Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 6 December 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.

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe

Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe joined Seán O'Rourke in studio this morning to discuss raising the age of retirement for public sector workers to 70, Brexit negotiations and the issue of a hard border with the North, and the issue of our corporation tax and the collection of that €13 billion the state is owed by Apple. 

Gabriel Byrne

Gabriel Byrne

George Bernard Shaw may be known as one of the finest writers to have ever lived, however what many may not know was that he was also a political activist with strong views on feminism, poverty and even fake news.

A new documentary about his life and career airs on RTE One tonight, it’s called "My Astonishing Self" and it’s presented by Gabriel Byrne. Gabriel Byrne spoke to Seán O'Rourke about the documentary. 

Children's Allowance

Children's Allowance

Paddy O'Gorman has been meeeting people in Bray who have been collecting their children's allowance and he spoke to them about what they plan to spend it on as Christmas rapidly approaches.  

Voluntary Sector and Strike Action

Voluntary Sector and Strike Action

A number of social care organisations around the country have been served notice of possible strike action by SIPTU in a dispute concerning equal pay.

Around 8000 care workers in community and disability organistions, known as Section 39 workers, will be balloted next week for an all-out strike.

Paul Bell is SIPTU Health Division Organiser and he joined Seán O'Rourke in studio this morning. 

Rise In Veganism

Rise In Veganism

Being vegan in Ireland was once seen as an extreme lifestyle choice but in recent years it has become more main stream. Even in this country where the beef and dairy industries are economic heavy hitters for farmers we are waking up and smelling the soya latte!

To talk about this rise in veganism, Catherine Cleary, Journalist and food writer, Keith Walsh, 2FM Breakfast Republic presenter and vegan, and Dennis Cotter, chef and founder of vegetarian restaurant Café Paradiso in Cork discussed this with the programme this mroning. 

Ré Live

Ré Live

Ré joined Seán O'Rourke in studio this morning to perform "As I Roved Out" 

Books for Christmas

Books for Christmas

Rick O’Shea of RTÉ Gold and the Rick O’Shea book club on Facebook and Louisa Cameron of Raven Books, an independent bookshop in Blackrock in County Dublin have been busy compiling their lists of books for Christmas and hopefully there will be something here to suit most readers. 

They both joined Seán in studio this morning and here are the books they are recommending for Christmas: 

Elmet by Fiona Mozley

Diary Of A Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

Artemis by Andy Weir

Silence in the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge, translated from Norwegian by Becky L. Crook

Tin Man by Sarah Winman

A General Theory of Oblivion, José Eduardo Agualusa, translated from Portuguese by Daniel Hahn

To Be A Machine by Mark O’Connell

Sweet Bean Paste, Durian Sukegawa, translated from Japanese by Alison Watts

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Motherfoclóir, Darach Ó Séaghdha

Foclóiropedia, Fatti & John Burke

Moonrise, Sarah Crossan

Tapestry of Light, Tina Claffey

Room Little Darker by June Caldwell

In the Midst of Winter, Isabel Allende

A Ton Of Malice Barry McKinley

Music Played on the Show

As I Roved Out

As I Roved Out

Liam O Maonlai And Re

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