Today With Miriam O'Callaghan Monday 16 July 2018

Today with Miriam O'Callaghan

Today with Miriam O'Callaghan

The mid-morning current affairs magazine with the stories of the day, sharp analysis, sports coverage, in-depth features and consumer interest. Presented by Philip Boucher-Hayes

Helsinki Summit

Helsinki Summit

Helsinki, the capital city of Finland, is making all the front pages today as it is the venue for a summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

It comes at the end of a tumultuous tour of Europe that has seen President Trump more than live up to his reputation for disruption.

This morning, he took to Twitter to say that relations between the two countries "have never been worse", which he blames on "many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity", as well as a "rigged witch hunt", which is a reference to an ongoing federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Over the weekend, that investigation saw 12 Russian nationals indicted in the U.S. on charges related to hacking into the computers of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Convention.

There is no fixed agenda for today’s meeting, but there are certainly plenty of issues, from Crimea to Syria to economic sanctions that the two men would be hoping to reach some agreement on.

Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University in the UK, and Mary Dejevsky, Former Moscow Correspondent and Columnist with The English Independent joined Philip Boucher-Hayes on the line this morning to discuss this.

 

Legal Fees

Legal Fees

Fresh from his attempts to reform the way judges are appointed, Transport Minister Shane Ross has pledged to tackle excessive legal fees.

He described solicitors and barristers fees "as a gravy train" and acknowledged his plans have "provoked the most incredible backlash".

With legal fees making up a significant part of business costs and many lobby groups citing the link between such costs and rising insurance premiums, has the legal profession a case to answer.

To debate this issue, Law Society Director General, Ken Murphy and ISME Chief Executive, Neil McDonnell joined Philip-Boucher Hayes in studio this morning. 

Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse

An often-repeated Mahatma Gandhi quote tells us that "a nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members", and according to a recent study by the National Council for the Protection of Older People, over 10,000 people in Ireland over the age of 65 have experienced mistreatment in the last year, and exploitation of elderly people at the hands of their own children is on the rise.

Now, there are a couple of high profile cases related to this topic going through the courts at the moment, and I’d just like to make it clear that we are not in any way talking about those specific cases.

Patricia Rickard Clarke, who is Chairperson of the National Committee Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults; Dr Des O’Neill, a Geriatrician at Tallaght University Hospital in Dublin and a former Chair of the government’s Working Group on Elder Abuse; and Billy O’Keeffe, who is the Manager of Age Action’s Lifelong Learning Programme joined Philip Boucher-Hayes in studio this morning to discuss this issue. 

Water Shortages

Water Shortages

As greater water restrictions are to come into place tonight in the greater Dublin area tonight, people will see their water pressure reduced between the hours of 10pm and 5am. 

Environment Editor with Independent News and Media, Paul Melia joined Philip Boucher-Hayes on the line this morning with the latest on this. 

Drunk Tanks

Drunk Tanks

Calls have been made for the introduction of drunk tanks at Garda stations in order to ease the pressure on hospital emergency departments.

The scheme is widely used across the UK.

Fine Gael Senator Jerry Buttimer joined Philip Boucher-Hayes on the line for more on this issue. 

Landlords Research

Landlords Research

We have heard anecdotal information in recent months that private landlords are leaving the market in their droves, but now the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers say that they have the facts and figures. 

Pat Davitt CEO of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers joined Philip Boucher-Hayes this morning to discuss this. 

Ex Defence Forces Homelessness

Ex Defence Forces Homelessness

For over a decade, a six-storey building in Smithfield, in Dublin city centre, has been providing a home and shelter for homeless ex-service people.

Without Brú na Bhfiann (Home of the Warrior), many of these men and women, who served their country, would most likely be living on the streets.

Our reporter Brian O’Connell spent time in the building last week and he joined Philip Boucher-Hayes this morning to discuss some of the people he spoke to. 

Weekend Sport

Weekend Sport

Well, it’s hard to know where to start on a weekend like that... Moscow, and the World Cup final? Semple Stadium, and a spectacular Quarter Final win for Limerick? Wimbledon, and a 13th Grand Slam for Novak Djokovic? Or Croke Park, where the Kingdom fell, and Galway made a great start in the Super 8s. 

Orla Bannon, Broadcaster and Sports Journalist, Ciaran Murphy, Co-Presenter of the Second Captains Podcast and Damian Lawlor, presenter of RTE’s GAA podcast joined Philip Boucher-Hayes to look back on all of the sport that took place at the weekend. 

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