Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 20 May 2014
Irish Times Political Poll
With three days left to election day, the polls are coming thick and fast.
Today’s Irish Times predicts significant losses for the government parties in the local elections.
Labour’s chairman Jack Wall is quoted in this morning’s Irish Independent saying that Eamon Gilmore needs to get a new ministry.
Sean was joined by Kathleen Lynch TD, Minister of State at the Departments of Health and Justice; Michael McGrath TD, Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Finance and Stephen Donnelly, Independent TD for Wicklow and East Carlow.
Around 500 people die by suicide in Ireland each year, according to the latest statistics available.
That number has doubled since the 1980s.
Suicide campaigners compare the suicide crisis to the issue of road deaths, which have been greatly reduced in recent years.
Sean was joined by Noel Smyth, Property Developer and Chairman of the 3Ts suicide prevention charity.
International Clinical Trials Day
On this day in 1747, British Navy surgeon James Lind began a series of experiments into the cause of scurvy.
It consisted of 12 men, grouped into pairs and given everything from cider to oranges and lemons, and it eventually establishing a link between citrus fruits and scurvy.
This was the first ever clinical trial, and that is why today is designated International Clinical Trials Day.
I’m joined by Dr Cathy Kelly, consultant oncologist at the Mater Hospital and by Diane Hanley, a patient who has taken part in trials.