Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 2 July 2014
Today with Sean O'Rourke
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Lack of information about what Irish Water will charge people for water led to angry exchanges at yesterday’s Oireachtas Environment Committee.
The Committee had been hoping to hear about Irish Water’s submission on pricing from the Commission for Energy Regulation, the CER, but it wasn’t to be.
This was the second week in a row that the CER didn’t have the information everyone is waiting for – how much will water cost.
Fianna Fail’s Environment Spokesperson and Acting Committee Chairman, Barry Cowen spoke to Sean.
District Court closures
Since 2008, the Courts Service of Ireland has closed down 77 local courthouses across the country – and it looks like four courts in the greater Dublin region are also going to be shut down in the not too distant future.
The rationale, they say, is to streamline resources...but for those towns that have lost their courthouse, there has been a negative impact on a number of levels.
To take a look at our district courts and the place they have held in Irish life for decades, I’m joined in studio now by James McDermott, Barrister & Law Lecturer at UCD; Eugene McGee, former Editor of The Longford Leader; and Brian Morgan who’s a solicitor in Clones, County Monaghan, one of the towns that has lost its court service.
Last year, the case of a blonde haired blue eyed girl called Maria found living in a Romany camp in Greece made headlines around the world and she was taken into care.
A narrative that Roma Gypsies were trading in children took hold.
At around the same time, Gardai took a seven year old blonde haired blue eyed into care and a two year old blonde haired boy was also taken from his Roma family on suspicion they may have been abducted.
Both children were returned to their families after DNA tests proved they were related to their parents.
Sean spoke to Jake Bowers, Romani Journalist and Tanya Ward of the Children’s Rights Alliance.
Ruairi Quinn Announcement
As Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn announced his retirement from politics, the show was extended to cover the announcement.
Sean spoke with former Taoiseach, John Bruton; Labour Ministers of State Kathleen Lynch and Sean Sherlock; Labour TD, Ciara Conway; former Labour Party Organiser, Pat Magner; former Labour Party Press Officer, Tony Heffernan; Labour Party Councillor Dermot Lacey; Irish Independent Political Editor, Fionnan Sheahan and Martina Fitzgerald of RTE’s Political Staff.