Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 24 June 2015
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Calais Migrant Crisis
Caotic scenes at the French port of Calais yesterday, as desperate migrants stormed trucks in an attempt to stow away on vehicles heading to Britain. about 3,000 migrants are living rough around the area now waiting to cross the channel. Many Irish drivers were caught up in long queues due to industrial action by French ferry workers.
Ben Campbell, driver with Kelly European Freight Services was in Calais yesterday and Eoin Gavin, of the Irish Road Haulage Association joined Sean on the line.
Billy Deverell called in to tell of his experiences in Calais last November where he had 24 migrants and a baby in his trailer. He didn't realise they were in it until he got to Liverpool, after they had got on in France, an hour outside Calais.
Billy tells Sean what happened as a result of having them in his trailer.
Read More: Northern Ireland haulier gives eyewitness account of Calais ‘chaos’, Newsletter.co.uk, 24th June 2015
Irish UN Worker in Iraq
In 1994, Grainne O'Hara was a young Trinity graduate working as a lawyer in Dublin when she decided to volunteer with the United Nations. In February last she took up a new post as deputy representative for the UN refugee agency in Iraq.
With the majority of those displaced coming from the middle east, her new job is one heck of a challenge, she joined Sean this morning.
Parents and Eating Disorders
Battling an eating disorder can be one of the most difficult experiences in a young person’s life, and it can also be one of the most traumatic things to experience as a parent, when it affects your own child.
Joining Sean in studio to talk about their experience on both sides of the long recovery process were Jennifer Hudson, and her daughter Tiggy who struggled with an eating disorder as a child.
Sean also spoke with Harriet Parsons, from Bodywhys, the eating disorders association of Ireland.
If you've been affected by what has been discussed you can locall Bodywhys on 1890 200 444.
Abbeville - The former home of Charles J. Haughey
In the autumn of 2013, journalist Eoin Butler got a chance to visit Abbeville, the former home of Charles J. Haughey. What he found was a decaying mansion that had come to represent Irish political corruption.
He has just written a piece for the Dublin Review about the experience.
Eoin gained access to Abbeville through a family friend who was acting as a caretaker, he begins by telling Sean what he was expecting when you visited the house.
The July Provision sees thousands of children staying on in school for another month. It’s a welcome reprieve for parents and a much-needed programme, it seems, for children who have profound learning disabilities and also children with autism.
But, some schools have discontinued and cut-back on their provision of the July Programme, leaving many parents in difficulty, left to source their own tutors for the alternative home-based option.
Roisin O’Hara has been looking into it for us and she joined Sean in studio.
More details available here - July Provision 2015