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    Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 3 March 2014

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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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    John Gilligan

    On Saturday John Gilligan was shot and seriously wounded in Clondalkin.

    Fr. Dan Joe O’Mahony was duty chaplain Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown – he administered the last rites to John Gilligan when he was brought to the hospital with bullet wounds and he spoke to Sean this morning.

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    Ukraine

    The stability of Ukraine has sharply deteriorated over the weekend following Russian intervention in the Crimean region.

    Russia has ignored condemnation from the G7 nations & asserts that it is simply protecting the rights of Russian speakers in Ukraine.

    As tension increases and there is no sign of conciliation between the competing sides Sean was joined on the line by reporter Mark Lowen and by  Edward Lucas, a senior editor at The Economist who has covered Central & Eastern Europe for more than 20 years.

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    Universal Health Insurance

    How do you create an efficient, viable health service for Irish citizens so that it is fair and equitable? This is one of the questions that has faced James Reilly and the Government since the formation of this administration three years ago.

    The Universal Health Insurance system which it is currently espousing is based on the premise that that competition between insurers and providers will promote this efficiency and equity. 

    So how do they do it elsewhere in Europe?

    In studio with Sean was Thomas Molloy, who has direct experience of the health system in Germany and Susan Mitchell, Health Correspondent with the Sunday Business Post. On the line was Swedish based journalist Philip O’Connor and, with experience of the healthcare system in Holland, Isobel Conway.

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    Pyrite - Diarmaid Fleming

    An estimated 10,000 homes built during the building boom have pyrite in their foundations - a asubstance which in some cases can cause serious structural damage.

    The government’s remediation scheme for those affected has just opened for applications – but there are concerns among some of those affected that many will be left in limbo – without compensation, insurance or any hope of legal action. Journalist Diarmaid Fleming – who also happens to be a chartered civil engineer – has pyrite in his house.

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    Sean Dunne’s Money

    Property developer Sean Dunne has been made bankrupt in Ireland, and also filed for bankruptcy last year in the US with debts of €690 million.  

    The state loans agency Nama has taken proceedings against Sean Dunne in the United States, and is objecting to his discharge from bankruptcy, in an attempt to stop him walking away from his pre-bankruptcy debts, which include 250 million euro owed to Nama.

    To date Dunne has had four meetings with creditors. The Irish Times Washington correspondent Simon Carswell was on the line.

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    Post Office.

    Paddy O'Gorman speaks to some OAP's collecting their pensions in the Post Office.

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