As we heard earlier in the programme the horse meat scandal is spreading across Europe with the French authorities suggesting that a law banning horses from Romanian roads may be responsible for a surge in the sale of horse meat on the European market. Closer to home what impact are the non-stop revelations having on the beef industry here?
Joining Pat was Matt Demspey, editor of the Irish Farmers Journal.
Survivors of child sexual violence reported that nearly 80% of children abused were abused by someone known to them – immediate family members, relatives or family friends. So when there is abuse in the family how does it skew the family dynamic. The President of Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams spoke to Marian Finucane on Saturday about his abusive father and how the he learned about it and how the family reacted.
Joining Pat in studio was Dr. Mel Duffy, Lecturer in Sociology and Sexuality Studies DCU.
What an extraordinary couple of days it has been in Dublin, Brussels and Frankfurt. Months of intense and complex negotiations on our promissory notes ended in a deal that will cut the country’s borrowing needs by €20 billion in the coming decade. There was confirmation that the deal had been done around lunchtime yesterday following an overnight session of the Dail to agree the liquidation of the failed Anglo Irish Bank known as the IBRC.
The Seanad approved the legislation just before 6am in the morning and President Michael D Higgins signed it into law an hour later.
A few sparse and low key words from ECB President Mario Draghi signalled success for the Government negotiators. The European Central Bank, he said, “unanimously took note of the Irish operation”.
Pat was joined by the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan.
Imagine a young English woman in the early 1920s being asked to leave her home in England to begin a new life in the then new Republic of Ireland.
96 year old Olivia Durdin-Robertson, from Huntington Castle in Co Carlow talks about her early ideas about Ireland before her family moved here and is one of the subjects of a new documentary “The Raj in the Rain” by Patrick Cooney that will be screened on Sunday at the IFI. Pat was joined in studio by Patrick Cooney and on the line by Josslyn Gore Booth formerly of Lissadel in Sligo who also features in the documentary.