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Today: Monday 22nd November

The Irish government is to begin the process of formally applying for international loans to save the country from financial collapse. We talk to the British Chancellor George Osborne. And is the coalition government proving too difficult for comics and writers to satirise?

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Economist Michael O'Sullivan analyses the political consequences for Ireland after having accepted the financial bail out. Economics professor Marcus Miller assesses the future of UK's banks.

The Irish government has decided last night to accept a financial bail out. Business editor Robert Peston examines the impact of the move on the eurozone economies. And Ireland's Europe Minister, Dick Roche, explains the reasons behind his government's decision.

The Vatican says there is nothing revolutionary in the Pope's comments that there are occasions when condom use is acceptable. Austen Ivereigh from Catholic Voices and Justin Forsyth of Save the Children discuss the Pope's comments.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Nato's most senior civilian representative in Afghanistan, Mark Sedwill, has suggested that Kabul is safer for children than London, Glasgow or New York. Kabul correspondent Quentin Sommerville and Justin Forsyth of Save the Children examine the challenges faced by the country's children.

Sports news with Gary Richardson.

Councils and housing associations will be able to offer contracts for just two years, as part of the Localism Bill to be published later this week. Reporter Tom Bateman gauged the feelings of people on an east London estate. And housing minister Grant Shapps explains the government's decision.

Paper review.

The annual advertising campaign promoting digital radio in the run-up to Christmas begins today but some in the industry now say the target of the digital switchover cannot be met. Nick Higham reports on whether the government is likely to support the switch from FM radio to digital by 2015.

Thought for the day with religious commentator Clifford Longley.

The Education Secretary Michael Gove plans to get rid of assessment throughout GCSE courses and put much more emphasis on the exams taken at the end. Professor Alan Smithers of the University of Buckingham and Chris Howard, of the National Association of Head Teachers, discuss the best ways of assessing children's education.

The Irish government is to begin the process of formally applying for international loans to save the country from financial collapse. The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne explains what the bail-out means for Britain's economy.

Is the coalition government proving too difficult for comics and writers to satirise? Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones examines how comedians are approaching the new government.

Sport news with Gary Richardson.

Earlier this year the government backed away from setting a target date for radio stations to switch over from FM to digital but said it would support the industry to make the switch by 2015, provided there was sufficient public demand. Ford Ennals of Digital Radio UK reacts to current doubts over the potential for digital radio in the UK.

There is a good chance the British economy will grow in the long term if it takes some radical steps, according to a recent report. Kevin Sneader of the consultants McKinsey analyses the potential for growth in the British economy.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

This week our environment analyst Roger Harrabin assesses whether the UN can ever reach a deal on climate that so many scientists say is needed. He starts by examining what went wrong in Copenhagen last year.

The Irish debt crisis has highlighted the key problem of eurozone membership - a country cannot devalue its currency in order to deal with debt nor can it set its own interest rates. European financial affairs analyst Graham Bishop and Douglas McWilliams, of the Centre for Economic and Business Research, debate if the euro has a future.

The Labour leader Ed Miliband has promised "profound" change to the Labour Party on the scale of Tony Blair's reforms of the mid-1990s. Former adviser to Gordon Brown, Michael Jacobs, examines the future of the party.



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