Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 28 April 2015
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The death toll in Nepal rose to over 4,300 this morning, with more than 8,000 injured. Around 100 Irish people were in the country when the earthquake struck and a number of them are still missing. Among them is Thomas Drumm, originally from County Monaghan.
Joining Sean on the line was his cousin, David Drumm.
Spring Economic Statement
The Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, has said people can expect to see improvements in their living standards each year until 2020, because the Government will be cutting income tax and USC rates - especially for low and middle income earners.
Cliff Taylor, Managing Editor of the Irish Times, Pat Leahy, Deputy Editor at the Sunday Business Post and Tom Geraghty of PSEU joined Sean to discuss ahead of this afternoon's Government announcement on their Spring economic statement.
Read More: Budget 2016: Michael Noonan confirms up to €1.5bn 'wriggle room' Independent.ie, 27th April 2015
Read More: Ireland’s economic recovery: are you feeling it? Cliff Taylor, Irish Times, 25th April 2015
The Field - 50th Anniversary
Tonight in the Gaiety Theatre, fifty years after its first performance, a run of one of the greatest plays from one of our greatest writers will hold its opening night.
The Field by the late John B Keane - Sean was delighted to have been joined by John B’s eldest son, a wonderful writer and columnist in his own right, Billy Keane and John B’s granddaughter, Laura.
Read More: John B: the playwright who was outstanding in his field, Lorna Reid, Independent, 31st May 2002
Read More: 'Bull McCabe' was no murderer, says nephew, Independent, 18th Mar 2007
GRA Annual Conference
Tazers, Uzi sub machine guns, Water protesters and Gardai sleeping in their cars to make ends meet, they're all up for discussion today and tomorrow at the Garda Representative Association's Annual Conference in Tullow in Co Carlow.
Valerie Cox joined Sean from Tullow.
GRA Tom McAuslin of the UK Police Rehabilitation Centre and Garda Donal Flannery.
Opening of the GRA Conference in Tullow
Nepal Earthquake Survivor
Returning to the earthquake in Nepal, we heard earlier the story of one family in Monaghan who are waiting for news of their cousin, Thomas Drum.
Sean spoke to a mother from Fethard in County Tipperary who endured the same torturous wait for a phone call at the weekend.
Thankfully, Tina Conran has now received news that her son Aaron is safe and well.
Dublin Orchestral Players
Marie-Louise O’Donnell has been along to see the Dublin Orchestral Players, a voluntary orchestra, perform who were rehearsing Ravels Bolero.
Visit their website here.
Baltimore Riots following Freddie Gray Funeral
Yesterday, in Baltimore, Maryland, Freddie Gray, a 25 year old black man was buried. Last week, he had caught the eye of a police officer and had run off. He was caught with a knife in his pocket. He died in police custody after his spine was severed.
The city of Baltimore erupted in violence. Buildings and cars were set on fire and now the national guard has been called in and a curfew declared.
Joining Sean from the city was Baltimore Sun reporter, Colin Campbell.
Read More: Violence and vigilantism as Baltimore erupts into rioting, Raf Sanchez, The Telegraph, 28th April 2015
Read More: Baltimore protests turn into riots as mayor declares state of emergency, Jon Swaine, Ben Jacobs and Paul Lewis, The Guardian, 28th April 2015
Book Club - The Woman Who Stole My Life
Time for our book club and this month we’re looking at an Irish favourite, Marian Keyes and her latest novel, The Woman Who Stole My Life.
In studio were Minister of State Aodhan O’Riordan, Natasha Fennell, Director of Stillwater Communications, Michael Colgan, Artistic Director of The Gate Theatre and broadcaster Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, who have all been reading it over the last month.