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 Taoiseach has said this morning that he is awaiting full proposals to be presented to cabinet next week on alcohol sponsorship in sport. So what effect is alcohol having on sport and how is sport itself being affected?
Pat was joined by John Treacy, Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council and Prof Frank Murray, consultant gastroenterologist in Beaumont Hospital and chairman of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland policy group on alcohol.
The latest reports coming out of Syria suggest the balance of power in the ongoing civil war has shifted back to the government forces of President Bashar al-Assad.
While the West may be concerned with the potential use of chemical weapons within the country, in military terms, the recapture of the town of Qusair by state troops is far more significant.
Shashank Joshi, Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute spoke to Pat this morning.
Last February, as part of the Finance Bill, Government announced a ‘Living City’ pilot project aimed at helping to breathe life back into parts of Georgian Limerick and Waterford. The incentives announced mean that residents can claim tax relief for refurbishment costs of their historic buildings, while there will be similar tax breaks for work carried out on retail units within the designated areas of each city.
Brian O’Connell visited Waterford and Limerick in recent weeks to try and find out more about this scheme and he joins us now. Outline firstly Brian what this scheme is all about and why it was introduced.
Anti government demonstrations have continued in Turkey for a fifth night with police using tear gas and water cannon to disperse the protesters. Earlier in the day, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc had apologised for the violent police response to initial protests last week. It is expected that Mr. Arinc will meet with activists later today.
Joining Pat from Istanbul was Mary Fitzgerald foreign affairs correspondent of the Irish Times.
by Michael Pollan (Penguin)
What's for dinner tonight? Where will you eat it? And who will eat it with you? Michael Pollan reckons that the answers to these questions could determine our survival as a species. An internationally successful food writer and campaigner, his latest project examines cooking as an essential, defining human activity which sits at the heart of our cultures.
The book is divided into the four ancient elements of "Fire" or cooking whole animals over an open fire; "Water" where he deals with cooking in a vessel; "Air" which is baking; and in "Earth" fermenting in cheesemaking and brewing. He joins me today to discuss how cooking can transform both how we think about ourselves and about our families and friends.
The 2013 Lions Rugby Tour is underway, with the first match on Australian soil kicking off at 11am (GMT) this morning. With several warm-up games and three test matches to follow, Pól Ó Conghaile joined Pat to talk about the travel highlights in store for players and their fans.
Dervish have just released their eagerly awaited first studio album in 5 years entitled “The Thrush in the Storm”. The album reflects Dervish’s dedication to Ireland’s rich music tradition and in particular to their Sligo music roots and contains many new tunes and songs with an innovative Dervish style. They were over in Studio 8 this morning to give us some live music.