Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 6 November 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.

Health Crisis: Patient on Trolley in Tallaght

Health Crisis: Patient on Trolley in Tallaght

Dr. James Gray, the consultant who spoke out to highlight the case of a 91 year old man who spent 29 hours on a trolley in Tallaght Hospital says he will continue to represent the interests of his patients. 

Yesterday Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said he spoke to the elderly patient who told him he was unhappy that his personal details had made their way into the public domain. The man's wife was also on a trolley in the hospital. Dr. Gray joined Sean on the line this morning. 

IFA Appoints Crime Prevention Manager

In a move that highlights the surge in rural crime, the Irish Farmers Association have this week appointed a Rural Crime Prevention Executive, the first of its kind in Ireland.

Former member of An Garda Síochana Colin Connolly has been appointed to this role to support the development of IFA crime prevention policy and the roll out of Theft Stop, a joint initiative with An Garda Síochana. He joined Sean in studio. 

US Politics with Maureen Dowd and Carl Hulse of the New York Times

US Politics with Maureen Dowd and Carl Hulse of the New York Times

Our two guests are in Ireland enjoying some time away from the US political scene before a turbulent 12 months as the Presidential Election looms. Maureen Dowd is a Pulitzer Prize winning writer and has been an Op-Ed columnist with The New York Times for the past twenty years.

Her commentary on power politics and social trends is essential reading every Sunday. Carl Hulse is Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times and has covered the political beat for over three decades. 

AIB repayment to the State

AIB repayment to the State

AIB has announced plans to start repaying part if its €21 billion taxpayer bailout. 

The bank, which is 99% state owned, will begin the process by repaying €3.3bn to the State. But what does this say about the overall state of the banks now, or how much more of that €64 billion bailout is the taxpayer likely to see back? 

Ciaran Hancock of the Irish Times joined Sean on the line. 

Flights into Sharm el-Sheikh suspended

Ambassador Soha Gendi, Egyptian Ambassador to Ireland

Callans Kicks

Callans Kicks

Another preview of tonight's installment of Callan's Kicks on RTE Radio 1 at 6.30 after Drivetime.

The Sheridans Guide to Cheese

The Sheridans Guide to Cheese

Whether your idea of cheese is an Easy Single or the finest Stilton, our next guests certainly know a thing or two about cheese. Over twenty years ago they started selling cheese on a market stall in Galway and they now run a cheese empire. They have just written their first book, The Sheridans Guide To Cheese.

Counter Culture, The Sheridans Guide to Cheese, will be launched in Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop, Middle Street, Galway this Saturday night by Jess Murphy, chef/patron of Kai Restaurant who previously worked as a chef in Sheridans on the Docks. The book, published by Transworld Ireland is on sale now, priced €20.

The Gathering

The Gathering

Now, for our Friday Gathering and a look back at the week’s big stories, Willie O’Dea, Limerick TD and Fianna Fail spokesperson on Social Protection & Social Equality, Aideen Hayden, Labour Party Senator, Alison O’Connor, Columnist with the Irish Examiner...and Brian Dowling, RTE political correspondent join Sean in studio.

Not for the first time, it’s been a week dominated by the ongoing crisis in the Health Service, not just with patients on trolleys, but with questions over ambulance delays to boot and while the Government struggles on this front, it has a Coalition row over rent certainty crisis to deal with as well, all that, plus revelations from former Labour leader Eamon Gilmore’s book, and Web Summit organisers saying the Government dropped the ball on how they dealt with them over the past few years.

Watch The Gathering Bitesize here.

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