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Thursday 21st September

Catalonia Referendum

Last night thousands of people demonstrated in the streets of Barcelona after Spanish police raided the Catalan government offices. Hannah Strange a Barcelona-based foreign correspondent spoke to Drivetime.

Free GP Care

The closer we get to budget day... the louder the clamour for extra coins from Paschal Donohoe's purse. The Finance Minister has very little wriggle room, but the health services are usually to the front of the queue, when it comes to asking for budget increases. Dr Ann Hogan, IMO President spoke to Drivetime.

Organ Donation

A coalition of seven patient groups in Ireland is asking people to consider how organ shortages leave hundreds of seriously ill patients sitting on waiting lists. The government continues to seek public opinion on plans to introduce a new opt-out system for organ donation. John Cooke has this report.

Leaders' Questions

The Taoiseach and other party leaders were at the Ploughing today, and that left the Tanaiste, Frances Fitzgerald to take leaders questions in the Dail. Fergal Keane reported on the proceedings.

Ryanair Cancellations

Ryanair pilots have been voting throughout the day on whether to accept an offer that would give Michael O'Leary the staff numbers he needs to call a halt to flight cancellations Our Industry & Employment Correspondent, Ingrid Miley is waiting for the results of those votes.

Wednesday 20th September

Jimmy Magee RIP

Reaction to the death of the Memory Man - Jimmy Magee

Housing

Vacant sites, social housing, Compulsory Purchase Orders and the declaration of a national emergency. These are some of the measures proposed by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions as solutions to the housing crisis. Sheila Nunan is the President of ICTU and she spoke to Drivetime.

Eviction

In the past few weeks a number of people in direct provision have been sent a letter by the Reception and Integration Agency. These asylum seekers, who are on deportation orders, have been given a month to vacate the centres they call home. NASC CEO is Fiona Finn spoke to the programme.

Justice Laffoy at Committee

Today saw the first meeting of the joint Oireachtas committee on the 8th amendment of the Constitution. Its deliberations and recommendations will likely lead to another referendum on abortion next year. Mary Minihan of the Irish Times has been watching the committee's proceedings today and she spoke to Drivetime.

Remembering Jimmy Magee

He knew his sport and it was his voice that summed up the feelings of the nation, at the gold medals won, the penalties scored, and that penalty saved. Jimmy Magee has left us. But we will always remember the memory man.

Dáil Eireann Returns

The new Dail term got up and running this afternoon, with housing being top of the agenda at Leaders' Questions. Next month's Budget will be the main item for debate in the coming weeks with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today saying he wants to give something back.

Mexico Earthquake

Mexico is struggling to cope with it's deadliest Earthquake in over 30 years. Over 200 people have been confirmed dead, including many children, but that figure may is almost certain to rise in the coming days. Mexican based journalist Iaon Grillo spoke to Drivetime.

Kildare Fire

On the 20th of September 1987, Aiden and Elizabeth Byrne went to a local 21st birthday party when a fire broke out at their home between 3 and 4am. Their children, and the children's babysitter, all perished in the fire. Gardai today revealed how they've mounted a murder investigation into what happened 30 years ago.

Tuesday 19th September

Tax Cuts

The Nevin Economic Research Institute today warned that the case for cutting taxes in the upcoming budget is extremely weak. The union-backed body said tax cuts will limit our ability to pursue social objectives and will reduce our resilience to future economic shocks. Its Policy Director Cora O'Brien spoke to Drivetime.

The Hospital With A Leaky Roof

Next to the hospital where a leaky roof has cancelled all surgeries and patients could end up in prefabs if they're to be operated on. Our reporter Barry Lenihan had more details.

Housing & Homelessness

Rents are on the rise again and the Housing Minister has outlined plans for new controls on landlords, along with the introduction of restricted increases in two more rent pressure zones Drogheda and Greystones. Our reporter John Cooke, and People Before Profit TD, Richard Boyd Barrett spoke to Drivetime about this.

The Suppliant Women

Fifty women leave everything behind to board a boat in North Africa and flee across the Mediterranean. That's the plot of The Suppliant Women, one of the world's oldest plays, written in Greek around two and a half thousand years ago. Brian Lally has been to rehearsals for a timely revival of the play.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Rohingya refugees continue to stream into Bangladesh fleeing burning villages and violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state. Last night, the de-facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi broke her silence on the crisis. Journalist Poppy McPherson based in Yangon spoke to Drivetime.

Sinn Féin Councillors

Sinn Fein has expelled three of its councillors in Wicklow following a row over the party's decision to appoint a newly-elected councillor as group leader. Our Political Correspondent Michéal Lehane and Sinn Féin's deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald spoke to Drivetime.

Monday 18th September

Modular Homes

The government announced plans for Rapid Build Homes or Modular houses in 2015, but rather than being a speedy solution their roll out was hit by numerous delays. Almost two years later significant numbers of Modular homes are finally being offered to families and Dublin City Council. John Cooke has been at a new modular estate in Finglas.

Angela Merkel's Team

Next Sunday, German voters go to the polls, with polls predicting a fourth term for Chancellor Angela Merkel. Derek Scally of the Irish Times, spoke to Drivetime, from Germany, to tell us more about the back-room team behind that success.

Dail Preview

TDs will make their way back to the Dáil for a new term this Wednesday. Fine Gael are riding high in the latest polls, but the Budget is just three weeks away and a tug of war on taxation could put Confidence and Supply arrangements to the test. The Irish Times' Sarah Bardon spoke to Drivetime.

Fixed Charge Notices

As the controversy on fixed charge notices continues, another controversy which arose recently related to the wrongful conviction of 14,700 people who received convictions and court-imposed penalties despite never having received a fixed charged notice. Padraig O'Connell is a solicitor based in Killarney in County Kerry spoke to Drivetime.

Fianna Fáil Think In

Ahead of the resumption of the Dail on Wednesday, Fianna Fail are holding their Think In this afternoon. Housing, Brexit and the economy are the three main issues for the pariamentary party meeting in Longford. Our reporter Fergal Keane was there for Drivetime and the party's Brexit spokesperson, Stephen Donnelly spoke to the programme.

Ibrahim Halawa Acquitted

After four years in prison in Egypt, the verdict in the case of Ibrahim Halawa and his three sisters was finally returned earlier today and all four of the Irish citizens were acquitted. Darragh Mackin who is solicitor for Ibrahim Halawa and Declan Walsh, Cairo Bureau Chief with The New York Times spoke to Drivetime.

Friday 15th September

All-Ireland Build Up

Mike McCartney is in Mayo and Barry Lenihan is at Croke Park ahead of the All-Ireland Football Final between three-in-a-row chasing Dublin and the Green and Red of Mayo.

Youth Homelessness

Our reporter John Cooke reports from Limerick on a conference on Youth Homelessness held in by Focus Ireland today.

Ivor Bell Decision

Veteran Republican Ivor Bell will stand trial in connection with the murder of Jean McConville in 1972. Allison Morris, security correspondent with the Irish News spoke to Drivetime.

Garda Breath Tests

The GRA had come out kicking against the findings of the O'Sullivan Report, and insisted rank and file members would not be scapegoated by senior and middle management. Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, spoke at the Fine Gael think in from Clonmel on the issue.

Regional Papers

Dave O'Connell joined the programme this week from our Galway studio to take us through what's making the news in the regional newspapers this week.

Fine Gael Think In

The Fine Gael think in has wound up in Clonmel, with the Taoiseach and some of his senior ministers giving a wide ranging press conference. Our reporter Fergal Keane was in CLonmel and had this report.

Body Discovered in Ennis

An investigation has been launched following the discovery of a body in Ennis earlier this morning. Cathy Halloran has the details and she spoke to the programme.

London Explosion

This morning's explosion on a Tube train is being treated as terrorism. It's the 5th known terrorist attack on Britain this year. Our London correspondent, Fiona Mitchell had this update.

Thursday 14th September

Galway school bound for Far East F1 fixture!

Brian Lally meets the gang at St Bridgets College Loughrea - current F1 in schools All Ireland champs - and bound for the Worlds in Kuala Lumpur

Apple Data Centre Athenry

It's feared growing frustration around planning delays could lead computer and phone Giant Apple to shelve plans for a major Data Centre in Co. Galway. Our reporter John Cooke visited the proposed site in Athenry.

Greyhound Dogs On Cocaine

We have the latest on the ongoing fall-out after one of Ireland's top greyhounds tested positive for the class A drug when victorious in a highly prestigous race. Our reporter Barry Lenihan has been watching this story for us.

Garda Response to the O'Sullivan Report

The Garda Representative Association have responded to the O'Sullivan Report which revealed that Gardai had falsified 1.5 million alcohol breath tests. Our crime correspondent Paul Reynolds spoke to John O'Keeffe of the G.R.A

Grenfell Inquiry

It is three months since a huge fire engulfed Grenfell Tower block in the early hours of the morning. Today, the public inquiry into the disaster opened. Our London Correspondent Fiona Mitchell was at the inquiry this morning, and she spoke to Drivetime.

Fine Gael Think In

The pre Dail Fine Gael think in is underway in Clonmel today and tomorrow. Members of the Parliamentary Party are formulating their strategy for the coming months and looking also at the party structure. Our reporter Fergal Keane and Minister for Health, Simon Harris spoke to Drivetime from Clonmel.

Wednesday 13th September

Betting Advertisements & Canine on Cocaine

Barry Lenihan reports on breaking developments in the Greyhound World, plus calls to curb betting advertisements.

President Macron

In France, protestors took to the streets yesterday and some public sector workers stayed home in the first major demonstrations against President Macron's reform agenda. journalist and broadcaster, Nabila Ramdani spoke to Drivetime.

Bedsits

One of the ideas being considered by government to ease the Housing Crisis is the return of bedsits, but can it provide thousands of extra single room homes or will it condemn 'another generation to a lifetime of poor quality accommodation.' Our reporter John Cooke has been looking at the issue and has this report.

Jean Claude Juncker Speech

Jean Claude Juncker President of the European Commission delivered his state of the union address in Strasbourg this morning. Jim Brundsden of the Financial Times spoke to Drivetime about Mr Juncker's address this evening.

Solidarity Think-In

Solidarity - People Before Profit held their pre Dail session think in today. Repeal of the 8th Amendment and the housing crisis are among the priorities for the coming months for their six TD's. Fergal Keane went along and he had this report.

Prisoners Slopping Out

The High Court has today ruled that the right to privacy of a former Mountjoy prisoner was breached when he was made to 'slop out' while detained in a cell with no toilet facilities. Mary Carolan is Courts Reporter with The Irish Times and former Governor of Mountjoy Prison, John Lonergan spoke to Drivetime.

Tuesday 12th September

NALA at the Aras

NALA students call to President Higgins to mark Literacy Week .

Colm's Column

It's 'think in' season for the country's political parties. Drivetime's Colm O'Regan has been looking at this, and his advice to the parties is: 'iterate - don't castigate'.

Blackmail

A Fianna Fail policitican has become the victim of a so-called 'honeytrap blackmail plot'. A video was sent from the politician's private social media account to an individual he had met online. Pat McKenna is a cyber security specialist and founder of Child Watch.ie and he spoke to Drivetime about this issue.

Missing Bank Information

AIB has apologised to over 500 customers whose private banking details were listed on documents lost by a staff member in Galway. The bank is insisting the savings of its clients are safe and the incident has been referred to the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner. Our reporter John Cooke had this report.

Herman and Candelaria Zapp

Herman and Candelaria Zapp are childhood sweethearts and they left Argentina 17 years ago and have been globe-trotting ever since. They arrived in Ireland today and Candelaria spoke to Drivetime

Hurricane Irma

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, clean-up operations are getting underway. Residents are leaving shelters and returning to scenes of devastation in their neighbourhoods. Catherine Sanz is a journalist with the Times Ireland Edition who is currently on holidays in Miami and she spoke to Drivetime.

Clondalkin Shooting

Gardai investigating the murder of a thirty five year old in Dublin last night believe a number of people kicked in the door of his home where two of his children were prior to his killing. Conor Feehan is a reporter with Independent News and Media spoke to Drivetime.

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Hen and Stag Parties

Barry Lenihan reports on stag and hen parties in Carrick on Shannon

Hen and Stag Parties

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Hen and Stag Parties

This week we've been in both Carrick-on-Shannon and Carlingford to hear how locals are coping with the invasion of the feather boas brigade

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