Domestic Abuse“It’s incredibly difficult for families, who might have gone out to meet family or friends, to kind of get away from the tensions in their household.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Spending so much time at home isn’t easy for anyone, but it poses particular challenges for those experiencing domestic abuse. That’s according to two experts speaking to Seán O’Rourke today; Caitríona O’Neill, a social worker with Cork’s Cuanlee refuge for women and children affected by domestic violence and Family Law solicitor Catherine Ghent. Pandemic conditions have introduced significant changes in …

Coronavirus in Italy and Sweden“I haven’t heard a child in weeks. They’re all locked away.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The news from Italy is stark: the country is now the world’s epicentre for Covid-19 infections and deaths. The northern part of the country has been hardest hit and that’s where Irishwoman Jacintha McCarthy has lived for the past 17 years. Bergamo, where Jacintha lives, has been under strict lockdown for several weeks. By contrast, Sweden has imposed the fewest …

Meals on Wheels“I think it must be quite frightening for them to say that the one thing they have lost is the liberty to go where they want.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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In the ongoing crisis, everything has to be measured through the viral lense of COVID-19 and charities are no exception. Thousands of older people across the country rely on the services of meals on wheels to provide them with lunches and dinners. But the current Coronavirus restrictions mean that their services are more important than ever. Today with Seán O’Rourke …

Coronavirus and the Homeless“I just believe that the sadness that’s going to prevail in another week or two in the country is going to hit everybody very, very hard.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The spread of the coronavirus has made life difficult for most people: everybody’s had to change the way they spend their day and some people have lost their jobs or their businesses. Today with Seán O’Rourke reporter Brian O’Connell told Seán about the remarkable scenes at Cork Penny Dinners, as restaurant owners, forced to close their premises, arrived at the …

Coronavirus in Direct Provision“It is quite literally impossible to self-isolate.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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With over five and a half thousand people in direct provision, there are growing concerns among the residents at some centres about the limited possibilities for self-isolation, should it prove necessary. That’s according to a report by Brian O’Connell, who spoke to Seán O’Rourke today about conversations he had on his visit to two direct provision centres. Brian spoke to …

What War Does to Women“It’s the victim that is stigmatised much too often, rather than the perpetrator.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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One of the – many – shocking statistics that author Christina Lamb reveals in her new book is that the Soviet army raped as many as two million German women when they were ‘liberating’ Germany at the end of the Second World War. Christina spoke to Seán O’Rourke about the book, Our Bodies, Their Battlefield: What War does to Women, …

Féileacáin Bereaved Dads“Whether we say something or not, we’re here together and there’s this bond.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The charity Féileacáin, which supports parents who’ve lost a child around the time of birth, will host a very special football match in May. The players involved are all fathers who have lost a child through miscarriage or stillbirth. Evelyn O’Rourke went to one of the team’s training sessions, as she told Seán O’Rourke this morning. The Féileacáin dads’ team …

Marymount Hospice

Hospice Care“I don’t have the fear I thought I would have.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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We could all benefit from a sharp dose of perspective from time to time. Listeners to Today with Seán O’Rourke got that in spades when reporter Brian O’Connell spoke to three cancer patients being treated by staff at Marymount Hospice in Cork. The hospice is marking its 150th anniversary this year and as you might expect there have been significant …