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    Usain Bolt

    It was billed as Good Versus Evil Part 2 – but Usain Bolts rivalry with Justin Gatlin took a back seat to Bolt’s  shear genius as a Sprinter in yesterday’s world chamionship 200 meters Final.

    Bolt’s tenth Gold Medal in his Olympic and World Championship career and he may have another before the week is out,  are we talking about the world’s greatest atheletes ever? Well to give their opinion two enthusiasts , Dr Cyril White Athletics Historian and Ian O’Riordan of the Irish Times joined Conor. 

     

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    Unemployment

    The political mantra these days is getting people back to work, and indeed the Government can point to substantial success in doing this. 

    Tom Boland of WIT has chronicled the experiences of those who live in limbo of unemployment and their efforts to find a job that suits their skills. 

    His recenlty published book The Sociology of Unemployment suggests that social welfare claimants are more closely scrutinised that ever and that those on benefits are often viewed as scroungers or fraudsters. And he asks what kind of work are people offerned when they're taken off benefits. 

    Tom Boland, Waterford Institute of Technology and Patricia Callan of the Small Firms Association joined Conor to discuss. 

    Limerick Crime in Doon

    Niall Collins, Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Justice and Equality spoke to Conor of the sad news that John O Donoghue suffered a massive heart attack upon returning home to discover intruders in his home. 

    Niall talks about Garda stations being closed and better resourcing of an Garda Síochana. 

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    George Boole Bicentenary Celebration

    At UCC this weekend a conference will celebrate the life of George Boole, the first professor of Mathematics - he was a genius who invented what became the language for computers and set the scene for development for what is today known as Artificial Intelligence.

    Dr. Ken Forde, association for the advancement of Artificial Intelligence and Boole's great grand nephew Kevin Boole spoke to Conor. 

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    The Gathering

    The headlines this week have again been dominated by the Northern Ireland political crisis with the DUP now calling to exclude Sinn Féin from the executive following controversy surrounding the killing of Belfast republican Kevin McGuigan. 

    The migrant crisis escalated yesterday after the discovery of 70 bodies in a truck on the Austrian border, just half an hour from a summit on the issue in Vienna. 

    Asian markets slumped causing panic in world markets and the brutal killing of two tv journalists in Virginia broadcast live to air and shared on social media around the globe has reignited the gun control debate in the US. 

    Joining Conor this morning was Cormac Lucey, financial analyst, Mairead McGuinness, Fine Gael MEP, Matt Carthy, Sinn Féin MEP and political correspondent with the Irish Independent John Downing. 

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    Migrants

    The numbers are truly horrifying. As many as 200 people may have drowned when a boat packed with migrants bound for Italy sank off the Libyan coast yesterday. 

    Earlier this week more than seventy people suffocated to death on a truck abandoned by a motorway in Austria. 

    To discuss Europe's response to the massive waves of migrants making their way north through the continent Kate Connolly, Berlin correspondent of the Guardian and Observer and Zoltan Kovacs, Hungarian spokesperson spoke to Conor Brophy.

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