Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 4 October 2017
Tensions continue to rise between Catalan nationalists and the Spanish government, with the President of Catalonia’s devolved government now saying they will declare independence from Spain in a number of days. His comments came shortly before a speech given by the Spanish king, Felipe the sixth, during which he said organisers of the vote had put themselves ``outside the law’’.
James Badcock is a journalist based in Madrid and he spoke to the programme this morning.
Mental Health: Phobias
Whether it’s a fear of spiders, flying, dentist drills or driving on the motorway phobias can come in all shapes and sizes.
Often we know our phobias are illogical, but knowing that doesn’t mean we’re any better at getting on that plane or making that long overdue appointment to see the dentist.
So what can we do overcome them?
Dr Harry Barry, GP and mental health specialist and Enda Murphy, psychotherapist, joined Sean O'Rourke in studio this morning to discuss phobias, what causes them and how people can cope with them.
National Survey of Travellers
Life is worse now for members of the travelling community in Ireland, compared to 17 years ago, according to a new national study being published today.
Jacinta Brack is thes the Joint Co-ordinator of this National Traveller Survey and Martin Collins, is the Co-Director of Pavee Point and they discussed the issues facing the Travelling Community in Ireland on the programme this morning.