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    Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 22 May 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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    Alan Shatter

    Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter will return to the media spotlight this afternoon when he makes a statement on the plinth at Leinster House.

    It is expected that Mr. Shatter will announce whether or not he intends to accept the €70,000 severance payment to which he is entitled .

    Joining Sean in studio was Harry McGee, Political Correspondent of the Irish Times and on the line Michael Clifford columnist with the Irish Examiner.

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    UKIP

    In 2006, David Cameron referred to UKIP as ‘fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists’ but as Britons go to the polls today to vote in the UK local and European elections, how serious is the threat from Nigel Farage’s far-right party? Matthew Parris, political columnist with the London Times joined Sean this morning.

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    Rape Crisis Midwest

    Earlier this week, Rape Crisis Midwest announced it was taking the decision to close its County Clare and North Tipperary services for at least a month later this summer, as part of a cost saving measure. Our reporter Brian O’Connell has been examining this issue.

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    Mortgage Guide

    The number of mortgages being applied for and approved is beginning to recover from historically low levels in line with the gradual pick-up in the economy and the housing market.

    For those thinking of buying Conor Brophy was here with a guide to the mortgage application process.

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    Ben Dolan

    It’s hard to believe that it’s almost seven years since the much loved Joe Dolan passed away at the age of sixty-eight.

    His big brother, Ben, who travelled the country and the world with Joe for the best part of 50 years has now put together a new show for his legion of fans.

    Ben Dolan joined Sean in studio this morning.

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    Parenting

    We return to the subject of parenting concerns in relation to children’s use of technology.  Journalist and Mother, Róisín O’Hara was back with us, and today we looked at the impact of the Internet on older children and on young teenagers.

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    Blind Reading

    Bringing the joy of reading to people with sight problems...that's how the National Council for the Blind of Ireland describes its work in creating braille books and talking books for blind and partially sighted adults and children. Valerie Cox has been finding out about the NCBI Library and meeting some of the people who use it.

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    Pain Management

    Paul O'Dwyer, Dentist and Susannah Healy, Psychologist

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