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    Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 26 November 2015


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    IFA Pay Off Controversy

    The IFA turmoil reached a new level last night with the resignation of its President Eddie Downey. 

    It came in the middle of an apparently emotional 17 hour meeting of the National Executive, that ran until 5am this morning, and followed news that a two million euro severance package will go to its outgoing General Secretary Pat Smith, whose massive salary sparked this controversy. 

    On the line this morning was Darragh McCullough, the deputy farming editor of the Irish Independent and beef famer Lorna Sixsmith who is cutting ties with the IFA. The IFA has promised to pursue all legal avenues to re-coup that €2 million severance package, solicitor David Fagan also spoke to us. 


    Fiscal Advisory Council's Criticism of Government Spending

    Today the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council may well be giving the opposition a stick to beat the coalition with in the run up to the election. The council has welcomed the recovery in the economy but has linked the Government's spending plans to policies during the boom era.

    Earlier on Morning Ireland the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council Chairman John McHale outlined why he thinks the Government has in his words 'deviated from a prudent path on the country's finances'. Minister of State at the Department of Finance Simon Harris joined Sean on the line. 


    Irish Times Ipsos MRBI Poll

    Good news for Fine Gael this morning as a new Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll shows them to be on course to be the biggest party in the Dáil after the next election. 

    Support for Fine Gael has risen since September with the satisfaction rating of Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Government also up. However support for the Labour Party has declined since the last Irish Times poll in September. So cause for optimism for some and worry for others perhaps as a general election looms large in the new year. 

    To take us through the finding and for some analysis of the poll Sean was joined by Damien Locsher, MD of Ipsos MRBI and Brian Dowling, from RTÉ's political staff.

    Read More: Irish Times poll: Fine Gael on course to be biggest party, Stephen Collins, Irish Times, 26th Nov 2015


    Repossession Courts

    Continuing his series in the repossession courts, our reporter Brian O'Connell reported from Trim where he was earlier in the week. 


    Terrorist Recruiting and the role of the Internet

    As we learn more about how the recent terror attacks in Paris were orchestrated, the band performing on stage before the bloodshed at the Bataclan Theatre have given their first interview about the night in question.

    Eagles of Death Metal spoke at length to VICE’s Shane Smith.

    Maura Conway, Senior Lecturer in International Security in the School of Law and Government at Dublin City University has been examining the recruitment techniques of terrorists, in particular through online campaigns and she joined Sean in studio. 


    Nourishing Winter Warmers

    Dark days and long nights – definitely the time of year for some hot, nourishing comfort food!

    Chef and food writer Tracy Coyne is in our Cork studio with a few novel ideas on how to get the best out of stews and curries which hopefully will make them popular with all the family.

    See all of Tracy's recipes here, and her vegetarian option is available here.


    Book Club - Brooklyn

    The film 'Brooklyn' continues to be a big draw at the box office and our book club choice for this month is 'Brooklyn' by Colm Tóibín. 

    Brooklyn tells the story of Eilis Lacey, a young woman who lives with her mother and sister in Enniscorthy in the 1950s. Her sister arranges for Eilis to emigrate to New York and despite her reluctance, Eilis knows she must go as there is little future for her in Ireland.

    As she leaves her family behind and arrives in America it takes time for Eilis to settle in. She is desperately homesick but she gradually makes friends and finds love. 

    However, a tragic event at home means Eilis has to return to Ireland after a year. Back in Enniscorthy, she struggles to decide should her future be in Ireland or in Brooklyn. 

    Joining Sean this morning as part of our panel was Larry Donnelly, lecturer in Law at NUI Galway, Carole Coleman, reporter and former RTÉ Washington correspondent, Eoghan O'Neachtain, Director of Public Affairs with Heneghan PR and Margaret E. Ward, journalist and CEO of Clearink Limited.

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