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'Law against over 65s is ageist' - Sean O'Rourke on why he didn't fight retiring, payouts and discrimination


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Sean O’Rourke relaxes in the sun on the banks of the Grand Canal on Wilton Terrace. Photo: Frank McGrath

Sean O’Rourke relaxes in the sun on the banks of the Grand Canal on Wilton Terrace. Photo: Frank McGrath

Sean O’Rourke relaxes in the sun on the banks of the Grand Canal on Wilton Terrace. Photo: Frank McGrath

Sean O'Rourke looks in agony as he hobbles across the footbridge over Dublin's Grand Canal. The 64-year-old has just announced he will retire from Radio 1's Today show next month but who could have expected age would already have caught him so brutally.

As it turns out, it's merely a twisted ankle he picked up while powering up Killiney Hill. Still sprightly, then. And sharp as ever. So what's behind his decision to quit in his prime?

Other RTE staff were forced to retire at 65 and two successfully sued, so was he also pushed?