Saturday with Claire Byrne

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    Saturday 28th May

    Seanad Seats - Gangland Feud & Drugs - Policing Authority - Housing March

    Claire was joined by Noel Rock, FG TD Dublin North-West, Louise O'Reilly, TD for Dublin Fingal and SF Spokesperson on Health, Gary Gannon, Councillor for Dublin's North Inner City, Noel Whelan, Barrister and Analyst, Nicola Tallant, Investigations Editor Sunday World Newspaper and Kitty Holland Irish Times Social Affairs Correspondent.

    Saturday 21st May

    Brendan Howlin is New Labour Leader - O'Higgins Report - Mortgage Rates

    Claire was joined by Former Labour Party Leader Eamon Gilmore, Labour Election Strategist Joe Kemmy, Darragh O'Brien, Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Fingal, Regina Doherty, Fine Gael TD Meath East, Eoin O'Broin, Sinn Féin TD Dublin Mid-West, Ken Murphy, Director General of the Law Society and Michael Clifford of The Irish Examiner.

    Saturday 14th May

    Irish Water - Programme For Government - LUAS - Criticism of new Government

    Claire was joined by Timmy Dooley, Clare TD and Fianna Fáil's Transport Spokesperson, Sean Kyne, Fine Gael TD for Galway West, Jack O'Connor, SIPTU President, Claire McGing, Political Geographer NUI Maynooth, Dan O'Brien, Columnist with The Irish Independent and Chief Economist at the Institute of International and European Affairs.

    Saturday 7th May

    Saturday with Claire Byrne

    Brian Dowling was joined by Leo Varadkar, FG TD for Dublin West, Minister for Social Protection, Sean Fleming Fianna Fail TD for Laois Offaly, Michael Fitzmaurice Independent Alliance TD for Roscommon-Galway, Brid Smith PBP TD for Dublin South–Central, Martin Mansergh Former FF advisor and politician and Amanda Ferguson, Freelance Journalist

    Saturday 30th April

    FF/FG Deal - Role of Independents in Government Formation - Irish Water - The Story So Far

    Claire was joined by Brian Dowling, RTE's Political Staff, John Lahart, FF TD Dublin South-West, Stephen Donnelly, Social Democrats Wicklow and East Carlow, Ciarán Lynch, Labour Cork South Central, Dara Murphy, Fine Gael Cork North Central and Dan O'Brien, Irish Independent / Sunday Independent Columnist and Economist.

    Saturday 23rd April

    Sinn Féin Ard Fheis 2016 - Convention Centre Dublin

    Claire was joined at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis by Deputy First MInister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness and Matt Carthy MEP with Sinn Féin TD's Mary Lou McDonald, Pearse Doherty, Peadar Tóibín and Carol Nolan with Harry McGee, The Irish Times and Philip Ryan of The Irish Independent.

    Saturday 16th April

    Labour and the Formation of the new Government

    Claire was joined by Alex White, Acting Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Regina Doherty, Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fáil TD for Meath East, Katie Hannon, Political Correspondent for Current Affairs Department, RTE and Mick Clifford, Special Correspondent for The Irish Examiner.

    Saturday 9th April

    Fianna Fáil reject partnership with Fine Gael - what now?

    Claire was joined by Timmy Dooley, FF Clare TD, Damien English, FG Meath West TD, Louise O'Reilly Sinn Féin Dublin Fingal TD, Mattie McGrath Independent Tipperary TD, Shane Ross Independent TD Dublin South, Alison O'Connor, Columnist Irish Examiner and Noel Whelan Irish Times Columnist and Barrister.

    Saturday 2nd April

    Presidency Row - Formation of the next Government

    Claire was joined by Director of the Iona Institute and Columnist David Quinn, Donncha O'Connell, Head of the School of Law NUIG, Darragh O'Brien, FF Dublin Fingal, John Halligan, Independent TD, Mary Minihan, Irish Times Political Staff and Simon Coveney, Acting Minister for Agriculture.

    Saturday 26th March

    Role Of Independents in Government Formation / Reflecting on 1916

    Brian Dowling was joined by Eamon O'Cuiv, FF TD Galway West, Mary Lou McDonald, Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin and TD for Dublin Central, Frank Flannery, Former Fine Gael Strategist and Director of Elections, Dr. Michael Harty, Independent TD Clare and Gerard Howlin, Public Affairs Consultant and Irish Examiner Columnist.

    Saturday 19th March

    Formation of the New Government

    Claire was joined by Donnchadh O'Laoghaire, SF Cork South Central, Roisin Shortall, Social Democrats, Paul Murphy, AAA-PBP, Michael Fitzmaurice, Independent Alliance, Eamon Ryan, Leader of The Green Party, Mattie McGrath, Independent Tipperary and Daniel McConnell Political Editor of The Irish Examiner.

    Saturday 12th March

    The 32nd Dáil

    Joining Claire in studio today: Jim O’Callaghan - Fianna Fail TD, Dublin Bay South; Harry McGee - Political Correspondent, The Irish Times; AnneMarie McNally - Press Officer for Social Democrats; Michael McDowell SC - Seanad Candidate and Former PD Leader & TD; Regina Doherty - Fine Gael TD, Meath East

    Saturday 5th March

    Formation of the New Government

    Joining Claire in studio today: Frank Flannery - Former Fine Gael strategist & Director of elections; Noel Whelan - Irish Times columnist & barrister; Bríd Smith - Anti Austerity Alliance - People Before Profit TD, Dublin South Central; Eoin Ó Broin - Sinn Féin TD, Dublin Mid West; and Darragh O’Brien - Fianna Fail TD, Dublin Fingal

    Saturday 20th February

    Finance Special

    Money money money... Pearse Doherty SF, Michael McGrath FF, Brendan Howlin LAB, Michael Noonan FG, & economist Stephen Kinsella were in studio today to talk Finance.

    Saturday 6th February

    Crime & Garda Resources; Fiscal Space; Has there been a Recovery?

    Joining Claire this afternoon: Aodhán Ó Ríordáin - Labour Candidate, Dublin Bay North; Alan Shatter - Fine Gael Candidate, Dublin Rathdown; MaryLou McDonald - Sinn Fein Candidate, Dublin Central; Paul Murphy - Anti Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit candidate, Dublin South West; and Fionnan Sheahan - Editor of the Irish Independent

    Saturday 30th January

    The Labour Party Conference

    As Labour prepares for its most difficult general election in a generation, its top brass talk to Claire Byrne at the party's annual conference in Mullingar

    Saturday 23rd January

    Fine Gael Ard Fheis

    Today, we are live from the Fine Gael Ard Fheis at the Citywest Hotel. Joining Claire: Frances Fitzgerald-Min for Justice and Equality, Brian Hayes-MEP, Leo Varadkar-Min for Health, Michael Noonan-Min for Finance, Cllr. Maura Hopkins-Candidate for Roscommon-Galway & Alison O'Connor- the Irish Examiner

    Saturday 16th January

    Fianna Fail Ard Fheis

    Today, we were broadcasting from the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis in Citywest Hotel. Joining Claire on the panel were: Timmy Dooley TD; Willie O’Dea TD; John McGuinness TD; Cllr. Mary Hanafin; Barry Cowen TD; Eamon O Ciuv TD; Senator Daragh O’Brien; Cllr. Lisa Chambers; and Fionnan Sheahan - Editor of the Irish Independent

    Saturday 9th January

    Austerity and The Left; Lack of Investment in Infrastructure;

    Claire was joined today by: MaryLou McDonald - Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin. TD for Dublin Central; Ruth Coppinger - Anti Austerity Alliance TD Dublin West; Gary Murphy - Prof of Politics DCU; Kevin Doyle - Group Political Editor of INM; and Simon Coveney - Minister for Agriculture, Food, the Marine & Defence. Fine Gael TD for Cork South Central.

    Saturday 2nd January

    Floods; Election Prospects;

    Today, Brian Dowling was joined in studio by: Arthur Spring - Labour TD for Kerry; Darragh O’Brien - FF Senator - will run in Dublin Fingal; Peadar Tóibín - Meath West TD; Sarah Bardon - Political Reporter with The Irish Times; and Ian McShane - MD of the polling agency ‘Behaviour & Attitudes

    Saturday 26th December

    Daisy House

    For a special Saturday with Claire Byrne Show we broadcast from Daisy House in Dublin – a women’s homeless shelter.

    1916-2016 Heroes

    Who are your 1916-2016 Heroes? Our panel looks back on 100 years to find theirs.

    Working at Christmas

    For most of us Christmas is about stuffing our faces and relaxing after a busy year, but for some people St Stephen’s Day is a working day. Claire spoke to Jim Leonard an Advanced Paramedic with the National Ambulance Service, Panto Dame Joe Conlan and Jeff Thompson, Personal Shopper at Brown Thomas, who can’t afford the Christmas Hangover.

    Saturday 19th December

    Retiring Politicians

    Today Claire was joined by Pat Rabitte, Joe Higgins, Seamus Kirk, Frank Feighan, Michael Colreavy, Mary O’Rourke, Liam Twomey, Dan Neville and Michael O'Regan. We also had music from the Claire Byrne Christmas Choir.

    Saturday 12th December

    Flooding; RTÉ Investigates - Corruption; Election 2016

    Today Claire was joined by: Paschal Donohue - Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport; Róisín Shorthall - Social Democrats TD - Dublin North West; Peadar Tóibín - Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs, Innovation & Junior at Finance; Pat Magner - Former Labour party national organiser; and Brian Dowling - RTÉ political staff.

    Saturday 5th December

    Banking Inquiry; FF/FG Coalition; Labour Leaks

    Today, Claire was joined in studio by; Colette Browne - Irish Independent; Kevin Humphreys - Labour TD Dublin South East; Noel Whelan - Irish Times columnist and barrister; John McGuinness - FF TD Carlow Kilkenny; and Louise O’Reilly - Sinn Féin Candidate, Dublin Fingal. And on the phone RTE's Sandra Hurley.

    Saturday 28th November

    IFA; Abortion; Political Opinion Polls;

    This afternoon, Claire was joined by: Michael Fitzmaurice - TD Roscommon–South Leitrim; Matt Carthy - Sinn Féin MEP, Midlands North West; John McManus - Opinion Editor of the Irish Times; Margaret Donnelly - Editor of And from our Cork studio: Simon Coveney - Minister for Agriculture, Food, the Marine & Defence.

    Saturday 21st November

    IFA / Banking Inquiry / Crunching the Election Numbers / Legal Services Bill

    Todays Panel: Aodhan O’Riordain - Minister of State at Dept Justice, Dublin Bay North; Cllr Jim O’Callaghan - FF Candidate, Dublin Bay South; RTÉ’s Brian Dowling; Dr Jennifer Carroll MacNeill - Barrister; Eoin Burke-Kennedy - Irish Times; Padraig McLochlainn - Sinn Fein Justice Spokesperson; and Evan O'Dwyer - O'Dwyer solicitors in Co. Mayo.

    Saturday 14th November

    Paris Attacks; Pat Carey; Fine Gael Single-Party Government

    Today, Claire was joined in studio by: Timmy Dooley - Fianna Fail TD, Clare;  Dr. Tom Clonan - Security Analyst; Paul Murphy - Anti Austerity Alliance TD; Jack O’Connor - SIPTU President; Brian Hayes - Fine Gael MEP; and Sarah Bardon - Political Correspondent, Irish Times. And on the phone we were joined by Mick Wallace - Independent TD.

    Saturday 7th November

    Rent Certainty; Pay Certainty; Election 2016;

    This afternoon, Claire was joined by:Ged Nash - Minister of State for Business & Employment; Lucinda Creighton - TD for Dublin South East; John Halligan - Independent TD for Waterford; Dan O'Brien - Chief Economist, IIEA & Independent Newspapers Columnist; and Michael Clifford - Special Correspondent, Irish Examiner.

    Saturday 31st October

    Topics: New Alliance of Left/Right to Change - Housing, Min of Environment Alan Kelly

    This afternoon Claire speaks to Pat Rabbitte of the Labour Party on Eamon Gilmore's memoirs. Our panel in studio are Blair Horan, former Gen Sec of CP&SU, Peadair Tóibín, SF TD Meath West, Ruth Coppinger, Social Party TD, Dublin West, Damien English, FG TD, Min for Skills, Research & Innovation & Fionnan Sheahan, Editor of Irish Independent.

    Saturday 17th October

    Topics: Travellers/Budget/Timing of Election

    On the line to Claire is RTE jour Samantha Libreri & in studio with Claire are Min for Transport, Tourism & Sport & TD for Dublin Central Paschal Donohoe, SF TD for Donegal SW Pearse Doherty, Social Democrat TD for Wicklow & E Carlow Stephen Donnelly, Barrister & Commentator Noel Whelan & Irish Times social affairs correspondent, Kitty Holland.

    Saturday 10th October

    Budget/Election/Pol Party Make-up/Labour & the Left

    On the line to Claire are Jim Cusack, Min Alex White & Shane Ross on the fire tragedy on Glenamuck Road. In studio are Paul Murphy, AAA TD, Alison O'Connor, The Irish Examiner, Timmy Dooley, FF TD & Frank Flannery fmr Dir of Organisations & Strategy for FG & Jan O'Sullivan, Lab Min for Educ & Skills in our Limerick studio.

    Saturday 3rd October

    Topcis - Nama, Capital Investment Plan, Wealth Divide, Budget

    This morning with Clare are FG Min of State, Simon Harris, Deputy Leader of SF Mary Lou McDonald, Chairman of PAC, FF TD John McGuinness, Finance Corr Irish Times Ciarán Hancock & Political Editor of The Hugh O'Connell.

    Saturday 26th September

    Saturday with Claire Byrne

    In studio this morning are FF Sen Daragh O'Brien, Alex White, Min for Comm, Energy & Resources & Lab TD, Liadh NíRiada, Sinn Féin MEP, Fionnan Sheahan, Ed of the Irish Independent & Gerard Howlin, Public Affairs Consultant, Irish Examiner & fmr Snr Political Advisor. Topics: Opinion Polls, Potential Bedfellows, Fragmentation of Labour.

    Saturday 19th September

    Saturday with Claire Byrne

    This morning Simon Coveney, Min for Defence will be discussing the following topics: the Election Date, Budget, Irish Water & Mortgage Cap, with Claire in our Dublin studio along with Dan O'Brien, Chief Economist, Róisín Shorthall, Social Democrat TD, Peadar Tobín SF Meath NW & Political Corr for the Irish Times, Fiach Kelly.

    Saturday 11th July

    Banking Inquiry, NAMA, Clearys Closure and The End of The Political Term

    Claire was joined by Minister Ged Nash, Responsibility for Business and Employment. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív, Fianna Fail TD for Galway West. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice, Independent TD for Roscommon South Leitrim. Sarah Bardon, Political Reporter with The Irish Times and Frank Flannery, Former Director of ORganisations and Strategy for Fine Gael.

    Saturday 4th July

    Health Service Reform, Taxes and Benefits, Charlie McCreevy and Brian Cowen at the Banking Inquiry

    Claire was joined by Minister Leo Varadkar, Minister for Health. Deputy Sean Fleming, Fianna Fail TD for Laois Offally. Deputy Roisin Shortall, Independent TD for Dublin North West. Jack O'Connor, President of SIPTU Trade Union and Alison O'Connor, Columnist with The Irish Examiner.

    Saturday 27th June

    Greece’s Debt Deal Deadline, Changes to Lone Parent Payments

    Claire was joined by Jan O’Sullivan, Minister for Education and Skills. Senator Darragh O’Brien, Fianna Fail Senator. Peadar Tóibín, Sinn Féin TD for Meath East. Pat Cox, Former President of The EU Parliament. Fionnan Sheahan, Editor of The Irish Independent and Michalis Spourdalakis TBC, Founding Member of Syriza and Academic.

    Saturday 20th June

    Kevin Cardiff and John Moran at The Banking Inquiry, Brian Lenihan TV Documentary, Brendan Howlins criticism of economists.

    Claire was joined by Damien English, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation . Noel Whelan, Barrister and Political Analyst. Ruth Coppinger, Socialist Party TD. Dan O’Brien, Chief Economist at the Institute of International and European Affairs and Shane Ross, Independent TD for Dublin South.

    Berti Ahern about Brian Lenihan

    Listen back to Berti Ahern speaking to RTÉ on The Brian Lenihan Documenarty about the late Brian Lenihan, Former Fianna Fail Finance Minister. Noel Whelan, Barrister comments from our studio panel.

    Ruth Coppinger TD and Dan O'Brien

    Speaking on Saturday with Claire Byrne

    Saturday 13th June

    New political parties, Greece and media Ownership

    Claire was joined by Kevin Humphreys, Minister of State at Dept. of Social Protection, Mary Lou McDonald, Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin, Paul Murphy, Anti Austerity Alliance TD, Geraldine Kennedy, former Editor of The Irish Times, Brendan Keenan, Economics Columnist with Irish Independent and Suzanne Lynch, European Correspondent for The Irish Times

    Saturday 6th June


    Claire was joined by Dara Murphy, Minister of State at the Department of The Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs, Alan Dukes Former Chair of the IBRC, Mick Clifford, Special Correspondent with The Irish Examiner and Sean Fleming, Fianna Fail TD for Laois Offaly.

    Saturday 16th May

    Same Sex Marriage Referendum Debate

    Claire was joined by Stephen Collins, Political Editor of The Irish Times. Minister Pascal Donohoe, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. Mattie McGrath, Independent TD for Tipperary and Waterford. Senator Jim Walsh, Independent Senator and Senator Averil Power, Fianna Fail Senator.

    Saturday 9th May

    Carlow Kilkenny By-election live From The Bernard Shaw Theatre Carlow

    Claire was joined by David Fitzgerald, Fine Gael. Bobby Alyward, Fianna Fail. Adrianne Wallace, People Before Profit. Peter O’Loughlin, Identity Ireland. Noel G Walsh. Breda Gardiner, Independent. Willie Quinn, Labour. Kathleen Funchion, Sinn Fein. David Holohan. Conor McLiam, Anti Austerity Alliance. Patrick McKee, Renua and Elizabeth Hourihane.

    Saturday 25th April

    Fianna Fail Ard Fheis

    Claire was joined by Averil Power, Fianna Fail Senator. Timmy Dooley, Fianna Fail Senator on Transport, Tourism and Sport. John Drennan, Political Editor of The Sunday Independent. Noel Whelan, Barrister and Political Analyst. Willie O'Dea, Fianna Fail TD for Limerick. Barry Cowen, Spokesperson on Enviroment and local Government and Robert Troy, Fianna Fail TD for Longford/West Meath.

    Saturday 18th April

    Brian Cowen Doorstep, Should The Government Spend The Money and Where

    Claire was joined by Alex White, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. Pearse Doherty, Finance Spokesperson for Sinn Fein. Darragh O'Brien, Fianna Fail Senator. Niamh Lyons, Political Editor of Times Ireland and John Fitzgerald, Former ESRI Economist and adjunct Professor at Trinity.

    Saturday 11th April

    Mortgage Arrears, Indebtedness, Home Repossessions

    Claire was joined by Dara Murphy, Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs. Senator Thomas Bynre, Fianna Fail Senator. David Hall, Co-founder of Irish Mortgages Holders Organization. Brendan Burgess, Founder of and Niamh Randall, Head of Policy and Communications at Simon Communities of Ireland.

    Saturday 4th April

    Teachers Conferences, Fianna Fail and Independent Alliance, Economic Growth

    Claire was joined by Jan O'Sullivan, Minister for Education and Skills. Senator Gerard Craughwell, Independent Senator. Barry Cowen, Fianna Fail TD. Michael O'Regan, Parliamentary Correspondent of The Irish Times and Johnny Fallon, Political Commentator and Author.

    Saturday 21st March

    Water Protests, Fianna Fail Stagnant in Party Polls, Leadership Issues, Greece

    Claire was joined by Irish Socialist Party TD Paul Murphy from one of the Dublin city protests. In studio Minister of State at Department of Social Protection with Special Responsibhilty for Aviation. Kevin Humphreys, . John McGuinness, Chairman of PAC and Fianna Fail TD for Carlow/Kilkenny. Mattie Mc Grath, Independent TD for Tipperary South. John Drennan, Political Editor of The Sunday Independent and Alison O'Connor, Columnist with The Irish Examiner.

    Saturday 14th March

    BBC Spotlight Programme, Red C Opinion Poll, New Political Party Renua Ireland

    Claire was joined by Regina Doherty, Fine Gael TD for Meath East. Pearse Doherty, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Finance. Jonathan Irwin, Renua Candidate and Chief Executive of the Jack and Jill Foundation. Harry Mc Gee, Political Correspondent with The Irish Times.

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