Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 3 May 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.

Government Formation

Government Formation

We began today with the continuing attempts to form a Government. Whatever its shape, our next Government will be the worst possible outcome of the General Election according to journalist and commentator Vincent Browne.

He spoke to us this morning.

Government Formation continued

Government Formation continued

Could two more days of talks give us a Taoiseach by Thursday? Stephen Collins, Political Editor for The Irish Times gives us his opinion.

Maternity Hospital Row

Maternity Hospital Row

Plans to co-locate the new maternity hospital at St. Vincent's Hospital in Dublin stalled last week after a dispute over who would be in charge after the merger.

With the Governance of the new maternity hospital still at issue, three of the country's hospital masters have come together in favour of a model which would see the maternity hospital maintain its corporate independence after the proposed move. 

Professor Fergal Malone, Master of the Rotunda Hospital joined us. 

Brexit

Brexit

UK politics has had a busy couple of weeks.

A storm erupted for the Labour party as it’s accused of having a problem with anti-Semitism... there are local elections about to take place, on Thursday... and behind it all, shaping much of the debate, looms the 23rd of June, and the historic Brexit vote...

I’m joined on the line now by Kevin Maguire, Daily Mirror Associate Editor and columnist with the New Statesman...he wants to see the UK stay IN...and Andrew Pierce, Daily Mail consultant editor and columnist...who wants them to LEAVE...

Let’s start at the start then, Andrew...why do you want to leave the EU?

Leicester Premier League Champions

Leicester Premier League Champions

This kind of thing is only supposed to happen in the films, and even then you wouldn't believe it. 

Leicester City were five thousand to one rank outsiders to win the Premier League at the start of this season, they have squad players like Andy King, who have played in and won three different divisions with the club. 

Just 8 years ago they were in the doldrums, with local rivals Aston Villa flying high in the top division. 

And now, they're the champions. 

Gerry Taggart, former Leicester and Northern Ireland player spoke to us along with Ian Stringer from BBC Radio Leicester. 

Autism

Autism

The official figure for people with Autism in Ireland is currently put at 1 in 100, but even getting a formal diagnosis of autism for a child is a challenge. And parents will  tell you, that once the diagnosis is made, the real battle for services like speech and language therapy just begins. 

Evelyn O'Rourke has been looking at this issue. 

Shakespeare at 400 - Othello

Shakespeare at 400 - Othello

In January, we talked about Shakespeare’s great tragedy, King Lear...today we are focusing on another ... Othello.

A play brimming with jealousy, racism and subterfuge. It also boasts one of the most evil characters in all of Shakespeare’s works... Iago.

And to discuss Othello, which was first performed before the royal family in Whitehall palace on 1 November 1604, Niall MacMonagle joined us in studio.

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