Limerick experienced some of the worst flooding in its history over the weekend resulting in the displacement of up to 1000 people from their homes. Minister Brian Hayes is due to visit the areas worst hit this morning amid calls for emergency Government funding to assist the people affected. Now, high tide was expected in Limerick about an hour ago, and last night and this morning Brian O’Connell has been on the scene speaking with those impacted and assessing the damage.
Education is in the news this morning...there are more young people completing their Leaving Cert than ever before...but details of a tax refund scheme reveal again the difference in opportunity between affluent schools in Dublin and the rest of the country.
When Ruairí Quinn became Minister, he pledged to tackle many of the issues that have plagued primary and secondary schools...patronage was top of his agenda and underperforming teachers are now also in his sights.
But facing the combined strength of the teacher unions and the Catholic Church, progress is not easy.
Minister Ruairí Quinn joined Sean in studio today.
It’s every one’s worst nightmare – you approach your front door after an early morning walk in a rural part of Ireland and suddenly you realise a gun is being held to the back of your head. From then on events spiral into a nightmare for you and your family. That’s what happened to Joe O’Loughlin back in February 2010 and his story features in a two part documentary “Kidnapped - Ireland’s Tiger Raids” which begins on TV3 tomorrow night.
The streets of Portobello, the heartland of what used to be known as Dublin's 'Little Jerusalem', are hung with posters...but this time they're from the neighbours - protesting against the Jewish Museum's plans to develop the existing museum - a former synagogue - on what THEY see as a tiny, residential road. Whereas, the Jewish community say the expansion programme is 'a cause for celebration'. Valerie Cox has been to Portobello to find out more.
Physiatrist Jim Lucey, Medical Director of St. Patrick's Mental Health Services joined Sean to discuss Mindfulness and how to live in the present moment.
The European Parliamentary Elections which take place on May 23rd alongside the local elections – hit the headlines with the announcement last week that Junior minister Brian Hayes is standing in Dublin.. The constituencies have been changed to three reducing the numbers of MEPs from 12 to 11. So who are the candidates and what will be headlining issues? Sean was joined by Niamh Lyons and Stephen Collins.
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Presenter: Sean O'Rourke