Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 12 March 2014
A report into the operation of the penalty points system has recommended that the power to cancel penalty points be taken out of the hands of local Garda officers. The Garda Inspectorate’s report recommends a stricter system , which would remove the Garda power of discretion to cancel penalty points, for offences such as speeding.
Fianna Fail said the report vindicated the two Garda whistleblowers Sgt.Maurice McCabe and former gardaJohn Wilson, who first highlighted the issue.
Joining Keelin was Fionnan Sheahan of the Irish Independent and former Garda Ombudsman, Conor Brady.
Over the last 15 years, the internet has changed the world of writers, filmmakers and musicians for both good and bad.
Illegal downloading and file sharing have decimated music sales, while some authors are claiming that the internet is making writing as a career impossible. Meanwhile other artists are using the internet to connect with a bigger fan base and boost opportunities for work.
Author John Boyne, musician Julie Feeney and Birch Hamilton, founder and director of the Digital Biscuit expo join us for a discussion.
The controversy surrounding former Fine Gael adviser Frank Flannery continues today with news emerging that Mr Flannery was paid 60 thousand euro per year to lobby for a group called Philanthropy Ireland.
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan yesterday acknowledged that he had been lobbied by Mr Flannery on a proposal which linked charitable donations to the residency status of tax exiles.
Minister Noonan says that he referred the matter to the Oireachtas Finance Committee and then rejected it when it was sent back to him.
I’m joined now by Labour TD Kevin Humphries who sits on the Finance Committee.
In seemingly encouraging news for mortgage holders in difficulty, AIB has written off €150,000 from a €400,000 loan on a family home and allowed the homeowners to keep their property.
It is the largest writedown involving a family home which was not repossessed. Keelin was joined in studio by Ross Maguire of New Beginning
She was also joined in studio by Rory Askins-Byrne, who in 2006, was doing well driving a taxi and decided to enter the property market. It is what everyone else at the time was doing. Over the space of the next couple of years he bought three apartments in Bulgaria, at a knockdown price.
Then it all began to go wrong. All three properties are in negative equity in Bulgaria and the banks came calling.