Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 30 March 2017

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. Presented by Cormac Ó hEadhra.

Garda Commissioner before Oireachtas Justice Committee

Garda Commissioner before Oireachtas Justice Committee

An Garda Commissioner Noirín O'Sullivan is before the Oireachtas Justice Committee this morning. We spoke to Harry McGee, Political Correspondent, with The Irish Times while also hearing extracts of what was being said at the committee.

PAC Row with Michael Noonan

PAC Row with Michael Noonan

Fianna Fail TD Sean Fleming, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee and Fine Gael TD Josepha Madigan, member of the Public Accounts Committee joined us this morning following the row last night between Minister Michael Noonan and PAC Chair Sean Fleming.

Templemore Garda College Report

Templemore Garda College Report

The audit on Templemore Garda College detailed the use of up to 50 different bank accounts and a "non-transparent system of accounting" at the college and that these accounts were used for purposes other than those for which they were intended - on everything from meals and entertainment to a golf society.

Concerns about widespread financial irregularities at the college were first expressed over a decade ago...  but little or no corrective action was taken. Professor Niamh Brennan lectures in corporate governance in UCD’s Smurfit Business School and she joined us this morning.

Respite Care

Respite Care

Last week on this show our reporter Brian O’Connell highlighted the lack of respite services for children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities in the south west. We had a huge response to the report with many people from all over the country contacting us with their stories. This is a continuation of that report. 

Finian McGrath, Minister of State for Disability Issues

Finian McGrath, Minister of State for Disability Issues

Minister of State for Disability Issues, Finian McGrath joined us in response to Brian O'Connell's report on respite services. 

Water Charges

Water Charges

The Oireachtas Committee looking at the future funding of water is expected to make its FINAL recommendation on those controversial water charges next week.

Eamon Ryan, Leader of the Green party and TD for Dublin Bay South and Kate O’Connell, FG TD for Dublin Bay South, who is a member of the committee joined us this morning.

 

Travel: The Dordogne in France

Travel: The Dordogne in France

Few regions sum up the attractions of France better than the Dordogne. The scenery is beautiful, the food is delicious and it has the added bonus of being the world capital of prehistoric art, not least around the famous cave at Lascaux, which has just seen the opening of a new museum. Fionn Davenport was there.

200 Years Licensed Vintners Association

200 Years Licensed Vintners Association

This year marks 200 years since the group that represents publicans in Dublin, the Licensed Vintners Association, opened for business.

During that time, the pub continues to be an integral part of life for many, and remains arguably one of Ireland’s best-known exports...

However the industry is currently facing a host of challenges from supermarkets selling low-cost alcohol, to insurance hikes and new drink driving proposals. So what does the future hold for the Irish pub in the capital - and around the country?Joining us this morning was Deirdre Devitt, Chair of the Licensed Vintners Association.

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