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    Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 31 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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    Gardai / Minister for Justice

    The Government may be somewhat relieved this morning that the weekend newspapers didn’t have any new startling revelations on the ongoing Garda controversy.  But the week ahead could prove more tricky – Alan Shatter faces a no confidence vote in the Dail and the opposition is intent on asking more questions on who knew what and when in relation to the taped phone calls at some Garda stations around the country.

    Pat Leahy Political Editor of The Sunday Business Post spoke to Sean this morning.

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    HSE Chief

    It has long been identified that reform of our health service is required, with trolley counts, waiting lists and indeed investigative programmes on our ambulance service all pointing to a system that is need of healing.

    A conference taking place in Dublin this week will bring together some of the most powerful figures in our health service to discuss the way forward...amongst them was Dr Tony O’Brien who is Director General of the Health Service Executive.

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    Death Cafe

    It's the last great taboo - talking about our own demise. But now a series of pop-up cafes has been opening in the UK where people chat about death over a cup of tea. Valerie Cox spent last Saturday afternoon in a funeral parlour in Chester eating cake, drinking tea and discussing death.

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    IPCC/Climate Change

    Climate change has already affected the global food supply and is contributing to wars and natural disasters.

    These are among the conclusions of the fifth assessment report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC.

    The report contains the starkest warnings yet about the pace and extent of climate change.

    Suzanne Goldenberg is the Guardian’s US environment correspondent. She joined Sean from the Japanese city of Yokohama, where the report was released.

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    Transplants

    The gift of life is what they call it – the decision taken by a grieving family to donate the organs of a loved one, and restore good health to sick people who have spent months, and possibly years waiting for a life-saving transplant.

    In studio with Sean was one man who is living on thanks to a heart transplant he received two years ago. He is John Healy, who will be known to many of you from the television show, The Restaurant.

    And joining us from the Galway studio was Martina Goggin, whose only child, Eamonn was killed in a car accident in Galway in 2006.  Martina and her husband, Denis made the decision to donate Eamonn’s organs following his death at the age of just 26.

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    Bitcoin

    Depending on who you listen to, the online currency Bitcoin is either the world’s greatest pyramid scheme, or the biggest threat to currency as we know it.

    While the people behind Bitcoin remain a mystery, there are signs that Governments and organisations are beginning to take the cyber currency seriously. Our reporter Brian O’Connell has been looking at what exactly bitcoin is, and speaking to some of those in Ireland who believe in its value.

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    Competition and Consumer Protection Bill 2014

    The Consumer and Protection Bill 2014 is being published today. It proposes a series of reforms in terms of competition law,  grocery prices and media mergers. Sean spoke to Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton who is launching the bill this morning.

    He also addressed the ongoing controversy over the resignation of former Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinan.

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