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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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    Garda Commissioner

    Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan is under mounting pressure following a damning assessment of the force from the Policing Authority in the wake of the O'Higgins Report. 

    In a strongly worded statement attacking the performance of the force on several fronts the authority expressed 'deep unease' following a four hour private meeting with the commissioner yesterday. 

    For his assessment of what the Authority has to say Mick Clifford of the Irish Examiner spoke to us. 

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    New Cancer Drugs Delay

    Two of Ireland's leading oncologists claim cancer patients will die as a result of new drug delays. They attribute this delay to slow decision making on the part of the HSE.

    Dr. Kyran Bolger, oncologist at the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore spoke to us.

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    Go Safe Speed Cameras

    Today is National Slow Down Day and as part of the Garda Road Safety Initiative, 355 new speed detection zones take effect from midnight bringing the total number of areas patrolled by Go Safe Vans to over 1,000.

    These are the vans with speed cameras and radar equipment rotating between the highways and by-ways of the country where lives have been lost - but few of us know exactly what goes on inside.

    Our reporter John Cooke has been finding out.

    For more on the Garda roll out of more Go Safe Speed Detection areas on this - “National Slow Down Day”- Conor Faughnan of the AA, and from Ennis in County Clare, Solicitor Darragh Hassett who’s taking a high court challenge against Go-Safe convictions spoke to Sean.

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    Rewire, Don't Retire

    Retirement is changing, it’s no longer a few years of sitting back and taking it easy.... it can now stretch out for 20 years or more and can throw up a whole host of challenges from loneliness, financial insecurity and depression.

    But according to a new book Rewire Don’t Retire, with a little planning it can also be a great opportunity to start a whole new chapter.... and live the life you’ve always wanted...

    Marianne Heron is co author of the book and she joined us this morning.

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    Zika Virus

    World expert on the ZIKA virus Professor Mary Guinan spoke to us.

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    Travel: Tuscany

    Florence is roughly the size of Belfast, but it gets about 17 million visitors a year – so it can get a bit busy…

    During peak season, the “cradle of the Renaissance” can feel more like Disneyland during the school holidays and yet according to my next guest, Florence remains one of those cities that we all should make an effort to visit at least once.

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    The Gathering

    Time for our Friday Gathering, and a look back at the big stories of the week...today I’m joined in studio by Jim O’Callaghan, Fianna Fail TD for Dublin Bay South and Justice Spokesperson, Regina Doherty, Government Chief Whip and Fine Gael TD for Meat East, Niamh Lyons, Political Editor of The Times, Ireland Edition and Máirín Ní Ghadhra, of RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta.

    The big focus this week has been on the gardaí, both in terms of the gangland crime that is blighting Dublin’s north inner city but also with the ongoing aftermath of the O’Higgins report dominating the Dail chamber.

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