Wednesday 17th January

Changing Your Will

According to Tim Bracken there is something else we should focus on this time of year and that is our wills, something not usually high on our priority lists. Tim Bracken Barrister and Author of the Probate Handbook and spoke to the programme.


‘New Year and new you’ is the kind of headline we see on magazines, at bus stops, and ads on billboards everywhere this time of year. Evelyn O’Rourke done research some of the more unusual and quirky exercises classes that might be a bit more appealing and she joined Sean O'Rourke this morning

Retiring to the Sun

Packing up and moving abroad later in life is not without its drawbacks and new changes by Revenue are now making it more difficult.. Munro O’Dwyer, Price Waterhouse Coopers Patrick Murphy, retirementplanning.ie spoke to the programme.

'Ditch Your Plastic at the Dáil'

The EU has launched an ambitious strategy to combat plastic waste, the plan includes measures to ensure every piece of packaging on the continent is reusable or recyclable by 2030. It also aims to reduce single use plastic materials such as straws and coffee cups.

Coping with a Cancer Diagnosis in the Family

By the year 2020 one in two people in Ireland will be given a cancer diagnosis at some point in their lifetime according to the National Cancer Registry. Dr. Harry Barry and psychotherapist Enda Murphy spoke to Sean O'Rourke in studio this morning.

Center Parcs Longford

In the summer of 2019, the doors are expected to open on a 400-acre...500-lodge resort, in Ballymahon, County Longford. You might remember the announcement, this is of course the Center Parcs development, and the Chief Executive Officer of Center Parcs, Martin Dalby joined Sean O'Rourke in studio this morning to discuss the plan.

Kerry Babies

The Gardaí apologised yesterday to Joanne Hayes following their handling of the Kerry babies case in 1985. Dr Geraldine O’Donnell, Director of DNA at Forensic Science Ireland and Donal Hickey, a journalist joined Sean O'Rourke

Tuesday 16th January

Your Way to a Longer, Healthier Life

A revolutionary, yet simple guide to better health from the star of BBC1's Doctor in the House. In The Four Pillar Plan, Dr Rangan Chatterjee presents an easily accessible plan for taking control of your health and your life.

John Mulryan MD Ballymore Group

John Mulryan is the managing director of the Ballymore Group. The Ballymore Group are responsible for developing the United States' new embassy in London. Following President Trump's tweet last week that he was cancelling his planned trip to London to open the new embassy because he was unhappy with its cost and location.

Kerry Babies

It was a case that gripped the nation in the 1980s and it started with the body of a male infant with multiple stab wounds in Cahirciveen in Co Kerry. Despite a murder investigation and a tribunal lasting 82 days we still don't know what happened to baby John and who his parents were.  Michael O'Regan joined Sean O'Rourke thins morning.

Should Sulky Racing Be Banned In Ireland?

'We have to get real, it's time to end the kid gloves approach' says Mattie McGrath, the indeoendent TD for Tipperary.  He is talking about sulky racing, and a new law he has proposed to crack down on it.  Martin Collins, the Co-Director of Pavee Point, and Deputy McGrath debated this with Sean O'ROurke in studio this morning.

Sentencing policy for serious crimes in Ireland

Four and a half years ago, Kathleen Chada received news no parent should ever have to hear... her two sons, Eoghan –aged 10, and Ruairí - aged five, had been found dead in the boot of a car after a single car crash. Sanjeev Chada was given two life sentences for the murders. Kathleen joined Sean O'Rourke in studio this morning.

The Death of Dolores O'Riordan

Dolores O’Riordan’s death in London yesterday morning left a lot of music fans stunned.  She was an iconic figure in Irish music, but along with her bandmates, she was also an international figure. Brian Boyd of the Irish Times, 2FM's Louise McSharry and Niamh Farrell, the singer with HamSandwich remembered Dolores O'Riordan this morning.

Monday 15th January

Weekend Sport

After a big weekend of sporting action, RTÉ sports presenter, Damien Lawlor, Former Armagh footballer, Enda McNulty, and freelance sports writer Clíona Foley all joined Sean O'Rourke in studio to reflect on all the weekend's excitement.

Social Housing Figures

Minster for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy has released figures for housing delivery for 2017.  . Architect Mel Reynolds spoke to Sean O'Rourke on the line this morning.

CAO - Decision Time For Students

With just a week to go before the closing date for the application to the CAO, students around the country are finalising their choices or perhaps in a panic about what choice to make.  Career Guidance Counselor Brian Mooney joined Sean O'Rourke in studio to offer his advice to students.


If you’re off to the airport today keep in mind that Ryanair’s new baggage rules take effect this morning. The changes mean passengers will no longer be able to take a large cabin bag on board unless they have paid upfront for priority boarding. Eoghan Corry, Editor of Travel Extra joins Sean O'Rourke on the line to discuss the new rules.

Sick Leave

The flu epidemic has really taken hold this winter and with that comes a rise in the number of people calling in sick to work. David Fagan, Employment Lawyer and Director of Business Legal joined Sean O'Rourke in studio this morning to discuss exactly what your rights are when it comes to sick leave.

Fine Gael Parliamentary Meeting

The Dáil returns this week after the Christmas break with the abortion issue dominating the agenda. Meanwhile the Fine Gael parliamentary party are meeting today to discuss the report of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution. Sarah Bardon is political reporter with The Irish Times and she spoke to Seán this morning.

Carillion Collapse

Carillion, one of the biggest construction companies in the UK, has been placed into 'compulsory liquidation' this morning. The firm employs 20,000 workers and has been involved in major construction projects all around the world. The future of those projects are now unclear. Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fáil's education spokesmanspoke to Seán.

Investigation for 'Molly'

There are over four hundred and seventy children with disabilities in foster care in this country, some of whom have very complex needs. Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children who investigated the complaint and has released his findings today joined Sean O'Rourke in studio this morning.

Sinn Féin MP Barry McElduff Resigns

Following the controversy surrounding the Kingsmill massacre, Sinn Féin MP for West Tyrone, Barry McElduff, announced his immediate resignation this morning.  RTÉ's Northern Editor Tommie Gorman joined the programme with the latest on the announcement this morning.

Friday 12th January

The Friday Gathering

Peter Burke, F.G. TD Longford Westmeath, Peadar Toibin, S.F. TD Meath West, Dearbhail McDonald, Group Business Editor Independent News and Media, Sinead O'Carroll, News Editor TheJournal.ie

Ennis District Court

Paddy O'Gorman

German Coalition Talks

Alan Hall, Daily Mail Berlin Correspondent

Spring Clean Your Phone

Elayne Devlin

Outgoing SIPTU General President

Jack O'Connor

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Michael Wolff, Author

Thursday 11th January

Online Responsibility

Ellen Tannam, Data and Policy Reporter Silicon Republic

Family Courts

Evelyn O'Rourke

Blood Pressure

Dr. Maire Finn, GP

Facebook Case

Pearse MacDermott, McCann & McCann Solicitors, Belfast

Dublin's New Nord Anglia School

Paul Crute, Principal

Owen Keegan Dublin City Council Chief Executive

Owen Keegan

Abortion Referendum

Dr. Laura Cahillane, University of Limerick, Kevin Doyle, Group Political Editor, INM

Wednesday 10th January

The Everyday Hero Award

Kathleen O'Meara

Chris Bonnington: Ascent, A Life Spent Climbing On The Edge

Chris Bonington

The State Pathologist

Evelyn O'Rourke

Barry McElduff's Social Media Video

Colin Worton

Gender Pay Gap

Emily Logan, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, Kara McGann, IBEC, Sonya Lennon, Founder of Dress for Success Dublin

Whiplash, Motor Insurance, and lawyers

Nicholas Kearns

Inquiry Into The Murder Of Brian Stack

Austin Stack

Tuesday 9th January

Ski Holidays

Fionn Davenport

The Strength Switch

Dr. Lea Waters, Author

Balbriggan Car Boot Sale

Paddy O'Gorman

North and South Korea Talks

Oliver Hotham, Managing Editor, NK News, Seoul

Buying A Car

Anton Savage

College Green Plaza

Cllr. Paddy Smyth, Dublin City Council, Richard Guiney, CEO Dublin Town

Hospital Overcrowding

Dr. James Gray, Tallaght Hospital

Monday 8th January

Weekend Sport

Damian Lawlor and Orla Bannon

James Brokenshire Resignation

Amanda Ferguson, Freelance Journalist, Tomme Gorman, RTE

Collapse in Teacher Training Numbers

Brian Mooney

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