Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 11 September 2015
Within hours of Peter Robinson stepping aside as First Minister in the North last night, the Police Service of Northern Ireland announced that Bobby Storey, Sinn Fein’s Northern Chairman whose recent arrest provided the catalyst for the latest crisis, had been released unconditionally.
On the line this morning was Mr Storey’s solicitor, John Finucane.
Northern Ireland's power-sharing administration has a new acting first minister.
Arlene Foster now occupies the position after her colleague Peter Robinson, and three other DUP ministers stood aside yesterday. The future of the administration remains in question.
On Monday the British and Irish governments will renew their efforts to bring the five power-sharing parties back into negotiations. DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson was on the line
UK Labour Leadership Election
That’s was Jeremy Corbyn, British Labour leader contender and by all accounts hot favourite to win tomorrow’s leadership election contest.
It’s been a remarkable rise for the veteran left wing MP and, if he wins, every Blairite’s worst nightmare.
Joining Sean on the line to discuss the leadership election and its aftermath was Stephen Bush, writer with the New Statesman.
The Irish Refugee Protection Programme
As more details emerge of the Government’s plan to accept 4,000 refugees and migrants, the plan to accommodate the vast majority of those in Direct Provision centres has been strongly criticised by NGOs working in the sector.
The Department of Justice has said that their stay in the centres will only be temporary, but NGOs claim there is no clarity as to how these numbers will be processed or how quickly.
Joining Sean was Sue Conlan of the Irish Refugee Council.
Read More: Direct provision plan for new arrivals inhumane, say NGOs, Kitty Holland, The Irish Times, 10th Sept 2015
Read More: Ireland’s refugee programme: how will it work? Mary Minihan, The Irish Times, 10th Sept 2015
The Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund
When a person dies suddenly abroad, it is a terrible shock for the family at home and in the midst of their grief, they have to organise how to get their deceased loved one home which can add to the stress.
There is an organisation that helps families through this difficult time. Firstly Sean was joined by Amanda Keith whose brother, Richard died in Perth and then Colin Bell of The Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund.
Visit the Kevin Bell Repatriation fund site here
Visit the Richard Keith memorial fund Facebook page.
Now, it’s that time of week again – our Friday Gathering, and a look back at the stories that have been dominating the past few days.
The political parties are starting their think-ins, Government responds to the refugee crisis, and the Banking Inquiry ends its evidence stage while in the background, political turmoil in The North hasn’t gone away.
Joining us in studio were Peader Toibín, Sinn Fein TD for Meath West, Brian Hayes, Fine Gael MEP for Dublin, Mary Minihan, political correspondent with the Irish Times and RTE political correspondent Brian Dowling.