Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 2 December 2013
Charities and Salary Top Ups
The revelations that continue to emerge about the use of donations to top-up the salaries of staff and board members at charitable organisations are a source of growing concern for other charities which depend almost entirely on the generosity of the public.
Calls have now been made for a Regulator to be established to provide for transparency on how donations are spent, but as charities enter the most important time of the year for fundraising, is it a case of the damage is already done?
Chief Executive of Barnardo’s, Fergus Finlay joined Sean.
The UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw closed last month, and as with previous summits the world has seen lots of talking about a globally-binding agreement on cutting carbon emissions, but no substantial results. As Ireland tries to get to grip with our carbon emission targets, Japan has gone the other way altogether and abandoned its targets. That’s all according Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and was once named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.
Sean was also joined by Eamon Ryan, former minister for the environment and leader of the Green Party, who says that Ireland needs to decarbonise its energy supply by embracing wind, solar and hydro power. With wind being one source that is in limitless supply, he maintains that public opinion in Ireland needs to change if we are to embrace wind power.