Saturday with Brian Dowling

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    Saturday 13th December

    Water Charges, Taxation, ESRI Report, Collapse of Northern Ireland Talks

    Brian was joined by Aodhan O'Riordain, Minister of State at the Department of Justice. Sean OFearghail, Fianna Fail Whip. Ruth Coppinger, Socialist TD for Dublin West. Cormac Lucey, Financial Analyst and Eoin Ronayne, General Secretary of the CPSU. Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein President joined later in the programme to discusse the collapse of The Northern Ireland talks.

    Saturday 6th December

    Party Polls, Ansbacher Statement, Programme for Government

    Brian was joined by, Professor Gary Murphy, Head of DCU's School of Law and Government. Simon Harris, Fine Gael TD for Wicklow. Fianna Fail Senator Dara O'Brien and Sinn Fein MEP, Lynn Boylan.

    Death of Jackie Healy Rae

    Brian was joined by Billy Keane of The Irish Independent and Professor Gary Murphy, Head of DCU's School of Law and Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan.

    Saturday 29th November

    HSE Service Plan, The Economics of the Left V’s Right

    Brian was joined by Minister Kathleen Lynch, Minister of State for Primary Care, Social Care and Mental Health. Pearse Doherty, Sinn Fein spokesperson on Finance.Fianna Fail Whip and TD for South Kildare Seán Ó Fearghaíl. United Left Alliance TD Richard Boyd Barrett and Patricia Callan, Director of Small Firms Association.

    Saturday 15th November

    Gardai Inspectorate Report and Public Accounts Committee (PAC)

    To discuss this issue Brian was joined by Minister for Education and Skills Jan O'Sullivan from our Limerick studio. Damien McCarthy, Central Executive Committee Member GRA for DMR South Central. Finian McGrath, Independent TD for Dublin North Central. Shane Ross, Independent TD for Dublin South and Senior Council Michael O'Higgins joined us in our Dublin studio.

    Teacher Strike Over Junior Cert Row

    Brian was joined by Finian McGrath, Independent TD for Dublin North Central. Shane Ross, Independent TD for Dublin South. Senior Council Michael O'Higgins. TUI President Gerry Quinn. Minister for Eduaction and Skills Jan O'Sullivan.

    Saturday 8th November

    Saturday with Brian Dowling - November 8th

    This afternoon Brian is joined by Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Noel Whelan, Barrister & Political Analyst, Mick Clifford, Special Correspondent with The Irish Examiner, Lucinda Creighton, Founding Member of Reform Alliance and Jonathan O’Brien, Sinn Fein TD for Cork North Central

    Saturday 1st November

    Water Charges and Gay Marriage

    This afternoon Brian Dowling is joined by Clare Daly United Left Alliance TD, Ronan Mullen Independent Senator, Gerald Nash Minister of State, Katherine Zappone Independent Senator, Fr Vincent Twomey Professor Emeritus of Moral Theology, Derek Byrne academic and journalist to discuss water charges and gay marriage

    Saturday 25th October

    Health Services, Irish Water and Mairia Cahill

    This afternoon Brian Dowling is joined by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, Billy Kelleher Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Health, Peader Toibin Sinn Fein TD for Meath West, Mary Minihan The Irish Times and Sam Smith Columnist The Irish Mail on Sunday to discuss the Health Services, Irish Water and Mairia Cahill

    Saturday 18th October

    Water, Budget Fallout and State of the Political Parties

    Brian was joined by Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White, former Minister of Finance Alan Dukes, Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald, Anit Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy and Barrister & Political Analyst Noel Whelan.

    Saturday 11th October

    By-Election Results

    Brian was joined by Fionnan Sheehan, Brian Hayes MEP, SF TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, Political Analyst Sean Donnelly in studio along with politicians who have entered this by-election.

    Saturday 4th October

    Roscommon South Leitrim By-Election Debate

    Brian and all of the candidates of the Roscommon South Leitrim By-Election Debate the topics of this election, John Drennan & Christina McHugh also join the panel.

    Saturday 27th September

    Property Market & Social Housing Crisis

    CSO figures have outlined that house prices increased by fifteen percent, with a shortage of houses available in some parts of the country and President Michael D Higgins remarks on the risks of social housing our panel discuss the issues of housing and what is needed to sustain a healthy housing market. Ronan Lyons, assistant professor of Economics with Trinity College Dublin & Peter Stafford of IBEC joined our political panel.

    Troubles Within Fine Gael

    The appointment of Seanad by-election candidate John McNulty to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Imma) has caused a political furore which has shaken Fine Gael. Our panel discuss the issues played out in the public arena over the past week, Brian was joined by Dara Murphy, Minister of State at the Departments of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs. Michael McGrath TD, Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Finance & Ruth Coppinger TD, Socialist party councillor and candidate for Dublin-West by-election in our Dublin studio.

    Saturday 20th September

    Scottish Referendum

    Mark Hennessy, Irish Times London Editor and Profiessor John Curtice of the University of Strathclyde give their views on the aftermath of the Scottish vote

    Irish Economy Surge

    Our panel to discuss the rising Irish economy are: Alex White TD, Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources; Senator Darragh O’Brien, Fianna Fáil; Peadar Tóibín TD, Sinn Féin for Meath East, Spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs, Innovation & An Gaeltacht; Róisín Shortall, Independent TD, Dublin North West; John Fitzgerald, Economist, ESRI.

    Saturday 19th July

    Low Pay & Low Pay Commission.

    Minister of State Simon Harris, Economist Jim Power & Patricia King, SIPTU Vice President discuss the issue of low pay.

    End of Dáil Term, Cabinet Reshuffle Strategy & PAC.

    Our panel discuss the issue with Minister of State Simon Harris, Lecturer in Politics Dr Eoin O’Malley, Sinn Féin's Pádraig Mac Lochlainn & RTÉ's Mícheál Lehane.

    Saturday 12th July

    Cabinet Reshuffle A Damp Squib or Real Change? & Housing Crisis – Revised Programme for Government

    This afternoon Claire is joined by Timmy Dooley Fianna Fail TD Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Ged Nash Labour TD Louth Minister of State with responsibility for business and employment, Political Correspondent Irish Daily Mail, Brian Harvey Independent Social Researcher, Micheal Sammon Chief Executive and Chairperson of the Sammon Group & Tom Parlon DG Confederation Industry Federation, to discuss the cabinet reshuffle and the revised programme for government.

    Saturday 5th July

    New Labour Leader and Cabinet Reshuffle and Debt flexibility

    This afternoon Claire is joined by Pat Rabbittee Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Tommy Broughan Independent TD for Dublin North East, Niamh Puirseil Labour Historian and Author and Lise Hand Irish Independent Journalist.

    Saturday 28th June

    Mother & Baby Homes- Funeral of Gerry Conlan - Fianna Fail Difficulties with Crowley - Leadership Questions

    Saturday 21st June

    Niall Collins Controversy - Gerry Conlan Passing Away - Financial adjustment

    This afternoon Claire Byrne is joined by Eamon O Cuiv Fianna Fail TD Galway West Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food & Community Affairs, John Lyons Dublin Labour TD North West, Alison O’Connor Columnist the Irish Examiner, Pearce Doherty TD Sinn Fein spokesperson on Finance, Conor Brophy RTE Business Correspondent and Tony Foley Lecturer in Economics DCU

    Saturday 7th June

    Labour Leadership Debacle, Medical Card Review, Tuam Grave Tragedy

    This afternoon Claire is joined by Labour Minister of State for Research & Innovation Seán Sherlock, Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger, Group Political Editor of the Irish Independent, Eddie Molloy of Change management Consultant, Dr. Ilona Duffy, Monaghan GP & Irish Medical Organisation committee member discuss the issue of the week.

    Saturday 31st May

    Election Fall Out / Labour Leadership / Medical Cards and Whistle Blowers

    This afternoon Claire is joined by Minister Alex White Labour Party, Alan Dukes Former FG Leader, Mary Minihan Political Report Irish Times, Noel Whelan Barrister and Political Pundit, Susan Mitchel Sunday Business Post and Michael Clifford Columnist Irish Examiner to discuss Election Fall Out, Labour Leadership, Medical Cards and Whistle Blowers

    Saturday 17th May

    Housing/Homelessness Boom or Bust ? - Justice and Gardaí – Purcell Appearance at Justice Committee - Banking Inquiry

    This afternoon Claire is joined by Roisin Shorthall TD Independent, Fiach Kelly Irish Times, Minister Simon Coveney Fine Gael and Dr Alan Ahearne Professor of Economics NUIG

    Saturday 3rd May

    The Panel discuss Gerry Adams’ Arrest /Water Charges/ Medical Cards / Homelessness

    Today's Panel are Tommie Gorman, Northern Editor; Mary Lou McDonald, Sinn Fein Vice-President; Alison O Connor, Columnist with The Irish Examiner; Paschal Donohoe TD and Minister for European Affairs; Catherine Murphy, Independent TD; Fintan McNamara, Residential Landlords Association and Brian Harvey, Independent Social Researcher.

    Saturday 26th April

    26th April 2014 - IMO Conference, Local Elections and Educational Changes

    Claire is joined this afternoon by Fergal Bowers RTÉs Health Correspondent, Billy Kelleher Fianna Fáil Spokes person on Health and Fergus O'Dowd Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, John Downing Political Journalist Irish Independent, Sean Donnelly political Analyst and Professor Ciaran Sugrue Education at UCD.

    Saturday 19th April

    Water Charges and Stealth Taxes - Recovery Where The Budget Should Go and 1916 Commemoration

    This afternoon Claire is joined by Mary Lou Mc Donald Sinn Fein TD, Joe Costello Labour TD, Jack O Connor SIPTU President, Katie Hannon Political Correspondent for RTÉ Current Affairs Dept and Diarmaid Ferriter Prof Modern Irish History UCD.

    Saturday 12th April

    Public Accounts Committee & Cost of Housing

    This afternoon Brian was joined by Fine Gael TD Kieran O Donnell, Fianna Fail TD John Mc Guinness and Michael O Reagan Parliamentary Correspondent of The Irish Times to discuss this week at the Public Accounts Committee. Later in the programme he is joined by Karl Dieter Mortgage Broker and Financial Analyst and PJ Drudy Professor Emeritus, Trinity College Dublin to discuss the cost of housing.

    Saturday 5th April

    State Visit to the UK

    Days away from the State Visit of President Higgins to the UK next week, we speak to Jennie Mc Shannon, MP Pat McFadden, Tim Pat Coogan & Kathleen Lynch.

    Civil Service Reform

    Eddie Molloy, management consultant looks at the possibilities of Civil Service Reform.

    Shatter, PAC & Rehab

    Minister for disabilty, equality & mental health Kathleen Lynch joins Brian from our Cork studio, and Independent TD Shane Ross joins us in our Dublin studio to discuss the issue.

    Latest Irish Times Poll

    Stephen Collins, Political Editor with The Irish Times speaks to Brian about the lastest Irish Time's Poll.

    Saturday 29th March

    Garda Tapes & Minister For Justice Debacle, & the Presidents visit to the UK

    This afternoon Claire was joined by Mick Clifford Columnist with the Irish Examiner, Francis Fitzgearld Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, TJ McInytyre Lecturer in Law at UCD and Chairman of Digital Rights Ireland, Pearse Doherty Sinn Fein TD and Sally Mulready Member of the Council of State.

    Saturday 15th March

    An Taoiseach in America for Saint Patrick’s Day.

    With an outlook to Saint Patricks Day ahead of this Bank Holiday weekend, we speak to RTÉ’s Washington correspondent Caitriona Perry who has been following the footsteps of the political leaders.

    Political Events of The Week

    Fiach Kelly, political correspondent with The Irish Times. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Labour TD for Dublin North Central and Peadar Tóibín, Sinn Fein TD for Meath East discuss the political events of the week with Claire.

    Saturday 8th March

    Proposed Income Tax Reductions

    Tony Foley, Senior Lecturer at the School of Business in DCU, discusses the suggestion of possible income tax cuts and how they could be funded.

    Pensions Unrest

    The panel is joined by Gerald Flynn of Align Management Solutions to discuss the proposed Aer Lingus/DAA strike which is scheduled to take place on the Friday of the St Patrick's Weekend.

    Frank Flannery and Rehab

    Fiach Kelly, The Irish Times Political Correspondent, joins Claire by telephone following his article about Frank Flannery.

    Saturday 1st March

    Property & Mortgages

    Jim Fingleton, of Fingleton and Company Estate Agents & Ross Maguire, Senior Counsel and member of New Beginning discuss the issue of property prices and if people are getting mortgages or not.

    Universal Health Insurance

    Billy Kelleher Fianna Fail spokesperson on Health and Ray Walley GP member of IMO GP committee member speak to Claire after hearing the interview with Minister James Reilly.

    Fine Gael Ard Fheis & Portlaoise Hospital

    With the Fine Gael Ard Fheis underway in the RDS in Dublin, we speak to Minister for Health James Reilly about the state of Fine Gael and the Health Portfolio. RTE reporter Barry Lenihan also joins us and Brian Dowling of RTÉ's political staff looks at the local and European elections.

    Saturday 22nd February

    Health Insurance

    Dermot Goode, health Analyst with Cornmarket Financial Services joins the panel to discuss health insurance premiums, the panel: Simon Harris, Fine Gael TD. John Mc Guinness, Fianna Fáil TD& Dearbhail Mc Donald, Legal Editor Irish Independent.

    Minister for Justice

    Mick Wallace, TD for Wexford. Simon Harris, TD for Fine Gael. John Mc Guinness, TD for Fianna Fáil & Dearbhail Mc Donal Legal Editor with the Irish Independent look at the troubles within the force of An Garda Síochána.

    Saturday 15th February

    HSE Threatens to Cut Major Hospitals Over Pay Policies.

    Martin Naughton, Support Officer with the Disability Federation of Ireland speaks to Claire about the news that major hospitals including St James's Hositpal, St Vincent's University Hositpal, St John of god, Brothers of Charity Southern Services and Brothers of Charity Services South East could face HSE cutbacks.

    GSOC & The Gardai

    Dominic Hannigan, Labour TD for Meath-East, Michael Clifford journalist with the Irish Examiner & Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, Sinn Féin TD for Donegal North-East disuses the recent news and scandals within GSOC & An Garda Síochána.

    Labour Special Conference.

    Joan Burton, Labour Minister for Social Protection joins Claire from the Special Labour Conference in Enfield County Meath looking ahead at the local & European elections and the state of Labour, RTE reporter Barry Lenihan outlines the mood of delegates in Enfield and RTE's Political staff member Brian Dowling speaks to Claire in Dublin about how the numbers could end up in the next election.

    Saturday 8th February

    Sinn Fein Ard Fheis - Homophobia RTÉ & Iona Settlement – Open Disclosure

    This afternoon Claire Byrne is joined from the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis by Dublin Central TD Mary Lou Mc Donald, RTÉ reporter Barry Lenihan and in studio from the RTÉ political staff Brian Dowling. Claire then changes the topic and is joined by Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney, Independent TD Roisin Shorthall and Health Journalist Priscilla Lynch to discuss Neknominations and the governments alcohol policy and open disclosure. For the last part of the programme Claire talks to solicitor Simon Mc Garr about RTÉ homophobia and the Iona Settlement .

    Saturday 1st February

    Property Market - Prof Ronan Lyons.

    With our report in Athy County Kildare about property in rural areas, Professor Ronan Lyons, Assistant Professor of Economics at TCD speaks to Claire about the state of the market at the moment.

    Rural Property Market – Athy, County Kildare.

    Our reporter Michael Lawless visited Athy town in County Kildare and spoke to some of the local people about the present property market in rural areas. While he was there he also spoke to Jim Fingleton of Fingleton Auctioneers in Athy.

    Portlaoise Hospital, PAC & the Legal Services Bill.

    Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Fine Gael TD for Laois Offaly. Michael Clifford, columnist with The Irish Examiner. Noeline Blackwell, Director of FLAC. Niall Collins, Fianna Fail spokesperson on Justice discuses the pressing issues of the week with Claire live in studio.

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