The Late Debate

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    Thursday 28th April

    Leo Varadkar's Comments-New National Children's Hospital-Cancer Waiting Lists

    Cormac was joined by Timmy Dooley FF TD for Clare, Catherine Byrne FG TD Dublin South Central, Professor Anthony Staines, School of Nursing DCU, Professor John Crown Consultant Oncologist and Larry Donnelly, Law Lecturer NUIG and Political Columnist.

    Wednesday 27th April

    Water Charges - LUAS Strike

    Cormac was joined by Fiona O'Loughlin, Fianna Fáil KIldare South, Pat Breen, Fine Gael Clare, Joanna Tuffy, Labour Dublin Mid-West, Martin Kenny, Sinn Féin Sligo-Leitrim, Ger Colleran, Daily Star and Owen Reidy, SIPTU Divisional Organiser.

    Tuesday 26th April

    Role of Independents in Government Formation - Day 60

    Cormac was joined by Conor Lenihan, Former TD Dublin South-West, Denis Naughten, Independent TD Roscommon-Galway, Finian McGrath, Independent TD Dublin Bay North, Jim Power, Economist, Christina Finn, Political Correspondent and Daniel McConnell, Political Editor The Irish Examiner.

    Thursday 21st April

    Government Formation-Brexit-Migrant Crisis

    John Murray was joined by Gemma Hussey, Former Minister For Education, Paddy Duffy, Former Special Adviser to Bertie Ahern, Hugh O'Connell, Political Correspondent The Sunday Business Post, Juno McEnroe, Political Correspondent The Irish Examiner and Valerie Cox, Former RTE Reporter, Journalist and Broadcaster.

    Wednesday 20th April

    54 Days since The General Election

    John Murray was joined by Eamon Ryan, Leader of The Green Party, Mattie McGrath, Independent TD for Tipperary, Ken Murphy, Director General of The Law Library, Michael O'Regan, Parliamentary Correspondent The Irish Times, Claire McGing, Political Geographer NUI Maynooth and Larry Donnelly, Law Lecturer NUIG.

    Tuesday 19th April

    The Formation of the Next Government

    John Murray was joined by John Lahart, FF Dublin South West, Noel Rock, FG Dublin North West, Bríd Smith, AAA-PBP Dublin South Central, Professor Gary Murphy, Political Scientist DCU, Ray Kavanagh, Former General Secretary of The Labour Party and Daniel McConnell, Political Editor The Irish Examiner.

    Thursday 14th April

    When will we have a Government?

    Cormac was joined by Thomas Byrne, FF Meath East, Alan Farrell, FG Dublin Fingal, Paul Murphy, AAA-PBP Dublin South West, Niamh Lyons, The Times Ireland and Stephen O'Byrnes, MKC Consultants.

    Wednesday 13th April

    John Halligan Leaves Talks - Government Formation

    Cormac was joined by Former Fine Gael Leader Alan Dukes, Former Labour Leader Pat Rabbitte, Michael O'Regan, Parliamentary Correspondent The Irish Times, Political Commentator John Drennan,Irish Times Columnist Noel Whelan, Colette Browne of The Irish Independent and Independent TD's Mattie McGrath, Seán Canney and Maureen O'Sullivan.

    Tuesday 12th April

    Garda and Luas Pay Disputes - Government Formation

    Cormac was joined by Louise O'Reilly, Sinn Féin Dublin Fingal, John O'Brien, Retired Detective Chief Superintendent and Security Specialist, Gavin Duffy, Businessman and TV's 'Dragon's Den', Tommy Broughan, Independent TD Dublin Bay North, Gerald Flynn, Align Management Solutions and Daniel McConnell, Political Editor Irish Examiner.

    Thursday 7th April

    Fianna Fáil reject Fine Gael Proposal

    Cormac was joined by James Lawless, FF TD Kildare North, Fergus O'Dowd, FG TD Louth, Eoin O'Broin, Sinn Féin TD Dublin Mid West, Brendan Ogle of UNITE, Adrian Kavanagh of NUI Maynooth, Hugh O'Connell, Political Editor, Katie Hannon RTE and Michael Fitzmaurice, Independent TD.

    Wednesday 6th April

    Formation of New Government

    Cormac was joined by Bernard Durkan FG, Lisa Chambers FF, Sean Canney, Independent Alliance, Cormac Lucey, Economics Commentator The Sunday Times, Michael O'Regan, Parliamentary Correspondent of The Irish Times with Daniel McConnell of The Irish Examiner and Independent TD's Dennis Naughten and Michael Healy-Rae.

    Tuesday 5th April

    Irish Water - Panama Papers - Dáil Preview

    Cormac was joined by Patrick O’Donovan, FG TD for Limerick County, Martin Kenny, SF TD for Sligo-Leitrim, Annemarie McNally, Press Officer for The Social Democrats, Peter Browne, Founder and Head Lecturer of The Institute of Investing & Financial Trading and Michael Clifford of The Irish Examiner.

    Thursday 24th March

    LUAS Talks - Security after Brussels Attacks - New Government

    Cormac was joined by Owen Reidy, SIPTU Divisional Organiser, Brendan Keenan, Irish Independent Columnist, Ursula Tipp, Tipp McKnight Solicitors, John O'Brien, Police and Security Specialist, Frank Reidy, Former Army Commandant, Sadhbh McCarthy, Maynooth University and Lynn Boylan Sinn Féin MEP.

    Wednesday 23rd March

    Ratoath Shooting - Brussels Attacks - New Government

    Cormac was joined by Paul Reynolds, RTE Crime Correspondent, Declan Power, Security and Defence Analyst, Sinead O'Carroll, News Editor at, Darragh O'Brien, FF TD Dublin Fingal. Stephen O'Byrnes, Director of MKC Communications and Louise O'Reilly, Sinn Féin TD Dublin Fingal.

    Tuesday 22nd March

    Brussels Attacks - Formation of New Government - Housing

    Cormac was joined by Dr. Tom Clonan, Security Analyst and Seanad Candidate, Mattie McGrath, Independent TD for Tipperary, Marc McSharry, FF TD Sligo-Leitrim, John Paul Phelan, FG TD Carlow-Kilkenny, Mick Barry, AAA-PBP TD Cork North Central, Claire McGing, Lecturer Maynooth University and Michael Healy-Rae, Independent TD for South Kerry.

    Wednesday 16th March

    Pay Demands - New Government - Dissidents

    Cormac was joined in studio by Declan Power, Security and Defence Analyst, Paul Sweeney, Former Chief Economist of ICTU, Gerry Flynn, Align Management Solutions, John Lee, Political Editor of the Mail On Sunday and Noel Rock, newly-elected Fianna Gael TD.

    Tuesday 15th March

    Housing and Homelessness in advance of new government formation

    Cormac was joined by Father Peter McVerry of the McVerry Trust, Eoin O'Broin, Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West, Frank O'Rourke, Fianna Fáil TD for Kildare North, Michelle Murphy of Social Justice Ireland, Economist Jim Power and Fergus Finlay Chief Executive of Barnardo's.

    Thursday 10th March

    Election of Ceann Comhairle - Political Uncertainty & Business - Rural Ireland

    Cormac was joined by Paul Murphy, AAA-PBP, James Browne, FF, Michael Fitzmaurice, Independent and Political Commentator John Downing.

    Wednesday 9th March

    New Government - Ceann Comhairle - Irish Water

    Cormac was joined by John Lahart, FF, Dessie Ellis, SF, Independent Senator Gerard Craughwell, Public Relations Consultant Gerard Howlin and Stephen O'Brien of The Sunday Times.

    Tuesday 8th March

    New Government - Tax Relief - Housing

    Cormac was joined in live studio by Niamh Randall, Dublin Simon Community, Eoin O'Broin, SF, Shane Cassells, FF, Hugh O'Connell of, Commentator Eamon Delaney and on the phone by Diarmuid O'Flynn of Ballyhea-Charleville.

    Thursday 3rd March

    Water Charges - Government Formation - Shift to Left - Global Growth

    John Murray was joined by Tony Foley, DCU Economist, Michael Taft, UNITE Economist, Dan McConnell, Irish Examiner Political Editor, John Brady, Sinn Féin Wicklow and Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fáil Meath East.

    Wednesday 2nd March

    Super Tuesday - Water Charges - Longford - Westmeath

    Cormac was joined by Richard Boyd-Barrett, AAA-PBP, Niamh Lyons, Political Editor of Times Ireland, Jack Thompson, Clinton Institute UCD, Larry Donnelly, Law Lecturer NUIG and Political Columnist, Tom Plank, Republicans Abroad, Sean Fleming FF and Shane McGowan on Longford-Westmeath.

    Tuesday 1st March

    The Irish Left - Capitalism - Migration - Brexit

    Cormac was joined by Michael O'Regan, Parliamentary Correspondent of The Irish Times, Economics Commentator Cormac Lucey, Rory Hearne, Senior Policy Analyst at TASC economic think-tank, Karen Devine, lecturer in International Relations, DCU and Political Historian and Author Niamh Puirseil.

    Monday 29th February

    Election 2016 - The New Government - The New Dáil - Political Reform

    Cormac was joined by newly elected TD’s James Lawless (FF Kildare North) and Noel Rock (FG Dublin North West), Pearse Doherty of Sinn Fein (Donegal), Political Scientist David Farrell and Irish Independent Columnist Colette Brown.

    Thursday 25th February

    The Middle East - Guantanamo Bay - Super Tuesday - Apple vs FBI - Brexit and Scotland

    Carole Coleman was joined by Vincent Durac, UCD, Declan Power, Security and Defence Analyst, Diarmaid Fleming, Freelance Journalist, Nancy Hollander, Guantanamo Bay Lawyer, Angus McNeil, SNP and Caitriona Perry from the U.S.

    Wednesday 24th February

    Election 2016 and Independent Candidates

    Cormac was joined by Independent Candidates Tommy Broughan, Dublin Bay North, Cieran Perry, Dublin Central, Deirdre O'Donovan, Dublin South West, David McGuinness, Dublin West, Brendan Young, Kildare North and Dr. Liam Weeks, School of Government at UCC.

    Tuesday 23rd February

    Climate Change - Agriculture - Flooding - Leader's Debate

    Cormac was joined by John Sweeney, climatologist, John Gibbons, environmental writer, Ossian Smyth, Green Party candidate, Gerard Howlin, political commentator, Denis Naughten, Independent TD and IFA Environment Spokesman Harold Kingston.

    Monday 22nd February

    Election 2016 - Homelessness - Special Needs Education

    Cormac was joined live in studio by Dublin South- West candidates Paul Murphy, Anti Austerity Alliance, Mick Duff, Labour, Senator Katherine Zappone, Independent, Sarah Holland, Sinn Féin, Councillor John Lahart, Fianna Fáil and Colm Brophy, Fine Gael.

    Thursday 18th February

    Brexit and Ireland - 8th Amendment - Election 2016

    Cormac was joined live in studio by Dominic Hannigan, Labour Meath East, Gary Gannon, Social Democrats Dublin Central, Hugh O'Connell of, Dr. Karen Devine DCU, Vincent Boland of The Financial Times and on the phone by Jeffrey Donaldson, DUP.

    Wednesday 17th February

    Election 2016 - U.S. Presidency - Apple Vs FBI

    John Murray was joined by Election 2016 candidates Carol Hunt, Independent, Noel Rock, Fine Gael and Paul Donnelly, Sinn Féin with Larry Donnelly NUIG Galway, Gary Murphy DCU and Pat O'Toole of the Irish Farmer's Journal.

    Tuesday 16th February

    General Election 2016 - TG4 Poll - Michael Lynn

    John Murray was joined by Roslyn Fuller, Independent in Fingal Dublin, Jim O'Callaghan Fianna Fáil Dublin Bay South, Naoise O'Muirí Fianna Gael Dublin Bay North, Eamon Ryan, Green Party Dublin Bay South and Niamh Lyons of Times Ireland. John was also joined on the phone by Sean Mac An tSighigh on the TG4 Poll and Matt Sandy on Michael Lynn.

    Monday 15th February

    Housing - Mental Health - Infrastructure - Windfarms

    Cormac was joined in studio by candidates in the Wickow constituency Andrew Doyle FG, John Brady SF, Anna Doyle AAA, Jennifer Cuffe FF, Joe Behan Independent and Billy Timmins Renua Ireland with a look at the TV Election 2016 debate by Micheal O'Leidhin Political Correspondent RnG.

    Thursday 11th February

    Crime - Party Manifestos - Reaction to latest Polls

    Cormac was joined live in studio by Richard Boyd-Barrett, People Before Profit, Dun Laoghaire, Carol Hunt, Independent, Dun Laoghaire and from Cork by Jerry Buttimer, Fine Gael Cork South Central. Also joining Cormac in studio were Daniel McConnell and Gerard Howlin of The Irish Examiner.

    Wednesday 10th February

    Latest Polls, FG and FF, Crime & The Health Service

    Cormac was joined live in studio by Joe Costello, Labour Dublin Central, Averil Power, Independent Dublin Bay North, Paul McAuliffe, Fianna Fáil Dublin North West, John Lee, Political Editor of The Mail On Sunday and from Cork by Theresa Reidy, Lecturer in UCC School of Government.

    Tuesday 9th February

    Crime-Two-Tier Recovery-Housing-A United Ireland?

    Cormac was joined live in studio by Naoise O'Muirí, Fine Gael, Diarmuid O'Flynn, Independent Alliance, Jim O'Callaghan, Fianna Fáil and Micheál McDonncha, Sinn Féin and Colette Browne of The Irish Independent.

    Monday 8th February

    Gangland Killings and Election Candidates - Fingal Dublin

    Cormac was joined in studio by Senator Darragh O'Brien, Fianna Fáil, Alan Farrell, Fine Gael, Louise O'Reilly of Sinn Féin, Joe O'Brien, Green Party, Brendan Ryan, Labour and on the phone by Clare Daly, Independent.

    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.

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