Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 27 November 2015
Former General Secretary of the IFA Pat Smith last night attempted to defuse the row over his two million euro pay off by suggesting that a million euro of his severance package be donated to charity. IFA president Eddie Downey resigned this week when it emerged that he had signed off on Mr. Smith's severance package.
The IFA's executive council has said it will mount a legal challenge to the €2 million deal. Joining Sean on the line was Tomas O'Fatharta, an IFA member in County Galway and Andrew Dundas IFA county chairman for Clare.
Mercy on the Mall
A group of twenty priests will be available to hear confession at the SkyCourt Shopping Centre in County Clare on December 8th.
Shannon parish priest Fr. Tom Ryan says that the ‘Mercy on the Mall’ initiative is to mark the opening of the Year of Mercy.
Read More: Priests visit shopping centre to hear confessions, Orla Ryan, The Journal, 27 Nov 2015
Read More: Parishes take message of mercy to shoppers, Cathal Barry, The Irish Catholic, 26th Nov 2015
On Monday over 140 world leaders will descend on Paris to attend a crucial climate change conference aimed at finally reaching unanimous binding agreement.
The 21st UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change - COP21 - will run for two weeks until 11th December.
This is seen as a crunch conference by the science community, but are the rest of the developed world taking this issue seriously enough? Joining Sean this morning was climate scientist and emeritus professor at Maynooth University, John Sweeney.
Now, to our Friday Gathering and a review of the week’s news which for the past few days has been all about the blood on the floor at the IFA.
Joining Sean in studio was Mairead Lavery, editor of Country Living with the Irish Farmers Journal, Susan O’Keeffe, Labour Senator, General Election Candidate for Sligo Leitrim and member of the Banking Inquiry, Mary Hanafin, Fianna Fail Councillor and General Election Candidate for Dun Laoghaire and Michael O’Regan, Parliamentary Correspondent with the Irish Times.
They discuss the potential nurses strike, the Fiscal Advisory Council’s warning for Government, Fine Gael seeming to soften on the abortion issue, and the possible collapse of the Banking Inquiry.
But first, has the IFA ever been hit with the likes of this before?