Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 14 July 2014
What is it like to have twins who are now two and half but you can’t bring them home?
That is the heartbreaking situation for Denise and Dermot Guihen whose two boys are seriously ill but are 30 kilometres away from home.
Although Shay and Finn have already endured 21 operations, their lives, tragically, will be short. Denise and Dermot just want them to spend this precious time at home.
In an interview for Italian newspaper “La Repubblica”, Pope Francis has said that about 2 per cent of Catholic clergy are paedophiles.
The interview in which the pontiff also addressed the issue of celibacy in the church prompted the Vatican to release a statement saying that the conversation between the Pope and the founder of the newspaper hadn’t been recorded and that it hadn’t used Pope Francis’ exact words.
Joining Sean from Rome, Vatican Affairs commentator, David Willey.
History, as we know, is written by the winners. Here in Ireland we are well versed in the tales of our heroes.
The winners are usually men and – usually - from the upper classes. And, if you are not from these exalted groups, chances are your time on the planet will fade into nothingness.
Unless, that is, an intrepid historian carefully pieces together fragments of your life and we can glimpse the lives of the undocumented, the unrecorded.
Two such historians joined Sean this morning. Dr Pamela Cox has been looking at the lives of women in her recent BBC series, Shopgirls, which is also a book. She joins me on the line from the University of Essex and Dr Caitriona Clear who has written extensively about Irish women’s lives.