Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 6 January 2015
For many people, the 1st of January is the day on which they renew health insurance policies. A daunting task at the best of times, but with more than 300 constantly changing products on the market, how do you choose the best one for you or your family?
Dermot Goode is a health analyst at TotalHealthCover.ie and Charlie Weston is Personal Finance Editor with the Irish Independent and they joined Sean this morning.
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Read More: Families risk forking out €1,400 too much on health insurance, Charlie Weston, Independent, 29th Dec 2014
Germany Anti-Immigration Policies
Around 18,000 people marched through Dresden in Germany last night to protest against the country’s immigration policies. The group which organised the march is known as “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident” – PEGIDA... Smaller demonstrations also took place in Berlin and Cologne. Joining Sean this morning from Dresden was Derek Scally, Irish Times Germany correspondent.
Legislation coming down the track is expected to ban vending machines selling cigarettes, meaning your local pub, nite club or golf club will no longer have a machine in the corner for the smokers on the premises.
Other elements of the legislation are expected to impose a hefty annual licence fee on newsagents and other retailers who sell cigarettes.
It’s all part of the national effort to radically reduce the number of smokers in our society but in business terms, it’s not good news for shopkeepers and publicans.
Joining Sean this morning were Respiratory Physician, Dr Ross Morgan who is also Chairman of ASH Ireland, Padraig Cribben, CEO of the Vintners’ Association and in our Limerick studio Vincent Jennings of the Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association.
Read More: Cigarette-vending machines to be outlawed and under-18s to be banned from selling cigarettes, Eilish O'Regan, Independent, 3rd Dec 2014
Guide to Divorce and Mediation
The beginning of the year is one of the busiest times for family lawyers... Apparently many married people are thinking about splitting up in the first week of January.
While breaking up is one of the most stressful events in anyone’s life is there anything you can do to make it that little bit easier – for yourself, your partner and your children?
Family law mediator and author of Break Up, Don't Crack Up, Rachel Fehily and John Sharry – parenting columnist with the Irish Times and author of Parenting when Separated, joined Sean in studio.