Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 3 September 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.

Minister for Finance

Minister for Finance

After five years of austerity budgets, it might not be unrealistic for people to begin to hope for a slightly softer budget when the details are announced next month.

Sean was joined by Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan.

Steven Sotloff Killing

Steven Sotloff Killing

The purported killing of a second American journalist has shocked the world. A video released by the Islamic Jihadi group Isis, shows Steven Sotloff in an orange jumpsuit alongside the masked man who speaks with the British accent.

This is two weeks after the beheading of James Foley.

Irish Times foreign affairs correspondent, Mary Fitzgerald knew both James Foley and Steven Sotloff.

Direct Provision

Direct Provision

Yesterday, our reporter Brian O’Connell brought us an exclusive investigation confirming that some asylum seekers are engaged in prostitution. Today, Brian you have more accounts of women in the direct provision system selling their bodies for sex. Yesterday Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald responded by ordering a report into the claims.

Today Brian spoke with more women in the direct provision system who have either resorted to prostitution or are having to seriously consider it.

Concussion

Concussion

Where we have tried to highlight the issue of concussion in sport this week, a lot of the focus in general tends to be about adult sport. But as we have been made aware, teenagers and children are much more susceptible to being concussed after an incident than adults.

At Cashel Community School they have launched a Concussion Awareness Project and Sean was joined by Catriona Ryan, teacher at the school and by Orlagh Morissey, a pupil there to tell us more. 

Sean was also joined in studio by David van Zuydam, Head Coach at Blackrock Rugby Club.

Sister Caravaggio

Sister Caravaggio

It is not unusual for authors to come together and collaborate on a collection of stories but is it possible for seven authors to come together and write a novel? This is an experiment which our next guests set out to find out and the  result is Sister Caravaggio, a thriller set in an abbey in Co. Kildare which the late Maeve Binchy contributed to. Three of its authors joined Sean today – Peter Cunningham, Mary O’Donnell and Peter Sheridan.

Strong not Skinny

Strong not Skinny

The phrase ‘strong is the new skinny’ has been gaining traction over the past few years, shifting attitudes away from thinness and towards health, fitness and strength. 

As women share tips about fitness and motivational pictures on social networking sites like Instagram, a new body ideal is starting to take hold. 

Sean was joined by personal trainer Siobhan Byrne from BodyByrne in Dublin and Sinead Forde, a convert to the strong not skinny trend.

Parents of Ashy King freed from Spanish Jail.

Diarmuid McDermott, Journalist

Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice

Can the hard hearts of serious criminals be softened, or in any way affected, by sitting down, face-to-face with their victims?

In studio was former US Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske, a Restorative Justice expert, who has implemented these schemes in maximum security prisons and elsewhere. 

Joining her was Barbara Walsh, Chairperson of ‘Facing Forward’, a group that promotes Restorative Justice in Ireland.

Music Played on the Show

Both Sides Now

Both Sides Now

The Fureys

3:30

Her Father Didn't Like Me Anyway

Her Father Didn't Like Me Anyway

The Fureys

3:30

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