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    Friday 24th October

    The Gathering

    Fiach Kelly, Political Correspondent, Irish Times, Eoghan Murphy, Fine Gael TD, Martina Devlin, Author, Padraig MacLochlainn, Sinn Fein TD

    Tax Credits and Reliefs

    Sinead Ryan, Consumer Journalist

    Libel Laws

    Paul Tweed, Media Lawyer and Ger Colleran, Former Editor of The Star Newspaper

    Horse Doping

    John Mooney, Security Correspondent Sunday Times, Noel Meade, Horse Trainer

    Thursday 23rd October

    Two Dead in Donegal

    Stephen Maguire spoke to Sean on the suspicious deaths of a husband and wife in Carndonagh, Co. Donegal. A man in his forties has been arrested in relation to the deaths. The couple are said to have been very well known in the area and there is widespread shock in Carndonagh.

    Children's Ombudsman

    The process to select a new Children’s Ombudsman to replace Emily Logan will get underway in the coming weeks and the hopeful candidates will face an interview panel made up of experts in the field - including a number of children and teenagers.

    The Right to Die

    She is a former nun, a Hospice nurse and a Chaplain to prisoners in Wormwood Scrubs but now 49 year old Kate Tobin from Lismore in Co Waterford has been diagnosed with advanced Multiple Sclerosis and she wants the right to die at a time of her own choosing.

    Attack on Canadian Parliament Building

    Graham Finlay, UCD lecturer, spoke to Sean on the attack on the Canadian Parliament building in Ottawa.

    Foreign Doctors Registration

    Just recently we read about the case of a Romanian doctor who was suspended after just ten days working in Crumlin Children’s Hospital. He wasn’t able to perform even the simplest tasks properly.

    John Tierney and Irish Water

    Fergus O'Dowd spoke to Sean and shared his opinion that John Tierney should step down as CEO of Irish Water. He feels the public want a new manangement team and that they have the chance to make things right now.

    Positive Action Spending

    An internal HSE audit into the Hepatitis C Support Group Positive Action has uncovered breaches of corporate governance and inappropriate spending on a range of items including beauty therapies, dog kennel costs, relaxation breaks , supermarket bills and emotional healing.

    Wednesday 22nd October

    Maria Cahill meeting with An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny

    Brian Dowling, RTE

    Judging W.T. Cosgrave

    Michael Laffan, Historian and Author of a new book entitled 'Judging W.T. Cosgrave'

    Early Childhood Care and Education

    Roisin O'Hara reports

    Wills and Legacy

    Susan O'Dwyer, CEO Make A Wish Foundation and Chair of My Legacy and Tim Bracken, Barrister and Author of The Probate Handbook

    Cash Exchange

    Paddy O'Gorman visited Bray in Co. Wicklow

    White Bread

    John McKenna, Guide Books Author and Gordon Polson, Director of the Federation of Bakers, UK

    Irish Water

    Paul Melia, Environment Correspondent, Irish Independent

    Tuesday 21st October

    Lonely Planet Top 10 Countries to Visit

    Noirin Hegarty, Managing Destination Editor, Lonely Planet

    National Stammering Awareness Day

    Marie Louise O'Donnell report

    New Mortgage Rules

    Tony Foley, DCU School of Economics, Karen Mulvaney, Managing Director, The Buyer's Agent, Aoife Clarke, House Buyer

    Monday 20th October

    Health Apps

    Joining Sean in studio, Dr Conor O'Brien, consultant Neurophysiologist and physician in sports and exercise medicine with the Blackrock Clinic and Santry Sports Surgery Clinic; and also Terri Morris, co-founder of Health 2.0 Dublin about Health Apps.

    Living with Emotional Abuse

    Sean spoke with two people whose marriages fell apart after they were assaulted and subjected to emotional abuse by their partners. They discuss the issues of control and fear that came to dominate their home lives. Sean refers to them throughout as Paul and Kate, not their real names.Women's Aid Helpline 1800 341 900 & Amen Helpline 046 902 3718


    After two-weeks of quite dramatic deliberations, the Synod of Bishops ended on Saturday in the Vatican. The final document included a significantly watered down version of the controversial paragraphs concerning opening to both gays and divorced and remarried Catholics. John Allen, associate editor of the Boston Globe spoke to Sean about the matter.

    Mairia Cahill

    Mairia Cahill spoke to Sean in response to Sinn Féin's latest statement made last night.

    Diesel Stretching

    Marked diesel oil, vehicle registration tax, illegally imported cigarettes and social welfare tourists they're all on the wanted list for ireland's customs officers. Valerie Cox joined Custom Officers for a day in the border region.

    Irish Water Bonus Payment Plan

    It was another weekend of bad headlines for Irish Water with the revelations on the “This Week” programme on RTÉ radio that even staff who need improvement are entitled to performance related bonuses of between 1.5 and 9 percent. Pat Leahy is political editor of the paper and spoke with Sean.

    Friday 17th October

    The Gathering

    Mary Minihan, Irish Times, Pat Rabbitte, Labour Party TD, Michael Clifford, Examiner, David Cullinane, Sinn Fein Senator

    Anger is an Energy

    I/V with the Author of 'Anger is an Energy', John Lydon

    Irish Water Protestors and the High Court

    Dearbhail McDonald, Legal Affairs Editor, Irish Independent

    Mind Change

    I/V with Susan Greenfield, Author of 'Mind Change - How Digital Technologies are Leaving their Mark on our Brains.

    The Trinity Experiment

    John McEvoy, Retired General Manager of the CAO, Professor Aine Hyland, Professor Emeritus of Education and Former Vice President of UCC

    Toddler Death in Ballybrack

    Valerie Cox at Ballybrack in Dublin and Kieran McGrath, Child Welfare Consultant

    Thursday 16th October

    Ebola Update

    Susan Mitchell, Health Correspondent Sunday Business Post

    Valerie Cox meets with Padraig Nally

    Valerie Cox with Padraig Nally and Crona Esler, Author of 'Unless By Invitation: Crimes That Shocked Ireland'

    Freezing Eggs

    Colm Gorey, Journalist,

    Death of a Child

    Charlie O'Connor, Former Fianna Fail TD

    Wednesday 15th October


    Karen Kreed, RTE and Mary Murphy, Author of the Blog ' Unpacking my Bottom Drawer From Budapest'

    One Young World Summit

    Bob Coggins and Clara Kelleher

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