Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 3 January 2014
The New Year has begun as the old year ended with storm force winds across the west coast and threats of flooding in many areas… with some parts of Galway and Cork under some water and high tide in the East Coast still several hours away.
The unsettled weather is due to continue for several days to come and there’s been disruption to travel with ferries cancelled and poor road conditions across the country.
Our reporter Brian O’Connell has been up half the night standing at the banks of the River Lee in Cork and Keelin spoke to him about the situation in Cork this morning.
Wars, destructive storms and sectarian strife have caused misery to millions around the world.
The civil war in Syria has forced 2 million people to flee their homes – over one million of them children . The conflict has already claimed around 130,000 lives. Last November a super typhoon in the Philippines killed thousands and turned homes to matchwood.
In the Central African Republic ethnic violence tens of thousands of people have abandoned their homes in terror – again many of the victims of abuse and harm are children.
Keelin spoke to Peter Power Executive Director, UNICEF Ireland.
Taking a look back at the stories of the week Keelin spoke to Katie Hannon, Prime Time's, Political Correspondent,Sebastian Hamilton, Group Editor of Irish Mail newspapers', Dearbhail Mc Donald, Associate Editor & Legal Editor at the Irish Independent and Cormac O'Keeffe, journalist with the Irish Examiner.
World disasters/ Arab Spring
Peter Power, UNICEF Executive Director : Mary Fitzgerald, Irish Times, on Arab Spring