Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 1 December 2017

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.

Brexit and the Border

Brexit and the Border

Will it be seamless? Will it be frictionless? Will it be technological? Or will we have a hard border on this island in the not too distant future? That's the question that needs to be settled between Dublin, Belfast, London, and Brussels in the coming days or Brexit negotiations could come to a sudden, shuddering halt. 

Brian Feeney, columnist with the Irish news, Lord William Hay, former DUP MLA, Noel Whelan barrister and commentator, and Ben Lowry of the Belfast News Letter discussed this with Seán O'Rourke this morning. 


The Assassination of Justice Minister Kevin O'Higgins

The Assassination of Justice Minister Kevin O'Higgins

In a week that has seen one Justice Minister fall, we now look back at another who met an even more dramatic end.

On Sunday the 10th of July 1927, the then Minister for Justice Kevin O'Higgins, was shot several times by three gunmen while walking from his home in Booterstown Co. Dublin, to mass at his parish church.

This year is the 90th anniversary of his killing, and it’s being marked by an exhibition at the Department of Justice.

Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD joined Seán O'Rourke in studio to tell us all about it. 

Children's Books For Christmas

Children's Books For Christmas

If you’re looking for books for children for Christmas, we have called in the services of two experts in the field.

Sarah Webb, children’s writer and winner of an Irish Book Award earlier this week with Steve McCarthy for A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea, Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood,

and Dave Rudden, author of two books of a trilogy, Knights of the Borrowed Dark and The Forever Court and the third is on the way in Spring 2018, and it will be called The Endless King.

The books discussed today were: 

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers

Never Tickle A Tiger - Pamela Butchart illustrated by Marc Boutavant

The President’s Glasses by Peter Donnelly 

The Lines On Nana's Face - Simona Ciraolo 

Ottoline & The Yellow Cat - Chris Riddell 

Amelia Fang & The Barbaric Ball - Laura Ellen Anderson 

Rabbit and Bear: The Pest in the Nest by Julian Gough, illustrated by Jim Field 

Town is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz and Sydney Smith 

Hopscotch in the Sky: Poems for Children by Lucinda Jacob, Illustrated by Lauren O’Neill

Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll 

The Polar Bear Explorer's Club by Alex Bell, illustrated by Tomislav Tomic

The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens 

Star by Star by Sheena Wilkinson 

Star by Star by Sheena Wilkinson

Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan, illustrated by Karen Vaughan 

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan 

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo 


Science Matters: Food and Water Research

Science Matters: Food and Water Research

Richard Branson, the CEO of Virgin Airlines made a bold prediction a few months ago when he said " I believe in 30 years or so we will no longer need to kill animals and that all meat will be clean or plant based, taste the same and also be much healthier for everyone"

Is this the future for food? Dr Shane Bergin, Physicist from the School of Education in UCD, who has been looking at the research that is being done in this country on food and water discussed this with the programme. 

The Friday Gathering

The Friday Gathering

It’s that time of week again, for our Friday Gathering and a look back at the big stories of the past few days.

Fine Gael Senator Paudie Coffey, Richard Boyd Barrett, Solidarity People Before Profit TD, Brenda Power, Barrister and political columnist, and Niamh Lyons, Political Editor with the Times, Ireland Edition joined Seán O'Rourke in studio to take us through it all. 



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