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It’s a day of political reshuffles, both here and in the UK today. Many government backbenchers will be staying close to their mobile phones as Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Joan Burton prepare to name their new junior ministers. In Britain, a much more dramatic reshuffle than was initially expected is underway . The main headline so far is that Foreign Secretary William Hague is moving to take up the position of Leader of the House of Commons as David Cameron prepares to bring more women and younger men into his cabinet. John Downing, Political Correspondent of the Irish Independent ...http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0715/630854-today-with-sean-o-rourke-tuesday-15-july-2014/?clipid=1629732
The political jockeying for a plum job in Europe is in full swing. Labour is pushing for Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore to succeed Maire Geoghegan-Quinn on the European Commission, while Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan is on the list of Fine Gael favourites. Maire Geoghean Quinn is apparently entitled to a €432,000 EU pay off over the next three years, while the new appointee can look forward to a salary of €250,000 a year. Sean spoke to Irish Independent Political Correspondent, John Downing.http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0701/627747-today-with-sean-o-rourke-tuesday-1-july-2014/?clipid=1617901
It was a week that celebrated whistleblowers – the passing of abuse survivor Christine Buckley, lauded at her funeral as ‘the great whistleblower of our time’...and the issuing of a report that vindicated two Gardai who drew attention to abuses within the penalty points system. Other events saw former Fine Gael strategist, Frank Flannery step down from a number of high profile positions...a big talking point around Leinster House...at least until the majority of Ministers boarded planes to depart for Patrick’s Day celebrations around the world. For a look at all of these stories and more, Keelin was joined in ...http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0314/602228-today-with-sean-o-rourke-friday-14-march-2014/?clipid=1508697
It was a week in which Limerick struggled to place culture above quarrels, when a trade mission to the Gulf returned millions in investment and where the deadline for submissions on the controversial erection of Eirgrid pylons came and went, with rural communities across the country up in arms about what may lie in store for the landscape. For a look back at these and other events, Sean was joined in studio by Irish Independent columnist, John Downing; Public Affairs Consultant, Gerard Howlin and Senior Research and Policy Officer with the National Youth Council of Ireland, Marie Claire McAleer.http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0110/496962-today-with-sean-o-rourke-friday-10-january-2014/?clipid=1391414
In the aftermath of last week’s budget one Ministerial name has repeatedly cropped up in the headlines. Health Minister James Reilly should quit according to Fianna Fail Leader Micheal Martin, but his record has been defended by his colleagues, Brian Hayes insisted the Government had every confidence in him.Joining Sean was John Downing, Columnist with the Irish Independent.http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2013/1021/481681-today-with-sean-o-rourke-monday-21-october-2013/?clipid=1337971
The Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Fianna Fail Leader Micheal Martin have been on radio this morning with breakfast time broadcasts from their respective pre-Dail parliamentary party meetings. Sean was joined by John Downing , Political columnist with the Irish Independenthttp://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2013/0917/474739-today-with-sean-o-rourke-tuesday-17-september-2013/?clipid=1312400
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