Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 21 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.

Tracker Mortgages

Tracker Mortgages

The number of affected tracker mortgage accounts has risen above 33,000. Almost €300m has been paid out in refunds of overcharged interest and compensation to affected mortgage holders.

Brendan Burgess of Askaboutmoney.com joined Seán O'Rourke in studio this morning.

             

Bookclub: The Scandal By Fredrik Backman

Bookclub: The Scandal By Fredrik Backman

For the last book club of the year, and in keeping with the season, we’ve been reading a dark, Scandi, sports SLASH crime novel, it’s called The Scandal- well that’s what it’s called here- it goes by the title Beartown over in the US... but we’ll cover that later.

It’s by Fredrick Backman, the author of the best-selling A Man Called Ove, which sold millions of copies and was made into a feature film.

This is his latest offering, and while it’s a bit of a departure for him, it’s proving to be just as popular with readers.

Eamon Dunphy, broadcaster, Natasha Fennell, Director of Stillwater Communications, Aoife Barry, Assistant News Editor of the Journal.ie, and Bob Johnsen, owner of the Gutter Bookshops in Dalkey and Temple Bar came into studio to talk all about it. 

Folklore: The Three Days Of Christmas

Folklore: The Three Days Of Christmas

Just five more sleeps until Christmas Day, so as the festivities get closer and closer, we’re going to look at how different Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and St Stephen’s Day traditions measure up to our current habits..

Folklore Expert and Researcher, Michael Fortune joined Seán O'Rourke in studio this morning. 

 

Catalonia Election

Catalonia Election

As people go to the polls in Catalonia, in an election that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy hopes will put an end to the political crisis there, Rapahel Minder, Spanish Correspondent with the New York Times spoke to the programme. 

Car Drives Into A Crowd In Melbourne

Car Drives Into A Crowd In Melbourne

A car crashed into pedestrians in Melbourne just a few hours ago, injuring nineteen with four in a critical condition.

Police have confirmed it was a ``deliberate act’’ and have arrested two people, including the driver, however there is no evidence this is an act of terrorism. 

Danny Tran is a reporter with ABC Radio Melbourne and he spoke to the programme.

Travelling With Children

Travelling With Children

Planes, trains and automobiles, it’s that time of year when families move mountains and take long tips to be together. While the final destination is always worth it, the journey home can be trying if you have little ones with you.

Joanna Fortune Psychotherapist at Solamh.com joined Seán in studio to give parents some tips on how to ensure it’s smooth sailing if you're travelling home for Christmas. 

St Andrews Family Centre in Dublin City

St Andrews Family Centre in Dublin City

The family centre at St Andrews is at the heart of Dublin city is a second home to many local residents from the Pearse St area. 

Evelyn O'Rourke visited the centre to meet the team there and the locals who use the service. 

Theresa May Woes

Theresa May Woes

There is more political drama unfolding across the with British Prime Minister Theresa May last night effectively sacking her closest Ministerial ally Damian Green. The move follows a seven week cabinet office investigation in Mr Green's behaviour. 

Denis Staunton is London Editor of the Irish Times and he joined Seán O'ROurke on the line this morning. 

Capuchin Christmas

Capuchin Christmas

Last year, on the 22nd of December, you might remember images of thousands of people queuing outside the Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin.  It was Christmas parcel day and almost 3,000 people collected the blue bags filled with food.  Br. Kevin Crowley of the Capuchin Day Centre joined Seán O'Rourke on the line to discuss how the centre plans to deal with this Christmas.

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