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Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 17 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.

Victory Outreach

Victory Outreach

Given recent controversies concerning how charities spend public donations, this morning we reveal details of a special report in conjunction with the RTÉ Investigations Unit which examines how vulnerable addicts are working up to 18 hours a day, for no pay, to raise money for a charity organisation.

Our reporter Brian O’Connell has spent several months working on this story with producer Isabel Perceval and Brian was with Sean in studio.

Mortgage Relief

Mortgage Relief

In his television address at the weekend to mark the end of the bailout programme the Taoiseach Enda Kenny said banks must do more to deal with (those in) mortgage distress.

But report a from Government yesterday revealed that few people in mortgage arrears have used an independent financial advice service set up last year, though more than 100,000 people remain in difficulties.

Sean was joined by Noeline Blackwell Director General of the Free Legal Advice Centres(FLAC), who is not impressed at what’s been done to help those in trouble.

Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy

Valerie Cox talks to the family of a 9 year old boy who contracted narcolepsy after a swine flu vaccination jab

Arab Spring

Arab Spring

Three years ago today, Mohamed Bouazizi, a 26 year old Tunisian Street vendor, set himself on fire in the Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid. His act of demonstration sparked the Tunisian Revolution and set in train the Arab Spring.

The events that followed led to the President of Tunisia, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali leaving the country. Today, Sidi Bouzid is preparing to commemorate the third anniversary of the Uprising.

But is Tunisia anywhere near where it wished to be three years ago, when all this began?

Sean was joined by Irish Times foreign affairs correspondent, Mary FitzGerald.

Dublin City Council and Irish Water

Dublin City Council and Irish Water

Mary Fitzpatrick, Fianna Fail Councillor

International Criminal Court

International Criminal Court

Mali, the Deomcratic Republic of the COngo, Sudan and Darfur are nations whose human rights violatins and conflicts have come under scrutiny of Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda. She joined Sean in studio this morning.

Travel

Travel

By the time Christmas has come and gone, few people are thinking of a holiday.

However, the first few weeks in January actually offer some of the best deals of the year at a time when planes, resorts and ski slopes aren’t as busy as normal.

Pól Ó Conghaile has been taking a look at some of the options available and was with Sean this morning.

Nigella Lawson Case

Nigella Lawson Case

The trial of Nigella Lawson’s former personal assistants continues in a London court.  The sisters deny fraudulently using credit cards for personal use. Yesterday, Francesca Grillo was in the witness box.   

To bring us up to date with the case I’m joined now by Chris Walker of GRN.

Government Economic Plan

Government Economic Plan

Sean Whelan, RTE Economics Editor

Music Played on the Show

11:57

Title: Every Christmas

Composer: Not Available

Performer(s): Kelly Clarkson

Album: Wrapped In Red

Duration: 3:47

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