Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 9 October 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.

The Gathering

The Gathering

Time for our Friday Gathering and in studio this morning was Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Simon Harris, Anti Austerity Alliance TD Ruth Coppinger, Mick Clifford, Special Correspondent with The Examiner and Political Correspondent with RTE, Katie Hannon.

It’s been a busy week for speculation, with the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan unveiling the budget next Tuesday and election fever in the air, politicians on all sides have been fuelling and dampening expectations all week. But with strikes looming and a homelessness crisis, perhaps the public mood isn’t right for an election.

Rural Crime

Rural Crime

They turned out in force last night for a meeting in Thurles convened to discuss rural crime and the impact it is having on local communities.

Several of those who joined the crowd of 1,500 people in the Anner Hotel outlined their experiences at the hands of criminal gangs.

The fear of being robbed or assaulted is, for many isolated communities, very real and is likely to be a significant issue for politicians in the election. Several TDs and Minister Alan Kelly turned up, but did not contribute to the meeting.

Barry O'Gorman, Farmer, Conor Maloney, Dairy Farmer and John Tully from Save Our Community joined Sean this morning.

IRE 1 GER 0

IRE 1 GER 0

What a goal, what a match! Shane Long came off the bench last night to send Ireland to a historic victory against world champions Germany at the Aviva stadium.

Shane’s goal last night was being talked about as one of the greatest Irish goals ever, up there with Jason McAteer, Robbie Keane and Ray Houghton’s finest.

Legends of the game, Ray Houghton and David O’Leary joined Sean this morning.

Calorie Content on Menus

Calorie Content on Menus

Views are being sought from the public and food businesses in relation to legislation making calorie content on restaurant menus mandatory. 

Under the proposed legislation, all restaurants will have to publish comprehensive details of the calories in the food they serve. 

But is it a good idea or what impact will it have?

Joining Sean to discuss was profesor Donal O'Shea, St. Colmcille's Hospital, Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive, Restaurants Association of Ireland.

Snapshots - Michael O'Higgins

Snapshots - Michael O'Higgins

One of the country’s leading barristers, he has represented a diverse range of clients from gangland criminals like John Gilligan to politicians like Ivor Callely and top bankers like Sean Fitzpatrick. 

And Senior Counsel, Michael O’Higgins has another side to him, he is an award-winning short story writer who has just published his first novel, Snapshots. Michael joined Sean in studio this morning.

Callans Kicks

Callans Kicks

Oliver Callan is back with Callan's Kicks tonight on Radio 1 at 6.30pm after Drivetime. 

We gave you the preview! 

Rugby World Cup

Rugby World Cup

Tom McGurk previewed the weekend of rugby with Ireland playing France this Sunday at 16:45.

Loughrea District Court

Loughrea District Court

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

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