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    Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 22 May 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.

    Banks and Interest Rates

    In a statement, the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said that following his meetings with six banks, they have agreed to reduce mortage payments for variable customers by July.

    To discuss this Sean was joined in studio by Brendan Burgess, of Ask About and Charlie Weston, personal finance editor with the Irish Independent. 


    Adult Orthodontics

    Getting braces is something we usually associate with children or young teenagers but more and more adults in Ireland are now trying to get the perfect smile.  People into their seventies are looking for straight and pearly white teeth. So what are the do’s and don’ts for adults seeking treatment.

    Joining Sean in studio are Ronan Perry, specialist orthodontist from the Irish  Dental Association and I’m also joined by a young woman, Rebecca, who opted for ‘quick fix’ dental treatment 3 years ago.


    Fighting Words

    He may be known for his prizewinning novels but when he's not writing Roddy Doyle is busy helping students find their own writing voice in his Fighting Words project.

    One group of students have just published a book of their short stories, which they wrote over the course of their transition year and Edel Coffey went along to the book launch last Monday night and she joined Sean in studio.

    Visit their website here.

    it’s not just for school children, they do adult workshops too so if you want more information the best place to start with is their website or you can call them on (01) 8944576. And if you’d like to volunteer with them you can get in touch the same way.


    Dunnes Stores Closing Branch in Gorey

    Betty Dillon of Mandate Trade Union and Dick White, CEO of Gorey Chamber of Commerce spoke to Sean on what they knew so far on the immediate closure of Gorey's Dunnes Stores branch in Gorey last night. 

    Staff at Dunnes Stores Gorey, which employs approx 100 staff were told that the store was closing until further notice. Betty Dillon told Sean that there has been no confirmation of lay offs but that there could be up to 100 redundancies should the store close permanently.


    Luis Figo and FIFA Presidency

    Soccer star, Luis Figo, declared he was the man to unseat Sepp Blatter and lead FIFA.

    But now, he has withdrawn and called the current regime a dictatorship and that the presidential race was anything but an election.

    Eamon Dunphy joined Sean on the line.

    Read More: Luis Figo quits Fifa race with scathing attack on Sepp Blatter's 'dictatorship', Ben Rumsby The Telegraph, 21 May 2015

    Read More: Luis Figo launches Fifa presidency manifesto by saying World Cups could be staged over two continents, Ben Rumsby, The Telegraph, 19th Feb 2015



    Dementia describes a range of conditions that cause damage to our brain. I can affect memory, thinking, language and our ability to perform everyday tasks. A pilot project in South Tipperary has been one of four nationally to look at new ways of helping persons living with dementia remain at home for longer. Our reporter Brian O’Connell met with some of those being helped by the project.

    Contact Brian here


    The Gathering

    Now, for a look back at ‘the week that was’, it’s our Friday Gathering. Dominating the news pages this week was the visit of Charles and Camilla, and his speech on Mullaghmore, crisis in the HSE as safety scandals put senior officials under pressure plus the Junior Cycle impasse seems to have been broken, and our banks are in the spotlight as Michael Noonan met the current players, while the Banking Inquiry quizzed their predecessors.

    And as you’re all aware, it’s voting day so our discussion will have to be slightly more circumspect than usual.

    On today’s panel, Simon Harris, Fine Gael Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Mary Hanafin, Fianna Fail councillor and former Education Minister, Brenda Power, columnist with the Sunday Times and Brian Dowling, RTE’s political correspondent.

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