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  • The family of a man who was shot in Castlebar six years ago will appeal for information about his death on RTE’s Crimecall tonight.

     

    Owen Maughan (29) was shot outside a service station close to his home in Castlebar on the 18th of December 2013.

     

    He died from his injuries later that night, leaving his wife a widow just one week before Christmas.

     

    Despite an extensive investigation, no-one has been charged with his murder.

     

    Owen’s wife Anne and father Seamus will appear on tonight's show from 9:35pm, appealing to anyone with information about his murder to contact Gardaí.

  • After 45 years in the Dail, former Taoiseach and former Mayo TD Enda Kenny will present a new TV show starting next week in which he explores Ireland's long-abandoned railway routes.

    Iarnród Enda is a 6-part series in the Irish language, starting on Monday evening next at 8.30pm on RTE One television.

    Described as a celebration of people, landscape and belonging, the new series showcases Enda Kenny's search for pointers to the future among echoes of the past, as he sets out in search of the long-abandoned railway routes of Ireland.

    The first episode on Monday evening is from Waterford to Dungarvan.

     

  • RTÉ has found a satirical sketch about God that aired on New Year's Eve did not meet a number of its own standards and regulations.

    Its Editorial Standards Board says the piece, which depicted God as a rapist, caused undue offence and failed to respect people's religious beliefs.

    The sketch is to be removed from the RTE Player, while the broadcaster will also carry a public statement and apology.

    Director General of RTE Dee Forbes has fully apologised for their failure to comply with the relevant guidelines and obligations.

    Parish Priest of Knock Fr. Richard Gibbons has this evening welcomed the apology after he strongly condemned  the sketch in his homily on Sunday morning's mass which was broadcast on Midwest Radio.

     

  • There have been calls for an investigation into the case of three girls who were abused at a foster home in Co Galway.

    The case has raised serious questions about how the HSE responded to the initial reports of abuse.

    The victims also say they are distraught at what they see as the lenient sentence given to their abuser, and they will appear in an RTE Investigates report, to be broadcast on Prime Time tonight.

    The women have waived their right to anonymity to name their abuser as 29 year old Keith Burke of Addergoolemore in Dunmore.

    Last July, he was convicted following a nine-day trial - he was found guilty on 23 sample charges, including rape, sexual assault and buggery.

    Earlier this month, Mr Burke was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years for the rape charges and concurrent terms of six-and-a half years and five years for the remaining charges. The final year was suspended.

    The three girls in care were aged under ten at the time of the abuse, which occurred between 2003 and 2007.

    The full RTÉ Investigates report, “Fostered and Failed”, will be broadcast tonight on Prime Time on RTÉ One television at 9.35pm.

     

     

     

     

     

  • RTÉ broadcaster and journalist Sean O'Rourke has announced he is to retire next month.

    A graduate of NUI Galway, he began working as a journalist with the Connacht Tribune in 1973 and later joined the Irish Press.

    He began his broadcasting career with RTÉ in the 1980s and has presented Morning Ireland, This Week and News at One, as well as The Week in Politics.

    He started presenting Today with Sean O'Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1 in 2013.

    In 2011, Sean was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws from his alma mater, NUI Galway.

    This morning, he announced that, as he's due to turn 65 in May, he will be retiring from his job on RTE Radio One on Friday 8th May.

  • President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to writer, broadcaster and journalist Liam Mac Con Iomaire, who has died at the age of 81.

    A native of Casla in the Connemara Gaeltacht, he worked as a primary school teacher before starting work in RTE in 1968, where he was a journalist and sub-editor in the newsroom, and Nuacht reader.

    He was appointed as Director of the Modern Irish Language Laboratory in UCD in 1979, where he taught until his retirement in 1996. 

    He was a noted translator and also wrote a number of books.

    President Higgins said Mr Mac Con Iomaire had a huge influence on Irish culture.

    He was predeceased by his daughter Nuala and survived by his wife Bairbre, daughter  Máirín and four sons, grandchildren and extended family.

    His funeral Mass will take place tomorrow at 12 noon in Foxrock, Dublin followed by burial in Deansgrange Cemtery.