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    Family Courts

    August should have been a quiet month in the family law courts as they were closed for all but emergency hearings but, as Valerie Cox reports, the applicants never stopped coming.

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    Mortgage Problems

    Over the past year we have covered many cases of people in danger of or losing their homes when they can no longer pay the mortgage. This morning we're going to bring you two stories of very ordinary people who got into trouble with their mortgages, who have gone through hell but, who have come out the other end and got a deal with their banks.

    Val Cox has been meeting them.

    Visit the Phoenix Project here

    Phone: 1850 20 30 40 or email: support@phoenixproject.ie

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    Food Parcels

    The economy may be improving, the jobless figures are down but, on the downside, 1,700 people are queuing for food parcels every Wednesday morning at the Capuchin Day Centre in Bow Street in Dublin. Yesterday morning Val Cox was there.

    And if anyone wants to donate to Br Kevin to keep those food parcels coming. You can donate to their account at the Bank Of Ireland, Smithfield, Dublin 7.

    Account Name Capuchin Day Centre

    Account No. 82128752

    Sort Code 90-00-92

    IBAN IE 12 BOFI 9000 9282 1287 52

    BIC BOFIIE2D

    For donations telephone
    Bro. Kevin or Theresa at (01) 8720770

    capuchindaycentre@eircom.net

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    Racism

    On July 22nd we spoke to Jane, a young mother who was forced to move from her home in Clondalkin after a racist attack in which her car tyres were slashed and racist slogans were daubed on her home.  Valerie Cox has been catching up with her.

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    Nursing Homes

    The purse strings may have loosened; the recruitment drive for an additional 500 nurses has begun but a huge backlog in processing registration applications from overseas nurses means that hospitals and care homes are seriously understaffed and that nurses may choose to work elsewhere abroad. Valerie Cox has been looking into the problem.

     Further Information about Nursing Home Conference:  www.pcht.ie/careconversation 

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    The Family Courts

    Barring orders, access to children, a father with a prison sentence hanging over him and a very acrimonious divorce.  They were all heard in the Family courts this week and Valerie Cox was there.

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    Ditch Watch

    Last year forty tons of rubbish was removed from the country's roads, the clean up cost the NRA one point two million euro and it cost individual county councils around one million euro each. Valerie Cox has been in Co Monaghan helping to catch the culprits.

    If you've spotted a litter black spot on your travels or in your area get in touch with us and may well send Valerie out on the case - you can email TodaySOR@rte.ie.

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    Genius Children

    Just over twenty years ago Dublin City University created the Irish Centre for Talented Youth, a special course for young people of high ability, to give them an opportunity to study subjects that they wouldn't do in school, college-like subjects.

    During the summer thousands of children attend the university to study subjects such as medicine, biotechnology, behavioural psychology and forensic archeology. Valerie Cox has been to DCU to meet some of the students.

    Further information at www.dcu.ie/ctyi

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    Family Courts

    Back to the family law courts in Dolphin House now where Valerie Cox has been sitting in on some of the cases.  And it was all about fathers refusing to pay maintenance and Grandparents seeking access to their grandchildren.

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    Mortgage Debt Couple

    A couple of weeks ago we brought you the story of an elderly couple in a town in rural Ireland who got into trouble with their mortgage and who have already handed over their home and their business to the bank.  This morning we have an update...but it’s good news.  Valerie Cox reminds us what happened to Thomas and Mary.

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