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    Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 11 October 2013

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    The mid-morning current affairs magazine with the stories of the day, sharp analysis, sports coverage, in-depth features and consumer interest.

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    German Coalition Talks

    Arthur Beesley, political news editor of the Irish Times spoke to Sean about how Ireland’s corporate tax rate has arisen as an issue in the early stage of the talks to form Germany’s next coalition government.

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    On Line Cattle Sales

    There was a time when farmers drove their cattle through the night to get to the fair....

    within living memory the fair day has been replaced by the cattle mart...

    now, is the mart also to suffer a decline as farmers turn to doing their business on line?

    Are we witnessing another major shift in farmer culture? And, if so, who will benefit or not? How will it effect farmers? How will it effect consumers? And what effect will it all have on the traditional farming way of life?

    Paddy O Gorman visited Longford Mart to talk to farmers about on-line cattle sales and Sean talked to Ray Doyle of Irish Co-Operative Organisation Society.

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    Fine Gael Ard Fheis + Budget

     

    Fine Gael is holding its National Conference in Limerick this weekend – a gathering that comes in the wake of the defeat of the Seanad referendum and in advance of Budget 2014.

    Sean was joined by Paschal Donohue, Fine Gael TD and Junior Minister for Foreign Affairs to discuss the issues that will dominate discussion amongst delegates over the course of today and tomorrow.

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    Why Bother Praying?

    Australian Jesuit and
    internationally known author and film critic Richard Leonard, debunked many of
    the myths people believe about the role of God in human suffering, in his last
    book Where the Hell is God? The controversy he stirred in
    that book, particularly about prayers of petition, has resulted in his just
    published book ‘Why Bother Praying?

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    Suzy Arthur

    There is heartache and anger in Co Donegal today after the death last night of 89 year old Suzy Arthur who was attacked by burglars in her home four months ago. Valerie Cox reported on the story at the time and she recalled meeting Suzy and her sister.

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    Edenderry Birds In Danger

    Anyone familiar with the town of Edenderry in County Offaly will know one of its central attractions is the canal, a waterway that has been home to a flock of friendly ducks for many years.

    But in recent weeks a number of the birds have been targeted and decapitated by person – or persons unknown...

    Noel Cribbin is an Independent member of Edenderry Town Council and he spoke to Sean

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    Jockey Injuries - AP McCoy

    Injured Jockeys

    We are all aware of the dangers routinely faced by jockeys and indeed horses as they take part in one of the world’s most hazardous mainstream sports. Whereas injuries to jockeys such as concussions and broken bones are common relative to other sports, more worrying are the more serious events such as spinal injuries and paralysis.

    This Monday is the Limerick Charity Raceday takes place to to aid the rehabilitation of John Thomas McNamara and Jonjo Bright – both paralysed after falls in March of this year.

    Taking part will be the legendary AP McCoy and he spoke to Sean this morning

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    Sean Keane

    Sean Keane

    His is one of the richest voices in Irish music...a voice that will be instantly recognisable to many of you...but despite 14 All-Ireland Fleadh titles in his youth, he was actually headed for a career in steel fabrics before a wise word put him back on track and back on stage.

    He is Sean Keane, and he joined Sean in studio now to talk about his career and the past few years which have brought him and his daughters great tragedy with the loss of his wife and manager, Virginia.

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    Oliver Callan's Budget

    Comedian, Oliver Callan takes a look at the upcoming budget

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    The Gathering

    The Gathering

    This week, Minister Noonan revealed that he had some wriggle room in the upcoming budget….

    And there’s optimism from The Economic and Social Research Institute with their prediction that economic growth will reach 1.3% this year.

    There's still no breakthrough in junior doctors dispute.

    Meanwhile, The Seanad survives to fight another day but leaves Kenny red faced.

    It’s conference time for FG this weekend.

    And the killing of a cat in Love/Hate provoked a huge reaction.

    Joining Sean to take a look back at the stories of the week are Michael O'Kane, Political Editor, Irish Examiner, Michael Taft, Research Officer, UNITE, Avine McNally, Acting Director, Small Firms Association and Paddy Duffy, PR Consultant.

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