A look back at the week's happenings in the world of politics.
Runtime: 60 minutes
The Week in Politics - The Week in Politics - Netflix
The Week in Politics is an Irish news and current affairs programme broadcast on RTÉ One and RTÉ News Now. It is presented by Sean O'Rourke, occasionally by David McCullagh or Bryan Dobson. In its original format in 1996 it was hosted by Caroline Erskine and Seán Duignan. The programme reflects on the political week, with interviews and discussions. The majority of guests are politicians who are Teachtaí Dála or Irish Senators. The programme is broadcast live at noon on Sunday and is repeated throughout the day on RTÉ News Now and its traditional late night slot on RTÉ One. The programme moved from its late night slot to midday in January 2013. The programme also has reports from RTÉ News and Current Affairs reporters.
The Week in Politics - Seanad controversy - Netflix
Fine Gael by-election candidate, George Lee caused controversy in May 2009 when he called for the abolition of Seanad Éireann on The Week in Politics after hearing that the senators only sat for forty days and cancelled one session to pursue a round of golf. Lee is a former employee of RTÉ, having served as their chief economics editor for years before announcing his decision to seek election. The Irish Independent suggested Lee displayed “a lack of basic political knowledge” as Dáil Éireann sits for just one extra day. Lee called the controversial golf session “an absolute outrage” on the show and, when prompted further on his views, said: “I really couldn't be bothered if they [the senators] were shut down, it's a disgrace”. Members of his own party were said to be “furious” at Lee's remarks, with one unnamed senator saying it was an “attack... born out of ignorance... does he want to close down the Dáil, too?”. Maurice Cummins described the Seanad as the “whipping boy” of Irish politics and Frances Fitzgerald asked Lee to read over the party's policy on the matter.
The Week in Politics - References - Netflix