Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 11 June 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.

A New Political Party

A New Political Party

There could be another new political group forming in the Dáil, with confirmation this morning that several independent TDs are currently in talks about establishing their own party.

Catherine Murphy, Roisin Shortall and Stephen Donnelly are the three figures mentioned as potential challengers to Lucinda Creighton’s Renua and the Independent Alliance brought together by Shane Ross.

Joining Sean in studio were Harry McGee, political correspondent with the Irish Times, who have the story on today’s front page, and Elaine Byrne, Columnist with the Sunday Business Post.

Read More: Independent TDs in talks on forming a new party, Harry McGee and Sarah Bardon, The Irish Times, 11th June 2015

Women in Business Leadership

Women in Business Leadership

The country’s gender pay gap of 14 percent, which has worsened over recent years and the absence of women at board level will be two topics addressed at an event later today to celebrate Ireland’s most powerful women.

The ‘Top 25’ Awards will hear from some of Ireland’s top female business leaders, and two of those leaders joined Sean in studio. Christine Heffernan, Corporate Affairs Director with Tesco Ireland, and Louise Phelan, Vice President of Global Operations for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at PayPal.

Read More: Are women really as powerful in Irish business as we think? Tanya Sweeney, Irish Independent, 16th April 2015

Read More: PayPal boss says graduates are not hungry enough to succeed, Peter Flanagan, Irish Independent, 13th Mar 2013

Travellers Portraits

Travellers Portraits

Twenty four years ago artist Mick O'Dea set out to paint travellers in various locations in Dublin and Navan. 

He hoped to capture a fresh perspective of the travelling community and he completed nine portraits. However, the project stalled and the paintings were stashed away in the corner studio, never to see the light of day. 

Until now.

Mick's works have been dusted off and displayed to the public for the first time, and joining Sean in studio were two of the men he painted all those years ago, David Joyce and Martin Collins as well as Mick himself. 

The works will now go on display at Pavee Point.

Read More: Artist defends his exhibition portrait of Guerin murderer, Conor Lally,, 27th May 2003

Read More: Face Of The Traveller, Bodger,, 3rd June 2015

British Tourist Arrested in Borneo for naked photo

British Tourist Arrested in Borneo for naked photo

Simon Calder, London Independent Travel Editor, joined Sean with the latest on the story of a British tourist arrested in Borneo for taking naked photos on top of a sacred mountain. 

Read More: British tourist Eleanor Hawkins 'scared, upset and sorry' after arrest for naked photo on top of Malaysian mountain, Harriet Alexander, Patrick Sawer and Victoria Ward, The Telegraph, 11th June 2015


Ibrahim Halawa on Hunger Strike

Ibrahim Halawa on Hunger Strike

In recent days Ibrahim Halawa has gone on hunger strike in an Egyptian prison, his sister Nosayba joined Sean to talk about how he came to the decision to do this and how he got his message to them.

Read More: Ibrahim Halawa goes on hunger strike in Egyptian prison, Mark Hilliard, The Irish Times, 11th June 2015

Young Politics

In the lead-up to the marriage equality referendum, and following the thumping majority that the Yes side achieved in that vote, much was made of the role that young people played in the campaign...

A new generation of people have been politically engaged, it seems…but the question now is will it last?

Joining Sean in studio by Dr Jane Suiter, political scientist and lecturer in DCU Lynn Ruane, president elect of Trinity College Student Union and Eoin O Nialláin, president of Ogra Fianna Fail.

Read More: Una Mullally: What next, for young campaigners in the same-sex referendum? Una Mullally, The Irish Times, 8th June 2015

Young Ballymun

Young Ballymun

A huge success story in a community that has faced tough challenges over the years that about sums up the role of YOUNG BALLYMUN since it started in 2008 to improve child learning and wellbeing.

Valerie Cox has been along to Ballymun to find out more.

Anyone who would like further information can go to their website: and they're on Twitter: @young_ballymun.

LGBT Weddings

LGBT Weddings

The gay marriage referendum has come and gone and while international leaders debate whether to bring in similar reforms, businesses here in Ireland are already looking ahead at the economic opportunities made possible by the decision.

So how will he introduction of gay marriage boost the Irish economy? And what kinds of new ventures are already underway?

Joining Sean from our Limerick studio was April Drew, editor of a new magazine catering for LGBT weddings and in studio in Dublin was Eddie McGuinness, director of LGBT matchmaking festival, Outings. 

Read More: Ireland cashes in on the pink euro, Siobhan Maguire, The Sunday Times, 31st May 2015

Read More: Tourism Ireland targets gay weddings in new campaign, Cathy Hayes, Irish Central, 26th May 2015



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