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    Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 22 November 2013


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    Domestic Slavery

    Newspaper headlines today say it all – “slave for thirty years- story of rescued Irish woman” in the Irish Independent. The Mail asks “ how did they keep three slaves secret”, the Irish Times goes with “enslaved Irish woman’s call to freedom “.. The Mirror has a dramatic silhouette shot of three figures with the simple caption “slaves” while the daily star is on the same theme as all the others – “ Irish woman’s hell – held as a slave for 30 years” .... the headlines follow on from the dramatic arrest yesterday of two people in Lambeth in South London who are suspected of holding three women including a 57 year old Irish woman as slaves for thirty years.

    Sean spoke to Grainne O’Toole, Project Leader with Migrants Rights Ireland and BBC Reporter Keith Doyle.


    50th Anniversary Kennedy Assassination

    Fifty years ago today, just after 6.30pm Irish time, or half past noon, Central Standard Time on the 22nd November 1963, shots rang out across Dealey Plaza in Dallas Texas, and across the world, ending the life of America’s 35th President, and Ireland’s first American President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

    Sean spoke to Political Analyst and author Larry Sabato, whose new book, The Kennedy Half Century examines the JFK Presidency, assassination and lasting legacy has spent years digging through the archives of available evidence on that day in Dallas.

    Sean also spoke to cadet Roddy Dunne, Michael Kennedy,historian, Royal Irish Academy and  Valerie Cox  who visited Patrick Kennedy JFK's  third cousin and others from the Presidential homestead of New Ross, Co. Wexford.  



    Hit and Run Legislation

    Motorists who flee the scene of a collision will soon face harsher penalties under proposals being drawn up by the Department of Transport.
    Under the proposals, the offence will carry a prison sentence of up to 10 years, a fine of up to €5,000 or both in cases of a fatality.

    The bill is due to be discussed in the Dail this afternoon and Sean spoke to Gemma O’Farrell, a barrister whose brother Shane was killed in a hit and run incident in 2011 who went to members of the Oireachtas about changing the legislation.

    All Island Choirs

    Over the past few weeks on the show you’ve heard some of the most beautiful music as we’ve played the regional winners of the All Island School Choir competition. Well this Sunday sees the four finalists compete in a live final, broadcast on RTÉ One Television at ten past five. The last of the four finalists was revealed last week when Presentation Ballyphehane emerged from the Cork heat.   Indeed they are previous overall winners of the competition and here is the girls of Ballyphehane school choir singing Geibheann as gaeilge as part of their regional final winning performance as seen on RTÉ TV last week.

    The television coverage of the competition is the brainchild of RTE's Northern Editor Tommie Gorman and he spoke to Sean.

    The four finalists are Strethearn from East Belfast, Blackrock College Dublin, Ursuline Sligo and Ballyphehane, Cork… Three girls choirs this year.

    The All Island School Choirs Grand Final will take place live on RTÉ One television this coming Sunday, 24th November at 6.30pm.


    Gourmet gifts to make

    Well there is barely a month left before Christmas and for those of you who don’t want to leave it til the last minute to get ready, and Sean spoke to Catherine Fulvio  on Gourmet gifts for Christmas.



    Oliver Callan

    Oliver Callan on his take on Sean and JFK.




    The Gathering


    Sean was joined by commentator and columnist with the Irish Independent Eamon Delaney, Personal Finance Columnist with the Sunday Times, Jill Kerby and Columnist with the Irish Mail on Sunday, Sam Smyth to take a look back at the stories of the week.

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