Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 2 December 2013

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.

Charities and Salary Top Ups

Charities and Salary Top Ups

The revelations that continue to emerge about the use of donations to top-up the salaries of staff and board members at charitable organisations are a source of growing concern for other charities which depend almost entirely on the generosity of the public.

Calls have now been made for a Regulator to be established to provide for transparency on how donations are spent, but as charities enter the most important time of the year for fundraising, is it a case of the damage is already done?

Chief Executive of Barnardo’s, Fergus Finlay joined Sean.

Pathologist Resignation

Pathologist Resignation

Questions are being raised as to the level of impact the resignation of deputy state pathologist Khalid Jaber will have on future murder trials here. Mr Jaber, who resigned from his position on Saturday, has criticised the way the state pathologist’s office is run calling it a “private enclave” within the Department of Justice .

Sean was joined by John Mooney of the Sunday Times.

Photo: Irish Independent

Climate Change

Climate Change

The UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw closed last month, and as with previous summits the world has seen lots of talking about a globally-binding agreement on cutting carbon emissions, but no substantial results. As Ireland tries to get to grip with our carbon emission targets, Japan has gone the other way altogether and abandoned its targets. That’s all according Dr. Bjorn Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and was once named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.

Sean was also joined by Eamon Ryan, former minister for the environment and leader of the Green Party, who says that Ireland needs to decarbonise its energy supply by embracing wind, solar and hydro power. With wind being one source that is in limitless supply, he maintains that public opinion in Ireland needs to change if we are to embrace wind power.



Autumn ended  in a blaze of colour with an exceptional show this year and images of golden leaves scattered all over the place. Did you ever wonder why some trees lose their leaves at this time of year and why they change colour?   

Gerry Daly, Editor of the Irish Garden magazine  is here now to answer those questions and to  give us some gardening tips.




Earlier in the programme we spoke to Barnardo’s chief executive Fergus Finlay about the controversy raging about salary top ups in the health and charity sectors including the Central Remedical Clinic . Des Peelo was on the board of the CRC for 24 years and he was chairman of the organisation from 2002 to 2010. He says much of what is currently being reported is inaccurate and unfair and he joined Sean in studio.

Ex Prisoners

Ex Prisoners

One of the toughest things when prisoners are released (having served their sentence) is getting back to a normal life. Some make it, some don’t, but for the past five years, an organization in Waterford city has been helping to rehabilitate people who have left prison and who want to make positive life choices. And now they’re making a big contribution to Christmas in Waterford. 

Valerie Cox has been to U-Casadh in Waterford to find out more.

Paidi, A Life

Paidi, A Life

Sean spoke with Donal Keenan, who authored “Paidi – A Life” on the late Kerry legend, Paidi O’Se.

Ex-Prisoners Rehabilitation

Valerie Cox report from Waterford

Helicopter Crash in Glasgow

Peter Geoghegan, Freelance Journalist

Book: Paidi - A Life

I/V with The Author, Donal Keenan

Programme Highlights

Alone Hampers

Evelyn O'Rourke met with volunteers helping with the elderly.

Christmas and Your Garden

Paraic Horkan gives us ideas on adding colour to your home this Christmas.

Martin Conmey

In 1973, Martin Conmey, 20 years old at the time, was accused of her murder, and subsequently jailed for three years for manslaughter.



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