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    Today With Sean O Rourke Monday 6 July 2015

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    Greece

    Where now for Greece and the European Union?

    That’s the burning question following the dramatic and overwhelming rejection by Greek voters yesterday of the terms of a new bailout and further austerity measures from its creditors.

    The result leaves the country in uncharted waters, risking financial and political isolation within the eurozone and a banking collapse if creditors refuse further financial aid.

    Adding further to the drama, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varofakis resigned – claiming that  some eurozone finance ministers preferred he was absent from meetings. Those finance ministers will today discuss the historic Greek referendum vote with the heads of the European Commission and the European Central Bank, while German chancellor Angela Merkel will meet French President Francois Holland.

    Joining Sean this moring was Elmar Brok, German MEP with Angela Merkel’s CDU party,  Anti Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy, in Athens, Haris Neoftytidis, general manager of the MET Hotel group in Thessaloniki and Helene Vetsika, originally from Greece and now living here.

    Read More: Minister No More! Yanis Varoufakis, 6th July 2015

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    Closure of Clerys in Dublin

    The General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions has just left an early morning meeting with Jobs Minister Richard Bruton on the fall out from the closure of Clerys in Dublin. 

    Patricia King of ICTU joined Sean on the line. 

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    Greece #2

    Let's get some idea of how the financial markets have reacted to that resounding Greek rejection of more austerity measures. 

    Brenda Kelly is head analyst at London Capital Group. She joined Sean on the line. 

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    Death of Biker Dr. John Hinds

    Tragic news on the weekend of the death of Irish road racing doctor John Hinds at the practice run for the Skerries 100 races.

    The 35 year old was one of the sports most regarded travelling medics and tributes have been flowing in from across the country. 

    Joining Sean on the line this morning was President of Motorcycling Ireland, Sean Bissett. 

    Read More: Tragic race doctor saved biker's life just a fortnight ago, Sam Griffin, Irish Independent, 6th July 2015

    Read More: 'The world has lost an inspiration' - Tributes paid to racing doctor John Hinds killed in road crash, David Kearns, Irish Independent, 5th July 2015

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    Kidnap in Somalia

    Three years ago, in early 2012, journalist Michael Scott Moore was kidnapped while researching a story on piracy, in Somalia.

    After nearly 1,000 days in captivity, he was finally released in September of last year, when a ransom of $1.6million was paid.

    In recent weeks, he was been recounting for the first time the ordeal he went through, and he joined Sean from studio in Berlin.

    Read More: Michael Scott Moore: Journalist freed in Somalia,  BBC.com, 23rd Sept 2014

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    Weekend Sport

    To the weekend’s sport, while Kilkenny beat Galway in the Leinster Hurling Final, it didn’t all go according to plan for Kerry against Cork in the Munster Football Final, a controversial penalty and a last minute point meant the game ended in a draw.  

    Joining Sean in studio were Wexford Camogie Player, Mags D’Arcy, and Damian Lawlor, sports writer with the Sunday Independent.

    But first, Greg Allen gave his analysis on Rory McIlroy's ankle injury as announced on his instagra, and what it means for him at the Open, will he make a recovery in time - Greg doesn't think so. 

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    Tribute to Dr. John Hinds

    Friend and colleague Dr. David Menzies spoke to Sean this morning paying tribute to Dr. John Hinds who tragically died on Friday in Skerries while doing a trial run for the Skerries 100. 

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    Music Played on the Show

    • 11:17
      Title: Ready
      Performer(s): Kodaline
      Performer(s): Kodaline
      Album: Coming Up for Air, B-Unique Records, 88875027572
      Duration: 4:09
    • 11:18
      Title: Honest
      Composer: Garrigan / Prendergast / May / Lee
      Performer(s): Kodaline
      Performer(s): Kodaline
      Album: Coming Up for Air, B-Unique Records, 88875027572
      Duration: 3:52
    • 11:24
      Title: Gold And Silver
      Composer: The Lost Brothers
      Performer(s): The Lost Brothers
      Performer(s): The Lost Brothers
      Album: New Songs of Dawn and Dust, Lojinx
      Duration: 3:33

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