Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 6 May 2015

Today with Sean O'Rourke

Today with Sean O'Rourke

The mid-morning current affairs magazine with the stories of the day, sharp analysis, sports coverage, in-depth features and consumer interest.

New legislation on non-payment of fees/charges

New legislation on non-payment of fees/charges

No jail, but the Government has ways of making you pay water and other bills. To discuss new legislation on non-payment of Irish Water fees/charges Stuart Duffin, Onefamily.ie, Director of Policy & Programmes, Paul Joyce, FLAC,  Senior Policy Analyst and Fintan McNamara, Residential Landlords Association of Ireland joined Sean.

Irish Water Vehicles Arson Attack

Irish Water Vehicles Arson Attack

Three Irish Water vehicles were damaged in an arson attack last night in Waterford City.

Joining Sean from Waterford was our South East correspondent Damien Tiernan.

INMO Annual Conference

INMO Annual Conference

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization have released new figures this morning which show that a total of 35,135 patients were on trolleys from January to April of this year – the highest recorded for the 4 month period since records began.

The Organization’s annual conference get under way in Trim, Co Meath this afternoon.  Top on the agenda are demands for pay restoration, a significant increase in staffing levels and the return of the 37-and-half hour working week.   

Joining Sean was Liam Doran, General Secretary of the INMO.

Read More: INMO say strikes may be held over hospital overcrowding, Ciaran Darcy, The Irish Times, 9th Jan 2015

Read More: INMO seeks recruitment of 8,000 extra staff, Paul Cullen, The Irish Times, 9th May 2015

Lead in Water

The drinking water flowing in to some of our homes has eighty times more than the legal limit of lead.  Irish Water has now identified the 20 homes in Dublin with the highest levels of lead contamination and despite the legal limit now being 10 micrograms since 2013, both the HSE and the EPA say that no level of lead is considered safe.

Many of the worst contaminated homes are in the St Anne’s Park area of Raheny and Valerie Cox went there yesterday to meet some of the residents.

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B&Bs and their Future

B&Bs and their Future

The summer is looming and if you’re planning a stay-cation as they call them in the next few months, you might be looking at your accommodation options...but will you look for a B&B?

The country house and urban Bed and Breakfasts have been losing business over recent years...to consider why that is, joining Sean were two B&B owners, Delia Devlin of Annagh House in Clontarf and Veronica Minnock from Minnocks’ Country Home in Birr in County Offaly.

And also by Joan Scales, Travel Writer with The Irish Times.

Obesity

Obesity

In 15 years time, Ireland will be the most obese country in Europe. That is according to a report which is due to be presented today at the European Congress on Obesity. It predicts that 57 per cent of women and 48 per cent of men will be obese by 2030.

Joining Sean was Dr Francis Finucane.

Read More: Obesity crisis to escalate faster among Irish women than men, Eilish O'Regan, The Irish Times, 6th May 2015

Read More: Obesity report from WHO demands action, Editorial, Independent, 6th May 2015

Read More: WHO predicts dramatic rise in Ireland's obesity figures, RTE.ie, 6th May 2015

Banking Inquiry

Banking Inquiry

To the Banking Inquiry where this morning we’ve been hearing from the current Bank of Ireland Chief Executive Richie Boucher. Mr. Boucher was the head of retail banking for Bank of Ireland in the years preceding the crash.

Ciaran Hancock joined Sean to talk about what we’ve learnt so for from Richie Boucher.

Read More: Banking inquiry: B of I knew it ‘might need’ government help, Sarah Bardon, The Irish Times, 6th May 2015

Eye Health

Eye Health

Recent research shows that shortsightedness -- or myopia --  is on the increase worldwide.   It is estimated that up to 50% of the population in the United States and Europe are now myopic.

What has caused this global phenomeneon?  Opticians suspect that top of the list is  our modern lifestyle with children and young adults spending a lot less time outdoors and a lot more time with their heads in tablets and lap-tops.   So what can be done to keep our eye health at its best? 

Joining Sean was Lynda McGiveney-Nolan, an optician and also optometric advisor to the Association of Optometrists, to offer some advice.

RENUA - New Appointment

RENUA - New Appointment

Most people know him as a political commentator with the Sunday Independent, but as of yesterday John Drennan has switched allegiances and is now Director Of Communications And Political Strategy for Lucinda Creighton’s Renua party. John Drennan joined Sean to discuss.

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