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Thursday 28th July

Colm's Column

He's 'Out of the Office'

Rebuilding Ireland

We've been looking at the role of local authorities in tackling the housing crisis this week as part of the Government's Rebuilding Ireland Plans and today we're moving closer to the capital and the high demand commuter areas. John Cooke was in Kildare today.

Student Accommodation

We are in the middle of a housing crisis as you know, and Student's Unions and University Accommodation offices around the country have been redoubling their efforts to try and sort out accommodation for students for the upcoming academic year.

Terror Threat

The Head of the FBI warns that as IS lose ground in Iraq and Syria - there will be more attacks in Europe and America. Andrew Silke - Director of Terrorism Studies at the University of East London and Kate Connolly in Berlin spoke to us.

Garth Brooks

two years after he disappointed his legion of Irish fans country star Garth Brooks is reported to be scheduling in some concerts in this country. But according to reports, its not Croke Park but another GAA venue that could welcome Brooks, Pairc Ui Caoimh in Cork. Lord Mayor Des Cahill spoke to Drivetime.

Elderly Being Sedated

A consultant geriatrician has said some elderly people are being unnecessarily sedated in care situations, as a way of managing behaviour. We spoke to Dr Shaun O'Keefe, Consultant Geriatrician at UCH, Galway.

Marta Herda Verdict

A 29-year-old woman broke down in tears as she was sentenced to life in prison today for the murder of her colleague. Chuba Orsas was a passenger in Marta Herda'a car when she drove off the pier in Arklow over three years ago. Vivienne Traynor reports.

Monday 25th July

Vulture Funds

Ireland voted against regulation and control of Vulture Funds at the United Nations.

Rebuilding Ireland in Co. Clare

County Councils have been told to get building new houses again as part of the new Rebuilding Ireland Plan which aims to provide an additional 47,000 social housing units in the next five years. But no real figures have been given as to many houses might actually be built. John Cooke reports all week, today from Clare.

Election Posters

Well this evening Dublin City Council meeting may well sound the death knell for an Irish institution ..the Election Poster. Brian Lally's been speaking to the people and we were joined by Cllr Paddy Smyth

Theresa May in Belast P.2

Jeffery Donaldson is the DUP MP for Lagan Valley spoke to Drivetime.

World Youth Day

Over 300 young people from Dublin Parishes left Dublin today to attend the biggest Catholic Youth Festival in the world taking place in Poland this week. Della Kilroy was at the airport.

Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett became only the tenth Irishman ever to complete the Tour De France yesterday, Bennett completed the gruelling cycle race despite injuring himself badly in a horrific crash on the very first day of the Tour. Cormac asks what he remembers of the crash.

Marital Rape

A 42-year-old man who raped his wife, threatened to kill her and later beat her with a hammer was jailed for ten years at the Central Criminal Court today. The court suspended the final two years of a 12 year sentence for the offence of rape. Noeline Blackwell of Dublin Rape Crisis Centre spoke to us 1800 77 88 88

Theresa May in Belfast

The British Prime Minister says she hopes a practical solution can be found to the issue of the border between the Republic and Northern Ireland following last month's UK referendum vote to leave the EU. Theresa May was in Belfast earlier for the first time since taking up residence at Number 10 Downing Street.

Thursday 21st July

Hollande's Visit

French President Francois Hollande and Taoiseach Enda Kenny have said Britain should begin the process of leaving the European Union 'as soon as possible'. Minister Charlie Flanagan joined us.

Colm's Column

Colm O'Regan's diary on Trump mania...

Dolphin's Barn

The Dolphin's Barn flat complex is to benefit from a 25 million euro regeneration programme as part of new government investments in Dublin's Inner City. John Cooke has been meeting with the residents there.

Riverdance Danceathon

Well , the patter of not so tiny feet now, as The Cast of Riverdance are raising hall as we speak with dance schools from all over the country to raise funds for Hospice care . Brian Lally met them on King Street outside the Gaiety Theatre.

Mental Health Services for the Young

Serious concerns have been raised yet again today over the lack of access to mental health services for young people in Ireland. Della Kilroy reports.

PAC Side of the Kerins Story

Lawyers for the Public Accounts Committee have told the High Court that the committee members were very conscious of and sympathetic to, the serious difficulties experienced by the former Chief Executive of the Rehab Group, Angela Kerins. Orla O'Donnell spoke to us.

Mortgage Rate Rules

Banks are to be forced to inform standard variable mortgage customers about alternatives home loans so consumers can avail of lower interest rates. Bernard Sheridan, the Central Bank's director of consumer protection spoke to us.

Wednesday 20th July

Republican National Convention

Donald Trump last night became the official Republican candidate for Novembers US presidential election. And tonight his vice presidential running mate, Mike Pence will make his first appearance at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

New Politics

Dáils Out for Summer!!!! But what's the politicians' End of Term report... Barry Lenihan reports.

TASC Report

A new report published today by independent think tank TASC shows that consistent child poverty almost doubled during the recent economic recession. The first annual update examines economic inequality indicators and trends in Ireland for 2016. Della Kilroy reports.

Life After Politics P.2

Graham Clifford was in Wicklow today and the kitchen of Billy Timmins who lost the seat he first filled in June 1997.

Climate 2030

Government spokesmen are arguing that the government has secured significant concessions in new European Union emission targets for 2030. Philip Boucher-Hayes reports even these changes will not be enough to arrest global warming and we spoke to Minister Denis Naughten

Dublin Bus Dispute

Today the Labour Court recommended Dublin Bus workers get an 8.25% pay rise over three years. This a lot less than the 30% pay claim the workers originally sought. We spoke to Dermot O'Leary, Gen Sec of NBRU.

Galway Traffic

New research has found that more than three quarters of people working in Galway City's main industrial zones, travel to work by car each day. Mike McCartney reports.

Drugs Price Deal

750 million euro. That's the ammount of savings the government says it can make in a new drug savings agreement between the State and the pharmaceutical industry announced today. John Cooke reports and we spoke to Orla Brennan of IPHA

Tuesday 19th July

Russia and the Olympics

The IOC Executive Board will hold a telephone conference today to take its first decisions, which could include provisional measures and sanctions regarding the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next month. Philip Boucher Hayes reports.

Minister Simon Coveney

The Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness commits to supplying an additional 47,000 social housing units by the conclusion of the plan. Simon Coveney, Minister for housing joined us in studio to correct the misconception that 25,000 would be built each year for six years.

29 Years missing from the Library

A book that was borrowed from the library in Shannon has been returned after over twenty nine years. Our reporter Mike McCartney has been to the Banner County.

Housing Action Plan

The Government is promising that 25,000 houses will be built every year, for the next six years, under its Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness. The plan targets homelessness and aims to ensure that by this time next year hotels are used for families in only limited circumstances.

Console

The High Court has lifted a freezing order on one bank account belonging to Console founders Paul and Patricia Kelly. It's to allow them to process social welfare cheques. Vivienne Traynor was there.

Rebuilding Ireland

The Government officially launched its housing and homelessness plan entitled 'Rebuilding Ireland' this afternoon. Michael Lehane and Ruth Coppinger discussed with Cormac.

Limerick Deaths

A father and his three year old son were killed in a collision involving a car and truck on the N24 between Pallasgreen and Oola in County Limerick this morning. Gardaí are also investigating an assault on the mother of the dead boy, which happened at a house in Oola prior to the crash. Journalist Kathryn Hayes spoke to Cormac.

Monday 18th July

Coding for Kids

Della Kilroy reports on coding for kids in school.

Record Weather

With temperatures set to soar tomorrow, we spoke to John Eagleton of Met Eireann, Conor Faughnan of the AA, John Leech, Irish Water Safety and Susie Carley of Dogs Trust.

State Pension

The Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar says the current state pension regime is unsustainable. Launching a plan to establish a supplementary pension scheme; Minister Vardkar said more than half of Irish workers relied solely on the state pension and that had to be remedied. We spoke to Willie O'Dea and Fergus Whelan

Life After Politics P.1

This week TDs will depart for the summer recess and won't return to Dail Eireann until the end of September. But what of those outgoing TDs who either lost their seat at the last election or stepped down ahead of polling day.

Turkey Military Coup

Turkey could lose its membership of the Nato military alliance if it fails to uphold the principles of democracy in the wake of an attempted coup, the US has warned. Philip Boucher Hayes has this report.

First Time Buyers

First time house buyers could get financial help from the State in a new scheme set to be announced in October's Budget. The government plans to introduce a help-to-buy scheme which could see cash top-ups worth thousands of euro to help homebuyers gather a deposit. We spoke to Hubert Fitzpatrick, CIF and Lorcan Sirr, DIT.

Nice Attack

A book of condolence for the victims of the Nice terror attack was opened today at the Mansion House in Dublin. And we were joined by Lara Marlowe in Nice and Alain Bauer - the leading French criminologist --who helped New York City set up its counterterrorism unit after 9/11 and is a security advisor to the French G.overnment

Friday 15th July

On this Day

Myles Dungan recalls the extraordinary life and career of a man you probably never thought was Irish, the newspaper magnate Lord Northcliffe, owner of the Times and the Daily Mail.

Aran Island Air Service

The Taoiseach is being asked to appoint an independent arbitrator to resolve the impasse over future air services to the Aran Islands, one year after locals fought to retain what islanders describe as a 'lifeline'

Charity Sector

Earlier today Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald spoke about the recent 'disturbing and extraordinary' revelations in the Charity sector... Alice Leahy, Ivan Cooper and Fergus Finlay spoke to us.

Nice - Accounts from those there

The Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald has said that events here involving large congregations of people, will involve security of a 'different order' now in light of last night's terror attack in Nice, we also spoke to those there.

HSE at PAC

And a special meeting of the Dail's Public Accounts Committe has heard how concerns were raised ten years ago within the HSE about clinical matters in the suicide bereavement charity Console. Fergal Bowers spoke to Cormac.

Nice Attack

We've been hearing throughout the day, the details of the horrific attack on people celebrating Bastille Day in the southern French sea resort of Nice. Over 80 people were killed when a truck drove at speed through crowds watching a fireworks display last night. Lara Marlowe is in Nice.

Thursday 14th July

Family Carers Ireland

Now Family carers save the country billions - around 4 billion a year according to Family Carers Ireland. Brian Lally heard from two of the thousands of Family carers.

Theresa May's Cabinet

The latest surprise in the Brexit fallout has been the appointment of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary.. who is, in fact, better known for his lack of diplomacy when it comes to foreign matters. We spoke to Sam Smith and Michael Cockerell.

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