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Friday 17th November

Limerick Students Careers

What are the future career prospects for Ireland's teenagers and have the jobs they'll do even been thought of yet? John Cooke met some students at the Student Life Summit in the University of Limerick.

Six Million Euro Drugs Bust

Two men have appeared in court charged in connection with the seizure of over six million euro worth of drugs as part of an investigation in to the Kinahan crime gang. Our Crime Correspondent Paul Reynolds spoke to the programme.

Boris In Dublin

the British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was in Dublin today. Early this morning he had a meeting with his counterpart, Simon Coveney. But his itinerary didn't end there. Later, Johnson made an appearance at Trinity College.

Sinn Féin Ard Fheis

Tomorrow night at 8.30, Gerry Adams will deliver a 'Presidential Address' at Sinn Féin's Ard Fheis, in which - we're told - he will set out his 'plans for the future.' Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill spoke to Mary Wilson this evening.

Regional News

Dave O'Connell joined us from our Galway studio to take us through the stories that are making the news in the regional papers this week.


Avoiding a hard border in Ireland, hinges on keeping Northern Ireland inside the Single Market, and Customs Union This morning Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met UK Prime Minister Theresa May, on the fringes of an EU Leaders meeting in Sweden.

Barry Walsh Resigns from Fine Gael

A senior Fine Gael figure has resigned his position within the party after growing condemnation of his offensive and sexist tweets. Our reporter Barry Lenihan had the latest.

Thursday 16th November

Fine Gael Tweet Controversy

An investigation is underway in Fine Gael about a series of abusive tweets by a senior party member to TD's of his own and other parties Junior Minister Helen McEntee and former FG election candidate Stephanie Regan give their reaction.....

Precarious Work

On Drivetime in recent weeks, we've been taking a close look at precarious employment in its various forms - including so-called 'zero hours contracts' and 'if and when' contracts. Adrian Cummins, of the Restaurant Association; and by Gerry Light, of the Mandate Trade Union discussed this on the programme.

NCCA Investigation

The Department of Education has launched a formal investigation into allegations of long-running bullying at the state body in charge of setting the school curriculum. Our reporter Barry Lenihan had exclusive details on this story.

Seanad Rugby World Cup Bid

Yesterday, Ireland came third, and last, in the bidding to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. In the Seanad today, Fianna Fail's Terry Leyden labelled the bid team as 'amateurs', which didn't go down too well with fellow Senator Neale Richmond.

Spurious Insurance Claims

Spurious insurance claims are notoriously hard to fight, but a number of cases before the courts this week, suggest that insurers are pushing back. Kevin Thompson is CEO of Insurance Ireland spoke to Drivetime this evening.

Waterford Bus

Bus Eireann has won the tender to provide Waterford city bus services, against competition from a number of private operators. The CEO of the National Transport Authority, Anne Graham spoke to Drivetime.

Áras Attracta Payout

The HSE has agreed to pay more than 400,000 euro to an intellectually disabled woman who is a former resident of the Aras Attracta facility in County Mayo. Mary Carolan of The Irish Times was in the High Court for this case today and she spoke to Drivetime.

Wednesday 15th November

Stevie Cullivan Inquest

An inquest into the death of a baby boy at the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar has returned a verdict of medical misadventure. Our reporter John Cooke was at the Dublin District Coroners Court and he spoke to the programme.


In Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe remains under house arrest, detained by the military. Tanks were stationed around key government buildings in the capital Harare and reports came through of explosions and gunfire. Late last night, the army took control of the state broadcaster.

Housing and Homelessness

Eileen Gleeson of the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive criticised people who offer food to homeless people, saying what they need are homeless services. Eoghan Murphy, the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government and Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger spoke to Drivetime.

Rugby World Cup Bid

There was further World Cup disappointment today when Ireland was beaten into third place in the bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. France emerged as the surprise winners, edging out the recommended hosts, South Africa, is a vote in London. Fergal Keane has been getting reaction and he had this report.

Irish Rhino Horn Smuggler

An Irish man has been jailed in America for his role in smuggling rhino horn The 40 year old is part of the international criminal gang - 'The Rathkeale Rovers' Jimmy Wolfe Mid West Correspondent spoke to Drivetime.

Explosion at a Co Louth House

Gardai are investigating whether there's a connection between a cannabis growhouse and an explosion which killed one and injured two others. RTÉ's crime correspondent, Paul Reynolds spoke to Drivetime.

Tuesday 14th November

Olivia O'Leary - We Can't Have Democracy

In her political column this week, Olivia O'Leary says: we can't have democracy, unless we're all in it together.

Teacher Registration Bureaucracy

The Government is trying to lure skilled emigrants back home to Ireland again but how easy do we make it for them when they get here? Sean Donegan, from Quigley's Point in Donegal told his story to Mary Wilson.

Learner Drivers Amendment Bill

A proposal making it an offence for the owner of a vehicle to allow it to be driven by an unaccompanied learner driver is to come before the Dáil. Eight-year-old Zoe Scannell, was killed in a car crash in June 2014 when an unaccompanied learner driver lost control of the car he was driving. Her mother Alisha spoke to RTÉ's Sharon Tobin.

ESRI Property Study

House price inflation of 20% over the next three years but no bubble in sight, according the ESRI who've published new research on the housing market. Karl Deeter of Irish Mortgage Brokers discussed this with Drivetime.


An alternative to Catalan independence 'is always possible', a Belgian Newspaper has quoted Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, as saying. Raphael Minder is the author of 'The Struggle for Catalonia' and he's Madrid Correspondent with the New York Times and he spoke to Drivetime.

Gaeilge 24

Could you spend 24 hrs As Gaeilge? That's the ambitious target of Conradh Na Gaeilge today with 'Gaeilge 24' and there's more that thirty thousand students taking part. Brian Lally hit the sraid to ask if people were up for the challenge.

Leaders' Questions

The Taoiseach says the Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald 'had no prior knowledge' of a strategy pursued by then Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan's legal team to attack the credibility of Sergeant Maurice McCabe during his testimony before the O'Higgins Commission.

Tracker Mortgages

Today, the Central Bank confirmed that it is preparing an enforcement investigation into state-owned AIB as it pursues the Irish banks for over-charging tracker mortgage customers -- a number of whom lost their homes as a result. Financial advisor and consumer rights campaigner Padraig Kissane spoke to Drivetime.

Monday 13th November

Primary Healthcare and GP Services

A new report is calling for major investment in primary health care and GP services to improve patient outcomes and ease pressure on our overcrowded hospitals. Dr. Edel McGinnity and Dr. Maire Finn spoke to the programme.

Saudi Arabia

The Five Star Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh is, today, the world's most unlikely prison. It's prisoners include well-connected Saudi Princes and billionaires, who have been accused of corruption by the country's Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Christina Lamb, of the Sunday Times spoke to Drivetime.

Precarious Employment

Many Irish people now work in the so-called 'gig economy' trying to make ends meet with occasional days, irregular hours, uncertain payment and few, if any, entitlements. Minister for employment and social protection, Regina Doherty spoke to Drivetime.

LGBTI Kids Afraid At School

We might like to think of ourselves as progressive when it comes to equality, but the experiences of young LGBTI people show that we're not quite there yet. According to research - 70% of young LGBTI people do not feel safe at school. Katie spoke to Drivetime about her experience of coming out at school.

Freedom Of Dublin City

Bob Geldof has handed back his Freedom of Dublin award in protest at the inclusion of Burmese leader, Aung San Suu Kyi on the roll. The singer and activist said he did not want to be on a 'select roll of wonderful people with a killer,' following reports of ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslems in Burma. Fergal Keane had this report.

Galway Rapist Sentenced

A Galway man who raped his daughter and threatened to kill her mother with a shotgun if she told anyone, has been sentenced to just over ten years in prison. Our Legal Affairs Editor Orla O'Donnell was in court and brought Drivetime this report.


Overnight, an Earthquake near the Iran/Iraq border caused death and destruction in both countries. The quake, which registered 7.3 on the Richter scale struck at a quarter past 9 in the evening, local time. The Red Crescent is co-ordinating relief efforts, and their regional Head of Communications, Rana Cassou spoke to the programme.

Friday 10th November

Homeless Children

The most recent homeless figures show that 8,374 people accessed emergency accomodation in September. 3,124 of those were children. Fighting against the overwhelming odds - are services such as 'Novas', providing support in Limerick, Dublin, Kerry, Tipperary, Clare and Cork.

FIne Gael National Conference

The Fine Gael faithful are en route to Cavan this evening for the party's 2-day national conference. Taoiseach Leo Varadakar's leader's address will take place tonight after the traditional Saturday night slot was taken by the World Cup play-offs. Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure, Paschal Donohoe spoke to Drivetime.

Regional Papers

Dave O'Connell joined us from our Galway studio this evening to take us through the stories making the news in the regional news papers.


Overnight, a leaked EU Position paper, revealed a proposal that - post Brexit - Northern stay inside the Single Market and Customs Union, to avoid a hard border. That leak overshadowed today's negotiations in Brussels between the EU's Michel Barnier, and his UK counterpart, David Davis.

Courts GAA Coach

This afternoon, a 75-year old man was sentenced to seven years for indecent assaults on two boys in the 1970s. Ronan McCormack, a farmer from Cloonloo Co Sligo was already serving a sentence for abusing five other boys in the 1980s while he was a GAA coach. Vivienne Traynor had the latest.

Irish Rail Update

The Labour Court has drawn up recommendations for the Irish Rail dispute, and both sides have been waiting all day to hear what those recommendations are. The unions have a meeting scheduled to start this evening at Liberty Hall, in Dublin, and Ingrid Miley and she spoke to the programme.

Thursday 9th November

Foster Care

A report into the provision of Foster Care Services in Ireland, published today, shows a care system that is overstretched, lacking in cohesion and in dire need of investment. Dr Valerie O'Brien of the school of Social Work in UCD and a member of 'Social Workers in Foster Care' spoke to Drivetime.

Theresa May's Government

In London Theresa May has just appointed a replacement for the International Development Secretary, Pritti Patel, who was forced to resign last night. But as Philip Boucher-Hayes reports it far from restores order to the ranks of the British Government.

Minister John Halligan

Minister of State John Halligan has form and he's under pressure. The Waterford TD has indicated he's prepared to cover the seven thousand five hundred euro that his Department paid in compensation to a woman he interviewed last year.

Public Health Alcohol Bill

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill made it past its first tentative step last night, a full two years after it was first proposed. Minister for Health Simon Harris, faced a considerable revolt from his own Senators, backed by Fianna Fail, in the day long debate. Senator Frances Black spoke to the programme.

Ireland Vs Denmark

The Danish Football Union warned today that Irish fans who have bought Danish tickets for Saturday's match in Copenhagen run a very real risk of being turned away from the stadium. Tom Carstensen is a Danish journalist and author of a book on Danish football hooliganism and he spoke to Drivetime this evening.

Train Talks

Talks have been taking place at the Labour Court in Dublin today in another effort to avoid further strike action at Iarnrod Eireann. Our reporter Joe Mag Raollaigh was at the Labour Court and Gerald Flynn of Align Management Solutions both spoke to the programme.

Wednesday 8th November

Trump's Wall: A Year on From his Election

Barry Lenihan reports from San Diego California and Tijuana in Mexico as eight prototype walls for Donald Trump proposed border wall are erected.

UK Politics

The UK's International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, arrived back to London after being summoned home by Prime Minister, Theresa May. The Spectator's Fraser Nelson spoke to Mary Wilson on the line.

Public Health Alcohol Bill

New restrictions on the way alcohol is sold and advertised in Ireland are back before the Seanad for Discussion this evening five years after they were first put forward. Our reporter John Cooke had this report.

The Pope and Mobile Phone

Pope Francis is not happy. In his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square today, the Pontiff had some choice words for mass goers who take pictures with their mobile phones during services. Francis Rocca is Vatican Correspondent with The Wall Street Journal and he spoke to Drivetime this evening.

Reuniting Refugees

Once asylum seekers have been granted refugee status in this country, which family members should they be entitled to bring here to join them? That's the question that was being debated this afternoon in the Seanad. Oxfam Chief Executive, Jim Clerkin discussed this with Mary Wilson this evening.

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Programme Highlights

Syrian Refugees

The war in Syria and the subsequent migrant crisis prompted Ireland to offer shelter to 4,000 people here under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme two years ago. John Cooke revisits residents of Ballaghaderreen's Emergency Reception Centre .

Hen and Stag Parties

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

Hen and Stag Parties

Hen and Stag Parties in Carlingford Della Kilroy brought us this report



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