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    Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 29 April 2016


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    Keelin Shanley presents the mid-morning current affairs magazine with the stories of the day, sharp analysis, sports coverage, in-depth features and consumer interest.


    Homeless Death

    It's being reported today that a man found dead in St. Stephens Green in Dublin on Monday was a homeless man.  The death once again highlights the homelessness crisis facing the country.   The charity “Hope in the Darkness” says that the man was discovered in the park clutching his sleeping bag and that people were walking past him on their way to work ..

    On the line this morning was longtime homelesssness campaigner Fr Peter McVerry.


    Census 2016

    Senior statistician with the CSO Deirdre Cullen joined us in studio to take us through what happens next once the census forms are collected.


    Glass Bottle Site

    It's now ten years since an astonishing  4431 million was paid for the Glass Bottle Site in Dublin's Ringsend.  Bizarrely in the midst of a housing crisis the site, close to Dublin city centre, stands more or less as it did in 2006, windswept, derelict and empty... even though it's been said it could accommodate thousands of new homes. To tell us more about the most notorious ghost site in the country, is Tom Lyons, Business Editor of the Sunday Business Post.



    Paddy O'Gorman gives us a recap of his visit to the courts in Newcastle West


    Political Update

    John Downing, of the Irish Independent gave us his analysis of what has been going on this week with negotiation talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. 


    Prison Step Down Facility

    Now should an ex prisoner facility be located near schools or in a tourist area? That’s the question some residents are asking in the Patrick’s Hill area of Cork city, where there are proposals to house female prisoners in a step down facility. The proposal has drawn a furious reaction from locals, who deny this is simply a case of ‘not in my backyard syndrome”. Our reporter Brian O’Connell has been to meet residents and hear their concerns.


    The Gathering

    Time for The Gathering, our Friday panel to review the week’s news, and I’m joined in studio today by Kate O’Connell, Fine Gael TD for Dublin Bay South, Sean Fleming, Fianna Fail TD for Laois, Katie Hannon, Political Correspondent for RTE’s Prime Time and Michael O’Regan, Parliamentary Correspondent with the Irish Times.

    We’ll be looking at stories of the week like the shocking inequality between public and private health...protests and anger over mental health funding and Dáil debate leaks on the O’Higgins Report, and a Hillsborough Inquiry verdict...

    But, it’s all been about water...the issue that has dominated government it looks like we might have a government.

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