Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 9 August 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. Presented by Keelin Shanley

Health Action Plan

Health Action Plan

Minister for Health Simon Harris said this morning that, by the end of the year, there will be a 50% reduction in the number of people waiting over 18 months for in-patient procedures in hospitals across the country.

We spoke to Liam Doran, general secretary of the INMO. 

Olympic Ticket Touting

Olympic Ticket Touting

A very mixed day three at the Olympic Games for Team Ireland yesterday but the story providing most of the headlines isn't from the competitions themselves but it's in the stands - a ticket touting controversy for the Irish Olympic Committee to deal with. 

We spoke to Gary Moran who is in Rio. 

Former Guantanamo Prisoner

Former Guantanamo Prisoner

The subject of the documentary called 'The Confession: Living the War on Terror', which will be opening this coming Friday at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin spoke to us this morning from Glasgow. 

It tells the story of his upbringing as a Muslim in Birmingham and how he came to the attention of British and anti terrorism services and had numerous encounters with them before being arrested in Pakistan in 2002. 

Without ever facing official charges, he was detained in Kandahar, Bagram and ultimately the infamous Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, before being released - under George W. Bush's orders and despite the wishes of the FBI and CIA in 2004. Moazzam Begg joined us from Glasgow.

Lidl Jobs Announcement

Lidl Jobs Announcement

Retail giant Lidl announced recently plans to create 600 jobs in Ireland over the next two years. 

The budget supermarket chain which opened in Ireland in 2000 currently employs 4,000 people across 146 stores here. The positions come at a time of rising fortunes for both Lidl and its rival discounter Aldi. 

But ultimately, what difference if any, will their growing share of the market make to the Irish consumer? Andrew Bradley of Bradley Branding joined us. 

Covantas

Covantas

Yesterday we were given a look behind the scenes pf the Covanta waste to energy plant or incinerator as it is also known. The operators way it will be capable of handling 600,000 tonnes of black bin waste., which will be delivered in convoys of lorries to fuel the furnaces at Ringsend. 

Covanta have said that the small particulates which can cause human health problems will be removed through a filtering system and has reassured residents living near the new chimney stacks that the process will be safe. 

Glenna Lynch of the Social Democrats joined us. 

US Politicians

US Politicians

Donald Trump unveiled his new economic plan in Detroit yesterday where the theme remained the same, to make America great again'.

The desire to turn back the clock to a glorious bygone era has been a mainstay of the Republican Presidential candidate's campaign but when exactly was that era?

Olan McGowan says Trump's appeal has provided a common thread linking celebrity Republicans throughout the years. 

Motoring

Motoring

New car sales for the first half of 2016 are significantly up on last year, by over 8%, and a major factor in the choices that people are making is how economical the particular models they are considering will turn out. 

It's easy enough to read a brochure and compare the miles per litre of two different cars but by how much can we actually trust the figures they are telling us? 

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert spoke to us. 

Health and Blood Pressure

Heart disease and stroke are the most common causes of death for both men and women in Ireland, with 10,000 people dying from cardiovascular disease each year. 

It's a scary number and one the Irish Heart Foundation hopes to turn around with the launch of a new mobile health unit today which will carry out free blood pressure checks around the country. Patricia Hall, nursing manager with the National Heart and Stroke Helpline spoke to us.

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Robin (The Hooded Man)

Robin (The Hooded Man)

Clannad

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