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    Broadband in Rural Ireland

    High speed broadband has become an essential of modern life, be it for home or business, yet a significant number of people in Ireland are unable to avail of adequate Internet service. The Government’s National Broadband Plan aims to ensure that every household will have 30mbps broadband speed by 2020.

    Minister for Communications, Energy and natural resources, Alex White spoke to Keelin, but first reporter Brian O’Connell has been looking at the issue.

    Contact Brian here.

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    St. Patrick's Day for Non-Drinkers

    Brian O'Connell has been looking into sober events taking place on St. Patrick's day. 

    Happenings are running St. Patrick's Day Unlocked at Meeting House Square in Temple Bar, from 3pm to 7pm. See full details here.

    Francis Black's Sober St. Patrick's Day at the Gresham Hotel on the 17th from 3.30pm to 7pm. For full event details click here.

    Aware are holding a Harbour to Harbour walk from Howth to Dunlaoghaire - see event details here

    In Mullingar, a half marathon in aid of Childline takes place - read more on that here.

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    Unfinished Housing Estates

    Brian O'Connell has been taking a look at unfinished housing estates in Cork, with 139 housing projects all at various stages of construction.

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    PR Spend

    Belt and braces: Why state agencies have internal PR staff AND outside consultants. Brian O'Connell details those that have and later, Senator Shane Ross joins the conversation.

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    Reboot Ireland

    Brian O'Connell was at a #RebootIreland meeting in Limerick last night, these are not public meetings more so meetings for those who have expressed an interest in the party and supporting them. Registration on their website is required to hear about these meetings. 

    Visit their website here.

    Contact Brian here.

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    Guns

    The Oireachtas Justice Committee has been looking at the issue of gun ownership in recent weeks, but some gun owners have defended their right to own semi automatic rifles among other firearms.

    Yesterday our reporter Brian O’Connell went to a shooting range in Kildare and met some members of the gun lobby. Later, Independent TD Finian McGrath who sits on the Justice Committee, and Independent TD Michael Healy Rae spoke to Sean.

    Contact Brian here

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    The Halawa Family

    This Sunday, Irish citizen 19-year-old Ibrahim Halawa will face trial on charges of murder, attempted murder and taking part in an illegal protest. Mr Halawa was arrested in August 2013 along with his sisters following a banned march in Egypt. Our reporter Brian O’Connell has been to the Halawa family home in Firhouse this week as the family prepare for news of their brother’s trial.

    Contact Brian here.

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    Fox Hunting

    Now with the fox hunting season in full swing, some tensions between landowners and those wishing to hunt have resurfaced. Our reporter Brian O’Connell has met with some farmers who claim local hunts have damaged their land in recent months.

    Joining Sean on the line was hunt enthusiast, Brian Munn of the Irish Masters of Foxhounds Association.

    You can contact Brian here.

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    Gay Teachers

    What is it like to be a gay teacher in a Catholic school in Ireland, and feeling like you could be fired because of your sexuality? That’s the situation some gay teachers are faced with.

    Our reporter Brian O’Connell, in our Cork studio, has spoken with two gay teachers about their experiences.

    Read More: Employment Equality Act 1998, S. 37

    Contact Brian here.

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