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    Friday 29th April

    Mick Wallace

    Independent TD Mick Wallace broke down yesterday while describing his encounter with refugees at camps in Calais and Dunkirk in France. He spoke to Drivetime.

    Alice Leahy

    Brian Lally spoke to homeless people around the city centre area. We also spoke to Alice Leahy, founder of the Alice Leahy Trust.

    Mahon Trial

    Closing arguments have begun in the trial of David Mahon, who is charged with murdering his stepson almost three years ago. Vivienne Traynor had the latest.

    Death in St. Stephens Green

    Last Monday morning shortly before 9am a young Dublin man Jay found a dead man clutching a steeping bag on the ground in Stephen s green. Mary spoke to Jay and Sinead Kane of Hope in the Darkness.

    On this Day

    Today Myles Dungan marks the centenary of the end of the Easter Rising of 1916... when Patrick Pearse agreed to an unconditional surrender.

    Thursday 28th April

    First-time Senators

    We meet three of the new faces in the Seanad - Lynn Ruane, Alice Mary Higgins and Rose Conway Walsh.

    Government Formation

    Leo Varadkar, has attacked Fianna Fail over what he called their 'surreal' concentration on water charges. Fergal Keane joined us from the Dail and we spoke to Michael Fitzmaurice and Charlie McConalogue

    E-Cigarettes

    Electronic cigarettes, e-cigarettes are in the news again, this time receiving what could be interpreted as an endorsement, of sorts, by a research team at London's Royal College of Physicians. Donal Buggy, Head of Advocacy and Services at The Irish Cancer Society and Gillian Golden, from The Irish Vape Vendors Association spoke to us.

    Punchestown Charity Race

    History will be made in the finale of the prestigious Punchestown Racing Festival on Saturday ----- when a 64-year old painter and decorator from Guyana becomes the first Afro-Carribean jockey to ride in Ireland. Leon Nurse only took up horse-riding following a hip replacement. Barry Lenihan went to the Curragh to meet him.

    Miley Settlement

    Our Lady's Hospital for sick children in Crumlin has apologised in the High Court to a four year old boy who was left severely brain damaged after a mistake was made during a routine operation on his chest. The court approved an interim settlement of E3.5 m in the case of Jude Miley from Dundrum in Dublin. Vivienne Traynor had more.

    INTEL job losses

    Intel's Irish operations will be impacted by the global job cuts announced last week, according to an email sent by management to staff. Adam Maguire had the business news.

    Mahon Trial

    David Mahon has pleaded not guilty to murdering Dean Fitzpatrick outside his apartment in Clarehall in Dublin in May 2013. Twenty three year old Dean Fitzpatrick bled to death form a single stab wound to his abdomen. Dyane Connor joined us.

    National Children's Hospital

    Today's decision by an Bord Pleanala to grant planning permission for the new children's hospital at the St. James's site has been a long time coming. Some see the day as a huge step for Children's Healthcare in Ireland. Others are disappointed with the decision.

    Wednesday 27th April

    The Homeless World Cup

    Brian Lally was in Kiltipper where a panel of 25 were being chosen from hundreds of soccer players vying to take part in the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow this July.

    Carrickmines Fire

    Six months on from the Carrickmines fire when ten members of one family lost their lives, Barry Lenihan meets the surivivors, still looking for answers.

    Hillsborough Campaigner Margaret Aspinall

    The commemoration will mark the inquest jury's finding that the 96 fans were unlawfully killed. One of those present will be Margaret Aspinall whose 18 year old son James died in tragedy. We spoke to Margaret and first asked her about what was it like after twenty seven years to hear those verdicts?

    Irish Water Future

    Last night, negotiating teams from the two biggest political parties agreed a vague plan on the future of Irish Water. Fianna Fail insists that there are other issues to address in the talks... but the move should allow Fine Gael to re-open talks with Independents on the formation of a minority government. Ruth Coppinger spoke to us.

    Broadband

    The Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has confirmed that it will not now be in a position to award the contract to the winning bidder or bidders until 2017. Joining us this evening, Kerry Independent TD Michael Healy Rae.

    Politics

    To Leinster House now... where, within the past half-hour, the Fine Gael parliamentary party has begun a meeting. The Fianna Fail team will meet in two hours time. Fergal Keane talks us through what was discussed in the Dáil today.

    Mahon Trial

    The Central Criminal Court heard that Dean Fitzpatrick died from a single stab wound to his stomach which was inflicted with moderate or considerable force. Orla O'Donnell takes us through proceedings.

    Tuesday 26th April

    Homeless World Cup

    Brian Lally went to Kiltipper where a panel was being selected to represent Ireland in the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow this July.

    Business In Iran

    Economic sanctions against Iran may have been lifted... but problems remain for international companies looking to forge business links with Tehran. Major banks have no presence in the country making business deals difficult. Damien O'Reilly has been finding out more about Iranian culture...

    Cancer Waiting Lists

    A new report finds public patients wait 25 times longer than private patients for important cancer tests - we speak to the head of the National Cancer Control Programme. Dr. Jerome Coffey spoke to Drivetime.

    Hillsborough

    The 96 people who died at Hillsborough Stadium in 1989 were unlawfully killed, the jury at the new inquests into the disaster has determined. Philip Boucher Hayes reports and we get reaction to the Inquests findings from the Families' legal team, James Mehigan.

    Dublin Murders

    Late last night, two men were gunned down in seperate attacks in Dublin. People in the area have said they are in fear of more attacks occuring. Brian Lally has been talking to residents and representatives, beginning with Councillor Gary Gannon.

    Olivia O'Leary

    In her political column this week , Olivia O Leary says there's more than one way to protest.

    Mahon Trial

    At the Central Criminal Court this afternoon, evidence was given of an altercation between David Mahon and his stepson, Dean Fitzpatrick, that went 'from 0 to 100', leading to the stabbing and subsequent death of Mr Fitzpatrick. Legal Affairs Correspondent Orla O'Donnell was with us.

    Government Formation

    By all accounts the road to Fianna Fail support for a minority Fine Gael Government is paved with Irish Water difficulties. Sixty days on from the election, is the end game in sight? We ask Fergal Keane.

    Monday 25th April

    Julia Holmes

    The inquest took place today in Newcastle West, County Limerick, of Julia Holmes. In May of last year, her body -- along with that of her partner, Thomas Ruttle -- was found at a house outside the town of Askeaton. The bodies were found by burglars... who later notified Gardai of the discovery.

    Doing Business in Iran

    Following the easing of economic sanctions against Iran last year, as a result of an agreement regarding the country's nuclear policy, the way has been eased for international businesses to open trade negotiations again with the country. Damien O'Reilly is in Tehran and had this report.

    1916 Radio Broadcast

    It is claimed as the 'first radio broadcast in the world'... And it came on the second day of the Easter Rising. Joseph Mary Plunkett sent men from the GPO... across O'Connell Street... to take over the Dublin Wireless School of Telegraphy.

    Kingston Cattle

    To Kinsale in County Cork now... and a second attempt by the County Sheriff to sell a herd of pedigree cattle belonging to the Kingston family. Irish Farmers Journal News Correspondent Pat O' Toole was at the sale today.

    Crime and Policing

    As the GRA conference begins, is it time to arm Gardai with stun guns -- and pay an additonal allowance for working in Dublin? Brian Lally guaged the mood in Stepaside, in County Dublin, where it has been 3 years since their station closed and we spoke to Daithí DeRoiste, Chair of the Dublin City Joint Policing Committee.

    Dean Mahon Trial

    David Mahon has pleaded not guilty to murdering his partner's 23 year old son, Dean Fitzpatrick at an apartment at Burnell Square, Northern Cross on the Malahide Road on the 26th of May 2013. Orla O'Donnell joined us.

    Hillsborough

    Tomorrow morning the jury in the Hillsborough inquests will deliver its verdict. This comes just over 27 years on from the disaster in which 96 poeple lost their lives at an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

    Politics

    It looks as if a watered-down proposal could help Fianna Fail and Fine Gael along the road to agreement on a minority Government. The latest proposal would see water -- and everything to do with it -- kicked into an independent commission and charges suspended.

    Friday 22nd April

    On this Day

    This week, Myles Dungan remembers the often charmed life of William Henry O'Shea -- husband of Katharine O'Shea and the man who brought down Charles Stewart Parnell.

    Obama's Visit to London

    President Obama's four days visit is very much aimed at convincing British voters to reject Brexit, and stay in the EU. We spoke to James Kirkup.

    Sinn Féin Ard Fheis

    To the Convention Centre in Dublin's Docklands now... which will play host this weekend to Sinn Fein's ard fheis. The party postponed its annual gathering in February... when it clashed with the general election. Eoin O'Broin was in studio.

    Dental Treatment Scheme

    The Irish Dental Association has said that cuts to the State Dental Treatment Scheme have resulted in a huge surge in extractions. Fintan Hourihan, chief executive of the Irish Dental Association, and Cork-based Dentist Martin Holohan spoke to us, while Brian Lally spoke to a mother whose daughter needs dental treatment.

    LUAS

    Luas staff have been offered increases of over 13% as part of new proposals put forward by the operators Transdev. The new pay offer has only been made to 3 non-driver grades at this stage. Martin Wall joined us.

    Government Formation

    Another day of talks at Trinity College over the formation of a government and no sign yet of an agreement. Fergal Keane was in Trinity College today.

    Naoufal Fassil Bail Hearing

    The High Court has refused to release a man from Holland who was found in a luxury Dublin apartment linked to the Kinahan organised crime gang. Crime correspondent Paul Reynolds was on the line.

    Suspended Sentences

    A number of prisoners have been attempting to be released by the High Court as a result of Tuesday's ruling on suspended sentences. Vivienne Traynor joined us.

    Thursday 21st April

    Moves to ban Roundup

    Suzanne Campbell reports on the tug of war between regulators and agri-chem giants

    Volkswagen Buy Back

    Volkswagen will pay 'substantial compensation' and buy back cars in the United States as part of a deal to settle the diesel emissions scandal. Geraldine Herbert, Motoring Editor for the Sunday Independent was on the line.

    Prince dead at 57

    it has been confirmed in the last few minutes that the singer Prince has died. His publicist has told the Associated Press that the pop superstar was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis. Stuart Clark of Hot Press joined us.

    I'm Not Retired

    I am not retired'. So said Conor McGregor in a statement on Facebook this afternoon. This comes just two days after the MMA Superstar announced his retirement. Philip O'Connor, sports journalist.

    Mental Health Budget

    Leo Varadkar has been sharply criticised- after it emerged how 12 million of the mental health budget has been transferred to other areas of health. Barry Lenihan tells us what's been happening. We were also joined by Dr. Larkin Feeney, Consultant Psychaitrist at the Cluain Mhuire Community Mental in Blackrock, Dublin.

    Minister for Rural Ireland

    While talk continue on the formation of a government today one point of agreement seems to be that we will be looking at the creation of new full cabinet position and possibly a whole new department - Rural Affairs. Michael Clifford of the Irish Examiner and Conor Skeehan, lecturer on Rural Planning in DIT joined us.

    Ethical Investments

    Irish development NGO Trócaire today launched a major new campaign calling on the incoming government to fully divest public money from the fossil fuel industry and prohibit all future public investments. Della Kilroy reports.

    Barristers Suffering Discrimination

    More women may be entering the legal profession in Ireland but a new study finds that nearly two thirds of female barristers experience discrimination during their careers. Director of the Bar of Ireland, Ciara Murphy joined us.

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