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    Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 27 November 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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    Bord Gais

    Pat Rabbitte TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, confirmed to Bord Gáis that none of the final bids received for its energy business were at an acceptable value.

    It’s been announced within past hour that the Government has decided against the sale of Bord Gais.

    Sean spoke to Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabitte.

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    Slavery or Cult

    It has now emerged that the Irish woman who was allegedly held as a domestic slave in south London for up to 30 years is the daughter of a famous World War Two code breaker. The woman has been identified as Josephine Herivel, originally from Belfast.

    Joining Sean was BBC reporter Keith Doyle.

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    Free GP Care

    Yesterday we spoke with Alex White about free GP care for the under-5s.

    This is, he says, the first step on the road to free GP care for all despite protests from doctors and doubts expressed by his fellow Junior Minister in Health.

    But, according to my next guest, it’s far from a win-win situation.

    Sean was joined by Dr Ray Walley, of the IMO’s GP committee

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    UTV

    The announcement recently that UTV would soon be setting up a brand new television channel in the republic with exclusive rights to Coronation Street, Emmerdale and other ITV programmes, came as something of a bolt from the blue in media circles.

    The poaching of the Irish rights to such huge programmes from TV3 was something of a coup for Ulster Television, who also own several radio stations around the country including Cork’s 96fm and FM104.

    UTV Media’s Group Chief Executive is John McCann and he joined Sean from their Belfast studios.

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    Nigella Lawson

    Last June pictures of Nigella Lawson and her millionaire art dealer husband with his hand around his wife’s throat were splashed all over the papers. Yesterday it emerged in court in the trial of sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo who are accused  of committing fraud while working as personal assistants to the couple that Mr. Saatchi had described his wife as a regular cocaine user.   

    Enda Brady of Sky News joined Sean from London.

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    The Philippines

    As the aid effort in the Philippines continues, the tourism industry is urging people to visit the country as a way of helping the recovery effort.

    Peter Murtagh who covered the typhoon in the Philippines for the Irish Times is back home and joined Sean in studio.

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    Public Rights of Way

    An old railway on the Limerick/ Kerry border has become the focus of a bitter row between the Great Southern Trail (GST) group, who want to develop the line from west Limerick into Listowel as a walking and cycling route, and some local landowners, who fear it could impact on their way of life. With threats of legal action and some locals erecting barricades, the stand off has pitted neighbour against neighbour with neither side willing to back down. Over the weekend, Brian O’Connell went to Listowel and the surrounding areas and met some of those on opposing sides of this bitter row.

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    In Search of Peaks, Passes and Glaciers

    Mountaineering may seem like a relatively modern sport… with oxygen bottles, light weight thermal clothing and safety gadgets and communication devices… But in many ways the 19th century is considered the golden age of Alpine climbing … with several Irish men… and one remarkable Irish woman among the pioneers during the period that all the major alpine peaks were climbed for the first time.

    A new book, In Search Of Peaks Passes and Glaciers, highlights the lives of these Irish Alpine pioneers and its author and mountaineer, Frank Nugent joined Sean this morning.

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