Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 31 March 2016

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.

Political Update

Political Update

The talking goes on but no sign of a government yet.

Green leader Eamon Ryan, Independents Mattie McGrath and John Halligan plus Fianna Fail's Thomas Byrne joined Sean this morning to discuss the formation of a Government and answer the question, are we hurtling  toward another General Election.

 

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Trump has trumped himself yet again in an interview on US television, Trump called for women to be punished if they have an illegal abortion.

Later, his campaign issued a statement saying that it is the doctor who would be legally responsible and not the woman.

We spoke to Tom Plank, Chair of Republicans Overseas Ireland

Microchipping Deadline

Microchipping Deadline

April 1st marks the deadline for all dogs in Ireland to be microchipped and registered under new legislation. 

Paddy O'Gorman visited the DSPCA and spoke to some dog owners to get their thoughts on the new law.

Saving Lives in Tanzania

Saving Lives in Tanzania

Housing Forum

Housing Forum

A forum on housing and homelessness will be hosted by Minister Alan Kelly and Paudie Coffey at the Custom House today, with organisations involved in the delivery of housing and homelessness services in attendance as well as various political configurations within the current Dáil. 

New figures issued today by Focus Ireland report that 208 families and 363 children in Dublin became homeless in the first two months of this year and were referred to its family services.

Meanwhile the Simon Communities have called for a cross party initiative on the housing crisis while the country waits for a new Government. Tom Parlon is Director General of the Construction Industry Federation and Lorcan Sirr is Lecturer in Housing and Real Estate at DIT and they both joined us this morning. 

South African President Zuma

South African President Zuma

South Africa's highest court has today ordered President Jacob Zuma to pay back taxpayers' money spent upgrading his private residence to include a swimming pool and parking garage for VIP guests.

Earlier the court delivered a damning verdict on a corruption scandal that has rocked the South African government. 

The Daily Telegraph's correspondent in South Africa is Aisling Laing who joined us on the line. 

Census Enumerator

Census Enumerator

Now over the coming weeks, in the region of 4,600 Census enumerators will be calling to over 2 million properties around the country with census forms. These forms are to be filled out on the night of Sunday April 24th with the first results from the 2016 census due in July. This week our reporter Brian O’Connell went with local census enumerator Dolly O’Reilly on Sherkin Island. She’s one of the lucky ones to get this job.

Tommy Sands

Tommy Sands

Now, in 1966, for the 50-year commemorations of the Rising, folk music legend Tommy Sands performed in Dublin’s Liberty Hall. Last night, he performed an encore, for the centenary...

Performing a new track, which saw the light of day for the first time last night, and getting its first play, on air, Tommy performed The Rising Tide.

Australian Stabbing

Australian Stabbing

Reports from Sydney that an Irishman has died after being stabbed to death in Sydney. Ben McClellan with the Daily Telegraph in Sydney was on the line. 

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