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    Monday 30th May

    Jury Scam Email

    Potential jurors have been warned by the courts service about a scam e-mail looking for banking details. The e mail purports to come from the courts and asks people to pay a fine for non attendance for jury service. Fergal had more.

    Cancer Drugs

    The cost to the HSE, and the taxpayer, of providing expensive drugs has made its way onto the political agenda in recent days. As discussions roll on, those in need of treatment will anxiously await the decision of Minister for Health, Simon Harris in the coming days.

    Special Needs

    Jennifer Doran from the National Council for Special Education spoke to Drivetime.

    Social Housing

    Dr. Donal McManus spoke to us of a report card outlining their role published today.

    Mahon Trial

    David Mahon found guilty of manslaughter. Orla O'Donnell spoke to us.

    Cavan General Hospital

    Paul Cullen of the Irish Times spoke to Mary.

    Friday 27th May

    Seanad Nominations Ctd.

    John Lee, the political editor of the Irish Mail on Sunday reacted to the Seanad Nominations

    Garda Commissioner

    The Policing Authority statement released yesterday evening, following its meeting with Garda Commissioner, Noreen O'Sullivan, took many people aback with the strength of its language and tone. Mary Lou McDonald, Thomas Byrne TD and Tony McGillicuddy spoke to Drivetime.

    Seanad Nominees

    Enda Kenny has named his eleven nominations for Seanad Éireann. Speaking to Drivetime this evening, Joan Freeman of Pieta House, Preventing Suicide and Self Harm said she received a call from Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin as thee nominations were given to the Fianna Fáil party leader.


    Tens of thousands of fans are off to see Bruce Springsteen preform at Croke Park tonight and again on Sunday. The stadium is already filling up. And Brian Lally has been speaking to some of Springsteen's very dedicated fans....

    Irish Man Jailed in UK

    An Irishman who stabbed a woman to death in her home - has been given a 23-year jail sentence for murder and burglary. 53-year-old Michael Purcell from County Tipperary was sentenced for the murder of 49-year-old Imelda Molina in October, 2015. Our London Correspondent, Fiona Mitchell had more.

    Regional News

    Regional Newspapers with Dave O'Connell, group editor of the Connacht Tribune.

    Drug Cost

    The HSE has said it is assessing the cost of providing two cancer drugs that doctors say provide effective treatment against the disease. Prof. Michael Barry is the Director of the National Centre of Pharma-co-economics spoke to Mary.

    Garda Investigations

    Michael O'Toole, Crime Correspondent with the Irish Daily Star spoke to Drivetime of the developments made in relation to arrests following the killing of Gareth Hutch and Michael Barr.

    Thursday 26th May


    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Wednesday 25th May

    Grandparents and Childcare

    There has been a lot of coverage of the decision by the child protection agency Tusla, to remove a grandchild from his grandparents, saying they were 'too old' to care for him. Brian Lally reports.

    Waterford Suicide Case

    Waterford Coroner warns of shocking number of suicides by young men in the city and we hear from the volunteers looking out for those at risk along the River Suir at weekends

    Kinahan Gang

    Christy Kinahan and his associates have shifted their powerbase overseas and are now an international criminal cartel mostly Spanish based. Carl Fellstrom is a British crime writer and journalist spoke to us.

    Gangland Crime

    The Taoiseach is to meet the Garda Commissioner this evening for a security briefing -- following yesterday's killing of Gareth Hutch. Barry Lenihan was just back from the vicinity of yesterday's murder and he had this report.

    Royal Visit to Donegal

    This afternoon, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla -- the Duchess of Cornwall -- arrived in Donegal. Michael Daly editor in chief of the Donegal Democrat spoke to us.

    O'Higgins Report

    The Garda Commissioner has released a new statement on the O'Higgins report Whistleblower controversy, as the Dail is hearing statements on the issue. And the Taosieach has jsut corrected the Dail record with regard to matters surrounding the resignation of former Justice Minister, Alan Shatter.

    Tuesday 24th May

    Job Figures

    The latest Quarterly National Household Survey through the CSO has shown unemployment rates have fallen down to 7.9% for April. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O'Connor spoke to Mary.

    Foster Care and Grandparents

    A child is considered lucky if they have loving grandparents in their lives, but in some cases that grandparent is the only person left to give the support that, for whatever reason, a parent can not. We spoke to Tanya Ward, CEO of Children's Rights Alliance.


    Homelessness in Dublin has doubled in a year, with nearly 900 families in the Dublin region being housed in emergency accomodation every week. It emerged today that families are even being kept in homeless hostels. Fergal Keane reports.


    With a crowd cheering them on, three Derry women presented themselves at Strand Road PSNI yesterday evening. Kitty O'Kane spoke to Drivetime.

    Homelessness Ctd.

    Fianna Fail TD John Curran, chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on housing and homelessness.


    Efforts are underway in the Mediterranean Sea to find the black box of the Egypt Air plane that crashed into the sea last Thursday. Bel Trew, journalist in Cairo, spoke to us.

    Gangland Feud

    Gareth Hutch was shot dead in the North Inner City at around ten o'clock this morning. He's a nephew of Gerard Hutch- known as the Monk. Barry Lenihan spoke to a local of the area and Soc Dem Gary Gannon.

    Monday 23rd May

    American Politics

    John Fitzpatrick, Irish hotelier in New York, Hilary supporter and member of the Hillary Clinton finance campaign

    Springsteen Plays Croker

    Well no sooner was the final whistle heard by the thirteen thousand hurling fans that saw Dublin beat Wexford on Saturday , than some very different teams took the pitch ...literally ! The sacred turf was removed at the Hill 16 end, cranes and trucks lined up on the 20 metre line. Bruce Springsteen is coming to town.


    What next after the axing of the JobBridge scheme? Della Kilroy reports.


    The Taoiseach will appoint 11 members of the Seanad - possibly as early as this week. The nominees will be made by Enda Kenny alone. Fergal Keane and Theresa Reidy spoke to us.

    Alan Kelly - Labour

    Labour's Alan Kelly claims he's the most psychoanalysed politician in the country. Political Correspondent for The Irish Times; Fiach Kelly spoke to Drivetime

    Waterford Abuse Case Ctd.

    A 38-year-old County Waterford based mother has been convicted of cruelty to her son, after a trial at the Central Criminal Court. On Friday, the boy's 64-year-old father was convicted on nine counts of raping his son and on a charge of cruelty. Mary Flaherty of CARI and Catherine Bond of the Irish Foster Care Association spoke to Drivetime.

    Kingsmill Massacre

    1976 was one of the most horrific years in the 30 year history of the troubles in Northern Ireland. Suzanne Breen of the Belfast Telegraph joined Drivetime.

    Syria Bombings

    series of car and suicide bombings orchestrated by ISIS has struck two government strongholds on Syria's Mediterranean coast.... killing over a hundred people. Nabih Bulous spoke to Mary.

    Waterford Abuse Case

    On Friday, the boy's 64-year-old father was convicted on nine counts of raping his son and on a charge of cruelty. The mother was acquitted on charges of sexual assault. The boy at the centre of this case is now 12 years old and is in a specialised care unit in the UK. Courts reporter Conor Gallagher followed the seven-week trial.

    Friday 20th May


    Independent TD from Waterford, John Halligan, has been given the lofty title of 'Minister of State with responsibility for Training and Skills at the Department of Education, Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.' James Doorley, deputy director of the National Youth Council of Ireland spoke to Mary.

    Going to the Euros

    Seventy thousand Irish fans are expected to descend on Paris for the Republic's opening game against Sweden on Monday the 13th of June. But as the tournament draws closer; fans are being warned of a severe terrorist threat. Barry Lenihan reports.

    Glass Bottle Site Construction

    The decade-long saga of the Irish Glass Bottle site at Poolbeg, in Dublin 4, looks like it might finally come to a conclusion. Chris Andrews is a Sinn Fein councillor on Dublin City Council and he spoke to Drivetime.

    Labour Leadership

    Brendan Howlin has been elected leadere of the Labour Party, on his third attempt. But it was all about Alan Kelly. Fergal Keane joined us along with Willie Penrose, party chairman

    Boko Haram

    A second Nigerian schoolgirl, abducted by Boko Haram more than two years ago, has been found, according to the nation's army. Stephanie Hegarty BBC's Nigeria producer spoke to us.

    EgyptAir Debris Found

    Debris from the missing EgyptAir plane including a 'body part', two seats and suitcases has been found by Egyptian vessels in the Mediterranean. Bel Trew - is the Sunday Times Middle East correspondent spoke to us from Cairo and Declan Power Security analyst spoke of Airport safety.

    On this Day

    Myles Dungan remembers an Irish General.

    Thursday 19th May

    Tiglin Real Life

    Della Kilroy talks to a former addict who told his story to the Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness today.

    Parents of Autism

    Over one hundred parents of children with autism in Laois and Offaly marched through the streets of Tullamore today. They say they're protesting over a lack of professional support services and delays in accessing treatment. Our Midlands correspondent Ciaran Mullooly was there.

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