Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 1 May 2014

Gerry Adams Questioning

Gerry Adams Questioning

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams continues to be questioned this morning at Antrim police station in connection with the abduction, murder and disappearance of  Belfast mother of 10 Jean McConville  back in 1972.  Mr Adams presented himself voluntarily to the PSNI’s serious crime branch last night and was then arrested.

Joining Sean was Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey



We are in the middle of a homelessness and housing crisis in Ireland. Almost 90,000 people are currently on the waiting list for social housing and one in five of those has been on the waiting list for more than five years.

Meanwhile, demand for homeless support services has increased sharply.

Sean was joined by Simon Brook, Head of Policy with the Housing Agency Clúid, and Niamh Randall, National Spokesperson for the Simon Communities in Ireland.

Flash Boys: Cracking the Money Code

Flash Boys: Cracking the Money Code

By Michael Lewis (Allen Lane)

Michael Lewis wrote a much publicised Vanity Fair article in 2011 examining what led to Ireland’s financial collapse and why there was a seeming lack of anger among Irish people who had been ‘screwed by their banks and governments’. He has just released a new book outlining how the stock market is rigged to benefit banks and skim from investors, and how the ongoing lack of transparency and understanding of complex financial markets will lead to many more crashes.

Carbon Tax Increase

Carbon Tax Increase

The second rise in carbon tax comes into force today...hitting solid fuels and those who heat their homes with coal, briquettes in particular.

Sean was joined from our Cork studio by former Green Party Senator, Dan Boyle and on the phone by Eamon Timmins of Age Action Ireland and John Keogh, Chief Executive of the Solid Fuel Trade Group.

Can Research Eliminate Cancer

Can Research Eliminate Cancer

Cancer rates are expected to increase over the next six years and it is estimated that by 2020, 40,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Ireland each year. The role of research and how it can eliminate cancer was the main topic of discussion at a free public event entitled ‘Can Research Eliminate Cancer?’ organised by the Irish Cancer Society yesterday in Dublin and Sean was joined by Head of Research at the Irish Cancer Society, Prof. John FitzPatrick.

Programme Highlights

Alone Hampers

Evelyn O'Rourke met with volunteers helping with the elderly.

Christmas and Your Garden

Paraic Horkan gives us ideas on adding colour to your home this Christmas.

Martin Conmey

In 1973, Martin Conmey, 20 years old at the time, was accused of her murder, and subsequently jailed for three years for manslaughter.



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