The Seanad goes into its summer recess today and with a date for the referendum on its abolition now fixed for October 4th, there is a sense of an Upper House for which days may be numbered.
To keep or to get rid, it will be up to government to convince the electorate that democracy can function well enough without our second House. And it’ll be up to stalwarts of the Seanad to fight for its survival.
Pat was joined in studio by Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney and from our Athlone studio by Mary O’Rourke, former TD and Senator.
Ever since the Cycle to Work Scheme was introduced in January 2009, the popularity of cycling has sky rocketed. From your high-viz clad commuters in the morning to your Middle Aged Men In Lycra – or MAMIL’s as the acromym goes – at the weekends to everyone in between, the streets and cycle paths are crammed with people doing their bit for both their own personal well being – cycling being a great form of exercise – and indeed for the environment – more people cycling means less carbon monoxide if they are not using their cars – the scheme has no doubt proven itself a success.
But with the ballooning of cyclists on the road comes the downside. Many people criticise cyclists for flouting the rules of the road, for cycling on footpaths and breaking red lights.
With that in mind on-the-spot fines for traffic violations will be extended to include cyclists from 2014, according to the Department of Transport.
Paddy O'Gorman went out and talked to some cyclists and Pat was joined by Independent TD Finian McGrath, who has been vocal of his criticism of cyclists in the past and by Damien O’Touma of the Dublin Cycling Campaign.
With the economic and environmental effects of the production and use of oil, the use of hydrogen is the next big thing in energy production. And scientists are vying to find a viable, cost efficient method of producing hydrogen. My next guest, along with hes fellow researchers at CRANN, Ireland’s leading nanoscience institute based at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), have developed a new method of splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen.
Pat was joined by Professor Mike Lyons, a Principal Investigator at CRANN and TCD’s School of Chemistry.
The Globe in London is renowned the world over for its association with Shakespeare and the great theatrical works that were first performed at its location on the South Bank of the Thames.
Last year, a cast of players from the Globe came to the Kilkenny Arts Festival to put on a performance in Ireland for the first time…and this year, they will return again - this time to entertain with a production of The Taming of the Shrew.
From London Pat was joined by Dominic Dromgoole, artistic director of The Globe.
The Government has decided to pursue a number of religious orders for another €250 million to cover the costs of redress for institutional abuse. Yesterday the cabinet agreed that in order to ensure a 50/50 sharing of the costs between the religious and the State the extra quarter of a billion euro was needed from the orders.
Joining Pat was Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn.
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is a group of all-singing, all-strumming Ukulele players (the clue is in the name), using instruments bought with loose change, which holds that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, as long as they are played on the Ukulele.
A concert by the Ukulele Orchestra is a funny, virtuosic, twanging, awesome, foot-stomping obituary of rock-n-roll and melodious light entertainment featuring only the “bonsai guitar” and a menagerie of voices in a collision of post-punk performance and toe-tapping oldies. Well got a chance to hear their music as they tour Ireland from Thursday 25th July to Sunday 28th July.