The Late Debate

    Tuesday - Thursday, 10 -11pm


    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.

    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.

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