Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 22 December 2015
Friends of the Elderly
One of the ads that runs at Christmas time that really tugs at the heart strings has to be the one featuring veteran Ronnie Delaney for the ‘Friends of the Elderly’ charity.
We are reminded that Christmas is a time of year when vulnerable elderly people could do with an extra helping hand and it seems that it is a message that has touched volunteers internationally too.
Evelyn O’Rourke went along to the annual ‘Friends of the Elderly’ Christmas party to meet up with some of the international volunteers who are working with our elderly community here in Dublin.
If you are interested in finding out more about the charity’s work, you can visit them at their base at 25 Bolton Street in Dublin or go to their site at friendsoftheelderly.ie
The Minister for the environment Alan Kelly has reduced the size permitted for all new apartments built in Dublin City.
Under the new size guidelines apartments will be on average 27% smaller than the current permitted size. The move is seen as a major boost for developers but other sectors have reacted with caution. So will these new micro apartments help solve the housing crisis?
Mary Hughes, President of the Irish Planning Institute spoke to Sean.
Road Accident Stats
The Minister for Transport has published statistics on road fatalities for 2015 which shows that at time of going to print yesterday there had been 34 fewer deaths and 26 fewer collisions on Irish roads compared to the same day in 2014, giving a total 153 deaths..
Sadly the fatality count increased in the past 24 hours with the sad news of a serious road traffic accident in which one man has died and six others, including a baby, have been hospitalised after a three-car collision in County Galway yesterday afternoon.
Pascal Donohoe, Minister for Transport, Sport and Tourism joined Sean on the line.
Released Prisoners: Preventing Repeat Offences
Recent figures from the Central Statistics Office have shown that almost half of released prisoners re-offend within three years..
While the rate of re-offending has decreased slightly on previous figures, there was an increase in re-offending among those aged between 18 and 36.
So what supports are in place to prevent released prisoners falling back into habitual crime? And given the time of year, how much do we know about the prisoner experience at Christmas...
To discuss this Sean was joined from our Waterford studio by Stephen Plunkett of the U-Casadh re-integration scheme and by Fiona Ní Chinnéide, Deputy Executive Director of the Irish Penal Reform Trust.
Novelist and Journalist with Charlie Hebdo
It marked the beginning of a violent, tragic year for Paris, when on the 7th of January, two brothers entered the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine, and murdered twelve people in cold blood.
Among those killed were eight members of the Charlie staff, but remarkably, the next issue of the magazine was published just seven days later.
There were questions then, and doubts, about whether it could continue…but with a posse of new writers stepping up to the plate, Charlie has endured throughout a traumatic year for its city.
One of those writers, Belfast-born novelist and journalist Robert McLiam Wilson, was on the line.
Homes Still Flooding
Dozens of families remain unable to access their homes today, despite the fact that flood waters have receded in many areas.
Many of them will be unable to return home for Christmas and with more rain forecast there is no end in sight to their flooding nightmares.
To give us an update on the situation Ciaran Mullooly spoke of the inconvenience that is still in the country following the floods that made the headlines last week and the week before. Sean Murtagh from Carrick on Shannon and Rebecca Farrell of the Cinema there spoke to Sean also.