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    Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 15 August 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

    Cliff Richard Alleged Sexual Assault

    Detectives in Britain are making arrangements to interview Cliff Richard about an alleged sex crime against a boy in 1985.

    South Yorkshire police searched a penthouse belonging to the pop star yesterday.

    Cliff Richard, who is visiting Portugal, has described the allegation as completely false, and has promised to fully co-operate with the police.

    Simon Israel is a Home Affairs correspondent for Channel Four News spoke to Keelin this morning.

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    Cliff Richard Sex Allegation

    Detectives in Britain are making arrangements to interview Cliff Richard about an alleged sex crime against a boy in 1985. Simon Israel, Home Affairs correspondent for Channel Four News joined Keelin on the line.
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    Motor Insurance Case

    Next we turn to the case of a 72 Wicklow man who will never walk again following a road accident. He was awarded compensation of more than €300,000 euro but this has been denied to him because the driver's insurance company - Setanta - went into liquidation. His solicitor say up to 2,000 people in Ireland could also be refused compensation. Valerie Cox has been talking to Ned Heffernan who has ended up in a nursing home.

    Merriman Summer School

    All this week the Merriman Summer School in taking place in Ennis in County Clare. Our reporter Brian O’Connell who himself is speaking at the school this afternoon, joined Keelin from Limerick.

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    Merriman

    All this week the Merriman Summer School in taking place in Ennis in County Clare. Our reporter Brian O'Connell who himself is speaking at the school this afternoon, joined Keelin from Limerick.

    Cliona’s Foundation

    When Brendan and Terry Ring’s daughter Cliona died from an inoperable brain tumour aged just 14, they decided that they’d set up a foundation in her name to raise money to help families struggling with the devastation and trauma of a seriously ill child.

    Keelin was joined by Brendan and Terry now. I’m also joined by David Crowe, father of Sarah, who suffers from Alper’s Syndrome, a disease of the central nervous system. At aged 11, Sarah is the oldest child in Ireland living with the condition.

    For more information see: http://clionasfoundation.com/

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    Children's Charity

    Brendan and Terry Ring's daughter Cliona died from an inoperable brain tumour aged just 14, they decided that they'd set up a foundation in her name to raise money to help families struggling with the devastation and trauma of a seriously ill child.

    Employment

    Now to how to hang on to your job as a boss – you’ve worked your way up the greasy pole – it may have taken decades and you might feel you’ve finally made it - but now that you’re on the top layer there is a whole new set of pitfalls to avoid

    Paul Mooney is a management consultant and former president of the national college of Ireland. Basing his work on real life cases of management catastrophe – he has identified some of the top reasons careers derail.

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    Cardinal Seán Brady confirms offering resignation to Pope

    Patsy Mc Garry speaks to Keelin about the story of Cardinal Seán Brady confirms offering resignation to Pope.
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    The Gathering

    Keelin was joined by UCD; Ian Kehoe, Deputy Editor of The Sunday Business Post and Noirin Hegarty, Managing Destination Editor at Lonely Planet. Vincent Durac, lecturer in Middle East politics.

    Gathering

    This week, tens of thousands of Yazidis were stranded on a mountain in Iraq as they tried to escape militants, the developer Michael Flynn won a bid to have an examiner removed from his businesses and the actor Robin Williams died by suicide....

    Meanwhile, there was joy for many Leaving Cert students but disappointment for the women’s rugby team as they lost their semi-final game to England...

    To take a look back at these and the other main stories of the week, Keelin was joined by Susan Daly, editor of TheJournal.ie; Vincent Durac, lecturer in Middle East politics, UCD; Ian Kehoe, Deputy Editor of The Sunday Business Post and Noirin Hegarty, Managing Destination Editor at Lonely Planet.

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    Surviving The Office Jungle

    Now to how to hang on to your job as a boss you've worked your way up the greasy pole it may have taken decades and you might feel you've finally made it but now that you're on the top layer there is a whole new set of pitfalls to avoid
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    Iraq

    Yesterday the Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki stepped aside and nominated Haider al-Abadi to form a government... and with calls now to arm the Kurds as a response to persecution by Islamic State, what now for the Yazidi people stranded on Mount Sinjar? 

    Joining Keelin was Farwaz Gerges, the professor of Middle East Politics at the London School of Economics.

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