The Dail resumes this afternoon to a busy agenda with the publication of the new Government legislative programme for the next 6 months. Michael O’Regan, Irish Times Parliamentary Correspondent joined Sean to preview the term ahead.
In the news this week the unfolding story of three women allegedly held as slaves for 30 years in London; a breakthrough deal for an Irish borrower in debt; details of celebrity chef Nigella Lawson’s high life emerge in court and the threat to turn out the lights at Christmas in a row over ESB pensions. Taking a look back at the stories of the week were Columnist, Brenda Power; Irish Times Parliamentary Correspondent, Michael O'Regan; Irish Independent Columnist, Martina Devlin and PR Consultant, Paddy Duffy.
As Enda Kenny stood up in the Dail to announce a date for Ireland's exit from the bailout, Sean spoke with RTE's business editor, David Murphy and with Michael O'Regan, Parliamentary correspondent with the Irish Times
So tonight is the night after the heated debates, amendments, counter amendments, marches and all night vigils the report and final stage of the protection of life during pregnancy bill will be voted on tonight. Four Fine Gael TDs Billy Timmins, Terence Flanagan, Brian Walsh and Peter Matthews are voting no, it looks like junior minister Lucinda Creighton will vote no. Will there be more overboard? Sean was joined by Michael O’ Regan of the Irish Times.
It was 4.57 am this morning when a halt was finally called on the debate on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill so it’s no wonder thing got a bit ribald and confused with a female TD apparently stumbling onto the lap of a colleague, Labour TD Michael McNamara voting against the bill by mistake and Michael Healey Rae believing something strange was afoot when the microphones went on the blink. Outside the Dail the drama of opposing groups matched what was happening in the chamber. Paddy O'Gorman joined the vigil and Michael O'Regan of the Irish Times has ...