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    Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 18 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.

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    Abortion Case

    It emerged at the weekend that a woman who was on hunger strike and who had requested an abortion under the new Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act was refused a termination  and had her baby delivered by c section at around 24 weeks. The case throws up a number of issues relating to the new legislation which followed on from the death of Savita Halappanavar in 2012 .

    Joining Sean to discuss this were Breda O’Brien who is a teacher and member of the Iona Institute; Harry McGee, political correspondent of the Irish times and Sam Coulter Smith, Master of the Rotunda Maternity Hospital in Dublin.

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    Missouri

    Protests continued last night in Ferguson, Missouri more than a week after a police officer shot and killed an unarmed 18 year old, Michael Brown, crowds of angry local people in the predominately African American suburb have ignored a curfew and clashed with riot police who have responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.

    Sean spoke with Chris King, Editor of the St Louis American.

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    CAO

    More than 50,000 Leaving Cert students are receiving their course offers today from the CAO. 

    Joe Humphreys, Education Correspondent from the Irish Times is with Sean to look at what courses are the big movers this year.

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    Grangegorman

    In 1958, Ireland had the highest rate of hospitalisation in the world for people deemed to be mentally ill. 

    As the Grangegorman complex begins its transformation into the new DIT campus, artist Alan Counihan created an exhibition from some of the abandoned personal effects of patients at the asylum.

    And Alan joined Sean along with the writer Dermot Bolger who has been to see the exhibition.

    See www.alancounihan.net for more information on Alan Counihan

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    Direct Provision

    Now, with promises of Government reform of the Direct Provision system, reports began to surface last week of issues some residents had at the Mount Trenchard Direct Provision centre in Foynes, in County Limerick.

    After some residents staged a protest last week, there was an agreement that issues around conditions would be addressed, after talks were facilitated between residents and owners by NGO Doras Luimni. Yet within minutes of these talks concluding, three residents, who had been expressing concerns on behalf of others, claim they were transferred away from the centre because they raised concerns.

    Joining Sean with the story and with an exclusive interview with the residents was our reporter Brian O’Connell who has been reporting on the Direct Provision System for several months.

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    Health Insurance

    Good news for those who find themselves unable to afford health insurance – one company has introdiuced a product that will allow people to buy a cheal “cash plan” but upgrade to full cover when needed.

    Personal Finance Editor of the Irish Independent, Charlie Weston has more.

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    Sport

    It was a busy weekend in sport as Cork capitulated to Tipp in the All Ireland hurling semi final. Our women’s rugby team were beaten into 4th place by France and England overcame Canada to win the World Cup. Not to mention the end of a very satisfying European Athletics championships for the Ireland team. To talk about this and other stories were former Ireland rugby international Rosie O’Grady; former Tipperary hurler Babs Keating and former Cork manager Donal O’Grady.

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