Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 26 August 2016
ebay shuts European HQ in Dundalk
ebay has announced that it will wind down its Dundalk operation by the second quarter of next year, a decision which will affect 150 jobs.
Initial indications suggested that the announcement was a major blow for Dundalk, but some sources now suggest that the ebay employees may be redeployed to PayPal. Mark Deery, chairman of Louth County Council joined us this morning along with Adrian Weckler, tech editor with the Independent Group.
CEO of Paralympics Ireland
The first of our paralympics athletes departed for Rio yesterday.
Twelve days before the opening ceremony, the Paralympics have already been the subject of controversy, with news of significant budget cuts and the decision by the International Paralympic Committee to ban the entire Russian team.
CEO of Paralympics Ireland Liam Harbison joined us in studio.
Two years ago a documentary on Glasnevin cemetery enjoyed a tremendous success at the Irish box office. That was One Million Dubliners.
Now the team behind that film are back with 'Strange Occurrences in A Small Irish Village, a documentary about Knock Shrine.
Film director Aoife Kelleher and producer Lindsay Campbell joined us in studio.
France’s highest administrative court will today rule on the legality of a local burkini ban, after it was challenged by the country’s Human Rights League and the Collective Against Islamophobia and over the past week, an international debate has been sparked by photos of armed police ordering a Muslim woman on a beach in Nice to partially disrobe.
On the line this morning was deputy mayor of Nice, Rudy Salles and John Litchfield of The Independent.
Waterford Walls Art Festival
In 2009, shortly after the closure if the iconic Waterford Crystal factory, Waterford city recorded the highest number of vacant retail buildings in the country, two years later in 2011, it recorded the highest unemployment rate. The impact of the recession on the area was devastating and turned the once bustling area into a ghost town.
Last year a group of locals decided to turn things around, using what they had. Large scale derelict buildings, and invited high profile street artists to take them over.
And so Waterford Walls, a four day public art festival which is back for a second year, and has the town booked out for the weekend. Joining us from our Waterford studio this morning was Edel Tobin, festival organiser.
Kurdish Community in Ireland
Last weekend a suspected adolescent suicide bomber killed 51 people at a Kurdish wedding ceremony in Turkey. The so called Islamic State claimed responsibility.
Since then, Turkish forcers in Northern Syria have struck back against ISIS positions, but Turkish president recep Tayyip Erdogan has admitted this incursion is also about halting the growth of a Kurdish state in Syria.
RTÉ reporter Abie Philbin Bowman has been meeting with members of the Kurdish community in Ireland.
Time for our Friday Gathering, and a review of the week’s news. In studio this morning were Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael MEP for Midlands North-West, Noel Whelan, Barrister and Columnist for the Irish Times, Eoghan Corry, Editor of Travel Extra and Gerard Howlin, Public Affairs Consultant & Columnist for the Irish Examiner.
We spoke about the possible removal, rebranding, or retaining of the USC, the French burkini ban and whether the Rose of Tralee is starting to wilt but again, the story dominating front pages this week has been the ticketing controversy in Rio.