Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 18 November 2013
With the rate of renal failure rising by up to 15% each year, the need that exists for organ donors and an increase in transplant surgeries is of great and urgent concern.
The story of Joe Brolly and Shane Finnegan and the tragic failure of the living kidney donation the GAA pundit made to his friend captured the public imagination last year, and a documentary about their journey together airs on RTE television tonight.
Sean was joined by Dr David Hickey, Director of Transplantation at Beaumont Hospital.
Ireland as a Tax Haven
“It’s a country with very high levels of unemployment, with incomes falling and households with massive personal debt, a country that is effectively evicting a whole generation of its people and it’s a tax haven. I think there ‘s a lot of spin going on about Ireland.”
The comments there of economist Ann Pettifor from Prime Economics in London who clearly thinks we ,in this country aren’t out of the woods yet, from an economic point of view. Ann Pettifor joined Sean from London and here in studio was Minister for European Affairs Paschal Donohue.
The Summit – How Triumph Turned to Tragedy on K2’s Deadliest Days
by Pat Falvey and Pemba Gyalje Sherpa (The O’Brien Press)
In 2008 a 24 man expedition of experienced climbers from around the world set out to conquer K2 which is known as the world’s second highest yet deadliest peak. Within 48 hours of reaching the summit, eleven of the group lost their lives including Limerick man Ger Mc Donnell.
The story, as told by mountaineer Pat Falvey, a close friend of McDonnell and Pemba Gyalje Sherpa, one of those who was on that doomed trip has become a documentary and a book. They spoke to Sean this morning.