Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 2 July 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.

Banking Inquiry Preview

Banking Inquiry Preview

As we speak former Taoiseach Brian Cowen is before the banking inquiry. 

He's there for two days this week and returns next Wednesday when the focus will be on his tenure as Taoiseach and the night of the bank guarantee in particular. 

Gerald Howlin former advisor to Fianna Fáil and now a columnist with the Irish Examiner joined Sean this morning. 

Water Protesters Outside the Dáil

Water Protesters Outside the Dáil

Anti Water protestors blocked the cars of members of the Oireachtas attempting to leave Leinster House and there were rowdy scenes as Gardaí attempted to maintain order last night.

A female Garda was knocked unconscious as missiles were thrown by protestors. Witnesses said she was hit by a traffic cone. Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter who was caught up in the protest accused the demonstrations of being facist. 

Joining Sean this morning was Senator Mary Moran and Anti Austerity Alliance Councillor Michael O'Brien.

Direct Provision

Direct Provision

This week, a report on Ireland's asylum and protection process was published and it recommended a whole raft of changes to the current system. To talk about that report and some work he has been carrying out with RTE’s Investigations Unit, our reporter Brian O’Connell joined Sean in studio.

There will be more on this RTÉ Investigations Unit report tonight on RTÉ’s Prime Time at 9.35pm on RTÉ 1.

The Athy Market

The Athy Market

Paddy O'Gorman has been to another open-air market, this time in Athy Co Kildare. There he spoke to those who love going to the market.

 

School Uniforms

School Uniforms

‘Schools out for the summer’, and some parents get ahead of the rush and buy uniforms now. Yet despite the discounts on offers in the shops, parents of larger children are paying more for uniforms as VAT is applied to bigger sizes.

The Irish Schoolwear Association is calling for the current VAT exemption to be extended to all primary school uniforms.

Joining Sean was Karen Grant of the Irish Schoolwear Association, and Donal O'Shea, Professor at the Weight Management Clinic in St Columcille’s Hospital. 

Ciaran Hancock's Update from the Banking Inquiry

Ciaran Hancock's Update from the Banking Inquiry

Ciaran Hancock joined Sean from our Dáil studio with the latest from the banking inquiry where former Taoiseach Brian Cowen was in attendance. 

Tweens

Tweens

One minute they're playing with trains and teddy bears, the next they're rolling their eyes at you and not so politely telling you they need their privacy.

The term tween may be a newfangled one but it is a very real phenomenon and joining Sean this morning were two people who know all about it, journalist Dave Robbins, whose 10-year-old daughter has already put him in the ‘embarrassing dad’ category, and Colman Noctor, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and author of the book, ‘Cop On’.

Val Doonican dies aged 88

Val Doonican dies aged 88

One of Ireland's best known entertainers, Val Doonican, has died aged 88. Olan McGowan joined Sean in studio to reflect on his life and career. 

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The Special Years

Val Doonican (Vocal)

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