Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 5 October 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.

Industrial Dispute at An Post

Industrial Dispute at An Post

This morning, for the 4th day An Post are advisiing people not ot post any letters or packages. 

The postal system ground to a halt last Friday as a result of an ongoing dispute between an Post's contractor, IO Systems and the Communication Workers Union.. and there is no resolution in sight. 

It is now understood that An Post will consider issuing protective notices to some of its 9,500 staff members in the coming days if the strike action continues.

Mark Fielding, CEO of ISME and Shona Fegan, a postmistress in Galway and a candidate in the next GE joined Keelin along with industry correspondent with the Irish Times, Martin Wall and Stephen McMahon, director of the patients association joined Keelin on the line to discuss the impact all of this is having. 

Russian Murder

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to an attack which resulted in the death of a 24 year old man in Tralee at the weekend. 

Dmitry Hyrnkevich was found inconscious in the front garden of a house at Kileen Wood in the town last Wednesday. 

Ralph Riegel of the Irish Independent joined Keelin on the line. 

Homeless in a B&B

Homeless in a B&B

Last week Evelyn O’Rourke joined us in studio to describe a day she had spent with a homeless family living in a hotel.

Today we bring you another story of a young homeless family - but in this case they are living in a B&B in the city centre.

Rome Synod

Rome Synod

The Catholic Church’s Synod on the Family is underway in Rome, with more than 300 bishops expected to discuss their position on issues including divorce, contraception and homosexuality over the next three weeks.

Before it had even started the summit was dominated by a Polish Priest’s announcement on Saturday he was in a gay relationship with the priest since stood down from his role at the Vatican.

So will this controversy continue to influence the summit? And what is on the agenda in coming days?

John Allen is Associate Editor with the Boston Globe and a Vatican expert, he is in Rome following events and he joined Keelin on the line.

Hospital Overcrowding

Hospital Overcrowding

Emergency department nurses are attending a national meeting at INMO Headquarters today to discuss overcrowding in emergency departments.

Last week on this programme we spoke to Director General of the HSE Tony O’Brien about his new role as Chair of the Emergency Department Taskforce and what he hoped to do to improve the crisis of emergency departments around the country.

With Keelin on the line was Michael O’Keefe, Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Mater and Temple Street Hospitals.

The Phoenix Project facing closure

The Phoenix Project, set up in 2008 to help distressed borrowers, is now facing closure. The project is completely free to those looking for their services and is run on donations.

John McGrath, chairman of the Phoenix Project, spoke to Keelin of what is currently happening and that they can go on for another two to three weeks. 

If you wish to donate to the project - please visit their website for full details.

River Lee Vigil

River Lee Vigil

Now each year on average over 100 people drown in Ireland. The majority of these deaths happen in inland rivers and waterways. On Friday, a special ceremony will be held in Cork to commemorate people who lost their lives in the River Lee. Our reporter Brian O’Connell has been speaking with some of those taking part.

Journey of Remembrance takes place from 7.30pm next Friday at the Port of Cork, and members of the public can leave flowers at the site between 3 and 5pm also that afternoon.

The Stats:

On average over the last decade, about 135 drown in Ireland every year.

62% of drownings are inland.

Last year 114 drowned in Ireland - 55 were accidents, 33 suicides, 25 undetermined, 1 homicide

Six children drowned in Ireland last year aged 14 and under which reflects the importance of uninterrupted child supervision.

Also, people should take training before pursuing aquatic activities and reference one of our websites, This appeal comes in the wake of 114 drownings last year.

Weekend Sport

Weekend Sport

Turning to our review of the weekend sport, and while our rugby team didn’t quite put in the performance we might have hoped for, a win is a win, and it remains a question of us versus France for the right to avoid New Zealand in the quarters.

Elsewhere it was a disastrous weekend for managers in the Premier League, with Brendan Rodgers axed and Mourinho facing a crisis in the GAA, as Anthony Cunningham’s Galway players handed him a vote of no confidence...and for English rugby coach Stuart Lancaster, whose side crashed out of the tournament on Saturday night.

In studio this morning was Tom McGurk, broadcaster and columnist with the Sunday Business Post, Eamon Dunphy, soccer pundit and Damian Lawlor, sports writer with the Sunday Independent.



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