Marian Finucane

    Saturday, Sunday, 11 - 1pm


    Sunday 14th December

    Smartphone Packages

    David Kerr of joins Marian in studio to talk about smartphone packages.

    Tech Gifts for Christmas

    Technology Editor with the Irish Independent Adrian Weckler joins Marian in studio.

    Whistleblowing Legislation

    Ian O'Herlihy, Partner of Mason Hayes and Curran joins the panel to talk about whistleblowing legislation.

    The Panel

    Fergus Clancy - CEO Mater Private Healthcare Group Noel Howard - Social Care Ireland Avril Clarke - Job-bridge intern and youth volunteer Colm O’Gorman - Executive Director, Amnesty International Ireland Alison O’Connor - Columnist Irish Examiner

    Saturday 13th December

    Ask the Specialist

    Rowan Manahan joins Marian in studio to talk about job applications.

    Che Guevara

    Che Guevara visited Ireland 50 years ago. His interpreter Felima O'Callaghan joins Marian on the line from Spain.

    Non Fiction Books

    Janet Hawkins of The Blessington Bookstore and Stephen Boylan of Easons join Marian in studio.

    Coins - Ronnie O'Toole

    Ronnie O'Toole of the Central Bank on a shortage of small coins.

    Young Men and Depression

    Irish cricketer John Mooney and Cavan GAA goalkeeper Alan O'Mara join Marian in studio.

    Humans of Ireland

    Lee Furlong on reuniting a man with his family for Christmas.

    Stories I Never Told My Mother

    ‘Stories I never told my Mother’ is an online log of childhood adventures, mishaps, innocence and fun. Simon Digby joins Marian on the line.

    Sunday 7th December

    A History of Irish Taoisigh

    In the 92 years of the state, we have had a grand total of 13 Taoisigh. A good number are very much in living memory and it seems as good a time as any to look back at the various office holders to see what common traits – apart from being male – they held. In studio are Michael Kennedy, a historian with the Royal Irish Academy and Eoghan O Neachtain, former Government Press Secretary.

    Newspaper Panel

    Richard Boyd Barrett, United Left ALliance TD/People Before Profit; Mike Allen, Focus Ireland; John Downing, journalist and former deputy government press secretary; Charlie Bird, journalist and broadcaster; and Lindsay Earner Byrne, UCD School of History and Archives and Dr Conor Powell

    Saturday 6th December

    Ask the Specialist - Food Safety

    It’s that hectic time of year again when we tend to buy and cook larger quantities of food. The fridge is overloaded and catering for large numbers is a major challenge. As stress levels soar in the kitchen, food safety procedures are often neglected. Our specialist in studio this week is Agnes Bouchier Hayes, Home Economist and Lecturer, Limerick IT.

    Preparing for Christmas

    Yvonne Keating loves Christmas but hates when it is ruined by stress which it was in previous years. These days Yvonne is super organised and so enjoys the season. She fills us in on her to do list for the busy time ahead.

    Too Much Work - Not Enough Down Time

    Do you feel you’re working too many hours and not getting enough time to just switch off? Or perhaps you can’t switch off and you keep checking your emails? Psychologist and author Owen Fitzpatrick is in studio.

    Eric Garner

    There have been civil rights protests in New York since Wednesday over the death of a black man called Eric Garner held in a chokehold by a white police officer last July. A Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict the officer responsible for the chokehold. It echoes the findings of a grand jury last week in Missouri over the death of Michael Brown. Jonathan Moore, a civil rights lawyer, is representing his family. He talks to Marian

    Sr Stanislaus Kennedy

    The death of homeless man, Jonathan Corrie, who was found dead some twenty yards from Leinster House earlier this week, has dominated the headlines since this tragic event occurred. Sr Stanislaus Kennedy gives her reaction to what happened and how tragedies like this come about.

    High Hopes Choir

    Recent events have reminded us that homelessness in Ireland is a growing crisis. Former principal conductor with RTE Concert Orchestra David Brophy is doing something truly different - he plans to create Ireland's first homeless choir. Bressie is in studio with Marian to talk to David Brophy

    My1000Hour - A Blog by Bressie

    Niall Breslin - better known as Bressie - has started a blog. My1000hourBlog - a blog about taking care of your mental health. .He says he wants to change the conversation and attitudes to mental health in Ireland

    Sunday 30th November

    Brendan Behan - The Roaring Boy

    The fiftieth anniversary of Brendan Behan’s death is to be marked tomorrow with the airing of a new documentary entitled ‘Brendan Behan – The Roaring Boy’ on RTÉ 1. The film is something of a labour of love for actor and director Adrian Dunbar who chronicles the tale of a creative genius who’s most convincing character was himself.

    Ferguson Missouri

    Darren Wilson, the white police officer who fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown in a St Louis suburb resigned from the Police Force yesterday…..just days after the announcement he would not face criminal charges. Jack Healy, Western Correspondent of the New York Times was in Ferguson this week.

    Inheritance Rights for Convicted Killers

    During the week it emerged that the Law Reform Commission is seeking views on the inheritance rights of convicted killers....specifically those found guilty of killing their spouse. This brought the 2008 killing of Celine Cawley by her husband Eamon Lillis back into the headlines. Marian talks to Chris and Susannah Cawley......Celine Cawley’s brother and sister.

    Newspaper Panel

    Today's panel to discuss the Sunday newspapers are: Leo Varadkar TD– Minister for Health; Larry Donnelly, Law lecturer, NUI Galway and journalist with; Anne Chambers author and biographer; Eoin O’Broin (Brin) – Sinn Fein Councillor; Fintan O’Mahony – history teacher and ASTI Executive Member

    Saturday 29th November

    Freezer Food for Christmas

    Now on this last weekend in November Darina Allen gives ideas for edible gifts and what can go in your freezer right now, to help cut out stress and panic, once the Christmas season is upon us.

    Ask The Specialist: Genealogy

    A listener is interested in finding out ore about her family history as she really only knows her parents and their siblings. John Grenham is a genealogist and writer on the topic and he joins Marian in studio

    Book: Blood Will Out

    Clark Rockefeller came across as charming, gallant and said he was part of the famous oil family, a freelance international banker, with a private chef and married to a high profile banker. However, as author Walter Kirn was to find out, Clark Rockefeller was none of the above. He was a confidence trickster, and a murderer.

    Trauma Surgeon Dr John Barrett

    Treating gunshot wounds was the ‘bread and butter’ of Cork man Dr John Barrett when he headed the Trauma Unit in Chicago’s Cook County Hospital – the hospital that inspired the setting for the TV series ER. He was awarded an Alumni Achievement Award by his former college UCC last night and joins Marian to discuss his career

    Undocumented Irish Living in the States

    Last Thursday, President Obama invoked special executive powers to allow up to 5 million illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S. by protecting them from deportation for three years. In theory it looks hopeful for the 50,000 or so undocumented Irish living Stateside and Marian talks to two of them about their life in the US

    Sunday 23rd November

    Hell Hath no Fury like a First Lady Scorned

    Anne Elisabeth Moutet, a Paris-based journalist and political commentator, discusses the memoir of Valerie Trierweiler, the former partner of French President Francois Hollande which is just published

    Political U Turns

    Deaglan de Bréadún, Political Editor, The Irish Sun, and Michael Clifford of the Irish Examiner discuss some of the most famous political u-turns of the last 30 years

    Chase Your Shadow: The Trials of Oscar Pistorius

    John Carlin's book about Oscar Pistorius was published this week. He discusses the court case and a recent interview with June Steenkamp

    Newspaper Panel

    Today's panel to discuss the Sunday newspapers are: Joe Higgins, Socialist Party TD for Dublin West; Michael Clifford, journalist and columnist, The Irish Examiner ;John S Byrne, social care worker and lecturer in Waterford Institute of Technology; Kate O’Connell, FG Councillor for Rathgar/Rathmines ; Sarah Nic Lochlainn, entrepreneur

    Saturday 22nd November

    Ask the Specialist: Ian Whyte

    In our segment 'Ask The Specialist' which you the listener can suggest the chosen topic in which we deal, our guest today was Ian Whyte of Whyte's Auctioneers

    Donna Hartnett

    Donna Hartnett's letter to the Irish Independent about her money struggles went viral straight away. Her struggles and experience as a working parent with two children in childcare stuck a chord with thousands in this country. She spoke to Marian from the Cork studio.

    Tripadvisor Story

    The Jenkinsons stayed in the Broadway Hotel in Blackpool recently and gave it a very bad review on Tripadvisor. The hotel then fined them £100 for the review and said it was their policy.

    Ivan Yates

    Ivan Yates is in studio to talk politics, bankruptcy and more

    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.

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