Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 18 May 2015
Independent Policing Authority
Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has this morning published a Bill to establish a long-awaited independent policing authority, which will oversee the performance of the gardai.
It follows policing scandals around GSOC bugging, taping of phone calls at garda stations, and a review that found a closed and secretive culture at the Department of Justice.
The Minister joins Sean in studio.
Read More ‘Questions remain’ over possible bugging - GSOC, Arthur Beesley, Conor Lally, Stephen Collins & Rachel Flaherty, Irish Times, 11th May 2015
Read More: Gsoc bug report ‘an exercise in smoke and mirrors’, Conor Lally, Irish Times, 11th June 2014
Marriage Equality Referendum
On Friday next, voters will go to the poll to decide on the outcome of the Same Sex Marriage Referendum.
The issue has sparked debate, discussion and some confusion, particularly among people of a strong Catholic faith.
This morning Sean was joined by two men, both practising Catholics, and both on differing sides of the referendum.
Tom Curran is the general secretary of Fine Gael but this morning he is speaking in a personal capacity as the father of a gay son on why he is voting yes on Friday.
Darren Mahon is a young gay man, also with a strong faith, but who is voting No.
Read More: As a man of faith and a proud dad to a gay son, I urge all Catholics to do the right thing – and vote ‘Yes’, Tom Curran, Independent, 9th May 2015
NAGP - New GP Contracts
With the deadline for GPs to sign up to the HSE contacts agreeing to provide free visits to under sixes just a week away a new survey has found just 2 percent of doctors have so far signed up.
The news comes with reports today that the National Association of General Practitioners is also set to mount a legal challenge against the contracts later this week.
It is the latest setback in the long delayed scheme and Dr. Yvonne Williams, NAGPs spokesperson on the under sixes joined Sean on the line.
Read More: GPs will launch challenge to free care for under-sixes, Eilish O'Regan, Independent, 18th May 2015
Now the weekend’s sporting action, and yesterday saw a lively return of The Sunday Game, while the Guinness Pro12 tournament and the English Premier League moved towards their conclusions, and Rory McIlroy set more records at Wells Fargo.
Joining Sean in studio were Damian Lawlor, sports writer with the Sunday Independent, and freelance sports journalist Orla Bannon.