Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 25 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.

Greece

Greece

Eurozone Finance Ministers will meet again today in Brussels in an effort to break the Greek impasse, after a third crisis meeting last night failed to yield any progress. 

Greece must pay the IMF 1.6 billion euro next Tuesday before 7.2 billion euro of its bail out money is released - but neither side can agree on what further cuts and changes Greece must implement to allow that to happen. 

Joining Sean on the line is Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times European Correspondent. 

Read More: Greece fails to reach deal ahead of eurogroup meeting, Suzanne Lynch, The Irish Times, 25th June 2015

Cut Mortgage Rates

Cut Mortgage Rates

Efforts to cut mortgage rates have suffered a major set back after a decision handed down by the Court of Appeal yesterday. 

The case centred on a couple from Portmarnock in Dublin, Kenneth and Donna Millar. 

Their barrister is David Langwallner and he joined Sean on the line. 

Charlie Weston joined later. 

Read More: Top court dashes hopes of mortgage rate cut, Charlie Weston, The Irish Independent, 25th June 2015

Fr. Brendan Smyth

Fr. Brendan Smyth

The North's Historical Abuse Inquiry is this week looking into the case of Fr. Brendan Smyth, the paedophile priest who was convicted on more than 100 cases of chid abuse on both sides of the border before his death in prison in 1997.

The Enquiry will today hear from Cardinal Sean Brady, the former head of the Catholic Church in Ireland. 

In an award winning Counterpoint programme on Brendan Smyth, scandal journalist Chris Moore accused the head of the Norbertine Order, to which Smyth belonged and the Church, of mishandling the case. 

He also accused the Norbertines of negligence and a failure to tell others of Smyth's crimes. 

Read More: Abuse probe to hear from Cardinal Brady, Lesley Anne McKeon, Associated Press, 25th June 2015

Read More: Fr Smyth threat to punch priest who kept him from altar boys, Irish Times, 24th June 2015

Active Retirement

Active Retirement

Thoughts of rambling down to the corner shop for the paper or meeting friends for a round of golf or a potter in the garden might obsess all those battling to work every day. Retirement takes on a rosy hue when you are a member of the rat race. But does the reality ever match the dream?

Joining Sean with their advice for a happy and successful retirement was GP Dr Harry Barry and cognitive behavioural therapist Enda Murphy.

The Banking Inquiry

The Banking Inquiry

As we’ve been hearing, the outgoing Central Bank Governor Patrick Honohan is once again front of the Banking Inquiry, and today he will be specifically addressing his tenure as Governor from 2009 to the end of 2013.

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

Cash Shops

Paddy O'Gorman has been to one where he met with those that use them, there he spoke to them about how and why they've come to use the services of the cash shop. 

Liberty Insurance Redundancies

Liberty Insurance Redundancies

Liberty Insurance is cutting 270 jobs from its operations in Cavan and Blancharstown in Dublin. Management have been briefing staff this morning. With more on this, David Murphy joined Sean. 

Book Club - Mightier Than The Sword

Book Club - Mightier Than The Sword

This month we’ve been reading an unashamed holiday read – the latest Jeffrey Archer blockbuster, Mightier Than The Sword.

Joining Sean to review the book were Michael Colgan, Artistic Director of The Gate Theatre, broadcaster Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh and Natasha Fennell, Director of Stillwater Communications.

Mightier Than The Sword by Jeffrey Archer is published by Pan MacMillan and is priced at €17.99.

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