Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 24 March 2015
Ghost Estates Rescue
Over the years this programme has covered the plague of dozens of ghost estates around the country and the plight of the families who bought into these estates, setting up their family home in what turned out to be a wasteland of weeds, dereliction and vandalism.
But this morning we bring you a good news story, the rescue of a ghost estate in Carrickmacross in Co Monaghan. Valerie Cox has been to see the Ascaill Rois estate.
Ascaill Rois, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
Therese Toal of Toal Auctioneers
On the Runs
A report published this morning by the House of Commons’ Northern Ireland Affairs Committee says the administrative scheme of “comfort letters” sent to “on the runs” should never have taken place in the manner in which it was developed and run, and its existence has distorted the process of justice.
Joining Keelin to tell us more about this was RTE Northern Editor, Tommie Gorman.
School Enrolment Policies
Many non-religious parents are facing a dilemma: should I baptise my child just so they can get into school or should I stick to my beliefs and face discrimination?
It’s a topic of the latest campaign by the Humanist Association of Ireland, Brian Whiteside and Patt Goff of the Irish Primary Principals Network joined Keelin.
Read More: Humanists fight baptism rule, The Sunday Times, Siobhan Maguire, 22nd Mar 2015
If you believe all children should have an equal right to education
text EQUAL to 51000.
Book: The Village Effect: Why Face to Face Contact Matters
Some experts say we’re more connected now than ever before due to the internet whilst others say we’re less connected because of the internet – so which is it?
In her new book The Village Effect: Why Face-to-Face Contact Matters, journalist and psychologist Susan Pinker argues that both views are correct. In this book she demonstrates the real and quantifiable benefits of human contact and explores how advances in technology have created new communities in our lives but at the expense of – as she puts it – the ‘village effect’.
Read More: Review: The Village Effect, The Irish Examiner, Noel Bakeer, 28th Feb 2015
Read More: The Village Effect: Why Face-to-Face Contact Matters by Susan Pinker, review: 'gentle polemic', The Telegraph, Nicholas Blincoe, 25th Feb 2015
Susan Pinker’s book The Village Effect: Why Face-to-Face Contact Matters is available in bookshops now and is published by Atlantic Books.