The Late Debate

    Tuesday - Thursday, 10 -11pm


    Thursday 4th February

    Election 2016

    Cormac was joined in studio by Independent Senator Gerard Craughwell, Sarah Holland, Sinn Féin candidate in Dublin South West, Noel Rock, Fine Gael candidate in Dublin North West, Roisin Shortall, Social Democrat candidate in Dublin North West and Hugh O'Connell, Political Editor of

    Wednesday 3rd February

    Election 2016

    Cormac O'hEadhra is joined live in studio by Election 2016 candidates Carrie Smith, Labour Party in the Dun Laoghaire Constituency, Senator Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fail in the Meath East Constituency, Joan Collins, Independent in Dublin South Central supporting Right2Change, Councillor Christy Burke, Independent for the Dublin South Central Constituency and John Downing, Irish Independent Political Correspondent.

    Tuesday 2nd February

    The Foster Home Scandal and Election 2016

    Cormac was joined live in studio by Tommy Broughan Independent Deputy for Dublin Bay North, Aideen Hayden Labour Party Senator and Spokesperson on Housing, Councillor Paul Donnelly Sinn Féin Dublin West, Paul Gilligan CEO St. Patrick's Mental Health Services and Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent of The Irish Times.

    Monday 1st February

    Housing, The Red C Poll and Priorities of the next Government

    Cormac was joined live in studio by Colm Brophy, FG Candidate in Dublin SW, Pat Doyle, CEO of the McVerry Trust, Niamh Lyons, Political Editor of The Times Ireland, Sean O'Fearghaill, FF Chief Whip and Independent TD Maureen O'Sullivan.

    Thursday 28th January

    Powers of Oireachtas Committees; Banking Inquiry; Election 2016

    Tonight, Cormac was joined in studio by: Catherine Ardagh - Fianna Fail - Dublin South Central; Micheal Lehane - RTE Political Correspondent; Rose Conway Walshe - Sinn Fein TD Mayo; and Joe Costello - Labour TD for Dublin Central.

    Wednesday 27th January

    Banking Inquiry Report

    Cormac was joined by: Kieran O’Donnell - Fine Gael TD, Limerick. Member of the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry; Lucinda Creighton - Dublin South East TD. Leader of Renua Political Party; Stephen Donnelly - Social Democrat TD. Candidate - Wicklow East Carlow; Thomas Pringle - Independent TD. Candidate for Donegal; and Daniel McConnell - Irish Examiner.

    Tuesday 26th January

    Election 2016 - The Shape of the New Government; What the IMF knew about the bailout; Abolition of USC

    Tonight, Cormac was joined in studio by: Denis Naughten - Independent TD & Candidate in Roscommon-Galway; Eamon Ryan - Leader of the Green Party & Candidate in Dublin Bay South; Cllr. Gary Gannon - Social Democrat Candidate in Dublin Central; and Kevin Doyle - Group Political Editor of INM.

    Thursday 21st January

    How do we solve the Hospital Crisis?; Economic Recovery; The Left - An Alternative Government?

    Tonight, Cormac was joined by: Ruth Coppinger - Anti Austerity Alliance TD, Dublin West; Louise O’Reilly - SF Candidate, Dublin Fingal; Malcolm Byrne - FF candidate, Wexford; and Sinead O’Carroll - News Editor,

    Wednesday 20th January

    Homelessness; Tanaiste - Motion of No Confidence; World Economic Forum

    Joining Cormac tonight was: Richard Boyd Barrett - People Before Profit TD, Dun Laoghaire; John Halligan - Independent TD, Waterford; Joanna Tuffy - Labour TD, Dublin Mid West; and Hugh O’Connell - Political Editor,

    Tuesday 19th January

    GSOC; Latest Political Opinion Polls; Homelessness

    Tonight, Cormac was joined in studio by: David Stanton - FG Cork East. Chair of the Oireachtas. Committee on Justice, Defence & Equality; Eoin O Broin - Sinn Fein’s economic advisor & Councillor; Jim O’Callaghan - FF Cllr. Will run in Dublin Bay South; John Mooney - The Sunday Times; and Pat Leahy - Sunday Business Post

    Thursday 14th January

    Migrants; Syria; Children; Obama; US Presidential Election

    Tonight, Cormac was joined in studio by: Paul Bradford - Renua Senator; Larry Donnelly - Law Lecturer at NUIG; Jane-Ann McKenna - MSF Ireland; Peter Murtagh - Irish Times reporter; and Declan Power - Security Analyst

    Wednesday 13th January

    Election 2016; Political Reform; Flooding;

    Cormac was joined in studio by: Michael Fitzmaurice - Independent TD - Roscommon South Leitrim & Member of the Independent Alliance; Barry Cowen - Fianna Fáil TD for Laois-Offaly. Spokesperson on Environment & Local Government; Dermot Lacey - Labour Cllr.; Jane Suiter - DCU Political Scientist; Hugh O'Connell - Political Editor,

    Tuesday 12th January

    Flood Insurance; Health Service; Election 2016

    Tonight, Cormac was joined in studio by: Eoin O’Broin - Sinn Fein Councillor on South Dublin County Council; Eamon Ryan - Leader of the Green party; Gerard Howlin - Public Affairs Consultant & Columnist with The Examiner; Niamh Lyons - Political Editor of The Times Ireland Edition; And from our Limerick studio: Pat Breen - Fine Gael TD Clare

    Thursday 17th December

    Parliamentarian of the Year

    Tonight, Fergal took a look back on the parliamentary year with Michael Brennan, Colette Browne, Micheal O Leidhin, Fiach Kelly and Teresa Reidy. And we crowned our 2015 Parliamentarian of the Year.

    Wednesday 16th December

    Christmas Special - Live from Buswells Hotel

    The Late Debate Christmas Special Live from Buswells Hotel, presented by Fergal Keane and featuring song from Regina Doherty, Michael Fitzmaurice, Peter Mathews, Paddy Cullivan and Oliver Callan.

    Tuesday 15th December

    Why are TDs not turning up in the Dail?; Floods; IFA Meeting

    Tonight, Fergal was joined in studio by: Alan Farrell - Fine Gael TD Dublin-Fingal; Brian Stanley - Sinn Fein; Margaret Donnelly - Editor of; John Lee - Political Editor at Mail on Sunday; Jim Power - Economist; And on the phone: RTE's Damien O'Reilly.

    Thursday 10th December

    Political Books of the Year

    Tonight, Fergal was joined in studio by Hugh O' Connell -; Collette Browne - Irish Independent; Author John Drennan; Richard Moore - Public Relations Consultant; and Vincent Boland - FT; to discuss the political books of the year. And on the phone: Prof. Roy Foster; Stephen Bush; and Fergus Finlay.

    Wednesday 9th December

    Tuesday 8th December

    RTÉ Investigates; Floods; Donald Trump; Banking Inquiry;

    Tonight on the programme, Fergal was joined by: Susan O’Keeffe - Labour Party Senator; Richard Boyd Barrett - People Before Profit TD Dun Laoghaire; Anne-Marie McNally - Social Dem Dublin Mid West; Noel Whelan - Barrister & Irish Times columnist; Cormac Lucy - Financial analyst; And on the phone: Russell Padmore - BBC Business Correspondent

    Thursday 3rd December

    The Late Debate - Thursday 3rd December

    Who could be in the next government, UK and Syria and why everyone is talking about Hilary Benns speech and the climate change conference

    Wednesday 2nd December

    UK Syria Strikes, Exchequer boost

    Fergal was joined by:

    Tuesday 1st December

    Homelessness, UK Air Strikes/Corbyn, Bankruptcy, Abortion Ruling

    Tonight, Fergal was joined by: Finian McGrath, Independent TD, Dublin Bay North Juno McEnroe, Political Reporter with Irish Examiner Averil Power, Independent Senator, Dublin Bay North Paul Bradford, Renua/Senator Noeline Blackwell, Director General of FLAC Alex Thomson, Chief Correspondent at Channel 4 News

    Thursday 26th November

    Political PollS; The 8th Amendment; IFA; Allergan/Pfizer;

    Tonight, Fergal was joined by: Niall O Connor - Irish Independent; Sinead O Carroll - News Ed. ; Richard Boyd Barrett - TD People Before Profit; John O Mahony - Fine Gael TD and Candidate Galway West; Pat O Toole - Farmers Journal; and from our Cork Studio, Seamus Coffey - UCC

    Wednesday 25th November

    IFA Resignations; The Eighth Amendment; Is Ireland Neutral?

    Tonight, Fergal was joined by: Roisin Shorthall - Social Democrats TD; Timmy Dooley - FF TD; Jerry Buttimer - FG TD & Chairperson of Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children; Alison O’Connor - The Irish Examiner; Dr. Karen Devine - Lecturer in International Relations; Declan Power - Security & Defence Analyst

    Tuesday 24th November

    Banking Inquiry; The State of the Health Service; International Relations; Rural Crime

    Tonight, Fergal was joined by: Kieran O'Donnell - Fine Gael TD; Billy Timmins - Renua TD; Eoin O Broin - Sinn Fein Councillor; Tony Foley - DCU Business school; Michael O’Regan - The Irish Times; Colette Browne - Irish Independent; And on the phone: Alex Thomson - Channel 4 News; Paul Williams - Irish Independent.

    Thursday 19th November

    Peter Robinson; IFA President Resignation; FF looking at another term in Opposition; Climate Change

    Tonight, Carole was joined by: Mary Minihan - Political Correspondent, Irish Times; Deaglan de Breadun - Journalist & Author of ‘Power Play: The Rise of Modern Sinn Féin’; Pat O Toole - Journalist, Farmers Journal; Mark Daly - Fianna Fail Senator; John Gibbons - Environmental Commentator & Spokesperson for an Taisce; and Jerry MacEvilly - Trocaire

    Wednesday 18th November

    The feasibility of Universal Health Insurance and the latest on The Paris Attacks.

    Tonight, Carole was joined by; Senator Colm Burke Priscilla Lynch - Medical Journalist Michelle Murphy - Research and Policy Analyst at Social Justice Ireland. Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh John Mooney, Security Correspondent with The Sunday Times.

    Tuesday 17th November

    Should France have retaliated against the Paris Terror Attacks?; Storm Barney Update

    Today, Carole Coleman was joined in studio by: Gerard Howlin - Public Affairs Consultant; Declan Power - Security & Defence Analyst; Linda O Shea Farren - Lawyer; Daniel Mc Connell - Political Editor, Irish Examiner. And on the phone from Paris: Fr Aidan Troy & RTÉ's Fergal Keane.

    Thursday 12th November

    Pat Carey resigns as FF Director of Elections; Ireland says 'Yes'!

    Tonight, Fergal was joined by; Hugh O’Connell -; Seamus Dooley - Yes Campaigner; Eoghan McDermott - The Communications Clinic; Larry Donnelly - Law Lecturer in NUIG. And on the phone John Downing - Pol Corr, Irish Independent; Laura Enright - Came #home2vote from Toronto; and Harry McGee - Pol Corr, The Irish Times.

    Wednesday 11th November

    IBRC Inquiry; RTE Loses 6 Nations Rights; Oireachtas Justice Committee

    Tonight, Fergal was joined by: Fergus O’Dowd - FG TD, Louth; AnneMarie McNally - Social Democrat Candidate, Dublin Mid West; John Lee - Political Editor, Mail on Sunday; Dr Rory Hearne - Senior Policy Analyst at TASC; Jim Glennon - Former Politician & International Rugby Player. And on the phone Dr. John Considine - Department of Economics at UCC

    Tuesday 10th November

    Commission of Investigation into IBRC; British Exit from the EU; Rent Control Measures

    Tonight, Fergal was joined by: Dominic Hannigan - Labour TD for Meath East & Chair of the Dail Committee on EU Affairs; Sen. Marc McSharry - FF General Election Candidate; Ian Guider - Sunday Business Post; Colette Browne - Irish Independent; Blair Horan - Former General Secretary of GPSU & Secretary of the Charter Group.

    Thursday 5th November

    Seanad By-election; Sharm El Sheikh; Political Events of the Week

    Tonight, Fergal was joined by: Keith Swanick - FF Seanad Candidate; Sinead Burke - SF Seanad Candidate; Jerry Beades - Independent Seanad Candidate; Daniel Mc Connell - Grp Pol Corr Independent News and Media; and Declan Power - Security Analyst. And on the phone Alan Farrell - Fine Gael TD Dublin Fingal.

    Wednesday 4th November

    Ructions in the Dail; Tallaght Hospital; Medically Supervised Injection Rooms; Homelessness;

    Tonight, Fergal was joined by; Alan Farrell - Fine Gael TD Dublin Fingal; Cllr Gary Gannon - Social Democrats’ candidate, Dublin Central; Harry McGee - Political Correspondent, The Irish Times; Martina Fitzgeral - RTE’s Political Correspondent; and Fr Peter McVerry - Peter McVerry Trust.

    Tuesday 3rd November

    FG / Labour Relations; Web Summit; Rent Control;

    Tonight, Fergal was joined by: John O'Mahony - Fine Gael; Dr. Lorcan Sirr - DIT; Niamh Lyons - The Times (Ireland edition); Eamon Ryan - Green Party Leader; & Karl Deeter - Financial Analyst & Ethics Advisor to Renua. And on the phone John Kennedy - Silicon Republic and Philip O’ Connor - Irish Journalist, living in Sweden.

    Thursday 29th October

    Enda Kenny; Right2Change Pact; Modular Housing; US Republican Debate

    Tonight, Carole Coleman was joined by: Gary Murphy - Professor of Political Science, DCU; Fergus Finlay - Chief Executive of Barnardos & Former Labour Party Advisor; David Gibney - Right2Change Campaign & Communications Officer with Mandate; Dessie Ellis - Sinn Fein TD Dublin North West; and on the phone Larry Donnelly - Law Lecturer in NUIG

    Wednesday 28th October

    Childrens Rights Alliance Report; Refugee Task Force; Gender Quotas

    Carole Coleman was joined by: Sinead O’Carroll - News Editor, theJournal .ie; June Tinsley - Head of Advocacy, Barnardos; Catherine Ghent - Solicitor specialising in Child Law; and Caroline Reid - Irish Refugee Council. And on the phone: Halala Ahmadi who came to Ireland as a refugee; and Claire McGing - Political Geographer, Maynooth University.

    Tuesday 27th October

    Sinn Fein Voting Pact; Latest Opinion Polls

    Tonight, Fergal was joined by: Jim O’Callaghan - FF Councillor; Ray Kavanagh - Former General Secretary of Labour Party; Louise O’Reilly - Sinn Féin Candidate, Dublin Fingal; Mícheál Lehane - RTÉ political staff; and Gerard Howlin - Public Affairs Consultant & Irish Examiner Columnist.

    Thursday 22nd October

    Marriage Equality; Enda Kenny in Madrid; Hillary Clinton;

    Tonight, Carol Coleman was joined by: Katherine Zappone - Independent Senator; Fergus Finlay - CEO of Barnardos & Irish Examiner Columnist; Deaglán De Bréadún - Journalist; Linda O Shea Farren - Solicitor; Pat Leahy - Political Editor, Sunday Business Post; and Jody Clarke - UNHCR. And on the phone Jonathan Bernstein - Columnist, Bloomberg View

    Wednesday 21st October

    Villier’s Report Reax; Garda Resources; New Bank Governor

    Tonight, Carole Coleman was joined in studio by: Hugh O Connell - Political Editor,; Declan Power - Security & Defence Analyst; Richie Culhane - Former Special Branch Detective & FG Louth Councillor; Susan O’Keefe - Lab Senator; Niall Collins - FF Limerick TD; and Vincent Boland - Ireland Correspondent, Financial Times

    Tuesday 20th October

    'Paramilitary Groups in NI' Report; Bertie Ahern; Marriage Equality Bill

    Tonight, Fergal was joined by: Nora Owen - Former Fine Gael, Justice Minister. Martin Mansergh - Former Fianna Fail Minister & Northern Adviser. Trevor O’Clochartaigh - Sinn Fein Senator. Michael O’Regan - Parliamentary Correspondent,The Irish Times. Eoin Ó Murchú - Political Commentator & Analyst.

    Thursday 15th October

    Killing of Garda Golden; Crime and Punishment;

    Tonight, Fergal was joined in studio by: Richie Culhane - Retired Garda Detective; Dearbhail McDonald - Associate & Legal Editor, Irish Independent; Cormac O’Keefe - Crime Reporter, Irish Examiner; and Deirdre Malone - Executive Director, Irish Penal Reform Trust; And from our Galway Studio, Tom O’Malley - Senior Lecturer in Law, NUI Galway

    Wednesday 14th October

    Carrickmines; Budget Reax; Fiscal Advisory Council; David Drumm

    Tonight, Fergal was joined by: Kieran O’Donnell, Fine Gael TD, Limerick; Joe Higgins, Socialist TD Dublin West; Tony Foley, Senior lecturer in economics with DCU Business school; Noeline Blackwell, Director General, FLAC; Gavin Duffy, Businessman & Entrepreneur; and Seamus Coffey, Lecturer in Economics in UCC.

    Tuesday 13th October

    Budget 2016

    Tonight, Fergal was broadcasting from Buswells Hotel, outside Leinster House, for a special Budget Night programme.

    Thursday 8th October

    'Save Our Community'

    Tonight, Fergal was broadcasting from the Anner Hotel in Thurles, where members of the local community in Tipperary rallied together to fight against Rural Crime.

    Wednesday 7th October

    Irish Water: Conservation Grant & Job Cuts. Health: Leo Varadkar's Health Plan & The Nurses

    Tonight, Fergal is joined in studio by John Paul Phelan - Fine Gael TD for Carlow Kilkenny. Sean Fleming - Fianna Fail TD Laois - Offaly. Eamon Ryan - Green Party Leader. Carol Hunt - Sunday Independent Columnist. Shaun Connolly - Political Correspondent with The Irish Examiner. On Phone by Phil Ni Sheaghdha - Director of Industrial Relations.

    Tuesday 6th October

    Longboat Quay; Renua Tax Policies

    Tonight Fergal is joined in studio by Michael Clifford - Special Correspondent with The Irish Examiner. Bernard Durkan - Fine Gael TD for Kildare North. Deirdre Ní Fhloinn - Specialist Construction Solicitor. Senator Paul Bradford. Sam Smith - Columnist with The Mail on Sunday. Cormac Staunton - Senior Political Analyst with TASC.

    Thursday 1st October

    Rural Crime; NAMA at the PAC; Syria.

    Tonight, Fergal was joined by: Paul Williams - Special Correspondent, Irish Independent. Niall Collins - FF Spokesperson for Justice & Equality and TD for Co. Limerick. John Whelan - Lab Senator. Ian Kehoe - Editor, Sunday Business Post. Dr Tom Clonan - Security Analyst. Dr Vincent Durac - UCD School of Politics & International Relations.

    Wednesday 30th September

    'The Living Wage'; More on the Capital Spending Plan; Pre-Election Jitters

    Tonight, Fergal was joined by: Joanna Tuffy - Labour TD, Dublin Mid West. David Cullinane - Sinn Fein Senator. Richie Browne - UNITE Regional Coordinating Officer. Adrian Cummins - Chief Exec Restaurants Association. Niamh Lyons - Political Editor - The (Ireland Edition).

    Tuesday 29th September

    Government's Capital Spending Plan; Comptroller & Auditor General Report

    Tonight, Fergal was joined by: Sen. Thomas Byrne - Senator. Sen. Sean Barrett - Transport Economist & Associate Professor at TCD. Arthur Spring - Labour TD, Kerry Hugh O'Connell - Political Editor, Michael Cleary - Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland.

    Thursday 24th September

    Political Parties; State of the Left; Syria and Migrants; Pope Frances.

    Tonight, Fergal was joined by: Declan Power - Security and Defence Analyst. Timmy Dooley - TD (Clare) & Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism & Sport. Rory Hearne - Department of Geography at Maynooth University. Peter Murtagh - Irish Times Reporter. Theresa Reidy - UCC School of Government. And on the phone: John Nichols - The Nation.

    Wednesday 23rd September

    Migration; Housing

    Tonight, Fergal was joined by: Jim Daly - Fine Gael TD. Lorcan Sirr - Lecturer in Housing at DIT. Ruth Coppinger - Anti Austerity Alliance TD. Barry Andrews - CEO of Goal. Peter Stafford - Director of Property Industry Ireland. And on the phone: Seán Mac An tSíthigh - Journalist

    Tuesday 22nd September

    New Dáil Term; State of the Parties; Election Date; Budget 2015

    Fergal was joined by: Alison O’Connor, Columnist with The Irish Examiner. Eoin O' Broin - Sinn Fein’s Economic Advisor. Gary Murphy - Professor of Politics at DCU. Gerry Craughwell - Independent Senator. Joe Costello - Labour TD.

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