Friday 19th January

Dr Sebastian Gorka

Tomorrow marks one year to the day, since the innauguration of US President Donald Trump. Former Deputy Assistant at the Trump White House, Dr Sebastian Gorka spoke to Drivetime this evening to reflect on President Trump one year on.

Fianna Fáil

Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin is facing conflict within his own parliamentary party- after his surprise announcement that he will vote to repeal the 8th Amendment. Our reporter Barry Lenihan and Brian Dowling of our political staff spoke to Drivetime.

Regional Papers

Dave O'Connell of the Connaught Tribune spoke to Drivetime this evening to take us through the stories making the news in the regional papers.

President Trump One Year in Office

Tomorrow marks 12 months since President Trump was inaugurated. President Trump faces the possibility of a government shutdown at midnight tonight, unless he can come to an agreement with Congress in the coming hours. Our Washington Correspondent Brian O'Donovan spoke to the programme.

Garda Harrassment

A garda detective found guilty of harassing a State solicitor by sending her abusive letters and emails has been sentenced to three years in prison. Paul Reynolds had this update.

Taoiseach on the Eighth Amendment

Almost immediately, after the Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin last night revealed his position on the Eighth Amendment, attention turned to the Taoiseach, who has yet to declare his own position. As he announced jobs in Co. Limerick, he was asked for his views on the matter by reporters including our own Cathy Halloran.

Thursday 18th January

Lonergan Settlement

The Lonergan family from Cashel in County Tipperary today received two separate apologies in the High Court after a father and son died 16 months apart because of failings in medical care. The High Court approved the settlements following the deaths of Eddie Lonergan in 2013 and PJ Lonergan the following year. Vivienne Traynor had this report.

Talks in Northern Ireland

A fresh attempt to restore devolved government in Northen Ireland will begin with fresh talks next Wednesday, this time involving all five of the main political parties in the North. Robin Swann the leader of the Ulster Unionist Party and SDLP leader Column Eastwood spoke to Drivetime.

Hutch Murder Trial

The Special Criminal Court has been told that approximately five hundred Gardai were shown the image of a man dressed as a woman holding a gun at the Regency Hotel on the day David Byrne was shot dead, but only two identified him as Patrick Hutch Our Crime Correspondent Paul Reynolds was in court and had this update.

Tracker Mortgages

The Top Brass at the Central Bank visited Leinster House today to brief members of the Oireachtas Finance Committee on their response to the tracker mortgage scandal. Our business editor David Murphy and Personal Insolvency Practitioner Michael Dowling spoke to Drivetime.

Samantha Power Interview

Former US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, spoke Drivetime's Mary Wilson. She will be in Dublin tomorrow to attend a special screening of The Final Year at the Irish Film Institute. The film is directed by Greg Barker, who was granted access in 2016 to key members of outgoing US President Barack Obama's administration.

Wednesday 17th January

Asylum Seekers Working

Justice Minister, Charlie Flanagan, recommended that the state opt in, to an EU Directive, which would grant asylum seekers a right to work. Fiona Finn, CEO of NASC spoke to Drivetime.

Youth Immigration Resources

For many young migrants living in Ireland they face uncertainty and lack of clarity when applying for their resident status when they turn 18. Today the Immigrant Council of Ireland launched a new resource book to help young people navigate our complex immigration system. Drivetime's Della Kilroy has this report.

Fitness to Teach

A teacher fitness to practice inquiry, has asked a teacher not to repeat conduct which saw him drinking alone, at his home on a school campus, with a 19 year old student. This afternoon, the teacher was cleared of allegations of professional misconduct Our education correspondent Emma O'Kelly had this update.


The Parliament of Catalonia sat today for the first time, since pro-Independence parties narrowly won a snap election, before Christmas. Barcelona based journalist, Hannah Strange spoke to the programme.

Regency Murder Case

Two detectives have told the Special Criminal Court that they immediately recognised Patrick Hutch as the man dressed as a woman carrying a gun at the Regency Hotel on the day David Byrne was shot dead there. Our Crime Correspondent Paul Reynolds had this report.

Taoiseach at the European Parliament

The Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, was the first EU leader to take part in a series of European Parliament debates on what Europe will look like after Brexit. RTE's Paul Cunningham spoke to Drivetime from Strasbourg

Kerry Babies

Following the Garda apology to Joanne Hayes yesterday, the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also apologised on behalf of the state today. Fianna Fail TD for Kerry, John Brassil and Emily O'Reilly, the European Ombudsman spoke to Drivetime.

Tuesday 16th January

Olivia O'Leary

This week, in her political column, Olivia O'Leary lists some of the questions she would like to see answered in the Dail debate on abortion.

Joanne Hayes and the Kerry Babies Case

We recall the events of 1984, and a woman, Joanne Hayes, whose life was turned up-side-down by the Garda investigation and the subsequent tribunal of inquiry into the Kerry Babies case. One of the most comprehensive books about the case is 'A Woman to Blame' written by Nell McCafferty and she spoke to Alan Torney this afternoon.

David and Louise Turpin

A husband and wife in California are in police custody this evening, charged with torture after police rescued their 13 malnourished from their home. Our Washington Correspondent, Brian O'Donovan had this report.

Leaders' Questions

Overcrowding in emergency departments dominated the first Leaders Questions of the New Year. Our Political Correspondent Martina Fitzgerald spoke to Mary Wilson this evening.

Thawley Settlement

An action by the husband of a woman who died at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin during surgery for an ectopic pregnancy was settled today. Malak Thawley died in 2016 after what her husband's lawyers called a 'cascade of negligence'.

Kerry Babies

In Caherciveen, County Kerry this afternoon, Gardaí apologised to Joanne Hayes for her treatment during the original investigation into the murder of 'Baby John' in 1984. Our Southern Editor, Paschal Sheehy was at the Garda press conference today and he spoke to Drivetime.

Monday 15th January

Stable and Stud Staff

Barry Lenihan reports on the fall out from the Labour Court ruling against the world renowned Ballydoyle Stables.

Dolores O'Riordan

The death has been announced of Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer with The Cranberries. She was 46 years old. Niall Stokes is the Editor of Hot Press and Gerard Keenan of the Irish Chamber Orchestra remembered the singer.

Fostercare Investigation.

An investigation released today by the Ombudsman for Children found that a lack of coordination between Tusla and the HSE was responsible for denying adequate support to a woman fostering a teenager with Down syndrome and severe autism. Paddy Connolly, Chief Executive Officer of Inclusion Ireland spoke to Drivetime.

UKIP Leader

They were the political party, who spooked David Cameron into pledging the fateful referendum on EU Membership. But 20 months on from their shock victory, the United Kingdom Independence Party, or UKIP, is in crisis. Our London Correspondent Fiona Mitchell had this report.

Fine Gael Parliamentary Party on the Eighth Amendment

Fine Gael TDs, Senators and MEPs are discussing the recent report of the Oireachtas Committee on the 8th Amendment of the Constitution which proposed the deletion of Article 40.3.3 and the introduction of abortion on request up to 12 weeks. Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy and Deputy for Galway West Hildegarde Naughton spoke to Drivetime.

Barry McElduff Resignation

After 10 days of turbulence over a controversial video, Sinn Féin's Barry McElduff has resigned as MP for West Tyrone. The video featured McElduff with loaf of Kingsmill branded bread on his head. In a statement, Barry McElduff apologised for the hurt caused, but once again insisted that was not his intention.

Regency Murder

The trial of Patrick Hutch of Champions Avenue in Dublin continued at the Special Criminal Court today. Mr. Hutch stands accused of the murder of David Byrne at The Regency Hotel in Feburary 2016. RTE's crime correspondent Paul Reynolds attended the proceedings and spoke to the programme.

Friday 12th January

Aidan McAnespie

It's 30 years next month since the death of Aidan McAnespie a young Catholic man who was killed by a British soldier near a border checkpoint at Aughnacloy in Tyrone. Our reporter Barry Lenihan has been following this story for us.


More than one-hundred days after Germany's federal elections in September, today came a break-through - of sorts - in the stalled attempts to form a government. Michaele Kufner, Political Correspondent at Germany's international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle spoke to the programme.

Regional Newspapers

The editor of the Connaught Tribune, Dave O'Connell joined the programme to take a look at the regional newspapers.

Oncology Scans

One of the country's leading oncologists has said lessons must be learnt from what happened in University Hospital Kerry and Cork University Hospital regarding a review of scans and X-rays. Professor Seamus O'Reilly said patient confidence has been affected by the process.

Fitness to Teach

The teaching council today heard a case against a teacher who it's alleged allowed a student drink wine at on-school campus accommodation the teacher lived in. Our education correspondent Emma O'Kelly was at the hearing and she spoke to Drivetime.

Body found in Dalkey

An investigation is underway after the body of a man was found in a laneway in Dalkey in South County Dublin this morning. RTÉ reporter Dyanne Connor was at the scene and she had an update for Drivetime.

Thursday 11th January

Shooting of Aidan McAnespie: Crowley Report

Barry Lenihan reports on the 30th Anniversary of shooting of young Tyrone man near border checkpoint and why his family want to see an unpublished Government report into the incident.

Social Media and Young People

Hundreds of projects, thousands of students and visitors, it can only be the annual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. Brian Lally headed down to the RDS and found that one of the themes dominating this year is social media pressure and the role of 'influencers'.

Handshakes and healthscares, how the flu crisis changes our behaviour

The crisis in our health service rumbles on, but, a glimmer of hope, figures today show some reduction in overcrowding at our hospitals. Our health correspondent Fergal Bowers and Brendan Kelly Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College spoke to Drivetime.

The word 'unborn' in Bunreacht na hEireann

The Supreme Court today agreed to fast-track the hearing of an appeal... by the state... to a High Court finding that the word 'unborn' in the Constitution means a child with significant protections. Mary Carolan is courts correspondent with the Irish Times and she spoke to the programme.

Finding and Keeping Teachers

This is the week that thousands of young students converge on the RDS to show off their scientic discoveries. But how are our schools getting on with the teaching of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, or the STEM, subjects, as they're collectively known? Education Minister Richard Bruton spoke to Drivetime.

David Drumm Trial

Yesterday, 15 jurors were sworn in for the trial of the former Anglo Irish Bank Chief Executive, David Drumm, which is expected to last 5 months. This morning, seven of those jurors asked to be excused. RTE's Legal Affairs Correspondent, Orla O'Donnell spoke to the programme.

Wednesday 10th January

30th Anniversary of Aidan McAnespie Shooting

Barry Lenihan reports on the McAnespie family's long search for answers and speaks to Aidan's father John; 30 years after his son was shot by a soldier near a checkpoint in Tyrone.

Online Risks

From September next, primary and secondary pupils across France will be banned from bringing their mobile phones to school. Dr Mary Aiken, Cyber Psychologist at UCD has been examining whether Ireland should follow suit and she spoke to Drivetime.

Cabinet Meeting the Eight Amendment

The Cabinet met today to discuss the findings of the Oireachtas Committee on the 8th Amendment. The committee recommended that the repeal of the article be put to the people in a referendum later this year. Fergal Keane and Christina Finn have been following the story and spoke to the programme.

Rough Sleepers

The number of people sleeping rough on the streets of Dublin City has hit its lowest point in several months. Anthony Flynn from the group called Inner City Helping Homeless spoke to the programme.

David Drumm Trial

a jury has been sworn in for the trial of former Anglo Irish Bank Chief Executive, David Drumm. Mr Drumm has pleaded not guilty to being involved in an alleged €7.2bn conspiracy to defraud and to dishonestly furnishing false information to the market. RTE's Legal Affairs Correspondent Orla O'Donnell was in Court and she had this update.

Train Drivers

This afternoon, train drivers rejected a 1.15% pay rise to resolve a long-running dispute about the mentoring of new drivers, and past productivity. NBRU members voted by 93% against accepting the deal and Siptu members by 83%. Dermot O'Leary of the NBRU transport union spoke to Drivetime.

Tuesday 9th January

The Shooting of Aidan McAnespie

Barry Lenihan reports on the events leading to the shooting of the young Catholic Man on his way to a GAA game in Tyrone in 1988.

Overcrowding Crisis

The country's major hospitals are using medical interns to help deal with the over-crowding crisis. But at the weekend, it was revealed that one hospital, Connolly wanted interns to work over-time but would not be paying them for that extra work. Dr Peadar Gilligan is vice-president of the Irish Medical Organisation spoke to Drivetime.

Northern Ireland

today was the first full day in office for the new Northern Secretary, Karen Bradley. She takes control of the Northern Office one year to the day since the late Martin McGuinness resigned as deputy first minister leading to the collapse of the power-sharing Executive. Sinn Fein's leader in the North, Michelle O'Neill spoke to Drivetime.

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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

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