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    The mid-morning current affairs magazine with the stories of the day, sharp analysis, sports coverage, in-depth features and consumer interest.

    Irish Water Bonus Payment Plan

    It was another weekend of bad headlines for Irish Water with the revelations on the “This Week” programme on RTÉ radio that even staff who need improvement are entitled to performance related bonuses of between 1.5 and 9 percent.  

    While senior staff who perform well can look forward to a bonus of up to 19 percent of their salary.    

    Meanwhile. The Sunday Business Post reported that Government Ministers are behind the scenes plotting to remove John Tierney the Chief Executive of Irish Water from his job. Pat Leahy is political editor of the paper and spoke with Sean.

    Diesel Stretching

    Marked diesel oil, vehicle registration tax, illegally imported cigarettes and social welfare tourists...they're all on the wanted list for ireland's customs officers. You've probably seen the checkpoints around the country, you may even have been stopped and your fuel tank 'dipped' to check the diesel. Well, we're going to find out more about how the customs operate this morning because valerie cox joined them for a day in the border region.

     

     

     

    Synod

    After two-weeks of quite dramatic deliberations, the Synod of Bishops ended on Saturday in the Vatican. The final document included a significantly watered down version of the controversial paragraphs concerning opening to both gays and divorced and remarried Catholics... Joining Sean on the line was John Allen, associate editor of the Boston Globe and the Crux who specialises in coverage of the Catholic Church and the Vatican.

    Mairia Cahill

    Mairia Cahill spoke to Sean in response to Sinn Féin's latest statement made last night.

    Emotional Abuse

    Sean spoke with two people whose marriages fell apart after they were assaulted and subjected to emotional abuse by their partners.

    They discuss the issues of control and fear that came to dominate their home lives.

    For a number of reasons, the voices of both victims have been distorted for broadcast.

    Sean refers to them throughout as Paul and Kate, not their real names.

    Margaret Martin, Director of Women's Aid also joins Sean.

    You can contact Women's Aid through their helpline 1800 341 900.

    You can contact Amen by phoning their helpline 046 902 3718

     

    School Choirs

    The All-Island School Choir of the Year competition ran by co-operation Ireland in association with RTÉ. Each week we will hear the winning song from each regional final. This morning we heard an Irish Blessing from Wesley College in Ballinteer, Dublin 16

    Health Apps

    We use smartphone apps for almost everything nowadays – reading newspapers, listening to music, checking the weather forecast – but more and more we are also using apps to look after our health and fitness.

    Joining Sean in studio, Dr CONOR O’BRIEN, consultant neurophysiologist and physician in sports and exercise medicine with the Blackrock Clinic and Santry Sports Surgery Clinic; and also TERRI MORRIS, co-founder of Health 2.0 Dublin.

    Buff Up Your Brain Power, Claire O'Connell in the Irish Times

     

    Sport Round Up

    Brent Pope and Trevor Hogan discuss the weekend of sport.

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