Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 8 December 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.

Sinn Féin / Dáil Privilege

Sinn Féin / Dáil Privilege

There were dramatic scenes in Dáil Éireann last night when Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell stood up and named Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis and Martin Ferris in association with the 1983 murder of prison officer Brian Stack. Alan Farrell's intervention came directly after Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams had made a statement to the Dáil on the murder. 

Micheal Martin and Michael McDowell spoke to us.

Parole Board Chairperson

Parole Board Chairperson

Among the findings in the Parole Board’s Annual Report for 2015 was the fact that some long term prisoners are being kept in prison because there are no supports in the community for them. I’ll be joined shortly by the Chairman of The Parole Board, John Costello, but firstly, yesterday evening our reporter Brian O’Connell went into Wheatfield Prison to meet prisoners serving long sentences. We were also joined by John Costello, chairman of the Parole Board.

Tracker Mortgage

Tracker Mortgage

This day last week Caitríona Redmond was watching the Oireachtas Finance Committee proceedings with great interest because her mortgage lender – Ulster Bank – was before the committee.  Last week Springboard was the first mortgage provider to be fined by the Central Bank for moving customers from Tracker mortgages to variable rates when they should not have done so up to 10,000 customers may be due refunds due to over-charging and some of those customers lost their homes. 

Caitriona Redmond joined us this morning.

Aidan O'Driscoll Shooting / Real IRA

Aidan O'Driscoll Shooting / Real IRA

Aidan O'Driscoll was known as The Beast, he was suspected of serving as chief of staff for the Real IRA in Munster and he was executed last night on the streets of Cork. Nicola Tallant is investigations editor with the Sunday World and she joined us this morning.

Tyre Protest

Tyre Protest

A number of trucks and vans are outside Dáil Eireann this morning as part of a protest against a proposed tyre levy.

Niall Murray runs a tyre wholesaler and retailer in Cavan and is taking part in the protest. He spoke to us this morning.

TK Whitaker

TK Whitaker

Today marks the 100th birthday of T.K.Whitaker, widely considered to be one of country’s greatest public servants and the architect of modern Ireland.

Diarmaid Ferriter Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD joined us this morning.

Sports Books for Christmas

Sports Books for Christmas

It’s been a bumper year for the publication of books on sport with autobiographies from stars in everything from GAA to surfing.

Damien O'Meara and Damian Lawlor joined us in studio with their top picks for the season! 

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