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    Thursday 18th December

    Is there enough Irish music on radio?

    Mike McCartney reports

    Political ups and downs!

    Brian Lally asks people in Waterford which politicians had a good or bad year, and Paddy Prendeville of Phoenix Magazine also gives his top and bottom 5

    Wednesday 17th December

    Will Pakistan tackle the Taliban?

    Rob Crilly former Pakistan Correspondent with The Daily Telegraph

    People of Peshawar bury their dead

    Guardian journalist Jon Boone is in Peshawar

    The Arrival of UTV Ireland.

    Barry Lenihan speaks to leading figures at UTV, TV3 and RTÉ ahead of the new channel's arrival.

    Banking Enquiry - Day 1

    Fergal Keane reports on the opening evidence in the Banking Enquiry given by Peter Nyberg - author of a report on the Irish banking collapse.

    Ian Bailey V Ireland - Day 22

    Philip Boucher-Hayes reports on Marie Farrell and Garda whistleblower John Wilson's evidence

    Tuesday 16th December

    Domestic abuse at Christmas

    Women's Aid warn of increase in domestic abuse at Christmas.

    Taliban targets inside Pakistan

    David Dalton CEO of Plan Ireland - a child rights organisation

    Taliban attack school in Peshawar

    Journalist Saeed Shah is in Pakistan for the Wall Street Journal

    Monday 15th December

    Talking Money - picking a financial adviser.

    Jill Kerby tells us why this kind of advice is a must for 2015, and how to find an impartial adviser you can trust

    Della Kilroy reports on methadone related overdose deaths and she continues her series on methadone use in Ireland

    More than 12 people a week die from drug-related causes in Ireland... and according to a new report methadone is involved in one out of every four poisoning deaths. Della Killroy continues her 'Methadone Investigation'. Report 3 - Overdose Deaths. Report funded with the Mary Raftery Journalism fund.

    Beaumont asks people not to visit Emergency Dept unless absolutely necessary.

    INMO says 386 people are waiting in EDs or in wards for admission. Liam Doran spoke to Drivetime.

    Low pay commission

    John Douglas, General Secretary of the Mandate trade union which represents many low paid workers and Mark Fielding CEO of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association.

    Banking enquiry gets underway this week

    Fergal Keane reports

    Is a new political alliance on the horizon ?

    Independent TD Mattie McGrath

    Friday 12th December

    Investigation into Garda shooting of Ronan MacLochlainn

    Barry Lenihan reports

    Christmas pantomimes on around the country

    Annette Egan has a list of Christmas panto's on around the country

    On This Day

    Myles Dungan on the life and work of Peadar Kearney, the man who wrote the Irish national anthem … or did he?

    Ian Bailey v the State

    Mary Carolan - Courts reporter - The Irish Times

    Review of the regional newspapers

    John O'Connor in Waterford reviews the regional newspapers

    Thursday 11th December

    Golden Globe nominations

    From L.A Steve Futterman of CBS news

    How many people have actually registered with Irish Water?

    After the major anti-water-charge protests in Dublin on Wednesday, Elizabeth Arnett, Head of Communications at Irish Water, spoke to Drivetime.

    The Dail recognises the State of Palestine.

    The Dail has recognised the State of Palestine- we talk to Fine Gael's Alan Shatter and Sinn Fein's Padraig Mac Lochlainn

    Sara Burke - lessons from residential abuse cases

    Much of this week's news has been dominated by the abuse in the Aras Attracta care home for people with intellectual disabilities in Co Mayo - Drivetime's health policy analyst Sara Burke discusses this.

    Rental prices near pre-bubble levels

    With Dublin rents almost back to their property-bubble peaks Della Kilroy reports on our ongoing housing crisis

    HIQA critical of restraints used at Meath care centre

    The Health Information and Quality Authority has criticised restraint methods used on residents in a centre for people with intellectual disabilities with complex behaviour management issues. Danielle Barron, editor of the Irish Medical News, had the details.

    Wednesday 10th December

    US Senate report on CIA's use of torture

    Julia Hall lawyer and Amnesty International's expert on Counter terrorism and human rights

    Farm deaths - Padraig Higgins spoke to Drivetime

    Padraig Higgins, who's six year old son James died in a farm accident almost seven years ago spoke to Drivetime about the Embrace Farm Campaign.

    Aras Attracta

    Questions in the Dail and reaction from John O'Mahoney

    Ian Bailey v Ireland - Day 17

    Philip Boucher-Hayes reports

    Tuesday 9th December

    Look Back on 2014 by leaders in Physical and Mental Health

    Donal O'Herlihy has been asking leaders in physical and mental health to look back on their year ....... and as you are about to hear, 2014 has been a year of significant scientific breakthrough....

    Olivia O'Leary

    A radio column looking at those who have been handed a sacred trust

    Aras Attracta

    Des Kavanaghof the PNA and Eamon Timmons of Age Action

    President Higgins state visit to China

    Philip Boucher-Hayes assesses if Ireland is out of step on China's human rights record.

    Monday 8th December

    Talking Money

    Jill Kerby and Karl Deeter on (legal) ways to pay less tax

    Methodone - Della Kilroy

    Part 2 of Della's investigative series, supported by the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund

    Friday 5th December

    Closure threats at the National Museum of Ireland put off for now

    Vox pop followed by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys

    On This Day

    Myles Dungan recalls the Treaty negotiations of 1921

    Review of regional newspapers

    From Waterford - John O’Connor

    Death of Jackie Healy-Rae

    Micheal Lehane has been looking back on a colourful political career. Also Donal Hickey of the Irish Examiner who has written his biography.

    Pat Spillane - CEDRA Chairman

    Pat Spillane, chairman CEDRA - Commission for the Economic development of rural areas

    Cuts to social inclusion programmes - Final instalment

    Reporter Barry Lenihan

    Thursday 4th December

    1916 Freedom Trail for Dublin

    Fianna Fail councillor Paul McAuliffe put forward the proposal in 2010.

    Sara Burke

    Drivetimes Health Policy analyst Sara Burke looks at the area of Maternity Services

    Leader Cuts continued

    Barry Lenihan continues his look at the cutbacks to Leader and Community Development programes - in Central Dublin and Inishbofin off the Galway coast .

    Homeless Summit

    The Lord's Mayor's Homeless Summit - Justine McCarthy and Sam McGuinness give their views

    Revenue appear before the TAC

    Revenue Chairman Josephine Feehily appears before the Public Acounts Committee - Fergal Kean reports

    Right to Water protest plans

    Brian Lally hears from the Right to Water campaign who are staging a monster demo in Dublin on Dec. 10

    Ian Bailey v Ireland - Day 16

    Philip Boucher-Hayes reports on the third day of Marie Farrell's evidence

    Wednesday 3rd December

    Ian Bailey v Ireland - Day 15

    PBH reports on Marie Farrells testimony

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