John Cooke

John Cooke has a passion for people, places and powerful stories. A proud family man originally from County Roscommon, but living in Clare, John has covered breaking news and remarkable human stories from every corner of Ireland since joining the RTE Radio 1 Team in 2015, after more than a decade in local radio including Clare FM and North West Radio in Sligo.

Reporting extensively on issues like homelessness, the plight of Syrian refugees and Asylum seekers, and the challenges facing our rural towns and villages, John is a multi-award winning Presenter and Reporter having won numerous PPI Radio Awards in the Best News Story and Speech Broadcaster categories. He’s also a two time New York Radio Awards Winner, and has received numerous accolades for Court Reporting at the Justice Media Awards, Health Matters at the Irish Medical Media Awards, and has also been honoured for coverage of Road Safety and Driving Laws on the Drivetime programme. John has also presented programmes like Countrywide, The Late Debate and Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTE Radio 1.


Kerry Wind farms

Drivetime's John Cooke visits controversial wind farms in Co. Kerry and speaks to a concerned resident in North Kerry who is calling for greater emphasis on the human impact of wind farms. And Grattan Healy, Chairman of the Irish Wind Farmers Association, speaks to Mary about the benefit of wind farms.


Closure of the Rosalie Unit

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on the closure of the Rosalie Unit, a psychiatric facility in Co. Roscommon, and Mary speaks to Jim Daly, Minister for Mental Health & Older People, about local opposition to the closure of the unit.


Morning-After Effect - Day One

Drivetime's John Cooke begins a series of reports on the introduction of tougher drink driving penalties.


Morning-After Effect - Day Two

Drivetime's John Cooke continues his series of reports on the introduction of tougher drink driving penalties and the reaction to the penalties in rural Ireland.


Morning-After Effect - Day Three

Shane Ross, Minister for Transport, Tourism, and Sport, responds to John Cooke's series of reports on the introduction of tougher drink driving penalties and the reaction to the penalties in rural Ireland. Padraig Cribben, Chief Executive of the Vintners Federation of Ireland, discusses VFI's new campaign to prevent drink driving.

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Olivia O'Leary

In the wake of a controversial interview with Nigel Farage on the Andrew Marr Show Olivia O'Leary examines the BBC.

Tiananmen Square Anniversary

Jeff Widener, Photographer of the 'Tank Man' photo, talks to Philip on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

Acquired brain Injury

Lorna Siggins reporter, and Dr. Valerie Twomey, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, discuss acquired brain injuries.

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