Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 19 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.

Bodies in Limerick Update

Bodies in Limerick Update

The bodies of a couple who lay dead in their home in Askeaton, County Limerick for some time were discovered by intruders – who then alerted Gardai.

Post mortem examinations have been completed on Julia Holmes and Thomas Ruttle ... but it has not yet been possible to establish a cause of death in either case.

It has since emerged that Ms Holmes was a serial fraudster who featured in a number of newspaper reports and television documentaries.  She had been the subject of both a PSNI and FBI police investigation.

One of the other organizations that she also tried to defraud was  the Saoirse Foundation charity, set up by Tony and Mary Heffernan after the tragic deaths of their children Liam and Saoirse from Battens Disease. Ms Holmes had approached the charity offering to set up a cookery demonstration involving well known chef Nevin Maguire. Tony Heffernan spoke to Sean. 

Luke Anthony, the general manager of McCambridge’s Deli in Galway, who has direct experience of one of Julia Holmes’ scams also joined Sean on the line, followed by Jimmy Woulfe of the Irish Examiner who had the latest on the bodies and how they were found.

Ashers Baking Company

Ashers Baking Company

A Belfast Court has ruled in favour of a customer who took an action against a bakery for refusing to make a cake with a slogan supporting same-sex marriage.

Ashers Baking Company has been accused of discriminating against a customer on grounds of sexual orientation. Gay rights activist Gareth Lee took the civil case against the firm with the support of Northern Ireland's Equality Commission. The bakery's owners said they refused the order because the cake's slogan was against their religious beliefs.

Tommie Gorman had the latest from outside the court.

Rugby World Cup Bid

Rugby World Cup Bid

Last week the team behind Ireland's bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023 were announced and my next guest has the top job of chairman. As a former international rugby player himself and former Tánaiste it's fairly obvious why he was chosen to lead the bid.  It won't be easy though given that countries like South Africa, France, Italy, Argentina and the US are likely to offer serious competition.

Dick Spring joined Sean in studio.

Read More: Appointments To Ireland's RWC 2023 Bid Board Announced, IrishRugby.ie, 14th May 2015

Guantanamo Diary

Guantanamo Diary

It was 2002 when Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritian who had trained alongside al-Qaida, was first detained in Guantanamo Bay.

Nearly thirteen years later he remains in his cell, despite having never been prosecuted or had a charge laid against him.

His diary, hand-written on over 400 pages during his imprisonment, has been turned into the recently released book, Guantanamo Diary which gives a rare insight into the word’s most notorious prison.

The book was published with the help of his lawyer, Nancy Hollander, who is in Ireland to speak at the International Literature Festival Dublin this evening, and she joins me in the studio.

Nancy Hollander, US criminal defence lawyer, will speak about the book Guantanamo Diary at the International Literature Festival Dublin this evening, 6pm at the O’Reilly Theatre.

Read More: Torture – an intimate history: Guantánamo Diary, by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Lawrence Douglas, Irish Times, 21st Feb 2015

Read More: Republicans offer Obama path to close Guantanamo before leaving office, Jacqueline Klimas, Washington Times, 14th May 2015

Prince Charles and Camilla in Galway

Prince Charles and Camilla in Galway

Today, our President will show off his city to the heir to British throne.

Charles and Camilla will be in Galway today and will be on a strict schedule which showcases the best the west has to offer.

Joining Sean from Galway was the editor of the Connacht Tribune, Dave O’Connell.

Read More: Gerry Adams accused of increasing tensions ahead of historic meeting with Prince Charles in Ireland, Tom Whitehead, The Telegraph, 19th May 2015

Read More: Chinese beef market significant for Irish economy - Bord Bia, RTE.ie, 17th May 2015

Marriage Equality Referendum

Marriage Equality Referendum

With just days to go until the country votes on whether or not to allow same sex marriage, our reporter Brian O’Connell has been getting the views of people in two areas.

Contact Brian here

The Makings of a Good Leader

The Makings of a Good Leader

Former Armargh star player turned psychologist Enda McNulty has coached elite performers from the field, the stage and the boardroom, to become better leaders.

He has been working with the Leinster Rugby team and counts Brian O’Driscoll among his clients.

So can anyone be a good leader? Or do you have to be blessed with charisma? Enda McNulty joined Sean in studio.

Visit Motiv8 here.

The Work of a Tailor

The Work of a Tailor

Marie Louise O'Donnell has been getting up close and personal with some tailors around Dublin this week. 

Visit the National Tailoring Academy here.

Book: Work Rules!

Book: Work Rules!

Google has been named the ‘Best Company to Work for’ five times in the US as well as topping the same charts in countries like Australia, Canada, France, the UK and of course here in Ireland.  So who better to tell us the secret of their success at creating a happy work place than their Senior Vice President of People Operations? Laszlo Bock has written what may become a textbook for future Human Resource students and it is called Work Rules!:

Insights from inside Google that will transform how you live and lead.  And Laszlo Bock joined Sean from a BBC studio.

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