Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 18 January 2016

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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.

Adoption and Donor Assisted Human Reproduction

Adoption and Donor Assisted Human Reproduction

The areas of IVF and donor assisted reproduction have become commonplace in recent years among couples who are unable to conceive naturally.

Yet, despite the enormous growth in these area’s they remain largely unregulated leading to huge questions about the legal status of the children born this way, their relationship to the donor and the succession rights of the child.

Joining Sean in studio, to discuss these issues was barrister and probate expert Tim Bracken.

Improving Self Esteem - Children and Teenagers

We all want the best for our children and instilling in them a good sense of self esteem is a great place to start.

So how do we help our children to feel good about themselves and make them better able to cope with all life throws at them?

Joining Sean in studio was psychologist David Coleman.

Dunloe District Court

Paddy O'Gorman has been to court in Dunloe, Co Donegal.

Weekend Sport

Weekend Sport

To the weekend of sport - broadcaster and columnist with the Sunday Business Post, Tom McGurk, freelance sports writer Cliona Foley and as always, Damian Lawlor of the Sunday Independent joined Sean in studio.

We’ll be looking at all the GAA action, with the Dubs and Kilkenny both suffering surprising defeats, we’ll discuss the big breaking news in sport this morning, as tennis is dragged into a match-fixing scandal, after a BuzzFeed & BBC investigation and of course, Man United’s big win away to Liverpool yesterday.

But we start with the rugby, Ulster’s European hopes remain alive despite a heavy defeat to Saracens, Connacht suffered another last minute defeat but on the positive side, Munster bounced back with a win, and Leinster’s good form, particularly from their young players, stayed on track.

Body found in Grand Canal

Body found in Grand Canal

The remains of a man's body found dismembered in a suitcase in the canal in the village of Ardclough in County Kildare on Saturday afternoon have yet to be identified.

Gardaí believe the death took place in the last five days. Cormac O'Keefe is crime correspondent with the Irish Examiner and he has been at the scene over the weekend. 

Fianna Fáil Tension over Coalition Speculation

Fianna Fáil Tension over Coalition Speculation

The race for Election 2016 gathered pace at the weekend even if politicians are still waiting for the official date to be called. And, while one of the most fascinating aspects of the election is the genuine uncertainty as to who will form the next Government, Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin ruled out entering coalition with Fine Gael and Sinn Féin at the party Ard Fheis over the weekend. 

Not everyone in the party agrees however, with the view with some in the party saying he faces a leadership heave, if he does not enter coalition talks with either of the other main parties. Fianna Fáil's director of elections Billy Kelleher joined Sean this morning. 

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Dundalk Halting Site

Dundalk Halting Site

Gardaí have begun evicting the residents of an illegal halting site in Woodland Park in Dundalk. Six mobile homes remain on the site. More evictions may take place this week while accommodation for the evicted families is the subject of talks between Louth County Council and local travellers today. Reporter Elaine Keogh was on the line.



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