So far, 2012 has been a very busy time for Dublin-based singer-songwriter Gavin James –through a series of live performances and showcases, he has got the industry talking about him as “One To Watch”! He once was an AC/DC acolyte but Gavin is now most recognisable for a most distinctive voice. The young Dubliner who got Adele's manager rocking was with Pat in studio this morning.
After a week of rocket and bomb attacks in Gaza and Israel efforts are continuing to secure a truce. It is reported that 110 Palestinians and three Israelis have been killed so far.
The Israeli army has been targeting Hamas controlled buildings in Gaza – but many civilians have been killed. A father and his two sons - thought to be two and four - were killed overnight, according to a Hamas spokesman.
Robert Turner, Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza joined Pat as did Richard Crowley who is in Jerusalem.
Businessman Sean Quinn is in Mountjoy Prison but up to ten thousand people have turned out at a number of rallies to support the Quinn family. But just where is this support coming from? Valerie Cox has been to Quinn country, on both sides of the border, to find out.
Tim Pat Coogan is one of Ireland’s best known historians and in his latest book he revisits one of the darkest chapters in world history and asserts that the Irish Famine constituted one of the first acts of genocide.
Drawing on new evidence he shows how the British government hid behind a smoke screen of laissez-faire economics and a carefully orchestrated publicity campaign, allowing more than a million people to die agonizing deaths and driving a further million into emigration. It is called The Famine Plot – England’s Role in Ireland’s Greatest Tragedy.
‘Theatrical on the shell, intricate at the core- Ms Feeney’s songs don’t shout, they tease, ponder reminisce, philosophise and invent parables’
That is the wonderful critic of Julie Feeney by Jon Pareles, the chief pop music critic with the New York Times and after hearing some of the songs from Julie’s new album ‘Clocks’ I can concur whole heartedly. Julie has just returned from New York and is embarking on a nationwide tour with an unusual twist and she came into us this morning.
Israeli forces are continuing to pound targets in Gaza . The Israeli Government says it is responding to Hamas rocket attacks on its citizens. 86 Palestenians and three Israeli’s have been killed in the past week.
London Independent Correspondent Bob Fisk joins me now.
Nearly four and a half thousand children in Ireland are separated from an imprisoned parent. Added to the trauma of growing up with a parent in prison, international research has identified that children of prisoners have a higher statistical likelihood of ending up in prison than children of non-imprisoned parents.
Later today the Irish Penal Reform Trust will launch a new comprehensive report on the rights and needs of children and families of people in prison."Picking Up the Pieces": The Rights and Needs of Children and Families Affected by Imprisonment is the culmination of six months' research, including consultations with families and children of prisoners, along with service providers and agencies.
The report will be launched by the Ombudsman for Children, Emily Logan, in the Office of the Ombudsman for Children in Dublin and I’m joined now by Liam Herrick of the Irish Penal Reform Trust and by Larry de Cleir Project Leader of the Bedford Row Family Project, which was set up in 1999 to support families visiting Limerick Prison.