Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 13 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.

Agreement on Greek Bailout

After a long night of talks in Brussels the various European leaders finally tweeted the word 'agreement' this morning. A third bailout deal for Greece is in place. It will entail privatisations and pensions reforms but also includes provisions for growth.

Suzanne Lynch is European correspondent of the Irish Times. She joined Sean on the line, along with Syriza MEP Stelios Kouloglou and Matthew Campbell, Bloomberg's Athens correspondent. 

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Three friends die in crash in Rathdowney, Co. Laois

Three friends die in crash in Rathdowney, Co. Laois

There were emotional scenes near the village of Rathdowney in Co. Laois yesterday following a fatal car crash in which three people were killed. Local teenagers and families gathered to place flowers and mourn the deaths of the three victims, Martin Brophy, Orla Curry and Angela Kelly. 

Local priest Fr. Martin Delaney was among the first at the scene of the road crash in the early hours of Sunday morning which happened at Middlemount on the Rathdowney to Abbeyleix Road. 

Pope Francis: A Photographic Portrait

Pope Francis: A Photographic Portrait

Pope Francis flew out of Paraguay late yesterday wrapping up his week-long tour of South America. During his visit, which also took in Bolivia and Ecuador, the Pontif visited some of the world’s poorest communities and delivered some of his most ambitious speeches yet, calling for a global movement to fight `new colonialism’ and denouncing austerity programs.

And he also made a quick visit to Burger King for a quick change of clothes before saying mass for hundreds of thousands in Bolivia.

So is the first Latin American Pontif redefining the papacy? and what is his agenda for the coming months?

Fr Michael Collins has just released his new book Pope Francis, A photographic Portrait and he joined Sean in studio this morning.

The book is Pope Francis, A photographic Portrait and it’s out now.

Read More: Unbridled capitalism is the 'dung of the devil', says Pope Francis, The Guardian, 10th July 2015

Read More: Huge crowd attends Pope's final Mass in Paraguay, BBC.com, 13th July 2015

Family Courts

Family Courts

Back to the family law courts in Dolphin House now where Valerie Cox has been sitting in on some of the cases.  And it was all about fathers refusing to pay maintenance and Grandparents seeking access to their grandchildren.

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New Eircode Postcode System

New Eircode Postcode System

This morning the new Eircode postcode system is being launched by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White. 

Alan Dignam is the Eircode's Commercial Director and he was on the line this morning from the launch in central Dublin. 

 

US Presidential Election 2016

US Presidential Election 2016

At the beginning of this item we hear Hillary Clinton, Chris Christie and Jeb Bush - just some of the 19 politicians that have declared themselves candidates for the US Presidential Election next year, and today, Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker is expected to join the already crowded field. 

Joining Sean to discuss this was Dr Graham Finlay, from the School of Politics and International Relations in UCD.

July 12th

July 12th

Last night and the night before Eleventh Night bonfires were lit across Northern Ireland and this morning Twelfth of July bands are assembling to march (a day after the twelfth this year as they don't march on a Sunday).

Not everyone celebrates the Twelfth. It's a holiday weekend in the North so a lot of people take the chance to leave for a few days holidays. For the Catholic community in particular, there's a long tradition of staying away until the celebrations are over.

Paddy O'Gorman has been meeting holidaymakers from the North.

Weekend Sport

Weekend Sport

It was a weekend of finals in sport, as Djokovic took the Wimbledon title, Dublin cruised to a Leinster football final, and Tipperary took the Munster Hurling title.

The Tour de France continued, meanwhile, with the most slender of margins separating teams BMC and Sky in yesterday’s ninth stage...

Here to look back at all the weekend’s sport is Damian Lawlor of the Sunday Independent, Paul Kimmage, journalist and author, and Orla Bannon, freelance sports writer...

Just before we spoke to our panel, Sean was joined on the line by jockey Brian Toomey. Brian joined us in studio recently to tell us about his remarkable come-back from a life-threatening head injury sustained in a horse racing fall in 2013, but he has been back in the saddle, and made his return to competitive racing yesterday.

Missing: Breda Delaney

Missing: Breda Delaney

A public appeal has been issued in tracing the whereabouts of Breda Delaney, 72, missing from her home at Avondale Court, Blackrock, Co Dublin.  

Breda was last seen at her home at approximately 3.30am, her daugher Eimear joined Sean on the line.

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