Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 14 October 2015

Today with Sean O'Rourke

Today with Sean O'Rourke

The mid-morning current affairs magazine with the stories of the day, sharp analysis, sports coverage, in-depth features and consumer interest.

Budget 2016 - Phone In

Budget 2016 - Phone In

Well, it’s all confirmed now and the latest Budget has had several hours to sink in…

It’s been labelled a giveaway and an election budget by some, with only one tax increase included and a range of measures the Government say are designed to put money back in pocket. Minister for Finance Michael Noonan says that will work out at an additional week’s wages per year for all worker

He joined Sean in studio again this year, along with Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, who also announced €750 million worth of spending in the new Budget.

Carrickmines Residents Block

Carrickmines Residents Block

Residents who set up a blockade to stop work on a site earmarked to accommodate survivors of last weekend’s fire at Carrickmines have met with staff at Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council this morning.

Work was due to start today on the plot of land at the cul de sac off Glenamuck Road..... however the blockade remains in place and excavation vehicles have not been able to gain access to the site.

Our reporter Valerie Cox was there at the meeting and she joined Sean on the line.

Book of Condolence at the Mansion House

Book of Condolence at the Mansion House

In the aftermath of the tragic events that took place both in Dublin and County Louth at the weekend..... books of condolence have been opened all over the country.

Evelyn O’Rourke went along yesterday to talk to visitors to the Mansion House to find out why they had turned up to offer their condolences ..

Evelyn – this book in the Mansion House is specifically for the families of the victims of the fire in Dublin but there are of course, books of condolence opened all over the country for the family of Garda Tony Golden too.

 Details:

The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) has opened a bank account for donations for the families affected by the recent fire at Carrickmines.

Five children and five adults, all from the same extended family, perished in the blaze at the halting site on the Glenamuck Road in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The account is now open at AIB 10 Main Street, Dundrum, Co. Dublin.

The account details are as follows:

Account number: 16005289

NSC: 93-31-20

BIC: AIBKIE2D

IBAN: IE38AIBK93312016005289

Cheques made payable to 'SVP Carrickmines Tragedy' can be sent to Finance Dept, SVP East Region, 91-92 Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1.

Books of condolence for the families are open at:

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council offices – Marine Road

County House in Lifford, as well as each of the Public Service Centres in Donegal

The Navan Travellers Workshop at the Fair green in Navan

The book will be open from 10am to 5pm each day until Friday.

Books of condolence for Garda Tony Golden

Garda Stations across the country are hosting books of condolence

Book of condolence are also open at Kells People’s Resource Centre

Books opens too in Ardee Library

If you can’t travel you can also go on-line and leave a tribute on many of the council’s websites.

US Politics: Democratic Debate

Larry Donnelly, NUI Galway

Book: In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom

Book: In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom

Yeonmi is twenty three years old and in 2007, she escaped from North Korea with her mother and sister. 

As we know, North Korea is a poor isolated country where people struggle to survive under a regime that feeds propaganda to its citizens instead of food.

Yeonmi has just published her autobiography entitled  In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom.

While her English is a little hard to understand initially, hers is an extraordinary story of courage.

Gardening: Autumn

Gardening: Autumn

Autumn has officially begun and so begins a busy time in the garden for harvesting and re-planting. 

It has been a particularly few weeks and the un-seasonally warm weather means plants are blooming later and the garden is awash with lovely autumnal colour. 

Joining Sean this morning was Paraic Horkan of Horkan's Garden Centre.

View his blog here

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