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    Richard Haass

    As we’ve been hearing this morning, talks aimed at resolving contentious issues in the Northern Ireland peace process have ended without agreement.

    Despite a final day of talks that ran from 10am yesterday until 5am this morning, concerns from all sides meant a final agreement on parades, flags and the past in Northern Ireland remain elusive. Keelin Shanley spoke to journalist Eamon Mallie.

    Woman Entrepreneurs

    Have you ever thought about running your own business? Turning that idea you've had for ages into a viable job? And, what's it like out there in the marketplace for women who want to go it alone? Well, according to Enterprise Ireland, sisters ARE doing it for themselves and last year Enterprise Ireland developed a Female Entrepreneurship Strategy to address the challenges facing female entrepreneurs.  Keelin spoke to Jean O'Sullivan - Manager of Women entrepreneurs and Valerie Cox who has  meet some women entrepreneurs who are already up and running.

    Suicide bomber in Russia

    Two more people wounded by suicide bombings in the Russian city of Volgograd have died,increasing the death toll in the attacks to 33.            

    The city's railway station was bombed on Sunday and a bus was ripped apart yesterday, raising fears of further attacks on the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia’s largest resort city on the Black Sea.

    There have been no claims of responsibility for the attacks.

    Diarmuid Fleming who reports for the BBC World Service and is recently returned from Russia where he lived for four years, spoke to Keelin.

    Graveyards

    Keelin spoke to Paddy O'Gorman who spent time with people who were visiting their family graves.

    The Ultimate Gathering

    Failte Ireland and Dublin City Council are joining forces to make this New Year’s Eve the Ultimate Gathering marking the end of a successful year of Gathering events. The New Year’s Eve Festival has grown in status since it was established in 2011 with the Lonely Planet declaring Dublin one of the world’s top places to ring in the New Year.   Keelin spoke to Shaun Quinn, CEO of Failte Ireland.

    History of 1914

    2013 had the Lockout commemorations and a century on analysis of labour wars in Dublin, though important it is 1914, the year we will begin to re-look at from tomorrow a century on, that is one of the defining years of that and any century, as it was the year the First World War began. Keelin spoke to Michael Kennedy, historian with the Royal Irish Academy.

    Michael Schumacher

    Doctors treating Michael Schumacher have just given another press conference in Grenoble where the former Formula One champion remains in a coma following a skiing accident at the weekend.

    Keelin spoke to John Lichfield, Paris Correspondent with the London Independent.

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