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A report into the operation of the penalty points system has recommended that the power to cancel penalty points be taken out of the hands of local Garda officers. The Garda Inspectorate’s report recommends a stricter system , which would remove the Garda power of discretion to cancel penalty points, for offences such as speeding. Fianna Fail said the report vindicated the two Garda whistleblowers Sgt.Maurice McCabe and former gardaJohn Wilson, who first highlighted the issue. Joining Keelin was Fionnan Sheahan of the Irish Independent and former Garda Ombudsman, Conor Brady.http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0312/601727-today-with-sean-o-rourke-wednesday-12-march-2014/?clipid=1506714
Last night in the Dail, Justice Minister Alan Shatter launched another grenade into the ongoing debate about the charity sector here. This time the focus was on Rehab, with the minister revealing that sales of €4 million on Rehab instant win scratch cards in 2010 yielded just €10,000 of profit for the company. Fionnan Sheahan, Group Political Editor of the Irish Independent spoke to Sean this morning.http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0122/499374-today-with-sean-o-rourke-wednesday-22-january-2014/?clipid=1399612
The latest HSE audit figures of voluntary hospitals and disability organisations will be discussed at a meeting of the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee today, and will put the controversial top-ups issue back under the spotlight. Sean was joined by Martin Wall, Industry Correspondent with the Irish Times; Kieran O'Donnell, Fine Gael TD and Fionnan Sheahan of the Irish Independenthttp://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2013/1219/493780-today-with-sean-o-rourke-thursday-19-december-2013/?clipid=1380965
Representatives of the Central Remedial Clinic are to appear before the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee today to answer questions about the use of public donations to top up the salaries of its executives. Seán was joined from the Dáil Studio by Mary Lou McDonald, Deputy Leader of Sinn Fein and member of the Public Accounts Committee and by Fionnan Sheahan, Political Editor with the Independent Group. Also there is an update at the end from Mary O'Regan, Deputy Political Editor of the The Examiner, of proceedings up to 12 noon.http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2013/1211/492162-today-with-sean-o-rourke-wednesday-11-december-2013/?clipid=1375146
The trials and tribulations of the Department of Health rumble on with revelations this morning that Minister James Reilly made a last ditch demand for an extra one billion euro to try to reduce cuts and expand services just five days before the budget. Irish Independent’s Group Political Editor Fionnan Sheahan spoke to Sean this morning.http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2013/1022/481963-today-with-sean-o-rourke-tuesday-22-october-2013/?clipid=1338960
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