Today With Pat Kenny
The mid-morning current affairs magazine with the stories of the day, sharp analysis, in-depth features and consumer interest
The annual conference of the Garda Representative Association is underway in Westport in Mayo. Events have been dominated so far by a row between GRA President John Parker and the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan. This follows on from claims by Mr. Parker that crime figures are being massaged and that due to lack of resources gardai can only make half hearted efforts at some crime scenes.
Pat was joined by Valerie Cox who has been speaking to a number of gardai who have assembled for their annual conference.
James Hamilton served as the State’s second Director of Public Prosecutions, succeeding Eamonn Barnes, since his retirement from his post as Director of Public Prosecutions in 2011 he has maintained a busy schedule that includes being the Irish member of the Venice Commission, President of the International Association of Prosecutors, a member of the EU Commission’s Group of Experts on Corruption and has also recently being appointed as an independent advisor to the First Minister of Scotland on the Scottish Ministerial Code.
He is the guest Director of this year’s Burren Law School which will take place this weekend, Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th May at the Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan in Co. Clare and he joined Pat this morning.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Corcoran with the Selection and Donal Lenihan, Former Lion.
Paddy O'Gorman meets some people at the Welfare Office.
Myles Dungan (Presenter), Kay Sheehy (Series Producer)