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    Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 17 February 2014


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    Emergency Wards - Chaos

     A senior emergency consultant at Sligo Regional Hospital has warned that the increasing numbers of patients infected with influenza being admitted to overcrowded emergency hospital departments is like throwing a match to a tank of oil. Overcrowding in Emergency Departments is just one of many issues facing Minister for Health James Reilly.. Sean spoke to Medical Journalist, Priscilla Lynch and also by Dr Fergal Hickey, from Sligo General Hospital...


    Tallaght Death

    Gardai are questioning a 31 year old man following the discovery of a woman’s body at the Plaza Hotel in Tallaght, County Dublin. Sonia Blount who was in her thirties, was found in a hotel bedroom yesterday afternoon. Conor Feehan of The Herald spoke to Sean .



    Gardai in county Offaly are investigating the death of a sixty five year old man who sustained severe injuries to his head after an incident at a house in Edenderry at the weekend. He has been named locally as Tom Dooley - a native of the area. Midlands Correspondent Ciaran Mullooly reported.


    Bishop of Meath and Kildare Pat Storey

     There is but a small community of female bishops in the worldwide Anglican Community – 27 to be exact and none at all in Britain – but here, the Church of Ireland has made its mark on integrating women into their hierarchy by recently ordaining my next guest as Bishop of Meath and Kildare.  The Most Reverend Pat Storey made the move from Derry to Maynooth late last year to take up her new position. She joined Sean in studio.


    Limerick Floods Clean-UP

    Just over two weeks since large areas of Limerick City witnessed unprecedented flooding, there is growing anger at the lack of a coherent strategy to help locals put their lives back together.  Brian O’Connell reported from the St Marys Park area in the immediate aftermath of the flooding, and he returned this weekend to see what progress has been made in helping those most affected. Brian joined Sean from the Cork studio.



    GSOC Controversy

    The controversy over allegations of bugging at the offices of the Garda Ombudsman smouldered on over the weekend. This week Justice Minister Alan Shatter will face an Oireachtas committee to clarify his position. Minister for Trade and Development Joe Costello said once the committee presents its report into the matter, a decision can then be taken on how best to proceed. Tom Clonan, security expert and Irish Times columnist talked to Sean.


    Red/Yellow Cards in Hurling

    Sending players off the hurling field has become a controversial issue as when Ryan O’Dwyer of Dublin was sent off against Cork in last year’s Championship. O’Dwyer got the red card, not for the ferociousness of the foul but because he had accumulated a second yellow card, which automatically means a sending off.  Kilkenny Legend Eddie Keher has taken to writing a paper outlining why he thinks yellow and red cards are killing the game of hurling, his opinions have been supported by current Kilkenny manager Brian Cody, and they have both started a debate about the pros and cons of cards in hurling.  Sean debated the issue with former Kilkenny legend, Eddie Keher and by former Wexford Manager Liam Griffin.....



    Drug Treatment Courts

    "If you have been struggling with your drug addiction for a while, have been arrested after commiting a crime to feed your habit and are facing a spell in prison, the drug treatment court programme offers you a chance to find a new direction in your life" this is  according to the guide to the Drug Treatment Court Programme Paddy O Gorman attended the Drug Treatment Court and reported who he met and Hilda McDermott of the Irish Courts Service who is co-ordinator of the Drug Treatment Courts spoke to Sean.



    Pioneers and Aviators

     Few countries have had such a dramatic start to their aviation history as Ireland, it happened when Alcock and Brown touched down on their first transatlantic flight on a boggy field in the West of Ireland. From such basic beginnings, Ireland is now a major voice on the global aviation stage.  Writer and Director Alan Gilsenan and Michael Lillis of Avalon have been working on a new documentary called “Pioneers and Aviators”. It tells the story of the pioneering individuals whose vision, passion, successes and failures helped forge Ireland’s unique aviation history. And it will be broadcast o RTE on Thursday the 20th and 27th of February.

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