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    Today With Sean O Rourke Wednesday 30 July 2014


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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. Presented by Keelin Shanley



    Last night in Gaza 43 were killed overnight in a UN shelter – these were people who’d been told to leave their houses.

    Keelin was joined by Dr. Mohammed Maqadma of the UNWRA and by journalist John Costello.


    Direct Provision

    Earlier in the week we heard from Minister Aodhan O Riordain on his plans to try and reform the Direct Provision system for asylum seekers. The new Minister was on this programme following a report by Brian O’Connell who was inside two centres at the weekend. Brian has been doing a series of reports on Direct Provision and today Brian brought us more cases and the story of a Cork solicitor who is taking on cases few others are willing to.


    German Ambassador to Ireland

    Keelin was joined by the German Ambassador to Ireland, Dr Eckhard Lubkemeier. Dr Lubkemeier arrived to take up his position just months after Ireland entered the EU/IMF bailout programme in 2010 – and after a turbulent enough period for Irish/German relations  his tenure here is about to an end

    So he came into us take a look back over the last few years.


    Civil Court of Appeal

    A brand new court – the Court of Appeal – is about to open – judges have been designated for it and the aim is to have it up and running by October.

    The thinking behind opening this court – is that it will take pressure off the supreme where there is currently a back log of 4 years. And We voted for its inception in a referendum last year

    But not all agree that opening a whole new court is the best way to deal with the backlog

    Keelin was joined by Seth Barrett Tillman – a lecturer in the department of Law in NUI Maynooth and by Stuart Gilhooly a litigation solicitor and a council member with the Law society.


    Ebola Virus

    A new outbreak of the Ebola virus in Western Africa is causing international concern, with fatality rates of between 60 and 90 percent, severe difficulties in tracking infected individuals, and communities resisting medical assistance due to fear. 

    In the face of this crisis, Medicine Sans Frontiers – Doctors Without Borders – are, as ever, putting themselves at necessary risk on the frontlines.

    Keelin was joined in studio now by one of these workers, Dr Gabriel Fitzpatrick, specialist in Public Health and Infectious Diseases, and chairman of Medicine Sans Frontiers Ireland.


    Grieving Without a Body

    Last week, the bodies of hundreds of victims of Flight MH17 were transported from Ukraine to the Netherlands. 

    Many more families are still awaiting the return of their loved ones.

    Grieving in the absence of a body is a complicated process and the experience can cover everything from miscarriage to missing persons.

    Keelin was joined by Prof Jim Lucey, Medical Director of St. Patrick's Hospital and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College, and Marie Creegan, Social Worker and Training Research Officer in Féilecáin.

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