The Late Debate

    Tuesday - Thursday, 10 -11pm


    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.

    Thursday 25th June

    Review of Dail term, Look ahead to Budget 2016, forthcoming General Election, the latest from Greek Debt talks

    Carole was joined by Deputy Dessie Eillis Sinn Féin TD for Dublin North-West. Deputy JohnPaul Phelan, Fine Gael TD for Carlow Kilkenny. Deputy Joanna Tuffy, Labour TD for Dublin Mid-West. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice, Independent TD for Roscommon South Leitrim. Timmy Dooley, Fianna Fail TD for Clare and Michael O’Regan, Political Correspondent with The Irish Times.

    Wednesday 24th June

    Rape Crisis Network Ireland Cuts to funding by TUSLA

    Discussing the issue was joined by Cliona Saidléar, Acting Executive Director of The Rape Crisis Network Ireland and 'Rosie', who works in a Rape Crisis Centre. If you have been effected by this issue you can call The Rape Crisis Helpline 1800 77 88 88.

    Banks violating mortgage code of conduct, motoring insurance increases, Sinn Féin row party expulsion

    Keelin was joined by Deputy Andrew Doyle, Fine Gael TD for Wicklow-East. Senator David Cullinane, Sinn Féin Senator. Sinead Ryan, Consumer Columnist with The Herald.

    Tuesday 23rd June

    Irelands Fears over possible UK Brexit, Latest from Athens as Europe contemplates a Grexit and Fianna Fails’ bounce in latest opinion

    Keelin was joined by Deputy Sean Fleming Fianna Fail spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform, Ian Guider Markets Editor with The Sunday Business Post, Simon McKeever, CEO of The Irish Exporters Association. Senator Aideen Hayden, Labour Party Senator and later by John Redwood, British Conservative Party MP.

    Thursday 18th June

    Greece on the brink, Kevin Cardiff at the Banking Inquiry, Jeb Bush's race for The White House and The North Carolina Massacre

    Carole was joined by Hugh O'Connell, Political Editor of The Journal. Tony Foley, Head of Economics at DCU. Brendan Burgess, . Shelia Killian, Senior Lecturer with University of Limerick. Suzanne Lynch, European Correspondent with The Irish Times. Paul Mason, Economics Editor Channel 4. John Nichols, Columnist with The Nation.

    Wednesday 17th June

    Rural Ireland, The Brian Lenihan Documentary, Kevin Cardiff attending Banking Inquiry

    Keelin was joined by Deputy Helen McEntee, Fine Gael TD for Meath East. Sean Finan , Muintir na Feirme. Ian Guider, Sunday Business Post. Johnny Fallon, Political Consultant. Niamh Hourigan, Senior Lecturer in Sociology.

    Tuesday 16th June

    Latest from San Francisco Berkeley Tragedy, Irish Left, Greece

    Keelin was joined by Des Fagan, Financial Sectary with CPSU. Jane Suiter, Political Scientist DCU School of Communications. Cormac Lucey, Financial Analyst. Councillor Eoin O’Broin, Sinn Fein Strategist. Labour Councillor Dermot Lacer, Dublin Bay South. Janet O, Reporter with ABC 7 News and Suzanne Lynch , Europe Correspondent with The Irish Times.

    Thursday 11th June

    National Carers Week, talks about new political party, and claims that Irish water won’t say how many bills have been paid

    Keelin is joined by family carers Shirley Thornton and Lorraine Dempsey, Executive Director of Care Alliance Ireland Liam O'Sullivan, Labour TD for Dublin Mid West Robert Dowds, Irish Times Political Reporter Mary Minihan and Beaumont/Donaghmede Ward Cllr Michael O’Brien.

    Wednesday 10th June

    The Late Debate

    Keelin was joined by Deputy John O'Mahony, Chairman of he Joint Oireachtas on Transport and Communications in July 2013, Deputy Peadar Toibin, Sinn Féin Meath West TD, Alison O'Connor, Irish Examiner Columnist. Seamus Dooley, Secretary of NUJ and Tony O'Donoghue, RTÉ Sports Correspondent.

    Tuesday 9th June

    IBRC, Joan Burton's Comments, Burn the Bondholders, Lead

    Keelin was joined by George Lee, RTÉ Agriculture and Environmental Correspondent, Niamh Lyons, Political Editor of Times Online, Jill Kerby, Personal Finance Expert, Deputy Joe O'Reilly, Fine Gael representative for Cavan/Monaghan and Deputy Niall Collins, Fianna Fáil's Justice spokesperson

    Thursday 4th June

    IBRC Inquiry, Fiscal Advisory Council Warning, FIFA Update and the race for the Whitehouse

    Keelin was joined by Deputy Lucinda Creighton, Leader of Renua Party. Tony Foley, Economist DCU Business School. Larry Donnelly, Law Lecturer in NUI Galway. Michéal Lehane, RTÉ Political Staff and Caitriona Perry, RTÉ’s Washington Correspondent.

    Wednesday 3rd June

    The Late Debate

    Keelin Shanley is joined by Hugh O'Connell, Political Editor with The, Independent Senator Ger Craughwell, Patricia Callan, Director, Small Firms Association and TD Richard Boyd Barrett.

    Tuesday 2nd June

    Denis O’Brien Court Case, Sepp Blatters Resignation from FIFA, Eamon Gilmore Leaving Politics and Sunday Business Post Political Poll

    Keelin was joined by Senator Martin Conway, Spokesperson for Justice, Equality & Disability. Senator Thomas Byrne, Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform. Professor David Farrell, UCD Political Scientist. Eoin O’Broinn, Sinn Féin Councillor and Strategist. Ian Guider, Sunday Business Post and Conor O’Mahony, Senior Lecturer in Constitutional Law at UCC.

    Thursday 28th May

    Neary at the Banking Inquiry, Government vote in favor of Aer Lingus Sale, FIFA, Leaving Certificate

    Joe Costello, Labour TD for Dublin Central, and member of Public Accounts Committee. Gerard Howlin, Public Affairs Consultant, Irish Examiner Columnist. John Lee, Political Editor of The Irish Mail on Sunday. Joanna Banks, ESRI Researcher. Dr Shelia Killian, Senior Lecturer University of Limerick and Peter O’Connell, Clare Champion Journalist.

    Wednesday 27th May

    Latest in Aerlingus Sale, FIFA Investigations and the failure of the Presidential Referendum

    Carole was joined by Gerry Byrne, Aviation Specialist. Hugh O'Connell, Political Editor of The Journal. Elaine Bynre, Academic and Columnist with The Sunday Business Post. Deputy Dessie Eillis, Sinn Féin TD for Dublin North West. Deputy John O'Mahony, Chair of Transport Committee, Fine Gael TD for Mayo and James Montague, Soccer Journalist and Author.

    Tuesday 26th May

    Aerlingus Sale, Fianna Fail Crisis and What Politics Can Learn from the Referendum Movement

    Carole was joined by Councillor Lisa Chambers, Fianna Fail Vice President.Dominic Hannigan, Labour TD for Meath East. Louise Glennon, National Woman's Council of Ireland. Shaun Connolly, Political Correspondent of The Irish Examiner. Professor Eoin O'Mallyey, DCU Political Scientist and Liam Clarke, Political Editor of The Belfast Telegraph.

    Wednesday 20th May

    Carlow Kilkenny By-election, State of the Parties and Prince Charles Visit to Ireland

    Robert Troy, Fianna Fail TD for West Meath, Pat Breen, Fine Gael TD for Clare. Dr Theresa Reidy, Political Scientist with UCC. Sam Matthews, Senior Reporter with The Kilkenny People joined the exsisting panel of Declan Burke, Political Journalist and Colum Kenny, Academic and Lecturer.

    Presidential Referendum Debate

    This Friday May 22, every adult citizen will be asked to vote in the Presidential Age Referendum. Carole was joined by Declan Burke, Political Journalist who is voting YES to lower the presidential age to 21 and Colum Kenny, Academic and Lecturer who is voting NO to keep the age limit of 35 for tonight's Presidential Referendum Debate.

    Tuesday 19th May

    Same Sex Marriage Referendum

    Keelin was joined by Derek Byrne, Academic and Contributor to The Irish Times, Petra Conroy from Catholic Comment, Mark Kelly CE for the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and Benedict O’Floinn, Barrister of Law.

    Thursday 14th May

    Visit of Prince Charles, Possible British Exit from EU

    Claire Mc Ging, Political Geographer NUI Maynooth. Fr Joe McDonald, Parish Priest at St Matthew’s Ballyfermot. Doug Keatinge, Communications Consultant with Murray Consultants. Shelia Reilly, Editor of The Longford Leader and John Mooney, Sunday Times Crime Correspondent.

    Wednesday 13th May

    Cabinet proposals on mortgage arrears, Banking Inquiry, Irish Water Briefing

    Deputy Kieran O’Donnell, Member of the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry and Finance Committee, Fine Gael TD. Deputy Ruth Coppinger, Socialist Party TD. Niall O’Connor, Political Correspondent with The Irish Independent. Brendan Burgess, Consumer Advocate Ask About Money.Com and Noeline Blackwell, Director of Free Legal Aid Centers (FLAC).

    Tuesday 12th May

    Reaction to the UK Election, Public Pay Restoration Talks, Workplace Relations Bill

    Keelin was joined by Senator David Cullinane Sinn Féin Spokespersons on Workers Rights. Deputy Sean Fleming Fianna Fail spokesperson on Public Expenditure. Richie Browne, UNITE Regional Co-Ordinator Officer. Ciaran O’Mara, Solicitor with O’Mara Geraghty McCourt andDeputy Patrick O’Donovan, Member of British Irish Parliamentary Assembly.

    Wednesday 6th May

    Outside Broadcast from Belfast on the eve of UK General Election Polling Day

    Keelin was joined by our panel Vinny Hurrell, BBC Northern Ireland. Fionola Meredith, Journalist. Tim McGarry, Comedian and Writer. Alan Meban, Blogger “Alan in Belfast” and Newton Emerson, Columnist with The Irish News and The Sunday Times.

    Tuesday 5th May

    The Late Debate

    Carole Coleman presents live debate and analysis of all the news and political stories of the day

    Thursday 30th April

    Trichet at the Banking Inquiry, New Lobbying Guidelines, United States Riots

    Carole was joined by Bernard Durkan, Fine Gael TD for Kildare North. Eoin O’Broin, Sinn Féin Strategist. Eoin Fahy , Chief Economist at Kleinwort Benson. Elaine Byrne, Author and Academic and Sarah Bardon, Political Reporter with The Irish Times. We also spoke to Caitriona Perry, RTÉ's Washington Correspondent later in the programme.

    Wednesday 29th April

    Health Insurance Deadline Tomorrow, Trichet at The Banking Inquiry

    Dominic Hannigan, Labour Party TD,Chairperson of the European Union Affairs Committee. Fianna Fail Senator Thomas Byrne, Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform. Professor Charles Normand, Professor of Health Policy and Management at Trinity College Dublin. Dermot Goode, Total Health Niamh Lyons, Political Editor of Times Ireland. Pat Leahy, Political Editor Sunday Business Post and Donal Donovan, Former Deputy Director of the IMF.

    Tuesday 28th April

    Spring Statement, Siteserv, Mortgage Crisis, Baltimore Unrest

    Keelin was joined by Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Chair of Joint Committee on Jobs, Innovation and Enterprise. Dr Stephen Kinsella, Economist at University Limerick. Hugh O’Connell, Political Editor of The Journal and Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett, People Before Profit TD, Member of the Finance Committee. Sean Fleming, Fianna Fail TD.

    Thursday 23rd April

    Siteserv, Walter Hobbs Prime Time Interview on Sale Process of Siteserv, Banking Inquiry, and Migrants Deaths At Sea

    Keelin was joined by Stephen Collins, Political Editor of The Irish Times. Alison O'Connor, Columnist with The Irish Examiner. Gerard Howlin, Public Affairs Consultant. Karen Devine, Lecturer in International Relations at DCU. Rory Hearne, Lecturer in Political and Economic Geography at NUI Maynooth and Michael Dowling, Mortgage Broker.

    Wednesday 22nd April

    Sale of Siteserv, Today at the Banking Inquiry, AIB Finance Committe

    Keelin was joined by Deputy Paul Murphy, Anti Austerity Alliance TD. Colm Keaveney, Fianna Fail TD. Donal O'Donovan, Deputy Business Editor of The Irish Independent and Cormac Lucey, Financial Analyst.

    Tuesday 21st April

    Help for SME's, Opposition Parties at War, Garda Equality Press Call Photo

    Keelin was joined by Aine Collins TD, Member of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Committee. Pearse Doherty TD, Finance Spokesperson with Sinn Fein. Dara Calleary, Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Niall O'Connor, Political Correspondent with The Independnent.

    Thursday 16th April

    Supreme Court Decision on Rules of Evidence, Gender Quotas and UK Elections

    Keelin was joined by John Lee, Political Editor of The Irish Mail on Sunday. Claire McGing, Department of Political Geoghraphy at NUI Maynooth. Victoria White, Columnist and Activist. Eamon Delaney, Author and Journalist. Ken Murphy, Director General of The Law Society.

    Wednesday 15th April

    House Repossessions, Reforms To Asylum System, Update on Search For Missing Person Karen Buckley

    We first spoke to Sinead Hussey, RTÉ Reporter in Glasgow. Our studio panel was Niall O'Connor, Political Correspondent with The Irish Independent. Stephen Donnelly, Independent TD for Wicklow. Brendan Burgess, Consumer Advocate. Fr Sean Healy, Director of Social Justice Ireland and Arthur Spring, Labour TD for Kerry North West Limerick.

    Tuesday 14th April

    Crime Statistics, Dail Privilege, Seanad Reform

    Alan Farrell, Fine Gael TD and Member of Oireactas Justice Committee. Niall Collins, Fianna Fail Justice Spokesperson. Mick Clifford, Special Correspondent with The Irish Examiner. Elaine Byrne, Academic and member of Seanad Reform Group. Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, Sinn Fein Senator.

    Thursday 2nd April

    Iran Nuclear Deal, Discussion on Faith at Easter Time, UK Election Debate

    Carole was joined by Fawez Gerges, London School of Economics. Caitriona Perry, RTÉ's Washington Correspondent. Fr Michael Cusack, Redemptorist in Dundalk. Lisel Reimer, Missionary with EMCC World Partners. Martina Devlin, Author and Jounralist and Angela Hanley, Author and Theologian. Colleen Mulpeter, Student and Member of St.Joseph's Church.

    Wednesday 1st April

    1916 Proclamation, Pardon of Harry Gleeson for murder of Moll McCarthy

    Fianna Fail Senator Mark Daly. Conor Mulvagh, Lecturer in Irish History UCD. Catherine Ghent, Family and Child Law Expert. Tony Foley, Economist DCU Business School. Sean Delaney, Justice for Harry Gleeson. Tertius Van Eeden, Irish Innocence Project and Professor Briona Nic Dhiarmada, Department of Irish Language in Notre Dame.

    Tuesday 31st March

    Mick Wallace Speaking In The Dail, Whistleblowers, Fennelly Report, State of Political Parties and UK Elections

    Keelin was joined by Seán Kyne, Fine Gael TD for Galway West.Charlie McConalogue, Fianna Fail spokesperson on Education. Professor Gary Murphy, Department of Law and Government at DCU. Hugh O'Connell, Political Editor of The Journal. Dr Vicky Conway,Lecturer in Law at the university of Kent and Michael Crick,Political Correspondent with Channel 4.

    Thursday 26th March

    Party Polls, Fortunes of Independents, Northern Ireland Election, US Politics

    Carole was joined by Hugh O'Connell, Political Editor of The Journal. John Paul Phelan, Fine Gael TD for Carlow Kilkenny. Eoin O'Broin, Sinn Fein Councillor and Strategist. Michael Fitzmaurice, Independent TD for Roscommon South Leitrim and Theresa Reidy, Lecturer in Government at UCC. Eamon Mallie, Journalist and Journalist John Nicols.

    Wednesday 25th March

    British General Election, UK Exit From Eurozone, SNP Surge In Scotland

    Carole was joined by Daragh O'Brien, Fianna Fail Senator. John McGrane, Vice President of The British Irish Chamber of Commerce. Dan O'Brien, Chief Economist at the Institute of International and European Affairs. Jane Suiter, Political Scientist at DCU. We also spoke to Scott MacNab, Political Correspondent of The Scotsman and RTÉ's London Correspondent Fiona Mitchell.

    Tuesday 24th March

    Water Charges, ISIS Under Severe Pressure and Reducing Eligible Age Of Presidential Candidates

    Carole was joined by Derek Nolan, Labour TD for Galway West. Richard Boyd Barrett, People Before Profit TD. Brian Stanley, Sinn Fein TD for Laois Offally. Karen Devine, Lecturer in International Relations at DCU and John Lee, Irish Mail on Sunday.

    Thursday 19th March

    Israel Election, St Patrick's Day, Terrorist Attack in Tunisia

    Carole Coleman was joined by Larry Donnelly, Law Lecture in NUIG. Professor Ben Tonra, Politics and IR UCD. Pierce O'Reilly, CEO of Irish TV. Sinead O'Carroll, News Editor with The and Mary Fitzgerald, Journalist and Analyst.

    Wednesday 18th March

    House Repossessions, Personal Insolvency Bill, Frankfurt Riots and Attacks in Tunisia

    Keelin was joined by Paul Murphy, Irish Socialist Party TD. Jerry Beades, The New Land League. Cormac Lucey, Financial Analyst. Noeleen Blackwell, Director of FLAC. Brendan Burgess, Consumer Advocate AskAboutMoney.Com and Charlie Winter, Research Officer with The Quilliam Foundation.

    Thursday 12th March

    Sinn Féin Handling of Abuse Allegations, Banking Inquiry, Look Ahead To Saint Patricks Day

    Keelin was joined by Dr Elaine Bynre, Columnist with The Sunday Business Post. Eamon Delaney, Author and Former Diplomat. Fiach Kelly, Political Correspondent with The Times. Eoin Ó Murchu, Republican Commentator. Fr Joe McDonald, Parish Priest At St Matthews Ballyfermot and RTÉ's Washington Correspondent Caitriona Perry.

    Wednesday 11th March

    Political Attitudes To Sex Abuse, BBC Spotlight Programme, Stormont Logjam

    Keelin was joined by Regina Doherty, Fine Gael TD for Meath East. Jonathan O'Brien, Sinn Féin TD for Cork North Central. Denis Naughten, Independent TD for Roscommon South Leitrim. Cliona Sadlier, Executive Director of The Rape Crisis Network Ireland. Niamh Lyons, Political Correspondent with The Irish Daily Mail and Journalist Eamonn Mallie.

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