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    Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 15 October 2013

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    Murder of journalist Veronica Guerin

    Today John Gilligan was released this morning from Portlaoise prison after spending 13 years and six months behind bars. Yesterday the Supreme Court threw out another in a long line of appeals over his detention..

    Gilligan had challenged the courts' legality to sentence him to consecutive jail terms for possession of mobile phones in jail after he was jailed for 20 years for drugs trafficking and subsequently two years for assaulting a prison officer.

    John Gilligan is probably best known as the one time self confessed main suspect in the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin but he has never been convicted of having played a role in her death.

    The news review of the year 1996 which Sean narrated brings back the horror of that time, beginning with Pascal Sheehy’s report on the murder of Veronica Guerin on her way back to Dublin from Naas Court house.

    Irish independent journalist Lise Hand was a very close friend of Veronica Guerin and she spoke to Sean.

    Nicola Tallant of the Sunday World was outside Portlaoise prison when John Gilligan was released and she spoke to Sean.

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    Budget Preview

    At 2. 30 today Minister Noonan will unveil Budget 2014 which will consist of taxes and spending cuts amounting to €2. 5 billion. More details emerged today on what’s likely to be cut and what the cuts will mean. Sean spoke to Pat Leahy ,Political Editor, Sunday Business Post and Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor, Irish Independent.

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    Campaign to Keep West Sussex coffee shop open

    Now the tale of a West Sussex coffee shop called Cuppa-licious, a local campaign to keep it open and the Irish property developer, Gerry Gannon.

    Sean spoke to Mark Hennessey , the London Editor of the Irish Times, who reports today that Gerry Gannon, whose property debts were taken over by the National Asset Management Agency, bankrupted a cafe owner who traded in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

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    Car boot sale

    Paddy O'Gorman went to a car boot sale in Tallaght, Dublin where he met Irish people selling, foreigners buying clothes, toys, books and vendors a mixture of one-off and regulars and he spoke to Sean.

     

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    Woodrow Wilson

    One hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century, and one of the most enigmatic. While not remembered as one of the ‘great’ American presidents, subsequent presidents, from Roosevelt to Obama, have followed the trail that Wilson blazed. In his new biography about the 28th American president, Pulitzer Prize-winner, Andrew Scott Berg, succeeds in capturing Wilson the man as well as Wilson the politician by drawing on hundreds of thousands of documents including two recently recovered caches, and presents a Wilson who not even his contemporaries fully knew.   Sean spoke to Andrew Scott Berg.

    Wilson by Andrew Scott Berg is published by Simon & Schuster for approximately €33.99 in hardback.

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    Cost of Heating Homes

    In a recent study led by Dublin Institute of Technology and the Institute of Public Health in Ireland, more than half of those surveyed felt the cold aggravated their existing illnesses. As the winter fuel allowance begins this week, Brian O’Connell spent some time in Cork meeting elderly persons who say they will feel the impact of the winter more than most. Sean spoke to Brian O'Connell on the impact cold has on persons over the age of 65.

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    Proposed Smoking Bans

    Both UCD and Trinity College Dublin are currently looking to introduce campus wide bans on smoking to try and stamp out the smoking habit amongst their respective student bodies.

    But while the health risks associated with smoking are widely accepted, some have questioned whether targeting students is just another attack of the nanny state.

    Sean spoke to Daniel Griffin who is a Final Year Law Student in UCD and Chairperson of Student Legal Services at the college and Dr Ross Morgan from ASH Ireland, the organisation that first proposed that Irish colleges and universities introduce this initiative.

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    Budget Protest outside Dail

    We heard this morning that barriers are in place outside Dail Eireann, anticipating protests on the day of the “budget 2014” speeches by Ministers Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin. Reporter Valerie Cox is on Kildare St and she spoke to Sean.

     

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