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    Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 17 July 2014

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    Anglo Tapes

    More tape recordings have emerged of the goings on behind the scenes at Anglo Irish Bank in the months leading up to the Bank’s collapse.

    The tapes of conversations between former chief executive David Drumm and John Bowe, head of capital markets, give us another glimpse what the Bank’s executives were considering to try to improve it’s dire financial position in 2008.

     Sean was joined by Fionnan Sheehan of the Irish Independent.

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    Angela Merkel 60th Birthday

    Well  despite last week’s historic victory for the German football team in Rio de Janeiro, the feelgood factor clearly hasn’t influenced Angela Merkel too much to heart as – according to some reports – she does not intend to finish her term as German Chancellor.

    Sean was joined by Quentin Peel, Fellow at Chatham House in London.

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    Israel / Hamas

    Israel and Hamas are observing a brief ceasefire designed to allow residents of heavily bombarded Gaza to stock up on supplies. More than 200 residents of Gaza have died during the Israeli bombardment of the densely-populated territory.

    But the prospects of the ceasefire being extended are dim, and an Israeli invasion of Gaza is becoming increasing likely with the call­-up of more reservists yesterday.

    And PM Netanyahu is coming under increasing pressure from left and right, from people who oppose the bombardment of Gaza, and from others who advocate an outright invasion of Gaza.

    Journalist Yossi Melman was on the line from Tel Aviv

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    In Plain Sight - The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile

    By Dan Davies (Quercus)

    From national hero to paedophile, the depravity and extent of his crimes against vulnerable children over decades are still coming to light following his death in October 2011. But who was the man behind the mask? Dan Davies met and interviewed Jimmy Savile over seven years up until his death.

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    Beef Quality Assurance Scheme

    Farm organizations are threatening to withdraw from Bord Bia’s Beef Quality Assurance Scheme in protest about the prices they are being paid for their cattle by the meat factories.  I’m joined in studio by

    Kieran Fitzgerald, Chairman of Meat Industry Ireland; John Comer, ICMSA President and Michael Maloney, Bord Bia’s Director of Quality

    Valerie Cox has also been to a farm to see how the Beef Quality Assurance scheme works in practice.

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    Two Men in a Camper Van

    It’s day four for our 2 men in a campervan, and reporters Brian O’Connell and Paddy O’Gorman are coming to us live from Tramore this morning.

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    The Middle East

    Yousef al Helou, Gaza based Journalist
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    Honor Heffernan

    Honor Heffernan has been performing as both a singer and actress for over 30 years now. She is in with us today ahead of a series of concerts around the country in August. She was in to give us a tune or two with her guitarist Hugh Buckley

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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Rainy Days And Mondays
      Composer: Paul Williams
      Performer(s): Honor Heffernan
      Performer(s): Honor Heffernan
      Duration: 3:30
    • Title: Nobody Else But Me
      Composer: Jerome Kern
      Performer(s): Honor Heffernan
      Performer(s): Honor Heffernan
      Duration: 3:30

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