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    Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 2 April 2014


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


    Angela Kerins Retires

    It has been confirmed this morning that Angela Kerins, the Chief Executive of the Rehab group is to retire. The move comes after a difficult period for the group with Ms Kerins and her predecessor Frank Flannery both at the centre of controversies around executive pay levels and consultancy fees at the charity. 

    Joining Sean was Mary Lou McDonald, deputy leader of Sinn Fein and member of the Public Accounts Committee.


    Road Traffic Offences

    First it was the controversy over the scrapping of penalty points issued to speeding motorists and allegations by two Garda whistleblowers.

    Last night another whistleblower emerged on Prime Time.  This time it was the operator of a speed detection van who revealed that a number of motorists were wrongly fined after he warned management that he had been unable to set up his detection equipment properly.

    The anonymous former “Go Safe” operator spoke to Katie Hannon and told her what happened when the attempted to set up a speed camera in his van and align it correctly so as a proper reading could be taken.

    Joining Sean from Ballyhaunis is solicitor Evan O’Dwyer who appeared on last night’s programme.


    Young People in Ireland

    The impact of the recession has been felt across Europe but it has had a particularly acute effect on the lives of young people.

    Last week, Eurofound and the National Youth Council of Ireland, released a report looking at the social situation of young people in Europe. The research was previously carried out in 2007, and comparing the data makes for very revealing reading. Marie-Claire McAleer, Senior Researcher and Policy Officer at the National Youth Council of Ireland and Ian Power of talk to Sean.


    A Dawn Unforseen

    Luke Waldron left Ireland for Peru as a Columban missionary in 1962 and spent the next three decades among the poor in the shanty towns of Lima. It was a time when his faith in the Catholic Church would be rocked and lead to his ultimate decision to leave the clerical life altogether He documents his journey in his memoir, A Dawn Unforseen: Journey from the West of Ireland to the Barrios of Peru.


    GAA and Rights

    Is the Sky about to fall in on the GAA’s age-old ethos of volunteerism and community spirit?

    Croke Park’s decision to sell broadcast rights to Sky Sports has been controversial, to say the least.

    Up until now, RTE and TV3 have carried live coverage of Championship hurling and Gaelic Football.

    With Sky’s arrival, TV3 find themselves outside the tent.

    Where will this leave the average GAA fan who wants to watch their team, and where will it leave Ireland’s second-largest indigenous broadcaster?

    Sean was joined in studio by David McRedmond, Chief Executive of TV3


    Debt Relief

    As a result of the recession, and the property crash tens of thousands of Irish people are struggling with debt. They badly need to do a deal with their creditors that would relief them of a huge burden of stress and worry.

    But despite the creation of the Insolvency Service of Ireland last year debt relief deals are not happening quickly enough. The ISI is expected to tell a Dail committee tomorrow that the number of deals is tiny compared to the mountain of debt.

    So, should debtors simply be more patient with the ISI? Or do they need new arrangements that would fast-track debt deals?

    Sean spoke with with David Hall, director of the Irish Mortgage Holders Association and with Tom Kennedy, who’s chairman of the Association of Personal Insolvency Practitioners.



    This coming Sunday, Heineken cup action will see Leinster square up against Toulon – a tough quarter final test for the blues.

    The captain of the team, Leo Cullen joined Sean to talk not just about the upcoming fixture in France, but also about his future plans and his involvement with a social entrepreneurship programme that will keep him busy as his playing career winds down.


    Kerins Retirement

    For more on the Angela Kerins resignation, Sean was joined by Shane Phelan, Public Affairs Editor with The Irish Independent, who has reported extensively on the trials of Angela Kerins and of Rehab...

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