Drivetime

Drivetime

Monday - Friday, 4.30 - 7pm

Podcasts

Wednesday 24th May

Future of Policing

The Commission on the future of the gardaí held its first meeting in Dublin today, with the Chairperson Kathleen O'Toole, promising a highly visible and transparent examination of all aspects of the force.

Sgt Pepper at 50

Now If you are of a cartain age...or music genre ...you'll know that this is the 50th anniversary of Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band ..the celebrated Beatles album with the fantastic Peter Blake sleeve. Brian Lally's been to Liverpool.

Trump Meets Pope Francis

Donald Trump has tweeted that he is more determined than ever to pursue peace after meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican this morning. James Politi spoke to us from Rome.

Manchester Attack

22 people were killed and 64 injured when an attacker detonated an explosive device in the foyer of the Manchester Arena. Ray Kennedy is in Manchester, and we spoke to Andrew Silke, and Brian Lally spoke to those signing the book of condolence.

Tuesday 23rd May

Roger Moore

Former James Bond star Sir Roger Moore has died in Switzerland at the age of 89 after a short battle with cancer. We spoke to Ryan Tubridy.

Manchester and Safety

Returning to last night's attack in Manchester in which 22 people were killed and 59 injured. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the massacre. A 23 year old man has been arrested in connection with the attack. We spoke to Julie Lenarz and Mark Breen, of Safe Events.

Sean Fitzpatrick

On Day 126, the former chairman and chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank, Sean FitzPatrick, was acquitted on all charges against him at the Circuit Criminal Court. We spoke to Tom Lyons of the Sunday Business Post.

Public Pay

The June 2nd deadline set by government for the conclusion of public sector pay talks won't be long in coming around. Ingrid Miley joined us with the latest from today's session at Lansdowne House.

Manchester Latest

A City Mourns its Young: Manchester Attacks Kills 22 - including an Eight Year Old Girl. Police Hunt for Killer's Accomplices. IS claims responsbility. We spoke to Ray Kennedy, Enda Brady of SKY and heard President Higgins' speaking to RTE's Colman O'Sullivan.

Monday 22nd May

Possible evidence for existence of the 'multiverse'

Science journalist tells us about possible evidence that there is another universe out there...and it might be crashed into ours!

Trump

President Donald Trump has embarked on the second leg of his foreign tour arriving in Israel today. Landing in Tel Aviv he spoke of the 'unbreakable bond' between the US and the State of Israel. We spoke to Luke Baker and Daniel Levy.

Leo vs Simon

They have both put themselves forward to lead the party, the government and the country....but what are the differences between the two men who would be king? Katie Hannon has been taking a look.

GLEN Closure

The closure of Glen, the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, after a report into its financial mismanagment and governance, has raised serious issues for charities across Ireland. We spoke to Jillian Van Turnout.

Public Sector Pay

Talks between the Government and public sector unions on a new pay deal got underway in Dublin this morning. Martin Wall of the Irish Times had more.

Varadkar Launches Policy Document

Leo Varadkar launched his policy ideas this afternoon--- with a range of promises on water charges; tax and social welfare. Barry Lenihan took a look back at it for us.

Friday 19th May

The Green Ribbon Campaign

The Green Ribbon campaign is taking place this month with the aim of raising awareness around mental health. Dr Rosie Plunkett and Rick Rossiter spoke to us this evening.

On This Day

Today Myles Dungan looks at the treachery of one of the most notorious informers of the 1798 rebellion, Francis Magan.

HPV Vaccine

The campaign to rebuild confidence in the HPV vaccine programme has begun to yield some encouraging results. At a HSE conference today, provisional data was shared that shows that that the drop in uptake has stabilised.

City of Sanctury

A group of 50 refugees and asylum seekers travelled to Leinster House this week to speak to TDs and Senators about issues ranging from the right to work, to access to third level education. Rhona Tarrant reports.

Coveney's Campaign

Not naïve about Leo's momentum - but not giving up. The words of Simon Coveney as he continued his Fine Gael Leadership campaign in County Clare this afternoon - and John Cooke met him along the way. John Cooke was on the trail.

Jonathan Dowdall Case

Sentencing has been adjourned in the case of a former Sinn Fein Councillor who has admitted he falsely imprisoned and threatened to kill a man who came to his home to buy a motorbike. Paul Reynolds joined us.

Fine Gael Leadership

The early blitz by Leo Varadkar in the Fine Gael leadership contest continued today with another high profile Cabinet member joining his campaign.

Thursday 18th May

Olivia O'Leary's Political Column

How tough it is at the top.

Fine Gael TD Michael Darcy

Fine Gael TD for Wexford Michael Darcy - he's part of Leo Vardakar's campaign team and he spoke to us this evening.

Fine Gael Leadership, Councillors

As TDs and Senators declare their public support for Leo or Simon in the race to become Fine Gael Leader and likely Taoiseach - they're not the only ones who'll decide. John Cooke speaks to Fine Gael Councillors.

Chemo Drugs

Some cancer treatment drugs are not being supplied to Ireland at present, because of problems with the manufacturer. We spoke to Dr Jerome Coffey, Director of the National Cancer Control Programme.

Fine Gael Leadership Race

The contest for the Fine Gael leadership has begun... As of now, there are two contenders... there are 16 days... and there's the grand prize of party leader and Taoiseach to be claimed. Fergal Keane was at Leinster House.

Wednesday 17th May

Marie Louise O'Donnell on what happens when we die.

The first ever report on how the State treats the dying and the bereaved says there must be urgent change Senator Marie Louise O'Donnell is the report's author.

Joan Burton Reacts to Kenny's Departure

Former Tanaiste Joan Burton gave her reaction to that announcement today that Enda Kenny will step-down as leader of Fine Gael at midnight tonight.

Kenny to Retire from Midnight

A new leader will be elected by the 2nd of June, and that person will then be presented to the Dail for nomination as Taoiseach. We spoke to Hugh O'Connell, political correspondent with the Sunday Business Post, Fine Gael TD and constituency colleague of Enda Kenny, Michael Ring, and Fine Gael MEP, Sean Kelly.

Enda Kenny Announces Departure

The timing of the meeting was brought forward by one hour reportedly at the Taoiseach's request. At that meeting, Enda Kenny is expected to confirm plans to step-down... triggering a leadership contest. But it's not just Fine Gaelers who are interested in what happens at that meeting. Fergal Keane was there.

Tuesday 16th May

Greyhound Board Allegations around PAC Hearing

Barry Lenihan reports on the various different version of events around what happened before and after the IGB's appearance before the Dail's Public Accounts Committee

UK Labour Manifesto

'For the many, not the few.' That was the slogan behind Jeremy Corbyn today... and on the front page of the document in his hand... as he launched the Labour Party's general election manifesto. Fiona Mitchell joined us with more.

Pay Talks

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has issued formal invitations to public service unions to commence talks on a successor to the Lansdowne Road pay agreement and the unwinding of cuts imposed during the recession. John Cooke had more.

Policing

As we reported earlier, the Government today published terms of reference of a Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. We spoke to President of the Garda Representative Association, Ciaran O'Neill.

US, Trump and Russia

Reports emerged yesterday that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to top Russian diplomats last week. And, the White House was quick to dismiss the claims. We spoke to Tom Foreman of CNN

College Trust Funds

Audits of a number of the country's universities have revealed the existence of private trusts and foundations which have raised millions of euro from private donors for the third level institutions. Ned Costello who is Chief Executive of the Irish Universities Association spoke to us.

Eric Locke Trial

A psychiatrist giving evidence on behalf of a man accused of murdering a woman in a Dublin hotel room, has said it's possible the man is a compulsive liar. Our Legal Affairs Correspondent Orla O'Donnell joined us.

Leaders Questions

The Commission on the future of policing, housing and Enda Kenny's own future were the issues raised by the party leaders during question time in the Dail this afternoon. Fergal Keane joined us from Leinster House, from what might just be one of the last Leaders questions where Enda Kenny will preside.

Monday 15th May

Shortage in Student Accomodation

Barry Lenihan reports with third level students expected to pay monthly rent of near 1,000 next year.

West of Ireland Crematorium

Finishing touches are being put to the West of Ireland's first cremation facility which has been part funded by a business expansion scheme providing tax relief for 36 separate investors already on board. The Shannon Crematorium cost two point four million euro and is due to open to the public later this month as John Cooke reports.

Clinical Trials

There's been a 37% increase in the number of sites conducting clinical trials in Ireland since 2014 but leaders in the field today called for further investment to promote Ireland's reputation as a clinical research hub. Della Kilroy reports.

Irish Penal Reform Trust

Fewer people were sent to prison last year with the courts handing down more Community Service Orders than jail sentences to those convicted of crimes of varying degrees of seriousness. Fianna Ni Chinneide, Acting Executive Director of the Irish Penal Reform Trust spoke to us.

Ransomware

The HSE is keeping its external connections closed down, as they determine if the 'wanna-cry' virus has made any impact here. 47 hospital trusts in the UK have been hit by the 'ransomware'. Cheryl Baker, the Head of Cybersecurity & Cybercrime Unit at UCD and Jim Gregg, Data Development Consultant with the Irish Computer Society spoke to Drivetime.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny

The talk around Leinster House at the moment is yet again, 'will he, won't he.' Is theTaoiseach Enda Kenny about to make a definitive announcment on his future on Wednesday, and if so what will his timeline for departure be?

Death in Kilkenny

Drivetime reports on a suspicious death of 29 year old Rita Apine in Freshford, Co. Kilkenny. The Latvian native had serious head injuries. Our South East Correspondent Damien Tiernan has been speaking with locals in the village of Freshford.

Friday 12th May

GMIT

Management at GMIT has insisted it has no plans to downgrade or close its facility in Castlebar, following suggestions that it's being run down and could become unviable. John Cooke has been at the GMIT in Castlebar speaking to students, we also spoke to President of the GMIT Dr. Fergal Barry.

Life Lessons from 90 Year Olds

Reporter Grainne McPolin has been meeting people, now in the 10th decade of their long lives. And they offered simple advice to younger generations and share their razor sharp observations of life.

Disability and the Arts

Della Kilroy reports on a new study examining how people with disabilities engage with arts and culture in Ireland. If you want to access that survey you can find it on www.ADIARTS.ie

Trump and the Russians

It's been a torrid week in Washington DC with the decision to fire FBI Director James Comey backfiring politically on the WHite House. Philip Boucher-Hayes has been loking at the latest developments.

On This Day

Myles Dungan recalls the executions of James Connolly and Sean Mac Diarmada.

Brexit, Big Shots Roll In...

Brexit is a 'proper mess' and there us 'no upside' for Ireland...so said the Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan to the BBC today, while former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said any hard border between the Republic and the North would be a disaster.

How to Get this Podcast

  1. Download and Install Podcast Software

    You will have to download and install software to be able to subscribe to podcasts, and download the latest shows. There are a number of freely downloadable programmes that allow you to access podcasts. Some of the most popular applications are iTunes, Juice and Doppler, for a list of more options go to www.podcastingnews.com. RTÉ is not resposible for the content of external websites or applications.

  2. Subscribe to this Podcast

    Copy the URL from below or from the address bar of this page and then insert it into your podcast software, look for an ADD or SUBSCRIBE option and follow the instructions. URL: Your software will automatically inform you of any new editions to the podcast without the need to subscribe again. If you have iTunes installed you can use this One Click Subscription.

  3. Listen to your podcast

    The podcast will be downloaded in mp3 format or mp4 if it's video, once the download is fully complete you can simply listen to or watch the programme on your computer, or transfer the file to a portable device (mp3 player, iPod etc) and listen to it at your convenience.

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.

Swaziland

Graham Clifford reports on the plight of the population there.

Twitter

Facebook

Contact the Show

Presenter: Mary Wilson

Schedule

Ways to Listen

Radio
Mobile
Internet
Radio Player
Podcasts
TV