Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 15 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.

Irish Water

Irish Water

As we've been hearing Irish Water has confirmed that fewer than half of households in the State have so far paid their water charges by the due date. The total collected was 30.5 million euro compared with about 67 million euro that wasn't due.

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly gave his reaction to the figures released this morning in relation to who has paid their first water bill to date. 

New Political Venture

New Political Venture

Three Independent Dáil deputies launched what they have described as a 'political venture', this morning.

Deputies Catherine Murphy, Roisín Shortall and Stephen Donnelly held a press conference in the Civic Office Venue Dublin, earlier today. 

Brian Dowling and Pat Leahy of the Sunday Business Post give their reaction to the announcement of new political party the Social Democrats.

Gambling Addiction

Gambling Addiction

Up to 40,000 people in this country suffer from a gambling disorder, with single men under 35 at greatest risk of problem gambling. 

A first ever study of the social phenomenon of gambling published this morning calls for a national strategy on the issue. It also suggests that funding should be provided by the Government and the gambling industry for treatment and prevention strategies.

Joining Sean this morning was study author Dr. Crystal Fulton, from the school of information and library studies at UCD.

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Irish Water - Who's paid their Bill?

Irish Water - Who's paid their Bill?

Austerity TD Paul Murphy is claiming the fact that less than half of households have paid their water charges as a victory. But as 600,000 people have paid their water bills, who is winning?

This evening, there will be another protest outside the Dail so are campaigners for water charges stepping up or consolidating their efforts. 

Joining Sean was Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger.

Holding on to the Holiday Feeling

Holding on to the Holiday Feeling

Most of us would agree that a holiday is good for us. It’s a chance to stop work, get a change of scene, spend time with family, relax and have fun.     

We usually start to feel better about ourselves and our lives. So why doesn’t that holiday feeling last longer? How can we make it last? 

Joining Sean this morning to offer us some advice is Dr Jim Lucey, clinical professor of psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin and Medical Director at St Patrick’s Mental Health Services.

The Social Democrats

The Social Democrats

Roisin Shortall spoke to Sean following this mornings announcment of new political party, the Social Democrats, with Roisin Shortall, Catherine Murphy and Stephen Donnelly joint leaders. 

Pancreatic Cancer

It’s known as The Silent Killer and with symptoms like a pain in the stomach or back, it’s not easily diagnosed. People tend to think of it as rare and while it isn’t as common as breast or lung cancer, pancreatic cancer takes the lives of 400 people each year in Ireland.  

Our reporter, Elayne Devlin went along to the Blackrock Hospice to meet Charlie Fell who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer over two years ago.

Consultant Medical Oncologist, Ray McDermott also joins Sean in studio.

Read More: ‘I am still Charlie Fell, alive and kicking against all odds’, Charlie Fell, The Irish Times, 15th July 2015

The Banking Inquiry

The Banking Inquiry has been hearing from John Corrigan, former CEO of the NTMA this morning. John Corrigan has repeatedly told the enquiry that the nationalisation of Anglo Irish bank should have considered once the institution got into difficulties. 

Ciaran Hancock, finance correspondent of the Irish Times, was on the line. 

Greece

Greece

Greek parliamentarians are preparing to vote on the fresh austerity measures demanded by the eurozone in return for a three-year rescue package worth up to €86bn.

Meanwhile a new IMF report says that Greece needs debt relief far beyond what its creditors have been willing to consider.

Bloomberg reporter-at-large Matthew Campbell was on the line from Athens.

The Drogheda Markets

The Drogheda Markets

Paddy O'Gorman joined Sean having been to another open-air market, Drogheda this time.

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