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    Thursday 17th April

    Italy African Migrants

    In the past six months, over 18,000 migrants have been rescued by the Italian navy. Tom Kington, Rome Correspondent with the LA Times, reported from Rome and Edel McGinley Director of Migrant Rights Centre Ireland was in studio with Sean.


    Valerie Cox has been meeting some people who are back on the dating scene after a number of years

    South Korea Ferry Disaster

    Emergency services are continuing to search off the coast of South Korea for nearly 300 people missing after a ferry carrying more than 470 people sank off South Korea. John Power of the Yonhap News has the latest news


    Close to a quarter of a million farmed salmon either got free or were destroyed as a result of recent storm damage to a fish farm in County Cork. Brian O'Connell reports.

    Irish Dancing

    Two World Irish Dancing Championships are under way here and across the Irish Sea. Sean spoke with PRO for the World Championships in Killarney, Jacqueline Lee, and Catherine Kerrin from Newry, who has two children competing


    Last night the Public Accounts Committee decided to follow a course of action which may lead to bodies or individuals being compelled to appear before it. Harry McGee of The Irish Times reports.

    Renewable Energy/Climate Change

    The latest report from the UN’s panel on climate change revealed that carbon emissions are now at the “highest rate in human history”. Joseph Curtin, Senior Research Fellow and Climate Policy Analyst at the Inst of Int'l and European Affairs and Barbara Praetorius of the Think Tank Agora-Energiewende in Germany talk to Seán.

    Anglo Trial

    The jury at the Anglo Irish Bank trial resumed deliberations on the cases of former directors Pat Whelan and William McAteer following Sean Fitzpatrick's dramatic acquittal yesterday. Orla O'Donnell reports

    Wednesday 16th April

    Wine: Taste and Perception

    Tomás Clancy, Wine Correspondent, The Sunday Business Post, talks to Seán about a new study about the impact of environment on the taste and perception of wine drinking.

    Take Away Free Zones

    Sean was joined in studio by Dr Donal O’Shea, Director of the Weight Management Service at Loughlinstown and St Vincent’s Hospitals and Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, who represents a number of takeaway outlets

    Jobs/Career Advice

    For a bit of help identifying your job skills and finding the best approach to managing your career, Sean was joined in studio by workplace expert Paul Mooney

    Giro d’Italia

    On Sunday May 11th the Giro d’Italia, second only to the Tour de France in terms of cycling prestige, comes to Dublin. Paul Kimmage, Irish Independent journalist, and Daragh McQuaid, local organiser, talk to Sean


    The interim Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan was given a standing ovation by delegates at the Garda (AGSI) conference in Killarney yesterday. Some commentators see the Deputy Commissioner as the leader in waiting and possible successor to Martin Callinan. Sean spoke with Cormac O’Keeffe, crime reporter with the Irish Examiner


    NAMA started off life as the largest property company in the world and Frank Daly was the man put in charge of the unique task of running it into the ground. He spoke to Sean this morning

    Water Charges

    According to today’s Irish Independent the average annual bill for a family of two adults and two children will be €248. Fionnán Sheahan and FF TD Barry Cowen discuss.

    Tuesday 15th April


    The last day of cross examination of Oscar Pistorius continues in Pretoria. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has concluded questioning and he is being re-examined by his defence barrister, Barry Roux. Sean was joined by Fiona Forde

    From Out of the City

    From Out of the City is the latest novel by broadcaster John Kelly. He chats to Seán.


    On this day 25 years ago, 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death as they attended an FA Cup semi final at Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield. Ray Houghton was on the pitch as the tragedy unfolded. Sean was also joined by Paddy Shennan, Chief Features Writer with the Liverpool Echo.

    Youth Advisory Council of Ireland

    Marie Louise O'Donnell was talking to young people from the Youth Advisory Council of Ireland about their recommendations for the new childrens' hospital

    Hospital Top Ups

    Yesterday the internal review panel the HSE warned that salary top ups for hospital executives and healthcare providers must end within three months. However it’s a move that could be subject to a legal challenge. Susan Mitchell of the Sunday Business Post reports

    Rural Economy

    Yesterday, the Taoiseach launched a report making a series of recommendations to revive rural areas. Chairman of the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas, Pat Spillane, joined Sean this morning


    Our reporter Valerie Cox and John Jacob, Deputy General Secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors, join Seán from the annual conference in Killarney


    Olexiy Solohubenko, Editor at BBC Global news and Ambassador Dan Baer, head of the US Mission to the OSCE based in Vienna joined Sean to talk of the growing tensions in Ukraine

    Monday 14th April

    Foetal Abnormalities

    Pressure has been mounting on the government to legislate for foetal abnormality situations. Keelin was joined by the Master of the Rotunda Sam Coulter Smith and by Jane Dalrymple - a midwife who works exclusively in this area and we also hear from Jennifer Kehoe of One Day More

    Paddy O'Gorman reports

    After the Dail Finance Committee last week heard that banks are likely to become more aggressive in pursuing people in mortgage arrears, Paddy went to the credit union in Cabra to talk to some borrowers

    Water Charges

    According to today’s Irish Independent householders will have to pay a flat charge of up to €100 when water charges are introduced here. Fionnan Sheahan reports.

    Impact of the Internet

    The impact of the internet on our lives is the subject for debate at a Cyberethics Public Forum in Dublin’s Trinity College this evening. Speakers at the event include cyberpsychologist Mary Aiken from Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. She talks to Keelin Shanley

    Study Tips

    Brian Mooney, our education and career guidance expert, gives advice as to how Leaving and Junior Cert students can use the next two months to maximum advantage.

    Kerry Babies

    Thirty years ago today the body of a newborn infant was found by a local farmer on a beach in Cahirciveen in Co Kerry. Valerie Cox reports from Kerry

    Health Budget

    A cabinet row is on the cards after it emerged that the Health budget may be more than €200m higher than the government planned for. Martin Wall of The Irish Times reports

    Friday 11th April

    The Gathering

    For a look back at the events of the week, Sean was joined in studio by Mick Clifford, Columnist with The Irish Examiner; journalist and author, Martina Devlin; UCD historian, Diarmaid Ferriter and Colette Browne, Columnist, The Irish Independent.

    Stratford on Avon

    President Higgins and Mrs Higgins are visiting Stratford-on-Avon today. Valerie Cox reports from the historic town.

    Omagh Bomb Case

    A 43 year old man has been charged with the murders of 29 people who were killed in the 1998 Omagh bomb. Áine Ni Ghallchóir was in court.


    With the latest from the Oscar Pistorius trial in Pretoria was Fiona Forde

    ESRI / Euro

    Sean spoke to economist Cormac Lucey and to UCC economist Seamus Coffey.

    Padraig Schaler

    Padraig was cycling to work in a cafe in Cape Cod last summer when he was hit by a truck and knocked unconscious. He has been in a coma ever since. His father Reinhard speaks to Seán


    A special concert or Ceiliúradh for 5,500 people was held at London’s sumptuous Royal Albert Hall last night. John Sheahan, Donal Lunny and Philip King were there.

    Thursday 10th April

    Pistorius Trial

    Prosecutors continue to examine paralympic athlete in Pretoria during his trial for the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Sean was joined by Fiona Forde


    Up to 40,000 Russian troops are massed along the Ukrainian border, according to Nato. Edward Lucas is a senior editor at the Economist with extensive experience of reporting on Russia and Eastern Europe


    Yesterday in the High Court Davy Stockbrokers was criticised by Judge Peter Charleston for “deliberate neglect” in its handling of the investment portfolio of a young orphaned man with learning difficulties. Mary Carolan of the Irish Times was in court

    Irish Nurses

    Yesterday President Michael D Higgins visited University College London hospital to celebrate the work of Irish medical staff who trained and worked in the UK over the many decades. Valerie Cox has more...

    President Higgins’ Visit to the UK

    Sean talks to Colin Parry whose 12 year old son Tim was killed in the Warrington bomb more than 20 years ago

    Mobile Phones

    We spend on average 133 million euros a month on our mobile phone bills but many of us are shelling out more than we need to. Conor Brophy has some advice on how to manage your mobile

    Carlow Courts

    Paddy O'Gorman was at the Courthouse in Carlow yesterday and spoke to some of the people who were in Court.

    Counselling Notes

    Ir a rape case goes to trial, the victim must allow notes from counselling sessions they have had to be released to the accused. To discuss this are barrister and lecturer in Law at UCD, Paul Anthony McDermott and by Ellen O’Malley Dunlop, Chief Executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.


    Simon Harris, Fine Gael TD and PAC member spoke to Sean about today's upcoming session between PAC and Rehab and later got an update from Daniel McConnell of Independent Newspapers

    Wednesday 9th April

    Live from London, Part 1

    Today's Programme is coming live from the centre of London as part of President Michael D Higgins' Official Visit to the UK

    Tuesday 8th April

    Roy Foster Interview

    Roy Foster, Historian and Professor of History at Oxford University, talks about the relationship between the UK and Ireland

    Sir John Major

    Former British Prime Minister, Sir John Major, talks to Sean from a BBC studio

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