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Friday 24th February

Assembly Elections

The DUP has revealed how its £425,000 Brexit campaign was bankrolled by little-known pro-Union group; the Constitutional Research Council. One of those calling for a change is the Alliance Party leader, Naomi Long, who spoke to us this evening. And we spoke to Tommie Gorman, Northern Editor.

Minister Shane Ross

Transport Minister Shane Ross has become involved in a war of words with Fianna Fail over his plans for mandatory disqualification for drink-driving convictions. He spoke to us this evening.

Confusion on the Buses

With no sign of a resolution in the impasse between Bus Eireann Management and Unions, commuters fear major disruption while retailers say there'll be severe knock on effects for other businesses. John Cooke has been hearing their concerns.

Political Wrap

The two main contenders to take over sometime - whenever the Taoiseach announces he is to make way for his successor, have been speaking today. We will know Mr Kenny's intentions after St Patrick's Day, but today both Simon Coveney and Leo Varadker have been speaking about the succession stakes. Fergal Keane took us through it.

Policing Authority and Gardaí

The Chairperson of the Policing Authority, Josephine Feehily, did not offer full confidence in the Garda Commissioner when asked this morning. Philip Boucher-Hayes reports.

On this Day

Today Myles Dungan looks at the strange route by which John Philip Holland from Clare brought the submarine from design stage to reality.

Living on an Island: Inisbofin

Drivetime's Mike McCartney has been to Inishbofin, situated seven miles off the coast of County Galway, and it has a population of about 170 before the tourist season begins. The Island has no fire service, depopulation is of major concern but the Island's strength is built on its closely knit community.

Thursday 23rd February

Dutch General Election

After Brexit and Donald Trump, is Geert Wilders going to be the next major upset to the political establisthe next voter thunderbolt? As Philip Boucher-Hayes reports some see Wilders success as a precursor to Marine Le Pen winning in France but to form a government, Wilders will need allies.

Assembly Elections

A Week to go to the Northern Elections; and The SDLP fights to avoid its worst ever result. Barry Lenihan has been speaking to SDLP MLA for South Belfast- Claire Hanna.

Trump, Transgender Toilets

President Donald Trump's administration yesterday pulled back on Barack Obama's landmark guidance to public schools letting transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice. Della Kilroy reports.

Policing Authority

The Garda Commissioner has been appearing before the new Policing Authority this afternoon, where there was some expectation that she would be asked questions about on-going controversies affecting the force. Fergal Keane has been watching events.

Rathlin Island

Today, in our Living on an Island series, we visit Rathlin Island in County Antrim... to hear the local views on Brexit and how it will affect the local community.

Social Housing

As the Minister for Housing was rolling out a national Repair and Leasing Scheme for vacant houses, a dispute arose in the Dáil over exactly how many social housing units are currently being built. Eoin O'Broin, Sinn Fein Housing Spokesperson and Julie Sadlier, a solicitor, spoke to us.

Cameras in Green Bins

A pilot scheme to put cameras in green bins is to be rolled out for 12,000 householders in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. Des Crinnion is the Managing Director of the Recycling Division in Panda Waste and Cieran Perry, Independent Councillor in Dublin City Council, joined us.

Hit and Run

An unlicensed driver... who killed a cyclist and then drove away... has been given an extra nine months in jail, following an appeal by prosecutors. Our courts reporter Vivienne Traynor had the details.

Wednesday 22nd February

In our Living on an Island series, we're visit Bere Island off the coast of County Cork

There are 180 people living on Bere Island, but it has a major housing crisis, despite properties lying vacant in the locality. Mike McCartney's report begins with Caroline McCarthy, a mother of two who has returned to live and work on the there.

Assembly Elections UUP

A former Ulster Unionist politician claims the party leader Mike Nesbitt isn't even a Unionist anymore. Carol Black quit the party over Nesbitt's commitment to transfer his vote to the SDLP instead of other Unionist parties. Barry Lenihan reports and we were joined by journalist, Amanda Ferguson.

Road Victims Protest

'Treat Road Crime as Real Crime' That was the message from bereaved families outside Dail Eireann today as they displayed over 180 photographs of the loved ones they lost through road collisions. John Cooke reports.

Fine Gael PM

Fine Gael TDs, Senators and MEPs have gradually made their way towards Leinster House throughout the day. Fergal Keane has been speaking with them. We also spoke to Hugh O'Connell of the Sunday Business Post.

New Cycling Laws and Protest

Motorists got in their cars this morning to the news that they could be hit with penalty points and an €80 fine for driving too close to cyclists. Brian Lally was at the protest.

Truck Driver Death in Cork

Gardai are continuing to question two men in connection with the death of a driver at a truck stop in Fermoy in County Cork last night. Ralph Riegel, Southern Correspondent with The Irish Independent, was in Fermoy.

Tuesday 21st February

In the second report in our series, Living on an Island, we're visiting Arranmore off the West Coast of Donegal

Drivetime's Mike McCartney has been to Arranmore Island... where he first spoke to the fishing chairman for the Irish Islands, Jerry Early...

Olivia O'Leary's Column

Olivia O'Leary asks will he stay or will he go?

Dáil Latest

The chatter in the corridors and the infamous Dáil bar all focuses on the Taoiseach's future plans. We spoke to Fergal Keane who was at Leinster House.

Homelessness Figures

John Cooke takes a look at the reaction to the growing housing crisis and the governments response in terms of new social housing. We also spoke to Rory Hearne, Economic and Social Policy Analyst.

Bus Lanes and Dublin City Centre

Some inner city businesses in Dublin are concerned the private car could soon be banned from the centre of the capital. We spoke to Richard Guiney of Dublin Town and Cllr. Paddy Smyth spoke to us.

Medical Council

A Co. Clare woman has told a doctor's fitness to practise inquiry that she suffered from severe vomiting and eventual organ failure following a gastric band surgery. Liz Liz Farsaci reporter with CCC Nuacht News Wire spoke to us.

Bus Eireann

breaking news from the Work Relations Commission where talks between Bus Eireann management and unions have collapsed. We spoke to Dermot O'Leary of the NBRU.

Monday 20th February

Mike McCartney sets-off on his voyage around Ireland's off-shore islands - starting with Clare Island off Mayo.

Historically known as the home of the Pirate Queen Grainne O'Malley... Clare Island is situated in Clew Bay and has a population of about 170. Drivetime's Mike McCartney reports from there.

Northern Assembly Elections

The DUP launched its manifesto today... with a warning from Arlene Foster that a Sinn Fein victory would give Gerry Adams a 'hugely significant worldwide propaganda boost'. Barry Lenihan spoke to us from West Belfast , and we spoke to Sam McBride, Belfast Newsletter

Education Reform

Equate, an organisation that campaigns for diversity in Irish schools, today hosted a conference on education reform. Della Kilroy was there, and we spoke with Ferdia Kelly.

Minister Harris touring Hospitals

Minister Simon Harris hasn't ruled himself out to replace Enda Kenny as party leader, but today he rubbished claims that he 'wants out of health' as sugested in a Fine Gael Whats App message. Minister Harris visited overcrowded Emergency Departments in Mullingar and Galway today.

Bus Eireann

Unions at Bus Eireann have rejected a document issued by the company and have claimed that the company intends collapsing Work Place Relations talks aimed at avoiding an industrial dispute. We spoke to Fergal Keane.

Fine Gael Leadership

Enda Kenny has never conceded that his time as Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach is drawing to an end. His only commitment is to step-down before the next general election. We spoke to Tom Kelly of the Connaught Telegraph.

Friday 17th February

On this Day

Today Myles Dungan tells the story of the Irishman who owned and edited one of the most influential American campaigning magazines of the 19th century, Antrim-born Samuel McClure.

Industrial Relations

Talks are ongoing at the Workplace Relations Commission this evening between Bus Eireann Management and workers unions... as they try to make a breakthrough in their industrial dispute.

Hillwalker Case

The High Court has overturned a decision to award a hillwalker €40,000 for injuries she sustained after she tripped and fell on a boardwalk on the Wicklow Way. Aodhan O'Faolain, from Ireland International news agency spoke to us.

The Week of Politics

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be Mayo bound this weekend to confer on his political future with his closest friends and allies. Fergal Keane takes us through some of the significant moves that have happened.

Thursday 16th February

Northern Assembly Election

Two weeks from now voters will go to the polls in the Northern Assembly Election, triggered by the recent collapse of the Executive and a complete breakdown in the relationship between the DUP and Sinn Féin . Alistair McConnell headed North to test the mood in two constituencies, Foyle and East Derry.

Road Safety

With the Transport Minister promising a 'sustained attack' on drink drivers, and concerns over a recent rise in road deaths and drink driving arrests, this week on Drivetime we've been focusing on a problem that clearly hasn't gone away. John Cooke continues his report


The State has so far paid out over €300 million for the six most recent tribunals. The Taoiseach confirmed the figure at an Oireachtas Committee this afternoon.

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference for Charlton Tribunal of Inquiry into the alleged smearing of Maurice McCabe and others are published. Philip Boucher Hayes takes us through how the work of this tribunal will progress.

Vitamin D

It's known as the sunshine vitamin and few of us are getting enough of it. A lack of Vitamin D has long been known to be the leading cause of a number of bone diseases...

One State Solution

Decades of US foreign policy on the Middle East seemed to be thrown into doubt yesterday when President Trump indicated he would no longer be fully supporting a two-state solution for the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. Raf Sanchez spoke to Drivetime.

Fine Gael and Enda

The Taoiseach will know when it's time to go says Leo Varadkar but Pat Deering says he'll put down motion of no confidence next week if Enda Kenny fails to outline his departure date. How soon could he be gone? And how is the race to succeed him shaping up? Fergal Keane and John Downing joined us.

Wednesday 15th February

Dublin Tech Summit Ad Blockers Plus

Till Faida is from German company Ad Blockers Plus, as Irish web users are the second biggest users of ad blocking software in the world (after Indonesia) - we really don't like ads ruining our online experience.

Dublin Tech Summit 3D 4 Medical

Robert Cairnduff is from 3D 4 Medical dot com - which is an Irish company that developed an app that allows you to view inside a computer generated skeleton and organs in detail, and spin them around and see inside them.

Dublin Tech Summit

Two years after the 'Web Summit' left our shores for Lisbon, a new conference has kicked off in the capital hoping to attract innovators, entrepreneurs and investors. Ciaran O'Byrne visited on day one.

Drink Driving P.2

With the cabinet now backing plans for tougher drink driving laws, anyone caught driving under the influence could now face losing their licence in the near future. Today John Cooke was in county Clare.

Emigrant Problems

One in four rural Irish households has been directly affected by emigration since 2006. More than 300,000 people emigrated after the economic crash. We spoke to Ciaran Staunton.

Brian Hayes on Brexit

After almost a full week of revelations, allegations, stresses and strains on the Government, navigating Brexit might almost be a preferable task for the Taoiseach. WE spoke to Brian Hayes MEP

Brexit Plan

This may well be the longest day in the longest week of Taoiseach Enda Kenny's political life. The Fine Gael leader shuttles from a meeting with his Independent colleagues in government to a meeting with his own demoralised parliamentary party to a lengthy confidence debate in the government tonight. Fergal Keane spoke to us.

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