Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 22 February 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.

Fine Gael Parliamentary Party Meeting

Fine Gael Parliamentary Party Meeting

It's D-Day for Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Will he stay or will he go?  It’s expected that the Taoiseach will make an announcement at a meeting of the Fine Gael parliamentary party later about his plans to step down as party leader. Brian Dowling, of our Political staff, joined us in studio.

The Road Traffic Minimum Passing Distance

The Road Traffic Minimum Passing Distance

Your reaction to this next story may depend on whether you’re  thinking about it from a cyclist or a driver’s perspective..

Later today the Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty and Fine Gael TD for Galway East Ciaran Cannon will publish a bill called the Road Traffic Minimum Passing Distance of Cyclists Bill 2017. If the bill makes it to law then a driver who’s driving too close to a cyclist will face an €80 fine and have three penalty points slapped on their license. Ciaran Cannon joined us.

Kilkenny Group Row

Kilkenny Group Row

It’s not uncommon for conflicts to plague family-run businesses, however when it involves one of the most high-profile companies in the country, matters are further complicated by being played out in the public eye.

The Kilkenny Group, best known for its eleven flagship stores selling luxury goods across the country, also operates an online outlet and cafes. However it is now making headlines for the bitter family feud playing out in the courts...

Dearbhail McDonald, Group Business Editor with Independent News and Media joined us this morning.

 

The Readers' Voice

The Readers' Voice

The Laureate for Fiction - Anne Enright - in collaboration with Today with Seán O’Rourke and the Arts Council and the library system is touring the libraries of Ireland - it’s all about connecting readers with authors and using the libraries as the meeting point.

The series is called The Readers’ Voice.  Christine Dwyer Hickey was the first author featured in the series and over the next few months we’ll be bringing you five more authors and five more books as chosen by Anne Enright. You can also go out and meet those authors in libraries around the country.

The second author in the series is Bernard MacLaverty, author of Cal and Lamb. But today they discussed his 1997 novel Grace Notes. 

Oireachtas Transport Committee

Oireachtas Transport Committee

Anne Graham CEO of the National Transport Authority was before the Oireachtas Transport Committee earlier this morning. We spoke to Greg Ennis, SIPTU divisional organiser this morning.

Bus Routes Considered for Closure

Bus Routes Considered for Closure

Paddy O'Gorman has been speaking to users of some of the bus routes that are being considered for closure. He based himself in Bus Áras where two of the three routes operate from.

Irishman - 11 Times Oscar Winner

Irishman - 11 Times Oscar Winner

The pomp and circumstance of the annual Academy Awards takes place this weekend, and nobody does pomp and circumstance like the Hollywood glitterati.

If you havent heard of Cedric Gibbons, thats probably not a big surprise.  But our colleague Olan McGowan joined us in studio this morning to share his story.

TUSLA at the Children and Youth Affairs Committee

TUSLA at the Children and Youth Affairs Committee

To Leinster House and the latest surrounding the child and family agency... The CEO of TUSLA Fred McBride has appeared before the Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs.

This comes in the aftermath of the agency apologising to Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.

Harry McGee, Irish Times’ political correspondent, joined us from our Dáil studio.

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