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Thursday 20th April

Health Minister Simon Harris on National Maternity Hospital row

The Minister for Health Simon Harris spoke to Drivetime regarding the row over the new National Maternity Hospital.

Unaccompanied Minors P.3

In the final part of her series, Della Kilroy talks to Jordan's unaccompanied child refugees. Della visited a hospital helping refugee children living in Jordan's capital city Amman.

National Maternity Hospital

The issues around ownership of the new National Maternity Hospital in Dublin continue to draw criticism today. Former Minister for Health, and deputy leader of Fine Gael, Senator James Reilly spoke to us on Drivetime.

Northern Talks

Sinn Féin is accusing the British Government of 'doing nothing' to achieve a deal at Stormont and of wanting power-sharing in the North to fail. Our Northern Editor Tommie Gorman was in Stormont.

Cork Drone Chaos

Cork City's Airport was forced to close for a time today. Ciaran Carton is the Director of Operations at the Airport


Yesterday, CSO data showed house prices rose by more than 10% in past year, and today more figures - derived from Census 2016 - point to a chronic housing shortage and the lowest home ownership rate in 45 years. We spoke to Business staff Aengus Cox and John O'Connor of the Housing Agency.

Wednesday 19th April

Unaccompanied Minors P.2

Jordan now hosts over 1.3 million Syrian refugees, over half are children and over 80 percent live in urban host communities. Our reporter Della Kilroy recently travelled to Jordan and this week her series examines life for unaccompanied minors in the country - today Amman

National Maternity Hospital

The new National Materity Hospital on the site of St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin will be built at a cost to the State of €300 million euro - but it will be owned by the Sisters of Charity. Kathleen Lynch, the former Labour TD and Junior Minister at the Department of Health spoke to Drivetime.

UK Election

Philip Boucher-Hayes examines what were the political calculations behind Theresa May's snap election gamble and the likelihood they'll add up. And we spoke to George Parker, of the Financial Times

Kerry Garda Appeal

Gardai making a renewed appeal for information about the death of a man in rural Kerry five years ago, believe they have the murder weapon. Tadhg Evans of The Kerryman Newspaper joined us.

TUI Conference

The Teachers Union of Ireland will ballot for industrial action if pay equality for new teachers is not restored in talks with Government next month. Fergal Keane was in Cork.

North Talks

The House of Commons voted by 522 to 13 votes in favour of holding an early poll on the 8th of June. Prime Minister May told the house how the snap vote was in the UK's national interest and that there should be unity rather than division over Brexit.

Tuesday 18th April

United Ireland

Senator Mark Daly has just completed a report for the Joint Oireachtas Committtee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement on Ireland - North and South - post Brexit and he spoke to Drivetime.

Limerick 2030

Work began today on a multi-million euro development programme in Limerick that's promising to make the city one of Europe's leading destinations for Foreign Investment and deliver up to 12,000 new jobs. John Cooke tells us more.

UK Reaction

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan spoke to Drivetime.

UK Election - Analysis

If today's opinion polls are replicated, Conservative Party leader Theresa May will be returned as Prime Minister with a whopping majority... and the opposition Labour Party will slump to its lowest number of seats in almost a century. We spoke to Prof. Tim Bale.

ASTI Conference

The ASTI conference kicked off this afternoon revealing deep divisions over the issue of pay. The union has been at the centre of unresolved battles with government over the Landsdowne Road agreement and Junior Cert reform. Our reporter Fergal Keane was there.

May Calls for an Election

Tomorrow, the U.K. House of Commons will vote on whether or not to hold a general election on Thursday the 8th of June, 3 years ahead of schedule. Ian Dunt, editor of spoke to Drivetime.

Monday 17th April

Unaccompanied Minors - P.1

Last month, the United Nations announced that over five million Syrians -- that's more people than the entire population of the Republic of Ireland -- have crossed the border and registered as refugees in neighbouring countries. Della Kilroy reports.

Friday 14th April

Syrian Refugees

In Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, Drivetime's John Cooke has been hearing from families separated by war .


There has been a call to investigate the sale of a NAMA portfolio after it emerged it was sold without being put on the open market. Jack Horgan Jones of the Sunday Business Post joined us.

On This Day

Today Myles Dungan recalls the brief flowering of Limerick as a Russian-style Soviet during the War of Independence.

Rescue 116

The company with the contract to operate the Coast Guard Rescue Helicopters should review or re-evaluate all route aides being used. We spoke to Pat McGrath.

Tallaght Murder

A murder investigation is underway after a young father was killed in what Gardai believe to be a deliberate hit and run. Paul Healy of the Irish Daily Star spoke to Drivetime.

Thursday 13th April

25th Anniversary of the Bosnian War

This month marks 25 years since the war in Bosnia- Herzegovina began. The conflict - which lasted over three years - brought some of the worst atrocities Europe had seen since 1945. We spoke to Mirza and Bronagh Catibusic-Finnegan.

Summer Cyclists

The days are getting longer and warmer and the seasonal cyclists are taking down their hanging bikes, pulling on their padded shorts and getting back on the roads. Brian Lally reports.

Bus Eireann Ctd.

So as we heard earlier drivers are returning to work at Bus Eireann pending a ballot on Labour Court proposals issued this afternoon. We spoke to SIPTU Sector Organiser Willie Noone and Nicola Cooke, Media and Public Relations Manager with Bus Eireann.

Lough Erne Tragedy

A family Easter Break on Lough Erne took a tragic turn in the early hours of this morning. Shortly after one o'clock; a young Donegal mother fell from a hired boat she'd been sharing with her husband and two children.

Bus Eireann

Bus Eireann drivers will lift their pickets and return to work after the Labour Court issued its recommendation this afternoon on the 21 day old dispute. The NBRU and SIPTU will now ballot drivers on the proposals which include pay cuts, voluntary reduncies, work practice reforms and depot closures.

Wednesday 12th April

Olivia O'Leary

In her political column, Olivia O'Leary casts her eye over the water deal...

Raising a Glass on Good Friday?

Barry Lenihan reports as Senators debate whether to lift the 90-year old alcohol ban on Good Friday.

Roscommon Refugees

Safety, normality and the chance of a new life - we hear the hopes of Syrian Refugees in the new reception centre in Ballaghaderreen.

Water and New Politics

What have the cross-party dealings on water taught us about new politics and how the make-up of the current Dáil is lending itself -- or not lending itself -- to effective governance? We spoke to Theresa Reidy and Gerard Howlin.

Water Report Published

The political spinning of the Water Committee's final report began long before it was published. Both Fine Gael and Fianna Fail are claiming victories and other parties and groups have voted against it. Philip Boucher-Hayes has been reading it. Committee chairman Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh spoke to us.

Drug Driving

From midnight tonight, mandatory roadside testing to determine if a motorist is driving under the influence of drugs will come into force. Brian Lally was at the launch of the campaign.

Islamists v Borussia Dortmund

Police have detained a suspect with 'Islamist Links' following a bomb attack on the bus of the Borussia Dortmund Soccer team. We spoke to Kate Connolly.

Labour Court - Bus Eireann

Unions and management at Bus Eireann are continuing talks at the Labour Court as the strike at the company enters its 20th day. Professor Michael Doherty is from the Department of Law at Maynooth University spoke to us.

Tuesday 11th April

Museum Dail Hearing

Barry Lenihan reports on the National Museum's appearance before the Oireachtas Arts Committee on allegations of bullying and harassment.

Monday 10th April

HIQA report on e-cigarettes

A new study says there is not enough current evidence to show that e-cigarettes are an effective aid to help people stop smoking. Drivetime spoke to Dr Patrick Doorley, Chairman of ASH Ireland.

Motor Insurance costs for young people, & are we facing another levy?

Fewer young people are driving because of the cost of insurance - we spoke to Geraldine Herbert, Sunday Independent Motoring Correspondent, and Elva Carrie of GirlCrew, about this and the possibility of another insurance levy to pay for a new claims database.

Ireland v Slovakia

Coverage of the senior women's international and reaction to last week's strike threat

On patrol with pest control

Grainne McPolin reports

Terror in Egypt

Ruairi McDermott in Cairo, plus analysis from Nina Shea

Friday 7th April

Protest at Russian Embassy

Brian Lally spoke to those attending a protest outside the Russian Embassy in Dublin and Russia's Ambassador to Ireland, Maxim Peshkov spoke to John Murray

On this Day

Today Myles Dungan descibes an assassination attempt that... had it been successful... might have had a profound influence on modern European history.

US Syria Attack

Last night, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered his armed forces into action for the first time. The Americans fired dozens of cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase... from which, they claimed, a suspected chemical weapons attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun was launched this week


A number of people have been killed in Stockholm, in Sweden, after a truck smashed into a store in the centre of the city. We spoke to journalist Philip O'Connor.

Jordan P.2

Drivetime's Della Kilroy is on the border between Syria and Jordan this week. Della met with a family which had been approved for re-settlement in the United States. But they've been left in Limbo as a result of President Trump's policy changes.

Thursday 6th April

CSO Figures Released

The population is both increasing and getting older according the latest census results released today, which covers the period between 2011 and 2016. Justin Gleeson is the Director of the All-Island Research Observatory spoke to us.


The future of water - and the future of this government.....The two are intertwined....and there has been a falling out between the two big beasts who crafted this arrangement they call Confidence and Supply. We spoke to Pat Deering and Thomas Byrne.

BAFTA for Irish Game Designer

British Academy of Film and Television Arts is rolling out the red carpet to honour one of the world's leading video game designers... who divides her time between lecturing on her Art in Limerick and her business based in Galway. Brenda Romero spoke to John Murray.

St Patrick's Institution

St. Patrick's Institution youth detention centre is to close from midnight tonight. Fíona Ní Chinnéide is Acting Executive Director at the Irish Penal Reform Trust, and she spoke to us this evening.

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Programme Highlights

Starting Again... Ballaghaderreen

Exclusive reports from Drivetime's John Cooke who to some of the 160 Syrian Refugees adjusting to life in County Roscommon.


Graham Clifford reports on the plight of the population there.



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