The Late Debate

    Tuesday - Thursday, 10 -11pm


    Wednesday 25th June

    Fianna Fáil & Micheál Martins leadership.

    Barrister & Political Analyst Noel Whelan, political editor of the Sunday Business Post Pat Leahy, Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Eamon O’Cuiv, former Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin South Tom Kitt & Fianna Fáil councillor Deirdre Heaney discuss the state of the Fianna Fáil party.

    Tuesday 24th June

    Shortage of junior doctors making our hospital's dangerous?

    Non-consultant hospital doctor Dr Hugh Adler, Consultant neurologist Orla Hardiman, Fine Gael TD Liam Twomey & medical journalist Priscilla Lynch discuss the issue of junior doctors in our Irish hospitals.

    Thursday 19th June

    The Niall Collins Letter, Scrap Metal Bill and Corporation Tax rates

    This evening Cormac Ó hEadhra is joined by Lucinda Creighton TD –Reform Alliance and former European Affairs Minister, Dr. Jim Stewart Associate Professor in Finance at Trinity College Dublin, Áine Collins Fine Gael Cork North West, Trevor Ó Clochartaigh Sinn Fein Senator Galway West and Mattie Mc Grath Independent T.D for South Tipp-West to discuss the Niall Collins Letter, Scrap Metal Bill and Corporation Tax rates.

    Wednesday 18th June

    Is Austerity Making Ireland more unequal ?

    This evening Cormac Ó hEadhra is joined by Fr. Peter McVerry of the Peter Mc Verry Trust, Nat O'Connor Director of the Tasc economic think tank, Bernard Durkan Fine Gael Kildare North, Eamonn O'Cuiv Fianna Fail TD Galway West and John McHale Head of Economics at the National University of Ireland to discuss is austerity making Ireland more unequal ?

    Tuesday 17th June

    The Rise of Radical Islam in the Middle East and in the West

    This evening Cormac Ó hEadhra is in the chair he is joined by Dr. Ali Selim Spokesperson for the Islamic Cultural Centre in Dublin, Dr Vincent Durac Lecturer in Middle East politics, UCD, Housam ‘Sam’ Najjair Irish-Libyan revolutionary, Dr John O’Brennan Lecturer in European Politics and society and Carol Hunt Journalist Sunday Independent and the Herald to discuss the rise of radical Islam in the Middle East and in the west.

    Thursday 12th June

    With yet more over runs can we reform the public service?

    This eveing Cormac Ó hEadhra is in the chair and he is joined by Dr Eddie Molloy Independent management consultant and Director of Advanced Organisation, Shaun Connolly Political correspondent, Irish Examiner, Eamon Delaney Author, journalist and former civil servant, Sean Fleming Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform and John Brennan Sports Journalist Sunday World

    Wednesday 11th June

    The Race for the Labour Leadership

    Tonight Cormac Ó hEadhra is in the seat and he is joined by Alex White Minister of State for Health and Labour leadership candidate, Niamh Puirseil Historian and Author of 'The Irish Labour Party, 1922-73', Fionnan Sheehan Political editor, Irish Independent and Pat Magner Former National Organiser for Labour, to discuss the race for the leadership of the Labour Party

    Tuesday 10th June

    Cooke Report and Tuam Babies

    Cormac Ó hEadhra is in the chair for Audrey this evening and he is joined by Mick Clifford Irish Examiner, Catherine Ghent Family & Child Law Expert, Justine McCarthy Sunday Times Columnist, Ciara Conway Labour TD Waterford and Fr Vincent Twomey Prof Emeritus Moral Theology St. Patricks Collage to discuss the Cooke Report and Tuam Babies

    Thursday 5th June

    Challenges facing Enda Kenny

    This evening Audrey is joined by Michael O’Regan Parliamentary Correspondent of The Irish Times, Constantin Gurdgiev Economist, Nora Owen Former Fine Gael Justice Minister and Anthony Lawlor Fine Gael TD North Kildare & a member of the Oireachtas Joint Committee an Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, to discuss the challenges facing Enda Kenny.

    Wednesday 4th June

    The Leaving Cert and Points Race

    This eveing Audrey Carville is joined by Tony Donoghue Head of Education and Social Innovation Policy with IBEC, Aine Hyland Emeritus Professor of Education and former Vice President of UCC, Arthur Godsill Director at Godsil Education and former Headmaster St Andrew's College and Ferdinand Von Prondynski Principal Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and former President of DCU to discuss the leaving cert and the points race.

    Tuesday 3rd June

    The Race for the Leadership of the Labour Party

    This evening Audrey Carville is joined by Dermot Lacey Labour Councillor, Kieran Allen Socialist Workers Party and Department of Sociology, Paul Sweeney Labour Party member and former Chief economist with ICTU and Michael Lehane RTE Political Staff to discuss the race for the Labour Leadership

    Thursday 29th May

    Assessing Sinn Fein Economics Policy

    This evening Audrey is joined by Eoin O Broinn Economic Advisor to Sinn Fein & County Councillor, Tony Foley Economist DCU Business School, Jill Kirby Personal finance columnist and Gerry Murray accountant and financial commentator to discuss Sinn Feins Economics Policy

    Tuesday 27th May

    The latest results from the European Elections Plus Labours difficulties

    This evening Audrey is joined by Matt Carthy recently elected MEP Sinn Fein, Cian Mc Cormack, RTÉ Election Reporter from the Castlebar count centre. Audrey is then joined by Arthur Spring Labour TD for Kerry North & Limerick West, John Downing Political correspondent with the Irish Independent and former government press advisory, Dr. Niamh Puirseil Author of 'The Irish Labour Party, 1922-73', Ray Kavanagh Former Labour Party Chairman and Phil Prendergast Outgoing MEP

    Monday 26th May

    Resignation of Labour Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore

    The Late Debate airs a special programme after the shock resignation of Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Pat Leahy, Eoin O’Broin, Loraine Mulligan, Professor Gary Murphy, Ruth Coppinger & Eamon O’Cuiv discuss the issues of the day and the recent local & European elections held over the weekend.

    Thursday 22nd May

    Should the Government intervene in the Housing Market?

    This evening Audrey is joined by Louise Cooper Financial Analyst, Aideen Hayden Labour Senator & Chairperson of Threshold, Sheila Killian Lecturer in Accounting and Finance University Limerick and Peter Stafford Director of Property Industry Ireland

    Wednesday 21st May

    Medical Cards

    This evening Audrey is joined by Ciara Kelly GP, Kevin Shortall Founder of , Prisilla Lynch Medical journalist and Jerry Buttimer Fine Gael Cork South Central TD and Chairperson of Oireachtas Committee on Health & Children to discuss medical cards

    Tuesday 20th May

    Privacy Rights

    This evening Audrey is joined by Billy Hawkes Data protection commissioner, Simon McGarr Solicitor with special interest in Data Protection, Regina Doherty Fine Gael, TD & member of Oireachtas Committee which made changes to Freedom of Information and Wendy Grossman Technology Writer to discuss Privacy Rights.

    Thursday 15th May

    The Fall Out From The Guerin Report

    Mark Kelly, Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, John Redmond General Secretary of Association of Garda Sergeants & Insepectors, John Mooney Security Correspondent with The Sunday Times join Audrey to discuss the matter.

    Wednesday 14th May

    Irelands Changing Relationship with Europe

    This evening Audrey is joined by Dr. John O'Brennan Lecturer in European Politics and Society and Director of the European Studies programme at NUI Maynooth, Tony Foley Head of Economic Finance at DCU, Pascal Donoghue Fine Gael TD for Dublin Central & the Minister for European Affairs and Simon Jenkins Columnist with The Guardian to discuss Irelands relationship with Europe

    Tuesday 13th May

    The Banking Enquiry

    This evening Audrey is joined by Eoghan Murphy Fine Gael, Dublin South East and on the Banking Enquiry, Michael McGrath Fianna Fail spokesperson on finance, David Duffy Author of The Management of Management - A Practical Guide to Corporate Governance and Cormac Lucey Financial Analyst to discuss the up comming Banking Enquiry

    Wednesday 7th May

    The Resignation of Justice Minister Alan Shatter

    This evening Audrey is joined by Mick Clifford journalist with the Irish Examiner, John Mooney Security correspondent with The Sunday Times, Sean Fleming TD Fianna Fáil Spokesperson Public Expenditure & Reform and Member of PAC, John Wilson Retired Garda and Whistleblower, Pat Rabbitte Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources and Senator Susan O Keefe to discuss the resignation of Justice Minister Alan Shatter

    Tuesday 6th May

    Can Northern Ireland Have Peace and Justice ?

    This evening Audrey is joined by Michael Finucane Solicitor, Jeffrey Donaldson DUP MP for Lagan Valley, Jude Whyte Victims son and Alex Maskey Sinn Féin MLA for South Belfast.

    Thursday 17th April

    Governments Housing Policy

    Tonight Audrey is joined by Bob Jordan Director with the housing charity, Threshold, Catherine Murphy Independent TD Kildare North, Peter Stafford Director, Property Industry Ireland (PII) and Dr. Lorcan Sirr Lecturer in housing at Dublin Institute of Technology to discuss the governments housing policy.

    Wednesday 16th April

    The Rise in House Repossions

    Tonight Audrey is joined by Noeleen Blackwell Director Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC), Dr. Sheila Killian Senior Lecture In Finance University of Limerick, Mike Soden On Board of Central Bank Commission and former CEO BOI, Sean Fleming TD Fianna Fáil Spokesperson Public Expenditure & Reform, Member of PAC, to discuss the rise in house repossions

    Tuesday 15th April

    Universal Health Insurance

    On tonights programme Audrey is joined by Jerry Buttimer Chairman of the Health Committee Fine Gael, Mark Murphy GP, Priscilla Lynch Health Journalist and Berlin Correspondent Irish Times to discuss Universal Health Insurance.

    Thursday 10th April

    Rehab at the Public Accounts Committee

    Tonight audrey is joined by Arthur Beesley Political News Editor Irish Times, SEN. Jillian Van Turnhout Former CEO of CRA and Deirdre Garvey CEO The Wheel to discuss Rehad at todays Public Accounts Committee

    Wednesday 9th April

    Traveller & Roma Rights in Ireland

    Gabi Muntean, Roma Volunteer Worker, Ronnie Fay, Co-ord of Pavee Point, Brigid Quilligan, director of Irish Traveller Movement, David Joyce Barrister & Michael Keating Roma translator discuss the topic with Audrey.

    Tuesday 8th April

    Organised Crime in Ireland

    Tonight Audrey is joined by Dave Connolly Community Activist, John Redmond labour Dublin City Council Finglas/Cabra, Padraig Mac Lochlainn Sinn Fein spokesperson on justice, equality and defence and John Mooney Security Correspondent with the Sunday Times to discuss organised crime in Ireland

    Thursday 3rd April

    The GAA's Deal with Sky TV

    The studio panel tonight are Michael O’ Keefe, Former Dublin Footballer and MD Pembroke Communications; Martin Breheny, Irish Independent; Dr Paul Rouse, UCD Historian; Sean Potts, Gaelic Players Association and on the phone by Liam Griffin, Former Wexford Hurling Manager, and Mícheál O Muircheartaigh, former broadcaster

    Tuesday 1st April

    Shattergate & The Legal Ramifications

    Tonights programme is presented by Cormac O’hEadhra and he is joined by Tom O’Malley, senior law lecturer and Barrister in NUIG, Patrick O’Donovan Fine Gael TD Limerick, Niall Collins Fianna Fail TD and Mick Clifford from the Irish Examiner to discuss the ongoing Garda Tape controversy.

    Thursday 27th March

    The Ongoing Fallout from the Garda Taping Scandal / Is Access to Government only for the Rich and Powerful?

    Tonight's panel: Mary Regan, Political Editor, Irish Examiner; Joanna Tuffy, Labour TD Dublin Mid-West; Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection; Frances Byrne, CEO, OPEN; Mary Rose Burke, Director, Business Representation, IBEC; and from Cork Dr Theresa Reidy, Lecturer in Government, UCC

    Wednesday 26th March

    Alan Shatter's Apology and the Impact of Taping Revelations on Legal System

    Tonight's panel in studio are: Mary Lou McDonald, Deputy Leader and Sinn Fein TD for Dublin Central; Alan Farrell, Fine Gael TD for Dublin North and Member of Justice Committee; Michael Finucane, Solicitor; and Mark Kelly, Director, Irish Council for Civil Liberties

    Tuesday 25th March

    The Retirement of the Garda Commissioner

    Tonight's panel in studio to discuss today's announcement that Martin Callinan is to step down are Susan O’Keeffe, Labour Senator; Brian Sherry, Former Detective Inspector; Padraig McLochlainn, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Defence; and John Mooney, Security Correspondent with the Sunday Times;

    Thursday 20th March

    Will the Country’s Economic Recovery Leave Rural Ireland Behind?

    Tonight’s panel are: Andrew Doyle TD, Fine Gael, Wicklow; Mark Fielding, Chief Executive Officer, ISME; Aebhric McGibney, Policy and Communications Director, Dublin Chamber of Commerce; and from the Galway Studio, Padraig O’Ceidigh, Former CEO, Aer Arann.

    Wednesday 19th March

    Do Men Fare Badly in the Family Courts System?

    Tonight's panel are: John Byrne, psychotherapist and lecturer in child and social care practice at WIT Waterford; Sen. Rónán Mullen; Muriel Walls, Family Law Solicitor, John Waters, Irish Times and Mail on Sunday Columnist; and Róisín O’Shea, Irish Research Counsel Doctoral Scholar and Mediator

    Tuesday 18th March

    The Story of Padraig Schaler

    Padraig, a 23 year old Irishman had a cycling accident in the US last summer and is severely brain injured. His parents, Patricia O’Byrne and Reinhard Schaler, and a studio panel discuss the difficulty of getting ongoing care for such an injury in this country

    Thursday 13th March

    Irish Emigrants on Both Sides of the Atlantic

    Panel: Alan Hilliard, Chaplain in DIT, Joe O’Brien of Crosscare, Jennie McShannon from The Irish in Britain; Gerry McFlynn, UK Prison Chaplain; Siobhan Dennehy, Emerald Isle Immigration Centre; Pat Breen Fine Gael TD and 2 of the undocumented: Anne from Boston and Sue from Florida

    Wednesday 12th March

    Is Lobbying in Irish Politics Out of Control?

    John Devitt, Chief Executive, Transparency International; Regina Doherty TD, Fine Gael, Meath East; Stephen O’Byrnes, Owner and Director of MKC Communications; Fergus Finlay, Chief Executive, Barnardos.

    Tuesday 11th March

    Changes to the Junior Cert Examination

    In studio to discuss this topic are: Joanna Tuffy, Labour TD Dublin Mid-West; Brian Mooney, Guidance Counsellor and Asst Principal at Oatlands College, Dublin; Katherine Donnelly, Education Correspondent, Irish Independent; and from the Galway Studio, Pat King, General Secretary of ASTI

    Wednesday 5th March

    Do Parents have the Right to Know if There is a Sex Offender in Their Area?

    Tonight's panel are Denis Naughten, Reform Alliance TD, Roscommon-South Leitrim; Dearbhail McDonald, Associate Editor and Legal Editor, The Irish Independent; Ellen O’Malley Dunlop, CEO, The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre; and joining us by phone from London is Richard Garside, Director of Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

    Tuesday 4th March

    Is Bullying Still a Problem for LGBT Schoolchildren

    Tonight's studio panel is Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent, The Irish Times; Niall Callan, INTO LGBT Teachers' Group + Primary teacher; Michael Barron, Founding Director of BeLonG To; Lesley Fitzpatrick , Student; Patrick Dempsey, Student

    Thursday 27th February

    Colm O'Regan - Donations to Rehab

    Programme Comedian and Writer it looks to the people that donate to Rehab.

    Wednesday 26th February

    A discussion of Alan Shatters Statement to the Dail on the ongoing Garda whistle blowing and Are we on the verge of another property boom?

    This evening Audrey is joined by Pat Leahy Deputy Editor & Political Editor Sunday Business Post, Johnathon O’Brien Sinn Fein Cork North Central, Dominic Hannigan Labour, Meath East, Karl Deeter Irish Mortgage Brokers and and Dr. Mary Murphy Lecturer in Sociology NUI Maynooth

    Tuesday 25th February

    The ongoing whistle blowing controversy in the Gardaí

    Tonight Audrey is joined by Anne Ferris TD and Vice Chair of Oireachtas Justice, Defence & Equality Committee, Dara Calleary Fianna Fail TD Mayo, Jim Cusack Sunday Independent and Frank Buttimer Solicitor to discuss the ongoing whistle blowing controversy in the Gardaí.

    Thursday 20th February

    Radical Swiss Laws on Immigration and the Status of Racism in Ireland.

    Swiss voters narrowly backed a referendum proposal to bring back strict quotas for immigration from European Union countries recently. Our panel discuss this issue and the issue of racism in Ireland, Pascal Donohue, Peter O’Loughlin, Dr Jean-Pierre Eyanga Ekumeloko & Dr Ronit Lentin.

    Tuesday 18th February

    GSOC Controversy

    John Devitt, chief executive of Transparency International Ireland. Alan Farrell Fine Gael TD in Dublin Fingal. Solicitor Michael Finucance & Senator Thomas Byrne of Fianna Fail speaks to Audrey about the latest in the GSOC controversy and the appointment of a high court judge to review all of the reports.

    Thursday 13th February

    Are libel laws stifling debate in Ireland

    Media Lawyer Andrea Martin, Labour Senator Susan O'Keeffe, Media Lawyer Paul Tweed & Ger Colleran editor of the Daily Star speak to Audrey about the libel laws in Ireland.

    Wednesday 12th February

    GSOC, The Gardai & The Minister.

    John Mooney, security correspondent with the Sunday Times Mark Kelly director of the Irish council for civil liberties, Michelle Mulherin Fine Gael TD for Mayo and Pádraig Mac Lochlainn Sinn Fein TD for Donegal North-East speak to Audrey about the latest in the GSOC scandal.

    Tuesday 11th February

    Banks and Personal Debt

    Audrey Carville is joined in studio by Brendan Burgess, Ross Maguire, Noeleen Blackwell and Joanna Tuffy to discuss Banks and Personal Debt.


    Audrey Carville is joined by Joanna Tuffy TD, Ross Maguire and Noeleen Blackwell to discuss the GSOC controversy.

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