Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 11 May 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.

Abandoned Baby

Abandoned Baby

Gardai investigating the discovery of a new born baby girl on a side road off the Dublin to Cork motorway are to hold a press conference this morning where they will display items similar to those found with her in an effort to trace her parents.

The baby girl who was found in a plastic bag is now being cared for in the Coombe Hosptial.

Gardai are stressing that the case is being dealt with sensitively and are anxious that the child's mother come forward as she may be in need of medical attention

Joining Sean this morning wass Child Protection Expert Shane Dunphy.

Read More: Gardaí due to make fresh appeal to mother of abandoned baby, Conor Lally, Irish Times, 11th May 2015

Read More: Fresh appeal to find parents of baby discovered in Rathcoole, RTE.ie, 11th May 2015

Public Sector Pay

Public Sector Pay

Public sector workers might have their pay partially restored to pre-crash levels. Talks on pay restoration for 300,000 public staff start tomorrow between the Government and the unions.

To discuss the various positions we had in studio Sheila Nunan from Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, Danny McCoy from Irish Business and Employers Confederation and Professor John Fitzgerald from the Economic and Social Research Institute.

General President of SIPTU Jack O'Connor said yesterday that public service unions are looking at the abolition of the pension levy, the reinstatement of pay, the ending of the recruitment moratorium in critical areas and a strengthening of commitments against privatisation and outsourcing.

Read More: Public pay: strive for parity not a premium, Prof John Fitzgerald, The Irish Times, 5th May 2015

Read More: Public service workers set to gain €800 each, Fiach Kelly and Martin Wall, The Irish Times, 7th May 2015

Read More: O’Sullivan says teachers ‘need to be realistic’ in pay claim, Joe Humphreys, The Irish Times, 7th April 2015

Read More: Cliff Taylor: Why the Government must reject unions’ pay restoration agenda, Cliff Taylor, The Irish Times, 4th April 2015

Graham Dwyer Appeal

Graham Dwyer Appeal

Graham Dwyer has just hours left to lodge his appeal against his conviction for the murder of Elaine O’Hara. Dwyer was sentenced to life in prison in April following a lengthy trial. On the line was Orla O’Donnell,  RTE’s legal correspondent who covered the trial.

Alcohol Deliveries

Alcohol Deliveries

The issue of alcohol home deliveries was raised in the Dáil recently, with concerns that under-18s are using this service to buy drink.

Roisin Shortall, TD for Dublin North-West, put questions to Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald on the topic, and she joined Sean studio along with Evelyn Jones of the National Off Licence Association.

Greece

Ongoing negotiations between Greece and it’s creditors have intensified in what has been described as a make-or-break week for the Greek Prime Minister.

The Eurogroup will gather in Brussels this afternoon to discuss Greece’s reform plans, as Athens faces a €770m IMF repayment on Tuesday.

Helena Smith, the Guardian’s correspondent in Greece joined Sean on the line.

Read More: Greek leader faces revolt by party hardliners as debt showdown looms, Helena Smyth, The Observer, 10th May 2015

Read More: Greece signals growing optimism over bailout deal, Helena Smyth, The Observer, 7th May 2015

Brexit

Brexit

After last weeks extraordinary victory by the Conservatives in the UK General Election, thoughts are turning to the referendum on EU membership which the Prime Minister David Cameron is prmising to hold before the end of 2017. As we know he has said he will renegciate a better deal with Europe before an in out vote takes place. If the new deal isn't enough to satisfy voters in his view then he will campaign for a NO and the EU could find itself without Britain as a member. 

Lucinda Creighton, Leader of Renua and Ruairí Quinn, former Labour party leader and Government Minister for Finance and then Education joined Sean in studio. 

Tullamore District Court

Tullamore District Court

Paddy O'Gorman has been to the Tullamore District Court - he tells of those he met there and why they had come to be before the court.

Weekend Sport

Weekend Sport

It was a big weekend of sports news on and off the pitch, and joining us in studio to look back over it all was Damian Lawlor.

Abandoned Baby Garda Press Conference

Abandoned Baby Garda Press Conference

With the Garda Press Conference taking place at Clondalkin Garda Station, Michael O'Toole, crime correspondent at the Irish Daily Star, joined Sean from there with the update. 

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