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    Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 12 February 2014

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    GSOC Bugging

    The question remains after hours of debate, statements in the Dail, intervention by the Garda Commissioner and public debate was the office of the Garda Ombudsman bugged?

    Last night on Prime Time GSOC Commissioner Kieran Fitzgerald said “the possibilities of their being a benign explanation (for some anomalies being found during the sweep of its offices ) as being remote to zero”.

    Earlier Minister Alan Shatter gave the Dail an alternative explanation to the  Dail. He said the Ombudsman’s office had concluded that “no definitive evidence of unauthorised technical or electronic surveillance was found”.

    Joining Sean was John Mooney, Security Correspondent of the Sunday Times, who broke the story of alleged bugging.

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    No Limbs, No Limits

    The Dublin Film Festival gets underway tomorrow, Thursday, and one of the highlights will be the screening of a documentary produced by a brother about his little sister.

    Joanne O’Riordan is one of only seven people in the world living with a condition called Total Amelia. She was born with no limbs, but now, aged 18, she is proving that she can live a life without limits.

    Joanne is actually doing her Leaving Certificate mocks at the moment but she joined Sean on the line and in studio was her brother Sean.

    White Beech – The Rainforest Years

    by Germaine Greer (Bloomsbury)

    Germaine Greer is one of the defining voices of modern feminism yet in the last decade she has focused her efforts on conservation.  In December 2001, she bought 50 hectares of rainforest in her native Australia after a local bird gave her a sign and since then she has spent all her time and efforts on restoring the patch of rainforest to its native roots.

    Motivated by the devastation she had witnessed first hand across the country and feeling the government had failed in its conservation efforts, she decided to do it herself. Fast forward thirteen years and the Cave Creek Rainforest Rehabilitation Scheme is thriving. She has written a new book chronicling the experience and joins us today to discuss how she got into her latest role as eco warrior and more in White Beech – The Rainforest Years.

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    Irish Water

    Since its inception Irish Water has been enmeshed in controversy – on this programme managing director of Irish Water John Tierney revealed that more than €50 million had been spent on consultants’ fees which created a political furore. Yesterday, Mr Tierney made his second appearance before a Dail committee where he said that €10 billion will be required to update the system.

    Sean was joined by Paul Melia the environment correspondent of the Irish Independent.

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    Homeless

    The Civil Defence has been asked to help cope with Dublin’s growing homeless problem, by providing additional emergency accommodation at their headquarters on Wolfe Tone Quay. Twenty temporary beds have been set up inside a building which housed a soup kitchen during the Famine, in an attempt to deal with the 50% increases in the numbers sleeping rough in Dublin since last April. Brian O’Connell has been to visit the new temporary shelter and spoke to some of those who are using it.

    Phonewatch Comortas Peile Paidi O’Se

    This weekend in West Kerry, over 1300 footballers - men and women - from all over Ireland and across the world will celebrate the 25th Comortas Peile Paidi O’Se, the event the man himself set up in 1989. The event will be launched this evening by the Toiaseach in the Ballsbridge Hotel.

    Sean was joined by another legend of Kerry football, recently retired from the intercounty game, Paidi’s nephew, Tomas O’Se.

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    Gardening

    Well, with the weather being the way it is, you could be forgiven for putting any of those gardening jobs you’ve been promising to do on the long finger. And with the ground in many places being drenched, you may be better off leaving it alone. That said, if you want your garden in good shape come spring and summer time, there are things you can be getting on with.

    Sean was joined by Gerry Daly

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    White Beech - The Rainforest Years

    I/V with The Author, Germaine Greer
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    Phonewatch Comortas Peile Paidi O'Se

    Tomas O'Se, nephew of Paidi O'Se
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    Mini Tornado in Roscommon

    Eoin Young-Murphy, Roscommon People

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