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Wednesday 7th December

Missing Persons Day

Today is Missing Persons Day -- so designated because it was on this day, 16 years ago, that young bank worker Trevor Deeley vanished in Dublin... He has never been located. Brian Lally meets families of those lost.

The fall of Aleppo

... as seen through the eyes of seven year old Bana Alabed

Bus Eireann

Bus Eireann is broke. The state-owned bus operator says it needs to make millions of euro in cuts... in order to break even next year. But its employees are currently engaged in a campaign for pay rises of up to 21 per cent.


Syrian rebels have left the last areas they held in Aleppo's old city, while calling for a five-day truce to allow the evacuation of civilians. Philip Boucher Hayes has this report.

Orkambi Protest

'Orkambi for Christmas', 'Lower the Price', and 'We're not going away Enda'. Hundreds gathered outside Leinster House today in protest for the Orkambi drug. John Cooke reports.

Scully Trial

A woman who is on trial for the manslaughter of her 11 year old daughter has told the Central Criminal Court she would never have deliberately hurt her because she loved her more than life itself. Vivienne Traynor was there.

Tuesday 6th December

Farmer Protests of the Past

Over six hundred people gathered in the RDS in Dublin today, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the farmers' march to Dublin and three week sit in by nine farmers at the steps of the Department of Agriculture. Damien O'Reilly was there.

The State of Social Housing

This morning, tenants -- who are part of the Community Action Network -- heard new evidence about condensation and damp. Brian Lally reports.

Greyhound Industry

One of Ireland's top Greyhounds -worth over one million euro - has been abducted. Gardai are investigating after Clare's Rocket was apparently stolen from the kennels of trainer Graham Holland in Tipperary in the early hours of Monday morning. Barry Lenihan reports.

Bail Bill

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald today brought new proposals on bail and judicial appointments to cabinet. We spoke to Frances Fitzgerald on the programme.


The European Commission's chief negotiator on Brexit is Michel Barnier and today he delivered the Brussels view on how the United Kingdom's departure from the Union must now proceed.

Olivia O'Leary's Column

In her political column this week, Olivia O'Leary talks about what happens behind front doors.

An Post

An Post looks set for another increase in the price of a postage stamp, and another review of how the service can survive. General Secretary of the Communications Workers Union, Steve Fitzpatrick spoke to us.

Dundalk Travellers

The deaths of 10 members of the travelling community in Carrickmines last year led local authorities to conduct safety audits on all halting sites - resulting in the eviction of up to 23 families from one County Louth facility in January. John Cooke reports.

Bus Eireann

Bus Eireann could be insolvent in two years - that was the stark warning Transport Minister Shane Ross gave cabinet colleagues today. Ingrid Miley joined us.

FA Soccer Abuse crisis

Philip Boucher-Hayes reports on the Football Association's inquiry in to child sex abuse by coaches and scouts.

Monday 5th December

Bird Watch Ireland say Buzzards are not attacking small dogs

Last week, the Tipperary Star reported that a buzzard attacked their family pet. We spoke to John Lusby, bird of prey conservation officer with Bird Watch Ireland.

Whistleblower Jonathan Sugarman

A full full year before the banking collapse, the Central Bank and the Financial Regulator were notified of breaches of banking regulations on a massive scale in Dublin. Fergak Keane spent some time with Jonathan Sugarman

Domestic Abuse

The 'what would you do' and the 16 days campaign on domestic abuse has highlighted the number of victims - both female and male - who have suffered emotionally, financially and physically at the hands of their partner.

Italian Referendum

By a decisive margin, voters chose to reject Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's plan to overhaul the Italian constitution and strengthen cental government. This afternoon, Mr Renzi met with Italy's president... and is expected to formally tender his resignation within the hour.

Task Force

Our health correspondent Fergal Bowers spoke to Simon Harris

HIQA Report

If you're a patient, and you're attending the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise, there remains significant risks to your safety. Local Fianna Fail TD, Sean Fleming spoke to us.

Scully Case

To the Central Criminal Court now and the trial of Bernadette Scully, the 58-year-old GP from Tullamore in County Offaly who is accused of the manslaughter of her 11-year-old daughter. Vivienne Traynor was there.

Waterford Crash Update

To Waterford now, and the investigation into the collision on Military Road in Dungarvan yesterday morning which killed three men and injured six others - two of them, critically. We spoke to Damien Tiernan.

Emergency Dept Task Force

There are 352 patients on hospital trolleys today, waiting to be admitted to a bed. The number on trolleys in emergency departments in emergency departments is 259, which is 23 cases higher than the maximum allowed under the HSE's new target, which came into force on 1 December. Danielle Barron spoke to us.

Friday 2nd December

The Late Late Toy Show

The wait is nearly over... in just a few hours, families and children across Ireland will sit down to watch 'The Late Late Toy Show'. Michael Lawless meets Ryan Tubridy ahead of the big night.

Mad Dog Mattis

'Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.' That's one quote attributed to the man Donald Trump has selected as the next US Defence Secretary - the retired Marine Corps general James 'Mad Dog' Mattis.

Church of Ireland Children Protection

Last month saw the conviction of Church of Ireland volunteer, Patrick O'Brien for sexually abusing and raping 13 boys over the course of 40 years in locations which included St Patrick's Cathedral.

On This Day

Today Myles Dungan recalls the birth of one of this country's most eminent 19th century cardiologists, Sir Dominic Corrigan.

Exchequer Returns

Within the past few minutes, the Department of Finance has published the Exchequer Returns for the year to the end of November. Our economics correspondent Sean Whelan had them -- hot off the presses.

Ireland to go Diesel free?

Today, the mayors of Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City announced that they will rid their cities of diesel engines by 2025... as part of a campaign to improve air quality. John Cooke reports.

Thursday 1st December

Medical Use of Cannabis

A bill to legalise the medicinal use of cannabis is expected to get all party support when it comes to a Dail vote this evening. Fergal Keane reports and we spoke to Professor Mike Barnes.

Scully Trial

The trial of a GP for the manslaughter of her disabled daughter has heard a note was found in her handbag the day after her daughter's death. Bernadette Scully has denied the manslaughter of Emily Barut. Vivenne Traynor was in court.

Kids at Council Meetings

Childcare is the one aspect of parenthood that many will tell you requires the most coordination. Not easy at the best of times...If your working arrangement involves unexpectedly long meetings, or committees called at short notice - that's a whole other level of juggling to consider.

Denis O'Brien at the High Court

Businessman Denis O'Brien has been giving evidence in his case against the Dáil and the State today. The case is focussed on statements made in the Dáil disclosing aspects of his banking affairs in May 2015. He says the statements undermined a court order stopping the broadcast of his banking details by RTE.

Assault at School

A Garda investigation is being carried out in to an alleged assault at King's Hospital Secondary School at Palmerstown in Dublin. It's understood that eight pupils have been suspended following the alleged sexual assault of a 13 year old boy last Thursday. John Cooke was there.

Wednesday 30th November

Bertie Ahern Returning?

The Dublin Central Cumann of Fianna Fail last night voted unanimously to invite former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to rejoin the party. Mr Ahern resigned from Fianna Fail in 2012 following the findings of the Mahon Tribunal and before the now party leader, Michael Martin, moved to have him expelled from the party.

Fiscal Advisory Council

'When I have it, I'll spend it,' was the slogan of former Finance Minister Charlie McCreevey. Today came a warning from the state's economic watch-dog that the government's policies are getting perilously close to a policy of 'When I don't have it, I'll spend it.' UCC economist Seamus Coffey joined us.

Water Report P.2

The 65-page report from the Expert Commission on Domestic Public Water Services has been digested today and there has been a mixed reaction to its contents. Mary Lou McDonald, Deputy Leader of Sinn Fein spoke to us.


The outcome of conciliation talks aimed at resolving the ASTI teachers' dispute has been published on the trade union's website. Education Correspondent Emma O'Kelly joined us.

Water Report

Water charges are firmly back on the agenda with a new debate beginning on who to charge and how to do it, or whether general taxpayers will foot the bill for our creaking infrastructure once more. John Cooke reports.

Scully Trial

The partner of a GP on trial for the manslaughter of her disabled daughter has said he found a note on an envelope in her car on the day her daughter died. Vivienne Traynor was at the court today.

Tuesday 29th November

Robot Surgery

Surgery: What if a state of the art robot was by your bedside performing the operation? Well that's what's been happening at University Hospital Limerick which has become the first hospital in Ireland to perform robotic Colorectal, Renal and Adrenal Surgical Procedures for private and public patients. John Cooke reports.

Olivia O'Leary

Olivia O'Leary looks at Cuba after Castro....

Tracker Mortgage Refunds

The Central Bank has fined Springboard -- a lender that was owned by Permanent TSB -- 4.5 million euro for wrongly moving borrowers off their low-interest tracker loans. Solicitor Shane O'Brien joined us.

HIQA Inspections

A report from the Health Information and Quality Authority has revealed significant concerns around a care centre for children in County Tipperary. Jim Gibson is Tusla's Chief Operations Offficer spoke to us.

Colombia Plane Crash

A plane carrying eighty-one people has crashed in Colombia. Among the passengers on board were members of Brazil's Chapecoense Real football team. The team were travelling to compete in the first leg of their Copa Sud-americana final with Atletico Nacional, a team from Medellin.


The Commission suggests instead that 'normal' household usage should be paid for by the State through general taxation... and only 'excess' would be paid by the householder. Political editor of the Irish Examiner, Daniel McConnell spoke to us.

Scully Trial

58-year-old Bernadette Scully of Bachelor's Walk in Tullamore has denied the manslaughter of her daughter, Emily Barut by an act of gross negligence involving the administration of an excessive quantity of a drug. Vivienne Traynor spoke to us.

Monday 28th November

Tide Turns in Aleppo

In an accelerated push over the past two days, the Syrian Army has made significant and symbolic advances to retake the city of Aleppo. Nabih Bulos is special correspondent for the LA Times in the Middle East and he spoke to us.

International Law

Next Wednesday, Ireland's Holocaust Education Trust will co-host a special public lecture at Trinity College in Dublin. It will be given by Professor Philippe Sands, director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals at University College London. He spoke to us this evening.

Cystic Fibrosis

At almost 160,000 euro per patient per year - it looks like the Cystic Fibrosis Drug Orkambi could be rejected by the HSE, especially following the comments of the Clinical Director of the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics today. Brian McCarroll has been on the Orkambi trial.

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