Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 21 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.

Bus Éireann

Bus Éireann

Talks between Bus Éireann and unions adjourned last night without resolution, as the sides bid to avoid industrial action over cost-saving measures proposed by the company...

Economist Moore McDowell and Dermot O’Leary, General Secretary of the NBRU, joined Sean in studio...

We also spoke to Robert Troy, Fianna Fáil’s Transport spokesperson and Mattie McGrath, Independent TD for Tipperary.

 

Children's Rights Alliance

Children's Rights Alliance

This morning the Children’s Rights Alliance will release their annual report card on how the government has performed.

Over the last five years the government received a Grade C in children’s rights but has the situation improved?

Tanya Ward is CEO of the Children’s Rights Alliance and she joined us in studio this morning.

Kilkenny/Waterford Boundary

Kilkenny/Waterford Boundary

A report last week by the Waterford Boundary Committee recommended a change in boundaries that would see Waterford expand to the north. This change would affect 4,500 people in south Kilkenny, and has drawn strong criticism from the marble county with allegations of a land grab and loss of identity.

Yesterday, our reporter Brian O’Connell was in the south east region and heard from both sides.

Death of Cardinal Desmond Connell

Death of Cardinal Desmond Connell

The death is announced of Cardinal Desmond Connell.  Born in 1926, he was Archbishop of Dublin from to 1988 until 2004 and Cardinal since 2001.    

Joe Little took us through the life and times of Cardinal Desmond Connell.

Wills with Tim Bracken

Wills with Tim Bracken

Barrister and Probate expert Tim Bracken spoke to us this morning on the importance of making a will and the beneficiaries of a will and their rights. Tim begins with the duty of care.

Fermoy District Court

Fermoy District Court

Paddy O'Gorman visits Fermoy District Court.

Book: The Good People

Book: The Good People

A few years ago, while trawling through old newspaper clippings researching what would become her award-winning debut novel, Burial Rites, Australian author Hannah Kent came across something that caught her eye.

It was a story in an old English newspaper of a murder trial in County Kerry in 1826, involving a woman who put forward a most unusual defence.

That clipping eventually led Kent to Ireland and to writing her second novel, The Good People, which has just been released and is also our book of the month. Straight off the plane, Hannah Kent joined us in studio this morning.

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Suicide

Oliver Doonan tells the story of his son's suicide.

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