medical cards to over 15,000 people who have had them removed between July 2011 and May 2014. Sean was joined by Pat Leahy of the Sunday Business Post and by Kevin Shortall whose daughter Louise has Leukaemia and you went through a 19-month application process only to be refused.http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0618/624647-today-with-sean-o-rourke-wednesday-18-june-2014/?clipid=1604697
Water charges , medical cards and continuing austerity were the the issues that cropped up again and again on the doorsteps , according to politicians who felt the wrath of voter anger when the votes were counted over the weekend. Many voters it seems have not felt the benefits in their pockets despite talk of recovery and it seems many more years of belt tightening and austerity lie ahead. John Bruton , former Taoiseach and now representing Ireland’s financial services sectors, is quoted in today’s Irish Independent saying we’d signed up to strict budgetary rules under the Lisbon Treaty and ...http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0528/620123-today-with-sean-o-rourke-wednesday-28-may-2014/?clipid=1587720
There is a “need to get a grip”, according to communications minister Pat Rabbitte who seemed to sum up the avalanche of troubles facing the coalition government and conceded that the last couple of months have not been good for them. Last week’s resignation of Justice Minister Alan Shatter and wide ranging allegations of Garda misconduct have embroiled the Government in controversy – while issues from medical cards, water charges and the economy have been cropping up on the doorsteps. Joining Sean was Political Editor of the Sunday Business Post, Pat Leahy.http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0512/616772-today-with-sean-o-rourke-monday-12-may-2014/?clipid=1574170
Judge Martin Nolan put the focus of blame firmly on the state when he decided not to jail two former directors of Anglo Irish Bank following their conviction for engaging in an illegal share support scheme. The Judge said it would be “most unjust to jail these two men (William McAteer and Pat Whelan) when I feel that a state agency has led the two men into error an illegality”. Instead the defendants will be assessed for community service. The 11 week trial has raised questions about the role of the former Financial Regulator, Patrick Neary and how the state ...http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0430/613948-today-with-sean-o-rourke-wednesday-30-april-2014/?clipid=1563589
Many of us now have water meters in pace and the first bills for domestic water will issue in 2015 and as we all know, the producer of the service is Irish Water, or Uisce Eireann. The cabinet will convene this morning and one issue that will be close to the top of the agenda is that of water charges. Sean was joined in studio by Political Editor with The Sunday Business Post, Pat Leahy and Paul Melia, Environment Correspondent with The Irish Independent. Barrister Tim Bracken got in touch with us also – he has been casting an eye ...http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0430/613948-today-with-sean-o-rourke-wednesday-30-april-2014/?clipid=1563614
The latest Irish Times / MRBI poll shows support for the government falling. The poll has backing for Fine Gael down five percentage points. Fine Gael is now level-pegging with Fianna Fail. Labour is struggling on eight percent. Sinn Fein is unchanged on 21, while support for Independents is up. The poll is a dose of bad news after a week of sustained political pressure on Justice Minister Alan Shatter. Pat Leahy, political editor of the Sunday Business Post, joined Sean in studio.http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0404/606646-today-with-sean-o-rourke-friday-4-april-2014/?clipid=1525410
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