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    Today With Sean O Rourke Friday 22 August 2014


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    Ebola in Donegal

    It is suspected that Ireland has its first case of Ebola. Dessie Quinn from Mountcharles in Co Donegal was found dead after returning from working in Sierra Leone. Initially it was thought he had died from malaria but now his body is being tested for Ebola.

    Joining Sean was the local priest Fr Adrian Gavigan and Professor Sam McConkey who is head of the Department of International Health and Tropical Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons.


    Limerick Water

    Hundreds of residents on Limerick’s north side were told in recent weeks that they may not be able to drink their tap water for up to a year.

    Brian O’Connell was in Limerick yesterday reporting on this issue.


    POW Letters

    In 1943, a British plane crashed into Mount Brandon in Kerry. It was carrying 30,000 letters from Prisoners of War who were held in Japan.

    In an act of generosity, the local people collected up as many letters as they could find and forwarded them on to the families of the prisoners of war.

    Micheál O’Dowd owns O’Connor’s Bar and Guesthouse in Cloughane organised an event to mark this occasion this weekend.


    Public Outcries

    The public outcry over the cancellation of the Garth Brooks concerts at Croke Park resulted in more than 1,000 emails to the Taoiseach, a delay in the announcement of the cabinet reshuffle and a gathering of an Oireachtas Committee.

    To take a look at some other events over the years that have resulted in public outrage, Sean was joined in studio now by Michael O’Regan, Parliamentary Correspondent with The Irish Times and Catherine Halloran, Political Correspondent with The Irish Daily Star.


    Fives and Twenty Fives.

    By Michael Pitre (Bloomsbury)

    Having served for eight years as a US marine and been deployed twice to Iraq in 2006 and 2007, what happens when the war ends and normal life is supposed to resume at home? Can you leave the atrocities you may have witnessed or even caused on the battlefield? Former US Marine Captain Michael Pitre joins us to discuss his new novel Fives and Twenty Fives.


    Childhood Anxiety

    Anxiety disorders, as they’re called, affect many children.  So, how do parents know when a child’s anxiety or fear is just a passing phase or something more serious.  And how best to approach the issue. Róisín O’Hara has been looking into this area.



    This week, the news was dominated by yet another Irish abortion controversy as it emerged that a woman had delivered a baby by Caesarian section, having requested an abortion under the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act.

    In international news, James Foley an American photojournalist was beheaded by ISIS militants.

    And yesterday, we heard the sad news that former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds had died at the age of 81 after a long illness.

    To take a look back at these and the other main stories of the week, Sean was joined by Aodhán O’Riordain, Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality and Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht with special responsibility for Equality, New Communities and Culture; Brenda Power, columnist with The Irish Daily Mail and The Sunday Times; Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History in UCD; and Cora Sherlock, solicitor and Deputy Chairperson of the Pro-Life Campaign.

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