Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 2 October 2015
Fire Safety Issues in Building Developments
The legacy of Celtic Tiger building continues to dominate the news this week with the fire safety issues facing residents in Longboat Quay.
Unfortunately, these residents are not the only people facing fire safety concerns.
Mark Fitzmaurice, a resident of Riverwalk, Ratoath, Co. Meath, Paula Daly a resident at Longboat Quay and Eamon O'Boyle, former assistant chief fire officer with Dublin Fire Brigade and Director of Eamon O'Boyle Associates spoke to Sean this morning.
Brian Friel 1929 - 2015
One of Ireland's best known playwrights Brian Friel has died aged 86. He died peacefully at home in Greencastle around 7 o'clock this morning and his wife and daughters were there.
Tributes were paid to Friel by producer Noel Pearson, and directors Patrick Mason and Michael Colgan and Fiach MacChonghail, Tony Roche, Declan Kiberd and our President, Michael D. Higgins.
Packie Bonner - The Last Line
Nobody has shaped or been closer to the big moments in Irish football over the past 30 years more than my next guest.
With 80 caps for the Republic of Ireland, not to mention the pivotal role he played in our World Cup glory days, Packie Bonner is a true soccer hero.
In his new autobiography, The Last Line: My Autobiography, Packie shares stories from his time on and off the pitch.
And it’s hard to believe but it’s twenty five years since Packie Bonner entered the Irish sporting history books.
Packie Bonner joined Sean this morning.
Packie Bonner’s book ‘The Last Line: My Autobiography’ is written with Gerard McDade and published by Ebury Press.
And Packie will be signing copies of his book in Easons O’Connell Street, Dublin at 12 noon Saturday Oct 3rd.
Rugby World Cup - The Weekend
To the Rugby World Cup, we're expecting a step up in class this weekend when Joe Schmidt's side take on Italy on Sunday afternoon.
On the one hand, it's an Italian side that have been in disarray in the lead up to this tournament but on the other, it's a side we lost to only two years ago and one perhaps wanting to show a backlash against their poor showing so far.
In studio this morning was Tom McGurk, broadcaster and on the line from France, Ronan O'Gara.
Time for our Friday Gathering now, and I’m joined in studio by Labour Senator Aideen Hayden, Fianna Fail Senator Darragh O’Brien, Michael O’Regan, parliamentary correspondent with the Irish Times and communications consultant Orlaith Carmody.
Now, in a week that’s often looked at the big picture, with the Capital Investment Plan published, the Comptroller & Auditor General’s report released, NAMA appearing before the Public Accounts Committee to discuss the sale of its Northern loan book and we will be turning to these in a moment but it’s the Longboat Quay scandal that has dominated the news, and the personal crisis that hundreds of people are facing there, in yet another legacy of the building boom.