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Tuesday, April 8th 2008

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In the wake of protests in Tibet and around the world we have Eric Dempsey in studio to talk about his experiences in Tibet.

Dog Runs in New York
They say that a dog is mans best friend. RTE Two's entertainment reporter and self confessed dog lover Darren Kennedy, was recently in New York and he spoke to some very interesting dog owners.

Our vet Andrew Byrne joined us on the line to tell us all about the special powers dogs have to smell and diagnose human problems including internal bleeding and epilepsy.

Dog runs are enclosed spaces purposely designed and built as an amenity for the city's dogs and their owners to enjoy some 'free' time. Typically dog runs are divided into two different spaces - an area for small dogs and a larger pen for the big dogs.

Parks vary in setup, but generally they are fenced, have separate, double-gated entry and exit points, a place to get water, and bags/scoops to pick up and dispose of waste.

It's very evident that the dog run is as much a social outlet for the owners as it is for the dogs.

One person even said it's a great place to bring a first date!

The New York City department of Parks & Recreation describe Dog Runs as "... large, fenced-in areas for dogs to exercise unleashed. Created with the expertise of a Parks Department landscape architect and volunteers, the runs encourage play while supplying good drainage, safe lighting, and healthy plantings".

Dog Run in Dublin
Dublin City Council are currently building Ireland first dog run in a public park and parks superintendent Eoin Ward joined us on the line to tell us more.

The run will be built in the middle of St. Annes Park in Raheny and it should be ready in May. A proposal was made in September 07' and construction started this month.

Organ Donor Week
Singer-songwriter, Eleanor Shanley comes into studio to tell us about Organ Donor Week. Eleanor has a single out to raise funds - Strange Boat

If asked, most people would say they would be happy to have their organs donated after death, but that is not enough, you must take action now. Make a commitment - it's just a few simple steps. You can either request a donor card online or contact the Irish Kidney Association to request a donor card in one of the following ways:

  • Email: donor@ika.ie
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  • Freetext DONOR to 50050
  • Lo call 1890 543639
  • By post to: Freepost, Donor House, Irish Kidney Association, Park West, Dublin 12
  • Alternatively, you can collect a donor card at your local pharmacy.
  • You can also sign the back of your driving licence to indicate your wishes.
  • Most importantly, discuss your wishes with your next-of-kin.
Signing your intention to become an organ donor sounds like a small step but it will, forevermore, redefine your life as both humanitarian and heroic.

Please do it, act now. If you have already acted on your decision, you might further help by introducing the idea to a family member or a friend.

Intercultural Week
As part of Intercultural Week Paddy O'Gorman took to the streets to talk to the public about their opinions of each other both from the immigrant and the native Irish point of view. MOONEY'S MONEY WINNER
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