On Morning Ireland INMO General Secretary, Liam Doran announced that he is embarking on a two week tour of hospitals to find ways to save at least €30 million from payroll costs. But what if any more savings can be made.
While a number of unions have agreed in principle on generating savings in their particular part of the public service, there are still a lot of loose ends to be tied up before an agreement with all of the groups can be achieved.
Joining Pat in studio was Martin Wall, Industry Correspondent, Irish Times.
We don’t have a specific date as yet but Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed that the referendum on the abolition of the Seanad will take place this autumn. So with that deadline looming we can expect that the role of the upper house will be the subject of much debate over the next few months. Joining Pat in studio two guests who have opposing views on the value of Seanad Eireann in Irish Life - Dublin West Socialist Party TD, Joe Higgins and Senator Katherine Zappone.
With the ‘decade of centenaries’ already underway, and with a seemingly endless stream of history titles rolling off the presses, from all sorts of different angles, how is the general public to make sense of it all?
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, History Ireland magazine will convene special Hedge School bringing together some of the country’s foremost historians and will ask the question “Has Ireland Too Many Histories?” —Prof. Joe Lee of New York University and Prof. Diarmaid Ferriter of University College Dublin are but two of those who will be there and they joined Pat along with History Ireland’s Editor & Hedge School master, Tommy Graham.
Does the Irish pub have a future? It was once at the heart of rural Ireland but drink driving laws, cheap alcohol in supermarkets, the smoking ban and overheads have caused many publicans to shut up shop.
The annual conference of the Vintners' Federation of Ireland begins place today in Trim County Meath. Valerie Cox was there.
What is the best way to sniff out your perfect partner? Or How many friends does one person need, on Facebook or in life? These are some of the questions posed and answered by anthropologist and Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Oxford, Robin Dunbar and he will be sharing his theories at the Listowel Writers week on Friday May 31st, and Robin Dunbar joined Pat this morning.