Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 11 December 2014
Doping in Rugby
Paul Kimmage is a sports writer noted for being one of the first to raise questions about the endemic drugs culture in cycling – you may well remember that press conference where he tackled Lance Armstrong about his use of illegal substances – well, he has now turned his attention to rugby.
In recent weeks, he has been writing about the drugs culture in some international rugby teams....he joined Sean this morning to expand on that. He was also joined by former Ireland and Leinster player, Trevor Hogan and on the line another former Irish international, Shane Byrne.
Read More: Alan Quinlan: ‘ If there was a systematic doping culture in rugby, I’d have known about it’ Alan Quinlan, The Irish Times, 10th Dec 2014
Grammy award-winning and BBC Award-nominated vocalist and songwriter Susan McKeown, from Dublin, is widely acknowledged to be one of the most powerful and innovative voices in Irish music. In a distinguished career, McKeown has performed with Pete Seeger, Natalie Merchant, Linda Thompson, Billy Bragg, and Arlo Guthrie . She has one concert here in Dublin before she heads back to her old haunts in New York and beyond – it’s in The Sugar Club this Sunday night at 7.30 and she sang live in studio this morning.
This morning she sang, 'Everything we Had was Good' and 'On the Bridge to Williamsburg'.
The fall- out from the shocking RTE Prime Time programme on Aras Attracta in Swinford continues today. One newspaper has reported that staff at the centre have received death threats, while the HSE has described as "premature" any calls for a clean sweep of its management of residential centres for intellectually disabled people throughout the west of Ireland.
Responding to the Psychiatric Nurses' Association's demand, the HSE said it had already announced the initiation of a full assurance Review in all Áras Attracta's units.
Sheila Ryan, sister of Mary Garvin who featured in the RTÉ Primetime exposé of Bungalo 3, Aras Attracta in Swinford, Co. Mayo, shared with us her family's statement. Read it here.
Michael Griffin, of TMG Transport, lives in Swinford. His company provide transport to those living and working in Aras Attracta. He spoke of how the small community is in shock following the programme.
Christmas for Parents
Christmas can be a stressful time of year, especially for parents of young children. Roisin O’Hara joined Sean with some tips for reducing those stress levels in the run up to December 25th, first of all we find out what people are stressed about.
Fidelma Farrelly, a Mindfulness Practitioner, from the Oscailt Centre in Dublin, gave us a one minute mini-meditation.