It's been one of the busiest policy announcement weeks since the coalition took office, between social housing initiative, changes to medical cards, details on the HSEs spending plan, extra investment in broadband, Road Safety laws, a new Garda commissioner and just last night the Taoiseach promising of more tax cuts. The Government seem to have fired everything in its arsenal to move the agenda along from the Irish Water controversy.
Fergus Finlay, CEO of Barnardos and Michael O'Regan, parliamentary correspondent of the Irish Times joined Sean to review and analyse.
Pat Kinevane made a splash on the Irish theatre scene with his portrayal of Roy Keane in the musical I, Keano, but it is for his powerful one-man shows like Forgotten and Silent that he has made his name around the world.
He has spent the last 10 years touring these shows, which explore issues like homelessness and how we treat older people, amongst others, and his latest production – ‘Underneath’ – opens next week in Limerick. It looks at how we judge people by appearances in our new multicultural society.
LIME TREE THEATRE, LIMERICK, in partnership with Limerick City of Culture 3rd – 6th December, 8pm Tickets: previews Dec 3 & 4 €15, opening night Dec 5 & December 6 €18/16 Booking 061 774 774 or www.limetreetheatre.ie
For more on Underneath see here.
Read More: Acting It Out, Like Valentino, Ben Brantley, New York Times, 9th Sept 2012
Aston Villa reporter Gregg Evans joined Sean on the line to discuss the breaking news of Roy Keane having announced that he is to resign from Aston Villa as assistant manager.
Today is Black Friday. Over the past number of years American retailers started to open their shops early and offer big discounts to lure in customers at the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. And now Black Friday has made its way over to these shores.
Conor Pope is the Consumer Affairs Correspondent with the Irish Times and he joined Sean on the line.
Supremarkets are battling it out to provide fine wines at low prices. Lidl has bought up 5% of all the wines in Bordeaux and will be selling them to their customers. Meanwhile, their big arch German based rival, Aldi has super premium wines and spirits, which in some cases are 78% less than the normal price.
Wine writer Tomas Clancy joins Sean to discuss bargains this Christmas and do we need them in the first place - which is at the heart of the discussion for Aldi and Lidl.
Speaking on poinsettias becoming a Christmas tradition more and more each year rather than the holly and answering your questions on planting and pruning, Gerry Daly joined Sean in studio.
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There have been quite a few big news stories this week. Alan Kelly announced that up to 110,000 homes will be built over the next six years, Noirin O’Sullivan was appointed Garda Commissioner and John Delaney became a hit on YouTube, once again.
To talk about all of these, and more, Dearbhail McDonald, legal editor at the Irish Independent, John Mooney, security correspondent with the Sunday Times and writer and columnist Brenda Power join Sean in studio for this week's Gathering.
One of Ireland's greatest rugby players Jack Kyle has died at the age of 88. Tom McGurk spoke to Sean on his life and career.
Presenter: Sean O'Rourke