Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 5 March 2014

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.



In the Ukraine, agencies are reporting that Ukraine has raised its flag over the government headquarters in the eastern city of Donetsk, where a Russian flag had flown since Saturday.

Meanwhile Russian forces remain firmly in control of the Crimean peninsula.  We’re hearing reports that Russian forces have seized two Ukrainian missile defence units.

The New York Times’ Steven Lee Myers joined Sean from Moscow. Also from the Crimea, was the London Independent’s Defence Correspondent Kim Sengupta.

Ruby McCandless -v- HSE

Ruby McCandless -v- HSE

In March 2006 Ruby McCandless was born by emergency caesarean section at Letterkenny hospital.

She was left brain damaged after a failure to diagnose a serious medical condition in her mother prior to birth.

Yesterday the High Court approved an interim settlement of €1.4 million against the HSE. Damien Tansey the solicitor for the McCandless family now joins me in studio.

Bullying and Drugs

Bullying and Drugs

As you’ve been hearing this morning, Clare hurling manager, Davy FitzGerald is creating a lot of headlines as he  addressed hundreds of students at a mental and physical health seminar at Limerick Institute of Technology.

In particular he highlighted the issue of commitment on the players he had at Clare and also his own difficulties growing up.

Sean was joined by sports psychologist and former Armagh footballer, Enda McNulty.

Joan Burton

Joan Burton

“We can be confident about the future again – Ireland is in a much better place – the crisis is over and the recovery has begun” 

That’s the reassuring message from Minister for Social Welfare Joan Burton in her upbeat assessment of where the country stands post the crash. The Minister was speaking during a debate on the Government's priorities on the year ahead.



Several years ago, Gort in County Galway was one of the most prosperous towns in Ireland. A new report prepared by Teagasc has shown that unemployment and emigration rates have increased more in Gort that any other small or medium sized town in the country since 2006. With almost four in ten properties now unoccupied and 440 less people in work since 2006, our reporter Brian O’Connell visited the town yesterday to see why it seems to have fared so badly.


Oscar Pistorius Trial

Oscar Pistorius Trial

With the latest from the Oscar Pistorius trial in Pretoria, Nastasye Taye.

Child Benefit Day

Paddy O'Gorman talked to people in Athlone

Dealing with the death of a baby

Valerie Cox report

Programme Highlights

Alone Hampers

Evelyn O'Rourke met with volunteers helping with the elderly.

Christmas and Your Garden

Paraic Horkan gives us ideas on adding colour to your home this Christmas.

Martin Conmey

In 1973, Martin Conmey, 20 years old at the time, was accused of her murder, and subsequently jailed for three years for manslaughter.



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