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    Rural Crime

    Last night more than 500 people gathered in Trim, Co. Meath in what was described as a fight back against the scourge of rural crime. Valerie Cox was there for us. 

    Crowds gather at meeting in Trim

    People lined up to speak of their experiences

    Shortage of Rural GPs

    Patients scattered across remote countryside, elderly people living alone and getting the flu jab out there. It’s all part of the work of a rural GP and yesterday Valerie Cox spent the day with Dr Martin Daly, a GP in Ballygar, Co Galway who is also on the National GP committee of the IMO.



    The latest figures from the Courts Service of Ireland reveal that banks have sought to repossess almost 4,500 homes since the beginning of the year.  We have reported here on many of those cases, from the courts and from some of the people in danger of losing their homes, who have decided to go public.

    This morning we brought you a good news story, of a woman who was on the brink of losing her family home, when a deal was done.  Valerie Cox has met her.

    Family Courts

    Paternity tests, a mother with a drug problem and ‘decent respectable people’ who couldn’t agree access to their children. These were all cases before the Family courts in Dolphin House, Valerie Cox was there.


    Carrickmines Residents Block

    Residents who set up a blockade to stop work on a site earmarked to accommodate survivors of last weekend’s fire at Carrickmines have met with staff at Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council this morning.

    Work was due to start today on the plot of land at the cul de sac off Glenamuck Road..... however the blockade remains in place and excavation vehicles have not been able to gain access to the site.

    Our reporter Valerie Cox was there at the meeting and she joined Sean on the line.


    The Family Courts

    Having recently returned from voluntary work with the Irish Red Cross on the island of Kos, our Valerie Cox joined Sean in studio to talk about her new book The Family Courts, and what goes on there. 

    The book is published by Blackwater Press and is €14.99.


    Refugees: Valerie Cox in Kos

    Valerie Cox is on the island of Kos volunteering with the Irish Red Cross, she spoke to Sean of tales of being ripped off, a husband and son arriving in a rubber dinghy - his wife and daughter killed in a bomb back home and some tales of cheers.



    Weekend Sport

    Now, as we heard earlier, yesterday brought back-to-back All Ireland’s for Cork on Camogie Finals day, with a seven-point win over Galway while Waterford took the Intermediate title and Laois the juniors.

    It was a busy weekend in sport elsewhere as well.

    Djokovic has taken his third major of 2015 with US Open victory last night and in the soccer, Mourinho has a meltdown, the bragging rights are in Manchester as United beat Liverpool, and Leicester pull off a stunning comeback against local rivals Aston Villa.

    Joining Sean in studio were soccer pundit Eamon Dunphy, Wexford Camogie player Mags D’Arcy, and Damian Lawlor of the Sunday Independent.




    Yesterday there was another tragedy off the Greek island of lEBOS as refugees drowned while attempting to reach the Greek shores.  Valerie Cox is on the island of Kos.  This is just the latest in a series of tragedies and she joined Sean on the line. 

    Back here at home, groups all over the country have been gathering in a massive fund raising effort with the focus on the people living in Calais. And this weekend, the volunteers have been as busy as ever. Evelyn O’Rourke visited just one of the collection points to find out more.

    Visit their Facebook page here.

    Garrett Mullan and Killian Raynor

    Donations for those stuck in Calais



    Keep Our Priest

    The shortage of Catholic priests around the country is resulting in the downgrading of some parishes, the amalgamation of others and the complete loss of a priest in some areas. Last night there was a public meeting in the village of Ballymore in Co. Westmeath to protest against the loss of their priest and the fact that from the end of the month there will only be one weekly Mass in the parish. Valerie Cox was there.

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