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    Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 5 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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    Ukraine

    In the Ukraine, agencies are reporting that Ukraine has raised its flag over the government headquarters in the eastern city of Donetsk, where a Russian flag had flown since Saturday.

    Meanwhile Russian forces remain firmly in control of the Crimean peninsula.  We’re hearing reports that Russian forces have seized two Ukrainian missile defence units.

    The New York Times’ Steven Lee Myers joined Sean from Moscow. Also from the Crimea, was the London Independent’s Defence Correspondent Kim Sengupta.

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    Ruby McCandless -v- HSE

    In March 2006 Ruby McCandless was born by emergency caesarean section at Letterkenny hospital.

    She was left brain damaged after a failure to diagnose a serious medical condition in her mother prior to birth.

    Yesterday the High Court approved an interim settlement of €1.4 million against the HSE. Damien Tansey the solicitor for the McCandless family now joins me in studio.

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    Bullying and Drugs

    As you’ve been hearing this morning, Clare hurling manager, Davy FitzGerald is creating a lot of headlines as he  addressed hundreds of students at a mental and physical health seminar at Limerick Institute of Technology.

    In particular he highlighted the issue of commitment on the players he had at Clare and also his own difficulties growing up.

    Sean was joined by sports psychologist and former Armagh footballer, Enda McNulty.

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    Joan Burton

    “We can be confident about the future again – Ireland is in a much better place – the crisis is over and the recovery has begun” 

    That’s the reassuring message from Minister for Social Welfare Joan Burton in her upbeat assessment of where the country stands post the crash. The Minister was speaking during a debate on the Government's priorities on the year ahead.

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    Gort

    Several years ago, Gort in County Galway was one of the most prosperous towns in Ireland. A new report prepared by Teagasc has shown that unemployment and emigration rates have increased more in Gort that any other small or medium sized town in the country since 2006. With almost four in ten properties now unoccupied and 440 less people in work since 2006, our reporter Brian O’Connell visited the town yesterday to see why it seems to have fared so badly.

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    Child Benefit Day

    Paddy O'Gorman talked to people in Athlone

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    Dealing with the death of a baby

    Valerie Cox report

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