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    Today With Sean O Rourke Thursday 14 August 2014

    Cork Developer

    It’s been described as David v Goliath.

    A €60bn multinational taken down in the Irish courts. But who are Blackstone and what does the O’Flynn brothers’ victory over them yesterday mean for the future of NAMA and the Irish property market? 

    Keelin was joined by RTE Business Editor David Murphy.

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    Ukraine

    A large convoy of trucks carrying Russian aid is reported to be heading towards the border with Ukraine this morning.

    The trucks appeared to be on the road to Rostov, the Russian city near rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine but it is not clear if the convoy will be allowed cross into Ukraine. It’s estimated over 2,000 people have been killed since mid-april with many civilians caught up in the conflict between rebels and Ukrainian forces.

    Joining Keelin was Edward Lucas journalist and author of 'The New Cold War: Putin's Threat to Russia and the West'.

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    Michael O'Flynn

    Keelin spoke with property developer Michael O’Flynn following his victory over private equity firm, Blackstone yesterday.

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    Leaving Cert

    While almost 57,000 students got their result sin this year’s Leaving certificate yesterday, often the media interest in results is confined to those small minority of student who achieved a high number of A1s. But, for many, simply passing the Leaving Cert can be a huge achievement. Our reporter Brian O’Connell has been talking to some persons who were delighted with their results yesterday and for whom, for different reasons, completing their Leaving Cert was a real achievement.

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    Food Poverty

    One in ten people in Ireland are living in food poverty...in recent months we have seen the rise in people attending food centres, the opening of special food banks and reports that people are facing a choice between paying their bills and buying food for their families.  Valerie Cox has been investigating this trend...

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    Positive Retirement

    Retirement is a milestone in any person’s life but while many look forward to what are traditionally known as their Golden Years, others struggle with the loss of social interaction and routine in their lives.

    So, what can you do to ensure a positive retirement? Keelin was joined by Professor Moira O’Brien, osteoporosis consultant who still has a full work schedule at the age of 80, and by recently retired businessman, Brian O’Neill.

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    Obesity

    Is fat personal or political? The new Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said the government can’t make you thin but Jacky Jones, a former HSE regional manager and a member of the Healthy Ireland Council, says it can and, moreover, it must.

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