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    Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 18 March 2014


    As the west is still grappling  with how to deal with the results of Sunday’s referendum in Crimea – a referendum which saw an overwhelming majority of those that voted – voting for a return to Russia.

    Russian president Vladimir putin has already signed a decree recognising Crimea as a sovereign state. Putin is due to address Russian MPs in the Kremlin on his intentions in relation to Crimea in just under an hour – for more on what he’s likely to say, Keelin was joined by Fred Wear, from the Christian Science Monitor.

    Missing Plane

    It’s ten days since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing, with still no firm information as to where it is. Joining Keelin was David Learmont of Flight International.


    Having your home burgled is one of the most stressful and traumatic events that can happen to any family or home owner - yet there are some common mistakes the majority of us make when it comes to securing our property.

    Keelin spoke with Sergeant Alan Roughneen of the National Crime Prevention Unit on the methods used by burglars to gain entry into houses – and what you can do to stop them and on the line from Limerick was Patrick Dundon whose family was one of those hit by burglars in recent weeks.


    Three years after the start of the Syrian conflict and the crisis, and as the humanitarian crisis worsens, the conflict is now threatening to further destabilise neighbouring countries. Our reporter Brian O’Connell has been based in Lebanon since Saturday, visiting the work UNICEF are doing in the region to help alleviate the crisis. And Brian joined Keeloin from a refugee camp in Kab Elias.


    At the age of 61, Helen Rochford Brennan was a high-powered businesswoman with a successful career. Then came the devastating diagnosis that she had early-onset Alzheimer’s. Helen joined Keelin to talk about what it is like to have Alzheimer’s.


    The Wild Atlantic Way has officially been launched. The 2,500km route stretches from Donegal to Cork, and is being touted as the world’s longest defined coastal touring route. Pól Ó Conghaile was here to talk about it, and other great touring routes.

    Retail Trade

    Closures, retirements and the disappearance of some well established businesses in the town of Dundalk has shocked many people in a town that has already seen huge losses in the retail trade.  And more businesses will close in the next few weeks. Dundalk isn’t unusual. The effects of the downturn are being felt across the country

    Keelin spoke with David FitzSimons of Retail Excellence Ireland and Dundalk jeweller Anne Campbell who is closing her shop after nearly twenty years in business.

    Valerie Cox has been to Dundalk to talk to Brian O'Neill, the owner of the iconic RQ O'Neill store which opened in 1902 and which will close its doors after 112 years with Brian's imminent retirement. 

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