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Friday 24th March

On This Day

Entrepreneur, conman & US presidential candidate. No, not him. George Francis Train.

Garda Traffic Offences

A review of records between 2011 and 2016 showed that Gardai significantly inflated the number of drink driving tests and mistakenly summonsed almost 15,000 people for road traffic offences. We spoke with Roisín Shortall, Joint leader Social Democrats.

Bus Eireann Strike

Bus Éireann services remain at a standstill on the first day of an all-out indefinite strike by workers at the company. Thousands of customers across the country are affected as there is a knock-on effect on some rail services. Martin Wall of the Irish Times and Barry Kenny of Irish Rail spoke to Drivetime.

Terror in London

many Londonders and tourists have thanked their lucky stars... that they were not on Westminster Bridge at the time of the attack. Michael Kingston is Maritime Lawyer and Director of the Irish Cultural Centre in London. He's been speaking with Drivetime's Michael Lawless.

Thursday 23rd March

Garda / Traffic Offence Stats

Gardai exaggerated the number of drink driving tests carried out over the course of five years and mistakenly summonsed more than 14,000 people to court for road traffic offences. The Road Safety Authority has this evening said it is very concerned at what has been revealed in these figures. Paul Reynolds spoke to Drivetime.

London Terrorism

Police in London have named the killer as 52-year old Khalid Masood. Metropolitan Police say Masood was from Kent but had been living in the West Midlands. Paul Gill is the Senior Lecturer in the Security and Crime Science Department at University College London.

Bus Strike

Representatives of the five Bus Eireann unions met after management's decision to implement significant cost saving measures without union agreement. Brian Lally met with commuters and Willie Noone of SIPTU spoke to us.

McGuinness Funeral

Huge crowds have lined the streets for the funeral of Martin McGuinness in Derry's Bogside. We spoke to Fergal Keane who was there for us.

London Terror Attack

Yesterday's killer has been named as Kalid Massood: a 52 year old from Kent; and living in the West Midlands. Much of the focus today is on Birmingham- where there've been several arrests. Ray Kennedy is there. And Barry Lenihan spoke to an Irish eye witness.

Wednesday 22nd March

Quentin Letts Eyewitness Account

At least one person has been killed in what police in London are treating as a terrorist attack at Westminster. Quentin Letts, the Daily Mail's parliamentary sketchwriter describes what he saw.

Slimming down the HSE

Slimmed down, reformed, and free from red tape...that's the future of the HSE according to Minister for Health Simon Harris. Roisín Shortall spoke to Drivetime.

McGuinness Removal

The Former US President Bill Clinton and the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair are both to attend the funeral of Martin McGuinness in Derry tomorrow. We spoke to Tommy Gorman.

Westminster Attack

Some breaking news from London this aftenoon...the Houses of Parliament are in 'lock-down' after reports of a policeman being stabbed outside the building. Rob Mulhern and Kevin Maguire spoke to Drivetime.

Tuesday 21st March

Rev David Latimer

Interview with the Rev David Latimer of the First Presbyterian Church, Derry, about his friendship with Martin McGuinness

An Post Closures

Up to half of Ireland's 1200 Post Offices could face closure - according to front page newspaper headlines today quoting more leaks from an unpublished report on the future of the network. John Cooke reports.

Martin McGuinness returns Home

The town he loved so well...Fergal Keane is in Derry as the remains of Martin McGuinness are brought home to the Bogside. We also spoke with Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty.

Olivia O'Leary from the Archive

From the RTE Archives, here's Olivia O'Leary reporting as Martin McGuinness was charged with IRA membership in 1976...

Olivia O'Leary's Column

Olivia O Leary tells a tale of two Derrymen...

Jonathan Powell on Death of McGuinness

The former Diplomat and Blair Chief of Staff, Jonathan Powell was a key backroom player in the Northern Ireland peace process for a decade. He spoke to Drivetime.

Death of Martin McGuinness Ctd.

When peace was finally brokered in the North of Ireland, it marked the culmination of a long process that was halting at times...fractious and divisive... but ultimately successful. Former Minister of State and Special Adviser to a number of Taoisigh, Martin Mansergh spoke to us.

Death of Martin McGuinness

The President Michael D. Higgins has led the tributes to the North's former Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, who has died. Barry Lenihan reports.

Monday 20th March

Article 50

The United Kingdom has confirmed that, next Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May will formally trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. Ian Dunt, editor of and Politico's Ryan Heath spoke to us.

Flooded Houses

Reports today indicate that the Minister tasked with assisting those living in flood-prone areas will propose tomorrow that a number of householders be offered two hundred thousand euro to relocate. We spoke to Geraldine Mason.

Blacksod Search Continues

Poor conditions are impacting on the search for missing coast guard crew Captain Mark Duffy, winch operator Paul Ormsby and winchman Ciarán Smith. We spoke to Pat McGrath.

Coveney on Leadership

Before he went to the U.S. for St Patrick's Day, Taoiseach Enda Kenny assured his Fine Gael party that he would lay-out his retirement plans when he returned. Paschal Sheehy has been speaking to Housing Minister Simon Coveney.

Thursday 16th March

Skinny Jeans

The British Chiropractic Association warned earlier this week of a possible link between skinny jeans, large fluffy hoods and back pain among women. Della Kilroy took to the streets to get the opinion of those in Dublin city today. And we spoke to Dr. Mary O'Keefe.

Eamon Casey Funeral

Former Bishop of Galway and Kerry Eamon Casey,, has been laid to rest in Galway. Dave O'Connell, Group Editor of the Connacht Tribune joined us on Drivetime.

Rescue 116 Update

Heavy sea swells around Blackrock Lighthouse, off the Mayo coast, are impeding efforts to locate the black box flight recorder from the coast guard helicopter that crashed two days ago. Western Correspondent Pat McGrath spoke to

Enda Kenny in Washington

The St Patrick's Day meetings have happened -- albeit a day ahead of the national festival -- and the traditional shamrock ceremony will take place later this evening.

Wednesday 15th March

Gambling Addiction

This week as our airwaves fill with news from the Cheltenham races, addiction services in Ireland are warning that this time of year can be a particular problem for at risk gamblers. Della Kilroy had this report.

Olivia O'Leary's Column

In her political column this week, Olivia O'Leary remembers a happy priest

Goa - Danielle McLaughlin

Police in India are investigating the last known movements of a young Donegal woman whose body was found on a beach in Goa earlier this week. Rahul Bedi spoke to us, as did Cllr. Rena Donaghey and Fr. Francis Bradley.

Latest at Bus Eireann

Bus Eireann management have announced that they may re-enter talks with unions to resolve their industrial dispute. Ingrid Miley spoke to us.

Coast Guard Search

The search for the three missing Irish Coast Guard crew is continuing off the Mayo coast this afternoon. We spoke to Pat McGrath. Teresa Mannion spoke to captain Dara Fitzpatrick's parents John and Mary and to her sister Niamh... and they spoke of the closeness of their family.

Tuesday 14th March

Olivia O'Leary's Column

Olivia O'Leary's political column, this week she remembers former Bishop Eamon Casey.

Project Eagle

The Public Accounts Committee has heavily criticised NAMA over the sale of £1.3 billion worth of loans in Northern Ireland - named Project Eagle - to a US based vulture fund. Fergal Keane was in Leinster House for Drivetime.

Job Losses in Coty

200 jobs are expected to be lost at the Coty cosmetic plant in Nenagh. The company has announced that it will close by the end of next year. We spoke to Alan Kelly, Labour TD for Tipperary.

Search for Coast Guard Crew

A crew member of the Coastguard Rescue helicopter 116 that went down off the west coast in the early hours of morning has died. Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was a senior pilot with the coastguard with over 20 years of experience. The air and sea search for the three crew members who are still missing off Blacksod continues.

Monday 13th March

1950s Adoptions

The treatment of unmarried mothers by the state and the religious orders is, as you know, now the subject of a commission of inquiry. Philip Boucher-Hayes on the previously unpublished report of the 1930 Carrigan Commission.

Bishop Eamon Casey

The former bishop of Galway and Kerry, Eamon Casey, has died at the age of 89. In recent years, Eamon Casey suffered from dementia and lived in a care facility in County Clare, where he died today.

Referendum on Voting

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced that a referendum will be held on the right of Irish citizens to vote in Presidential Elections. Della Kilroy has been speaking to the Irish abroad, and Theresa Reidy spoke to us from UCC.


In the House of Commons right now, final statements are being made on the EU Withdrawal Bill, which, once passed, will allow Prime Minister Theresa May to officially trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. Stephen Booth is the Director of Policy and Research with Open Europe.

Scottish Independence

The cracks within the United Kingdom continue to widen. In the first independence vote in September 2014, the 'No' side won with 55 per cent of the vote. But the Scottish National Party's electoral success and a looming Brexit have re-emergised the independence movement.

Friday 10th March

The National Museum

The Arts Minister is rejecting suggestions her Department destroyed a complaint relating to alleged sexual misconduct at the National Museum. Barry Lenihan had an update.


It's 15 years since the deal was done with the religious orders to take some measure of compensation from them towards the total bill for the abuse redress scheme. So who owes what? Which of the orders has paid what? And what remains to be transferred? Philip Boucher Hayes takes a look.

Mother and Baby Homes

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, said today, she will examine how to broaden the terms of reference of the Commission of Investigation into the Tuam Mother and Baby Home. We spoke to Sarah Mulready, of the Irish Women Survivors Network, and a member of the Council of State.

Eircodes and Pupils

The Department of Education says it has changed the methodology its using to identify schools that are entitled to additional resources under its DEIS programme for disadvantaged schools. Emma O'Kelly joins Drivetime.

Thursday 9th March

Brexit Series - Kerry

Yesterday insurance giant AIG said it had chosen Luxembourg as the base for its European operations post-Brexit - with the country beating out competition from the likes of Ireland for the offices. Adam reports from Kerry.

Right 2 Water Press Conference

The Right To Water campaign is to hold a mass demonstration in Dublin early next month to give water charges what they term 'one last push.' Fergal Keane was at the press conference.

Tuam Dáil Debate

Minister for Children, Katherine Zappone told the Dail today that she will publish the interim report into Mother and Baby Homes by the end of this month. Dr. Simon Mills spoke to Drivetime.

CAO Courses Down

There's been a sharp fall in the number of students applying to train as nurses and engineers here. New figures show how first preference college applications for nursing have dropped by ten per cent. But there are big increases in those to looking to study agriculture and law...


Members of the Public Accounts' Committe have criticised the Director General Tony O'Brien for giving the committee 'misleading' 'inaccurate' and 'incomplete' information about the Grace case. Conor McMorrow of our Political Staff has this report...

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