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    Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 27 February 2015

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    The mid-morning current affairs magazine with the stories of the day, sharp analysis, sports coverage, in-depth features and consumer interest.
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    Abortion Debate

    Abortion is back on the agenda – certainly for the Labour Party conference. An internal party report, obtained by The Irish Examiner, recommends abortions should be allowed in cases of insest and rape. It also says abortions in later stages of pregnancy where a woman’s health is at risk of disabling damage should also be allowed.  

    Joining Sean this morning were Labour Senator Ivana Bacik, who helped write the report, and Professor Patricia Casey, Consultant Psychiatrist.

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    Nature Kindergarten

    Roisín O'Hara went to the Park Academy ran Nature Kindergarten at Kilruddery, in Wicklow. The nature kindergarten is ran fully outdoors - children lead their own learning but not in the conventional way. 

    For more details see here.

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    Book: A Time For Friends

    She’s the doyenne of Irish women’s fiction, having kickstarted the publishing boom in Ireland with her City Girl trilogy. She has just published her 18th novel, and it’s called A Time For Friends. 

    A Time For Friends spans a period of great change in Ireland, moving from pre- to post-boom.Patricia Scanlan joined Sean in studio this morning.

    A Time For Friends by Patricia Scanlan is published by Simon and Schuster at €14.99.

    Connect with Patricia on her Facebook page.

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    Rugby Anthems: The National Anthem of England

    Olan McGowan has this week been taking a look at the national anthem of England, who don't officially have one! 

    Olan spoke to John Simpson ahead of Ireland v England this Sunday in the Aviva. 

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    Unfinished Housing Estates

    Brian O'Connell has been taking a look at unfinished housing estates in Cork, with 139 housing projects all at various stages of construction.

    Contact Brian here.

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    The Gathering

    To our weekly review of the news that has hit the headlines over recent days.

    Joining Sean this morning were Aodhan O’Riordan, Labour TD and Minister of State at the Department of Justice, David Cullinane, Sinn Fein Senator from Waterford, Catherine Halloran, political correspondent with the Irish Daily Star and Eamon Dunphy, broadcaster, author and soccer pundit.   

    Up for discussion - World Cup 2022 in Qatar, Labour conference, the low pay commission and Aer Lingus.

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    Gary Glitter

    Fiona Mitchell, London correspondent, joined Sean on the line with the latest on Glitter being sentenced to jail fo 16 years following a string of sexual assaults in the 1970s. 

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      Title: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot -- Swing Low Sweet Chariot
      Performer(s): Bryn Terfel (Bass-Baritone)
      Performer(s): Bryn Terfel (Bass-Baritone)
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