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    John Joe Nevin Assault

    Irish Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin has suffered a major setback to his professional career following an assault at his home at the weekend. Nevin who won an Olympic boxing medal in 2012 had his leg broken in two places  in the attack.

    RTE’S Midland Correspondent Ciaran Mulooly joined Sean from our Athlone studio.

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    Childcare

    A recent OECD found that Ireland is the most expensive place in the world to get childcare. As Britain introduces childcare tax exemption, does Ireland need to address its childcare costs?

    Why is childcare in Ireland so expensive?

    Joining Sean in studio were economist and columnist with the Daily Mail, Cormac Lucey; Karen Kiernan, CEO of One Family and Catriona Lynch, President of Curam – and Irish parent and carer NGO.

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    NAMA

    Five years ago the late Brian Lenihan, as Minister for Finance stood up in the Dail to deliver details of an emergency budget and made mention of a new entity for our financial landscape – the National Asset Management Agency.

    From the outset, the Agency had its champions and its critics – those who have said it was the only solution and those who have said it failed to deliver on its key aims.

    For a look back at five years of NAMA, Sean was joined in studio by the Assistant Editor of the Sunday Business Post, Ian Kehoe and in our Galway studio by Dr Alan Ahearne, Head of Economics at NUI Galway and former adviser to Brian Lenihan, brought on board just in time for the birth of NAMA in 2009.

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    MH370

    An Australian vessel searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has detected signals consistent with those from black box flight recorders.

    Australian Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is leading the search, said that the defence vessel Ocean Shield acquired the signal twice, once for more than two hours, and called it the most promising lead so far.

    The plane, carrying 239 people, was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on 8 March when it disappeared. Malaysian officials say they believe it crashed in the southern Indian Ocean.

    Journalist Phil Mercer was on the line from Sydney

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    Carbon Monoxide

    Carbon monoxide is often described as the “silent killer”, a highly dangerous, odourless gas that has claimed many lives.

    Most homes have at least one heating appliance such as an open fire, a stove, or a boiler which burn solid fuel, gas or oil. When these appliances are working normally they produce a high level of carbon monoxide which safely leaves the home through the chimney.

    But if there is a blockage in the system or the boiler is poorly maintained lethal carbon monoxide gas can enter the room.

    Smoke alarms are commonly fitted to many homes and can save lives but far fewer home owners have fitted carbon monoxide detectors.

    This week Senator Feargal Quinn is introducing a bill that proposes that homes be fitted with Carbon monoxide alarms.

    Sean was also joined by - artist, jazz singer and actress Honor Heffernan who sadly lost her mother and sister in a tragedy in 2003.

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    South Africa

    We’re going to hark back to the long struggle against white minority rule in South Africa.  A young man called Saths Cooper organised student protests against the regime in the mid-1970s, working with black activist Steve Biko.

    In 1976 Saths Cooper was imprisoned on Robben Island. There he got to know Nelson Mandela and Walter.

    Also on Robben Island he began to study psychology, a discipline in which he is now a leading international figure.

    Now Professor Saths Cooper, he is in Dublin today to receive an award from the Psychological Society of Ireland.

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    Kurt Cobain

    Twenty years ago this week the body of Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain was found at his home in Seattle. The band had been due to play Ireland the night Cobain's body was found. Three years earlier, in 1991, before Nirvana become one of the biggest bands in the world, they embarked on a mini tour of Ireland. Our reporter Brian O'Connell brought us this report.

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    Prison Phone Monitoring

    Recently the Irish Prison Service revealed that it had recorded calls between prisoners and their legal representatives. Solicitor James McGuill and Paddy O'Gorman discuss

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