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    Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 23 June 2014


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    The chief executive of Eirgrid has said that putting electricity cables underground for the controversial GridWest connector project could cost a 'multiple' of having pylons overground.  Fintan Sly was speaking on Morning Ireland after Eirgrid announced plans for a possible underground route between points in Roscommon and County Mayo. The decision to investigate underground cabling follows growing protests by anti-pylon groups across the country.

    Joining Keelin from our Galway studio is TG4 journalist Páidí Ó Lionáird; and also John Watson of the Pylon Alternative Alliance. And for the local reaction to what Eirgrid have been saying this morning, Martin Daly who is PRO with the Moy Valley Protection Group


    Gay Novena

    Every year, St. Joseph's Redemptorist church in Dundalk hosts a nine-day novena which attracts thousands of worshippers.

    In 2012, Fr. Michael Cusack did something unprecedented when he invited two members of the gay community to address his congregation from the altar.

    A camera crew filmed what Stephen Vaughan and Kay Ferriter said on that day. And tonight the resulting documentary will be aired on RTE One.

    Keelin spoke with Fr Michael Cusack and with Stephen Vaughan this morning.


    Data Protection Commissioner

    When the office of the Data Protection Commissioner was set up in 1989, no one at the time could have envisaged the scope that it would eventually have to cover. Even as recently as 2005, when my next guest was appointed as head of the office, it was nothing near the global privacy force that it has become today.

    With companies like Facebook, Apple, LinkedIn, Twitter, eBay and PayPal all having their European headquarters in Ireland, the ODPC has the responsibility of safeguarding the private information of responsible for safeguarding the data and the privacy of not just Irish citizens or Europeans, but of nearly a billion internet users around the world.

    And, as the Garda taping controversy has shown, it’s not just the multinational internet and communications companies that we have to be concerned with.

    Billy Hawkes, Data Protection Commissioner is coming to the end of his tenure, he is retiring in August and he joined Keelin this morning.


    Breaking the Silence

    As a member of the Israeli Defence Forces, Yehuda Shaul served in the West Bank and Gaza during the second Intifada, in the early 2000s. When he completed his tour of duty he initiated Breaking the Silence, and began gathering photographs and testimonies from soldiers to create awareness of the everyday lives of serving Israeli soldiers and the abuses that they perpetrated on the Palestinian people.  It is currently exhibiting in the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar.



    Jean Claude Junker

    Quentin Peel, Fellow at Chatham House

    Beef Prices

    The beef industry is in crisis – so say farmers who complain that the price being paid to them by meat factories has plummeted, leaving many of them struggling to make a living.

    The meat processors deny any agenda on their part, saying this is simply a case of over-supply and under demand for Irish beef as consumption across Europe falls.

    Keelin was joined in studio by IFA President, Eddie Downey and by Ciaran Fitzgerald, Chairman of Meat Industry Ireland.


    CAO Offers

    Today sees the final Leaving Cert examinations of 2014, and many students have already completed their examinations and are looking forward to two months of rest and relaxation until they receive their results on the 13th August next. Before you take that well earned break you have one more vital task to complete. You now have until Tuesday fortnight 1st July to finalise your CAO choices or to make applications to Post Leaving Certificate courses or third level courses abroad.

    To help you make those final decisions we were joined this morning by the Irish Times education analyst, and guidance counsellor at Oatlands College Brian Mooney.

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