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    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.

    Saturday 25th January

    Trouble within An Garda Síochána

    Paschal Donohoe Minister of State for European Affairs, Mary Regan deputy political editor at the Irish Examiner, John Halligan Independent TD & Fergus Finlay CEO of Barnardos discuss the ongoing controversy in The Garda Siochana. Later on, we also spoke to Lucinda Creighton TD for Dublin South East from the Reform Alliance Conference.

    Whistleblower John Wilson

    Two whistleblowers in the gardaí have been subjected to disciplinary actions in highly unusual circumstances after their respective decisions to speak out on what they saw as malpractice within the force. John Wilson, a former serving sergeant now retired spoke to Claire earlier today about being a whistleblower in the force.

    Saturday 18th January

    Saturday with Claire Byrne

    In studio were: John McGuinness, Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee; Mary Lou McDonald, Vice-President of Sinn Féin and Member of PAC; Robert Dowds, Labour TD for Dublin Mid-West; Stephen O’Byrnes, Director of MKC Communications and Alison O’Connor, Columnist with the Irish Examiner

    Saturday 11th January

    Irish Water's Consultants - Local Elections Trends and Candidates

    This afternoon Claire is joined by Alex White, Minister of State for Primary Care; Dr Adrian Kavanagh Lecturer in Geography NUI Maynooth; Dr Theresa Reidy Department of Government , University College Cork; Catherine Murphy TD Kildare North. - Peadar Tobin West Meath TD and Dublin Central TD Maureen who is a part of and Irish deligation in Iran.

    Saturday 4th January

    European Elections

    In part two Political Analyst Sean Donnelly joins the panel, Shane Ross TD, Pat Leahy, Niamh Lyons & Minister Joe Costello to discuss the coming European elections.

    Limerick City of Culture

    On today’s programme we look at the recent scandal in Limerick’s City of Culture. Tim O’Conner, board member of the City of Culture panel. Minister Joe Costello, Junior Minister for Trade & Development. Shane Ross, Independent TD for Dublin South. Pat Leahy Deputy Editor of the Sunday Business Post & Niamh Lyons, Political Correspondent with The Irish Diaily Mail join Claire in part one of the programme.

    Saturday 21st December

    Review of 2013

    With the year comming to a close Brian Dowling is joined by - Fine Gael Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. Billy Kelleher Fianna Fail spokesman on Health, Barrister Noel Whelan, Business Editor for the Irish Times John Mc Manus and Louise O Reilly Education Organiser with SIPTU to take a look back at 2013.

    Saturday 14th December

    Saturday with Brian Dowling 14th December 2013

    This week, Brian discusses the Bailout and the Taoiseach's landmark State of the Nation Address on Sunday with Brian Hayes TD, Ursula Tipp, Paul Sweeney and Constantin Gurdgiev

    Saturday 7th December

    Banking - Housing and the Death of Nelson Mandela

    This afternoon Brian Dowling is joined by Minister of State for Housing and Planning Jan O Sullivan, Fianna Fail spokesman on Finance Michael Mc Grath, Tony Foley Senior Lecturer DCU Business School to discuss how the banks are paying back the government even though they may need re capitalisation. They are then joined by PJ Drudy Professor Emeritus Trinity College Dublin and David Duffy Economist on ERSI/PTSB House Price Index to discuss housing. Finally Richard Downes joins us from Johannesburg to gives us the latest on the Death of Mandela

    Saturday 30th November

    Saturday with Brian Dowling - Live from Killarney Labour Party Conference 2013

    Saturday 23rd November

    Legal Services Bill - Penalty Points - Salary Top Ups

    This afternoon Brian is joined by Ken Murphy Director of The Law Society of Ireland , Mick Clifford Irish Examiner journalist, Padraig Mac Lochlainn Sinn Fein TD Donegal North East, Charlie Flanagan Fine Gael TD Laois Offaly, Noeleen Blackwell Executive Director of FLAC and Donal Donovan from the Fiscal Advisory Council, to discuss the new legal services bill, penalty points and salary top ups.

    Saturday 16th November

    Latest from the Philippines

    Our RTE reporter Paul O'Flynn speaks to Brian & Minister for European Affairs Pascal Donohoe about the latest tradegy in the Philippines.

    Exiting the Bailout

    Minister for European affairs, Pascal Donohoe, Director of the Centre for European Policy Studies Daniel Gros, Independent TD Catherine Murphy, Professor of Economics at UCD & personal finance journalist with the Sunday Times Jill Kerby give their view on leaving the bailout.

    Saturday 9th November

    FAI Press Conference

    Martin O'Neill was offically named manager of Ireland's soccer team today, former Irish Manager Brian Kerr spoke to Brian on the new move.

    Social Change in Ireland

    A red sea poll was carried out during the week for Paddy Power betting agent on the same sex marriage referendum, Michael Kelly, editor of The Irish Catholic & Niamh Hourigan, Sociologist with UCC joined the panel to discuss this in detail.

    Leaving the bailout

    With the Troika leaving Ireland in a few months our panel join Brian to give their view of what this means to the Irish economy. Brian is joined by Peter Brown, Irish Institute of Financial Trading, Mary Lou Mc Donal vice President of Sinn Féin. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Labour TD for Dublin North Central & Jack O'Connor of SIPTU.

    Saturday 2nd November

    The Future of Irish Banking

    Tony Foley, Lecturer in Economics at DCU, talks to Brian about the banking stories of the week

    Health Insurance

    Minister James Reilly; Billy Kelleher Fianna Fail TD; Dermot Goode, Cornmarket Financial Services; Jim Dowdall, GloHealth Insurance and Martin Wall, Irish Times Journalist discuss.

    Saturday 26th October

    Pension

    Brian is joined on the line by Personal Finance Editor Charlie Weston to discuss pension cuts and caps.

    Alcohol Legislation

    This week the government brought forward new legislation in realtion to alcohol Brian is now joined in studio by Damien O Reilly Lecturer in Retail in DIT, Columnist Cormac Lucey and the Minister for Children Francis Fitzgearld and TD Finian Mc Grath.

    Roma Children

    Brian Dowling is joined by Minister for Children, Francis Fitzgearld, Independent TD Finian Mc Grath, Rose Forrest Barrister and Director of the Irish Traveller Movement.

    Saturday 19th October

    Saturday, 19th October 2013

    Healthcare, The Economy, Exiting the Bailout and the Pension Levy

    Saturday 12th October

    Fine Gael Ard Fheis

    The Fine Gael National Conference took place in County Limerick this weekend, Brian Dowling and his panel reviewed recent referendum caimpaigns and the upcoming budget, and the condition of the Fine Gael party.

    Saturday 28th September

    Saturday 28th September 2013

    Saturday with Claire Byrne questions agendas, dissects the week gone by, and debates the likely issues of the week to come.

    Saturday 21st September

    Saturday 21st September 2013

    Claire is joined by a panel of guests to discuss the Banking Inquiry, ASTI Vote, the Budget and the controversy over Fine Gael’s Referendum Posters.

    Saturday 20th July

    Saturday 13th July

    Saturday 13th July 2013

    Topics for discussion today include: the abortion debate, ESRI Mid Term Report and the Murphy Report.

    Saturday 29th June

    Saturday 29th June 2013

    Topics for discussion today inlcude: Anglo Tapes, mortgage guidelines and turf cutting

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