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    Unfinished Housing Estates

    Brian O'Connell has been taking a look at unfinished housing estates in Cork, with 139 housing projects all at various stages of construction.

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    PR Spend

    Belt and braces: Why state agencies have internal PR staff AND outside consultants. Brian O'Connell details those that have and later, Senator Shane Ross joins the conversation.

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    Reboot Ireland

    Brian O'Connell was at a #RebootIreland meeting in Limerick last night, these are not public meetings more so meetings for those who have expressed an interest in the party and supporting them. Registration on their website is required to hear about these meetings. 

    Visit their website here.

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    Guns

    The Oireachtas Justice Committee has been looking at the issue of gun ownership in recent weeks, but some gun owners have defended their right to own semi automatic rifles among other firearms.

    Yesterday our reporter Brian O’Connell went to a shooting range in Kildare and met some members of the gun lobby. Later, Independent TD Finian McGrath who sits on the Justice Committee, and Independent TD Michael Healy Rae spoke to Sean.

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    The Halawa Family

    This Sunday, Irish citizen 19-year-old Ibrahim Halawa will face trial on charges of murder, attempted murder and taking part in an illegal protest. Mr Halawa was arrested in August 2013 along with his sisters following a banned march in Egypt. Our reporter Brian O’Connell has been to the Halawa family home in Firhouse this week as the family prepare for news of their brother’s trial.

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    Fox Hunting

    Now with the fox hunting season in full swing, some tensions between landowners and those wishing to hunt have resurfaced. Our reporter Brian O’Connell has met with some farmers who claim local hunts have damaged their land in recent months.

    Joining Sean on the line was hunt enthusiast, Brian Munn of the Irish Masters of Foxhounds Association.

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    Gay Teachers

    What is it like to be a gay teacher in a Catholic school in Ireland, and feeling like you could be fired because of your sexuality? That’s the situation some gay teachers are faced with.

    Our reporter Brian O’Connell, in our Cork studio, has spoken with two gay teachers about their experiences.

    Read More: Employment Equality Act 1998, S. 37

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    Adoption

    For those adopted in Ireland, the struggle to find out exactly who you are is rarely an easy task. The accessing of birth certificates or being able to discover secrets that many take to their grave causes years of frustration for those searching for answers.

    Children’s Minister Dr James Reilly has now announced the terms of reference for the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes. However, Susan Lohan of The Adoption Rights Alliance says that up to 70,000 women will be excluded from the inquiry. Brian O’Connell has been speaking to some of the women whose voices won’t be heard.

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    Susan Lohan of the Adoption Rights Alliance joins Sean in studio.

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    Dirty Town

    Last week the Irish Business Against Litter published their second annual survey of cleanliness levels in certain areas of the country. Just one area in the latest survey has been named as a litter black spot, and our reporter Brian O’Connell has been to hear what locals think of the results.

    Read IBAL's response to Brian's queries here.

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