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    Thursday 26th November

    Malawi - Part Three

    In the third part of her series on the effects of Climate Change, Della Kilroy examines issues of displacement in Malawi.

    Derek Deane, Former Deputy Chairman of the IFA

    The man who lifted the lid on the half a million salary enjoyed by the Association's Secretary General Derek Deane speaks of running for the Presidency.

    IFA Severance Deal

    Seventeen hours in emergency session and now an inquiry is underway and the IFA must elect a new President.Damien O'Reilly on turbulent times in Irish agricultural politics. Solicitor Aisling Meehan, specialising in Agricultural law spoke to Drivetime also.

    Wednesday 25th November

    David Walsh Interview

    The parade of controversies that plague world sport just keep on coming - but where does it leave the world of sport? Mary spoke with David Walsh, Chief Sports Writer with The Sunday Times...

    Malawi - Part Two

    In the second part of her series on the effects of Climate Change, Della Kilroy looks at the issue of drought and delivers a report from her recent trip to Malawi with Trocaire...

    Digital Abuse

    Women's Aid has called for a cyber-stalking offence to be introduced into Irish law to better protect women from digital abuse. Brian Lally reports...

    Sham Marriages

    Gardai have searched 40 homes and businesses across the coutnry and arrested 11 people as part of a multi-agency investigation into sham marriages. Fergal Keane reports...

    Tuesday 24th November

    Olivia O'Leary Political Column

    In her political column this week, Olivia remembers an impromptu standing ovation.

    Nurses to Strike

    Emergency Department nurses today voted overwhelmingly for industrial action. We spoke to Phil Ní Sheaghdha of the INMO and also to Rosarii Mannion, Director of Human Resources at the HSE.

    New 20 euro note

    The new 20 euro note is coming into circulation in Ireland from tomorrow. It has a new design and enhanced security features. Brian Lally went along to the Central Bank where the new notes made their media debut...

    Leaders' Questions Today

    Fergal Keane was down in the Dail. He reported on some of the terse exchanges between Micheal Martin and Enda Kenny at today's sitting.

    Banking Inquiry - Ciaran Lynch interview

    After weekend speculation that the Banking Inquiry was about to collapse, a decision was reached this evening on where the members could and would go from here. We spoke to the Inquiry's Chairman, Ciaran Lynch, TD.

    IFA latest

    President Eddie Downey has stepped aside. An investigation is to be carried out. RTE Countrywide's Damien O'Reilly brought us up to date - and we also heard from farmers at Enniscorthy Mart.

    Russian Plane Shot Down

    The Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian military aircraft earlier today - an act described by President Putin as 'a stab in the back by accomplices of the terrorists'. We spoke to Borzou Daraghai in Istanbul and Olga Ivskina of the BBC Russian Service.

    Monday 23rd November

    U2 Come Home

    The 3 arena - for 4 nights. U2 are home. Drivetime's Brian Lally reports.

    Climate Change - Malawi

    In the first of a three-part series this week, Drivetime's Della Kilroy reports on how climate change has affected Malawi and how it has survived floods, drought and displacement in recent years. She travelled there with Trocaire last week...

    Five TDs went to Vietnam...

    We heard this evening about the trip made by five deputies to Vietnam - a trip that cost the state €23,000. Ken Foxe gave us the story...

    Road to the Election - Louth & Meath

    In our ongoing series, we looked this evening at how things are shaping up in the five-seater constituency of Louth and the two three-seaters of Meath East and Meath West. Mary spoke with pollster, Sean Donnelly and Louth-based journalist, Elaine Keogh.

    Update on Brussels

    It's Day 3 of lockdown in Brussels with schools and universities closed, public transport in the city cancelled or curtailed and many bars, shops and offices empty. A total of 21 people have now been arrested in counter terrorism operations - but much longer can the city remain in limbo?

    Opting out of Religion - the case of one Limerick school

    The board of management at Castletroy College, a secondary school in Limerick is meeting this evening to consider whether a first year pupil can be allowed opt out of studying religion. Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan had this to say about it...

    IFA Pay Controversy

    We heard this evening the latest on the IFA pay controversy and the level of support/dissent there now is amongst farmers for President, Eddie Downey. Countrywide's Damien O'Reilly joined Mary in studio, while we also heard from farmers at Dungarvan mart.

    Friday 20th November

    On This Day

    This week, Myles Dungan looks at the Commission which might - had it been allowed to do so - have drawn the boundaries between the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland a little differently.

    Abuse Victim

    Drivetime's Barry Lenihan spoke to Sarah Clancy, the victim of a sex offender who is serving his jail sentence at home because he is confined to a wheelchair.

    IFA - Pay Package of Pat Smith revealed

    At an Emergency Meeting of the IFA this evening, the pay package of Pat Smith, who resigned as General Secretary yesterday was revealed. We got the details of his pay and perks, analysis from George Lee, RTE's Agriculture Correspondent and we got reaction from farmers at Carrick-on-Suir mart. This piece also includes a statement from the IFA.

    Thursday 19th November

    Fianna Fail Electoral Strategy

    Is the Fianna Fail leadership resigned to opposition after the next election? We got analysis from political commentator and former member of the FF Executive, Johnny Fallon....


    The charity which supports male victims of domestic abuse says demand for its services is on the rise. It received 8,500 disclosures of abuse last year alone. Drivetime's Barry Lenihan reports...

    Sara Burke Analysis - Universal Health Insurance

    This week came a long-awaited admission from the Minister for Health that the government's plan for Universal Health Insurance has been abandoned. Sara Burke gave us her analysis...


    A new study in China suggests the world is on the cusp of the 'post antibiotic era'. Mary spoke to Dr Roy Sleator, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at Cork Institute of Technology.

    The Interim Cregan Report

    This evening, the government published the Interim Report by Judge Brian Cregan. He was asked to examine the sale of assets during the wind-down of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation. Hugh O'Connell, Political Editor of spoke to Mary...

    Peter Robinson Steps Down

    Peter Robinson has been a dominant force in Northern politics for several generations. He became Deputy Leader of the Democrat Unionist Party in 1980. Today he announced his decision to step down. Tommie Gorman spoke to him for Drivetime...

    Wednesday 18th November

    Pavee Point

    The Traveller Advocacy organisation celebrated 30 years today. President Michael D Higgins was there. So too was Drivetime's Brian Lally...

    IFA General Secretary Salary

    Reports have emerged today that the General Secretary of the Irish Farmers' Association, Pat Smith is on an annual package worth in excess of €400,000. We spoke to Derek Deane, Chairman of the Carlow branch of the IFA...

    New Corporation Tax in the North

    As part of the package of measures announced in the North yesterday, the corporation tax rates from 2018 will be set at just 12.5%. Is our biggest competition for inward investment about to come from just across the border? We spoke to Pearse Doherty...

    A letter to ISIS

    Antoine Leiris lost his wife and the mother of his child in the attack on the Bataclan Theatre last Friday night. He has written an open letter to the terrorists. We heard an excerpt from that letter and spoke also to Salem Kawakibi, a French-Syrian and Deputy Director of the Paris based think-tank, Arab Reform Initiative.

    Remembering Jonah Lomu

    He was rugby's first superstar and he died today at the age of just 40. RTE Sport's Greg Allen spoke to Sean Fitzpatrick who captained Jonah Lomu during his debut game for the All Blacks back in 1994.


    There was more death on the streets of Paris today after French forces raided buildings in the St Denis area of the city. Fergal Keane reports...

    Fennelly Commission - Interim Report

    Judge Nial Fenelly has today requested that his Commission of Investigation be given until September 2016 to complete its work. Brian Dowling of RTE's Political Staff and Philip Boucher Hayes spoke with Mary...

    Tuesday 17th November

    How to get to Euro 2016

    The final tournament draw won't be announced until December 12th - but can you get ahead by booking your flights and ferries to France now? We got some advice from Travel journalist, Pol O'Conghaile.

    Olivia O'Leary's Radio Column

    'This is what France means to us: music, painting, a republic of ideas, living brought to a fine art...and a city of dreams call Paris'. Listen back to this week's column from Olivia here...

    Universal Health Insurance

    It was a key component of Fine Gael's Five Point Plan from 2011, but it's now understood its introduction would involve additional costs of more than €650m. We spoke to Susan Mitchell of the Sunday Business Post and Roisin Shortall, former Junior Minister and the Department of Health.

    A Fresh Start - Agreement in Belfast

    After two months of negotiations, an agreement has been reached between the political parties in the North. We got the details from our Northern Editor, Tommie Gorman.

    Same Sex Marriages

    As the first same sex marriages took place across the country today, Mary spoke to long-time campaigner for marriage equality, Senator Katherine Zappone.

    Report from Paris

    Drivetime's Fergal Keane is in Paris. He updated us on the day's events there and spoke also to Frank Rynne, long time Paris resident, and a university lecturer in Modern History in the city.

    Monday 16th November

    Road to the Election - Part IV

    In recent months the streets of Dublin have witnessed demonstrations from both sides of the abortion debate. But will abortion be a campaign issue in election 2016? Drivetime's Barry Lenihan reports...

    Road to the Election - Part III

    Pollster and Analyst, Sean Donnelly gave us the state of the parties and candidates in Dublin Central, Dublin West and Dublin North West with further analysis from Niamh Lyons, Political Editor of The Times online.

    Road to the Election - Part II

    One of the biggest talking points in Dublin in the run-up to this election is access to primary schools. We spoke to John Walshe, former Adviser to Ruairi Quinn, John Boyle, Principal of St Colmcille's N.S. in Knocklyon and parent, Orla Hyland.

    Road to the Election - Part 1

    In our latest stop-off along the Road, we look at the constituencies of Dublin West, Dublin Central and Dublin North-West. Our Brian Lally was out and about to talk to people in those areas about what's on their minds in the run-up to this Election.

    Paris Attacks - The Belgium Connection

    Belgium has twice has many jihadis per population as France and four times as many as the United Kingdom. By far the highest concentration in Europe - so why are so many Belgian's radicalising?

    Paris - President Hollande address

    French President Francois Hollande has been addressing both houses of the French congress this afternoon. He called for a meeting of the UN security council to address the threat of Islamic State in Syria. We got analysis from Paris-based journalist and writer Agnes Poirier.

    Paris Attacks - The Latest

    It's been a day of raids and weapons seizures and arrests across France and Belgium. Drivetime's Fergal Keane is in Paris and he updated us on the day's events.

    Friday 13th November

    On This Day

    Today Myles Dungan tells the story of an Irish soldier who fought and died leading American troops into Canada during the American War of Independence.

    Roche Workers

    Staff at Roche Ireland are expressing hope that a new investor can be found for the Pharmaceuticals plant in County Clare after news the company is pulling out. Drivetime's John Cooke got some reaction from workers and local people.

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