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Wednesday 24th August

Ticket Touting in Ireland

The investigation into the alleged illegal sale of tickets for the Rio Olympics is putting pressure on the Government here to outlaw ticket touting. Barry Lenihan explores picture around ticket selling prices in Ireland.

Team Ireland Home Coming

Brian Lally is at Dublin Airport chatting to family members of athletes ahead of their arrival.

OCI News Conference

Senior and Junior Ministers for Sport Shane Ross and Patrick O'Donovan have outlined the terms of reference for their inquiry into the Rio Olympic tickets controversy. Former High Court Judge Carroll Moran will head-up the inquiry. Fiachra O' Cionnaith of the Irish Examiner was just out of a news conference at the Dept of Sport.

Back to School Funding

Back to School for many means applying for the 'Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance'.The Irish Examiner today asks if the budget for this is rapidly being spent and if more will be needed?

Rio Investigation

The details of an inquiry to investigate the Rio Olympics ticket controversy are being announced by government as we come to air. Already we know that former High Court Judge Carroll Moran will head the inquiry... and that its investigations will stretch back to 2012. More with Ray Kennedy.


Rescue efforts are continuing in the mountain villages in central Italy devastated by an earthquake that has left at least 73 people dead. Tom Kington, reporter with The Observer joined us.

Tuesday 23rd August

Apprenticeships in Ireland

Why the CAO route is not the only path to training and work

Maria's story of forced labour

Sinead O'Shea tells the story of 'Maria', exploited and forced to work illegally in Ireland

Home Care P.2

Former minister for primary health care, Roisin Shortall spoke to us.

Unemployment Figures

More than two million people are in employment in Ireland for the first time, since the beginning of 2009, according to latest figures from the Central Statistics Office. Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed spoke to us.

Home Care

Early on yesterday's Drivetime, we reported on a situation in Waterford where hospital administrators have been told not to refer any new patients for home care packages... because of the 'finite resources' available to them. Michael Fitzgerald, the HSE's head of services for older persons, spoke to us.

HPV Vaccine

concerns about the safety of the Gardasil vaccine have led to a major decrease in the numbers of girls being vaccinated against cervical cancer. Official figures show 5,000 fewer girls were vaccinated in Ireland this year. Professor Margaret Stanley spoke to Drivetime.

Rio Latest

To Rio where it has emerged that Pat Hickey will not appear in court today. Three officials from the Olympic Council of Ireland are due to give depositions to Brazillian Police in the next short while; The trio - and Mr. Hickey - all deny any wrongdoing. Ray Kennedy joined us.

Monday 22nd August

Rural Crime

A new campaign to tackle farm-related crime and thefts was launched toda. This initiative follows an operation to combat livestock theft... with the focus now on the thousands of tools, vehicles, farm machinery and equipment that are stolen from farms throughout Ireland every year. John Cooke reports.

Dublin Shooting

a 30 year old father of one remains critically ill in a Dublin hospital... after being shot twice at his home in Crumlin early yesterday. The shooting happened at around 2.30am on Stannaway Road in Crumlin, named as Jason Kearns. Nicola Tallant is Investigations Editor with the Sunday World.

OCI versus the Rio Police

Irish consular staff met former OCI president Pat Hickey in prison today as the fallout from the alleged Olympic ticket touting scandal continues. Passports have been seized, and a three-person crisis management sub-committee has now been set up to deal with the controversy. Sinead O'Carroll of The Journal spoke to us from Rio.

Suicide Bombers

At least 22 people who died in a suicide bomb attack in Turkey at the weekend were children. Fifty four people were killed in the attack on a wedding party in Gazientip in the south east of the country. One hundred more were injured. Charlie Winter, associate fellow at the international centre for counter-terrorism at The Hague spoke to us.

Home Care Services

The HSE has told doctors at University Hospital Waterford that any new home help and home care packages are to be suspended due to finite resources. That's according to Dr Mark Doyle, clinical director at University Hospital Waterford and president of the Irish Association of emergency medicine. He spoke to Drivetime.

Friday 19th August

Student Accomodation

With students counting their Leaving Cert Points ahead of the first round of the CAO college offers on Monday, the race is already on to find accommodation that's in short supply. Drivetime Reporter John Cooke has been meeting students and the services helping them to find a bed for the college year


We have all been moved by the photos of 5 year old Omran Daqneesh - but how long do you have before the world tends to move on, and forgets about him? It's been a year since the photos of Aylan Kurdi washed up on the shore in Turkey. We spoke to Eamonn Meehan of Trocaire.

Rio Investigation

The Olympic Council of Ireland has said it will 'co-operate fully' with any State inquiry into ticketing controversy for the Rio Games. It comes after a judge denied bail to Mr Hickey as he faces allegations of illegal resale of tickets for the Olympics. Fergal Keane has more.

Rob Heffernan Places 6th

The scandal surrounding Russia state doping of their athletes dominated the build up to the Rio Olympics. One person who knows all about Russia doping of athletes is Rob Heffernan. Olive Loughnane spoke to us.

False Imprisonment

To County Meath where a Garda investigation of suspected false imprisonment outside of Navan. A number of people are being questioned by Gardai and searches are still underway. RTE's Sinead Hussey has just returned from County Meath

Thursday 18th August

Ambulance Delays

Barry Lenihan reports on why the country's ambulances are experiencing delays.

Colm's Column

And with the Olympics nearing a close, he's looking for one to watch.


Another innocent victim of gangland crime was Martin O'Rourke, a father of 3 gunned down in a case of mistaken identity. Struggling to deal with his death -- and her own drug addiction -- Martin's partner has turned to her sisters and parents for support. John Cooke met with some of the family.

Thomas Barr

Thomas Barr, twenty minutes ago became the first man since 1932 to compete in the final of an Olympics sprint final, when he raced in the 400 metres hurdles final. Barr broke the Irish record - finishing just outside the medals in the fourth place.

Who is Marcus Evans?

Philip Boucher-Hayes profiles the man in the middle of the Olympics ticket controversy

Wednesday 17th August

Trump Shake Up

Donald Trump has shaken up his campaign team by appointing Stephen Bannon from the rightwing website Breitbart News as Chief Executive of his campaign team. Pollster Kellyanne Conway is now the campaign manager. Tom Foreman, CNN Correspondent & author of 'My Year of Running Dangerously', spoke to Philip.

Pat Hickey P.3

Pat Hickey's arrest was broken by Brazilian journalist Jamil Chade. He witnessed Mr Hickey's removal from his hotel room in Rio at 6 a.m. local time. He spoke to Damien O'Meara. We also hear from Minister Shane Ross.

Overcome Crack Cocaine - Win Olympic Medal

There are some stories to emerge out of the Rio Olympics, But one of the most incredible is of the South African long jumper who overcame a devastating crack cocaine addiction to win a silver medal in the long jump final. South African long jumper Luvo Manyonga mentored by Irish man John McCarthy

Special Purchase Vehicles

One legacy of the financial crash are entities known as Special Purchase Vehicles, used by international companies to buy distressed loans in Ireland. Fergal Keane had more.

Pat Hickey P.2

Pat Hickey has been President of the Olympic Council of Ireland since 1989. In 2006, he became president of the European Olympic Committees -- the most senior Olympic office in Europe.At the time, Pat Hickey spoke to RTE's Greg Allen about himself and his Olympic ambitions. We also heard from Mark Adams, IOC Spokesperson.

Cancelling of IFA Fees

Ireland's largest beef processor -- the Larry Goodman-owned ABP -- is to stop the blanket collection of levies from farmers at the factory gate. At face value it doesn't sound controversial but it will severely hit IFA income. Justin McCarthy, editor of Farmers Journal spoke to Philip.

Pat Hickey Arrested

What began with the detention in Rio de Janeiro of an alleged ticket tout on the eve of the Olympic opening ceremony... has progressed to the arrest of Pat Hickey, president of the Olympic Council of Ireland... and head of Europe's International Olympic Committee.

Tuesday 16th August

NAMA Leaks

Barry Lenihan reports on a new website encouraging whistle blowers to supply information about NAMA.

Reaction in Rio

Cathy McAleavey, Olympian herself and Annalise Murphy's mother, spoke to Damien O'Reilly in Rio.

Reaction in Dun Laoghaire

Fergal Keane was in Annalise's sailing club, The National in Dun Laoghaire.

Reaction to Murphy's Win

Damien O'Reilly chats to Finn Murphy, Annalise's brother and Michael Corcoran and Olympian James Espey.

Children in Care Report

Varying quality in care provided by social workers, scrappy and inconsistent mental health services and an absence of co-ordindation in the care of children by the state. John Cooke reports.

Cork Fisherman

In West Cork the search for a fisherman missing since yesterday afternoon has come to a tragic conclusion. A body was recovered from the water shortly after 11am this morning. The victim has been named locally as 68-year-old Michael O'Brien...

Michael Conlan

Michael Conlon today lost in a controversial fight with Russian Vladamir Nikitin in quarter final bout in the Olympics. We had his reaction and those of family and friends watching in Belfast.


Closing Guantanamo Bay was of course one of President Obama's main election promises 7 and half years ago. Philip Boucher-Hayes assesses why he hasnt got the job done and what are his chances of doing it in his remaining 6 months in office.

Monday 15th August

Mark O'Halloran

Mark O'Halloran spoke to Drivetime on his latest film project 'Viva' - which made it onto the Oscar Academy shortlist for Best Foreign Langauge film earlier this year - opens nationwide this week.

Michael Carruth

Katie Taylor has lost her Olympic crown at Rio 2016, we spoke to Michael Carruth.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump's campaign team must disclose all pro-Russia links, Hillary Clinton's manager has said, following new allegations in the New York Times. Philip Boucher Hayes reports.

Fair Deal

In an interview with the Irish Examiner today the minister for older people indicated that she favours Fair Deal-type scheme to fund home care packages. We spoke to Willie O'Dea.

Social Housing

The numbers waiting on social housing around the country are large and the general consensus over recent years has put forward two primary solutions to relieve that pressure - build more homes or fill those that are vacant. Conor Skehan of the Housing Agency spoke to us.

Katie Taylor Result

Katie Taylor went into her light weight bout against Mira Potkonen of Finland as the narrow favourite. But Ireland's heroine of London 2012 couldn't repeat the magic in Rio losing her title on a split decision.

Dalian Atkinson

The former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson has died after Police tasered him near his father's home in Telford, Shropshire. The 48 year old died in hospital about 90 minutes after he was hit by the stun gun. Enda Brady of SKY News spoke to us.

Friday 12th August

A Crematorium for the West

Burial or Cremation? That's how we'll all go in the end... but for people in the West of Ireland, the latter option can involve long journeys and a very different type of funeral. John Cooke reports.


It started with a failed drug test for a prohibited substance...... but since then there has been plenty of ups and downs..... with the unquestionable highlight being the silver medal won today by the O'Donovan brothers in the rowing. We spoke to Gary Keegan, Director at the Irish Institute of Sport, Director at the Irish Institute of Sport.

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