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    Gathering

    Gathering

    This week, the news was dominated by rumours of a ‘give something back’ budget. Meanwhile, property tax was back in the news as it emerged that not all councils will be able to afford to reduce the property tax... and in international news, a second American journalist was beheaded by Islamic State.... In a surprise move the ECB has cut borrowing costs to help boost growth in Europe... and in America, 100 female celebrities, including the actress Jennifer Lawrence, had nude pictures of themselves stolen from their iCloud. To take a look back at these and the other main stories ...

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0905/641626-today-with-sean-o-rourke-friday-5-september-2014/?clipid=1666851
    Coalition Troubles

    Coalition Troubles

    There is a “need to get a grip”, according to communications minister Pat Rabbitte who seemed to sum up the avalanche of troubles facing the coalition government and conceded that the last couple of months have not been good for them. Last week’s resignation of Justice Minister Alan Shatter and wide ranging allegations of Garda misconduct have embroiled the Government in controversy – while issues from medical cards, water charges and the economy have been cropping up on the doorsteps. Joining Sean was Political Editor of the Sunday Business Post, Pat Leahy.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0512/616772-today-with-sean-o-rourke-monday-12-may-2014/?clipid=1574170
    Alan Shatter and GSOC

    Alan Shatter and GSOC

    The political heat is on Minister Justice Alan Shatter over his handling of the Garda whistle-blower affair and claims that he ignored serious claims of Garda malpractice.  Fianna Fail has claimed the whistle-blower, Garda Maurice McCabe had raised his concerns two years ago but these “ran into the sand”. The dossier of claims relate to cases of murder, abduction and assault. Minister Shatter told the Dail in October that the two Gardai Maurice McCabe and John Wilson had refused to co-operate with an internal Garda inquiry into the cancellation of penalty points. FF leader Micheal Martin says McCabe is owed ...

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0221/505837-today-with-sean-o-rourke-friday-21-february-2014/?clipid=1423319
    Post Offices

    Post Offices

    A report commissioned by the Irish Postmasters’ Union from Grant Thornton has found that if the social welfare contract is lost to An Post some 557 Post Offices nationwide would close down. Post Master in Ballymun in Dublin and Executive Member for the Dublin Branch of the Irish Postmasters Union, Dermot Higgins.  Paddy O'Gorman also talked to Post Office clients in Monaghan.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0221/505837-today-with-sean-o-rourke-friday-21-february-2014/?clipid=1423325

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