Saturday with Claire Byrne

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Saturday 21st October

Brexit - Tracker Mortgages Scandal – Pensions Inequality

Claire was joined in studio by Joan Burton, Former Labour Party Leader, Brian Hayes, Fine Gael MEP, Matt Carthy, Sinn Féin MEP, Lise Hand, Columnist with The Times Ireland Edition and Dan O'Brien, Columnist with Independent Newspapers & Chief Economist at the Institute of International & European Affairs.

Saturday 14th October

Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis – Strategic Communications Unit – Preparations for Brexit – Stamp Duty on Land Transactions

Claire was joined by Helen McEntee, Minister for European Affairs, Niall Collins, Fianna Fáil TD for Limerick County, Peadar Tóibín, Sinn Fein TD for Meath West, Theresa Reidy, Political Scientist and Noel Whelan, Barrister and Political Commentator, and also spoke to Labour Leader Brendan Howlin and Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice.

Saturday 7th October

Budget Preview – New Housing Proposals - Theresa May - Funeral of Liam Cosgrave

Claire was joined in studio by Fergus O'Dowd, Fine Gael TD for Louth, Jim O'Callaghan, Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Bay South, Richard Boyd Barrett, Solidarity-People Before Profit TD for Dun Laoghaire, Colm McCarthy, Economist and Sinead O'Carroll, News Editor of thejournal.ie

Saturday 30th September

Reopening Stepaside Garda Station – Relationship between Sinn Féin and Fine Gael – Ryanair – Future of the Eurozone

Claire was joined in studio by John Paul Phelan, Minister of State with special responsibility for Local Government and Electoral Reform, Imelda Munster, Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Transport, Daniel McConnell, Political Editor, Irish Examiner, Brendan Ogle, Education and Politics Officer with Unite, Paul Sommerville, CEO of Sommerville Advisory Markets and Lucinda Creighton, CEO of Vulcan Consulting.

Saturday 23rd September

The Budget & Tax – Brexit – Ibrahim Halawa – The Presidential Election

Claire was joined in studio by Michael D'Arcy, Fine Gael TD for Wexford, Darragh O'Brien, Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Fingal, Pearse Doherty, Sinn Fein TD for Donegal, Fionnán Sheahan, Editor of The Irish Independent and Christina Finn, Political Correspondent with thejournal.ie, and on the line by Fatima Halawa, sister of Ibrahim Halawa.

Saturday 16th September

Fine Gael Think-in - Preview New Dáil Term - London Attack - Gardaí Issues

Claire was joined in studio by Martin Heydon, Chair of the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party, Anne Rabbitte, Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Ivana Bacik, Labour Senator, David McWilliams, Economist, Hugh O'Connell, Political Correspondent with the Sunday Business Post and Michael Murphy, Former Deputy Director of Military Intelligence.

Saturday 1st July

Jobstown Trial – Waste Charges- Judicial Appointments Bill

Claire was joined in studio by Finian McGrath, Independent TD for Dublin Bay North, Timmy Dooley, Fianna Fáil TD for Clare, Brid Smith, Solidarity-PBP TD for Dublin South–Central, Dr. Eoin O'Dell, Associate Professor of Law at Trinity College Dublin and Fionnán Sheahan, Editor of The Irish Independent.

Saturday 24th June

Maura Whelan - Cardiac Services - Garda Commissioner at PAC

Claire was joined in studio by John Paul Phelan, Fine Gael TD for Carlow-Kilkenny, Sean Fleming, Fianna Fáil TD for Laois and Chair of PAC, Alan Kelly, Labour TD for Tipperary & Vice-Chairman of PAC, Cormac Lucey, Former Special Adviser in the Department of Justice and Niamh Lyons, Political Editor, The Ireland Edition of The Times.

Saturday 17th June

New Cabinet Appointments - Northern Ireland / UK Election Fallout

Claire was joined in studio by Barry Cowen, Fianna Fáil TD for Laois Offaly, Mary Lou McDonald, Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin and TD for Dublin Central, Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Alison O'Connor, Irish Examiner Columnist and Kevin Doyle, Group Political Editor of Independent News & Media.

Saturday 10th June

UK Elections - Northern Ireland

Claire was joined today by Sinn Fein MP Francie Molloy, Daniel MConnell Irish Examiner Political Editor, Darragh O'Brien Fianna Fail TD for Dublin Fingal, Michael Fitzmaurice Independent Alliance TD Rocommon/Galway, Martin Heydon Fine Gael Party Chairman, Mary Minihan Irish Times Political Reporter

Saturday 3rd June

Fine Gael Leadership - PAC

Claire was joined in studio by Peter Burke, Fine Gael TD for Longford-Westmeath, Jim O'Callaghan, Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Bay South, David Cullinane, Sinn Fein TD for Waterford, Sarah Bardon, Political Reporter with The Irish Times and John Downing, Political Correspondent with The Irish Independent.

Saturday 27th May

Fine Gael Leadership

Claire was joined in studio by Frank Flannery, Former Fine Gael Strategist & Director of Elections, Joe McHugh, Fine Gael for TD Donegal, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Fine Gael TD for Offaly, Ruth Coppinger, Solidarity-PBP TD for Dublin West, Patricia King, ICTU General Secretary and Niamh Lyons, Political Editor for The Ireland Edition of The Times.

Saturday 20th May

Fine Gael Leadership

Jerry Buttimer Fine Gael Senator. Patrick O'Donovan Minister of State for Tourism & Sport. Mary Lou McDonald Deputy Leader of SF. Sean Fleming  FF TD for Laois & Chair of PAC. Dr. Kevin Cunningham Pollster with “Ireland Thinks” & former strategist for the British Labour Party. Kevin Doyle Group Political Editor of Independent News.

Saturday 13th May

Garda Commissioner – Enda Kenny

Claire was joined in studio by Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action & The Environment, Darragh O'Brien, Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Kelly, Labour TD for Tipperary, Michael Clifford, Special Correspondent with The Irish Examiner and Christina Finn, Political Correspondent with thejournal.ie

Saturday 6th May

Garda Commissioner – Citizens’ Assembly - Fine Gael Leadership – Housing

Claire was joined in studio by Simon Coveney, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, David Cullinane, Sinn Fein TD for Waterford, Brid Smith, Solidarity-PBP TD for Dublin South–Central, Tom Parlon, Director General of the Construction Industry Federation and Fionnán Sheahan, Editor of The Irish Independent.

Saturday 29th April

Saturday with Claire Byrne

Dearbhail McDonald, Group Business Editor at Independent News Media. Brian Hayes   Fine Gael MEP for DubliN. Ronan Mullen   Independent Senator. Billy Kelleher     Fianna Fáil TD Cork North - Central spokesperson on Health.Harry McGee Political Correspondent, The Irish Times Topics: National Maternity Hospital, 8th Amendment and Brexit.

Saturday 22nd April

Maternity Hospital – Fine Gael Leadership – Brexit / Ag Sector – State of Labour

Claire was joined in studio by Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Roisin Shortall, Social Democrats TD for Dublin North West, John Comer, President of the ICMSA and Daniel McConnell, Political Editor with The Irish Examiner, and from the Labour Party Conference in Wexford by Joan Burton, Former Labour Party Leader.

Saturday 8th April

Water - Drink Driving - Garda Commissioner

Claire was joined in studio by Regina Doherty, Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Jim O'Callaghan, Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Bay South, Kevin Doyle, Group Political Editor of Independent News & Media and Gavin Barrett, Professor & Jean Monnet Chair, UCD Sutherland School of Law, and from our Limerick studio by Alan Kelly, Labour TD for Tipperary.

Saturday 1st April

Brexit - Live from the Oriel Centre Gaol Dundalk

Claire was joined in Oriel Centre Gaol Dundalk by Charlie Flanangan, Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Gerry Adams, Sinn Féin President, Jeffrey Donaldson, DUP MP, Stephen Donnelly, Brexit Spokesperson for Fianna Fáil, Verona Murphy, President of the Irish Road Haulage Association and George Lee, RTÉ's Agriculture & Environment Correspondent.

Saturday 25th March

Garda Scandal - Tax - Bus Eireann

Claire was joined in studio by Willie O'Dea, Fianna Fáil TD for Limerick City, Leo Varadkar, Fine Gael TD for Dublin West & Minister for Social Protection, Brid Smith, Solidarity TD for Dublin South–Central, Fiach Kelly, Political Correspondent with The Irish Times and Dan O'Brien, Columnist with The Sunday Independent & The Irish Independent.

Saturday 18th March

Enda & Trump – A United Ireland – PAC / Noonan

Claire was joined in studio by Darragh O'Brien, FF TD for Dublin Fingal, Peader Toibin, SF TD for Meath West, Colm Brophy, FG TD for Dublin South-West, Noel Whelan, Irish Times Columnist and Barrister and Alison O'Connor, Irish Examiner Columnist, and also on the line by Kevin Doyle, Group Political Editor of Independent News & Media.

Saturday 11th March

Patrick’s Day - Grace – Tuam

Claire was joined in studio by Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fáil TD for Meath East, Ruth Coppinger, Solidarity TD for Dublin West, Daniel McConnell, Political Editor with The Irish Examiner and David Quinn, Columnist with the Irish Independent, and from our Waterford studio by John Halligan, Independent TD for Waterford.

Saturday 4th March

Saturday with Claire Byrne

Claire was joined by Sinn Fein TD Eoin O'Broin, Fianna Fáil TD Barry Cowen, Fine Gael TD Kate O'Connell, Political Analyst John Drennan, Fionnan Sheahan of the Irish Independent and Journalist Amanda Ferguson to discuss the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections and water charges.

Saturday 25th February

Fine Gael Leadership - Industrial Action – Drink Driving

Claire was joined in studio by Robert Troy, Fianna Fail TD for Longford Westmeath, Brid Smith, AAA-PBP TD for Dublin South–Central, Patrick O'Donovan, Fine Gael TD for Limerick County, Alison O'Connor, Irish Examiner Columnist and Kevin Doyle, Group Political Editor of Independent News & Media.

Saturday 18th February

McCabe Controversy – Fine Gael Leadership

Claire was joined in studio by Mary Lou McDonald, Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin & TD for Dublin Central, Regina Doherty, Fine Gael TD for Meath East & Government Chief Whip, John McGuinness, Fianna Fail TD for Carlow Kilkenny TD, Pat Leahy, Political Editor with The Irish Times and Daniel McConnell, Political Editor with The Irish Examiner.

Saturday 11th February

Maurice McCabe – The Health Service

Claire was joined in studio by Simon Harris, Minister for Health, Brendan Howlin, Labour Party Leader, Louise O'Reilly, TD for Dublin Fingal & Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Health, Dr. Brian Turner, Health Economist with UCC and Katie Hannon, RTE's Political Correspondent for Current Affairs.

Saturday 4th February

Stephen Donnelly - Election - Fine Gael Leadership - PAC

Claire was joined in studio by Finian McGrath, Independent TD for Dublin Bay North, John McGuinness, Fianna Fail TD for Carlow Kilkenny, David Cullinane, Sinn Fein TD for Waterford, Noel Whelan, Irish Times Columnist and Barrister and Sinead O’Carroll, News Editor, theJournal.ie

Saturday 28th January

Brexit - Bus Éireann - Broadband - SF Coalition

Claire is joined by Irish Examiner Columnist Gerard Howlin, FG Minister Heather Humphreys, Labour's Alan Kelly, Michael Fitzmaurice IND, and Patricia Callan, Director of the Small Firms Association

Saturday 21st January

Trump’s Inauguration - Bus Eireann - Public Sector Pay – Brexit

Claire is joined by Jim O'Callaghan, FF Spokesperson on Justice & Equality, Sean Canney, Minister for State at Office of Public Works OPW & Flood Relief, Louise O'Reilly, SF Spokesperson on Health, Eddie Molloy, Change Management Consultant, John Downing, Political Corr. with The Irish Independent and Dermot O'Leary, General Secretary of the NBRU.

Saturday 14th January

Ibrahim Halawa - Water Charges in the Media - Northern Ireland

Claire was joined by Eoin O'Broin, Sinn Fein TD for Dublin Mid-West and Spokesperson on Housing, Planning & Local Government, Paul Murphy, Anti Austerity Alliance TD for Dublin South-West, Colm Brophy, Fine Gael TD for Dublin South-West, Fatima Halawa, sister of Ibrahim Halawa and Fiach Kelly, Political Correspondent with The Irish Times.

Saturday 7th January

Overcrowding in Hospitals - Syrian Refugees -Fine Gael Leadership

Claire was joined by Peter Burke Fianna Gael TD, Martin Kenny Sinn Fein TD, Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Dr. Emily O'Connor President of the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine, Martina Devlin Columnist with the Irish Independent and Billy Kelleher Fianna Fáil TD and Spokesperson on Health.

Saturday 31st December

Trump as President

Donald J Trump will become the 45th President of the United States on January 20th. To discuss this, Claire was joined by Patrick J Walsh, member of the Trump National Catholic Advisory Committee, Dr. Graham Finlay, UCD School of Politics and International Relations and Dr. John O'Brennan, Jean Mount Professor of European Integration, NUI Maynooth.

Noel Tuohy - Portlaoise Prison

Noel Tuohy served as a prison officer in Portlaoise Prison during the troubles and spoke to Claire about what it was like to work there at the time.

Newspaper Review – Highlights of 2016 - Looking Ahead to 2017

Claire is joined by Michael Fitzmaurice, Independent Alliance TD, Patricia King, General Secretary of ICTU, Finian McGrath, Minister of State and Independent TD, Daniel McConnell, Political Editor with the Irish Examiner, Senator Fintan Warfield, Sinn Fein and Michael O'Regan, Parliamentary Correspondent with the Irish Times.

Saturday 17th December

United Ireland - Rent and Political Fallout

Claire was joined by Joe McHugh, FG TD Donegal & Minister of State for the Diaspora & Overseas Development Aid, Darragh O'Brien, Dublin Fingal TD, FF spokesperson on Foreign Affairs & Trade, Pearse Doherty, SF TD for Donegal & Member of Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform & Taoiseach, Orla Ryan, from thejournal.ie and Tony Foley DCU.

Saturday 10th December

The Continuing Fallout from the Brian Stack Controversy

Claire is joined by Seán Kyne, Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs & Natural Resources, Robert Troy, Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism & Sport, Peader Toibin, Spokesperson on Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts & the Gaeltacht, Sarah Bardon from The Irish Times, Niall O'Connor from the The Irish Independent.

Saturday 3rd December

Irish Water - Bertie Ahern - RTE

Claire was joined by Jim O'Callaghan, FF Dublin Bay South & Justice & Equality Spokesperson, Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action & the Environment, Eoin O'Broin, SF TD Dublin Midwest & Spokesperson on Housing, Planning & Local Government, Suzanne Kelly, Tax Barrister & Fionnán Sheahan, Editor of The Irish Independent.

Saturday 26th November

Political Relations - Central Bank Lending Changes - O'Céidigh and Water Charges

Claire was joined by Patrick O'Donovan, FG TD Limerick County & Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Thomas Byrne, FF TD Meath East & Spokesperson on Education, Ruth Coppinger, AAA TD for Dublin West, Brendan Burgess, Founder of the Consumer Forum www.askaboutmoney.com and Michael O'Regan, Parliamentary Correspondent The Irish Times.

Saturday 19th November

Saturday with Claire Byrne

On today's show Brian Dowling discusses pay restoration and the problems facing the Government and especially the Department of Health.

Monday 14th November

Catherine Nevin

We find out about the woman, the prisoner, the student and her terminal diagnosis.

Irexit

Broadcaster and journalist Tom McGurk puts forward his argument for the need to start talking about Irexit. Minister Richard Bruton, Mary Lou MacDonald TD and Professor Ger Colleran join Claire for an in studio discussion.

Saturday 12th November

Did Donald Trump become President on a wave of Populism? Could it happen in Ireland?

Claire was joined by Timmy Dooley, FF TD Clare and Spokesperson on Communications, Environment and Natural Resources, Eoghan Murphy, FG TD Dublin Bay South and Minister of State for Financial Services, Mick Barry, AAA-PBP TD Cork North Central, Lise Hand, Political Journalist and Dr. Eddie Molloy, Management Consultant.

Saturday 5th November

Industrial Unrest - The Fianna Fáil Party

Claire was joined by Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy, FG TD and Minister of State for Health Promotion, Sean Fleming, FF TD & Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Mary-Lou McDonald, Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin, Professor Michael Doherty, Maynooth University, Noel Whelan, Barrister and Columnist and Martin Wall, Industry Correspondent The Irish Times.

Saturday 29th October

Public Pay Disputes - Garda Strike - Minister for Brexit

Claire is joined by Dara Murphy, Minister of State for European Affairs and Data Protection, Deputy Joan Burton, former Labour Party leader, Gerard Howlin, Irish Examiner Columnist, Martin Wall, Industry Correspondent of The Irish Times, Ed Byrne, ASTI President and retired detective sergeant Cyril Meehan.

Saturday 15th October

ASTI - Public Service Pay - Budget

Claire was joined by Damien English, Meath West Fine Gael TD, Peadar Toibin, Sinn Fein TD Meath West, Richard Boyd-Barrett, People Before Profit TD for Dun Laoghaire, Patricia King, ICTU General Secretary & Dan O’Brien Columnist with The Sunday Independent & The Irish Independent & Chief Economist at the IIEA.

Saturday 8th October

Budget - Garda Whistleblowers - Housing

Claire was joined by Fiach Kelly, Political Correspondent The Irish Times, Darragh O'Brien, Fianna Fáil Dublin Fingal, Peter Burke, Fianna Gael TD Longford-Westmeath, Paul Murphy, AAA TD Dublin South West, Conall Mac Coille, Chief Economist Davy Stockbrokers, Colette Browne, Irish Independent and Daniel McConnell, Political Editor Irish Examiner.

Saturday 1st October

Saturday with Claire Byrne

On today's show, Claire discusses the following with our panel:  INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, BUDGET, CHILDCARE and  WATER CHARGES Antoinette Cunningham - President AGSI Noel Whelan – Barrister columnist Leo Varadkar – Fine Gael Minister for Social Protection Louise O’Reilly – TD for Dublin Fingal Barry Cowen - Fianna Fáil TD

Saturday 24th September

Bus Strikes, Industrial relations, Budget 2017 and Gerry Adams

Regina Doherty - Fine Gael TD for Meath East and Government Chief Whip Brendan Ogle – UNITE and the Right to Water Campaign Danny McCoy – CEO of IBEC      Mary Lou McDonald – Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin and TD for Dublin Central        Kevin Doyle – Group Political Editor of Independent News and Media

Saturday 17th September

The Government; Independent Alliance; Budget 2017

Claire was joined by Finian McGrath, Minister of State at the Departments of Social Protection, Justice & Equality and Health; Jim O’Callaghan, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice and Equality, Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit/ AAA; Michael O’Regan, Parliamentary Correspondent, The Irish Times; Alison O’Connor, Columnist with The Irish Examiner

Saturday 2nd July

Brexit: One Week On

Claire was joined by Barry Cowen, FF TD for Laois-Offaly, Mary Lou McDonald, Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin & TD for Dublin Central, Nicky Kearns, Former President of The High Court, Former Minister Ivan Yates, Dara Murphy, Minister of State for European Affairs & David Coburn, MEP for Scotland & Leader UKIP Scotland.

Saturday 25th June

Aftermath of Brexit

Brian Dowling was joined by Charlie Flanagan, Minister For Foreign Affairs & Trade, Peadar Toibin, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Regional Development, Richard Boyd-Barrett, PBP TD for Dun Laoghaire, Tony Foley, DCU Business School, Colette Browne, Irish Independent Columnist and Michael Crick, Political Correspondent Channel 4 News.

Saturday 11th June

Brexit

In studio today to discuss the issue of Brexit are: David McWilliams, Economist, broadcaster and author; Mairead McGuinness, FG MEP Midlands North-West; Darragh O'Brien TD, Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Foreign Affairs & Trade; Keith Redmond, Renua Councillor and Paul Murphy, Anti Austerity Alliance TD

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