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    Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 14 October 2013

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    Budget/Health

    After a late night around the cabinet table, it looks like free GP care for the Under-5s will be the rose amongst the thorns in Budget 2014.

    But the fairness of the scheme is being questioned by some within the medical field, who say it is nothing more than a vote-getting exercise.

    Sean spoke to Dr Ray Walley who is Chair of the GP Committee of the Irish Medical Organisation and by Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland.

    Well the free GP care scheme was one of the agreements reached at last night’s cabinet meeting,but it came after a lot of eleventh hour wrangling between Ministers.

    Arthur Beesley is Political News Editor with The Irish Times and he talked through what went on at the cabinet table last night with Sean.

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    Madeline McCann Inquiry

    British detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007 said the accepted timeline of events has "significantly changed".

    A detailed appeal will run on BBC's Crimewatch programme this evening, which includes the release of new e-fits of men the police want to trace and a reconstruction of what happened in Praia da Luz.

    Sean spoke to former Metropolitan Police Detective and Crimewatch Presenter, Jacqui Hames and form Portugal by journalist, Paul Luckman who is in Praia da Luz.

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    My Life

    In a career spanning five decades, Sir David Jason has become a national treasure for his portrayal of characters including Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in Only Fools and Horses, Pop Larkin in the Darling Buds of May and put-upon detective Jack Frost.

    He has now written an autobiography, My Life, which tells the story of his journey from a childhood in wartime North London to the peaks of the entertainment business. Sean spoke to David Jason.

    My Life by David Jason (Century) is published by Century.

    Price £20.00.

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    Missing People

    When someone goes missing, the immediate hours following that disappearance are of crucial importance in getting a search underway. This is a huge task when we consider that around 4,000 people go missing in Ireland each year. Of these, most are found or return home but between 60 and 80 remain missing.

    This weekend the missing in Ireland support service and rescue and recovery organizations from around the country gathered in Dublin to discuss forming an alliance which could speed up that initial search when someone does go missing. Valerie Cox was there and she spoke to Sean.

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    USA Debt Ceiling

    The US Government shutdown is continuing after the latest talks Between President Obama and the House Republicans failed to reach agreement to end the budget crisis. October 17 is D Day , after which the US will have to choose which debts and programmes it’s going to pay for ,from the money it raises. If this crisis is to continue, the Government will certainly run out of money by early November . Sean spoke to Graham Finlay, Lecturer in School of Politics and International Relations, UCD .

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    Taxis Documentary

    It is said that a taxi driver hears at least three life stories every night – and a documentary airing on RTE 1 tonight shines a light on the revelations and strong opinions aired by the average punter in the backseat of a cab.

    Sean spoke to two of the drivers who feature in the documentary, Ola Oladeru and Noel Casey who is in our Limerick studio.

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    Booker 2013

    If there’s one man in the literary world who must be sick by now of being asked “third time lucky?”, it’s most likely my next guest. After hitting the proverbial crossbar in 1999 with The Blackwater Lightship and in 2004 with The Master, tomorrow evening Colm Toibin will find out if his book The Testament of Mary has prevailed over the 5 other shortlisted novels at the Booker Prize dinner in London, from where he spoke to Sean.

    Colm Toibin’s first event post Booker is at the Red Line Book Festival this week.

    On Reader’s Day, 19 Oct, Colm Toibin will be interviewed on stage by Dermot Bolger on Saturday morning 19 Oct.

    A few tickets are available from Civic Theatre 01 462 7477

    Other authors on Reader’s Day also include Fintan O’Toole, Mary Kenny, Harry Clifton, and Deirdre Purcell.

    The Red Line Book Festival 15-20 Oct 2013 is now in its second year. It’s run by South Dublin Libraries.

    Full programme available on www.redlinebookfestival.com

     

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    Gardening

    We probably wouldn’t normally consider October to be a busy time in the garden but, in fact this is the time of year when we should be out planting and sowing to ensure that our gardens will be in tip top condition come the Spring. Sean spoke to Gerry Daly, Editor , The Irish Garden.

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