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    Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 3 September 2015


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    Migrant Crisis

    Kate Connolly, of the Irish Times in Berlin, Peter Sutherland, UN Special Rep for International Migration, Dr. Simon Bryant, of Medicins Sans Frontieres who was on a boat in the Mediterranean and journalist Adam Labor, journalist in Budapest all spoke of the crisis situation and what we should be doing about it to help.


    Attorney General No Confidence Motion

    Yesterday's news agenda was dominated by the fall out from the Fennelly report - today the news cycle has moved on with the migrant crisis dominating the headlines both at home and abroad. Enda Kenny and his advisors may well feel the worst is over for them in relation to Fennelly but the matter will dominate proceedings in the Dáil when it returns later this month. 

    Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil have tabled votes of no confidence in the Taoiseach, And separately Sinn Féin have added a new political twist by putting down a motion of no confidence in the Attorney General Maire Whelan. 

    John Downing joined Sean to discuss. 


    Early Sexualisation of Children

    The loss of childhood through early sexualisation is a growing problem for parents and children alike. The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is seeing a growing trend of younger children, some as young as 10, not just talking about but engaging in sexual activity. Joining Sean was Grainia Long CEO of the ISPCC. 

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    Microchipping Dogs

    From this week a new law means that all pups must be microchipped and registered with a government approved database by the time they reach 12 weeks of age or before they are moved from their birth home. And from March next, that rule will apply to all dogs, regardless of their age.

    Vet Finbarr Heslin joins Sean in studio but first, Valerie Cox has been to the Ashton Dog Pound in Castleknock in Dublin where staff believe that compulsory microchipping will make a huge difference in reuniting stray dogs with their owners.

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    New CAO System

    From 2017, we will hear no more of A1s, B2s and C3s when the results come out in August. This morning, Minister Jan O’Sullivan will launch the new points system for the CAO.

    Joining Sean in studio this morning with more on this was Brian Mooney, Education Columnist with the Irish Times.

    Read More: Changes to CAO points system on cards for 2017 exams, Katherine Donnelly, Irish Independent, 27th April 2015

    See the changes here and the purpose of the changes.


    Windharp Poems of Ireland since 1916

    1916 is one of the most important dates in the minds and the imaginations of the Irish people, and as the centenary draws near commemorations are already underway. Later this month [on 18th September] Thomas Kent, executed on 9th May 1916 and buried in Cork Prison, is being given a state funeral to his birthplace Castlelyons in east Cork. The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has announced that 22 million euros will be invested in major commemorative projects – including the refurbishment of many buildings and in a new visitors centre at Pearse’s cottage in Ros Muc.

    This evening, at the National Library, Eavan Boland will launch a new poetry anthology: Windharp Poems of Ireland since 1916. 

    Editor Niall MacMonagle  joined Sean in studio this morning where we heard from actors Cathy Belton and Barry Barnes reading extracts from the book.


    Spiritual Leader

    Many regard Eckhart Tolle as one of the world’s foremost spiritual leaders. After experiencing what he called an epiphany thirty-eight years ago he has dedicated himself to improving people’s inner lives. He has committed himself, as he puts it, to removing that which separates people from the truth.

    He has set out his ideas and philosophy of life in three best-selling books. Eckhart Tolle joined Sean on the line from London.


    Lower Drug Prices

    The Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association and the HSE will meet later this month to discuss a new pricing agreement for prescription drugs.

    The current three-year pricing deal costs the state $1.3 billion a year and expires at the end of the month.

    So what do these talks mean for Irish patients, medical journalist Priscilla Lynch had the detail. 

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