Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 17 November 2014

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.

Water Charges

Water Charges

It looks like water will dominate the political agenda this week with the new revised charges to be announced in the dail on Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile the war of words continues about the nature of the protest outside the “An Cosán” graduation ceremony in Jobstown in Tallaght on Saturday which had Tánaiste Joan Burton hit with a water balloon and confined to her car for two hours.

Aodhan O'Riordain Labour TD and Paul Murphy Anti Austerity Alliance TD spoke to Keelin this morning.

Family Facing Eviction

Family Facing Eviction

There are only two children in Ireland who suffer from Allan-Herndon-Dudley syndrome and less than 200 sufferers worldwide. Valerie Cox has been to Mountmellick in Co Laois to visit the Connolly family and I gather they have even more problems as they are in mortgage trouble and face losing their home.

Ben was born in March 2009 and Jake was born last August. Nicolette and Terence showed Valerie around their house which has been turned over completely to the boys’ needs.

You can donate to the Ben and Jake Connolly trust here.

 

Bigotry and Religion

Bigotry and Religion

As our society becomes more secular and liberal, how difficult is it to be a Catholic in today’s Ireland?

Joining Keelin to discuss this are Kathy Sheridan, columnist with the Irish Times, Fr. David Barrins and Michael Nugent, Chairperson of Atheist Ireland.

 

ISIS

ISIS

This weekend, a video was released by Islamic State showing the beheading of the 26-year-old American aid worker Peter Kassig. This latest death brings the number of Islamic State killings of foreign aid workers and journalists to five...

Joining Keelin this morning was Terrence McCoy, Foreign Affairs reporter from The Washington Post. Terrence begins by answering who was Peter Kassig?

Kassig, 26, was a former army ranger who disappeared over a year ago at a checkpoint in northeastern Syria while delivering medical supplies. IS released a video in October this year saying that Kassig would be next to be killed.

Read More: Obama confirms murder of US hostage Peter Kassig, Irish Times, Nov 16th, 2014

Read More: Tide ‘starting to turn’ against Islamic State as Iraq signals policy shift , Michael Jansen, Irish Times, Nov 17th, 2014

Food Allergies - New EU Guidelines

Food Allergies - New EU Guidelines

In just under one month’s time, any venue that serves food will be required to provide written information to customers on allergens that may be contained in every dish they offer on their menus.

It may be welcome news for those who suffer from food allergies, but as restaurants gear up for their busiest time of the year, the new law will add to an already heavy workload.

Joining from our Cork studio were Dee O’Leary, the mother of a young boy who suffers from a nut allergy and also Gary O’Hanlon, who is the Head Chef at Viewmount House in Longford.

Weekend Sport

Weekend Sport

Eoin McDevitt and Roddy Collins on the weekend of sport that was.

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