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Wednesday 26th October

Bill to Ban Fracking

The controversy over Fracking could be at an end here before it's really begun. That's because TDs look set to pass a motion calling for an outright ban on the onshore extraction of natural gas in the coming days following massive opposition from communities across Ireland. John Cooke reports.

Taoiseach v Shane Ross

Since the general election and the formation of the coalition government, we have been talking about a so-called era of 'new politics'. But, at the heart of this, do old emnities continue? Sarah Bardon of the Irish Times.

Merrion Gates

Plans have been announced for a major infrastructural development of a €48 million bridge to divert traffic from Dublin's Merrion Gates level crossing. John Kilraine joined us.

Teacher Strikes

A nationwide strike by up to 17,500 secondary school teachers looks set to take place tomorrow. Della Kilroy speaks to teachers, students and parents.

Industrial Relations

Talks are continuing this afternoon to avert a teachers strike tomorrow and ongoing industrial action by Garda Sergeants and Inspectors. Fergal Keane joined us.

Tuesday 25th October


Changing attitudes to death have transformed traditional funeral rituals in recent years. More people are opting to personalise their funeral, and cremation is just one of the choices to weigh up.

Secure Rents

A new campaign has called for a halt to what are described as crippling rent levels. The Secure Rents group is also calling for the introduction of 'indefinite' leases, and rents to be pegged to the Cost of Living index. See more on

Winter Crime

Burglars are using the tried and tested tricks to get into your house. Sergeant Kelvin Courtney is with the National Crime Prevention Unit and he spoke to Drivetime about keeping safe.

Olivia O'Leary

Politics is no picnic, says Olivia O'Leary.


Today, Pierre Moscovici - the EU Economics Commissioner presented proposals to fellow commissioners for a controversial Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base. The move will be debated this evening in the European parliament. RTÉ's Economics Editor Sean Whelan joined us.

Cocaine Found in Clare

Cocaine worth an estimated €5m has been discovered on a beach in County Clare. 75 kilos of the illegal drug were found in what's described as a torpedo type device by a member of the public in Liscannor. Andrew Ryan, Revenue's Maritime Operations Manager joined us.

Monday 24th October


More than 1,200 police and officials in France have begun an operation to clear the 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais. The camp has been housing at least 7,000 people in poor conditions. We spoke to Lord Alfred Dubs and reporter Caelainn Hogan.

ASTI Strike

Talks are continuing between ASTI and the Department of Education....but earlier, President of the ASTI teachers' union said all parties should continue to expect a strike come Thursday with a 'chasm' between the sides. Brian Lally spoke to parents of students in ASTI schools.

Pearse Doherty on Help to Buy

The Central Bank was not consulted on the merits of the centre piece of the budget, the first time buyers Help to Buy scheme. The bank was only asked whether the proposed tax rebate would be valid towards a mortgage deposit. We spoke to Pearse Doherty.

Rail Lines

The Minister for Transport wants to ask the public what it thinks of the possibility of closing various rail lines around the country. Dr Edgar Morgenroth is Associate Research Professor on transport and infrastructure at the ESRI spoke to us.

Tippo Factory Fire

The Gardai and fire services are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a factory near Nenagh overnight. The Tippo International factory makes vinyl-wrapped PVC kitchen cabinet and wardrobe doors. Seamie Morris, Sinn Féin Cllr spoke to us.

Friday 21st October

Mental Health

There's a new row about the 35 million euro that the Government was meant to ring-fence in successive Budgets for the development of mental health services. Minister of State with responsibility for Mental Health Services, Helen McEntee joined us.

On this Day

Today Myles Dungan examines the contribution to Irish History of the Land League founded by Michael Davitt in 1879.

Care Leavers

'Out on your own' was the slogan at a conference today to coincide with National Care Leavers Day. Brian Lally was there.

AGSI Latest

Garda Sergeants and Inspectors are today holding the first of six days of industrial action in their campaign for a 16% wage rise. Talks with the Dept of Justice ended today without agreement but more talks are scheduled for next week. Fergal Keane reports.

Anthony Foley

'Stand Up and Fight' -- the Munster anthem, sung to the tune of Bizet's Carmen -- accompanied Anthony Foley into St Flannan's Church in Killaloe. John Cooke reports.

Jobstown case

A 17 year old boy has been found guilty of the false imprisonment of former Tanaiste Joan Burton, and her adviser Karen O'Connell at a protest in Jobstown in Tallaght two years ago. Orla O'Donnell spoke to us.

Thursday 20th October

Finance Bill

As you've been hearing, the government has made some changes to key policies unveiled only last week in the Budget. To take us through the Bill was Lorraine Griffin, head of tax at Deloitte.

John Curran, Fianna Fáil

Central Bank Governor Philip Lane, warned that the 'Help to buy' rebate plan' would result in excessive borrowing to get the grant. The initiative had been knocked by Fianna Fáil, who insisted they would abstain from a vote on the measure. John Curran joined us.

Teachers Strike

Today in Adare - The Association of Community and Comprehensive Schools has said it is likely that many schools will have to close when ASTI members withdraw from supervision and substitution duties next month. RTE's Western Correspondent Pat McGrath, who was in Adare.

Finance Bill

It appears that the Central Bank Governor intervened after Michael Noonan's budget speech and details of the Help to Buy incentive have been changed. Conor Brophy had more.

ESRI Work Stress

Shift workers, women and new recruits are most at risk of work related stress, anxiety and depression, that's according to new research published today by the Economic and Social Research Institute. Della Kilroy reports.

Phil Hogan

Controversial proposals on corporate tax, which the European Commission will launch next week, are 'not about tax rates, they are about a common consolidate tax base,' EU Commissioner Phil Hogan has said.

Eagle Rock

What do Standing Rock in Dakota... and Eagles Rock in County Leitrim... have in common? Mike McCartney finds out.

Wednesday 19th October


The government's national strategy for the rental sector will be made known before the end of the year - but can it prevent rents from rising again by a predicted 25%? John Cooke reports and we spoke to Aideen Hayden of Threshold.

Women's Enterprise Day

A record 800 Irish female entrepreneurs are today taking part in events nationally to mark the 10th annual National Women's Enterprise Day. Della Kilroy has been speaking to some of them.

Students March against Loan System

'Degrees Not Fees' was the pithy slogan which more than five thousand students brought to the Taoiseach's front door earlier today . Brian Lally has been meeting with students.


The US expects the so-called Islamic State group to use crude chemical weapons as it tries to repel an Iraqi-led offensive on the city of Mosul. Thousands of people have fled the city, with up to 1.5 million civilians are thought to still be in Mosul, and another 5,000 IS fighters. Jonathan Rugman spoke to Drivetime.

Industrial Action

A round up of all the latest on industrial action across the country with Martin Wall of the Irish Times.


Will people who rent out their apartment on AirBnB have to apply for planning permission now? Frank McDonald - Head of the Temple Bar Residents Association Frank McDonald spoke to Drivetime.

Garda Inspectorate

The Garda Inspectorate, the body charged with oversight of Garda management systems, was before the Oireachtas Justice Committee today.

Tuesday 18th October

Labour's Alan Kelly

Labour TD Alan Kelly joined Drivetime.

Olivia O'Leary's Column

You can't put a price on respect.

Gardaí Strike

In August the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors voted to accept the Lansdowne Road Agreement - with 71% backing the move. Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar said that if gardaí go on strike, people will never look at the force the same way again. More with Bill Roche, Prof of Ind Relations and HR at UCD.

CAB Raids Across Dublin

The Criminal Assets Bureau has been carrying out searches at businesses in Dublin as part of an investigation into serious and organised crime. Paul Reynolds describes the operation.

Government Headaches

talks are continuing between the Independent Alliance and Fine Gael over a vote next week on abortion. The AAA/PBP will bring forward a motion to repeal the constituional ban on abortion. Michael O'Regan, Irish Times Parliamentary Correspondent joined us.

Container Discovery

Five people were discovered in a shipping container in Wexford last Sunday evening. It is believed they arrived at Rosslare from Cherbourg on an Irish Ferries ship. Stephen Collins, solicitor with the Irish Refugee Council, joined us.

Dr. Hassan Struck Off

The former surgical senior house officer Dr. Omar Hassan has been struck off the medical register. The Court dismissed an appeal by Dr Hassan, against the decision of the Medical Council, that he be struck off the medical register for professional misconduct and poor professional performance.

Monday 17th October

HIQA Reports on Foster Care

A number of serious risks to children have been highlighted in the Health Information and Quality Authority's latest inspection report into foster care services in the Midlands. Della Kilroy takes us through some of the findings.

Anthony Foley

Rugby fans have been turning out in huge numbers to pay their respects to the late Anthony Foley... whose death at the age of 42 in Paris yesterday continues to send shockwaves thoughout his beloved Munster, Ireland and the world of Sport. John Cooke has been speaking to mourners.

SVP Awareness Campaign.

Passers-by on Dublin's Georges Street saw a bright new shop open its doors today... It's an 'Estate Agent' called DAS Properties. The shop is part of a clever awareness-raising campaign by the Society of St Vincent De Paul. Brian Lally reports. See more on


The Joint Managerial Body represents about 380 of the affected schools; it's General Secretary is John Curtis spoke to us this evening.

Battle for Mosul

Thousands of Iraqi government forces and Kurdish fighters are currently approaching the city which has been held by ISIS since 2014.

AGSI and Cash in Transit

The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors have called four days of work stoppages next month, to co-incide with the strike organised by their rank and file collegues in the GRA. Fergal Keane joined us.

Mother Abuse Sentencing

A woman was today sentenced to 18 months in jail for child cruelty. The 38 year old woman had failed to protect her son from abuse at the hands of his father. The boy was aged six at the time. Conor Gallagher reports and we spoke to Grainia Long of the ISPCC.

Friday 14th October

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, and in the process sparked a wave of argument online as to the merits or otherwise of what he once called his 'stuff'. What's been the reaction to the prize? And is it Literature? Brian Lally looks at the reaction.

Farmers and the Budget

The Government says new measures introduced in Tuesday's Budget will help farmers after an exceptionally poor year. Minister Michael Creed joined us from Cork. The Agriculture Minister Michael Creed says farmers will be given extra time to pay their tax bills and also given access to a new low-interest loan fund following Tuesday's Budget.

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