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    Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 3 July 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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    Tag Rugby

    Next week the annual Pig N Porter festival takes place in Limerick and it will see 130 teams from Ireland, Great Britain and Australia compete in a tag rugby competition. The sport has grown in popularity here in the last decade, so much so that Ireland is soon to send several teams to the tag rugby world cup in Australia. We sent our reporter Brian O’Connell to a weekly tag rugby event in Cork to see what it is all about.

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    The Gathering

    Ruth Coppinger, Socialist Party TD, Pat Rabbitte, Labour Party TD, John Downing, Irish Independent, Brenda Power, Columnist, Irish Mail

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    Greece

    The Greek people are preparing for a vital referendum on the terms of the international bailout on Sunday. The latest poll published today suggested a slender lead for the Yes vote at 44.8% with the no vote at 43.4%. 

    Joining Sean from Athens was Helena Smith of the Guardian, Tony Foley, economist at DCU and Simon Harris. 

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    Rights for Gay Teachers

    The Cabinet has given approval to amend Section 37.1 of the employment equality act of 1998. In practice, this will mean that schools and hospitals with a religious ethos will no longer be able to discriminate against staff or prospective job applicants on the grounds of sexual orientation. 

    One of the key supporters of this change has been Minister for Equality, Aodhan O'Riordan and he joined Sean earlier. 

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    Naas District Court

    Paddy O'Gorman has been to Naas District Court. 

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    Dexter Cattle

    One of our indigenous breed of cattle is the miniature Dexter. While our fields might now be predominantly Freesian, there are signs that this small cow is on the rise.

    Darragh McCullagh, deputy editor of the Farming Independent, has been meeting a farmer who is determined to put this native breed – the Dexter – back where it belongs – on our tables.

    And Darragh joined Sean in studio.

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    HIQA report into Nursing Homes

    A report by the Health Information and Quality Authority into standards in private and public nursing homes has found many needed to improve on the level of care provided to residents.

    Joining Sean this morning was Priscilla Lynch, editor of the Medical Independent. 

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    • Title: Blackbird
      Composer: Trad.Arr. Sharon Shannon
      Performer(s): Shannon Sharon
      Performer(s): Shannon Sharon
      Album: L'IMAGINAIRE IRLANDAIS, KELTIA MUSIQUE, KMCD 63
      Duration: 3:56

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