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    Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 30 January 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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    Ceann Comhairle/Aer Lingus/Shatter Letter

    Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett spoke to Miriam this morning about the Shatter letter. Micheal Martin joined after with his reaction.

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    Poverty in Ireland

    The economy is growing and we’re hoping that the years of recession are behind us. But unfortunately we’ve also seen rising levels of consistent poverty.

    What’s the reality of living in poverty in modern-day Ireland? Marian Quinn – CEO of Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative, Aodhan O’Riordan – Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality, and from Cork Brendan Dempsey from Saint Vincent de Paul apoke to Miriam.

    Paddy O'Gorman also met with women who are struggling to get by on very little.

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    Greece

    Just days after the Syriza party won a spectacular victory in Greece’s general election, new Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is set to embark on a tour of Europe to try to convince his European counterparts to support the Syriza government.

    Joining Miriam from Athens was Helena Smith, The Guardian’s correspondent in Greece. Helena brought us up to date with what has been happening in Greece this week.

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    Divorce Courts

    This year will mark the twentieth anniversary of our referendum on divorce, that was in November 1995 and the following June the legislation was put in place. Since then almost 100,000 people have been divorced. Valerie Cox has been to Phoenix House in Dublin to see how the Divorce courts operate.

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    David Chase - Creator of the Sopranos

    The Sopranos is acknowledged as one of the greatest television series of all time. A seminal moment in popular culture history which ushered the golden age of TV and gave us Tony Soprano – one of the most memorable mobsters of all time.

    On the line this morning was David Chase – the creator of The Sopranos who’s one of the speakers at Digital Biscuit, Ireland’s film and technology forum. David begins by talking about the sudden death of James Gandolfini and what it was like working with him.

    Read More: David Chase Interview with Vanity Fair, April 2007: An American Family

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    The Gathering

    To our weekly look at the news stories that had you talking in the past few days - the verbal abuse of our first citizen at an event in Finglas, the bidding for Aer Lingus, a new Prime Minister in Greece and new mortgage rules announced.

    Joining Miriam in studio this morning were Socialist Party TD for Dublin West, Ruth Coppinger, Fiach Kelly, Political Correspondent with The Irish Times, Michael McNamara, who is a Labour TD for Clare and Alison O’Connor, Columnist with The Irish Examiner.

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