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    Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 13 December 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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    Bailout

    As we’ve been hearing for several days now, today marks the last working day of the three year Troika bailout and the Government is marking Ireland’s return to “normality” with a series of events starting with a press briefing at 10.30 this morning lead by Ministers Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin.

    Minister Noonan joined Sean this morning.

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    North Korea

    North Korea has announced that it has said it has executed the uncle of Kim Jong Un, the country's leader, claiming he was a traitor who tried to grab power and that he was a corrupt womaniser. Sean was joined on the line by John Sweeney author of North Korea Undercover – Inside the World’s Most Secret State.

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    Technological Universities

    Three separate alliances made up of Institutes of Technology are currently vying to gain the upgraded status of Technological University.

    But in a country where there are already seven universities for a relatively small population of students, some have questioned whether we are not already perfectly adequately served in terms of our third level facilities.

    Sean was joined in studio by Professor Brian Norton, President of Dublin Institute of Technology - one of the institutes looking to be elevated to this new status - and joining us from a studio in Cardiff was Charles Larkin, Lecturer in Economics at the University of Cardiff and adjunct lecturer at the School of Business at Trinity College.

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    South Africa

    As South Africa prepares to say its final goodbyes to Papa Madiba with a seven hour funeral service this Sunday morning, the initial sadness at his death has shifted to celebrating his extraordinary life. Sean was joined from South Africa by Father Sean O’Leary, Director of the Denis Hurley Peace Institute.

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    Christmas Cooking

    Less than two weeks to the big day and it’s about time you started getting your head together for the big dinner. Sean was joined by Catherine Fulvio of Ballyknocken House & Cookery School in Co Wicklow.

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    Nigella Lawson

    The trial of Nigella Lawson’s former personal assistant continues in a London court.  The sisters are accused of fraud by using a company credit card for personal use. Yesterday, Elisabetta Grillo took to the witness box.   

    Joining Sean on the line was Sky’s Enda Brady with the latest on the case.  

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    Gathering

    We took a look back at the stories of the week with Deputy Editor of The Irish Times; Denis Staunton, Political Correspondent of the Irish Daily Star; Catherine Halloran, and Assistant Editor & Business Editor of the Sunday Business Post, Ian Kehoe.

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    • 11:20 a.m.
      Title: ...Like Clockwork
      Performer(s): Queens Of The Stone Age
      Performer(s): Queens Of The Stone Age
      Album: …Like Clockwork
      Duration: 0:05:34

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