The European Project launched after the devastation of the Second World War faces the most serious threat in its history from a recently launched pan European alliance of far right parties who are vowing to ‘slay the monster in Brussels’ – so says John Palmer European commentator and journalist. Sean spoke to John Palmer this morning as well as Peter O’Loughlin spokesperson for the National Independent Party launched this week.
Channel 4 series, Benefit’s Street, is currently causing a stir in the UK. The programme portrays the daily lives of residents of one street in Birmingham where the vast majority are living on social welfare.
The first episode of the five-part series sparked a debate between MPs in the House of Commons and drew immediate and intense criticism from some who chose to label the show as “poverty porn”.
Executive Producer of the series, Richard McKerrow spoke to Sean this morning.
With new transport infrastructure in the pipeline, a terrible 2013 in terms of road deaths, a bid for the Rugby World Cup to prepare, a stage of the Giro d’Italia to host and building on visitor numbers to Ireland generated by the Gathering, as Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar has a full portfolio. He came in to Sean this morning.
A major shake-up in the pharmacy business here could be on the cards with the news today that one Dublin pharmacy is selling generic prescription drugs at Northern Ireland prices. Pharmacist Shane O’Sullivan is chief executive of the Healthwave Pharmacy in the Dundrum town centre in Dublin and he was with Sean as was Daragh O’Loughlin, chief executive of the Irish Pharmacy Union.
The HSE has raised new concerns about the pension arrangements of Paul Kiely, the former Chief Executive of the Central Remedial Clinic.
In a letter to the Dail’s Public Accounts Committee the HSE’s director general Tony O’Brien writes that ‘payments to Mr Kiely could not have been made by the CRC without funds received from the friends and supporters of the CRC’.
Meanwhile Brian Conlan, Paul Kiely’s successor as CEO of the CRC, has been discussing salary top-up payments with the Dail Public Accounts Committee this morning
Irish Times Industry correspondent Martin Wall has been following this morning’s proceedings.