Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 19 September 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.

Future of an Post

Future of an Post

An Post’s future is under threat unless significant changes are made including an increase in the price of stamps and services. That’s according to a letter written by the company’s chief executive Donal Connell to the postal sector’s regulator ComReg.

He’s asked for a review of the existing prices cap on postal charges.

And this morning the Irish Postmasters Union are meeting with Minister for Communications Denis Naughten to talk about the future of the postal service.

Ned O’Hara is General Secretary of the Union and he joined us on the line.

Fianna Fáil Think In

Fianna Fáil Think In

Barry Cowen on what Fianna Fáil will think out at its think in.

Anniversary of Sean O'Casey's Death

Anniversary of Sean O'Casey's Death

Yesterday was the anniversary of the death of playwright Sean O'Casey who died on September 18 1964.

Born as John Casey in 1880 in Dublin's Inner City, his reputation largely rests on his first three major plays - The Shadow of a Gunman, Juno and the Paycock and The Plough and the Stars. 

But his life and career amounted to more than that, he was a profoundly political and controversial playwright. 

So what of his impact and legacy and why have his plays remained so popular. Diarmuid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD joined us.

The Dole

Paddy O'Gorman report

Oberstown

Oberstown

The Minister for Children, Katherine Zappone has announced a review of operations at the Oberstown children's detention centre after a number of incidents, including industrial action by staff, a rooftop protest and a fire at one of the buildings at the campus. 

EPIC is a group that provides advocacy support to children in Oberstown and its director and CEO Jennifer Gargan joined us this morning. 

Shopping Online for Legal Services

Shopping Online for Legal Services

A new online service which will allow solicitors to bid for work will launch in Ireland next month. LawBid aims to put the power into the hands of consumers when it comes to selecting a solicitor. 

Kid Harwood, CEO of LawBid and Director of Wildings Solicitors in the UK joined us this morning.

Lost Property at Garda Stations

Lost Property at Garda Stations

From Rolex watches to wheelchairs, Garda stations around the country recover and are presented with a large amount of stolen and found property. Some of it is returned to its owners within days, but what happens to the items that are unclaimed? And what kind of items turn up?

Our reporter Brian O’Connell has spent time inside Irishtown Garda Station. 

Weekend Sport

Weekend Sport

Play it again, Sam! So we’ll have to do it all again on the 1st of October, after Dublin and Mayo played out a thrilling, if not particularly high-quality, All Ireland final yesterday.

Here to analyse that match and all the big stories from a weekend of sport were Charlie Redmond, All Ireland winning Dublin forward, John Maughan, three-time All Ireland finalist as a manager of Mayo, Sports Writer Orla Bannon and Damian Lawlor, presenter of RTE’s GAA podcast Jones’s Road.

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