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    Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 12 May 2014

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    Coalition Troubles

    There is a “need to get a grip”, according to communications minister Pat Rabbitte who seemed to sum up the avalanche of troubles facing the coalition government and conceded that the last couple of months have not been good for them.

    Last week’s resignation of Justice Minister Alan Shatter and wide ranging allegations of Garda misconduct have embroiled the Government in controversy – while issues from medical cards, water charges and the economy have been cropping up on the doorsteps.

    Joining Sean was Political Editor of the Sunday Business Post, Pat Leahy.

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    Brilliant

    Roddy Doyle is one of Ireland’s best loved authors known for The Commitments and the Booker prize winning Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. He has just recently written a children’s book entitled Brilliant which is about two young children who set out on an adventure to rescue their uncle from the black dog which has stolen Dublin’s funny bone.

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    Dubs on Tour

    After years spent in football wilderness, a great Dublin team emerged in 1974 to win the All-Ireland and to march on to further glory in the years that followed.

    Forty years on from that victory, thirty members of the team and back room staff are in the Algarve for a reunion holiday.

    Two of the Dubs legends spoke to Sean this morning - goalkeeper, Paddy Cullen and Jimmy Keaveney.

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    Gentlemen

    George Bernard Shaw once said that "a gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out", but are there any gentlemen left in modern Ireland? Our reporter Brian O'Connell examines what it means to be a gentleman in today's society.

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    Blood 4 Life Cycle

    You may have seen the pink jerseys of the Giro d’Italia this weekend but there is another band of cyclists making their way around the country this week and amongst them is RTE’s Paschal Sheehy and Cork man Stephen Roe, who set up the Blood 4 Life Cycle.

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    DAFT Report

    A new report by daft.ie shows that rental prices are now almost back to where they were at the height of the boom.

    The report finds that nationally the cost of renting a home rose by 9% over the past year and Dublin city saw the biggest annual increase in rent of 14 per cent.

    The Director of Advocacy at Focus Ireland, Mike Allen, gave his reaction to Sean this morning.

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    Forensic Dentistry

    Prof David Whittaker is Emeritus Professor of Forensic Dentistry at Cardiff University, Wales and has been a practising expert witness for 30 years – for the crown and the defence. He spent a year helping to identify the victims of Fred and Rosemary West, who murdered, tortured and raped numerous young women and girls, murdering at least 11 of them and burying many of the bodies at their house in Cromwell Street in Gloucester.

    Prof Whittaker was also involved in identifying many of the victims of the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean just using dental techniques.

    He will be the guest speaker at the Irish Dental Association annual conference at the Lyrath Estate  Hotel Kilkenny which runs from Thursday to Saturday this week - 15th to 17th May and spoke to Sean this morning.

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    Mental Health Recovery

    How can mental health professionals assist people recovering from psychiatric ill health and what form does that recovery take?

    Medical Director at St Patrick’s Mental Health Services Professor Jim Lucey joined Sean to look at this this morning.

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