As we reflect on another austerity budget today, many of us will remember the 'belt tighting'budgets of the Charlie Haughey era, which soon will be depicted in an RTE three-part titled 'Citizen Charlie'. On the line from Papua New Guinea is PJ Mara,former political adviser to Charlie Haughey.
As the stage show opened in London's West End last week, it has been garnering rave reviews. Irishman Killian Donelly plays the part of Decco in the stage production of the Commitments & he is on the line to Miriam from the UK this morning.
A new campaign is demanding to introduce 'philosophy' as a Leaving Cert subject, which is also supported by President Higgins. In studio with Miriam is our resident philosopher, UCD,s Dr. Graham Finlay, to tell us what the country's teenagers might learn from Aristotle, Plato & Neitzsche!
'The teacher in Ongar mentioned in our discussion of philosophy, Ciara Williams, used Philosophy with Children, Thinking Time in her class as part of a pilot scheme to introduce philosophy to children and as part of an M.Ed. programme at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, where she was supervised by Dr. Philomena Donnelly, an expert on introducing philosophy to children.'
You may remember Geraldine O'Doherty from Donegal, who wanted to finally pass her driving test, having failed it a number of times. DonalBradley, Street School of Motoring in Buncrana, got in touch & offered help. We hear how Geraldine got on with Donal recently, during a driving lesson.