Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 27 March 2014
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Sean O’Casey was one of the greatest and most polemical Irish playwrights and social critics of the 20th century. His turbulent life and times are the subject of A Song for the Green Crow, a dramatic tribute, at Liberty Hall Theatre next Sunday. This year is the fiftieth anniversary of his death.
Des Geraghty, a former president of SIPTU, wrote and arranged A Song for the Green Crow was in studio and Sean O’Casey’s daughter Shivaun joined Sean on the line from her home in Devon.
Figures just out show that some hospitals are much more likely to carry out Caesarian sections than others.
According to the HSE statistics for 2012, over 40% of women in St Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny had a C-Section.
This compares to just 23% in Sligo General.
The figures were obtained by a group which campaigns for reform of maternity services in Ireland.
Krysia Lynch, Co-Chair of the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services spoke to Sean this morning.
Despite a resignation on Tuesday and numerous statements in the Dail yesterday, many questions remain about the controversies engulfing An Garda Siochana and the Minister for Justice.
Will a large number of court cases be tainted because of secret recordings at Garda stations?
What were the circumstances in which former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan stepped down?
And how can the government get itself out of this mess?
The issue of the Commissioner's departure was discussed in the Dail yesterday, with the Taoiseach confirmed that a government official had visited Martin Callinan before he stepped down.
Sean was joined by Tom Brady, Irish Independent Security Editor; Niamh Lyons, political correspondent with the Irish Daily Mail and by barrister, Dara Robinson.