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Wednesday 18th January


Around 140,000 vehicles use the M50 motorway around Dublin each day, and there seems to be no sign of that level of traffic slowing down. Brian Lally spoke to commuters and we were joined by Geraldine Herbert and Sean O'Neill.

Farmer Protest

TDs in Dáil Éireann are due to debate a proposed compensation fund for farmers whose crops have been affected by heavy rains. Ahead of this evening's Dail Debate farmers protested outside Leinster House, John Cooke spoke to some of those involved and we spoke to Charlie McConalogue.

Bird Flu

The Department of Agriculture has confirmed a case of BSE in a cow in Ireland. The news comes as more cases of bird flu have been confirmed in the country. Caitriona Murphy is the Deputy News Editor with the Farmers Journal

Shane Tuohy

CCTV tapes central to the case of the unexplained death of Shane Tuohey are not of any evidential value according to the Chief State Solicitor. Philip Boucher Hayes reports.

Cork Drug Death

Gardai investigating the death of 16-year old Michael Cornacchia from a drug overdose on Monday have arrested a teenager for questioning. We spoke to Paschal Sheehy.

Lucan Murder

Gardai are launching a murder inquiry after a man was killed following a violent altercation in the Ronanstown area of west Dublin in the early hours of this morning. Crime Correspondent Paul Reynolds spoke to us.

Tuesday 17th January

Public Sector Pay

The government has decided to bring forward a payment of €1,000 to the country's public servants. It was due in September, as part of pay restoration measures under the Lansdowne Road agreement.

Brexit - Political Reaction

Today's speech by British Prime Minister Theresa May on how the UK would manage Brexit, was top of the political agenda for the Dail this afternoon. Fergal Keane reports.

Elder Care and Fair Deal

The government has announced a new consultation process on the care of older people with a view to establishing a statuatory entitlement to home care similar to the Fair Deal Nursing Home Scheme. John Cooke reports.

Theresa May's Brexit Speech

The British Prime Minister set out 12 guiding principles for the UK's negotiation to leave the European Union. Among them- confirmation Britain will depart the EU single market. Phillip Boucher Hayes was watching Theresa May's speech for Drivetime...

Monday 16th January

Banning the Burqa

Morocco has become the latest country to place restrictions on the burka. The wearing of the full-body garment is associated with certain branches of Islam. We spoke to Saeida Rouass of The Quilliam Foundation.

Banning the Baptism Barrier

Banning the so-called Baptism Barrier in school enrolments... along with other measures limiting the power of schools to give preference to children of certain faiths... have been proposed by the Education Minister today. Aine Hyland and Seamus Mulconry - General Secretary, Catholic Primary Schools Management Association spoke to us.

Bus Eireann

Bus Éireann management will confirm to trade unions today their proposals for urgent cost reduction measures in an effort to address its financial woes. Ingrid Miley reports.

Northern Ireland Power Sharing

A snap Assembly election is on the cards... after Sinn Fein declined to nominate a new Deputy First Minister to the Stormont Executive. We spoke to Tommie Gorman

Friday 13th January

Mental Health Needs of Refugees

In recent days, we've learned a little more about those refugees from the conflict in the Middle East... who are being resettled in Ireland. Dr Shari McDaid, director of Mental Health Reform spoke to us.

Couple Shot in the North

A mother and father remain in a Belfast hospital this evening- after they were shot while attempting to protect their son from paramilitaries. Suzanne Breen of the Belfast Telegraph spoke to us.

Press Freedom

Press Freedom has been hotly debated this past week as President-elect Donald Trump dealt his blows to the media at his first press conference of the year. Mary spoke to Adam Easton of the BBC.

On This Day

Today Myles Dungan recalls the life and work of one of the least celebrated -- but most important -- Irish film directors of the Hollywood silent era, Robert Brenon.

Waterford Cardiac Clinic

It was a significant issue in the last general election... and a condition of TD John Halligan's decision to enter government... and finally today there were developments in the provision of 24-7 cardiac services in the south east. Hillary O'Neil


The names of 66 candidates in the General Election have been forwared to the gardai by the political watchdog, SIPO, for failing to fully disclose election expenses. The names include Senator James Reilly, who received a cash donation which was over the legal limit. Fergal Keane joined us.

Thursday 12th January

Donald Trump

'Wholly inadequate' - the verdict of the US Government Ethics Office on President-Elect Donald Trump's plans to distance himself from his business empire while in office. Susanne Craig joined us.

Northern Ireland

The North is still hurtling towards Snap assembly elections - in spite of a series of developments today aimed at averting the political storm. Noel Doran Editor of The Irish News had more.

Apollo House

The Apollo House protest is almost at an end this evening though one homeless person remains inside the building and is refusing to leave. John Cooke looked back at what has been achieved. And Terry McMahon spoke of what next.

Death of Graham Taylor

One of the high profile visitors to the RDS this morning was the former England football captain, Rio Ferdinand. During his visit, Rio paid tribute to Graham Taylor, the former England manager, who has died at the age of 72.

Sean Fitzpatrick

One of the main investigators into allegations against the former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank, Sean Fitzpatrick, has rejected suggestions that political or public outrage influenced the investigation. Orla O'Donnell spoke to us.

ASTI Comments

It's a new year... but there's still no end in sight to the long-running dispute between government and the Association of Secondary Teachers. ASTI members have repeatedly voted to reject deals on pay and conditions... and continue to oppose planned reform of Junior cycle examinations. Carl O'Brien joined us.

Wednesday 11th January

Farm Safety

A study has been published analyzing the national trend in farmyard related fractures & fatalities. The report spanning from 2004 to 2014 shows fatalities remain higher than the European average.

A Magical Mystery Tour

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'... and this show features the RTE Concert Orchestra and cast members from the West End and Broadway runs of 'Let It Be'. Brian Lally dropped into rehearsals.

Trump Press Conference

US President-elect Donald Trump has been holding a press conference in Trump Tower in New York this afternoon... ahead of his inauguration on 20 January. We spoke to CNN's Tom Foreman following President Elect Donald Trump's press conference.

Sean Fitzpatrick Trial

Orla O'Donnell reports.

Apollo House

John Cooke reports from Apollo House where he spoke with Rosie Leonard of Home Sweet Home and Jim Sheridan, director.

Tuesday 10th January

Olivia O'Leary

Considers the DUP's Arlene Foster

Northern political crisis

Former Justice Minister David Ford, followed by Olivia O'Leary's take on Arlene Foster

Monday 9th January

Constituency Commission

Barry Lenihan reports on the work of the Constituency Commission as the deadline for public submissions draws near.

Friday 6th January

On This Day

Myles Dungan recalls the Night of the Big Wind

Hospitals in crisis

A round-up of the latest deatils, as trolley numbers ease

Refugees in Roscommon

Integration Minister David Stanton and local Sinn Fein councillor Michael Mulligan

Thursday 5th January

Celebrating women in Irish history

A new light festival celebrates women in Irish history, it's founder and director Melanie Lynch spoke to Drivetime.

Russia Hacking

The head of the US intelligence community has said that Russian 'is a full-scope cyber actor that poses a major threat to US government, military, and critical infrastructure'. Defense Editor and National Security Correspondent, with Bryan Bender spoke to John.

Support for Arlene Foster

Is support for Arlene Foster within the DUP beginning to crack? we'll hear from MP Sammy Wilson and Sam McBride, political editor of the Newsletter on that matter.

Public transport usage increased in 2016

10 million more passengers opted to go by public transport last year compared to 2015. The National Transport Authority today published full-year figures for each of the state-supported public transport operators for 2016 and 10 million more passengers opted for public transport last year. NTA Chief Executive Anne Graham spoke to the programme.

Solving the health service crisis

Former Minister for Health Senator James Reilly, discusses the issues for the health service and current Health Minister Simon Harris.


GOAL is to make 25 staff redundant after cuts to its funding in Ireland and by international doners last year. Reporter Fergal Keane has been looking at the detail of this story for Drivetime.

Fatal car bombing in Turkey

More terror in Turkey, a fatal car bomb in the city of Izmir and a shoot-out with the attackers. Borzou Daragahi is Middle East Correspondent for and spoke to John Murray.

Avoiding a Hard Brexit

Britain's lack of negotiating experience means it'll struggle to avoid a hard brexit, according to the Norwegian Prime Minister. Philip Boucher Hayes has this report.

Hospital overcrowding

Reporter Barry Lenihan has been looking back previous Emergency Department crisis to face various governments. Chair of the Oireachtas Future Health Committee and former Junior Minister at the Department of Health Roisin Shortall TD discusses the issue.

Apollo House - Home Sweet Home

Apollo House occupiers demand NAMA housing, our reporter Della Kilroy was at the Home Sweet Home launch.

Emergency Department overcrowding in Limerick

With 578 patients on trolleys today reporter John Cooke has been to University Hospital Limerick and spoke to patients, nurses and hospital management.

Wednesday 4th January

Reporting from War Zones

Covering wars zones can win attention, respect and awards in a crowded competitive field for journalists but some pay the highest price. Reporters Without Borders is an organisation that monitors press freedom and the conditions within which journalists work across the globe and their spokesperson Pauline Adès-Mével spoke to Drivetime.

The politics of misogyny

Discussion with journalist Allison Morris and political scientist Dr Elaine Byrne

Why are local authorities rejecting NAMA properties?

Della Kilroy reports

Still more than 600 patients on hospital trolleys

John Cooke reports, plus Dr Michael Harty TD, chair of Oireachtas Health Committee

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