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    Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 10 June 2014


    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.

    Wilbur Ross/Bank of Ireland

    As investment and profit making goes it was a smart move for US billionaire investor Wilbur Ross to buy Bank of Ireland shares back in 2011.

    Yesterday, he sold all of his 5.5 per cent stake in the bank  - with his investment tripling in value. 

    All good news for him but what does it mean for Bank of Ireland?

    Joining Sean was Ciaran Hancock, finance correspondent of the Irish Times and Peter Brown founder of the Institute of Financial Trading.


    Labour Party Hustings

    The first in a series of Labour Party hustings to elect a new leader and deputy leader took place last night at the Radisson Blu Hotel near Dublin Airport.

    Our reporter Brian O’Connell went along and got the views of many grassroots members of the party.



    After the death of a pony this weekend as the result of a sulkey race, the ISPCA have called for a full ban on the practice on public roads. 

    Yesterday afternoon Paddy O'Gorman visited a stables in the Cappagh area of North West Dublin.


    World Cup

    It’s two days until the greatest sporting spectacle on earth kicks off in Sao Paolo. But all is not well in Brazil as protests, strikes and riots have dogged preparations for the World Cup. So as the hosts prepare to take on Croatia in the opening game on Thursday, is Brazil in a fit state to host the World Cup?

    Sean was joined by Gary Duffy BBC, Brazil Correspondent


    Smoking Legislation

    Today Minister for Health, James Reilly is looking for cabinet approval for his plans for all tobacco products to be wrapped in plain packaging. If it goes ahead, Ireland will only be the third country, after Australia and New Zealand, to introduce such a tactic in the fight against smoking.

    However American business groups say this will had adverse effects on business in Ireland.

    In a recent interview James Reilly spoke to Peter Taylor about impending legal action from tobacco companies.

    Joining Sean was Kathleen O’Mara, from the Irish Cancer Society.


    Sustainable Farming

    Populations are increasing, obesity is on the rise and emissions from food production are growing.

    These factors are having a looming effect on our lifestyles and threatening the sustainability of our farming industry. Well, that’s according to Professor of Food Policy at City University London, Tim Lang. So what effect would a sustainable policy have on the farming industry in Ireland..

    Tim Lang spoke to Sean London and he was also joined by Patrick Kent, President of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association.


    Hurling Injury

    One of the big talking points of the GAA weekend was that free taken by Cork hurling goalkeeper Anthony Nash in the Munster quarter final and the whack taken by Waterford keeper, Stephen O’Keeffe who rushed out to make what was a brilliant save.

    Christy O’Connor is a GAA journalist and inter-county goalkeeping coach.

    Music Played on the Show

    • 11:49
      Title: Way Back When
      Composer: Garrigan/ Prendergast/ May
      Performer(s): Kodaline
      Performer(s): Kodaline
      Album: In a Perfect World, Sony, 88765442802
      Duration: 3:41
    • 11:50
      Title: The Cartographer (With Maria Doyle Kennedy)
      Performer(s): Printer Clips
      Performer(s): Printer Clips
      Duration: 3:33

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