Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 9 June 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.

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Opposition parties met with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan last night, to outline their views on the terms of reference for the commission of investigation into IBRC.

Fianna Fail leader, Micheal Martin, joined Sean in studio.

Read More: Media merger guidelines set for Cabinet approval, Fiach Kelly, The Irish Times, 9th June 2015

Read More: Fintan O’Toole: Denis O’Brien’s influence and the meaning of press freedom, Fintan O'Toole, The Irish Times, 9th June 2015

Lead in Water

Lead in Water

Environment Minister Alan Kelly is to bring a plan to Cabinet this morning to deal with the issue of lead in water pipes which could affect up to two hundred thousand Irish homes and properties, including schools and workplaces.

Irish Water is not expected to pay for the repairs of these pipes, but instead a small grant will be given to householders on low incomes.  It is expected that most homeowners will have to shoulder the bulk of the cost themselves.

Joining Sean was Paul Melia, environment correspondent at the Irish Independent.

Read More: Water supply in up to 200,000 homes in danger of lead contamination, Niall O'Connor and Paul Melia, The Irish Independent, 9th June 2015

 

Bloomsday Festival

Marie Louise O'Donnell visited the James Joyce Centre ahead of Bloomsday next week. She also paid a visit to the Woodstock Cafe in Phibsborough to experience the frying of the kidneys that Leopold Bloom would have eaten. 

See more on the James Joyce Centre here and for a full programme of events for Bloomsday see here.

It's All in Your Head - Imaginary Illness

It's All in Your Head - Imaginary Illness

Word association, ‘psychosomatic’, what would you say? Chancer? Hypochondriac? Well you might be forgiven for thinking so, for as a society we have a very dim view of illnesses that present in people with no medical explanation. We assume they are in some way putting it on or are perhaps flawed in some way. 

And it seems even medical professionals have a history of denigrating such patients. One who doesn’t however is Irish woman Suzanne O’Sullivan who is a consultant neurologist who over two decades has developed a keen interest in getting to the bottom of these psychosomatic illnesses.  She has just written the excellently titled book:“It’s All in Your Head: True Stories of Imaginary Illness” and she joined Sean this morning.

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Early Release of Garda Killer

Early Release of Garda Killer

Six years ago, Garda Gary McLoughlin died as a result of the injuries he sustained when Martin McDermott, who had 91 previous convictions, rammed into his patrol car in Burt, County Donegal.

Last night, McDermott was released from prison 21 months early, and having served just 14 days extra, on top of his sentence, for a previous escape from prison the local community, as well as McLoughlin’s family, has reacted with outrage.

Brendan O’Connor, Donegal spokesperson for the Garda Representative Association joined Sean on the line. 

Read More: Garda-killer freed after serving just 14 days for escape, Greg Harkin, Irish Independent, 9th June 2015

Rape Crisis Network

Rape Crisis Network

This morning the Rape Crisis Network Ireland will launch what it says could be their last Crisis Statistic Report because Tusla – the Child and Family Agency – has withdrawn 100% of their core funding.

Valerie Cox joined Sean in studio with more on this.

You can download the full RCNI Report on www.rcni.ie from 10am this morning.

Footballer turned Pianist Kieran Quinn

Footballer turned Pianist Kieran Quinn

Kieran Quinn, former Sligo footballer, joined Sean in studio to discuss his career change and learning to play by ear. 

Kieran plays Dublin's Sugar Club tomorrow night - tickets still available here.

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Mobile Phone Data and Roaming Costs

Mobile Phone Data and Roaming Costs

Ireland’s love affair with mobile phones is well documented. Mobile phones outnumbered people here a couple of years ago.

Yet mobile phone users here pay more than our EU neighbours. So just how do you control those bills especially when it comes to data and roaming charges when you’re abroad.

Joining Sean this morning was Sinead Ryan, Consumer Columnist with The Herald.

 

Death in Palmerstown

Death in Palmerstown

A 25 year old man has died in hospital following an alleged assault at a house in Palmerstown, Dublin, in the early hours of this morning 9th June 2015.

Conor Feehan of the Herald had more and he joined Sean on the line. 

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the incident or anyone who was on Kennelsfort Road between 3.30 and 4.00am to contact them at Ballyfermot Garda Station on  01 666 7200.

Read More: Man dies after stabbing in Dublin,  RTÉ News, 9th June 2015

Kildare Market

Kildare Market

On a sunny day the open-air markets do well and Paddy O'Gorman has been along to one held in Kildare town every thursday in the Market Square.

The old market house is now a tourist information office/museum and you'll learn there that there's a charter dating from 1515 allowing the market to take place on a thurday so it's going on for 500 years at least.

Music Played on the Show

To A Child Dancing In The Wind

To A Child Dancing In The Wind

Kieran Quinn (Piano)

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