Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 18 September 2013
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.
New Thinking, New Ireland
It’s often hard in the current climate to be optimistic about the future of this country.
With emigration, unemployment, bankruptcy and negative equity mentioned at every turn, a nation who’s economic sovereignty was removed two years ago has struggled to take a positive view of its future or to explore new approaches to many of the issues facing society.
New Thinking, New Ireland is a new book showcasing the ideas of a new generation of Irish thinkers, entrepreneurs, academics and practitioners and looks at new ways of approaching everything from economics to multiculturalism to music, theatre and religion.
Louise Hodgson is the books editor and she joined Sean, as did Darren Ryan, one of those new thinkers.
Muslim Education Centre
Yesterday you will remember Brian O’Connell brought us the story of a disagreement over a new Muslim Education Centre in Shandon in Cork city. You will also remember we debated the issues of noise and late night activity with local councillor Ken O Flynn and Dr Farghal Radwan of the centre. Ken O’Flynn said that it was a planning issue solely not an anti Muslim issue. Sean was joined on the line by Patrick Ledwidge, Director of Services, Strategic Planning and Economic Development at Cork City.