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    Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 10 March 2014


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    This morning's programme was presented by Keelin Shanley



    Over the weekend it was revealed that Morgan Kelly is warning of an imminent crisis for small and medium businesses in Ireland saying that efforts by the European Central Bank to clean up Irish banks could force large numbers of small businesses to close

    He’s been right before so just how likely is this latest prediction to become reality? Keelin was joined by Dr Stephen Kinsella from the University of Limerick and Alan Ahearne Head of Economics at the National University of Ireland, Galway.



    In 2010 Ireland ratified the Hague Convention – it was about making sure that adoptions worked well for children and reduced the likelihood of irregularities within the adoptive process. But it has had quite catastrophic effects for  those who are trying to adopt. Keelin spoke to Kiernan Gildea, acting CEO of the Adoption Authority of Ireland and Irish Times journalist Rosita Boland who has been trying to adopt since 2006.


    Alzheimers Test

    Scientists have developed a new blood test that could predict whether or not a person is likely to develop dementia within three years. It has been published in the prestigious journal Nature Medicine – for more – Keelin was joined by Professor Gavin Davey – a neuroscientist from Trinity College Dublin.


    Teachers' Protest

    Hundreds of secondary school teachers will stage a lunchtime protest tomorrow to highlight their issues with the proposed changes to the Junior Cert Cycle. 

    They say they have not been given enough concrete information about how the new cycle will work in practice…and that the resources needed to implement the proposed changes are simply not there after six years of cutbacks.

    Keelin was joined in studio by Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn and President of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland, Gerard Craughwell.

    Attacks on the Elderly

    Since Christmas there have been twenty attacks on elderly people living in isolated areas of Co Donegal but now the people of the county are fighting back with public meetings, night patrols, Neighbourhood Watch and a local Text Alert system.  Valerie Cox has been to one of those meetings in the village of Churchill outside Letterkenny and she joins me now. 



    So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and of vigour has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. And I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.” Franklin D. Roosevelt, March 4th 1933.

    Is it true that “we have nothing to fear but fear itself? Dr.Jim Lucey St.Patricks Mental Health Services spoke to Keelin this morning.




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