Medical negligence cases involving the death or injury of babies are as contentious as they are tragic.
Often the first the public hear of these cases is often when they open the paper and read stories of devastated parents, long delays and large pay cuts.
But behind these headlines, how are these cases run? What causes the long delays? And how could they be managed better? Joining Sean in studio was barrister Doireann O'Mahony (and now author) who will be launching her book on the topic this evening and obstetrician Roger Clements who assisted with the book.
The 1960s were a decade of rapid change in rural Ireland. At the start of the decade a typical farmer might have been getting around in a pony and trap. At its end, he was more likely to be bowling around in a car. By then too, television had replaced the wireless as the main source of entertainment in the evenings. Writer PJ Cunningham evokes those years in a memoir called A Fly Never Lit.
The film 'Brooklyn' continues to be a big draw at the box office and our book club choice for this month is 'Brooklyn' by Colm Tóibín.
Brooklyn tells the story of Eilis Lacey, a young woman who lives with her mother and sister in Enniscorthy in the 1950s. Her sister arranges for Eilis to emigrate to New York and despite her reluctance, Eilis knows she must go as there is little future for her in Ireland.
As she leaves her family behind and arrives in America it takes time for Eilis to settle in. She is desperately homesick but she gradually makes friends and finds love.
However, a tragic event at home means Eilis has to return to Ireland after a year. Back in Enniscorthy, she struggles to decide should her future be in Ireland or in Brooklyn.
Joining Sean this morning as part of our panel was Larry Donnelly, lecturer in Law at NUI Galway, Carole Coleman, reporter and former RTÉ Washington correspondent, Eoghan O'Neachtain, Director of Public Affairs with Heneghan PR and Margaret E. Ward, journalist and CEO of Clearink Limited.
Whether your idea of cheese is an Easy Single or the finest Stilton, our next guests certainly know a thing or two about cheese. Over twenty years ago they started selling cheese on a market stall in Galway and they now run a cheese empire. They have just written their first book, The Sheridans Guide To Cheese.
Counter Culture, The Sheridans Guide to Cheese, will be launched in Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Middle Street, Galway this Saturday night by Jess Murphy, chef/patron of Kai Restaurant who previously worked as a chef in Sheridans on the Docks. The book, published by Transworld Ireland is on sale now, priced €20.
It would be no exaggeration to say that before Jim McGuinness took over as manager of Donegal, their panel would have been considered too ill-disciplined, or too wild, to win an All Ireland…
As the recently-retired Rory Kavanagh puts it...they couldn’t be trusted...
Rory joined Sean in studio, having just launched his book ‘Winning: How Donegal Changed the Game Forever’, which recounts his time as a footballer, and the seismic changes McGuinness brought to Donegal, along with the Sam Maguire and 3 county titles.
With our eye on the centenary of 1916 next year, it's a good time to look at the state of Ireland before the Rising, and if we look at those decades, one of the key ideas to emerge was that the Irish had lost the ability to be cultural innovators and instead had become slavish imitators of all things British - the 'West Briton' syndrome diagnosed by Douglas Hyde. In many ways the Irish Cultural Revival was an attempt to address this and to promote new modes of thinking in Ireland.
In this moment new options presented themselves: either to turn to France with its radical republican politics and experimental art or to reconnect with the buried energies of the Irish language.
These are some of the themes explored in The Handbook of the Irish Revival, recently published by the Abbey Theatre Press and in the months leading up to the centenary we will talk to its authors Declan Kiberd and PJ Matthews about the changing political temperature in Ireland leading up to 1916...
Today, PJ Matthews one of the authors was joined by Barry Barnes and Cathy Belton to look at Ireland in the early phases of the Literary Revival.
As Easter 1916 neared thousands of Irish people were looking forward to what many called 'The Scrap' - the day when the military action replace marches, meetings and drills.
Survivors of the rising later gave researchers vivid accounts of what they had done and seen and heard during a week of fighting that left 450 people dead, thousands injured and the centre of Dublin in ruins.
Writer Gene Kerrigan has woven these accounts into a book called 'The Scrap' and he joined Sean this morning.