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    Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 8 October 2015


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


    Election Fever

    The political temperature has certainly jumped a few degrees in the past couple of days as budget speculation collides with a November elecetion looking increasingly likely. It all makes for some very interesting weeks ahead. 

    On the line this morning was Michael Ring, Minister for Transport, Sport and Tourism and Labour TD for Clare Michael McNamara and editor of the Irish Independent Fionnan Sheahan joined Sean in studio.


    Property Repossessions

    Hundreds of home repossession cases are before the courts again after the summer break, with sittings taking place in several counties. Yesterday and today there are well in excess of 100 cases listed for Cork Circuit Court and our reporter Brian O’Connell sat in on yesterday’s proceedings.

    Contact Brian here.


    Rental Proposals

    We've featured several people in recent weeks who have found themselves homeless, living in hotelsand temporary accommodation as a result of the homeless crisis. Evelyn O'Rourke has been bringing us these stories and this morning we heard a short summary of those before being joined in studio by Senator Catherine Zappone and Fintan McNamara, of the Residential Landlords Association.


    Thirteen Ways of Looking – Colum McCann

    One of Ireland’s best known writers, his novel, Transatlantic  was long listed for the Man Booker Prize in 2013, while Let the Great World Spin won the National Book Award in the US. 

    His novels and collections of short stories frequently appear on best seller lists around the world. Colum McCann has just published his latest collection of short stories Thirteen Ways of Looking and he joined Sean in studio.


    Mindfulness in Politics

    The House of Commons is not usually the kind of place you would associate with deep breathing and mediation.

    But believe it or not, my next guest has introduced mindfulness to Westminster, encouraging MPs and Lords to take some time out from their stressful lives.

    The program has since been credited with influencing policy decisions and similar programs are being rolled out in governments and other organisations around the world including our own NUI Galway.

    Former UK Labour MP Chris Ruane joined Sean from our Galway studio.


    Music: Enya

    It's been a while since we've heard from her, seven years in fact.

    After 75 million sales, four Grammy Awards, six World Music Awards and seven studio albums ENYA will embark upon a new chapter in her spectacular career with the release of her new album, Dark Sky Island on November 20th. 

    For its first play on Irish radio, the album's first single - Echoes in Rain.


    Dr. Tiede Herrema

    It could be said that the man in front of me has lived a charmed life, though he endured a harrowing experience in 1975 when he hit the headlines as a hostage who endured a month long kidnap ordeal.

    Forty years later, Dr. Tiede Herrema has put the past well behind him and lives a full life, running, cycling and playing golf in Arnhem, Holland where he lives with his wife Elisabeth.

    Both Dr Herrema and his wife Elisabeth joined Sean in studio.

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