Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 27 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.

Processed Meat – WHO Report

Processed Meat – WHO Report

The World Health Organisation's cancer research unit now classifies processed meat as 'carcinogenic to humans' based on evidence from hundreds of studies and has linked it specifically to colon, or colorectal, cancer. 

The report outlined that simply eating 50 grams of processed meat each day - the equivalent of two slices of ham can increase the risk of such cancer by 18%. 

The WHO now classifies processed meat in the same category as smoking and asbestos, based on its certainty of a link with cancer.

So how worried should we be as a meat loving and meat producing nation? Joining Sean this morning was Ed Hick, master pork butcher, professor Hugh Mulcahy, consultant gastroenterologist at St. Vincent's Hospital and Anne Sheerin of Anne's B&B in Tulsk, Co. Roscommon.

Emotional Eating

Emotional Eating

Last week on the programme we looked at compulsive overeating and the destructive affect it can have on people’s lives.

Addiction to food may be at the extreme end of the spectrum however most of us have experienced the need to eat even when we are not hungry turning to food for comfort from stress, anger or loneliness.

To talk about what we can do to get out of the cycle of emotional eating was Professor Jim Lucey, Medical Director of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services.

For more on mental health services please call 01 249 3333 or visit St Patrick's blog post on emotional eating here.

Online Shopping

Online Shopping

Now, in a warning to all consumers last week, Revenue told us that around 90,000 were hit in the past year with additional VAT and customs duty charges on products bought from outside the EU.

It’s another reminder that the ever-rising popularity of online shopping brings both benefits, and problems, to shoppers.

Sinead Ryan, Consumer Journalist with Independent News & Media joined Sean in studio to discuss.

Book: The Scrap

Book: The Scrap

As Easter 1916 neared thousands of Irish people were looking forward to what many called 'The Scrap' - the day when the military action replace marches, meetings and drills. 

Survivors of the rising later gave researchers vivid accounts of what they had done and seen and heard during a week of fighting that left 450 people dead, thousands injured and the centre of Dublin in ruins.

Writer Gene Kerrigan has woven these accounts into a book called 'The Scrap' and he joined Sean this morning. 

Sinn Féin Voting Pact

Sinn Féin Voting Pact

Sinn Féin will shortly announce that it will ask supporters to transfer their votes to candidates who back the anti water charges movement. 

But Paul Murphy, the socialist party TD and prominent campaigner against water charges has already said that he will not ask his supporters to return the favour. 

Stephen Collins, Political Editor of the Irish Times, was on the line. 

School Copybooks Go Online

School Copybooks Go Online

How would you like to see your granny’s old school copybooks pop up on your computer screen?

Well, an exciting new project called ‘The Schools Collection’ has just been launched where you can go back in time to the 1930’s and track down the actual copybook that you are interested in.

Developed as part of the work of the new National Folklore Foundation which aims to preserve, protect and promote Ireland’s National Folklore collection at UCD, Evelyn O’Rourke met up with some of those involved to find out more.

Visit the Duchas website here.

State Pension Time Bomb

Three words that could come back to haunt us: Pension Time Bomb.

Are we heading for a scenario in which there is simply no money in the pot to pay a State Pension for those who retire? And what can we do ourselves, to avoid being caught out in our later years.

From our Cork Studio Eamon Dwyer, Managing Director with City Life Wealth Advisors, a Cork based advisory practice joined Sean this morning.

Book Club: The Kind Worth Killing

Book Club: The Kind Worth Killing

Two strangers meet on a flight; after a few drinks, one reveals that his wife is having an affair and he would like to kill her. The woman says she will help him do it and so begins a rollercoaster story of twists and coincidences that lead to revenge and murder, ..that’s the premise of The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson, our book club choice for this month.

To review our book choice this month we had Paul Williams, Best seller author and Crime journalist, Irish Independent, broadcaster Maxi, Natasha Fennell of Stillwater Communications and John O’Keeffe, Criminologist and Forensic Psychologist in studio.

And to coincide with the release of the movie, Brooklyn, we’ve decided to go back to the book that inspired the film, our book club choice for the month of November will be Brooklyn by Colm Toibin.

Eilis Lacey has grown up in a small town in Ireland, but when she gets the chance to go and live in a Brooklyn neighbourhood, she goes, leaving behind her mother and sister. But as she settles in to her new life, she receives devastating news from home that threatens her future in America.

So, If you’ve never read Brooklyn, now is your chance, we will be discussing the book at the end of November and we would love to hear from you then.

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