Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 21 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.

Junior Cert Reform

Junior Cert Reform

‘Climb-down’ and ‘cave-in’ are just some of the words used in today’s newspapers to describe a new deal on reform of the junior cert which is set to be agreed between Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan and the teaching unions.

It is now expected that teachers will call off their industrial action after the plan to involve teachers in the assessment of their own students for the Junior Cert exam has been effectively removed from the reform proposals.

Joining Sean was Joe Humphreys, education correspondent of the Irish Times

Read More: TUI and ASTI committees to meet on junior cycle deal, Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 20th May 2015

Read More: Compromise agreement will come as a relief to everyone, John Walshe, Independent, 21st May 2015

Leinster Coach Matt O'Connor

Leinster Coach Matt O'Connor

Tom McGurk and Trevor Hogan give their reaction to the immediate departure of Leinster head coach Matt O'Connor. 

Monaghan District Court

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

Gerard Donnelly Murder in Phoenix Park

Gerard Donnelly Murder in Phoenix Park

Yesterday 29 year old Ciaran Moran was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a father of one whose body he set alight in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. Both men were homeless at the time of the killing. 

Special correspondent with the Irish Independent Paul Williams joined Sean on the line.

Read More: Dad murdered in Phoenix Park had €500,000 wealth but chose to live on streets, Paul Williams, Independent, 21st May 2015

Live Music: The Kilkennys

Live Music: The Kilkennys

You may not have heard of The Kilkennys yet but you’re in for a treat. These four young men have been credited with keeping Irish folk music alive and they joined Sean in studio.

The Kilkennys will play Dolan’s in Limerick next Friday, May 29th. For more tour dates around the country, visit their website here.

Banking Inquiry

Banking Inquiry

To Leinster House where tthe Banking Inquiry has been sitting again this morning, with former Central Bank Governor John Hurley giving evidence.

Ciaran Hancock, the Irish Times Finance Correspondent, joined Sean from our Dail studio.

Couple Found in Limerick

Couple Found in Limerick

More developments have emerged in the case of the couple found dead in a Co.Limerick home on Monday. Gardaí are now investigating up to 20 handwritten notes found in the kitchen of the Askeaton farmhouse. Separate funeral arrangements are also expected to get underway over the coming days. 

Jimmy Woulfe of the Irish Examiner joined Sean on the line. 

Read More: Askeaton deaths: Separate funerals for couple found at farmhouse, Jimmy Woulfe, Irish Examiner, 21st May 2015

Read More: ‘If you find us don’t revive us’ read note in Limerick farmhouse, Kathryn Hayes, Irish Times, 21st May 2015

Read More: Criminals who discovered Limerick bodies won't be charged until investigation completed, David Raleigh, Breaking News, 20th May 2015

The Irish Press

The Irish Press

20 years ago this week, the Irish Press stopped publication following a protracted workers’ dispute. From its visionary beginnings in 1931 as De Valera’s paper of ‘truth’ to its bitter end, it was a defining part of Irish press history.

Joining Sean were some of its main players. Mary Kenny, who edited its revolutionary women’s pages from 1969; Michael Keane who was editor of the Sunday Press when the paper ceased publication, and RTE’s Political Correspondent David McCullagh, who began his journalistic career in the Evening Press.

Read More: The rise and fall of the ‘Irish Press’, Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 16th May 2015

The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq

The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq

In 2003 my next guest was working for the British Council in Manchester. She answered a call looking for volunteers to help in the administration of Iraq after the war was over.  She travelled out of RAF Brize Norton to Basra with – as she subsequently told the Chilcott Inquiry – on briefing written or otherwise.  And she went on to effectively administer the contested city of Kirkuk.  That was just part of three extended stays in the country all of which are detailed in her book The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq.  It is she says “an Iraqi story. It is an American story. It is my story” And Emma Sky joined Sean this morning.

Music Played on the Show

The Badger Set

The Badger Set

The Kilkennys

3:00

Fainleog

Fainleog

The Kilkennys

3:30

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