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    Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 17 December 2014

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    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.

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    ECB and the Banking Inquiry

    The Oireachtas Banking Inquiry which began in the past half hour received a major blow last night when it was confirmed that the ECB will not be appearing before it. The ECB said in a letter to committee chairman Ciaran Lynch that “ the ECB doesnt see itself in a position to participate in inquiries conducted by national parliaments”..

    Sean spoke to Fianna Fáil Senator Marc Mc Sharry who is a member of the Banking Inquiry and Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes.

    Read More: ECB letter: full text of correspondence from Mario Draghi to Ciarán Lynch The Irish Times, 16th Dec 2014

    Minister Leo Varadkar/Abortion Law

    Brian Dowling was in studio to discuss Varadkar's statement on abortion laws in Ireland.

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    Christmas Vegetables and Hospital Food

    The turkey and ham are the main features for the Christmas feast but it’s important not to overlook the vegetables...and I’m joined now by a man who can share his top tips for the sprouts and the roast spuds.

    Oliver Dunne of the Michelin starred Bon Appetit Restaurant in Malahide and Cleaver East restaurant in Temple Bar joined Sean in studio to discuss Christmas veg and his upcoming meeting with Minister for Health Leo Varadkar this Friday to discuss improving the food served to patients in hospitals.

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    Banking Inquiry Update

    The long-awaited banking inquiry has begun its public hearings in the Dail this morning and the first person to be called is Peter Nyberg, the Finnish finance expert who wrote the Nyberg Report in 2011. Ciaran Hancock, Finance Correspondent with the Irish Times has been following proceedings. He reminds us who Peter Nyberg is and what is his role in the Inquiry is.

    Read More: Will Irish banking inquiry provide the answers that people need? Ciaran Hancock, The Irish Times, 16th Dec 2014

    Read More: Key questions in banking inquiry won’t be asked until April Ciaran Hancock, The Irish Times, 16th Dec 2014

    Read More: The Banking Inquiry: our first chance to hear directly from those caught up in the crash Arthur Beesley, The Irish Times, 16th Dec 2014

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    Russia: Dramatic Fall in Value of the Rouble

    After a period of crisis, the Russian rouble went into freefall yesterday. On the streets of Moscow, citizens flocked to appliance stores, desperate to offload their currency. Companies like Apple and Volvo are now refusing to trade because they don’t know how much to charge for their goods.

    Critics say the crisis was caused by Russia’s Central Bank effectively printing money to help out Vladimir Putin’s business allies. Joining Sean on the line this morning was Edward Lucas, Senior Editor atThe Economist, and author of ‘The New Cold War, Putin’s Russia and the Threat to the West’.

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    Sports Book of the Year

    There are just a few days of shopping time left now before Christmas is upon us and if you’re stuck for some gift ideas, the bookshop is always a good place to start. Today er took a look at some of the great sports books on offer this year.

    Joining Sean with their recommended reads were Sports Writer with The Sunday Independent, Paul Kimmage, GAA journalist, Orla Bannon and Frank McNally of The Irish Times.

    The Bloodied Field, Michael Foley

    Fields of Fire, Damien Lawlor

    Dalo: The Autobiography, Anthony Daly

    In My Own Words, Paul Galvin

    Night Games, Anna Krien

    Cycle of Lies, Juliet Macur

    Rugby, Ou Sont tes Valeurs, Laurent Benezech

    The Second Half, Roy Keane

    KP: The Autobiography, Kevin Pietersen

    The Test: My Autography, Brian O’Driscoll

    For further detail on these books see here

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