Belgium meet Russia at 4.40pm RTÉ Two in the World Cup, Korea Republic are up against Algeria at 7.40pm and USA face Portugal at 10.40pm. Taoiseach Enda Kenny is Gay Byrne's final guest on The Meaning of Life, 10.05pm RTÉ One, while Ireland’s Ocean is a new series about life off our west coast, beginning at 6.30pm, RTÉ One.
FIFA World Cup 2014, 4.40pm RTÉ Two
Bill O’Herlihy is joined by Dietmar Hamann and Ronnie Whelan for live coverage of Belgium v Russia in Group H from the Maracanã in Rio De Janeiro. Commentary from George Hamilton and Trevor Steven, kick-off, 5.00pm. At 7.40pm, Darragh Maloney is joined by Eamon Dunphy for live coverage of Korea Republic v Algeria from Porto Alegre. Commentary from Adrian Eames and Jim Beglin, kick-off, 8.00pm. Then at at 10.40pm, on RTÉ One, Darragh Maloney is joined by Eamon Dunphy and Richie Sadlier for live coverage of USA v Portugal in Group G. Commentary from Stephen Alkin and Brian Kerr.
The Meaning of Life, 10.05pm RTÉ One
In the final programme in the series, Taoiseach Enda Kenny talks to Gay Byrne about his faith. “I’m a Catholic, admittedly not the best Catholic, but I am a Catholic,” the Taoiseach told the Irish Independent last July. He revealed that his faith has not been damaged by passing the country’s first abortion legislation. He was, he said, a regular Mass-goer and his religious beliefs are intact. He told the newspaper that he was sure that the Government’s abortion legislation was “absolutely the right thing.”
Ireland’s Ocean, 6.30pm RTÉ One
New four-part series on life in the sea around us, beginning with dolphins. There are 27,000 of these creatures living in Irish waters and half the European population of bottlenose dolphins, but dead dolphins are washing up at an alarming rate from the Atlantic. Dusty is a solitary bottlenose dolphin that has been living off the Clare coast for ten years. In the summer of 2013, she attacked several swimmers, causing serious injury. The programme features a number of people who have built their lives around a relationship with Dusty. Dr Simon Berrow explains what might be going on with these interactions and what the consequences may be.