Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 31 January 2017

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.

Brexit

Brexit

Fianna Fáil's leader Micheal Martin joined us in studio this morning to discuss an Taoiseach's visit to Washington, Theresa May's visit to Ireland and Bus Éireann in crisis. 

Michelle O'Neill, Sinn Féin Leader in the North

Michelle O'Neill, Sinn Féin Leader in the North

Michelle O’Neill, Sinn Fein’s leader in the North joined us this morning from our Belfast studio.

Ageing

Ageing

Many of us are aware that we are living in a country with an ageing population and according to the Central Statistics Office, it is estimated that 22% of the population will be over the age of 65 by 2041.

Dr Rónán Collins, Director of Stroke Services and Consultant Physician at Tallaght Hospital joined us this morning.

US Pre-Clearance

US Pre-Clearance

For more on the Government's complete review of US immigration facilities at Dublin and Shannon, former Chief Executive of Shannon Airport, current chair of the Regional and Business Airports Group, Neil Pakey joined us.

An Affair with My Mother - Caitríona Palmer

An Affair with My Mother - Caitríona Palmer

Last week our book club discussed Caitríona Palmer's An Affair with my Mother. The book tells the story of Caitriona's search for her birth mother, and how that relationship came with a condition. It had to be kept a secret. For fifteen years Caitriona and her mother met covertly in various locations around Dublin. However the publication of the book has seriously impacted that new found relationship. 

We spoke to her this morning. 

Rent Controls

Rent Controls

Now, last Thursday, the Government’s rent pressure zones extended to 23 towns and cities nationally. This was on the back of an earlier announcement that the cities of Cork and Dublin would also come under the new restrictions. Our reporter Brian O’Connell has been to one of the new rent control areas where some people are not happy with the Government’s actions.

Book: He Was Galway

In 1929, Liam O’Flaherty’s novel, The House of Gold, became the first book to be banned by the Irish Censorship Board for its references to greed, murder and sex. Although a work of fiction, it was widely known that the book was based on a real family - the McDonogh’s, and in particular, Máirtín Mór McDonogh.

The book adds to the folklore about a man who at one time was the biggest employer in Connacht, a national politician, and an intensely private person. In a fascinating new book called ‘He was Galway’, Jackie Uí Chionna of NUIG investigates who Máirtín Mór really was, and why his family inspired the famous book and she joined us this morning.

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