Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 25 April 2017
Calls for Dr. Peter Boylan to Step Down
We’ve often heard the phrase "don’t wash your dirty laundry in public" – it might well apply to what has become a rather unseemly row between the former master of Holles street Peter Boylan on one side and Dr. Rhona Mahony the current master and Nicholas Kearns the Chairman of the Board on the other. Mr Boylan has revealed that he was asked to resign from the board of the hospital as the row over the location of the new maternity hospital at St. Vincents in Dublin continues. But, he is adamant that he has no intention of doing so.
On the line this morning, another member of the National Maternity Hospital Board of Governors Micheál MacDonncha who is a Sinn Féin councillor in Dublin and in studio, Patsy McGarry, religious affairs correspondent of the Irish Times.
Former US Senator George Mitchell
Former US Senator George Mitchell, now Chairman Emeritus at DLA Piper- a global law firm will give the Mary Robinson Centre Fourth International Human Rights Lecture on Thursday in Ballina. He joined us on the line ahead of his visit to Ireland this week.
The Readers Voice
The Laureate for Fiction - Anne Enright - in collaboration with Today with Seán O’Rourke and the Arts Council and Libraries Ireland has been all around the country with a series called The Readers’ Voice – she’s been bringing authors to meet their readers, using the libraries as the meeting point…
We have already featured books by Christine Dwyer Hickey, Bernard MacLaverty, Donal Ryan and Claire Kilroy.
The fifth author in the series is Roddy Doyle… author of course of The Barrytown Trilogy, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha and a raft of great books for children, including the Rover series… for The Readers’ Voice, Anne has chosen Roddy Doyle’s 1996 novel The Woman Who Walked Into Doors.
Now, the Blood Bikers is a charity group of volunteers who bring life-saving blood supplies all over the country --- I’m sure many people have seen them out on the roads --- but their survival is at risk, due to the high cost of toll roads, and other financial pressures...
On the line was Fergus Lennon, Chairman of the Leinster Blood Bikers.
Limerick State Solicitor Michael Murray
Michael Murray has served as Limerick State Solicitor since 1980, and during that time his work has been instrumental in putting a number of notorious gangland figures behind bars...
This work has come at a personal price and has earned him more than a few enemies.....he’s been attacked in the street and works in an office protected by bullet-proof glass...
This Friday he retires from the role.He spoke to us this morning from our Limerick studio.