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    Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 24 January 2014

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    PAC and the Gardai

    The Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan appeared yesterday at the Public Accounts Committee to answer questions surrounding allegations by two whistle blowers  retired Garda John Wilson and Sargeant Maurice McCabe around the alleged wiping of penalty points by 200 senior members of the force. The Garda Commissioner speaking at the Public Accounts Committee said that he found the allegations “quite disgusting”. Sergeant Maurice McCabe has been invited to give evidence to the committee next Thursday and Garda John Wilson has indicated he also wants to appear. However the Garda Commissioner has indicated that he may try to block such an appearance.

    Sean spoke to Senior Counsel Michael O’Higgins shortly and Clare Daly United Left TD. 

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    Adrian Donohoe Anniversary

    It’s a year since Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe was murdered outside Lordship Credit Union on the Cooley Peninsula in County Louth.  He was escorting cash from the credit union to a bank in Dundalk with a Garda colleague, when an armed gang arrived on the scene.

    As he stepped out of his patrol car Garda Donohoe was killed by a shotgun blast. For the past 12 months  Gardai have been involved in an intensive investigation to trace the gang who fled across the border to South Armagh – and its believed some fled to the United States.

    We are joined now by Mayor of Drogheda former detective garda Richie Culhane and Redemptorist Superior in Dundalk Fr. Michael Cusack well remembered for his strongly worded sermon at St.Joseph’s Church  which was attended by thousands of Gardai.

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    Family Law Courts

    For the first time this month reforms to the in-camera rule in family law and childcare proceedings mean that reporters are allowed into the courtroom to report on proceedings.  Valerie Cox went along yesterday to one of them.

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    Syria

    For the first time since fighting began in Syria, almost three years ago, the government and opposition have met for talks.

    Few expect the peace talks, which have just begun in Geneva, to result in a breakthrough to end the war. Islamist fighters who disdain the Western and Arab-backed opposition are not present at the talks. Nor is Iran, Assad's main regional backer.

    The Reuters news agency is quoting a Western diplomat as saying that expectations for the talks are very low. The aim he says is "to give some momentum to the process and avoid either side walking out".

    Middle East analyst Hazhir Timourian joined Sean this morning.

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    Water Metering

    We heard more revelations about bonuses and pay at Irish Water last night provided to Labour TD Kevin Humphries. Our reporter Brian O’Connell has been investigating and has more details of pay and conditions at Irish Water. But first Brian you have been talking to UK experts about metering?

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    Gathering

    It’s been a busy week, not least down at the Public Accounts Committee...the Garda Commissioner answered questions on penalty points yesterday, while the fall-out from the revelations over Paul Kiely’s pension from the Central Remedial Clinic continued.

    We were given an approximate starting date for the Banking Inquiry, some startling figures on the Rehab lottery, and the biggest entertainment story to hit the headlines was that of Garth Brooks in Croke Park.

    For a look back at those stories – and also a look forward to the Reform Alliance meeting tomorrow – Sean was joined in studio by Pat Leahy, Political Editor with The Sunday Business Post; Dearbhail McDonald, Legal Editor with The Irish Independent; Fiach Kelly, Political Correspondent with The Irish Times and by Personal Finance journalist, Jill Kerby.

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