Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 12 March 2015
IRA Sex Abuse Claims
Mairia Cahill joined Sean this morning from our Belfast studio as there is increasing speculation that people are coming forward following Paudie McGahon's coming forward on the BBC NI Spotlight programme. Mairia speaks of having spoken to Paudie last night, how he's doing and what she makes of him coming forward.
How clean is your hospital? More importantly, how clean are your doctor’s hands?
When it comes to hygiene, you expect your hospital ward, bed and bathroom to be sterile as possible, but reports from the Health Information and Quality Authority over recent years have been damning of the hand hygiene habits and the cleaning regimes of our hospitals.
Dr Christine O’Malley, Consultant Geriatrician at Nenagh Hospital in County Tipperary and Medical Journalist, Priscilla Lynch joined Sean in studio.
ICTU General Secretary Patricia King
After 121 years the Irish Congress of Trade Unions has its first female General Secretary: Patricia King. She takes over from David Begg who was at the helm of ICTU for 14 years. And already Patricia has her plate full: Aer Lingus sale, low pay, public sector pay, possible wage increases and much more. Patricia King was in studio this morning to discuss it all.
Patricia says that they will call for a boycott of Dunnes Stores if the strike goes ahead. Listen below:
Read More: Incoming ICTU boss lays out three key guiding principles, Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 22nd Jan 2015
Athlete Mark English
Athlete Mark English won Silver in the 800 metres at the European Indoor championships in Prague.
Acutally, says his Twitter biography, I’m Irish. The Letterkenny-man is also training to be a doctor at UCD and is still only 21. 22 next week and he joined Sean in studio this morning.
Read More: Mark English wins 800m European bronze for Ireland, Steven O'Rourke, the42.ie 15th Aug 2015
Poetry Collection: The Days of Surprise
Paul Durcan is one of the nation’s best-loved and most important poets. His latest collection is called ‘The Days Of Surprise’ and he was in studio this morning.
Paul Durcan will be reading at the dlr Mountains to Sea Book Festival on Wed 18th March. You can book tickets on www.mountainstosea.ie and for those of you in the West - he'll be reading at the Cúirt International Festival of Literature on 22nd April and you can book tickets for that from www.cuirt.ie.
The book is called The Days Of Suprise and it’s published by Harvill Secker at €14.99.
Listen back to Breaking News, an elegy to Seamus Heaney here:
Read More: Poet Paul Durcan uses poetry to criticise but doesn’t want offend, Caroline O'Doherty, Irish Examiner, 6th Mar 2015