The Government will make a decision today on the draft heads of legislation on abortion. In the legislation the Government is due to deal with the issue of the risk of suicide of the mother, but this is the most controversial issue and has the potential to tear parties apart.
While some parties feel the way to get through this polarising debate is to narrow the legislation to the issue dictated by the European Court ruling, others like former Taoiseach John Bruton want to open up the debate, as does former Fianna Fail Minister, Mary O Rourke.
Pat was joined by Eoin Daly Lecturer in Constitutional Law at UCD.
Every decade creates its own tumult, positing leaders as heroes and villains. Margaret Thatcher is no exception – she provokes intense feeling, ranging from loyalty to loathing – often simultaneously, and the outpouring of both respect and enmity in Britain in the days and weeks after her death earlier this month highlight the polarising and difficult legacy she leaves behind.
Depicted as ‘The Iron Lady’, Thatcher’s political career has been one of the most remarkable of modern times. The daughter of a grocer, she rose to become the first woman to lead a major Western democracy and the longest serving British Prime Minister of the twentieth century. In a new biography of Thatcher, which has been described as, ‘immediately superseding all earlier books written about her’, Charles Moore attempts to make her into a three dimensional figure for the first time. The book gives unparalleled insight into her early life and formation, especially through her extensive correspondence with her sister, which Moore is the first author to draw on. It recreates brilliantly the atmosphere of British politics as she was making her way, and takes her up to what was arguably the zenith of her power, victory in the Falklands.
Out of 150,000 buy-to-let mortgages, nearly 1 in 5 rental property investors is more than 90 days behind on their repayments. With banks threatening to take action against troubled landlords, The Consumer Show investigates what can happen to tenants when banks become their landlords.
Pat was joined by Consumer Show reporter, Tadhg Enright.
During the Celtic Tiger George Mordaunt had it all. A booming motor dealership with four showrooms, selling 40 cars a week and offering free helicopter rides to his customers. But it all began to go wrong as sales dried up and the banks called in the money they were owed. He wrote his first book, Shepherd’s Pie about his experiences and his subsequent mental and financial recovery.
In his new book, Back in the Driving Seat, he shares his experiences and delivers a guide to recovery and tells us that now more than ever need to take control of their own future.
A growing number of Fine Gael TD’s are voicing concern about proposed abortion legislation, putting Taoiseach Enda Kenny under pressure ahead of tomorrow’s cabinet meeting. He asked critics to wait until the draft law is published before they respond.
Former Taoiseach John Bruton said in the Irish Independent today that “the notion that a simple threat of suicide would make right something that would otherwise be wrong is a really dangerous principle”.
Fine Gael TD Brian Walsh made his views clear on Morning Ireland.
Pat was joined by Independent TD Claire Daly and Senator Ronan Mullen.
Some sobering statistics for you now – currently 41, 700 people in Ireland are affected by Alzheimer’s, that figure is expected to rise to 147,000 by 2041. And by 2050 - 115 million people or twice the population of the UK will be affected by different forms of dementia across the world. The Alzheimer’s Society Of Ireland like many charitable organisations is struggling to maintain its services at a time of cuts in government funding and squeezed donor incomes. So Tea Day this year which falls on the 9th of May will be even more important with the society hoping that they can raise up to half a million euro to help those with Alzheimer’s disease and their carers.
Joining Pat was Raymond Creegan who cares for his 83 year old father who has vascular dementia and Samantha Taylor who is The Alzheimer Society Of Ireland’s Information Manager.
May is an important month when it comes to filing returns for the local property tax. Something which must be focusing a lot of minds across the country given that Wednesday is May 1st – joining Pat in studio Revenue Commissioners chairman, Josephine Feehily.