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Wednesday 22nd February

Road Victims Protest

'Treat Road Crime as Real Crime' That was the message from bereaved families outside Dail Eireann today as they displayed over 180 photographs of the loved ones they lost through road collisions. John Cooke reports.

Fine Gael PM

Fine Gael TDs, Senators and MEPs have gradually made their way towards Leinster House throughout the day. Fergal Keane has been speaking with them. We also spoke to Hugh O'Connell of the Sunday Business Post.

New Cycling Laws and Protest

Motorists got in their cars this morning to the news that they could be hit with penalty points and an €80 fine for driving too close to cyclists. Brian Lally was at the protest.

Truck Driver Death in Cork

Gardai are continuing to question two men in connection with the death of a driver at a truck stop in Fermoy in County Cork last night. Ralph Riegel, Southern Correspondent with The Irish Independent, was in Fermoy.

Tuesday 21st February

Olivia O'Leary's Column

Olivia O'Leary asks will he stay or will he go?

Dáil Latest

The chatter in the corridors and the infamous Dáil bar all focuses on the Taoiseach's future plans. We spoke to Fergal Keane who was at Leinster House.

Homelessness Figures

John Cooke takes a look at the reaction to the growing housing crisis and the governments response in terms of new social housing. We also spoke to Rory Hearne, Economic and Social Policy Analyst.

Bus Lanes and Dublin City Centre

Some inner city businesses in Dublin are concerned the private car could soon be banned from the centre of the capital. We spoke to Richard Guiney of Dublin Town and Cllr. Paddy Smyth spoke to us.

Medical Council

A Co. Clare woman has told a doctor's fitness to practise inquiry that she suffered from severe vomiting and eventual organ failure following a gastric band surgery. Liz Liz Farsaci reporter with CCC Nuacht News Wire spoke to us.

Bus Eireann

breaking news from the Work Relations Commission where talks between Bus Eireann management and unions have collapsed. We spoke to Dermot O'Leary of the NBRU.

Monday 20th February

Northern Assembly Elections

The DUP launched its manifesto today... with a warning from Arlene Foster that a Sinn Fein victory would give Gerry Adams a 'hugely significant worldwide propaganda boost'. Barry Lenihan spoke to us from West Belfast , and we spoke to Sam McBride, Belfast Newsletter

Education Reform

Equate, an organisation that campaigns for diversity in Irish schools, today hosted a conference on education reform. Della Kilroy was there, and we spoke with Ferdia Kelly.

Minister Harris touring Hospitals

Minister Simon Harris hasn't ruled himself out to replace Enda Kenny as party leader, but today he rubbished claims that he 'wants out of health' as sugested in a Fine Gael Whats App message. Minister Harris visited overcrowded Emergency Departments in Mullingar and Galway today.

Bus Eireann

Unions at Bus Eireann have rejected a document issued by the company and have claimed that the company intends collapsing Work Place Relations talks aimed at avoiding an industrial dispute. We spoke to Fergal Keane.

Fine Gael Leadership

Enda Kenny has never conceded that his time as Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach is drawing to an end. His only commitment is to step-down before the next general election. We spoke to Tom Kelly of the Connaught Telegraph.

Friday 17th February

On this Day

Today Myles Dungan tells the story of the Irishman who owned and edited one of the most influential American campaigning magazines of the 19th century, Antrim-born Samuel McClure.

Industrial Relations

Talks are ongoing at the Workplace Relations Commission this evening between Bus Eireann Management and workers unions... as they try to make a breakthrough in their industrial dispute.

Hillwalker Case

The High Court has overturned a decision to award a hillwalker €40,000 for injuries she sustained after she tripped and fell on a boardwalk on the Wicklow Way. Aodhan O'Faolain, from Ireland International news agency spoke to us.

The Week of Politics

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be Mayo bound this weekend to confer on his political future with his closest friends and allies. Fergal Keane takes us through some of the significant moves that have happened.

Thursday 16th February

Road Safety

With the Transport Minister promising a 'sustained attack' on drink drivers, and concerns over a recent rise in road deaths and drink driving arrests, this week on Drivetime we've been focusing on a problem that clearly hasn't gone away. John Cooke continues his report


The State has so far paid out over €300 million for the six most recent tribunals. The Taoiseach confirmed the figure at an Oireachtas Committee this afternoon.

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference for Charlton Tribunal of Inquiry into the alleged smearing of Maurice McCabe and others are published. Philip Boucher Hayes takes us through how the work of this tribunal will progress.

Vitamin D

It's known as the sunshine vitamin and few of us are getting enough of it. A lack of Vitamin D has long been known to be the leading cause of a number of bone diseases...

One State Solution

Decades of US foreign policy on the Middle East seemed to be thrown into doubt yesterday when President Trump indicated he would no longer be fully supporting a two-state solution for the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. Raf Sanchez spoke to Drivetime.

Fine Gael and Enda

The Taoiseach will know when it's time to go says Leo Varadkar but Pat Deering says he'll put down motion of no confidence next week if Enda Kenny fails to outline his departure date. How soon could he be gone? And how is the race to succeed him shaping up? Fergal Keane and John Downing joined us.

Wednesday 15th February

Dublin Tech Summit Ad Blockers Plus

Till Faida is from German company Ad Blockers Plus, as Irish web users are the second biggest users of ad blocking software in the world (after Indonesia) - we really don't like ads ruining our online experience.

Dublin Tech Summit 3D 4 Medical

Robert Cairnduff is from 3D 4 Medical dot com - which is an Irish company that developed an app that allows you to view inside a computer generated skeleton and organs in detail, and spin them around and see inside them.

Dublin Tech Summit

Two years after the 'Web Summit' left our shores for Lisbon, a new conference has kicked off in the capital hoping to attract innovators, entrepreneurs and investors. Ciaran O'Byrne visited on day one.

Drink Driving P.2

With the cabinet now backing plans for tougher drink driving laws, anyone caught driving under the influence could now face losing their licence in the near future. Today John Cooke was in county Clare.

Emigrant Problems

One in four rural Irish households has been directly affected by emigration since 2006. More than 300,000 people emigrated after the economic crash. We spoke to Ciaran Staunton.

Brian Hayes on Brexit

After almost a full week of revelations, allegations, stresses and strains on the Government, navigating Brexit might almost be a preferable task for the Taoiseach. WE spoke to Brian Hayes MEP

Brexit Plan

This may well be the longest day in the longest week of Taoiseach Enda Kenny's political life. The Fine Gael leader shuttles from a meeting with his Independent colleagues in government to a meeting with his own demoralised parliamentary party to a lengthy confidence debate in the government tonight. Fergal Keane spoke to us.

Tuesday 14th February

Road Safety

The Cabinet approved legislation brought forward by Minister Shane Ross today to ensure that all drivers detected drink driving receive a disqualification. Reporter John Cooke begins a series of report on our attitudes towards driving under the influence.


Mick Wallace outlines how other whistleblowers claim they have been treated.

Reaction from the Opposition

Politically, there have been a few 'ones to watch' in recent days as the government struggled with a deluge of revelations around the Gardai, Tusla and the treatment of Maurice McCabe. Darragh O'Brien joined us.

Olivia O'Leary

In her political column today Olivia O'Leary recalls what a smear sounds like.

Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty

The Government has agreed in principle, to set up a public inquiry under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act to find out if there was a smear campaign against garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe orchestrated by senior gardaí.

Valentines Spent Single

What about all those single people out there who don't have romance in their lives? Reporter Grainne McPolin has been meeting people who find themselves single or chose to be single.

Industrial Relations

The Workplace Relations Commission is expected to intervene in the dispute which threatens to bring Bus Éireann services nationwide to a standstill next week. We spoke to Martin Wall.

Dáil Latest

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny says the Govermeht has 'agreed in principle' to set up a tribunal of inquiry into McCabe smear allegations. Enda Kenny says he hopes that terms of reference for a public inquiry will be concluded within the next 48 hours. Fergal Keane was at the Dáil.

Monday 13th February

Prison Parenting

A new report has called for a pilot scheme developing a more family supportive environment within prisons to be rolled out to all prisons around the country. Della Kilroy reports.

Trust in Policing

Throughout the many crises faced by An Garda Síochána, the call has come for reform - at every level - with transparency and accountablity at the core. We spoke to Denis Bradley.

Zappone Statement Analysed

Drivetime's Fergal Keane asked her to detail her communications with the Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald and the Taoiseach both prior to and following the meeting with Maurice and Lorraine McCabe on January 25th last. He spoke to us from Leinster House.

Zappone Statement

She outlined her meeting on January 25th with Maurice and Lorraine McCabe...her communications around that meeting with the Tanaiste and Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald and the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and her view of her own handling of the situation.

Housing and Homelessness

A protest is taking place in Galway today about the issue of homelessness...and what the Galway Housing Action Group says is a housing shortage in the city. Joe Loughnane, organiser with the Galway Housing Action Group, spoke to us.


Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald lodged the motion at Leinster House this afternoon. And Philip Boucher Hayes has been keeping on top of all that has been happening across the day.

Friday 10th February

Hanrahan Case

Garda Brian Hanrahan of Dublin Road, Nenagh, had denied assaulting the two women after they gave him a lift in the early hours of that morning. Our Mid West Corrsepondent Cathy Halloran spoke to us.


Earlier we went through the timeline of events, and the details of how this allegation of a child sexual assault was handled by an unnamed counsellor....the state agency, Tusla...and the Gardaí. Children's Rights expert and former Senator Jillian Van Turnhout and Catherine Murphy spoke to Mary.

Garda Commissioner Reaction

Damien Tiernan in Waterford gets reaction to today's events from the Garda Commissioner.

On This Day

Today, Myles Dungan recalls the forensic cross-examination by Sir Charles Russell of the journalist Richard Pigott in 1889... which exposed Pigott as a notorious forger.

McCabe Timeline

The Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe says he's to take a case against the State for all the damage done to him. Our reporter; Barry Lenihan has been charting the time line of allegations- and when key personnel first found out about them.

Thursday 9th February

Nurse's Action

It's been another bad week for the health service following startling revelations about the extent of long waiting lists and continued overcrowding in hospitals, and now nurses say they've had enough. John Cooke has been speaking to patients in Limerick.

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