Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 30 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.

Commission on Water Charges Report

Commission on Water Charges Report

Now, the experts have had their say, the Water Commission Report was published yesterday evening and water charges could be back on the table, but not for the majority of people, if generous allowances are included in a new system, as proposed.

To discuss the issue, we spoke to Brendan Ogle, of the Right2Water campaign, Alan Farrell, Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal and a member of the Joint Committee on Water Services and Alan Kelly is the Labour TD for Tipperary and former Environment Minister in the previous Government, with responsibility for water charges.

Bertie Ahern Coming Back

Bertie Ahern Coming Back

At last night’s branch meeting of the Fianna Fáil party in Dublin Central the meeting was informed that former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern would be invited to rejoin the party.  Well, this might come as a surprise to party headquarters... John Downing of the Irish Independent  and author of ‘Most Skilful, Most Devious, Most Cunning: A Political Biography of Bertie Ahern’ joined us this morning.

Finding Banni

Finding Banni

Today Show reporter Colm Flynn comes from County Clare.  He has a younger brother and sister but for a while his family had another child in their care – that child’s name was Banni and he was from Belarus.  Colm went to Belarus this year to try to find out what happened to the boy his parents tried to adopt fifteen years ago.  Colm’s documentary goes out tonight on RTÉ 2 TV in the Reality Bites slot – it’s called ‘Finding Banni’

I DRAW SLOW

I DRAW SLOW

I Draw Slow have started a pledge campaign/ crowd fund in order to record and release their new album, the best one yet. You can buy the album before it is made. If you are interested in what they are doing you can find out more here

Football Sex Abuse

Football Sex Abuse

Premier League Football Club Chelsea has begun an investigation into allegations of historical sex abuse dating back to the 1970s.

And yesterday former football coach Barry Bennell was charged with eight sexual abuse offences on a boy under the age of fourteen.Both developments have shocked the UK football world.

For more we were joined by Enda Brady, reporter with Sky News.

Book: The Road to Ruin

Book: The Road to Ruin

Financial Crashes are like earthquakes: we know that they are coming, but we know not the day or the hour. The next one is close and is likely to be severe, even epochal, according to James Rickards, author of a new book called The Road to Ruin. James advises the US intelligence community on international economics and financial threats. He joined us today from our London studio.

Shakespeare: Hamlet

Shakespeare: Hamlet

Again and again, Shakespeare is named the greatest writer in the English language and, for many, Hamlet is his greatest play. Written in 1600/1601, people quote lines from the play without even knowing it and possibly the most famous line in all of Shakespeare is Hamlet’s question: ‘To be or not to be’. And to discuss this monumental work – at over 4,000 lines, it’s Shakespeare’s longest play - we were joined as usual by Shakespeare enthusiast, Niall MacMonagle.

Next month, we look at The Winters Tale.

Undocumented Irish

Undocumented Irish

During his campaign for the presidency, Donald Trump pledged mass deportation of illegal immigrants. Now he appears to be softening his stance on a range of issues, including immigration.

Will Mr Trump follow through on deporting illegal immigrants, and where does this leave the estimated 50,000 undocumented Irish people living in the United States?

Joining us on the line was an undocumented Irish person wanting to tell his story, “Michael” and we were joined by Chicago-based Irish senator Billy Lawless, a long-time advocate for this cause.

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My Portion

My Portion

I Draw Slow

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Apocylpto

Apocylpto

I Draw Slow

3:11

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