Friday 17th February

The Gathering

In studio this morning were Mick Clifford, special correspondent with the Irish Examiner, Joan Burton Labour TD for Dublin West and former Tanaiste, Mairead McGuinness Fine Gael MEP for Midlands North West and Niamh Lyons, political editor of the Times, Ireland Edition.

Southern Protestants and UCD Folklore Project

Researcher Deirdre Nuttall of the National Folklore Collection and journalist and farmer from Wexford, Margaret Hawkins spoke to us this morning.

North East Inner City

Back in July, after a spate of gangland shootings in the north inner city of Dublin, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny ordered a report into measures that could address the social and economic challenges facing the area.Put in charge of compiling the report was the former chair of the Workplace Relations Commission, Kieran Mulvey.

Fine Gael and Enda Kenny

Taoiseach Enda Kenny didn’t sound like a man about to hang up his political boots yesterday,  With us this morning was Fionnan Sheehan, Political Editor of the Irish Independent.

Trump Press Conference

President Trump gave an extraordinary press conference yesterday lasted 77 minutes, he took questions from reporters, bashed various media outlets, denied involvement with Russia, had another go at Hillary Clinton and said the White House was running like a ‘finely tuned machine’. Larry Donnelly, Law Lecturer in NUI Galway joined us this morning.

Thursday 16th February

Clonmel District Court

Paddy O'Gorman has been to Clonmel District Court.

Creches in Cork facing Closure

Now in recent week fears have emerged about some community crèches in disadvantaged areas. In Cork city alone, seven such crèches say they will close in September, impacting on 233 children, and a further 6 are set to be in danger shortly after. Brian O’Connell had the story for us.

HSE Signals the End to Lung Disease Drug

It looks increasingly likely that the HSE will reject the use of a drug called Respreeza on cost grounds. The drug is used for treatment of a group of patients with Alpha 1 type emphysema. Professor Gerry McElvaney, Consultant in Pulmonary Medicine and Gerry Finnerty a patient who is currently on Respreeza joined us this morning.

Cabinet Meeting and the Independent Alliance

Harry McGee, political correspondent with the Irish Times joined us to discuss developments over the last 24 hours.

Independent Alliance

The Independent Alliance has said it has secured an independent review of garda operations following a meeting with the Taoiseach Enda Kenny yesterday. Joining this morning was Minister of State at Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, and member of the Independent Alliance Sean Canney.

Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur

Over 1800 people applied to enter this year’s Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition. Fiona Edwards Murphy, Brian Henderson and Alvan Hunt are three finalists in the contest which is supported by Local Enterprise Offices. They joined us in studio along with Sheelagh Daly who is Head of Enterprise at the LEO in Wicklow.

End of the Road for Enda?

Micheal Lehane, Brian Dowling, Senator James Reilly, Colm Brophy, Fine Gael TD for Dublin South West and Noel Rock, Fine Gael TD for Dublin North West joined us this morning to take a look back over all that has happened in the last 24 hours and to look ahead as to what an Taoiseach Enda Kenny is going to do. Is Will he jump, walk or be pushed?

Wednesday 15th February

White House under Pressure

Following the resignation of US National Security Advisor Mike Flynn on Monday, there is increasing pressure on the Trump administration to explain the contacts with Russian officials prior to taking office. Marion McKeone, US based journalist with the Sunday Business Post spoke to us this morning.

Valentines spent in the Graveyard

Paddy O'Gorman spent Valentine's Day speaking to those that visit the graveyard on this day.

Age of Online Consent

Communications Minister Denis Naughten is currently weighing up whether to set up a new watch dog for social media. What needs to be done to help protect young people online? Grainia Long, CEO of the ISPCC, Avril Ronan, Global Programme Manager for Internet Safety at Trend Micro and teenager, Sarah McGuinness joined us this morning.

Government Crisis

This morning the Independent Alliance has been meeting to discuss their response to the Garda crisis. The Government is facing a motion of no confidence tabled by Sinn Féin. Fiach Kelly is The Irish Times’ political correspondent and he joined us in studio.

Ireland's Record on Women's Rights

We turn to Geneva, where the human rights of Irish women are under close scrutiny. The UN’s CEDAW committee will examine the track record of the Irish Government later today. The director of the National Women’s Council of Ireland has appeared before the committee over the last two days. Orla O’Connor joined us in studio.

Barrow Tow Path

Waterways Ireland is currently holding a series of public meetings on the Barrow Tow Path development project, an ambition project to create a hard surface path to cover one hundred and fifteen kilometres across Kildare, Laois and Carlow. Broadcaster Olivia O’Leary and Martin O’Brien, a business man from St Mullins in Carlow joined us this morning.

The End of Enda?

Fine Gael TDs fret over facing Fianna Fáil with Enda Kenny in charge, as the Independent Alliance TDs agonise over the confidence motion. We spoke to Timmy Dooley, Fianna Fáil TD, Jim Daly, Fine Gael TD and Jonathan O'Brien, Sinn Féin.

Tuesday 14th February

The Children's Court

From a mother accusing her son of violently assaulting her, to a couple fighting over a laptop, the Family Courts see a wide range of cases every day.  The proceedings are held in camera but journalists are allowed to attend, though they are subject to very strict reporting restrictions.  Evelyn O’Rourke joined us this morning.

The Readers Voice

Now, the Laureate for Fiction - Anne Enright - in collaboration with ourselves and the Arts Council and Libraries Ireland has come up with a plan. It’s all about connecting readers with authors and using the libraries of Ireland as the meeting point.

Finglas Chuch Demolition

The Church of the Annunciation in Finglas West in Dublin is to be demolished just 50 years after it opened in 1967. It's a huge church with a capacity for 3,500 people. It's a concrete structure with a spire and is a landmark building of the area. It's known also for its beautiful mosaic windows. It's to be demolished for two reasons.


John Douglas, General Secretary, Mandate Trade Union spoke to Sean this morning.

Beyond Caravaggio

Marie Louise O'Donnell has been to the National Gallery to see the Beyond Caravaggio exhibition.

A Farmers Dilemma

Geraldine Power, a farmer now faces the decision on who should she pass her farm onto? Solicitor Karen Walsh also spoke to us about how best to handle the handing over of the family farm.

Mike Flynn Resignation

Mike Flynn, President Trump’s National Security Advisor resigned last night amidst growing controversy over his contacts with Russian officials. In his resignation letter, he says he “inadvertently briefed the Vice President and others with incomplete information”. Graham Finlay, Lecturer at the School of Politics in UCD joined us.

McCabe Controversy

Brian Dowling joined us in studio.

Monday 13th February

Weekend Sport

To the weekend in sport, joining us this morning were Shane Byrne, former Ireland Rugby International, sports journalist Cliona Foley, and Damian Lawlor, Presenter of RTE’s GAA podcast

David Coleman takes your Questions

Clinical Child psychologist David Coleman was in studio once again to answer your queries. We started off with the younger age group.

DEIS Programme

The Department of Education is planning significant changes to the way funding aimed at combating disadvantage is distributed among schools...  The new system will be phased in from September. To tell us about the changes being made Education Minister Richard Bruton spoke to us.

Sarah Keane, President of the OCI

For the first time in nearly three decades the Olympic Council of Ireland has a new president. Sarah Keane the CEO of Swim Ireland was elected with 29 out of 43 votes. She has spoken of the need to reform and rebuild the OCI and Sarah Keane joined us in studio this morning.

McCabe Controversy

Pat Leahy, Deputy Political Editor at the Irish Times gives his reaction to Jim O'Callaghan in studio with us a little earlier on.

Garda Whistleblower Controversy Continues

Fianna Fail's Justice Spokesperson has said he met the Tanaiste and Minister for Justice on Wednesday evening and told her that Primetime programme on a Tusla file containing false allegations about Sgt Maurice McCabe, would be broadcast on Thursday night.

Friday 10th February

The Gathering

Kate O'Connell, F.G. TD Dublin Bay South, Peadar Toibin, S.F. TD Meath West, Alison O'Connor, Broadcaster and Columnist with the Irish Examiner, Dearbhail McDonald, Group Business Editor, Independent News and Media

Travel: Florence and Venice

Fionn Davenport

Brendan Howlin on Whistleblower Controversy

Brendan Howlin

Nigel Owens

Nigel Owens

Garda Whistleblower Controversy

Sean Costello, Solicitor for Maurice McCabe, Mick Clifford, Special Correspondent, The Examiner

Thursday 9th February

Cooking on a Budget

Catríona Redmond, wholesomeireland.com

Save Cork City

Brian O'Connell


Ian O'Riordan, Irish Times

OCI President Election

Ian O'Riordan, Irish Times Sports Journalist

New Chief Executive at GPA

Dermot Early

Nurses Strike

Paul Bell, SIPTU Health Division Organiser

Garda Whistleblowers Inquiry

John McGuinness, F.F. TD Carlow Kilkenny, John Mooney, Investigative Journalist Sunday Times

Wednesday 8th February

Depression in Young People

Dr. Harry Barry, GP and Mental Health Specialist, Enda Murphy, Psychotherapist

Fake News

Kate Shanahan, Head of Journalism, DIT, Sean Adl-Tabatabai, Editor, yournewswired.com

Expansion of the Mortgage to Rent Scheme

Damian English, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal

Criminal Law Sexual Offences Bill

Brian O'Connell report, Mia de Faoite, Core Partner with Turn Off the Red Light Campaign, Kate McGrew, Sex Workers Alliance Ireland Co-Ordinator

Garda Whistleblowers Inquiry

Michael Clifford, Irish Examiner

Hewlett Packard

John Cooke, Reporter, Adrian Weckler, Technology Editor Independent Group

Tuesday 7th February

Elderly People and Dental Health

Dr. Anne Twomey, Vice President Irish Dental Association

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