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    Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 25 August 2014

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    Train Strike

    As we’ve been hearing this morning, thousands of commuters throughout the country have been forced onto the roads as their usual rail journeys have been beset by the Iarnrod Eireann strike.

    More industrial action is planned for the 7th and the 21st of September – coinciding with the All-Ireland Hurling and Football finals.

    But how reliant should we be on the rail network – and is it something we can do without? Perhaps it is time to concentrate on our network of motorways?

    Joining Sean was John O’Sullivan of Dublin Coach and Colman O Raghallaigh from West On Track which is campaigning for investment on our rail network.

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    Irish Rail Strike Disruptions

    Tens of thousands of rail passengers are facing disruption to services today as the strike at Iarnród Éireann enters its second day. Colmán Ó Raghallaigh from West On Track and John O'Sullivan of Dublin Coach spoke to Sean about the dispute.

    Funeral of Albert Reynolds

    Statesman and businessman, today former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds will be laid to rest.

    Sean was joined in studio by one men who knew him well, musician Paddy Cole. Valerie Cox reported from the Church of the Sacred Heart in Donnybrook.

     

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    Albert Reynolds State Funeral Preview with Paddy Cole

    The State funeral of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds will take place in Dublin today. Musician Paddy Cole knew Albert Reynolds very well and joined Sean in studio this morning.

    Delays in Treatment

    Our reporter Brian O’Connell, who is in our Cork studio, spent time in a GP surgery last week in Limerick where people are experiencing increasing delays for essential treatments.

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    GP Visits

    Reporter Brian O'Connell spent some time in a GP surgery last week in Limerick. Where people are experiencing increasing delays for essential treatments.

    Solace in a Secular World

    If Mass attendances are anything to go by, traditional organised religions hold less appeal for people as more and more turn away from the prayers and beliefs they were reared on.

    But in the absence of religion, to whom and to where do people turn to seek comfort when times are tough?  Where do we find solace in a secular world?

    Well to discuss this, Sean was joined in studio now by Pat Storey, Church of Ireland Bishop of Meath and Kildare and Michael Nugent, Chairperson of Atheist Ireland and on the line from Clare is Fr Harry Bohan, Parish Priest in Sixmilebridge in County Clare.

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    Brain Injury Victim

    Last April we spoke to Mary Walsh, mother of Sara Walsh who following a bleed on her brain during a biopsy for a tumour, Sara was moved from the National Rehabilitation Hospital earlier this month to the Royal Hospital in Donnybrook.

    Brain Injury

    You may remember last April we spoke to Mary Walsh, mother of Sara Walsh who, following a bleed on her brain during a biopsy for a tumour, had to be put into an induced coma. Sara was moved from the National Rehabilitation Hospital earlier this month to the Royal Hospital in Donnybrook but finding a long term nursing home for Sarah is proving difficult.

    Mary was in studio with me to give us the latest.

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    Solace In A Secular World

    In the absence of religion, to whom do people turn to seek comfort when times are tough. Sean was joined by Pat Storey, Church of Ireland Bishop. Michael Nugent, Chairperson of Atheist Ireland and Parish Priest of Sixmilebridge in County Clare Fr Harry Bohan.
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    Sport Round Up

    Sean was joined by Orla Bannon, David Brady & Darragh O'Se for a round up of the weekends sport.
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    State Funeral of Former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds

    Valerie Cox spoke to Sean ahead of the State Funeral of Former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds.

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