MORNING FOCUS WEDNESDAY 1ST OCTOBER
At a joint press conference in Dublin this morning (Tuesday 30 September 2014), Survivors of Symphysiotomy and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) rejected Minister Varadkar’s proposed ex gratia scheme for survivors of symphysiotomy.The unanimous rejection of the scheme was the result of a ballot held by Survivors of Symphysiotomy at Extraordinary General Meetings in Cork and Dublin over the weekend (27 and 28 September 2014). The scheme, which was presented to Survivors of Symphysiotomy earlier this month by Minister for Health, Dr Leo Varadkar TD, proposes a baseline payment of €50,000 for survivors who can provide proof of surgery, with higher payments for those who can show they suffer from a complex array of injuries that were caused directly by symphysiotomy.Ellen Moore from Ballyvaughan who isa Symphysiotomy survivor and Executive committee member Survivors of Symphysiotomy and Marie O’Connor Chairperson Survivors of Symphysiotomy joined Marian to discuss their decision.
Irish Water customers will have their metered charges capped at an assessed rate for the first nine months, according to the Commission for Energy Regulation.Irish Water had proposed that everyone would have their bills capped at the assessed rate for the first six months of charging, meaning any use above that level will be free. Those who come under that level will be entitled to a rebate. However, the CER has extended this period to nine months, or the first three billing periods, to allow people get to grips with water metering and how their usage will affect their bills. Cathy Mannion Director Water Commission for Energy Regulation spoke to Marian to try and answers listeners questions.