Marian Finucane

    Saturday, Sunday, 11 - 1pm


    Sunday 17th August

    Cost of Third Level Education

    Mother of three and journalist Mary Feely talks to Marian about the cost of third level education and they are joined on the line by Ivan Kennedy who is a financial advisor and parent of two young children.

    Baby Gammy

    Journalist Rachel Browne joins Marian on the line to discuss Baby Gammy who was allegedley rejected by his Australian birth parents and left with his Thai surrogate.

    Brighid McLaughlin

    At the turn of the millennium Brighid McLaughlin was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Three years later her husband Michael drowned not far from their home. And in 2006, her sister Siobhán was murdered by the man she married. It was two years before Brian Kearney was sentenced to life in prison for the crime.

    The Panel

    John Kelleher - Film/TV producer & former director of film classification, Fiona O’Shea - Freelance Writer & former Principal Officer with the Revenue Commissioners, Martin Molony - Lecturer in DCU’s School of Communications - Charlie Weston - Personal Finance Editor - Irish Independent and Andrea Martin - Media Lawyer

    Saturday 16th August

    The Moth - Julien Clancy

    The Moth is an American phenomenon where people from all walks of life – both known and unknown – take to the stage to tell a true tale without notes and without memorisation. Julien Clancy - who is an independent radio producer - helping to bring The Moth to Ireland.

    The Rose of Tralee

    Dáithí Ó Sé joins Marian on the line to talk about the Rose of Tralee.

    Ian Gargan on Robin Williams

    Consultant psychologist and medic Ian Gargan talks about the death by suicide of Robin Williams along with the treatment and perception of depression in Ireland.

    Cliff Richard

    Vikram Dodd of The Guardian joins Marian on the line to discuss the search of Cliff Richards home an alleged historical sex offence.

    Eoghan O'Neachtain - Middle East

    Former Government and military press officer Eoghan O'Neachtain joins Marian in studio to talk about trouble in the Middle East and his time in government.

    Depression - Alastair Campbell

    Former Press Secretary to Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell who has spoken about his own battle with depression in the past joins Marian to talk about the death by suicide of Robin Williams.

    Sunday 10th August

    The Nixon Tapes

    To mark the 40th anniversary of the resignation of Richard Nixon Marian goes through a number of recordings from that time.

    Women in World War One

    Kate Adie joins Marian to talk about what World War One did for women.

    Ebola - John Mitchell

    CEO of St John of Gods Development Agency, John Mitchel joins the panel to talk about the Ebola outbreak.

    The Panel

    Padraig Og Gallagher-President of Irish Restaurant’s Assoc, Richard Downes-Primetime Reporter, Tom Parlon-Director General-the Construction Industry Federation, Jennifer Kavanagh-Law lecturer WIT, Brian Hayes-Fine Gael MEP for Dublin and Sinead O’Carroll-News Editor at The

    Saturday 9th August

    Unaccompanied Minors - Joan Scales

    Joan Scales talks about unaccompanied minors travelling by air.

    Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution

    Roman Krznaric talks about his book - Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution

    Julian Lloyd Webber

    Julian Lloyd Webber joins Marian to talk about his early retirement from playing music following a neck injury.

    Rugby - Brent Pope

    Brent Pope joins Marian on the line to talk about the success of Irish Women's Rugby Team.

    Richard Madeley

    Richard Madeley joins Marian on the line to talk about his colourful family history and his new book: The Way You Look Tonight.

    Conor Lenihan

    Former Fianna Fail Minister of State Conor Lenihan joins Marian to talk about his job in Russia as a senior advisor to the president of the Skolkovo Foundation, the Moscow based technology initiative.

    Sunday 3rd August

    Recovering From Airline Disasters

    Airline disasters, accidents and tragedies can have a huge human cost but also put the airlines involved under massive commercial pressure not always possible to overcome. Pat Kinsley of Neworld Associates spoke to Marian and panel about it.

    Worst American Presidents

    Myles Dunggan, Broadcaster & presenter of The History Show. Harvey O'Brien, Dr Sandra Scanlon, Department of History at UCD.

    Star Wars On Skelligs

    Marian spoke to Archaeologist Michael Gibbons about the Star Wars film which was shoot for 3 days on Skellig. The filming was secret and the area was kept safe from prying eyes by the Irish Navy’s LE Samuel Beckett. Well one expert who is less than happy with the filming is archaeologist Michael Gibbons.....

    Newspaper Panel

    John Lonergan, former governor of Mountjoy Prison. Declan Power, security analyst. Suzanne Lynch, European correspondent with the Irish Times. Paul Melia, Environment correspondent with the Irish Independent & Maurice Cohen, Businessman and chair of the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland. Marian was later joined by Ambassador Sinead Walsh.

    Saturday 2nd August

    Edinburgh Comedy Festival

    For the month of August every year it seems every comedian with a good command of English heads to Edinburgh. Michael Mee, comedian and Edinburgh veteran and John Murphy comedy writer and Edinburgh visitor, Eoin Sweeney joined Marian in studio to discuss the festival.

    Best Books You’ve Never Heard Of

    In part two of our feature on the best books you’ve never heard off, particularly with an emphasis on books to keep you going while on your holidays around the world. Marian was joined by writer John Banville and poet Enda Wyley to discuss the books in more detail. All details of books mentioned is on our programme website.

    Chris Gunness On Gaza School

    A video of a UN official breaking down on camera as he spoke of the shelling of a UN school is also making the rounds on social media and that is Chris Gunness, a former BBC journalist and now a spokesman for the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees who spoke to Marian about the situation in Gaza.

    Redemption Road - Grieving On The Camino

    Brendan Mc Manus was devastated by his brother Donal’s, suicide. Following his death he found himself, a Jesuit priest, teaching about hope and love, but inwardly feeling bereft and abandoned. In a last ditch attempt to make sense of all that had happened he decided to walk the Camino de Santiago. He spoke to Marian about that powerful journey.

    Conviction & Sentencing For Home Schooling

    Marian spoke to Monica O'Connor, Monica and her husband Eddie O'Neill have six children who have all been educated at home waiting at home in Carlow to be escorted to Mountjoy to serve to up to 10 days for non payment of a fine for failing to send her children to school.

    Department of Justice - Toland Report

    Writing in today’s Irish Times Former Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Michael McDowell says that the independent Toland Report on the Department of Justice paints an ‘alarmingly different’ picture compared with his time in office, he joined Marian on the line from Roscommon.

    Sunday 27th July

    Fear of Flying

    If you are avoiding air travel after the MH17 incident let the statics be your guide, Michael Comyn trainer and founder of Fly Fearless joins Marian to take her through the statistics

    Collapse of Tulisa trial in UK

    This week the trail of UK of former X Factor Judge Tulisa Contostavlos collapsed, She was facing drugs charges following a sting by the so-called “Fake Sheik” who had approached her for a role in a Bollywood movie. Mazher Mahmood was this week accused on lying. Roy Greenslade has written about him before, and joins Marian.

    Russian trade links with Europe and impact on sanctions

    Simon McKeever CEO Irish Exporters Association, David Horgan MD Petrel Resources and Tim Stanley The Telegraph, historian of the United States join Marian to discuss Russian trade links with Europe and impact on sanctions

    Newspaper Panel

    This morning Marian is joined by Colm O’Gorman Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland, Yanky Fachler Corporate Trainer & Historian, Ursula Tipp Founding Partner Tipp McKnight Solicitors, Col. Colm Doyle Retired Irish Army Colonel and Deirdre De Burca Director of Advocacy & Justice for Children with World Visions Brussels Office to take a look at this Sundays Papers

    Saturday 26th July

    Return of Fats By Mike Mosley

    Dr Michael Mosley who is a regular contributor to programs on the BBC, has recently written about his U-Turn on saturated fats and joins Marian to tell her why.

    Travel Insurance - Holiday Stories

    Marian talks to Jonathan Hehir CFM Group (City Financial Marketing Group) Insurance Brokers, Nicola Levear who needed her travel insurance while away and journalist Philip Nolan.

    Dana's brother John Brown cleared of five sexual abuse charges

    Harry McGee political correspondent with The Irish Times talks to Marian about Dana's brother John Brown cleared of five sexual abuse charges

    Sunday 20th July

    Dublin Goes Country

    John Concannon, Director of Market Development Failte Ireland tells Marian how Failte Ireland and Tourism Ireland have got together to ensure the disappointed Garth Brooks fans can still experience a musical event worth remembering.


    Niamh Hourigan Senior Lecturer, Sociology, UCC, Alan English Editor, Limerick Leader, Fr Tony O’Riordan Parish Priest of Corpus Christi, Moyross, Tommy Daly Chairman of the Moyross Residents' Alliance all join Marian to discuss the future of Limerick

    Downed Malaysia Airliner MH17

    Chris Bellamy Defence and Security Analyst and Captain Evan Cullen President of the Pilots Association join Marian to talk about the downed Malaysia Airliner MH17

    Newspaper Panel

    This morning Marian is joined by Lucinda Creighton TD, Dublin South East, Peter Power Exec Director, UNICEF Ireland and former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Katie Hannon Political Correspondent, RTÉ Primetime, Ciarán Mac an Bhaird Lecturer of Business and Management at Fiontar, Dublin City University and Denis Staunton Deputy Editor, Irish Times to take a look at the Sunday papers

    Saturday 19th July

    How to get Teenagers Interested in Reading

    Robert Dunbar talks to Marian about how to get teenagers interested in reading


    Kay Sheehy and Nessa Childers take a look back at the Asgards famous trip with Marian

    The Insolvency Service

    Conor Pope Irish Times Consumer affairs Correspondent joins Marian to talk about the insolvency service and his recent trip to Jordan

    Alain Rolland - Referee and former Rugby player

    Alain Rolland - Referee and former Rugby player speaks to Marian

    Steve Collins Father of Roy Collins

    Marian speaks to the father of Roy Collins following the sentencing earlier in the week of his murders.

    Sunday 13th July

    Country Music - Sandy Kelly

    Sandy Kelly the 1st Lady of Country Music talks to Marian about the strong roots of country music in Ireland

    The Zhivago Affair

    Peter Finn Co Author of The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, The C.I.A, And the Battle Over The Forbidden Book joins Marian to chat about his new book.

    Bill O’Herlihy - Last Day in work & World Cup Final

    Bill O’Herlihy chats to Marian about his last day in work and they are joined from Rio by Tom Hennigan with tonights World Cup final pending.

    Newpaper Panel

    Marian is joined by Fergus O’Dowd, FG Minister of State at the Departments of Communications & Environment, Lise Hand Political Correspondent with Independent Newspapers, Fran Rooney Barrister and Former Chief Executive at the FAI, Dr. Ciara Kelly Wicklow based GP, Barry Devlin from The Horslips, Mary Lou McDonald TD and Deputy Leader of Sinn Fein to look at this Sundays papers.

    Saturday 12th July

    It's Never Too Late

    We’re often told it’s never too late to change. Then again we’re also told to do things before it is too late. Four people who have all found themselves at a proverbial crossroads in their lives have gone in a new direction and they tell of their new experiences.

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