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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.

    Doctor’s Allowances

    At a time of biting cuts in the health service today’s newspapers continue to make interesting reading with the revelations that some senior staff in our voluntary hospitals are receiving allowances of up to €50,000 per year on top of their basic salaries. 

    The top up payments are in some cases being funded by the proceeds from retail outlets in the hospitals and are a slap in the face to government policy on salary caps in the public service.

    Sean was joined by Martin Wall, Industry Correspondent of the Irish Times and Liam Doran, General Secretary of the INMO.

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    Personal Insolvency

    Last week brought news of a clean exit from the bailout and talk of renewed economic confidence in the country going forward...but for many individuals and families, the legacy of the economic crisis and the burden of personal debt still weighs heavy on their shoulders.

    The Personal Insolvency arrangements now available do in theory offer some solution to those who are overwhelmed by debt and Noeleen Blackwell of FLAC and solicitor with the Phoenix Project, Julie Sadlier spoke to Sean about how that service is working out. Also Valerie Cox met with some individuals who have been living with the worry of unpaid bills, final demands and those calls from the banks.

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    Post Bailout Conference

    A conference being hosted by Social Justice Ireland, and beginning today,will map out what lies ahead for the country after the Troika’s departure and how we can learn from past mistakes.

    Patricia O’Hara Chairperson of the National Statistics Board is one of the speakers. She is focusing on the future of our regions and towns blighted by emigration, ghost estates and recession.

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    Thomas Byrne Case

    The sight of a formerly high flying solicitor being taken away to Cloverhill prison to await sentencing following his conviction yesterday afternoon, brought to an end the biggest white collar crime trial in the state to date.

    Thomas Byrne stole almost fifty two million euro from friends, clients and six banks before his web unravelled and his deceits were uncovered.

    The Irish Independent’s Legal Editor Dearbhail McDonald joined Sean this morning.

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    Traveller Accomodation

    Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is to proceed with the development of 11 sites to provide 48 units of Traveller accommodation. There are currenly 78 Traveller families in permanent accommodation in the area with a further 36 families waitng to be housed.

    Paddy O'Gorman has been meeting some of those Traveller families

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    25 years at the Irish Times

    In the 25 years since Fintan O’Toole started as a columnist with the Irish Times in 1988, Ireland has undergone a radical transformation. And yet paradoxically, as a supplement of some of his articles in that time in tomorrow’s paper bear out, in many respects it remains the same. 

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    Doctor's Allowances

    Liam Doran, General Secretary, INMO and Martin Wall, Industry Correspondent, Irish Times

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