Well the European Court of Justice has ruled within the last hour on the pensions of 1,500 former employees at Waterford Crystal.
The court has decided that the state was indeed responsible for protecting the pensions of the staff under EU law and joining Pat was Jimmy Kelly a former Waterford Crystal worker and Unite’s regional secretary. Pat was also by Gary Byrne, Solicitor for the workers and by Sean Maher one of the Waterford workers.
The lack of a summer in 2012 followed by a cold wet spring has left farmers with a huge problem on their hands - how to feed their animals.
Valerie Cox went to visit a farm to see just how bad things are.
Pat was joined by Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, who this week announced a €1 million scheme to cover some of the cost of imported fodder for farm animals. The scheme will cover the transport cost of importing fodder into the country and will cover supplies from 15 April. He was also joined by Eddie Downey, who is the head of the IFA's Fodder Project Team.
The Government launched the personal insolvency service last week with much fun fare. The aim is to have new arrangements put in place to help struggling mortgage holders who find themselves unable to cope with their debts. As more and more people read through the guidelines more questions are being asked about how it’s going to work in practice. Joining Pat in studio was the man in charge of the whole operation Lorcan O’Connor, Director of the Insolvency Service of Ireland.
Details of the ISI new service are publsihed on www.isi.gov.ie
Phone 076 106 4200
Legendary Gene Kelly’s wife, Patricia Ward Kelly is actually in town this Saturday to introduce a very special performance of the musical classic Singin’ in the Rain together with a screening of the film, accompanied by the RTE Concert Orchestra, performing the orchestral score. The show takes place at Dublin’s National Concert Hall and Patricia joined Pat in studio.
This week, medical experts from the Royal College Of Physicians in Ireland outlined their concerns at the level of harm being caused by alcohol in Ireland. The group pointed out that discharge rates for alcoholic liver disease increased by 247 per cent for 15-34 year-olds between 1995 and 2007.
Separately, a recent study carried out by academics at University College Dublin found significant levels of binge drinking among secondary school students, and Irish teenagers are consistently found to drink in higher volumes than the European norm. When those young persons with alcohol and other difficulties seek help, often they and their parents find options limited.
This week, Brian O’Connell visited the Aislinn Adolescent Addiction Centre, in Co Kilkenny, which caters for 15-21 year olds and their families.
We occasionally get promotional items in the office through the post....Yesterday we opened a padded envelope– a few pens inside – always come in handy.
The pens had some unusual messages stuck on – “Abortion though Shalt not Kill” , "RTE is Anti Catholic”.
Curious promotional item we thought....but even more remarkable is that when one of our inquisitive producers pulled back the plastic logo he discovered that these pens had another message printed on, presumably some years ago. The pens were once promotional items for “Anglo Irish Bank”.
Perhaps the pens were a bit like the Anglo golf balls, and umbrellas, left in an attic for years, now the glossy white pens have been given a new lease of life as anti abortion promotional items.