Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 20 January 2017

Today with Sean O'Rourke

Today with Sean O'Rourke

The mid-morning current affairs magazine with the stories of the day, sharp analysis, sports coverage, in-depth features and consumer interest.

Martin McGuinness Retires from Politics

Martin McGuinness Retires from Politics

Tributes continue to be paid to Martin McGuinness who announced yesterday that he would not be seeking re-election to Stormont.

Mr McGuinness said he had to focus his energy on his recovery from a serious illness.

With us this morning was Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin, on the line Ian Paisley Junior DUP MP for North Antrim and also on the line Sinn Féin MLA for North Belfast Gerry Kelly

Trump Inauguration

Trump Inauguration

To look ahead to the Presidential inauguration, we were joined by Gina London, former CNN Washington correspondent, Larry Donnelly, Law lecturer in NUIG, Joe Caulfied, PRO Trump supporter, and David Fitzgerald, UCD professor.

And while numbers attending may not match Obama’s inauguration in 2009, and celebrities may be thin on the ground, but there is no doubting the fascination with the inauguration of President-elect Donald J Trump today in Washington. Simon Carswell of the Irish Times is in Washington joined us.

Recovery in the Economy

Recovery in the Economy

The economy is beginning to recover, but the housing market continues to have major issues, primarily.....low supply, high demand and a lack of affordable housing....

The developer Michael O’Flynn has bounced back from a bitter court case to regain control of his companies and he joined us this morning.

Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Merite

Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Merite

A French woman who made Cork her home thirty years ago is to be honoured for her work in the artisan food business this evening.  Isabelle Sheridan is the owner of On The Pig’s Back – a market stall in the English Market and a café in Douglas. She joined us this morning.

The Gathering

The Gathering

Now, time for our usual Friday Gathering, and joining us in studio was Niamh Hourigan, Head of the Department of Sociology at University College Cork, Jim Daly, Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, Mick Barry, Anti-Austerity Alliance People Before Profit TD for Cork North Central and Ralph Riegel, Southern Correspondent with the Irish Independent.

For all the talk of commitments... aims... and hopes... that were in Theresa May’s Brexit speech on Tuesday, in relation to the border between North and South on this island, the concern is that when it really comes to crunch time, we’re going to be an after-thought in the negotiations.

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