Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 25 June 2015
Eurozone Finance Ministers will meet again today in Brussels in an effort to break the Greek impasse, after a third crisis meeting last night failed to yield any progress.
Greece must pay the IMF 1.6 billion euro next Tuesday before 7.2 billion euro of its bail out money is released - but neither side can agree on what further cuts and changes Greece must implement to allow that to happen.
Joining Sean on the line is Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times European Correspondent.
Read More: Greece fails to reach deal ahead of eurogroup meeting, Suzanne Lynch, The Irish Times, 25th June 2015
Cut Mortgage Rates
Efforts to cut mortgage rates have suffered a major set back after a decision handed down by the Court of Appeal yesterday.
The case centred on a couple from Portmarnock in Dublin, Kenneth and Donna Millar.
Their barrister is David Langwallner and he joined Sean on the line.
Charlie Weston joined later.
Read More: Top court dashes hopes of mortgage rate cut, Charlie Weston, The Irish Independent, 25th June 2015
Fr. Brendan Smyth
The North's Historical Abuse Inquiry is this week looking into the case of Fr. Brendan Smyth, the paedophile priest who was convicted on more than 100 cases of chid abuse on both sides of the border before his death in prison in 1997.
The Enquiry will today hear from Cardinal Sean Brady, the former head of the Catholic Church in Ireland.
In an award winning Counterpoint programme on Brendan Smyth, scandal journalist Chris Moore accused the head of the Norbertine Order, to which Smyth belonged and the Church, of mishandling the case.
He also accused the Norbertines of negligence and a failure to tell others of Smyth's crimes.
Read More: Abuse probe to hear from Cardinal Brady, Lesley Anne McKeon, Associated Press, 25th June 2015
Read More: Fr Smyth threat to punch priest who kept him from altar boys, Irish Times, 24th June 2015
Book Club - Mightier Than The Sword
This month we’ve been reading an unashamed holiday read – the latest Jeffrey Archer blockbuster, Mightier Than The Sword.
Joining Sean to review the book were Michael Colgan, Artistic Director of The Gate Theatre, broadcaster Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh and Natasha Fennell, Director of Stillwater Communications.
Mightier Than The Sword by Jeffrey Archer is published by Pan MacMillan and is priced at €17.99.