One of the activities of the European Parliament Office in Ireland is to raise awareness of the European policy processes. This year, The communicating Europe Competition organised by the representation of the European Parliament in Ireland asked Third Level students to produce a report on one of the complex issues being debated at European level using a language and concepts that would be understandable to the general public. Aaron McNicholas, Gareth Gregan and Sally Hayden were some of the young people involved in the exercise, and they visited the nearfm studios to tell us about their experience.
Presenter Ger Dorgan was joined in the studio by president of the Dublin Council of Trade Unions Mick O’ Reilly, Ellen O’ Malley Dunlop; CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis, Noel Rock of Fine Gael, and UCD lecturer Dr Mary McAuliffe, committee board member of Justice for Magdalenes, and president of the Women’s History Association of Ireland.
We discussed the ICTU organised protest the day before, rape sentencing, and Senator Martin McAleese’s report on the Magdalene Laundry Institutions.
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Senator McAlesse’s Report
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Debbie Mc Mahon & Ger Leddin spoke to Trisha Mooney & Sara, down in Le Cheile in Donnycarney. Sara is taking on a challenge in keeping fit & toning up,so Trisha who is the instructor of bikini boot camp will be encouraging Sara over the next six weeks……..
NearFm volunteer Niamh Griffin travelled to Uganda in September to meet with surgeons and interns who train with the help of Irish surgeons.
Irish surgeons at the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland in Dublin have developed a website called ‘School for Surgeons’ which gives interns access to online training. This exciting project runs in 9 African countries, and is funded by Irish Aid.
In the 3-part documentary you meet the Ugandan surgeons and find out why they need this website.
Tonight Minister for Development Joe Costello talked to NearFM about the Irish Aid programme in Uganda and the consequences of a recent fraud.
Dr Nelson Alema, surgeon at St Mary’s Hospital, Lacor in Northern Uganda
Niamh’s trip to Uganda was supported by the Simon Cumbers Media Fund.
Simon Cumbers was an Irish journalist who was killed while working for the BBC in Saudi Arabia in 2004, at the age of 36.
You can read more about Simon Cumbers here:
And about the media fund here:
On today’s show, Paula chats with Dublin author Mary McCarthy about her brand new book, “After the Rain”.
Here’s a bit of info on the storyline;
“How would you react if you were diagnosed with terminal cancer?
How would you feel? This is the situation for Emer Dorgan, a librarian in her fifties who has been looking forward to early retirement and the freedom to pursue her hobbies and dreams. Coming to terms with the awful prognosis is Emer’s biggest challenge but it also permeates the lives of those who love her”.
Photo by: Dublin People newspaper