Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 6 January 2015

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.

Hospital Trolley Crisis

Hospital Trolley Crisis

Overcrowding in A&E departments around the country is as bad as ever it has been, a record number of people waiting on trolleys in hospitals yesterday with more than 550 people awaiting admission. The HSE has acknowledged that there are safety concerns. Dr. Chris Luke, A&E Consultant at Mercy Hospital Cork joined Sean on the line. Later followed by Mary Mitchell, Health Correspondent with the Sunday Business Post.  

Health Insurance

Health Insurance

For many people, the 1st of January is the day on which they renew health insurance policies. A daunting task at the best of times, but with more than 300 constantly changing products on the market, how do you choose the best one for you or your family?

Dermot Goode is a health analyst at TotalHealthCover.ie and Charlie Weston is Personal Finance Editor with the Irish Independent and they joined Sean this morning.

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Read More: Families risk forking out €1,400 too much on health insurance, Charlie Weston, Independent, 29th Dec 2014 

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JD Wetherspoon: Low Priced Alcohol

JD Wetherspoon: Low Priced Alcohol

The news that the UK chain of pubs JD Wetherspoon is planning to invest €50 million into Ireland over the next five years has drawn some criticism, not least because of plans to sell some pints for €2.50.

Others see the expansion of the British chain here as a threat to very fabric of Irish pub culture. I’ll be joined shortly by JD Wetherspoon CEO Tim Martin, but firstly our reporter Brian O’Connell has been looking into this issue.

Contact Brian here.

A&E Overcrowding Continued

A&E Overcrowding Continued

Dr. Colm Henry, Clinical Advisor for Acute Hospitals with the HSE joined Sean on the hospital trolley crisis.

Germany Anti-Immigration Policies

Around 18,000 people marched through Dresden in Germany last night to protest against the country’s immigration policies. The group which organised the march is known as “Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident” – PEGIDA... Smaller demonstrations also took place in Berlin and Cologne. Joining Sean this morning from Dresden was Derek Scally, Irish Times Germany correspondent.

Cigarette Legislation

Cigarette Legislation

Legislation coming down the track is expected to ban vending machines selling cigarettes, meaning your local pub, nite club or golf club will no longer have a machine in the corner for the smokers on the premises.

Other elements of the legislation are expected to impose a hefty annual licence fee on newsagents and other retailers who sell cigarettes.

It’s all part of the national effort to radically reduce the number of smokers in our society but in business terms, it’s not good news for shopkeepers and publicans.

Joining Sean this morning were Respiratory Physician, Dr Ross Morgan who is also Chairman of ASH Ireland, Padraig Cribben, CEO of the Vintners’ Association and in our Limerick studio Vincent Jennings of the Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association.

Read More: Cigarette-vending machines to be outlawed and under-18s to be banned from selling cigarettes, Eilish O'Regan, Independent, 3rd Dec 2014

Liam Doran of the INMO

Liam Doran of the INMO

According to the INMO for the first time the number of people on trolleys in Irish hospitals has just passed the 600 mark, 601 to be precise. 491 on trolleys and 110 in wards. General Secretary of the INMO Liam Doran spoke to Sean.

Guide to Divorce and Mediation

Guide to Divorce and Mediation

The beginning of the year is one of the busiest times for family lawyers... Apparently many married people are thinking about splitting up in the first week of January.

While breaking up is one of the most stressful events in anyone’s life is there anything you can do to make it that little bit easier – for yourself, your partner and your children?

Family law mediator and author of Break Up, Don't Crack Up, Rachel Fehily and John Sharry – parenting columnist with the Irish Times and author of Parenting when Separated, joined Sean in studio.

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