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    Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 28 January 2015


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    Aer Lingus

    IAG has made its move and now it’s up to the big shareholders including the Government and Ryanair to decide if Aer Lingus is to be sold off. It’s expected that no decision will be made for a number of months.

    Economist David McWilliams was in studio this morning, in his column in today’s Irish Independent he writes about the disparity between reality and perception. On one hand we like flying Aer Lingus but on the other hand we forget that it only flies 9 million passengers while Ryanair flies 90.

    Read More: Aer Lingus needs to think about global trends in air travel - not local concerns, David McWilliams, Independent, 28th Jan 2015


    The Fate of Footballers

    Ask any young boy – and many young girls - what they want to be when they grow up and a fairly high percentage will say they dream of being a professional footballer, to be spotted and signed up and play with the club they’ve adored since they first started watching Match of the Day.

    The reality of club life for young footballers however is a challenging one, with pressure to perform, worry about contract renewals and many games sat out on the bench.

    Dr Tim Prescott has supervised new research into the fate of footballers across a number of English and Scottish Clubs and he joined Sean on the line now from Teeside University in England.

    In studio, former Millwall and Republic of Ireland player, Richie Sadlier and in our Cork studio Shane O’Connor, who was signed for Liverpool as a teenager and also played with Ipswich Town for three years before returning home spoke to Sean.

    Rockmount AFC, where Shane O'Connor is a member, run their own Academy at Rockmount Park in Cork every Sunday morning at 10am. For more information call 087 6873378.

    View their website here.


    Labour Party Meeting

    Labour ministers and TDs will meet with Tanaiste Joan Burton today to voice concerns about the potential sale of the State's share in Aer Lingus.

    Joining Sean on the line was Labour TD for Dublin Central, Joe Costello.


    New Central Bank Mortgage Rules

    First-time house buyers may have been spared the worst of strict new lending rules introduced by the Central Bank, but many borrowers will still have to come up with bigger deposits before they can buy a house.

    The new limits could also make it more difficult for families in cities to buy a house compared to those in rural areas.

    The Governor of the Central Bank Patrick Honohan says the new limits on mortgage lending will help to ensure a stable and well-functioning market.

    Karl Deeter of the Irish Mortgage Brokers and Ronan Lyons, Assistant Professor of Economics at Trinity College spoke to Sean this morning.

    Read More: New mortgage rules allow relief for first-time buyers, Cliff Tayler, Irish Times, 28th Jan 2015


    Play: Heroin

    This month, a play called Heroin will take to stages around the towns and cities of Ireland. The show charts the social history of heroin in Ireland from the 1960s up to the modern day. It also includes a specially ‘designed’ audience. 

    Playwright Grace Dyas, wrote this play in 2010, she spoke to Sean about the play and what prompted her to write it.

    Heroin begins its national tour this Friday and will tour Belfast, Downpatrick, Galway, Cork, Waterford and Portlaoise. For more information visit their website.


    Academy Street, Mary Costello

    It’s time now for our book club and this month we’ve been reading Mary Costello’s award-winning debut novel Academy Street. The book tells the story of Tess, from her time growing up in the west of Ireland in the 1940s and then later as an emigrant in New York City.

    In studio to review this morning were author Sinead Moriarty; Ger Colleran, columnist with The Irish Star; Natasha Fennel, Director of Stillwater Communications; and author and lecturer Eibhear Walshe.

    Academy Street is published by Canongate, €15.99.

    Our book club choice for February is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, read along with us and let us know what you make of it by emailing with Book Club in the subject box.

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