Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 29 March 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. Presented by Cormac Ó hEadhra.

Templemore Garda College Report

Templemore Garda College Report

An Garda Síochána is due to publish a report this morning detailing some astonishing financial irregularities at the Garda College over a number of years...

Details of the draft report were previously revealed by the Sunday Times and the Garda Commissioner addressed this controversy on this programme back in January - when she told Sean O’Rourke that these were legacy issues. John Mooney of the Sunday Times joined us this morning.

 

Brexit/Northern Ireland Executive

Brexit/Northern Ireland Executive

Later today British Prime Minister Theresa May will finally trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and in doing so will begin the UK’s divorce from the European Union. The focus in this country will be what Brexit will  mean for the border between the North and South of the island as well as the impact on jobs, on agriculture and the overall economy. Just as article 50 is triggered the political parties in Northern Ireland are in a stalemate and have so far been unable to form an executive. We spoke to Sinn Féin's President Gerry Adams.

Chanelle McCoy

Chanelle McCoy

On Sunday night you may have seen a new Dragon on the Dragon’s Den on RTÉ television….. Chanelle McCoy is probably best known as the wife of AP McCoy but she is also a business woman who has been running a multi million euro business - Chanelle Medical for well over a decade.

Chanelle McCoy joined us this morning. 

Brexit Triggered

Brexit Triggered

Brexit begins today. Just around two hours from now, a letter – signed by British Prime Minister Theresa May – will be hand delivered to Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, saying 'Dear EU, we’re leaving...'

So the two-year countdown begins today for the UK’s exit from the European Union.

Joining us this morning were Dara murphy, Minister of State for European Affairs, Liam Halligan, Economist, broadcaster and columnist with the Daily Telegraph, who supported Brexit.... And Dan O'Brien, Chief Economist at the Institute of International and European Affairs and columnist with Independent News and Media.

 

Templemore Report Ctd.

Templemore Report Ctd.

An Garda Síochana have released the report detailing astonishing financial irregularities at the Garda College in Templemore over a number of years. We heard details earlier on from John Mooney of the Sunday Times. 

Here we spoke to Sean Fleming, Chairman of the PAC and Catherine Murphy, Social Democrat and member of the Public Accounts Committee. 

Brexit Discussion

Brexit Discussion

Conservative MP for Wokingham and former UK Government Minister, John Redwood, a long-time eurosceptic and Pro-Brexit campaigner spoke to us along with Manfred Weber, German MEP and chair of the centre-right European People’s party

Organ Donation Awareness Week

Organ Donation Awareness Week

Two hundred and ninety six organ transplants took place in this country last year and one of the more unusual ones was a mother to daughter kidney transplant. Joining us this morning were Liz Delaney and her daughter, Michaela. 

Organ Donor Cards can also be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association LoCall 1890 543639 or Freetext the word DONOR to 50050. Visit website www.ika.ie. It is now possible to store an organ donor card, the ‘ecard’ on Smart mobile phones. Simply search for ‘Donor ECard’ at the iPhone Store or Android Market Place.

Bus Eireann Strike

Bus Eireann Strike

Bus Éireann drivers are due to stage a protest in just over an hour outside Leinster House. The protest is being held to coincide with Minister for Transport Shane Ross’ appearance before an Oireachtas committee on the Bus Éireann issue.

Drivers from Dublin Bus and Iarnród Éireann are also expected to join the protest - potentially causing widespread disruption to transport services around the country.

 

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Brian O'Connell reports on a series of nights spent on the beat with the Gardaí.

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