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    Drivetime Thursday 26 May 2016



    Mary Wilson presents an information packed evening news magazine with all the stories of the day

    Garda Malpractice Allegations

    Sinn Féin TD has made a series of fresh allegations in the Dáil about alleged malpractice by An Garda Síochána in Leitrim. After saying the vast majority of gardaí in Leitrim were doing their job honestly, Martin Kenny made a number of allegations. He spoke to us.

    The Wonders of Science

    Despite a concerted effort to promote maths and science subjects at second level including bonus points for the higher level leaving cert maths paper, a significant number of young girls still believe these subjects are just too hard. Frances Shanahan was there.

    Strikes in France

    France is being hit by serious disruption as unions lead a wave of strike action across the country. A range of industries are hit. Stephen Carroll- Journalist with France 24 spoke to us.

    Mini CAB and Gangland Crime

    One of the people who has been campaigning for a Mini Cab is Marie Metcalfe, Co-ordinator of the Community Policing Forum in the North East Inner City, she spoke to Mary and Dr. John Connolly, criminologist who has done a number of extensive studies on drugs gangs and the effects of feuds on local communities.

    Dáil Summer Recess

    Are our politicians about to take a three month holiday, just weeks after finally forming a government? A Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting last night was told that the Dail would adjourn on July 9th and not return until late September.

    Bethany Homes

    Bethany Homes were residential homes for Protestant women pregnant out of wedlock, or convicted of crimes, and their children. Conditions in these institutions were harsh. Former residents have reported forced labour, and physical and sexual abuse. Niall Meehan, historian spoke to us.


    International experts have claimed, that some people with Type 2 diabetes should be given weight-loss surgery to help them recover from the disease. Consultant endocrinologist Professor Donal O'Shea spoke to Drivetime.


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