Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 14 November 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.

Dealing with the Donald

Dealing with the Donald

Concerns about the treatment of illegal immigrants and plans to reduce corporate tax rates in the US are just part of the fall out from the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. Domestically, one of the biggest issues facing the minority government is of course public sector pay as Ministers try to ward off widespread industrial action. All of that, while at the same time keeping Fianna Fáil on side because without their confidence and supply agreement the Government fails. 

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin joined us this morning on protecting Ireland's interests.

When Sean Met the Donald

When Sean Met the Donald

In May 2014 we travelled to Doonbeg in County Clare, to the Trump International Golf Resort, to meet with Donald Trump... at the time he hadn’t yet confirmed that he was running for President of the US, but we did speak about his political ambition, his business successes and failures and his plans for Doonbeg... among many other topics... we played a few snippets from that interview last week, but today we replayed the interview in full... due to popular demand, this is Donald Trump speaking in May 2014...

Garda Diversity Unit

Garda Diversity Unit

When a case like that of Khalid Kelly rears its head – he’s the Irishman who died in Mosul on November 4th when he blew himself up in an Isis bombing attack - questions inevitably arise about radicalisation in Ireland... and whether the Garda is equipped to deal with militants in minority communities in Ireland.  Well Dave McInerney heads up the Garda Racial Intercultural and Diversity Unit and he joined us this morning.

New Zealand Earthquake

New Zealand Earthquake

Following a magnitude-6.3 earthquake overnight in New Zealand, the country continues to be hit by hundreds of aftershocks.

This is the second significant tremor, following an earthquake measuring 7.8 yesterday morning, resulting in two reported deaths.  

From Wellington was Radio New Zealand reporter Emile Donovan.

NTA Taxi Proposal

NTA Taxi Proposal

A knowledge test for taxi drivers? 

A range of questions posed by the regulatory body for taxis is asking the public what requirements should be in place for a person to qualify as a taxi driver in Ireland. One of the questions posed by the NTA is whether taxi drivers should have a proven competency in the English language before gaining a licence. The Authority also asks if knowledge of geographic location should be tested. 

This morning we spoke to Vincent Kearns, Vice President of the National Taxi Drivers Union. 

Luftwaffe Book

Luftwaffe Book

During the Second World War, or the Emergency as it was known, a number of German planes crash-landed on neutral Irish soil following close encounters with British forces.

The members of the German Luftwaffe who survived were interned in the Curragh Camp in County Kildare. They weren't considered Prisoners of War and spent the subsequent years of the war in rural Ireland, living alongside their British counterparts.

They led a relatively free life at the Curragh Camp, and were allowed out to visit the local towns and take part in everyday Irish activities.

Over many years, Justin Horgan and Paddy Cummins researched this subject for the book 'Luftwaffe Eagles Over Ireland - the Story of German Air Crashes over Neutral Ireland 1940-1945'.

Justin Horgan joined us this morning.

'Luftwaffe Eagles Over Ireland' by Justin Horgan & Paddy Cummins is available directly from www.horganpress.com, priced €35.

Weekend Sport

Weekend Sport

Now, to a packed weekend in sport...a dramatic day in the AIB Club championship, a huge win for Martin O’Neill’s men in Vienna, victory in an entertaining 80 minutes of rugby against Canada on Saturday, but narrow defeat for the women’s side against England and of course Conor McGregor makes history in New York.

Joining us this morning were Damian Lawlor, Presenter of RTE’s GAA Podcast Jones’s Road, Eamon Dunphy, Football pundit and sports writer Orla Bannon.

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