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Friday 21st July

On This Day

Myles Dungan illustrates how some of the best known and best loved songs may be hugely popular, but they are far from being Irish.

Pre-Budget Forum

Dublin Castle was the scene for the Department of Social Protection's Pre-Budget Forum today. This annual event brings over 45 voluntary and community groups together to discuss and debate policy issues.

Regional Papers

Dave O'Connell, Editor of The Connacht Tribune joined Damien O'Reilly for our weekly look at what's making the news around the country.

Man Charged With Rape of a Spanish student

A 24-year-old man has been charged at the Dublin Disctric Court in connection with the rape of a Spanish student in Dublin last weekend.

N2 Accident

The three women from Bruckless in Co Donegal who died in the crash have been named locally as Margaret McGonigle, her daughter Mairead Mundy and Mairead's friend Rachel Battles. It's also been confirmed that 2 other peole are being treated in hospital in Dublin.

Thursday 20th July

Hen and Stag Parties

This week we've been in both Carrick-on-Shannon and Carlingford to hear how locals are coping with the invasion of the feather boas brigade and Kilkenny is a very popular destination. Our reporters Barry Lenihan and Della Kilroy heard the economic highs and behavioral lows associated with stags and hens.

Tallaght Creche

Students with children face uncertainty as IT Tallaght fails to renew childcare contract. Della Kilroy brought us this report.

Brexit Talks

After the latest round of Brexit talks, the EU's Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier has said more detailed discussion are needed on how Britain leaving the union will affect the Good Friday Agreement. He also said more work needs to be done to protect cross-Irish border co-operation 'in particular'.


A Brazilian woman, who was taken to jail following arrival at Dublin Airport was released last night. Paloma Silva-Carvalho, formerly an au pair for the Muller-Wieland family of Moycullen in Galway was due to visit her former host family but was detained by Garda Immigration Officers and brought to the Dóchas Unit of Mountjoy Prison.

Mid Year Expenditure Report

Refunds of water charges will be made later this your and funded with unspent money from other government departments, Finance Minister Pascal Donohue announced today. In his mid year economic review, the Minister said government had spent €300 million less so far this year than had been projected. Our reporter Fergal Keane, had this report.

Wednesday 19th July

Hen and Stag Parties in Carlingford

This month is peak time when hen and stag parties celebrate in towns and villages across Ireland. This week on Drivetime, we've be looking at the issues affecting some of Ireland's most popular stag and hen destinations. Our reporter Della Kilroy has been to Carlingford.

Dental Complaints

For patients dissatisfied with the treatment they receive from a dentist, be it the actual dentistry itself, the price of the treatment or the manner in which they are dealt with, there is a body called the Dental Complaints Resolution Service. It has released its report for 2016 today.

National Mitigation Plan

The National Mitigation Plan deals with reducing emissions in electricity production, in transport, agriculture and the construction industry. It is the work of four government departments and it will inform policy for the next decades. Fergal Keane has been reading through the plans and brought this report.

ESB Lightning

A Status Yellow weather warning is in place across the country, with heavy showers expected. Parts of the west of the country were subject to thundery showers overnight, leading to power loses in nearly 11,000 households in the West and South West of the country because of lightning strikes.

Homeless Figures

The Government of 'knowingly releasing incorrect monthly homeless figures', according to Sinn Fein today. The claim has been made by their Housing Spokesperson Eoin O'Broin, who says the numbers of adults and children in accommodation funded by other Government Departments are not included.

Postmasters Protest

The Irish Postmasters Union are still angry at the Government's inaction on post ofice reform. That was the message they wanted to deliver in person to Minister Dennis Naughten today. Our report begins with IPU's Ned O Hara and his efforts at the ministerial letterbox.

Tuesday 18th July

Barry Lenihan reports on stag and hen parties in Carrick on Shannon

July is peak time in the calendar for stag and hen parties to strut their stuff in towns & villages across Ireland. The feather boas brigade are worth big money for some destinations-- but are locals happy with their community being invaded each weekend? Barry Lenihan brought us the latest from Carrick On Shannon

Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman

In her column this week, Olivia O'Leary talks about a 20th Century War and Peace - she reviews Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman

RTÉ Annual Report

RTE's Annual Report 2016 was released this afternoon - and it noted that the organisation posted a Net Deficit after Tax of 19.7 million euro last year. A range of special events, including the centenary celebrations and commemorations, the General Election and the Olympic Games all contributed to RTÉ's financial results for 2016.

PAC Report on Templemore

The Public Accounts Committee has published a daming report into financial dealings at the Garda College in Templemore. The report is criticial of the culture in the gardai and of the Garda Commissioner, for what they say is her failure to disclose the irregularities.

Water Charges

The Taoiseach has said he expects water refunds will be paid out by the end of the year. New legislation will be needed and is expected to be discussed in the first cabinet meeting in September.

Type 2 Diabetes

A Fine Gael Senator has spoken today about the motivation that came with his diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes last year. And he's asking for a change in how we test for the condition. Senator Ray Butler spoke to John Murray.

Increase in the Minimum Wage

The Cabinet has approved a 30 cent increase in the National Minimum Wage. Somewhere in the region of 120,000 workers should feel that extra change in their pockets from next January. But - how will employers handle the bump?

Monday 17th July

Venezuela unofficial referendum

Venezuelans in Ireland voted in protest against their government over the weekend, we hear the latest on Venezuela's economic crisis from Brendan Corrigan.

Brexit Talks

A fresh round of Brexit talks has kicked off today between officials for the EU and for Britain. Brigid Laffan who is a Professor at the European University Institute in Florence and Jim Brunsden of The Financial Times joined the programme.

Drugs and Alcohol Strategy

The latest National Drugs and Alcohol Strategy,Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery, was launched in Dublin today. Aoife Frances, Policy Officer with the National Family Support Network, and Trinity Professor of Population Health Joe Barry spoke to John Murray

Irish Water Refund

The Taoiseach has said the Government must still decide if it will deduct the €100 conservation grant from water charge refunds. Refunds will begin in the autumn and will be completed before the end of the year, according to the Taoiseach.

Pay Deal

Members of the country's largest trade union are accepting the new public pay deal IMPACT repesents sixty thousand workers.....fifty thousand of those work in the public sector. And members have voted overwhelmingly to back the new pay agreement Kevin Callinan Deputy General Secretary IMPACT spoke to John Murray


The wife of a man on trial for the murder of a rival motorbike club member has told the central criminal court she has lived in fear for the past two years. Our reporter Vivienne Traynor brought us this.

Friday 14th July

Homeless In Limerick

Coming up...a 40% rise in homeless families in Limerick - John Cooke meets some of those affected

Terrorism Training

Preparing for Attack...Gardai stage simulated terrorist attack in Dublin and beef up armed support unit. But how ready are we for imminent terrorism? Specialist Garda units today staged a response to a simulated terrorist incident at a Dublin train station. Our reporter Barry Lenihan was there.

The Regional Papers

Dave O'Connell who is Editor of The Connacht Tribune in Galway joined John Murray for our weekly flick through what's making the local newspapers around the country.

Postcard From Paris

It is Bastille Day in France today, the celebration of liberation that the French have marked for more than 200 years. Paris based Irish reporter Claire Bynre brought us this postcard.

Disclosures Tribunal

There has been further evidenceheard at the Disclosures Tribunal today from two Tusla employees about their handling of allegations against Sergeant Maurice McCabe. We were joined once again by reporter, Sandra Hurley.

Jerusalem Attack

Two Israeli policemen have been killed in a gun attack in Jerusalem, at one of the most sacred sites to both the Jewish and Muslim populations. Jacob Burns, a freelance journalist living in the Old City...and he described what is known about the attack.

Thursday 13th July

Growing Old Disgracefully

In her political column this week, Olivia O'Leary talks about growing old disgracefully.

The Great Repeal Bill

The so-called 'Great Repeal Bill' has been published today by David Davis, the UK's Brexit Minister. It outlines all the existing EU legislation that will need to be converted into UK Law before 'Exit Day' which is due to take place in March 2019.

Gardai at the PAC

The Garda Commissoner has been before the Public Accounts Committee today, answering questions about expenditure by the gardai, but also about the allegations made against garda witnesses in the Jobstown trial. Fergal Keane has been monitoring proceedings and he joined John Murray in studio.

Disclosures Tribunal

The Tribunal is investigating allegations of a smear campaign by senior gardai against Sergeant McCabe. Our reporter Sandra Hurley brought us this report.

Disability Protest

Disability rights campaigners gathered at the front gates of the Dail today for an almost end-of-term demonstration. They were protesting the fact that Ireland is the only EU country left to ratify the UN Convention on rights for Disabled people ten years after it was drafted. Brian Lally heard from some of those present.

No Water In Offaly

Ten thousands people in Offaly have been told to boil their water supplies, after the detection of E.coli. Irish Water say the precaution is advised following routine sampling. Conor Foley, is Regional Operations Manager with Irish Water and was on the line.

Mother of Baby in Court

A 42 year old woman has been charged with the murder of her three-year-old son at their Dublin home earlier this week. Crime Correspondent, Paul Reynolds brought us this report.

Wednesday 12th July

Antarctic Iceberg

An iceberg larger than Mayo has just broken away from an ice shelf in Antarctica. Scientists have been monitoring a huge crack in the 'Larsen C Ice Shelf', which measures nearly 6000 square kilometres, and they have announced that the rift has finally completed its path through the ice.

Business News

The EU's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has urged Britain to pick up the pace in order to ensure progress at the next round of talks. Adam Maguire reported on this and all of the rest of the days business news

Dail Jobstown Row

The Solidarity TD Paul Murphy has used Dail Privilege to accuse Gardai of committing perjury during his trial for false imprisonment of Joan Burton and Karen O'Connell. The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar sharply criticised Deputy Murphy for his comments- saying he should use the Dail to make a public apology to Ms. Burton.

12th July Bonfires

A controversial Orange Order parade in north Belfast has passed off without any incident. The march was one of hundreds taking place around Northern Ireland to mark the 12th of July Battle of the Boyne celebrations. Alison Morris of The Irish News joined the programme.

Summer Economic Statement

The Summer Economic Statement was delivered today by the very new Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure, Paschal Donohoe. Fergal Keane was in Merrion Street to see and hear it all this afternoon.

Tuesday 11th July

Drink Driving Proposal

The Cabinet has endorsed changes to drink-driving laws, which would see all drivers caught above the blood alcohol limit being automatically disqualified - rather than just fined and given penalty points. Our reporter John Cooke joined the programme to outline the proposed changes to the law.

Retiring General Practitioners

According to today's Irish Independent, up to 50% of rural GPs are set to retire in the 7 years. Leitrim, Tipperary and Mayo look set to be hardest hit according to the report. Dr. Andrew Jordan, is the Chairman of the National Association of General Practitioners and joined us to discuss it.

Leaders Questions

The issues raised by a report on the Defence Forces were high on the agenda for the Dáil today. Our reporter Fergal Keane joined John Murray in studio with an update an all of the proceedings from Leaders Questions today.

Stabbing of a Three Year Old Boy

Garda detectives are waiting to interview the mother of a three year old boy who was found stabbed to death in his home yesterday evening. The boy's mother also suffered stab wounds and is recovering in hospital. Conor Feehan of Independent News and Media brought us this report.

Fire in Kildare

Reporter Sharon Tobin brought us the latest on the house-fire in Kildare that climed the lives of two men.

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