Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 10 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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This morning the debate on the establishment of the commission of investigation into IBRC resumes in the Dáil. Earlier, on Morning Ireland Sinn Féin's finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty explained why he read details of Denis O'Brien's banking arrangements with IBRC to the Dáil record last night.

Joining Sean this morning in studio were Tom Lyons, Business Editor of the Sunday Business Post and Brian Dowling of our political staff. 

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Homeless Man Murdered and Dumped in a Skip

Homeless Man Murdered and Dumped in a Skip

*Some listeners especially if there are younger ears around – may find a few details in our next item upsetting*

In July last year Mark Burke was murdered. Some of his remains were found in a skip in a recycling plant in Ballyfermot.  Mark was homeless and was just 37 when he died last July. His murderer has not been found. Mark’s father Noel, who’s looking for information about his son’s death joined Sean in studio for his first broadcast interview.

Noel is appealing to those who may have seen Mark last July in the Marine Rd, Dun Laoghaire area to come forward and make contact, you can call 085 783 0081 or contact your local Garda station. Reward offered.

Read More: WAS MARK MURDERED & DUMPED IN A SKIP? Gardai Probe Homeless Man's Death, Emma McMenamy and Pat Flanagan, HighBeam.com, 15th Nov 2015

Read More: Body found at recycling plant ‘dismembered’, Steven Carroll, The Irish Times, 12th August 2014

New Children's Hospital

New Children's Hospital

As planning for the new National Children’s Hospital goes ahead for the St James’s Hospital site in Dublin, groups of residents living in the areas close to the hospital have been raising objections to the location. 

Valerie Cox has met with some of them.

To discuss some of the concerns raised in Val’s report Eilish Hardiman, CEO of the Children Hospital’s Group Board joined Sean in studio.

Restored Fertility

Restored Fertility

A young woman in Belgium has successfully given birth after having her fertility restored by the transplant of ovarian tissue that was removed and frozen when she was a child. 

So what does this pioneering treatment mean for those who undergo chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatments at a young age?

Joining Sean this morning was Edgar Mocanu, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin. 

Read More: World's first birth from frozen ovary, Laura Donnelly, The Telegraph, 10th June 2015

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Food Waste

Food Waste

One in ten people in Ireland siffers from food poverty. However one million tonnes of food is wasted here each year. 

Food waste is a global problem and the French Government has just passed a law forcing large supremarkets to donate any food they don't sell to charities, ir else face large fines or possible jail time. 

And there are now moves to bring similar regualtions across Europe so could such a law help get food to those who need it here in Ireland? 

Joining Sean from our Cork studio was Catriona Twomey, coordinator of Cork Penny Dinners and in studio Iseult Ward, Co-Founder of the food sharing app Food Cloud. 

Read More: France to force big supermarkets to give unsold food to charities, Angelique Chrisafis, The Guardian, 22nd May 2015

Read More: Tesco expands charity food scheme, BBC.com, 4th June 2015

Read More: Tesco launch 'Food cloud' app, Irish Independent, 29th Nov 2014

Read More: One million tonnes of food is wasted in Ireland every year, Cliodhna Russell, The Journal, 23rd Mar 2015

Read More: Should It Be Illegal for Supermarkets to Waste Food? Edward Delman, The Atlantic, 29th May 2015

Greek Bailout

Greek Bailout

Enda Kenny is in Brussels today for a summit that is set to be dominated by the finances of Greece. Joining Sean on the line from Brussels was Suzanne Lynch, European Correspondent with the Irish Times. Sean began by asking is Greece and its bailout stance the most pressing issue in the EU.

Read More: Greek bailout stance ‘not acceptable’, says EU,  Suzanne Lynch, The Irish Times, 10th June 2015

Living with ME

Imagine you are living a normal life. Perhaps, you are running your own business, you are active and sporty, you have a vibrant social life. However, seemingly overnight, your life is stopped in its tracks. You wake up in pain and you are not able to move. You can’t walk down the street, feeding yourself is difficult.

What’s more, no one knows what is wrong with you. And some people think it’s all in your head.

That was the experience of my next guests. In 1998, the life of Corina Duyn was irrevocably changed by ME or Myalgic Encephalopathy. For Sarah Meehan O’Callaghan, a wheelchair has been the most important way of surviving the illness. She is only 37 and has had ME since she was 24. They joined Sean in studio this morning. 

Corina Duyn's Into the Light book - for crowdfunding details see more here.

Ardee District Court

Ardee District Court

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

 

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The Sunday Game Theme Music - Original

The Sunday Game Theme Music - Original

James Last Orchestra

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