Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 10 September 2015
Northern Ireland Assembly
To the continuing political crisis in the North. The DUP wants adjournment or suspension of the Stormont executive to allow the five power sharing parties and the two governments to hold talks.
The DUP needs SPLP support to secure adjournment of the Executive. If the smaller party does not offer its support, DUP ministers will resign and the power sharing administration could fall.
Broadcaster and journalist Eamon Mallie joined Sean this morning.
The Banking Inquiry
Now, it’s the final day of evidence at the banking inquiry, and up this morning is Ajai Chopra, the former IMF mission chief to Ireland and architect of our banking bailout...
Mr Chopra will be followed by the European Commission’s Marco Buti, and later this afternoon by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan.
Ffrom our Dáil studio Ciaran Hancock, Finance correspondent with the Irish Times joined us.
Political Crisis in the North
Returning now to the political crisis in the North. The SDLP has been meeting the Taoiseach this morning to discuss if the party will support the DUP’s call for an adjournment or suspension of Stormont. If the SDLP don’t support Peter Robinson’s party, DUP ministers will resign and power-sharing could come to an end.
Sinn Fein are completely opposed to the Stormont Assembly being adjourned. Joining Sean from our Dail Studio was the party’s Deputy Leader, Mary Lou McDonald.
Book: The Great Betrayal
Former Sunday Independent political columnist John Drennan may have recently left the world of journalism to serve as a political strategist with Renua Ireland but he remains committed to print with the publication of his latest book.
His new offering is titled The Great Betrayal: How The Government with the Largest Majority in the History of the Irish State Lost It’s People – it serves as his account of our current coalition government and what he asserts will be its legacy. In it he traces the uncertainty of our political times, and how our political landscape has changed since Fine Gael and Labour took power in 2011, if at all. He joined Sean in studio this morning.
iPads in the Classroom
Nowadays as we carry our smartphones, tablets and battery chargers everwhere we go it is hard to think of an area of modern life that hasn't been radically changed by technology. And of course, children are as enthusiastic about the technology as the adults about it.
But how are schools handling their enthusiasm for screen life in the growing digital classroom? With stories of more and more secondary schools using tablets and ipads, Evelyn O'Rourke went along to a new school in Dublin 15 where they are swapping books for screens!