Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 11 February 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.

Greece

Later today, European finance ministers will hold an emergency meeting in Brussels  to consider the terms of Greece's international bail-out.

Last night, the new Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, won a vote of confidence on his plans to renegotiate the deal. However, Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said that Greece’s new government is making “impossible proposals” to tackle their funding crisis.

Joining Sean from Strasburg was Fine Gael MEP, Brian Hayes and on the line was Socialist TD, Paul Murphy

Mortgage Difficulties

Mortgage Difficulties

Seven years ago, the Phoenix project was set up to work with people who were in serious financial difficulties and in danger of losing their homes.  We have spoken since then with several people who have been helped by the organization but this week Valerie Cox has been visiting some of the homes of those struggling to keep their homes.

The Phoenix Project urgently need donations, fundraisers and sponsors. Their details for anyone who wants to make a donation or who needs help: 

Website www.phoenixproject.ie

Phone number 1850 203 040

Email address support@phoenixproject.ie

Are We Alone?

Since the space race and the moon landings of the 1960s, exploration of what lies beyond our own planet has slowed down, but in some quarters, the quest to find extra terrestrial life is still a mission that is very much alive.

Sean was joined by a former head of the VHI who has become a trustee of the organisation known as SETI – an acronym which stands for the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence.

His name is Oliver Tattan and he joined Sean this morning.

Read More: Why Elon Musk Spent $10 Million To Keep Artificial Intelligence Friendly Eric Mack, Forbes.com, 15th Jan 2015

Mortgages and Insurance Schemes

Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor with the Independent was in studio this morning discussing his piece in today's Independent. 

Read here: Insurance fraudsters add €50 to average motorist's premium, Charlie Weston, Independent, 11th Feb 2015

Hospital Overcrowding

Hospital Overcrowding

This morning more than 60 people, the majority of them elderly are on trolleys, in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda according to the INMO. The hospital is the  worst affected as overcrowding in the country’s Emergency Departments rose again. Talks about the crisis in Drogheda will start in just a few hours at the Labour Relations Commission.

Joining Sean was Tony Fitzpatrick from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

Aengus Finucane - In the Heart of Concern

Aengus Finucane - In the Heart of Concern

“Do as much as you can, as well as you can, for as many as you can, for as long as you can" – that was the simple philosophy of the late Father Aengus Finucane, the renowned Irish missionary who was at the forefront of Ireland’s humanitarian efforts in the developing world as he helped build the Concern charity organisation over 40 years up to his death in 2009. Deirdre Purcell has interviewed over 80 people who knew him in researching her newly published biography Aengus Finucane: In The Heart of Concern. Deirdre joins me now in studio, and I’m also joined by Aengus’ brother Father Jack Finucane, whose own lifelong efforts in the developing world are on a par with his elder sibling.

"Aengus Finucane: In the Heart of Concern" is to be launched by former President Mary Robinson in Hodges Figgis bookshop in Dublin on Tuesday February 17. 

Published by New Ireland Press, €24.99

Read More: A man of real Concern: Charity leader Aengus Finucane, Sean Farrell, Independent, 25th Jan 2015

Read More: Aengus Finucane biography, Michael Commane, Concern.net, 3rd Feb 2015

Survive and Thrive

Survive and Thrive

Cancer survivor Yvonne Joye and Helen Forristal of the Marie Keating Foundation spoke to Sean on surviving cancer, telling Yvonne's family and the Survive and Thrive six week course. 

Visit the Marie Keating Foundation website here.

Gardening

Gardening

In nearly a month’s time, the Taoiseach will be presenting a bowl of shamrock to Barack Obama in the White House – and in front of me I have the very plant that will be on its way to Washington for St Patrick’s Day.

Paraic Horkan, from Horkan’s Garden Centres, has grown it and he joined Sean this morning with other gardening news for this day in early spring.

Visit Horkan's Garden Centre's Blog here 

Read More on the Plant of the Month here

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