Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 17 July 2015
Eurosurgical Ltd Primetime Investigation
Two investigations have been launched at St Vincent's University Hospital and at the Beacon Hospital in Dublin into allegations that some staff were in receipt of holidays and gifts from a supplier in breach of their contract of employment.
A report broadcast on RTE's "Prime Time" last night focused on three individuals who co-ordinate the purchasing of medical and other goods for St Vincent's and the Beacon Hospital with the large surgical supplies company Eurosurgical Limited.
St Vincent’s has put two employees off duty with pay, with immediate effect.
The Beacon Hospital has also placed an employee on paid leave until further notice.
The Health Service Executive said that both hospitals at the centre of the allegations are not part of the HSE, but directed that no payments are to be made for any goods or services supplied by Eurosurgical Limited until further notice.
Joining Sean this morning was Paul Murphy from RTE’s Investigations Unit and Gerry Buttimer, TD Chair of the Dail Health Committee.
Last year forty tons of rubbish was removed from the country's roads, the clean up cost the NRA one point two million euro and it cost individual county councils around one million euro each. Valerie Cox has been in Co Monaghan helping to catch the culprits.
If you've spotted a litter black spot on your travels or in your area get in touch with us and may well send Valerie out on the case - you can email TodaySOR@rte.ie.
Statue: The Day that Changed Ireland
The 2007 England vs. Ireland rugby game at Croke Park had many unforgettable moments and one, as captured by an Irish Times photographer has become an enduring image of the watershed match.
It shows Paul O’Connell hoisted high into the air by fellow teammates John Hayes and Donncha O’Callaghan in a dramatic lineout before 80,000 fans.
All three players were Munster men and the photo has been the inspiration behind a new statue to be unveiled at Shannon airport later today.
The work is by sculptor Paddy Campbell who is also Director of Bewley’s and fittingly it’s called The Day that Changed Ireland.
Paddy joined Sean from our Limerick studio.
You can see the statue unveiled today, Friday, at 2pm in the concourse at Shannon airport, ceiling height is 8 metres.
See more of Paddy's work here.
Germany: Merkel Parliament Meeting
The German Parliament is meeting this morning to vote on whether or not Germany should enter negotiations about a third bailout for Greece.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is under increasing pressure from within her own party to withdraw support for an another bailout.
Joining Sean from Berlin is Tony Paterson, Germany Correspondent for The Independent.
Terrorism: US Gun Attack on Marines
As you will have heard this morning, four US marines were killed yesterday in attacks on two facilities in Tennessee, the gunman, who was also killed, was identified as 24-year-old Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez.
This news comes as the Garda anti-terror unit arrested an ‘Islamic State’ suspect in Dublin this week. Sean was joined on the line by Patrick Brury, security analyst.
Now, time again for our Friday Gathering...in this look-back at the week’s news we’ll be reviewing Bertie at the Banking Inquiry, another new party got off the ground, we said hello to the Social Democrats. Irish Water’s 46% payment rate is a ‘solid start’ according to government, while others say it’s a ‘dead end’ and there are fresh allegations made against NAMA.
Joining us in studio were Darragh O’Brien, Fianna Fail Senator John Downing, political correspondent with the Irish Independent John Whelan, Labour Senator, and Elaine Byrne, columnist with the Sunday Business Post.