Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 14 December 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.


Brian O'Connell was in Clare and Limerick over the weekend and he brought us his report on the floods there having spoken to those who have been affected by it. 

Floods in Corbally, Limerick

Floods in Clonlara, Co. Clare

Floods in Clonlara, Co. Clare

Christmas Food

Christmas Food

The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on and if you are the person in the kitchen on the day, it can be a stressful time of year. I’m joined now two people who certainly know a thing or two about cooking a Christmas dinner, Catherine Fulvio, owner of Ballyknocken House and Cookery School and Donal Skehan, cook and food writer.

See some of their recipe tips here

Family Courts

Family Courts

Courtroom violence, Valerie Cox describes the setting for Friday's attack on a judge at Dolphin House.

National Cancer Registry: Cancer Rates

National Cancer Registry: Cancer Rates

The National Cancer Registry's annual report is out today and it shows survival rates for some of the most common cancers continue to improve. 

For men, the risk of developing cancer, which had been rising steadily since at least 1994, may have reached a plateau. But cancer rates among women has been rising by 1% a year. 

Oncologist Professor John Crown has been reading the report and he joined Sean this morning. 

Paris Climate Change Agreement Reached

Following 12 days and 3 nights of intense negotiations, the French presidency of the 21st Climate Change Conference produced their long awaited final text in Paris on Saturday which sets out ambitious targets to reduce emissions. 

It's been described as historic but many commentators have said the real test is what happens next. 

Paul Melia is environment editor with the Irish Independent and was in Paris for the duration of these talks, he spoke to Sean this morning. 

French Far Right - National Front

France's far right National Front party has failed to win a single region in the second round of municipal elections. The result came as a surprising blow to the party who were leading in the first round vote just over two weeks ago. 

This was the first electoral test since the November 13th terrorist attacks in Paris. So what does it mean for the future of the party? Is this a disaster or were they the victim of a conspiracy as the leader suggests? On the line this morning was John Lichfield, of the London Independent. 

Flood Update

Flood Update

Returning to the flooding and and around Limerick city, Vincent Murray, senior engineer with Limerick City and County Council joined Sean on the line. 

Christmas Lights

Every Christmas we all like to make an effort to decorate our homes with lights and tinsel.. but some people take the Christmas decorating challenge to a whole new level.

We’ve all seen some spectacularly lit houses at this time of year with Santas and reindeer lighting up the sky.

So Evelyn O’Rourke went to meet some residents who take the job of decorating their houses for the festive season extremely seriously!

See the Christmas lights here.

Weekend Sport

Weekend Sport

For our review of the weekend’s sport, I’m joined in studio by soccer analyst Eamon Dunphy, sports writer Orla Bannon, and Damian Lawlor of the Sunday Independent.

We’ll get to some of the big Irish wins on the pitch, in the ring, and on the track, but one of the talking points from the weekend came off the pitch, at the Euro 2016 draw.

It couldn’t have been much tougher, Belgium, Italy and Sweden. Martin O’Neill reckons it’s a very difficult group, but insists he’s not downbeat...



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