Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 23 May 2016
Life After Debt Campaigner
The General Election placed a spotlight on rural Ireland and dying regional towns, amid claims the previous Governments neglected vast areas of the country for many years.
It prompted the establishment of a new Government department of Rural Affairs and a Minister, but what are the solutions to rebuilding Ireland's forgotten countryside communities?
Some of them were discussed at a series of meetings we heard in County Clare last week, where the rural development chairman of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association was guest speaker. We spoke to Seamus Sherlock.
Alan Kelly is in fine form and looking forward to getting back into action as part of the Labour team... that’s according to the party’s new leader Brendan Howlin after the two men spoke on the phone over the weekend following Friday’s leadership showdown.
Despite failing in his bid to lead the party Alan Kelly has pledged to work with his colleagues to rebuild it from within.
Meanwhile sweeping changes are also expected to Fine Gael’s internal structure following an ongoing review into the party’s disappointing election performance.
In studio was Stephen Collins, Political Editor with the Irish Times and on the line is Independent TD Dr Michael Harty.
Jack and Jill's Jonathan Irwin
As we've been hearing Rory McIlroy produced a sensational finish to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and win the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open for the first time at The K Club yesterday.
In total, over €1m raised thanks to McIlroy's spectacular victory will go to charities supported by the Rory Foundation.
One of the three charities to benefit from the weekend will be the Jack and Jill foundation, which provides direct funding to families of children with brain damage up to the age of four.
CEO and founder Jonathan Irwin spoke to us.
Minister Heather Humphreys
The Arts Ministership has been spiraling into irrelevance - now it has been sucked into the abyss. The words of Eithne Shortall in the Sunday Times recently, just one of the many voices fearful that the Arts are being squeezed because of Arts Minister Heather Humphreys now also has responsibility for Regional Development, Rural Affairs and the Gaeltacht as well as the Arts in her portfolio. On rural affairs, the new minister has said that she wants to bring young people back from the cities to reinvigorate towns and villages and as we heard from Seamus Sherlock there's a lot to do in that part of the brief.
Minister Heather Humphreys joined us from Tralee.
What a dramatic weekend of sport it was Connacht stand on the verge of history after a semi final win over Glasgow, Rory McIlroy made history with Irish Open victory, and hit one of the shots of his career on the way. Plus is Mourinho the man for United? And Cork crumble to Tipperary as the hurling championship gets up and running.
For all this author and broadcaster Damian Lawlor, sports writer Orla Bannon and rugby analyst Eoghan Ó Neachtain joined us this morning.