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    Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 24 October 2014

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    Today with Sean O'Rourke

    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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    Horse Doping

    The conviction of Tipperary trainer Philip Fenton for horse doping offences yesterday has raised questions about Irish horse breeding’s squeaky clean reputation.

    John Mooney, crime and security correspondent with the Sunday Times, has been writing about this issue for some time. He speaks to Sean along with horse trainer Noel Meade.

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    Libel Laws

    Earlier this week, the defamation case taken by American pop star Justin Timberlake and his wife, the actress, Jessica Biel against Heat magazine played out in our High Court.

    The magazine is distributed across Europe, but the couple chose to fight the legal action here, prompting renewed analysis of our defamation laws.

    Joining Sean on the line was Media Lawyer, Paul Tweed who represented the famous couple in court and Ger Colleran, columnist with The Irish Daily Star.

    Paul begins by explaining to listeners why an American couple ended up taking a case in our High Court over an article in a magazine that is on sale all over Europe.

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    Organ Donation

    They call it the gift of life and the man who joined Sean this morning can testify to the wonderful and positive difference an organ transplant can make, granting renewed good health to someone who has been very sick.

    Five years ago, and after decades of illness, Seamus Eager received a heart transplant in the Mater Hospital. He spoke to Sean of his medical history - going through a triple by-pass, having a defibrillator and then receiving his heart transplant in 2009.

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    The Full Irish

    Master Butcher Pat Whelan came to studio to talk all things full Irish. The great Irish breakfast is made of sausage, egg and bacon. Pat discusses what makes a good breakfast and how it has evolved  to become an all day offering.

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    Tax Credits and Reliefs

    Whatever the effect of the last week’s budget on your finances was, there are still ways to save on your taxes. Sinead Ryan, consumer journalist with the Herald and the Independent joined Sean in studio to take us though all the available tax reliefs and credits.

    Many people don’t realize they can get back some money they pay in taxes, Sinead Ryan explains.

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    Callan's Kicks

    Preview of Oliver Callan's comedy show 'Callan's Kicks'.

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    The Gathering

    On the panel this week were Fiach Kelly, political correspondent with the Irish Times, Martina Devlin, author and Irish Independent columnist, Eoghan Murphy Fine Gael TD and Padraig MacLochlainn Sinn Fein TD.

    Up for discussion: Irish Water and CEO John Tierney, Mairia Cahill and Sinn Féin.

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