Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 26 May 2015

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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.

Sale of Aer Lingus

Sale of Aer Lingus

The Cabinet will discuss a sale ofthe State's 25 percent stake in Aer Lingus this morning. 

A sale is looking increasingly likely after the prospective buyer IAG offered what the Government considers to be important concessions.

SIPTU Divisional Organiser Owen Reidy has been discussing the sale with Transport Minister Paschal Donohuethis morning. 

He joined Keelin on the line along with aviation writer Gerry Byrne, and Martin Wall, industry correspondent with the Irish Times.


Averil Power Fianna Fáil Departure

Averil Power Fianna Fáil Departure

The bombshell resignation of Senator Averil Power from Fianna Fail has sparked a bitter war of words between her and party leader Michael Martin. 

TDs have rallied around the party leader amidst claims and counter claims as to real reason why Senator Power decided to leave the party.

Joining Keelin were Fianna Fail Councillor Sean Haughey, in Dublin Bay North – the constituency that Averil Power hoped to stand in, Niall Collins who directed the party’s referendum campaign, Pat Leahy, political editor of Sunday Business Post and Gerard Howlin, columnist with Examiner, and former government advisor.

During the conversation, Averil Power phoned in.

Egg Freezing

Egg Freezing

As more and more technology giants are considering following in the footsteps of multinationals like Facebook and Apple and offering egg-freezing for their female employees, how much do women really know about the process?

Are women who freeze their eggs being lulled into a false sense of security about their fertility, or is egg-freezing the perfect solution to the age-old dilemma of how to have a career and a family?

Dr Edgar Mocanu is a fertility specialist in the Rotunda Hospital and he joined Keelin to discuss.

Read More: Intel to consider paying for egg-freezing, says Irish vice-president, Fiona Dillon, Independent, 18th May 2015

Read More: Apple and Facebook’s egg-freezing policy isn’t anti-family. Quite the opposite, Jennifer O'Connell, Irish Times, 18th Oct 2014

Ken Curtain Fianna Fáil Departure

Ken Curtain, PRO for Cork East, announced on social media his resignation from Fianna Fáil and joined Keelin this morning, he said he felt that Fianna Fáil was no longer a right fit for him.

The Casualisation of Teaching

The Casualisation of Teaching

Teaching used to be considered one of the more reliable career choices a young person could make when deciding their professional, however, the picture is very different.

Many secondary level teachers are struggling to secure full-time positions and are surviving on a string of temporary jobs.

The Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland estimates that 35 per-cent of their members are on some form of temporary or part-time contract and that over half of teachers under 30 years of age are in non-permanent positions.

So are we seeing a casualisation of teaching here in Ireland and what is it like trying to build a career as a graduate teacher today? Joining Keelin this morning was Keith Howley, Maths and Biology Teacher at Pobalscoil Neasáin school in Baldoyle and on the line was Pat King, General Secretary of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland.

 Read More: Is teaching profession being casualised? Kevin McCarthy, The Irish Times, 20th May 2015

Read More: Is teaching profession being casualised? Niall Cooper, Irish Times, 21st May 2015

Read More: The increasingly precarious life of an academic, Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 12th May 2015

Consumer Affairs: Pensions

Consumer Affairs: Pensions

If you were suddenly given the keys to your pension pot, would you take the money and run? Or is it smarter to keep it safe, and play the long game?

Sinead Ryan, consumer journalist with the Herald, was in studio to answer those questions.

Family Courts

Family Courts

Valerie Cox was at the Family Courts at Dolphin House in Dublin, where, yesterday a number of cases involved fathers who refuse to pay maintenance for their children and one father owed arrears of €71,000.

Book: A City in Civil War

Book: A City in Civil War

The buildings and streets of our capital city bear many of the scars of the foundation of the state.  Historian Pádraig Yeates took it upon himself to look at life in the city as lived by its citizens against the backdrop of what can only be described as tumultuous events.  

He divided his work into three sections, the first dealing with the First World War, the second with the War of Independence and now he has completed his task with the publication of his third volume - A City in Civil War: Dublin 1921-4. It has just been published by Gill & Macmillan and Pádraig joined Keelin in studio.



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