Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 7 March 2017
Closure of Rural Post Offices and Banks
Rural towns and villages are facing a massive blow with news of large-scale closures of post offices and bank branches.
A report for the Government on the future of post offices recommends the closure of 80 post offices, mainly in rural areas, while a review carried for Ulster Bank recommends the shutting down 30 of its branches, again mainly in rural Ireland.
Ned O’Hara is General Secretary of the Irish Postmasters Union and Larry Broderick is General Secretary of the Irish Bank Officials Association.
Support Her Sport
Today in Croke Park sportswomen will gather to discuss changing attitudes towards and participation in women’s sports. On Sunday, over 6,000 people attended the camogie club finals, on Saturday Katie Taylor won her professional bout in the UK, the Irish women’s rugby team is enjoying better TV coverage than ever before during their Six Nations campaign and yet women in sport argue that there is an awful lot of work yet to be done...
Mags D’Arcy, two times Camogie All Star from Wexford and Natalya Coyle who competed for Ireland in the last two Olympic games in the Modern Pentathlon, coming a very respectable seventh in Rio joined us this morning.
Book: The Crash Detectives
Many of you will remember news coverage of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, three years ago. However, although it received global attention, Flight 370 was not a one-off. Over the past century of commercial aviation, more than a dozen airliners have, literally, vanished into thin air.
Christine Negroni is an aviation journalist, air safety investigator, and the author of The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World’s Most Mysterious Air Disasters. Her book is, essentially, a search for answers to some of the biggest mysteries in aviation, including that of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Christine joined us this morning.
The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing – or TILDA, as it’s known to its friends – has a report out today called “Health and Wellbeing: Active Ageing for Older Adults in Ireland”.
The data is collected in two-year cycles, and the study looks at factors impacting on the health and quality-of-life of the country’s adult population aged 54 years and over, highlighting the changes that have occurred since they first started tracking this information in 2010.
Professor Rose Anne Kenny, principle researcher for the study, and Head of the Institute for Research in Ageing at Trinity College Dublin, joined us this morning.