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Thursday 30th June

Colm's Column

Today, Colm's ignoring the T's and C's...

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald

Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald spoke to Drivetime of her new legalisation to strengthen the Criminal Assets Bureau and the Gardaí protesting outside Leinster House.

Tory Woes

Friday following David Cameron's resignation - the talk was of the inevitable ascension of Boris Johnson to role of Prime Minster. He's now taken himself out of the running.

Lansdowne Rd/FEMPI

The Government could now face industrial action by thousands of gardaí and teachers if it imposes financial penalties on them for rejecting the Lansdowne Road Agreement. Della Kilroy had this report.

Tobacco Firm Closure

A tobacco products factory in County Westmeath is to close with the loss of nearly 90 jobs. Ciaran Mulooly had more.

Abortion Debate

The Dail is to debate a new bill on fatal foetal abnormality later this evening. It's being proposed by Independents4Change TD Mick Wallace to allow for terminations in these specific cases. Sarah Bardon, Political Reporter with the Irish Times spoke to Drivetime.

Console

The High Court has granted a number of injunctions preventing the former CEO of the suicide bereavement charity Console from accessing its bank accounts and credit cards. Court correspondent Vivienne Traynor and David Hall, Console interim CEO spoke to Drivetime.

Wednesday 29th June

PNA Strike

The Psychiatric Nurses' Association today began national industrial action in protest at what it says is the understaffing of mental health services across the country. Della Kilroy was in Tallaght for us today.

Console

The controversy around suicide charity Console continued today... following further revelations by the RTÉ Investigations Unit. Joint leader of the Social Democrats, Catherine Murphy spoke to Drivetime.

Ibrahim Halawa

The trial in Egypt of Irishman Ibrahim Halawa has been adjourned until October . The young Dublin man who was only 17 when he was arrested has now spent more than 1,000 days in prison in Egypt. His solicitor Darragh Mackin spoke to us.

NAMA Sale

NAMA is being debated in the Dail this evening, a private members' motion calling for the sale of the so-called Project Eagle loan book to be examined by a judge. David Murphy spoke to Drivetime.

Brexit

The first real sign of Brexit in action was the absence today of British Prime Minister David Cameron from the summit of leaders in Brussels. Tony Connelly spoke to us from Brussels.

Tuesday 28th June

Olivia O'Leary

Don't patronise the Brexiteers.

Rent Allowance

Minister Leo Varadkar has denied that rents could rise as a result of the Government's decision to increase the limits for rent supplement. We spoke to Lorcan Sirr, lecturer in Housing at DIT College, Deputy Eoin O'Broin Sinn Fein TD and Margaret McCormack, Irish Property Owners Association.

Jeremy Corbyn Confidence Vote

Within the past hour at Westminster... the British parliamentary Labour party voted overwhelmingly that it does NOT have confidence in the party leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Pat Rabbitte joined us in studio.

Rent Supplement Increase

The Cabinet today approved a proposal to increase the limits for rent supplement and the housing assistance payment across the country. We spoke to Minister Simon Coveney.

Iceland through to Quarter Finals

John Rogers is an English journalist with the news and culture magazine, Reykjavik Grapevine.

Ryanair

Aerlingus and Ryanair have cancelled flights between the Republic of Ireland and destinations in France and Spain due to a strike by air traffic workers. Kenny Jacobs, Chief Marketing Officer with Ryanair.ie spoke to us.

European Summit

European leaders are gathering to discuss the consequences of the UK vote against EU membership. Throughout the day, EU politicians have been stating their preferences for the way ahead. Tony Connelly was there.

Monday 27th June

Euro 2016

Barry Lenihan sends his final dispatch from France.

Brexit Ctd.

From London Raoul Ruparel, co-director of the Open Europe think-tank, spoke to Drivetime.

Brexit Fallout UK

The House of Commons has also been discussing the implications of Britain's decision to leave the European Union. Kevin Maguire is the associate editor of the Mirror, he spoke to Drivetime.

Minister Charlie Flanagan

The Taoiseach has outlined Ireland's role in the process of Britain leaving the European Union. Minster for Foreign Affairs and trade Charlie Flanagan spoke to Drivetime.

Fallout for Exporters

Brian Lally has been speaking to figures in the Irish export sector.

Markets/Economic Indicators

Global stock markets reacted negatively to Friday's Brexit vote - and that negativity has continued into today with shares across Europe falling again. Adam Maguire brought us market news.

Brexit Fallout

The Dail was re-called today... for an emergency debate on the implications of Brexit.

Friday 24th June

On This Day

Today Myles Dungan brings us an account of the military career of an Ulsterman who died in India... the elegantly named Rollo Gillespie:

Cameron's Biographer

We're heading back to London to speak with Isabel Oakeshott... political editor-at-large of the Daily Mail and co-author of 'Call Me Dave: The Unauthorised Biography of David Cameron.

Brexit Reaction Ctd.

Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach, was involved in many major European decisions over several decades he spoke to Drivetime, along with Leo Varadkar speaking on the fiscal space.

Brexit Reaction

Staying with our main story this evening and what happens now that the UK has voted in favour of leaving the European Union? Joining us in studio was the Minister for Social Protection, Leo Vardkar and we spoke to leader of the SDLP Colum Eastwood.

Brexit

Not long after 7 a.m., Britain's chief counting officer, Jenny Watson, took to the podium at Manchester Town Hall to deliver the national result. We spoke to Brian Dowling and Fergal Keane

Thursday 23rd June

Colm's Column

Hope for Ireland found in Robbie Brady's Goal!

Console Charity

Serious concerns about the running of the Console charity will be aired on an RTE Investigates report tonight - we speak to the former Senator wrongly claimed as a director by the organisation. Jillian Van Turnout spoke to us.

Abortion

While many government TDs have expressed support for changing the laws on abortion... it appears that the cabinet will not accept or support a new bill from Wexford deputy Mick Wallace. Daniel O'Connell of the Irish Examiner spoke to us.

German shootings

Details are still emerging in relation to an incident near Frankfurt, in western Germany, involving a man entering a cinema complex, and with a gun and ammunition belt. Kate Connolly had this report.

EU Referendum

The polls have been open since early morning... in the U.K. referendum on membership of the European Union. Fergal Keane is in London.

Barnardos

Della Kilroy talks to parents on the impact that years of cuts has had on their family

The Famous Mother in Ireland

Maria Brady, mother of Robbie Brady, spoke to Mary this evening. Overwhelmed, she watched the match at home with family and neighbours.

Wednesday 22nd June

Barnardos

Despite the signs of an economic recovery in this country..... last year, one of Ireland leading children's charities, Barnardos...supported more than 13,000 vulnerable children, their highest number ever. We spoke to June Tinsley.

Housing for Homeless Couples

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney today officially opened a new centre for the homeless on Sean McDermott Street in Dublin's north inner city. Della Kilroy was there.

Ireland play Italy

Barry Lenihan is in Lille, but will he be coming home after tonight?

UK Referendum Analysis

Let's explore the implications of the referendum result, both Leave and Remain. Kirsty Hughes is a writer and commentator on European politics.

EU Referendum

After last night's final televised debate of the campaign... the Leave and Remain sides today focussed their efforts on persuading the remaining 'Don't Knows'. Fergal Keane is in London.

Rory McIlroy Withdraws from Rio

Rory McIlroy will not compete in the upcoming Rio Olympics with the risk of the Zika virus one he is 'unwilling to take. CEO of the Irish Sports council John Treacy spoke to us.

Rainy Day Fund

A Brexit could cost the Irish economy between two to three billion over the next two years and could have massive ramifications on how we trade and what we have to spend. Seamus Coffey, economics lecturer in UCC spoke to us.

US VP Visit

The US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Ballina, County Mayo, this afternoon, as part of his six day visit to Ireland. Caitriona Perry spoke to us from Ballina, running a few hours behind schedule.

Alcohol Research

Every day in Ireland, three people die as a result of alcohol-related problems and abuse. The rate of alcoholic liver disease has trebled in just two decades with the highest increase recorded in 15 to 34-year-olds. Prof Frank Murray, president of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland spoke to us.

Tuesday 21st June

Olivia O'Leary

Let's talk about it says Olivia O'Leary.

Teacher Protests

Is a two tier pay scale leading to divisions in school staff rooms across the country? We talk to a teacher who is protesting outside the Dail this evening. Louise Curtis spoke to Mary.

Fans make it to Lille

The French city of Lille is transforming into a sea of green ahead of Ireland's third game at Euro 2016 tomorrow against Italy. Barry Lenihan has been measuring the mood.

Poll Analysis

Professor John Curtice of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow took us through the recent polls.

Voters in London

This afternoon, outside number 10 Downing Street, British Prime Minister David Cameron issued a direct appeal to older voters telling them future generations would be hardest hit by a vote to leave. Rob Mulhern spoke to voters.

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