Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 25 November 2015
IFA Pay Controversy
Members of the Irish Farmers Association's Executive Council from across the country were on the road to Dublin this morning for a crucial meeting at 11am, in the wake of the pay scandal that hit the organisation this week.
This follows decision by IFA president Eddie Downey to step back from his role while a review is carried out.
On the line this morning were some of the IFA's county Chairmaen, James Spears, Cavan, Andrew Dundas, Clare and Pat Hennessy, Laois.
Yesterday, the INMO voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action over the overcrowding situation in A and E departments across the country. The first day of strike action planned by the Union will be on December 15th. Minister Leo Varadkar said he was disappointed at the planned action by nurses stating that yesterday there were 20 per cent fewer patients on trolleys than on the same day last year.
It's expected that both the HSE and the INMO will be invited to talks at the workplace relations commission in the coming days but if no resolution can be found and if the industrial action goes ahead what impact is it likely to have in our hospitals.
On the line this morning was Moira Wynne, an A&E nurse in a large Dublin hospital and Dr. Mark Doyle, president of the Irish Association of Emergency Medicine and an A&E consultant in Waterford.
2015 The Year of Retail Resurgence
Five Irish retail parks were sold last week for more than €175 million - a record for the biggest sale of retail space ever in Ireland. Both domestic and international interest was said to stem from rising retail rents and consumer sentiment.
Retailers are hopeful the steadying rise in consumer sentiment will make for a good Christmas - but will the rising tide lift all boats?
For a look at what’s happening across the retail sector in Ireland, Damien O’Reilly who lectures in retail management in the Dublin Institute of Technology joined Sean in studio, but first, Elayne Devlin spoke to two retailers, Daniel Ulrichs, owner of the Wooden Heart Toy Shop in Galway and Laz Molloy, owner of McGreals Department Store, in Edenderry, Co Offaly.
Britain’s War with Syria
On Thursday British Prime Minister David Cameron will make the case to his Cabinet for air strikes against ISIS in Syria. The Cabinet will then vote next Tuesday.
So with Britain moving ever closer to war in the territory, is the British military action likely to be effective or will it just make targets of British civilians?
And what of the British experience in Afghanistan and Iraq, should that give them pause for thought?
Patrick Cockburn of The Independent joined Sean on the line to discuss the consequences and backdrop of any such action.
Talking to Children about Terrorism
One of the most viewed videos on social media following the Paris attacks was of a father explaining to his young son that he didn’t need to be afraid of the terrorists.
Talking to children about the terror attacks and other dramatic news events can be a challenge and to discuss this was Pamela Druckerman, author and contributing op ed writer with the New York Times and in studio, psychotherapist, Colman Noctor.
Last night more than 500 people gathered in Trim, Co. Meath in what was described as a fight back against the scourge of rural crime. Valerie Cox was there for us.
Crowds gather at meeting in Trim
People lined up to speak of their experiences