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    Friday 19th December

    An investigation searching for a crime

    Sean O'Neill, Crime Editor of The Times, London, discusses revelations of a 'VIP' child sex abuse and murder ring in Britain

    Survey of Dunnes Stores staff finds majority want more stable working hours

    Gerry Light, Mandate Assistant General Secretary, discusses a survey of Dunnes Stores workers which found that over three quarters of repondents are on part time flexible employment contracts

    Discovery of protein that could help in tackling obesity-driven diabetes

    Paul Moynagh, Professor of Immunology, Maynooth University discusses groundbreaking research into the links between obesity and diabetes

    Breakthrough in Stormont talks?

    Tommie Gorman, Northern Editor, reports on the latest from the Stormont talks

    Eleven staff taken off duty at two care units

    Paddy Connolly, CEO of Inclusion Ireland, discusses the removal of eleven staff from duty at a Roscrea centre for people with intellectual disabilities

    Terms for investigation into Guerin Report to be published

    Paul Reynolds, Crime Correspondent, previews the expected publication of the terms of reference for the Commission of Investigation following the publication of the Guerin Report

    8:10am It Says In The Papers

    Presented by Fiona Kelly

    Weather Forecast

    Presented by Eoin Sherlock of Met Éireann

    Vladimir Putin: Everything is fine

    John Simpson, BBC World Affairs Editor, reports from Moscow on Vladimir Putin's annual, marathon, press-conference

    A busy week in politics as Dáil breaks for Christmas

    Harry Magee, Political Correspondent with The Irish Times, discusses a crucial Seanad vote on the Water Services Bill

    Bodies of eight children found in house in Cairns, Australia

    Natalie Bochenski, Brisbane Times, reports on the deaths of eight children in Cairns, Australia

    Taoiseach applies pressure on ECB over banking inquiry

    Paul Cunningham, Europe Correspondent, reports from Brussels on the outcome of the EU leaders summit

    Government to publish terms into Cavan garda inquiry

    James Morrisroe, of the Cavan Monaghan Division of the Garda Representative Association, discusses the expected publication of the terms of reference for the commission of investigation in relation to the findings of the Guerin report

    7:10am It Says In The Papers

    Presented by Fiona Kelly

    Thursday 18th December

    Increase in demand for services of Simon Communities

    Niamh Randall, National Spokesperson for the Simon Communities, says there has been a 41% increase in the demand for their services compared to last year

    Penalty points loophole

    Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Transport, discusses government actions to deal with a loophole in relation to penalty points

    Film release cancelled over security concerns

    Steve Futterman, CBS News West Coast Correspondent, reports on the decision to cancel the release of 'The Interview' after hacker threats

    Was Health Minister aware of tragic pregnancy case when he gave Dáil speech?

    David Davin-Power, Political Correspondent, reports views around Leinster House are that Minister Leo Varadkar must have been aware of the case from the HSE when he made his Dáil speech on Tuesday night

    6 year-old girl seriously hurt in hit and run

    Paul Reynolds, Crime Correspondent, reports on a hit and run incident in Coolock, Dublin, in which a 6 year-old girl was seriously injured

    Deaths in Kildysert

    Cathy Halloran, Mid West Correspondent, reports on the deaths of a South African couple in Kildysert, Co Clare

    8:10am It Says In The Papers

    Presented by Fiona Kelly

    Weather forecast

    Presented by Pat Clarke of Met Éireann

    Pakistani PM promises 'day of reckoning'

    Jon Boone, journalist with the Guardian, discusses aftermath of the school massacre in Pakistan

    Staff at UK airports threaten Christmas strike

    Simon Calder, London Independent Travel Editor, discusses the potential for chaos at British Airports next week

    A moment in history: diplomatic relations to be restored between US and Cuba

    Sergio Bustos, Politics Editor of the Miami Herald, reports on reaction to the announcement of a major policy shift in US Cuba relations

    Cuba-US policy change described as 'great news'

    Simon McGuinness, National Coordinator of Cuba Support Group Ireland, welcomes the landmark development in US Cuba relations

    Doctors seek legal advice over clinically dead pregnant woman

    Shane Phelan, Public Affairs Editor with the Irish Independent, reports on the case of a young Midlands woman who is 17 weeks pregnant but is clinically dead

    7:10am It Says In The Papers

    Presented by Fiona Kelly

    Wednesday 17th December

    Is there life on Mars?

    Leo Enright, space commentator, discusses the discovery of methane 'burps' by NASA's Curiosity Rover on Mars

    Is the Peshawar attack a turning point for Pakistan?

    Michael Semple, Pakistan Taliban expert, says it will take time to see if lessons are learned following the attack

    Health minister says abortion laws are too restrictive

    David Davin-Power, Political Correspondent, previews the beginning of the banking inquiry and comments from Leo Varadkar on abortion

    Crucial Seanad vote on Water Bill

    Mary Ann O'Brien, Independent Senator, discusses her concerns over the Water Services Bill which faces a crucial Seanad vote

    Agreement over EU fishing quotas for 2015

    Sean O'Donoghue, Chairman of the Federation of Irish Fishermen, and Siobhán Egan, Head of Policy with Birdwatch Ireland and Environmental Pillar representative, respond to the outcome of the EU fisheries council discussions in Brussels

    8:10am It Says In The Papers

    Presented by Fiona Kelly

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