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    Gathering

    Gathering

    It was a week that celebrated whistleblowers – the passing of abuse survivor Christine Buckley, lauded at her funeral as ‘the great whistleblower of our time’...and the issuing of a report that vindicated two Gardai who drew attention to abuses within the penalty points system. Other events saw former Fine Gael strategist, Frank Flannery step down from a number of high profile positions...a big talking point around Leinster House...at least until the majority of Ministers boarded planes to depart for Patrick’s Day celebrations around the world. For a look at all of these stories and more, Keelin was joined in ...

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0314/602228-today-with-sean-o-rourke-friday-14-march-2014/?clipid=1508697
    The Gathering

    The Gathering

    It was a week in which Limerick struggled to place culture above quarrels, when a trade mission to the Gulf returned millions in investment and where the deadline for submissions on the controversial erection of Eirgrid pylons came and went, with rural communities across the country up in arms about what may lie in store for the landscape. For a look back at these and other events, Sean was joined in studio by Irish Independent columnist, John Downing; Public Affairs Consultant, Gerard Howlin and Senior Research and Policy Officer with the National Youth Council of Ireland, Marie Claire McAleer.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0110/496962-today-with-sean-o-rourke-friday-10-january-2014/?clipid=1391414
    Health

    Health

    In the aftermath of last week’s budget one Ministerial name has repeatedly cropped up in the headlines. Health Minister James Reilly should quit according to Fianna Fail Leader Micheal Martin, but his record has been defended by his colleagues, Brian Hayes insisted the Government had every confidence in him.Joining Sean was John Downing, Columnist with the Irish Independent.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2013/1021/481681-today-with-sean-o-rourke-monday-21-october-2013/?clipid=1337971

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