Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 28 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.

Protect Rural Ireland/Politician Row

Protect Rural Ireland/Politician Row

A new national organisation called Protect Rural Ireland was launched yesterday.

The alliance of community groups opposes the construction of more wind turbines and pylons. It plans to target the seats of politicians who support more wind power in the run up to the general election.

Joining Sean on the line was Henry Fingleton, Chairman of Protect Rural Ireland and Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy, Fine Gael TD for Laois-Offaly. She’s one of the politicians Project Rural Ireland is targeting.

Rounding Up and Rounding Down

Rounding Up and Rounding Down

Today sees the launch of Rounding, the Central Bank’s project to reduce the use of 1c and 2c coins in circulation.

The Rounding project is part of a wider plan to promote cards and e-payment. Ronnie O’Toole heads it. He joined Sean in studio.

See more on Rounding here.

 

 

Illegal Adoption

Illegal Adoption

Last week we spoke with Eileen Heron, of this parish, who told us how she was illegally adopted in 1965. Eileen is not even sure of her real date of birth – her adoption came about as a result of a casual conversation her adoptive mother had with a priest at a bus stop. She spoke out in the hopes of finding out more information about her birth family.

Eileen is one of many in this situation and she told us her story against the backdrop of new legislation being drafted which aims to help adopted people access information about their birth. The Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill is currently at the pre-legislative stage - it has been described by the minister responsible James Reilly as a major breakthrough, but will it help illegally adopted people in situations such as Eileen’s?

To discuss all this Patricia Carey, Chief Executive of the Adoption of Authority of Ireland and Susan Lohan of the Adoption Rights Alliance joined Sean in studio.

For all tracing queries you can contact the Adoption Authority of Ireland on 01 2309 306 or email tracing@aai.gov.ie

Play: An Inspector Calls

Play: An Inspector Calls

J.B Priestley's classic thriller 'An Inspector Calls' has made the move this week from London's West End to Dublin's Gaiety Theatre. 

Long after its first premier in the Soviet Union, in 1945, the play was revived for a new generation in the 1990s by director Stephen Daldry.

So on the first night of its run in Dublin, Senator Marie Louise O'Donnell went along for us, not just as an onlooker but as a vital member of the cast.

Garda Pursuit Case

The inquest into the death of a 43-year-old woman who died while gardaí were carrying out a high speed chase in October 2014 yesterday heard that the members of the force were not adequately trained for the operation.

Diana Harton (43) was killed when a car being chased by gardaí crashed in to her on the M7 motorway near Kildare Village.

A jury in the Coroner's Court yesterday recommended a review should be held into how gardaí chase cars in the wake of her tragic death. After the hearing, Ms Harton's family said it would be some consolation to them if no one else had to go through what they had experienced.

Stuart Gilhooly, solicitor for the Harton family represented them at the coroner’s court, and he joined Sean on the line.

1916 Centenary: The Handbook of the Irish Revival

1916 Centenary: The Handbook of the Irish Revival

With our eye on the centenary of 1916 next year, it's a good time to look at the state of Ireland before the Rising, and if we look at those decades, one of the key ideas to emerge was that the Irish had lost the ability to be cultural innovators and instead had become slavish imitators of all things British - the 'West Briton' syndrome diagnosed by Douglas Hyde. In many ways the Irish Cultural Revival was an attempt to address this and to promote new modes of thinking in Ireland. 

In this moment new options presented themselves: either to turn to France with its radical republican politics and experimental art or to reconnect with the buried energies of the Irish language. 

These are some of the themes explored in The Handbook of the Irish Revival, recently published by the Abbey Theatre Press and in the months leading up to the centenary we will talk to its authors Declan Kiberd and PJ Matthews about the changing political temperature in Ireland leading up to 1916...

Today, PJ Matthews one of the authors was joined by Barry Barnes and Cathy Belton to look at Ireland in the early phases of the Literary Revival.

Family Courts

Family Courts

Paternity tests, a mother with a drug problem and ‘decent respectable people’ who couldn’t agree access to their children. These were all cases before the Family courts in Dolphin House, Valerie Cox was there.

Refugee Crisis

Refugee Crisis

Aid workers say they fear for the health of thousands of refugees and migrants heading stranded in poor weather conditions at border crossing points in the Balkans.

Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia have been closing all or parts of their borders putting pressure on European leaders who are struggling with the crisis. 

Preparations are being made to accommodate the first group of 4,000 refugees in this country before Christmas. Joining Sean on the line from Brussels was Suzanne Lynch, European Correspondent of the Irish Times. 

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