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    Today With Sean O Rourke Tuesday 19 August 2014

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    Today with Sean O'Rourke

    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

    The young woman at the centre of the most recent abortion controversy has spoken about her attempt  to take her own life when she was 16 weeks pregnant in today’s Irish Times. The case has re-opened the debate about abortion in this country. Joining Sean were Senator Ronan Mullen and Independent socialist TD for Dublin North, Clare Daly.

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    Putin’s Sanctions

    Russia's ban on dairy imports from the European Union is hitting global dairy markets at a time when they are particularly vulnerable. So as the shelves in Russia empty of Irish dairy products, as the top buyer of EU cheese and butter, how does this affect Irish producers?

    Sean was joined by John Comer, President of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association; Jack Kennedy of the Irish Farmers Journal and by Alsu Khusainova, a Russian woman who is on holiday in Ireland and married to an Irish journalist in Moscow.

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    Future of Local Papers

    Eugene McGee Former Editor, The Longford Leader, Frank Mulrennan CEO, The Celtic Media Group and Regina Hennelly join Sean to discuss the future for Local Papers

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    I Draw Slow

    Sean was joined by brother-and-sister song-writing duo Louise and Dave Holden from the Dublin band ‘I Draw Slow’

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    Dun Laoghaire Makeover

    Vacant shops, failed businesses, parking problems...they could be the challenges facing any town in Ireland.  But this was the seaside town of Dun Laoghaire in Co Dublin and the business people decided to fight back.  Six months ago they voted to become a Business Improvement District and tonight they will launch their new Website to entice visitors, shoppers and business people into the town.  Valerie Cox has been to Dun Laoghaire to find out more.

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    Iraq

    The recapture of the Mosul Dam in Iraq by Pershmerga forces, backed by American fighter jets, has been called a major step forward by Barack Obama in the battle against the Islamic State.

    Yesterday The US president announced the significance of this recapture

    But what is the America’s plan for unity of the country – and what is still to be done in the fight against IS?

    Sean spoke with security analyst, Tom Clonan.

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    The General

    Former Detective Garda and columnist with the Hearld Gerry O Carroll on 20 years since the murder of Martin Cahill also known as the General

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    Bad Food Habits

    Getting fit is not just about exercise. Food and diet play a huge part in the process so once you’ve mastered the chin-ups and crunches, it’s also important to implement a healthy diet.

    Yvonne Hogan, editor of the Irish Independent Fit Magazine, drastically changed her food habits when she decided to get fit and she joins me in studio.

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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Spring Time
      Composer: I Draw Slow
      Performer(s): I Draw Slow
      Performer(s): I Draw Slow
      Duration: 3:40
    • Title: Souvenirs
      Performer(s): I Draw Slow
      Performer(s): I Draw Slow
      Album: White Wave Chapel
      Duration: 3:04

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