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    Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 26 March 2015


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    Airbus A320 Crash

    Leaked information from the voice box recorder of Germanwings Flight 9525 says that one of the pilots was locked out of the cockpit before the plane crashed on Tuesday morning .  All 150 people on board, including 16 school children and 2 babies,  were  killed. On the line from Paris was John Lichfield, from The London Independent and former Aer Lingus pilot Ted Murphy. 

    Read More: Germanwings Pilot Was Locked Out of Cockpit Before Crash in France, Nicola Clark and Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, 25th Mar 2015


    IPSOS/MRBI Political Poll

    Today the Irish Times has released a new political poll.

    It’s a follow-on from a poll in December which asked people that if there was an election in the morning, who would they vote vote.

    And if there was, 24% would vote for Fine Gael, 7% would mark an X for Labour, 24% for Sinn Fein and independents and others would win 28%. However, since the last poll Fianna Fail has lost four points and is trailing Fine Gael and Sinn Fein with 17% of the potential electorate.

    Joining Keelin this morning was public affairs consultant Gerard Howlin.

    Read More: Fianna Fáil at war as Micheál Martin confronted over poor poll ratings, Daniel McConnell, Irish Independent, 17th Mar 2015


    Health Care Jargon

    New research published today shows that many Irish people want doctors and other health professionals to use less medical jargon. Health Minister Kathleen Lynch, will launch a new programme to improve health literacy later this morning.

    Keelin was joinined by two guests who were part of the launch – Inez Bailey, Director of the National Adult Literacy Agency and Dr Michael Wolf, Professor of Medicine and Learning Sciences at Northwestern University in Chicago.

    Read More: Irish people calling for healthcare professionals to use less medical jargon,, 26th Mar 2015


    Saudi Arabia Air Attack

    Saudi Arabia with the support of a number of other countries has launched a series of air strikes against Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen. The Rebels who are backed by Iran had made significant gains in the country in recent months. 

    Fawaz Gerges, professor of International relations at the London School of Economics was on the line. 


    Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan

    This weekend the Green Party will gather in Kilkenny for its annual convention.

    The party no longer has any TDs and has languished in the polls at a mere three percent. So how relevant is the party and what now for it political future?

    Leader Eamon Ryan, former communication Minister, joined Keelin in studio.  



    Challenges Facing the Media

    Journalism has a battle on its hands – a fight for reason in a world of propaganda, simplification and Internet trolls – that’s according to BBC foreign correspondent Fergal Keane... Fergal is going give a lecture this evening at University of Limerick and he joined Keelin on the line.

    Fergal Keane's public lecture takes place in the CSIS building CSG001 in the University of Limerick at 6pm and is latest in a series of seminars organised by UL's Department of Journalism.

    Read More: Fergal Keane to give lecture on media’s ‘struggle for reason’, Kathryn Hayes, Irish Times, 23rd Mar 2015


    FF Reaction to Irish Times Poll

    So, Fianna Fail is trailing Sinn Fein and Fine Gael in the race for votes, according to a new poll for the Irish Times... we heard earlier in the programme from analyst Gerard Howlin about why people don’t seem be connecting with the party.

    Mary Hanafin, former minister and Fianna Fail counsellor and also on the line Niall Collins, Fianna Fail TD for County Limerick joined Keelin this morning.


    Ovarian Cancer - One Woman's Story

    Earlier on this week Angeline Jolie revealed that she decided to have her ovaries removed as the diagnostic tests showed she is at risk of getting ovarian cancer.

    Joining from our Limerick studio was Anne Herlihy. Anne was diagnosed with ovarian cancer herself last year and she’s now appealing to young women to get a simple blood test which can help to diagnose this devastating disease.


    John McColgan - Photographic Exhibition

    He’s widely known as the award winning producer of Riverdance and Heartbeat of Home, but recently he has turned his talents to photography. John McColgan joined Keelin this morning.

    His work is to be displayed for the first time in a new exhibition in support of Howth Lifeboats:

    ‘Howth Horizons’

    From Tuesday 31st March’15 until 20th April’15 at The House Restaurant in Howth.

    View some of John McColgan's pieces here. 

    Read More: John McColgan 'This is not an ordinary business... it's roulette', Donal Lynch, Irish Independent, 15th Feb 2015

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