Physical & Mental Health, How are they linked...Prof Jim Lucey of St. Patrick’s University Hospital joined Pat this morning.
The estimates vary – anything between 10,000 and 20,000 people took part in a march against austerity in Dublin City Centre on Saturday. Campaigners, unions and far left groups joined in the protest – some of them voicing frustration at the trade union movement because of its support for the Labour party. At one point hecklers had a go at Eugene McGlone , the President of the Irish Congress of Trades Unions. Sinn Fein and the United Left Alliance were accused – though some of those attending the rally said it was spontaneous.
Jimmy Kelly Regional Secretary of Unite and Richard Boyd Barrett of People Before Profit/ United Left Alliance joined Pat this morning.
It’s an age where chefs are known by their first name, Jamie, Gordon and Rick and are lauded with the fervour that used to be reserved for rock stars. However, the person who gives the chef’s dishes a setting – who seats you, feeds you and looks after you is often ignored, that person is the restaurateur.
Pat was joined in studio by Nicholas Lander himself a former restaurateur and columnist with the Financial Times who has just published a book called The Art of the Restaurateur and featuring in that book is a lesser known member of the Ballymaloe Allen family, Hazel Allen who runs the hotel and the restaurant in Co Cork.
There are many challenges facing patients and families living with serious illness. In order to address some of their concerns, a guide to palliative care DVD is being launched today at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. It’s specifically designed to inform patients and their families about specialist care services provided in St. James Hospital and Our Lady’s Hospice.
Joining Pat in studio were Dr. Norma O’Leary, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, St. James’ Hospital, Catriona Corcoran, clinical nurse who specialises in Palliative care and Nora Gahan whose sister Helen spent her final years in palliative care.
The tragic death of Savita Halapanavaar was widely reported of course in international media, but the case also continues to make headlines in her native India. Brian O’Connell is currently in Calcutta (Kolkata) observing the work of Cork based Hope Foundation, and he has been hearing some of what locals think. He joined Pat from Kolkata.
Thousands of college students are participating in a series of regional protests during this month. The Union of Students in Ireland and local Students’ Unions have organised the protests in opposition to further college fee increases and cuts to the Student Maintenance Grant.
Pat was joined by John Logue, President of the Union of Students in Ireland and by journalist and commentator Eamon Delaney