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    Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 30 November 2015


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    Climate Change Conference

    The Taoiseach Enda Kenny will address the 21st UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris this morning, he has warned that Ireland faces increasing pressures from Europe to get its climate change house in order. 

    Paris, is already a city on high alert, it's currently in the midst of a State of Emergency and the arrival of 147 Heads of State has added to security tensions in the city. A peaceful protest at the conference quickly turned violent with tear gas being used to disperse the crowd. So against this backdrop, what can we expect from the Conference? 

    On the line from Paris was Paul Melia of the Irish Independent, and Elaine Cobbe of CBS News and in studio was leader of the Green Party Eamon Ryan. 


    Former Labour Party Cllr now Fine Gael Candidate

    Now, in last year’s local elections, Labour Party Councillor Noel McCarthy topped the Fermoy area poll, with 20 percent of the vote, and more than three and a half thousand first preferences.

    It was one of very few success stories for Labour at the time, but that victory has turned to loss for the party, as McCarthy announced on Saturday that he will be added to the Fine Gael ticket for Cork East in the General Election.

    Noel McCarthy joined us from our Cork studio and Pat Leahy of the Sunday Business Post was on the line.


    Imposter Syndrome

    'Fake it til you make it’ is a mantra often rolled out to get through the working day without hiccup ... but the whole notion of Imposter Syndrome is one that has come under the spotlight of late, with high profile individuals like Sheryl Sandberg, Emma Watson, Kate Winslet, Denzel Washington all admitting to such feelings .. even in later life Albert Einstein confided how ill at ease he was with his reputation ...

    So how aware are we of the concept of Imposter Syndrome? And despite the anxiety it may cause can it be an asset in the pursuit of personal gain?

    Ian Robertson, Professor of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, joined Sean this morning.


    National Ambulance Service

    Just a few short months ago, the National Ambulance Service received a major face lift when it moved to its new home in Tallaght.

    For the first time, response centres from across the country have been centralised in one place. They have also developed a new ambulance with state of the art technology which aims to deliver better outcomes for patients.

    Evelyn O’Rourke went along to find out more.


    Encouraging Tourism Figures

    Well it might be wet and windy across the country this morning but despite our challenging climate, 2015 looks set to be the best ever year for Irish tourism.

    And according to figures from the all-island body Tourism Ireland, it is expected that more than 8 million tourists will visit Ireland in 2016.

    So what are the reasons for this surge in Ireland’s appeal, and can we sustain it?

    Noelle O'Connor is a Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management at the Limerick Institute of Technology and she joined Sean this morning. 


    Driverless Electric Cars

    Electric cars have been around since the late 19th century, but they have never matched the appeal of cars run on either petrol or diesel.

    That is all set to change as the most popular cars on the market in the coming decades are likely to be both electric and driverless. 

    The question is, is Ireland ready for electric, driverless cars, how do they work, are they safe? and how will they potentially make our lives better? 

    To explain all this morning was our science and technology correspondent Sean Duke.


    Plan to target repeat offenders

    This morning a new programme has been launched to target repeat offenders. The joint agency response to crime involves an Garda Siochana, The Prison Service and the Probation Service working together to try and stop criminals leaving prison and returning to crime. 

    Joining us from the launch was Michael Donnellan, director general of the Prison Service.


    Weekend Sport

    A new heavyweight boxing champ, big wins in rugby for Connacht and Leinster , and all the Premier League action but first it was a day of passion and upset at club level in the GAA yesterday not least in Tipperary.

    To take a look back at the weekend was Damian Lawlor of the Sunday Independent and Cliona Foley, freelance sports writer. 

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