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    Wednesday 2nd September

    Pope pardons women who have had abortions

    Pope Francis has instructed all of his priests to forgive women who have had abortions - but regret having had the procedure - in this, the Church's Jubilee Year of Mercy. We spoke to Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent with The Irish Times.

    What do Irish people think of the migrant crisis?

    Our reporter, Brian Lally went for a walk down Henry Street in Dublin today to ask people their views on the migrant crisis. This is what he heard...

    Drowning of Syrian boy

    This photograph of a Syrian child washed up on a beach at Bodrum in Turkey has gone viral today. It is believed the boy was on a boat which sank between Turkey and Greece. We heard the latest on the migrant crisis from reporters on the ground...

    Student Accommodation crisis

    A new report from the Higher Education Authority has found an unprecedented demand for student accommodation with a shortfall of 25,000 student bed places across the country. We heard from students affected and spoke to USI President, Kevin Donoghue

    Michael Fingleton at the Banking Inquiry

    The former Chief Executive of Irish Nationwide Building Society, Michael Fingleton was at the Banking Inquiry today. Fergal Keane was watching the proceedings...

    Fennelly Fall-Out

    Twenty four hours after the release of the Fennelly Report, Philip Boucher Hayes examines the findings, with further analysis from Pat Leady, Political Editor of The Sunday Business Post and reaction from Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Simon Harris.

    Tuesday 1st September

    The Fennelly Report

    Late in the evening, we got our hands on the 300 page Report. Fergal Keane took us through the main points and we hear the reaction of An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.

    Travelling with migrants

    A number of journalists have been following migrants as they make their arduous and dangerous journey from Syria to Europe. We spoke to Andrew Connolly who is on a ferry with 1,800 people in the Aegean Sea and to Nabih Bulous who joined us from a train station in Hungary.

    Boxing's Billy Walsh

    Uncertainty continues on the future of Irish Boxing's High Performance coach. We got the latest on the story and we also spoke to Olympic silver medal winner, John Joe Nevin about why Billy means so much to boxing.

    Sean Conlan TD Arrested

    Sean Conlan, Fine Gael TD for Cavan-Monaghan was arrested by appointment this morning in connection with an alleged assault in a pub. We got the story from Philip Ryan, Group Political Correspondent with Independent Newspapers...

    Pushed, jumped or persuaded to go?

    Philip Boucher-Hayes previews the Fennelly Report on Martin Callinan's controversial retirement

    Monday 31st August

    Talking Money

    This week, Jill Kerby and Karl Deeter spoke to Mary about the cost and complications involved in being left an inheritance - or leaving an inheritance to someone who lives abroad.

    Van Morrison at 70

    The Belfast singer celebrates his 70th birthday today. Brian Lally made his way to Cypress Avenue, just a few steps away from the singer's birthplace in Hyndeford Street in Belfast to catch up with some Van-oraks.

    The Fennelly Report

    The Report into the resignation of the former Garda Commissioner last year was delivered to the Taoiseach this afternoon. Fergal Keane talked us through it...

    Ballydowd Special Care Unit

    A HIQA report into the Special Care Unit detailed instances where children had to urinate on the floor and also cases where some were kept in isolation for periods of up to five days. We spoke to Fred McBride, Head of Operations at Tusla which runs the Centre.

    Department of Justice Independent Review

    Last year, the Minister for Justice established an Independent Review mechanism to investigate a dossier of cases which alleged serious malpractice and misconduct by the Gardaí. Philip Boucher Hayes has been looking into the progress the Review Panel has made - and reveals complainants will not be allowed see the conclusions made in their case.

    Unionists' War of Words

    The leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, Mike Nesbitt and the First Minister, Peter Robinson have had some biting exchanges over the last 24 hours. We got the latest from our Northern Editor, Tommie Gorman...

    Free Travel

    Is the future of the Free Travel Scheme in jeopardy? Today's Irish Times reports that transport providers have sought restrictions on when the pass can be used and when it can't. We spoke to Kevin Traynor, Director of the Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland.

    Friday 28th August

    AIB and tracker customers

    Fergal Keane discusses a potential bill for AIB to compensate tracker customers. Padraic Kissane provides analysis.

    Will there be an early Election?

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny is insisting the FG/Lab coalition will see out its full term until Spring 2016, but Drivetime's John Cooke got the views of all the main parties today on when the election will be called...

    On This Day

    This week, Myles Dungan issues a warning to the faint-hearted as he approaches - with trepidation - the literary career of one of our great Gothic novelists, Sheridan Le Fanu, a creator of ghosts, ghouls and ghastliness

    Clerys Workers' Demostration

    Former Clerys workers held a protest this afternoon outside the offices of the store's new owners in Dublin. They are demanding a meeting with the Natrium Consortium. Some of them spoke to our reporter, Brian Lally.

    Thursday 27th August

    Youthreach

    We take a look at the opportunities and resources that exist for teenagers who drop out of education. Graham Clifford visited the Youthreach Centre in Fermoy...

    Brief Encounter

    The classic film will have a special screening this Saturday night in Dublin...and to add to the magic, the visual action will be accompanied by a live performance of the score by the National Concert Orchestra. Brian Lally reports...

    24-hour social work cover

    The lack of 24-hour social work cover has been categorised as 'an urgent situation for children at risk' and 'a national scandal'. Drivetime's John Cooke reports on when Tusla, the Child and Family Agency will deliver the vital service.

    Martin Ferris Interview

    With political tensions ongoing over the alleged continued existence of the Provisional IRA, we spoke to Sinn Fein TD and former member of the IRA, Martin Ferris

    Bringing nurses back

    The HSE says it is pleased at the take-up of its recruitment campaign to attract Irish nurses working in the UK back to Ireland. But is it that successful? Barry Lenihan has been looking into the tug of love between the HSE and the NHS...

    First Day at School

    Amongst the 76 junior infants who started school at Midleton's Educate Together NS today were the former cojoined twins, B

    Wednesday 26th August

    The future for Post Offices

    Mike McCartney visited post offices in Fermanagh to see how they have adapted their opening hours to bring in custom. We hear his report and speak to Paddy McCann, a postmaster in Roscommon about how rural post offices here can save themselves.

    Chasing Corbyn

    It's just over two weeks until British Labour Party members elect a new leader...and the momentum behind the front runner, Jeremy Corbyn shows no signs of letting up. Reporter Robert Mulhern was at a rally for the candidate in Islington last night. He sent this report.

    White Paper on Defence

    Drivetime's Fergal Keane takes a look at the government's White Paper on Defence which was published today. Further analysis from Security Analyst, Declan Power...

    Emigration and Employment

    Today's CSO figures show that over 35,000 Irish people emigrated in the 12 months to April 2015 - a decrease of 13% on 2014, but still the spectre of both youth emigration and employment still looms large. We spoke to Marie Claire McAleer of the National Youth Council and also to Mark Duffy, an unemployed graduate from County Mayo.

    Rural GPs

    Following a review of the criteria around Rural Practice Allowances, the grants may now be offered to more doctors to keep them in smaller towns and villages. Drivetime's John Cooke looked at whether this incentive will entice doctors to take up positions down the country?

    Hungary

    Earlier today, Hungarian police fired tear gas into a group of migrants at a reception centre in the south of the country. Hungary is building a fence along its border in Serbia in a bid to keep refugees out. Government spokesperson Zoltan Kovacs spoke to RTE's Europe Editor, Tony Connelly...

    Northern Ireland Executive in Trouble?

    With the news today that the Ulster Unionist Party intends to leave the N.I. Executive, Drivetime spoke to the DUP's Jeffrey Donaldson

    Virginia Shootings

    Two journalists were shot dead while live on TV in Virginia in the United States earlier today. Mary spoke to Irish reporter, James Mahon who now works as a TV reporter in Virginia.

    Tuesday 25th August

    Invest in My Mental Health

    The group, Mental Health Reform today called on government to invest in mental health services. They were at Leinster House and Brian Lally went to meet them.

    Irish Water National Demonstration

    We spoke to Brendan Ogle, coordinator of Right2Water about the national demonstration due to take place in Dublin this Saturday.

    Women and heart health

    Women are six times more likely to die from a heart attack or a stroke than from breast cancer. We spoke to one 50-something year old who suffered a heart attack in February last year...and also to Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Jonathan Lyons.

    Inside Oberstown

    Drivetime Reporter, John Cooke was offered exclusive access to Oberstown today to see firsthand what's happening at the Youth Detention Facility. Here's what he found...

    Political Comebacks

    Former Fianna Fail junior Minister, Conor Lenihan wants to come back to the political fray. Is he one of many? Fergal Keane has been looking at some others who might fancy running again.

    What's happening in China?

    Philip Boucher Hayes talks us through where the present crisis came from and what the freefall of Chinese stocks might mean for Ireland.

    Monday 24th August

    Talking Money

    Personal finances gurus, Jill Kerby and Karl Deeter respond to some of the many queries they have received in letters from listeners - property, pensions, inheritance and insurance are just some of the issues arising in the correspondence...

    The crisis in General Practice

    It has become increasingly difficult to find doctors to fill General Practice positions across the country. Despite the availability of guaranteed income through the General Medical Services scheme, many public lists go unclaimed. We spoke to Monaghan GP, Dr Ilona Duffy.

    Road Safety At Schools

    With seven road fatalities over the weekend and an appeal today for schools to put in place safety policies at their gates, we spoke to Noel Gibbons, Road Safety Officer in Mayo about the abuse school wardens take and how driver behaviour can be improved.

    Migrants - the latest

    It's the biggest migrant crisis since the Second World War and many European countries are struggling to deal with the ever growing numbers of refugees. We heard the latest from Macedonia and also an update on the meeting this evening on the crisis between Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande.

    Provisional IRA

    We spoke to former IRA volunteer and prisoner, Anthony McIntyre to get his view of the PSNI's public acknowledgement of the continued existence of the Provision IRA.

    Fire bombing of Drogheda family home

    Gloria Fazaz has been living in Drogheda for the past two years. During that time, her home has been fire bombed...twice. Brian Lally went to visit her.

    How to solve homelessness

    Fergal Keane took a look at the various solutions being put forward to deal with the homeless crisis, from proposals on rent control to social housing...

    Theresa Villiers interview

    The British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland plays down speculation that powersharing in Stormont could end and reacts to the PSNI's confirmation in recent days of the ongoing existence of the Provisional IRA.

    Friday 21st August

    International Male Grooming Day

    Our reporter, Brian Lally took a trip to some of the capital's barber shops to hear about the latest trends and cuts that young men are looking for...

    On This Day - Donnybrook Fair

    Myles Dungan recalls the colourful history of the original Donnybrook Fair - an event that brought violence and all kinds of debauchery to the Dublin suburb until it was abolished and banned 150 years ago.

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