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    Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 6 January 2014


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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.


    Limerick City of Culture

    Limerick's designation as the first National City of Culture has attracted huge controversy in rcent days and weeks, culminating in the resignation yesterday of Limerick City of Culture CEO Patricia Ryan.

    It is the fourth resignation from the controversial project, with Ms. Ryan's resignation following that of artistic director Karl Wallace and two of his programming staff.

    At a dramatic meeting last Friday night, upwards of 500 members of the local community expressed their views, amid attempts to prevent the media from attending.  Sean spoke to Brian O'Connell starting with the resignation of the CEO Patricia Ryan and reaction from some of those in the artistic and wider community about what's ahead for the City of Culture.


    Weather Update

    We heard earlier from Pat McGrath RTE’s Western correspondent about how Salthill has been affected by the storms and flooding. Many businesses have been badly hit and Sean spoke  to Eric Morton of Morton’s in Salthill about the flooding in his shop.

    Sean spoke to RTE's Kathy O'Halloran on sitution in Limerick.


    Monster Meetings

    The Reform Alliance will stage its first 'ard fheis-style' rally this month as it seeks to convince high-profile candidates to join the State's newest political force, that’s according to yesterday’s Sunday Independent.

    Sean spoke to one of the founders of the Reform Alliance, former minister for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton.


    Health Insurance

    Health Insurance is a minefield – in terms of what’s covered, what’s not covered, the jargon that surrounds the convoluted titles that insurers place on their plans and that’s before you start trying to decide which plan offers your family the best value for money in a sector where the cost of insurance is rising year on year.

    There are some pitfalls you can avoid to ensure you’re not paying over the odds. Sean spoke to Dermot Goode, General Manager of Cornmarket Health Insurance who gave an outline on the complicated health insurance landscape.


    Death of Football Legend, Eusebio

    Portugal football legend Eusebio, who was top scorer at the 1966 World Cup, has died aged 71 from a heart attack. He was born in Mozambique in 1942 when it was still a Portuguese colony, Eusebio da Silva Ferreira went on to play 64 times for Portugal, scoring 41 goals.  Sean spoke to Jimmy Magee about the legendary Eusebio.


    CAO Applications

    The early bird closing date for CAO applications is Monday 20th January. After that date the application fee rises from €25 to €40 until the initial closing date of 1st February. Sean spoke to Brian Mooney, Guidance Counsellor and Irish Times Education Columnist on the options facing the 77,000 people of all ages who apply for a college place through the CAO.


    Prisoner Release

    A total of 249 prisoners got temporary release from prison for Christmas 2013. Most of these were from the low-security prisons at Loughan House in Cavan and Shelton Abbey in Wicklow.

    Sean spoke to Paddy O'Gorman who was out meeting released prisoners and people visiting Mountjoy prison.



    Sean spoke to Alison McArdle who had a very worrying night and morning on Friday when her cafe and tea room An Cupan Tae at Spanish Arch was flooded.

    Sean spoke to Gary McMahon, Senior Executive Officer, Galway City Council on their response to criticism and said there were plenty of warnings.

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