Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 15 January 2014
Free GP Care
The new legislative programme for the coming six months will be published by the government today and included in that list is the bill that will introduce free GP cards for the under 5s.
The scheme has been criticised repeatedly by doctor representatives who have said introducing free care for 240,000 children will place huge pressure on GPs.
But doctors will have the option of opting-out of the scheme which is expected to come on board by the summer.
Dr Ray Walley is Chair of the CP Committee of the Irish Medical Organisation and he is on the line now
Yesterday, the Expert Group on Repossessions, recommended a change in court rules to help make repossession cases more efficient after the Troika expressed concern at the low levels of repossessions here given the extent of the mortgage arrears crisis.
Repossession and evictions invoke strong emotional responses in Ireland. But how is it dealt with in Ireland compared to the rest of Europe?
Dr Padraic Kenna of the School of Law, NUI Galway will lead a major €1m EU-funded research project on evictions across the 28 European Union (EU) Member States. The research will investigate the national legal frameworks and extent of evictions across Europe.
Sean was joined by Dr Padraic Kenna and by Ross Maguire of New Beginnings.
There are fears today for the future of the Liebherr container crane plant in Killarney. The plant, with a workforce of 670, is Kerry’s largest manufacturing employer.
SIPTU members at Liebherr have just voted to reject proposals aimed at ending a four-year dispute with the company.
The company has warned that the plant’s viability is seriously compromised.
Brida Joy of the Kerry’s Eye newspaper spoke to Sean this morning.