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    Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 27 June 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. Presented by Keelin Shanley

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    Jean Claude Juncker

    It is expected that later today former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean Claude Juncker will be endorsed as European Commission President by EU leaders  despite fierce opposition from British Prime Minister David Cameron. Reports suggest that 26 European leaders including Taoiseach Enda Kenny will vote in favour of the appointment with just the UK and possibly Hungary voting no. 

    Matt Frei, Europe editor with Channel Four News was on the line.

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    The Fault in Our Stars

    The box office sensation of the summer so far is not some rollicking action movie or some star-studded production – it is instead a film about a teenage boy and girl, both of whom have cancer.

    Based on a novel by John Green, it is called The Fault in Our Stars and it deals in a very real but sensitive way with young people who have to face their own mortality.

    Keelin was joined in studio by Dr Aidan McKiernan who is a Clinical Psychologist at the LauraLynn Children’s Hospital here in Dublin.

    And on the line from Monaghan was Grainne Smith, who has battled leukaemia.

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    Health Food Entrepreneurs

    Ireland is in the midst of a food revolution. Far from the days of the jumbo breakfast roll of the Celtic Tiger, we are now more conscious of what’s on our plates and what it means for our health.

    As we exit the recession, new businesses have started to cater for our new-found healthy appetite. Whether it’s paleo, juicing, eating for recovery from illness or just healthy eating on the go, there is a business to cater for your needs.

    Keelin was joined in studio by three of these businesspeople - Dermot Hanley, MD and founder of Nusli; Domini Kemp, chef, writer and co-founder of Itsa Bagel and Kevin Mulvaney, owner of Staple Foods. 

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    Children Seeking Asylum in Ireland

    While much focus has recently been placed on how the Irish State treated children in its care during the 20th century, there have been renewed calls for a review of the living situations of children seeking asylum in Ireland. This week our reporter Brian O’Connell has been speaking to some children living in Direct Provision Centres and he joined Keelin this morning.

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    GSOC No Confidence Motion

    Dublin Gardai have proposed a motion of no confidence in the three commissioners of the Garda Ombudsman Commission. The central executive committee urged the three, including Simon O’Brien, Chairman, to step down from their position with immediate effect.

    Keelin spoke with Damian McCarthy of the GRA.

     

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    Allergies

    While most of us have been enjoying the recent sunny weather, those with hay fever allergies have been suffering through the side effects of summer.

    Dr Dilis Clare, GP and medical herbalist, joined us from our Galway studio.

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    World Cup

    Well we won’t be seeing Luis Suarez any more at this World Cup – or anywhere else football related for the next 4 months. No doubt we’ll be hearing about it though. It’s a football free day today, but the weekend is packed with last 16 games.

    Tim Vickery is South American football correspondent with the BBC.

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    Gathering

    Plenty to sink out teeth into in this week’s Gathering. At the World Cup, the name on everyone’s lips was Luis Suarez, who has received a 4 month ban by FIFA for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chillini. Away from the sporting arena, Fianna Fail expelled Brian Crowley after he joined the European Conservative and Reformist (ECR) grouping. Meanwhile former prime minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Juncker is expected to be appointed next president of the European Commission later today.

    To talk about this and more were Fiach Kelly, political correspondent with the Irish Times; Fianna Fail Agriculture Spokesman Eamon O’Cuiv and Fine Gael MERP, Mairead McGuinness.

     

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