It is the week of the Teachers' Conferences - the most gruelling time of the year in many ways for the Education Minister of the day.
After facing the "ironic applause" and heckling at the ASTI conference, Minister Ruairi Quinn spoke to Sean on why he wants future teachers to take Higher Level Maths at Leaving Cert level, Junior Cert reform and other issues.
Pat King, General Secretary of the ASTI also spoke to Sean about why delegates gave such a reception to the Minister.
It has been eight months since the passing of one of Ireland’s best known poets, Seamus Heaney.
In advance of a celebration of his life and work in the National Concert Hall, Sean was joined in studio by Maureen Kennelly, Director of Poetry Ireland and 15-year-old Niall O'hAnnagáin who recited two of Heaney's works on air.
Our reporter, Paddy O'Gorman visited a dole office in Kilkenny where he spoke to a number of middle aged people who have been out of work for a long time.
Following on from comments from the OECD yesterday that our social welfare rates are deterring people from going back to work, Sean also spoke with Brid O'Brien of the Irish National Organisation for the Unemployed.