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    Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 21 March 2014


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    Garda Whistleblower Controversy

    Comments by Transport Minister Leo Varadkar and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton have renewed pressure on Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan over his handling of the Garda whistleblower crisis. Mr Varadkar praised Sgt.Maurice McCabe for “shining a light in a dark place” while Minister Burton called on the Commissioner to withdraw his remark describing the behaviour of Garda whistleblowers as “disgusting”.

    Fionnan Sheahan from Irish Independent was on the line.


    Fianna Fail Ard Fheis

    Delegates are gathering in Killarney for the 2014 Fianna Fail Ard Fheis. Top of the bill will probably be the local and European elections, but also up for discussion, women TDs and calls for the establishment of an independent Police Commission- among other things.

    Keelin was joined by Pat Leahy, political correspondent with the Sunday Business Post; Public Affairs Consultant and former Fianna Fail advisor, Gerard Howlin; Fianna Fail Senator, Darragh O’Brien and Limerick TD, Willie O’Dea.


    Missing Plane

    The search continues for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370,  but are we any closer to an answer as to what happened to it?

    Australian satellite images detected large pieces of debris floating about 1,000 miles off the coast of Australia and freighter and planes are searching the area.

    So after a full day of trying to find this debris, are we any further on? Keelin was joined from Perth by Phil Mercer of the BBC.



    All this week our reporter Brian O’Connell has been reporting from unofficial refugee camps along the Lebanese Syrian border, where over 1 million refugees have fled as a result of the conflict in Syria. Brian returned from Lebanon last night and joined us from our Cork studio.


    The Future of the LGBT Community

    Stuart Milk is co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation and nephew of the legendary gay rights activist Harvey Milk. Stuart is in Dublin as the key-note speaker at the Trinity College Historical Society’s inaugural debate this evening.


    Dress for Success

    Everyone knows the importance of dressing smartly for a job interview but what if you don’t own the sober black shoes or the smart suit and what if you can’t afford to kit yourself out for an interview?

    Sonya Lennon talks about how her new charity Dress For Success aims to give Irish women the tools they need to get into the workplace.



    The week gone by has once again seen all attention focused on the mystery of the plane still missing and the fate of its 200 plus passengers....on the political front, the continuing tensions over Urkraine dominated headlines...while at home, we heard of a relieved 100 homeowners who have had part of their mortgage debt written off by AIB...

    For a look back at these stories and more, I’m joined in studio now by journalist, Diarmaid Fleming, who was based for many years in Moscow...Michael O’Regan, Parliamentary Correspondent with The Irish Times...Rachael Kane from the Irish Daily Star...and Graham Finlay from the School of Politics and International Relations at UCD...


    Search for missing fisherman on Lough Ree, Co. Roscommon

    Damien Delaney, Rescue co-ordinator

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    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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