Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 30 April 2015

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.

Bus Strike

Bus Strike

Bus drivers belonging to SIPTU and the NBRU are due to begin 48 hours of industrial action at midnight tonight bringing Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus services to a standstill. With the disruption continuing into the bank holiday weekend hundreds of thousands of people are set to be affected.

The Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe, has said that tomorrow's planned strike action by Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann employees should not go ahead as all the outstanding matters have now been dealt with.

Speaking on Morning Ireland Minister Donohoe also warned that the strike action could have determental long term consequences for both companies.

Joining Sean in studio was Martin Wall, the Irish Times Industry correspondent and AJ Noonan, chairman of the Small Firms Association and on the phone Dermot O’Leary, General Secretary of the National Bus & Railworkers' Union and Owen Reidy of SIPTU.

Read More: The strike by bus workers: the questions and answers, Martin Wall, Irish Times, 21st April 2015

Read More: Minister says no bus workers will face forced transfer,, 28th April 2015

Read More: NTA will not rule out further privatisation as strike looms, Paul Melia, Independent, 27th April 2015

Thousands of x-rays reviewed, hundreds of patients recalled

Thousands of x-rays reviewed, hundreds of patients recalled

The Health Service Executive has confirmed it has conducted a review of thousands of x-rays and other scans relating to three locum radiologists and seven hospitals.

Several hundred patients have been recalled and one patient at Bantry General Hospital in Cork has been found to have a delayed cancer diagnosis.

The main hospitals concerned are Bantry General, Cavan Monaghan and Kerry General hospitals.

Other hospitals affected to a lesser extent are Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda, Wexford General, Roscommon and Connolly Hospital in Dublin.

Billy Kelleher, Fianna Fáíl Spokesperson on Health, joined Sean on the line.

Banking Inquiry - Trichet

Banking Inquiry - Trichet

This afternoon the Banking Inquiry will finally get a chance to question Jean Claude Trichet – just not at the Oireachtas. The man who was President of the ECB when our banks collapsed is speaking at a think-tank event in Dublin in front of an invited audience. He’ll be taking questions from the floor including some from members of the Banking Inquiry. So what questions should Mr Trichet be asked – and will he answer.

Sean spoke to Donal Donovan, former Deputy Director of the IMF, and first asked him what’s the most important question Jean Claude Trichet needs to answer.

Ballymount Fire

Ballymount Fire

Possessions belonging to hundreds of people have been lost in a huge fire at a storage facility in  Dublin yesterday.  Home owners and business people have been affected.  More than 50 fire-fighters fought the blaze throughout the day at Ballymount Cross industrial estate in West Dublin.

Joining Sean on the line is Fianna Fail Councillor Daithi de Roiste.


Banking Inquiry

Banking Inquiry

Former head of Bank of Ireland Brian Goggin is before the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry today.

The inquiry started as usual at 9:30 and Sean was joined by Ciaran Hancock, Irish Times Finance Correspondent to bring us up to date on proceedings.

June Bank Holiday Getaways

June Bank Holiday Getaways

It’s just a month away, but for many it’s the ideal time to get away. The summer has begun but the crowds have yet to arrive – schools are still in session for most Europeans, who won’t take their holidays until July or August.

Fionn Davenport joined Sean this morning with some June Bank Holiday getaways both home and abroad. 

See all of Fionn's recommendations here.

Carrick-On-Shannon District Court

Carrick-On-Shannon District Court

Paddy O'Gorman has been to the Carrick-On-Shannon District Court. He tells of those he met there and why they had come to be before the court.

UK Elections

UK Elections

it’s only a week until voters in the UK go to the polls in the general election... And still there’s no clear winner in sight.

Joining Sean on the line with all the latest updates was Michael Crick, Channel 4 News political correspondent. Earlier on this week Labour leader, Ed Miliband, was interviewed by comedian Russell Brand, Sean begins with asking why? 


Irish Rail Weekend Travel Update

Irish Rail Weekend Travel Update

Bank holiday travellers will be forced to make alternative arrangements if the planned industrial action by Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann goes ahead tomorrow and Saturday.

Many will be turning to Irish Rail to get to their destinations, and joining Sean was Barry Kenny from Iarnoid Eireann.


Full rail service operating Friday 1st May

Advice for DART, Commuter and Intercity customers: 

Iarnród Éireann is reminding customers that the full advertised rail service will operate on all routes on Friday 1st May and Saturday 2nd May (revised times on services to and from Heuston on Saturday 2nd May to facilitate line works).

Rail services will not be affected by the industrial action in Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann. 

Advice for rail travel Friday 1st May

A full rail service will operate on all Iarnród Éireann routes (DART, Commuter and Intercity) on Friday 1st May.

Iarnród Éireann advises customers:

-      All scheduled services will operate on all routes.

-      On DART and Commuter routes, demand is expected to be extremely high at peak times, particularly services arriving in Dublin city centre between 08.00hrs and 09.00hrs, and departing Dublin city centre between 17.00hrs and 18.30hrs.  Customers who have flexibility in travel arrangements are advised to travel outside these hours.

-      On Intercity services, demand is expected to be extremely high from 13.00hrs to 20.00hrs.  Customers who have flexibility in travel arrangements are advised to travel outside these hours. Online booking in advance at is strongly advised.

-      Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann tickets, including season tickets, are not valid on Iarnród Éireann services.

Follow @IrishRail on Twitter for service announcements across the weekend.



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