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    Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 1 October 2013

    Peru Drugs case

    As we heard last week prosecutors in Peru have asked for more information before accepting the changed plea of “guilty” from Irish girl Michaela McCollum and her fellow accused Melissa Reid. The young women are accused of attempting to smuggle 1.7 million euros worth of cocaine out of Peru. while the legal process unfolds both women are being held in a Peruvian prison .

    Fr Maurice Foley is a Columbian priest based in Peru and after some delays he finally succeeded in visiting the girls on Saturday for 2 hours and he spoke to Sean.

    Drop in Labour Party support

    It’s a journey that they are all in together according to Labour Party Minister Brendan Howlin, searching for some words of comfort, as the latest poll showed support for the party has fallen to its lowest level in a quarter of a century. The Irish Times /IPOS MRBI opinion poll found that backing for the junior coalition party had fallen to 6% - a three point decrease since the last poll in June.  Arthur Spring, Labour Party TD, for Kerry North West spoke to Sean.

    You heard Arthur Spring  reacting to the poll in today’s Irish Times and former Labour TD for Dublin South West Eamon took issue with Arthur Spring and he spoke to Sean.


    Court of Appeal Referendum

    The debate over whether to retain or scrap Seanad Eireann may be dominating coverage in the run-up to polling day, but voters will also be asked to Friday whether or not they favour the introduction of a new Court of Appeal.

    Sean spoke to Director General of the Law Society of Ireland, Ken Murphy and Seth Barrett Tillman, law lecturer at NUI Maynooth to debate the arguments for and against this new proposed court.

    Rape case

    A 30-year-old man has appeared at a sitting of the district court in Longford, charged with  the rape of two young girls in Athlone, Co. Westmeath last Saturday afternoon.   Our midlands correspondent, Ciaran Mullooly  was at the court and spoke to Sean.

    Ballinasloe Horse Fair

    Last Sunday Marie Louise O Donnell went to the opening of The Ballinasloe Horse Fair and Festival, which runs through to next Sunday, October, 10th.   And Marie Louise spoke to Sean about her experience. 

    US Government Shutdown

    The first US Government shutdown in 17 years has begun as the Republicans and Democrats refuse to back down in a bitter row over Obamacare and budget reforms.

    Graham Finlay is a lecturer in the UCD School of Politics and International Relations and he spoke to Sean.

    Hello Mr. Bones/Goodbye Mr. Rat

    Two lovers, one an Irish ex Christian Brother the other an English feminist are the object of a vengeful spirit in 1980s London. An dead IRA bomber watches over his ex-lover as she takes his ashes back to his rural hometown. Hello MR Bones/Goodbye Mr. Rat, two tales told from the perspective of the deceased is the latest book from Pat McCabe, one of Ireland’s most acclaimed writers, storytellers and playwrights and he spoke to Sean.


    Raising Teens-Parenting in the 21st. Century

    As many of us are very aware there’s no such thing as the perfect parent. Those of us who are bringing up children learn “on the job” every single day. For many parents the teenage years throw up many highs but a few lows as well. How do you have the chat about sex ?, how do you approach the subject of drugs and drinking? And how do you cope with teenage moods and tantrums? . Well later this month Dr. John McSharry will be giving advice on “Raising Teens – Parenting in the 21st century”, to parents in Cork and Sean spoke to him.

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