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    Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 17 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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    Victory Outreach

    Given recent controversies concerning how charities spend public donations, this morning we reveal details of a special report in conjunction with the RTÉ Investigations Unit which examines how vulnerable addicts are working up to 18 hours a day, for no pay, to raise money for a charity organisation.

    Our reporter Brian O’Connell has spent several months working on this story with producer Isabel Perceval and Brian was with Sean in studio.

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    Mortgage Relief

    In his television address at the weekend to mark the end of the bailout programme the Taoiseach Enda Kenny said banks must do more to deal with (those in) mortgage distress.

    But report a from Government yesterday revealed that few people in mortgage arrears have used an independent financial advice service set up last year, though more than 100,000 people remain in difficulties.

    Sean was joined by Noeline Blackwell Director General of the Free Legal Advice Centres(FLAC), who is not impressed at what’s been done to help those in trouble.

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    Narcolepsy

    Valerie Cox talks to the family of a 9 year old boy who contracted narcolepsy after a swine flu vaccination jab

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    Arab Spring

    Three years ago today, Mohamed Bouazizi, a 26 year old Tunisian Street vendor, set himself on fire in the Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid. His act of demonstration sparked the Tunisian Revolution and set in train the Arab Spring.

    The events that followed led to the President of Tunisia, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali leaving the country. Today, Sidi Bouzid is preparing to commemorate the third anniversary of the Uprising.

    But is Tunisia anywhere near where it wished to be three years ago, when all this began?

    Sean was joined by Irish Times foreign affairs correspondent, Mary FitzGerald.

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    Dublin City Council and Irish Water

    Mary Fitzpatrick, Fianna Fail Councillor

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    International Criminal Court

    Mali, the Deomcratic Republic of the COngo, Sudan and Darfur are nations whose human rights violatins and conflicts have come under scrutiny of Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda. She joined Sean in studio this morning.

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    Travel

    By the time Christmas has come and gone, few people are thinking of a holiday.

    However, the first few weeks in January actually offer some of the best deals of the year at a time when planes, resorts and ski slopes aren’t as busy as normal.

    Pól Ó Conghaile has been taking a look at some of the options available and was with Sean this morning.

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    Nigella Lawson Case

    The trial of Nigella Lawson’s former personal assistants continues in a London court.  The sisters deny fraudulently using credit cards for personal use. Yesterday, Francesca Grillo was in the witness box.   

    To bring us up to date with the case I’m joined now by Chris Walker of GRN.

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    Government Economic Plan

    Sean Whelan, RTE Economics Editor

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    • 11:57 a.m.
      Title: Every Christmas
      Performer(s): Kelly Clarkson
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      Album: Wrapped In Red
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