In just under an hour, Justice Minister Alan Shatter will take to his feet in the Dail to address the many questions that have arisen since the Garda Commissioner stepped down yesterday – and indeed before that. Joining Sean to discuss the momentous developments of the last 24 hours were Brian Dowling of our political staff; Dearbhail McDonald, Irish Independent Legal Affairs editor; John Jacob of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors; John O’Brien, retired Garda Detective Chief Superintendent is on the line and Mick Clifford of the Irish Examiner.
Touched by evil living in a nightmare from which they cannot wake...the heartbreaking words of the parents of two young girls who were lured to a house and subjected to multiple rapes in Athlone last September. As two mandatory sentences were handed down to the 30-year-old man who carried out the brutal attacks, the victim impact statements of the parents filled the Central Criminal Court yesterday with a level of upset and despair rarely seen before. Dearbhail McDonald is Legal Affairs Editor with the Irish Independent. She was in court yesterday.
Following yesterday’s landmark ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, the state will have to pay compensation to Cork woman Louise O‘Keeffe for the abuse she endured as a child in a primary school in Cork. The ruling is likely to have implications for the more than 200 other people who were abused in schools in this country and for the state. With Sean in studio was Dearbhail McDonald, Legal Affairs Editor of the Irish Independent.
It’s been a busy week, not least down at the Public Accounts Committee...the Garda Commissioner answered questions on penalty points yesterday, while the fall-out from the revelations over Paul Kiely’s pension from the Central Remedial Clinic continued. We were given an approximate starting date for the Banking Inquiry, some startling figures on the Rehab lottery, and the biggest entertainment story to hit the headlines was that of Garth Brooks in Croke Park. For a look back at those stories – and also a look forward to the Reform Alliance meeting tomorrow – Sean was joined in studio by Pat Leahy, ...