Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 1 March 2017
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The front page headlines can only mean one thing today – Water Charges are back on the agenda.
With the special cross-party committee on Water seemingly deadlocked on the issue of charging for excessive use, Minister Simon Coveney, who is responsible for water policy, intervened last night.
On Morning Ireland today, Fianna Fail’s Willie O’Dea says the party IS in favour of punishing people who waste water, but not through a charging system.
Fine Gael TD Sean Barrett, former Ceann Comhairle and Minister joined us in studio... Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on this is Barry Cowen, he’s in a meeting at the moment but we’ll be speaking to him later in the show.
A Woman's Work - Harriet Harman
Harriet Harman is the longest-serving female MP in the House of Commons and has been a prominent champion of women's rights for almost four decades.
She helped make the Labour Party electable, served as a minister under both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, pushed through a great deal of reforming legislation.
She looks back on her political career in a memoir entitled A Woman's Work.
She will be in conversation with Rachael English at Mountains To Sea on Sunday March 12th at 4.30pm. Tickets available here.
Later today, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny will make a statement in the Dáil, formally recognising the ethnicity of the Travelling community for the first time.
The move is being hailed as a historically significant day by members of the Travelling community, who have been campaigning for the recognition for decades. Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has been part of that campaign.
He joined us from the Dáil studio.
Barry Cowen on Water Charges
Now, returning to the Water debacle between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail.
Barry Cowen, Fianna Fail’s Spokesperson on Housing, Planning & Local Government, which encompasses the Water System, and also a member of the Oireachtas Water Committee joined us on the line.
President Trump Speech to Congress
“The renewal of the American spirit”, that was the message that President Donald Trump gave to America last night during his first speech to Congress.
For more, we were joined by Suzanne Lynch, Washington Correspondent for the Irish Times and in studio by Graham Finlay, Lecturer in Politics at UCD.