Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 20 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.

Prince Charles Visits Mullaghmore

Prince Charles Visits Mullaghmore

The visit of Charles and Camilla will take on a far more poignant hue as they visit the Sligo village of Mullaghmore, the site of where his uncle Lord Mountbatten, his godson Nicholas, Lady Dorothy Brabourne were murdered by the IRA. Peter Maxwell, the fifteen year old Sligo boy who was working on the boat was also killed.

It’s an emotional day for those who remember the bomb in August 1979. Today, the prince and Duchess of Cornwall will visit Mullaghmore and attend a service in the Drumcliffe cemetery.

Joining Sean on the phone from the North West was Canon Noel Regan and Paul Deering, acting editor of the Sligo Champion. But first he spoke to Elizabeth Wood-Martin who was there on that fateful day. She, along with her husband, Richard, pulled Lord Mountbatten’s grandson, Timothy, from the water. He survived the attack.

Read More: After Mountbatten: the many victims of the Mullaghmore bombing, Susan McKay, Irish Times, 17th May 2015

Surrogacy Debate

Surrogacy Debate

The referendum on this Friday is about whether marriage should be granted to same sex couples.  

Yet one of the issues that has dominated the debate in the run up to voting is that of surrogacy.

So is surrogacy a red herring or not?  Is it being used to sow confusion and doubt or is it a genuine concern? JoiningSean to discuss this from both sides of the argument were Dr Andrea Mulligan, a practising barrister and adjunct assistant professor lecturing in medical law and bioethics at Trinity College Dublin.  She also advises ‘Lawyers for Yes’ on issues relating to surrogacy and donor conception. 

Sean was also joined by Louise Doris who has a Masters in medical law and ethics from King’s College London, and is a final year PhD researcher in assisted reproductive and surrogacy laws in different European countries.  She has spoken at a Mothers and Fathers conference on the issue.

Read More: Why voting No won’t tackle the ethical challenges around surrogacy or donor conception, Dr. Andrea Mulligan, The Journal, 15th May 2015

Read More: Surrogacy is not a red herring in this debate, Lousie Doris, Irish Examiner, 19th May 2015

Read More: State may still favour opposite-sex parents if vote passes - judge, Ruadhán MacCormaic, Irish Times, 15th May 2015

The Great Divide

The Great Divide

Inequality is an increasing problem in the Western world, leaving everyone – the rich as well as the poor – worse off. The dream of a socially mobile society is becoming an ever more unachievable myth. That’s the view of Joseph Stiglitz winner of the Nobel Prize for economics in 2001 and professor of economics at Columbia University. He has published a new book “The Great Divide” which deals specifically with this problem. He joined Sean on the line from London.

The Great Divide by Joseph Stiglitz is available in bookshops now and is published by Allen Lane.

Read More: Joseph Stiglitz: Thomas Piketty gets income inequality wrong, Lynn Stuart Parramore, Salon.com, 2nd Jan 2015

Read More: Capitalism needs new rules to restore the growth and stability of postwar era, Joseph Stiglitz, The Guardian, 2nd Sept 2015

Alan Shatter

Alan Shatter

The High Court has found there was no denial of fair procedures to Alan Shatter by Sean Guerin in his report. Bid to quash aspects of report dismissed.

Orla O'Donnell had the latest from the High Court.

Tony O'Brien HSE DG

Tony O'Brien HSE DG

Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty has launched a scathing attack on HSE management over how they have dealt with the tragic deaths of several babies in Portlaosie Hospital. 

Ms Doherty called on members of the HSE Directorate who were in charge of Patient Safety and Quality and Advocacy to reflect on their records over the past number of years. 

Tony O’Brien joined Sean in studio.

Read More: Online profile of HSE’s Tony O’Brien changed ahead of committee appearance, Paul Cullen, Irish Times, 19th May 2015

Read More: Paul Cullen: Playing blame game over Portlaoise not helping situation, Paul Cullen, Irish Times, 19th May 2015

Prince Charles at Mullaghmore

Prince Charles at Mullaghmore

Now, as we heard earlier in the show, the visit of Prince Charles and Camilla is continuing in County Sligo today. In the next couple of hours, Charles will be making a speech that is expected to refer to the murder of his great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten, before later today visiting Mullaghmore, where that atrocity took place in 1979.

Historian, John Bowman and broadcaster, Olivia O’Leary know the significance of this visit very well and they joined Sean in studio this morning.

Exam Time - Coping Advice

Exam Time - Coping Advice

The junior and leaving cert examinations are just a few weeks away with all the focus on getting students though the exams, we can forget parents and siblings are also under pressure at this time of year. So how can we ensure the whole family makes it through the next few weeks unscathed?

Joining Sean in the studio were Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh RTE TV presenter and mother of four, Enda Murphy, cognitive behavior therapist and Dr Harry Barry, GP. 

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