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    Spina Bifida

    Spina Bifida

    Ireland has one of the highest rates of Neural Tube defects in the world, more than one child in every 1,000. One of these neural tube defects is spina bifida and, in this country, 35 children a year are born with this congenital disorder. Tomorrow, a report based on a national study on the current health and therapy needs of these children will be launched by the National Tertiary care centre for Spina Bifida and Hydrocehalus based in Temple Street hospital. Sean was joined in studio by Dr Jane Leonard, Consultant paediatrician in Temple Street Childrens’ Hospital who was involved ...

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0902/640853-today-with-sean-o-rourke-tuesday-2-september-2014/?clipid=1664348
    Rural Schools

    Rural Schools

    As thousands of pupils return to school this week, some schools will be missing a teacher.  It all depends on their pupil numbers and the loss of a teacher when those numbers dip is felt most keenly in our smaller rural schools.  In Caherdane National School in the Parish of Allihies in West Cork, a dip in their numbers has meant a drop from three teachers to just two.  So how will this affect them?  Valerie Cox has been to the Beara Penninsula to meet teachers and parents and Sean spoke with Sheila Nunan, INTO General Secretary.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0829/640093-today-with-sean-o-rourke-friday-29-august-2014/?clipid=1661264
    Dun Laoghaire Makeover

    Dun Laoghaire Makeover

    Vacant shops, failed businesses, parking problems...they could be the challenges facing any town in Ireland.  But this was the seaside town of Dun Laoghaire in Co Dublin and the business people decided to fight back.  Six months ago they voted to become a Business Improvement District and tonight they will launch their new Website to entice visitors, shoppers and business people into the town.  Valerie Cox has been to Dun Laoghaire to find out more.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0819/638023-today-with-sean-o-rourke-tuesday-19-august-2014/?clipid=1654127
    Motor Insurance Case

    Motor Insurance Case

    Next we turn to the case of a 72 Wicklow man who will never walk again following a road accident. He was awarded compensation of more than €300,000 euro but this has been denied to him because the driver's insurance company - Setanta - went into liquidation. His solicitor say up to 2,000 people in Ireland could also be refused compensation. Valerie Cox has been talking to Ned Heffernan who has ended up in a nursing home.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0815/637299-today-with-sean-o-rourke-friday-15-august-2014/?clipid=1651857
    Food Poverty

    Food Poverty

    One in ten people in Ireland are living in food poverty...in recent months we have seen the rise in people attending food centres, the opening of special food banks and reports that people are facing a choice between paying their bills and buying food for their families.  Valerie Cox has been investigating this trend...

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0814/637033-today-with-sean-o-rourke-thursday-14-august-2014/?clipid=1651007

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