Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 5 February 2014
As the weather subsides, for the moment at least, following the floods in the west, south and south east coasts, the clean up begins. Yesterday Minister of State Brian Hayes said a “new defence scheme” would be implemented to upgrade the country’s capacity to handle such incidents.
But speaking on this programme yesterday, he said that “The idea that we can protect every acre of land in the country is a lie and a pretence that has to be struck on its head”.
Sean was joined by Professor Michael Hartnett, of the College of Engineering & Informatics, NUI, Galway; Humphrey Deegan of the Imperial Hotel and FG Councillor; Michael Connors, a fisherman in Passage East; Leo O’Callaghan of O’Callaghan’s TV shop in Cork City and Anthony Walshe who owns a fish shop in Glendore.
Kicking the Kremlin - Russia's New Dissidents and the Battle to Topple Putin
by Marc Bennetts (One World Publishing)
The Winter Olympics in the city of Sochi in Russia kick off this week, and at a reported cost of almost €38 billion, the games are already shaping up to be the most controversial ever held. Seen by many as the ‘New Russia's coming out party’, President Vladimir Putin's Games aim to show Russia as politically stable, economically strong and a world-player once again. But there are still old skeletons rattling around in its closets -- allegations of cronyism and corruption, families being evicted from their homes with no compensation in Sochi, severe wealth inequality and spiraling rates of HIV just some of the issues.
Marc Bennetts, a British journalist living in Moscow has just written a book which examines the rise of the opposition movement towards Vladimir Putin from Pussy Riot to Kremlin insiders in Kicking the Kremlin - Russia's New Dissidents and the Battle to Topple Putin.