Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 7 February 2018

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.

Trauma / Private Work in Hospitals

Trauma / Private Work in Hospitals

Health is again back in the headlines with this new plan approved by cabinet yesterday that, if implemented, could see two major new trauma centres established in Dublin and Cork.

The "Trauma System for Ireland" aims to improve survival rates, however concerns have been raised as to what it means for patients in rural areas.

The proposal comes against a backdrop of calls for reform of the how private consultants operate in our public system and this Friday is the closing date for public consultation to an expert review group established by the Minister to examine the issue. 

Roisin Shorthall, Social Democrats TD and Chair of the Future of Healthcare Committee, Simon Nugent CEO of the Private Hospitals Association, and Dr Tom Ryan, President of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association discussed it with Sean O'Rourke this morning. 

Broadband

Broadband

Minister for  Communications, Environment and Natural Resources Denis Naughten has urged Fianna Fáil not to  push for a full independent review of the broadband contract he says it will further delay rollout and push it into 2019.  Timmy Dooley is Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Communications, Environment and Natural Resources and he joined Sean O'Rourke this morning. 

I Draw Slow

I Draw Slow

Acclaimed Dublin roots band I Draw Slow have been together for the last 11 years, selling out venues in Ireland and have now moved into a dominant position on the American folk music scene and they joined Sean O'Rourke in studio this morning to perform "The Same Old Dress Will Do" and "Twin Sisters" 

Limerick School Bus Crash

Aine Fitzgerald, Deputy Editor Limerick Leader

People Of The Year: Everyday Heroes

Evelyn O'Rourke talked to Anne Horan with Mick and Grainne McClancy

Hit and Run

Hit and Run

John O’Reilly's 14-year-old son Sean was badly injured on Sunday night in a hit-and-run in Tallaght listeners may have heard about this or seen the story in today’s Irish Independent and John O'Reilly spoke to Sean O'Rourke  this morning.

Fossil Fuel

Fossil Fuel

"It’s not about flicking the light switch OFF it’s about shining a light on the path to a fossil-free generation" That’s how Friends of the Earth have described a new Bill being brought to the Dail today, which would effectively ban any new licences for fossil fuel exploration in this country. 

It’s being proposed by Solidarity People Before Profit  with a protest outside the Dail at 1pm as well and  Richard Boyd Barrett, the Solidarity PBP TD for Dun Laoghaire spoke to Sean O'Rourke this morning. 

 

Insolvency Service Ireland

Insolvency Service Ireland

Listeners to the programme will be familiar with stories of home repossessions that our reporter Brian O’Connell, brings us from time to time and while the economy is be recovering, many people are still carrying negative equity or serious levels of debt since the collapse.

Lorcan O’Connor, Director of Insolvency Services of Ireland joined Sean O'Rourke this morning.

 

Winter Olympics

Winter Olympics

Just two days to go until the start of the Winter Olympics, in South Korea. Five athletes will be competing for Team Ireland across events in skiing and snowboarding, and of course, by the end of February, we’ll all be experts in Figure Skating, Curling, Ice Hockey and Ski Jumping, to mention a few. 

Shane O’Connor, Leader of Team Ireland at the Winter Games and Brendan Bubba Newby, who’s competing for Ireland in the Half Pipe Skiing joined the programme from South Korea, to get us in the mood and give us a flavour of what’s to come.

 

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

We’re marking 100 years of the suffragette movement and the women’s right to vote.

But in Saudi Arabia, 2018 will mean the first time women are allowed to drive.

A range of reforms being implemented by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman also known as MBS include greater freedoms for women as he tries to diversify and modernise his country.

IShona Murray, Special Correspondent with Independent News and Media is just back from Saudi Arabia where she reported for The Sunday Independent and she joined the programme this morning. 

Music Played on the Show

Same Old Dress Will Do

Same Old Dress Will Do

I Draw Slow

4:13

Twin Sisters

Twin Sisters

I Draw Slow

3:30

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