Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 13 April 2015

Seanad Reform

Seanad shake-up:  votes for all, at home and abroad - we had the full details of the proposed reforms with former Senator Joe O'Toole.

Plain Tobacco Products Court Case

Plain Tobacco Products Court Case

Later today it’s expected that the Commercial Court will begin hearing the first case of its kind taken against the State over plans to introduce plain tobacco products.

Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has instigated legal action in a bid to stall the proposals which are being spear-headed by Children’s Minister James Reilly.

Arthur Beesley, Economics Editor of the Irish Times, joined Sean this morning.

Father Son Relationships

Father Son Relationships

The relationship to a father often leaves a lasting and deep impression on a son’s life.

For some men it’s possibly the most seminal relationship, they teach us what we know, watch us grow up and then all of a sudden we start resembling them more and more...

A new book celebrating this unique relationship has just been published.  It includes contributions from such well-known men as Bono, President Bill Clinton and Paul McCartney.

Joining Sean in studio is another contributor to the book, award winning author Colum McCann and editor Kathy Gilfillan.

sons+fathers is available in all good book stores and the book can be ordered on line here.

Hillary Clinton Running for President

Hillary Clinton Running for President

After months of speculation Hillary Clinton has officially announced that she will seek the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential election. In a video released on, she highlighted the theme of economic inequality, saying "the deck is still stacked in favor" of those at the top of the income ladder.

Her campaign begins tomorrow in the mid-western state of Iowa.

Joining Sean in studio was Larry Donnelly, who’s a lecturer in law at NUIG and on the line from New York is Niall O’Dowd founder of the news website Irish Central.

Read More: Irish Americans weigh in on whether Hillary will win, Sheila Langan, Irish Central, 11th April 2015

Read More: Hawkish U.S. foreign policy at heart of Rubio's presidential bid, Steve Holland and Alistair Bell, Reuters, 13th April 2015

Read More: Clinton wins high marks for social-media launch, Sarah McBride and Robin Respaut, Reuters, 13th April 2015

New Mouthguard Device

New Mouthguard Device

Teeth gnashing and grinding can affect up to half a million Irish people on a daily basis.

This week a team of researchers and scientists are to unveil a novel mouth guard device which they say will accurately record and monitor teeth grinding of patients and allow their dentists to help them manage the condition more effectively.

Dr Padraig McAuliffe, from the Dublin Dental Hospital and founder and CEO of SelfSense Technologies, the company launching this new device joined Sean this morning in studio.

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones, reputed to be the most watched television programme in the world, and largely filmed in Ireland, is set to return to our television screens this evening... but it turns out that, such has been the level of interest, that the new series has already been extensively leaked over the last 24 hours.

Paddy O'Gorman was dressing in medieval garb and swinging a fake sword in the forests of Co Down this weekend and he told Sean of his GoT experience.

Weekend Sport

Weekend Sport

The weekend was dominated by the Masters, that record breaking display by young Jordan Speith in Augusta but we had GAA action too with wins for Cork and Dublin in the League football semi finals.

In studio this moring were sports writer with the Sunday Independent, Damian Lawlor and GAA journalist, Orla Bannon.

But firstly we spoke to Shane O’Donoghue, formerly of RTE and now working as a golf correspondent for both CNN and FOX in the United States, he was in Augusta for the Masters and he joined us from there this morning.



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