Marian Finucane

    Saturday, Sunday, 11 - 1pm


    Sunday 16th November

    Tánaiste Joan Burton

    Tanaiste Joan Burton talks of her involvement in a protest in Tallaght yesterday where she was trapped in her car for 2 hours yesterday

    El Embajador: The Mexican Ambassador

    The Mexican Ambassador, His Excellency Carlow Garcia de Alba, is in studio with Marian to publicise the Mexican Gastronimic and Cultural Festival which runs from 18-22 November. for more information see

    Garda Inspectorate Report

    John O'Brien, Police and Security Specialist and Richie Culhane, retired Special Branch detective discuss the report which issued this week which was critical of the Garda force and recommended widespread changes.

    Newspaper Panel

    Today’s panel are: Senator Gerard Craughwell, former President of TUI; Stephen Kinsella, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Limerick; Suzanne Lynch, European Correspondent, The Irish Times; John Walshe, former Special Adviser to Education Minister; Fionnán Sheahan, Group Political Editor, Independent Newspapers and

    Saturday 15th November

    Ask the Specialist

    Dr Mark Davis of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in DIT, answers listeners’ queries relating to broadband downloading speeds and the safety of public wi fi hotspots

    Reimbursing the Expenses of Living Kidney Donors

    This week the Dept of Health and Finance announced new measures to compensate living kidney donors, a move which is very welcome to Joe Brolly, a man who has been through the experience himself

    Hussaim Najjair

    Sam Najjair, an Irish Libyan, volunteered in the uprising in Libya and became an officer with the Tripoli Brigade. He has written a book 'Soldier for a Summer: Story of The Tripoli Brigade'

    Squeezed Middle Income Families

    In studio to discuss how parents have to struggle financially to raise their children ir order to pay tax after tax. In studio are Dr Lindsey Earner Byrne from UCD, Anna Cannon and Sarah Nic Lochlainn and Charlie Weston, Irish Independent.

    Sunday 9th November

    Sunday Panel Second Hour

    In the second hour of the programme Martin Shanahan Chief Executive of the IDA, Paddy Cosgrove Co-Founder of the Web Summit, Derek Scally Irish Times and John Downing Irish Independent join the conversation to talk about the Web Summit and the 25th Anniversary of The Fall of The Berlin Wall

    Sunday Panel First Hour

    This morning Marian is joined by Regina Doherty Fine Gael TD Meath East, Brendan Ogle Unite and The Right to Water Campaign, Donal Donovan Former IMF Member of Staff, Ursula Tipp Solicitor with Tipp Mc Knight and International Tax Expert and Barry Kenny Corporate Communications Manager with Iarnród Éireann, to take a look at the stories from Todays papers

    Saturday 8th November

    Travel Trends For 2015 - Joan Scales

    It's that time of year, if you want the best holiday deal for next year you need to start shopping around now, so with that in mind our travel expert Joan Scales of The Irish Times.

    Ask The Specialist - Gary O'Toole

    In our segment 'Ask The Specialist' which you the listener can suggest the chosen topic in which we deal, our guest today was Gary O'Toole, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and an expert on Hip, Knee and sports injuries.

    Syrian Crisis - Fergal Keane

    The city of Kobane in Northern Syria has been besieged by Islamic State forces for nearly two months, RTÉ Reporter Fergal Keane, spent a week on the Turkish border talking to the refugees and resistance fighters from Kobane. He spoke to Marian this morning about Kobane.

    Marian Keyes

    Known for her upbeat & unashamedly romantic novels, Marian Keye's novels have a dark-side, dealing with addiction, abuse and depression. Marian also spoke very candidly of her own depression, and how she got through the dark days. Marian’s latest novel published by Penguin is called 'The Woman Who Stole My Life'.

    Sunday 2nd November

    Future of the National Museum

    Former Director of the National Museum Pat Wallace joins Marian to discuss funding, priority and what the future holds.

    End of the Weekly Shop

    Retail consultant James Burke joins Marian in studio to discuss the end of the weekly shop.


    Dr. Geraldine O'Hara of MSF and Colin Freeman of the Sunday Telegraph with the latest on Ebola.

    The Panel

    Pat Rabbitte-Labour TD, Rory Hearne-Geography lecturer Maynooth University, Jennifer Kavanagh-Law lecturer Waterford IT, Conor Pope-Irish Times Consumer Affairs Correspondent, Eddie Molloy-Management Consultant + Chairman of Mental Health Reform

    Saturday 1st November

    Ask the Specialist

    Sustainability Consultant Ian MacPhaidin from joins Marian in studio to talk about home energy conservation.

    Water Marches 2

    Marian talks to John Bisset from Dublin and also hears from Brian Dowling on whats coming up on his show.

    Darina Allen

    Darina Allen joins Marian to talk about her new book: A Simply Delicious Christmas.

    Heartbreak - JP O'Malley

    JP O'Malley joins Marian on the line to share his experience of heart break.

    Dr. Marion Dowd - Cave Archaeology

    Dr. Marion Dowd joins Marian to talk about her search for caves around Ireland that were used during the War of Independence.

    Water Marches 1

    Carolyn Callery joins Marian from Roscommon and Andrea de Vito from Nenagh.

    Professor John Fitzgerald

    Professor John Fitzgerald retiring from working in one of the country’s biggest economic think tanks – the ESRI – our Economic Social and Research Institute.John joins Marian in studio.

    Sunday 26th October

    Damaged Reputations

    Stephen O'Leary Media Analyst with Olytico on damaged reputations.

    Internet Trolls, New Legislation and Online Behaviour

    Adrian Weckler Technology Editor with the Irish Independent & Mary Aiken Psychologist & Research Fellow at the RCIS on Internet Trolls, New Legislation and Online Behaviour

    Marathon record attempt in Dublin

    Isabelle Greene and her Uncle Declan Hughes and 30 members of their family are going to run the Dublin City Marathon on Monday and attempt to break a world record...they tell Marian more

    The Eurozone

    Quentin Peel Commentator Financial Times on the stress tests on european banks

    The Sunday Panel

    This weeks panel are Lucinda Creighton Independent TD Dublin South East, Brendan Keenan Economic Columnist Irish Independent, Cian O'Carroll Solicitor Specialising in Medical Negligence, Catherine Shanahan Health correspondent with the Irish Examiner and Deaglán de Bréadún Political Editor The Irish Sun to discuss this weeks stories

    Saturday 25th October

    Neven Maguire

    Neven joins Marian to talk about some seasonal favourites.


    November 9 marks the official day the Berlin Wall began to fall 25 years ago. Joan Scales was in Berlin last week to see a city transformed. Andreas Hess is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in UCD who was himself a student in Berlin 25 years ago. And Conor Crighton has called the city home for the past 6 years.

    Poverty and Bad Decisions

    Behavioural psychologist with the ESRI, Pete Lunn joins Marian in studio.

    Undercover Cop

    An extraordinary story has been unfolding in the UK regarding an abandoned mother and son and an undercover policeman. The womans name is Jacqui and she joins Marian on the line and former detective with the London Metropolitan police John Murphy in studio.

    Sunday 19th October

    Elgin Marbles - Pat Wallace

    Former director of the National Museum of Ireland Pat Wallace joins Marian in studio to talk about the Elgin Marbles.

    Widows of 1916 - Sinead McCoole

    'Easter Widows: Seven Irish Women who lived in the shadow of the 1916 Rising' gives a fascinating insight into the lives of these extraordinary women. Sinead McCoole is the author and she joins Marian in studio.

    Bishops Synod in Rome - Paddy Agnew

    Paddy Agnew of the Irish Times joins Marian from Rome with an update.

    Boko Haram - Nigerian School Girls

    Alex Crawford joins Marian on the line with the latest on the abduction of 200 Nigerian school girls by Boko Haram.

    The Panel

    Suzanne Kelly - Tax Lawyer, Stephen Kinsella - Economist – University of Limerick, Susan Mitchell - Health Correspondent SBP, Dermot Hanley - Managing director and founder of, Michael O’Regan - Parliamentary Correspondent Irish Times

    Saturday 18th October

    Childrens Books - Enda Wiley

    Enda Wiley joins Marian to talk about childrens books.

    Reverend Dermot Dunne

    Reverend Dermot Dunne joins Marian to talk about homelessness in Ireland.

    Linda Tirado - Hand To Mouth

    Linda Tirado talks about her experience of being poor which is the subject of her book: Hand To Mouth.

    Dermot Bannon - Love Your Home

    Architect and presenter of Room to Improve, Dermot Bannon joins Marian to talk about his new book: Love Your Home

    Frank Flannery

    Former director of the Board of Rehab and Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery joins Marian in studio.

    Sunday 12th October

    Anne Merriman

    Anne Marriman - Founder and Director of International Programmes, Hospice Africa Uganda joins Marian in studio.

    Bishops Synod in Rome

    Paddy Agnew of the Irish Times joins Marian from Rome with an update.

    Islamic State

    Colonel Colm Doyle joins Marian to talk about the Islamic State.

    The Panel

    The Panel: Darragh O’Brien - Fianna Fail Senator – Leader of FF in the Senate, Niamh Lyons - Political Correspondent of the Irish Daily Mail, Dearbhail McDonald - Associate Editor & Legal Editor at the Irish Independent, Stephen O’Byrnes - Director MKC Communications, David Hall - Director of the Irish Mortgage Holders’ Organisation

    Saturday 11th October

    Lets Trail

    Marian is joined by Fiona O'Doherty, Pier Kuipers and Miriam Brennan who talk about the off-beat travel guide - Lets Trail.

    Open House

    Julien Clancy joins Marian with a taste of what this years 'Open House' has to offer.


    Liam Doran of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation talks to Marian about our preparedness to a possible outbreak of Ebola.

    Brian Dowling - The By Election

    Brian Dowling joins Marian to talk about by-elections in Dublin South-West and in Roscommon-South Leitrim.

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