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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.

    Gangland and Shooting

    Jimmy Guerin, brother of the late Veronica and Independent Councillor, Richie Culhane, former special branch detective and Mick Rafferty, community activist spoke to us about the latest killing in the Hutch Kinahan feud.


    Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton

    Newly appointed Minister for Education and Skills Fine Gael TD Richard Bruton has a lot on his plate and presumably that’s why he's looking for advice from some 230 stakeholder, to guide his three-year plan.

    He joined us in studio this morning.


    Longford District Court

    Paddy O'Gorman has been to Longford District Court. 


    Banning Cars from Dublin City Centre

    Plans to ban cars from some parts of Dublin City Centre will be considered by the City Council’s Transport Committee later today.

    The draft Dublin City Centre Transport Study proposed banning cars from College Green, Bachelors Walk and George’s Quay, blocking drivers from travelling North on O’Connell Street, but this afternoon’s meeting is expected to confirm that some of those restrictions have been scaled back.

    With Sean to discuss the plans were Ciaran Cuffe, Green Party Councillor and Chairman of Dublin City Council’s Transport Committee and Noel Dempsey, Chairman of the Temple Bar Company.

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    Hollywood Style Film Studios

    The Glass Bottle site in Ringsend is the site for proposed Hollywood style film studios.

    Pat Leahy, deputy political editor of the Irish Times, told us more.


    The Bank of Mum and Dad

    Irish parents are becoming the lender of “first” resort for many young people who are struggling to get on the property ladder. Cash strapped children are increasingly turning to their parents to help come up with very large deposits.

    New research in the UK shows that British parents are expected to lend their children £5 billion this year to help finance the purchase of a home. That means the “Bank of Mum and Dad”... or Bomad as it has been dubbed will help to finance 1 in 4 mortgages in the UK... and the situation is being replicated here.

    But if as a parent you want to help your children out financially...  what do you need to consider before you part with your hard earned cash?

    Joining Sean studio to discuss this was Oonagh Casey Grehan, Tax expert with Fagan and Partners in Dublin and Colleen Sparling O’Riordan, a solicitor based in Cork.


    Dublin Zoo

    With over 1 million visitors making their way to Dublin zoo in Phoenix park last year - breaking all previous records - it’s clear that a trip to ‘see the animals’ there continues to be a big draw..

    But the team at the Zoo know that they have to keep developing and improving their unique facility there to keep the experience as popular as ever... and their most ambitious project yet is due to open shortly..

    It’s a new home for the orangutans but this is no ordinary development as it uses a groundbreaking design that they hope will impress the residents and visitors alike..

    Evelyn O’Rourke has been given a sneak preview of this newest chapter in the Zoo’s history.

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    Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter's career was destroyed when he got caught in the storm.

    Simon Coveney

    Newly appointed Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney.

    Micheál Martin

    Fianna Fail Leader, Micheál Martin, TD for Cork South Central.

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