Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 18 August 2014
Today with Sean O'Rourke
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Protests continued last night in Ferguson, Missouri more than a week after a police officer shot and killed an unarmed 18 year old, Michael Brown, crowds of angry local people in the predominately African American suburb have ignored a curfew and clashed with riot police who have responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.
Sean spoke with Chris King, Editor of the St Louis American.
In 1958, Ireland had the highest rate of hospitalisation in the world for people deemed to be mentally ill.
As the Grangegorman complex begins its transformation into the new DIT campus, artist Alan Counihan created an exhibition from some of the abandoned personal effects of patients at the asylum.
And Alan joined Sean along with the writer Dermot Bolger who has been to see the exhibition.
See www.alancounihan.net for more information on Alan Counihan
Now, with promises of Government reform of the Direct Provision system, reports began to surface last week of issues some residents had at the Mount Trenchard Direct Provision centre in Foynes, in County Limerick.
After some residents staged a protest last week, there was an agreement that issues around conditions would be addressed, after talks were facilitated between residents and owners by NGO Doras Luimni. Yet within minutes of these talks concluding, three residents, who had been expressing concerns on behalf of others, claim they were transferred away from the centre because they raised concerns.
Joining Sean with the story and with an exclusive interview with the residents was our reporter Brian O’Connell who has been reporting on the Direct Provision System for several months.