Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 12 May 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.

Care Order for Baby Maria

Care Order for Baby Maria

Yesterday afternoon Tusla – the Child and Family Agency – went to court to obtain an interim care order for the baby girl abandoned in Dublin last week.  The case was heard at the Family Court in Dolphin House and Valerie Cox, the only reporter there.

The case was heard late yesterday afternoon in Judge Brendan Toale’s court.   The Judge made it clear that it was an ex parte application, in other words only one side – Tusla – was present.  The Judge said a case like this would normally involve a parent but the welfare of the child required that action was taken now.  He said significant efforts had been made to locate the parents of the child but had been unsuccessful.  The child was referred to throughout as Jane Doe.

The Judge said the child’s health and welfare had been neglected and avoidably impaired and there was a report from a  consultant neo-naetologist  from the Coombe.  It said the child needed a lot of medical attention and needs ongoing treatment in both the Coombe and Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin. He anticipated a good outcome but an Interim care order was needed so that treatment could be given. This was very urgent and the hospital is awaiting the outcome of the court.  Doctors wanted to carry out a brain scan, neurological examination of the baby and also they wanted permission to carry out a DNA test.

The solicitor for Tusla – Patrick McClean – said the DNA test would assist in establishing parentage and Gardai could compare this with the data base to ensure the mother is actually the biological parent if and when she comes forward. He said Tusla will continue trying to find the mother and they had carried out checks with other hospitals.

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Nepal Earthquake

Nepal Earthquake

Another devastating earthquake has struck Nepal – just two weeks after more than 8,000 people were killed by a major quake.  The latest earth quake had a magnitude of 7.4 and hit the east of the country near Mount Everest. 

Joining Sean from Kathmandu was Mark South of International Red Cross.

Read More: Nepal earthquake, magnitude 7.3, strikes near Everest,, 12th May 2015 

Support for Children of Priests

A new web-based organization set up to help children of priests has succeeded in getting the Irish Catholic Bishops to pay for counselling for those children and their mothers. 

Coping International was set up by the son of an Irish priest.  The man who wishes to remain anonymous did not discover his paternity until after the priest’s death.

Joining Sean was Professor Patricia Casey, UCD professor and Mater Hospital Psychiatrist, and an advisor to Coping International and also joined by Harry Browne, lecturer in journalism in DIT, who’s father was a priest.

Visit COPING International website here.

Read More on Harry Browne: Journalist Harry Browne reveals the details of his extraordinary childhood in New York where he grew up as the secret son of a priest

Farming Abroad

Farming Abroad

The Irish farmer has branched out big time in the last couple of decades, with a good number of our young farmers now opting to travel and work the land in far flung places.

In studio, Sean was joined by Julian Hughes, a farmer from County Kilkenny who has worked in parts of Africa, Russia and Eastern Europe and Darragh McCullough, Deputy Farming Editor with The Irish Independent who has himself milked many cows in many countries.

Also on the line from New Zealand was Bill Moore, who used to sell cars in Dublin and now he’s a dairy farmer in New Zealand.

Read More: Swapping Mercs for milking cows, Darragh McCullough, Independent, 21st Sept 2010

Nepal Update

Nepal Update

Professor Graham Heaslip of NUI Maynooth joined Sean on the line to discuss the second earthquake to have happened in Nepal. 




Brian O'Connell spoke to those in Mullaghmore ahead of Prince Charles and Camilla's visit next week. 

Contact Brian here.


Since the recession, there has been much talk about the people who are in financial difficulties and mortgage arrears. Banks have been forced, in many cases, to make deals so people do not lose their homes.

However, what of those who have not missed a single mortgage payment? Those in positive equity and on variable rates?

These are the bank customers who are ensuring that our banks stay in profit, the back bone of the personal banking business. However, these are the very customers which the banks won’t help and won’t reduce the interest rates.

David Hall of the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation wants to empower mortgage holders to switch their banks to get a better deal and he joined Sean this morning. 

Read More: Mass mortgage switching will 'terrorise' banks, Charlie Weston, Independent, 12th May 2015

Kerry/Putin Talks

Kerry/Putin Talks

The US Sec of State, John Kerry, is meeting the Russian president Vladimir Putin in the American's first visit to Russia since the start of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. 

Both sides have been openly critical of each other over their roles in this crisis, so what can be achieved from these talks. Edward Lucas, journalist and author of the New Cold War joined Sean to discuss. 

LED light senstivity

LED light senstivity

We live in a world of smart phones, smart TVs, computer tablets and LED computer monitors. For most of us, these things make our lives easier, but for one woman, the proliferation of LED lighting is making her life more and more difficult. 

Edel Coffey met with Elaine Dennehy from Tuam recently who has had to sell her home due to a severe sensitivity to LED lighting. 

Read More: Elaine forced to sell home due to LED lights, Jacqueline Hogge, Independent, 23rd April 2015

Family Courts

Family Courts

We heard at the beginning of the programme about the Interim care order granted yesterday to Tusla in respect of the baby girl abandoned in Dublin last week.  But there were several other applications regarding Care Orders before the courts yesterday, Valerie returned to studio with more. 



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