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.


Shannon Airport

Drivetime's John Cooke reports from Shannon Airport on Ryanair's threat to cut winter services from Shannon and Cork.


Leaving Cert 2020

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on the 2020 Leaving Cert Results.


Western Development Commission

Why life in the west might be best - John Cooke and Tomás Ó Síocháin of the Western Development Commission.


Rural Isolation

Drivetime's John Cooke speaks to patrons of McAuliffe's Pub in Dromin about the pub's closure and rural isolation.


Air Ambulance

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on the Irish Community Rapid Response Helicopter.


Direct Provision Hunger Strike

Drivetime's John Cooke reports from Cahirciveen where residents of the direct provision centre in the Skellig Star Hotel are on hunger strike.


Limerick University Accommodation

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on concerns about the University Limerick's student fees and accommodation.


Roscommon Garda Commemoration

Drivetime's John Cooke reports from the Garda commemoration ceremony in Roscommon where he speaks to the family of deceased Detective Colm Horkan.


Lockdown and Addiction

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on the spike in addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs linked to Covid 19.


Midwest Respite Care

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on the appeal to the HSE for funding for parents of children with special needs.


Colm Horkan

Drivetime's John Cooke reports from Charlestown on the death of Detective Garda Colm Horkan and the impact Colm's death has had on the Horkan family and the local community.


Orla Platten's IWA Birthday Fundraiser

Drivetime's John Cooke speaks to Orla Platten, a Co. Clare woman who celebrated her 21st birthday in a very unique way.


Mayo University Hospital Allegations: Part 2

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on concerns about the crossover of Mayo University Hospital staff between positive, negative and suspected Covid-19 cases.


Mayo University Hospital Allegations: Part 1

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on recent deaths that have occurred in Mayo University Hospital.


Limerick School Returns

John Cooke visits the rural Limerick area of Glenroe where the community's national school has reopened five years on from being closed.


Moneylending

Drivetime's John Cooke speaks to people about borrowing money at Christmas and Suzanne Connolly, CEO of Barnardos, talks to Mary about the financial pressure of Christmas.


Ballinamore Direct Provision Update

Drivetime's John Cooke reports from Ballinamore on the new direct provision centre and speaks to the developer of of the centre, Paul Collins.


 Limerick Emergency Department Crisis

Drivetime's John Cooke speaks to patients in Limerick University Hospital Emergency Department, and Stephen Donnelly, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson, Wicklow & East Carlow TD, talks about the trolley crisis.


Tipperary Traveller Accommodation

John Cooke reports on a resolution to the long running dispute over traveller-specific accommodation in Tipperary.


Men's Health

Drivetime's John Cooke reports from the Men's Health Symposium in NUI Galway.


Galway Community Circus

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on Galway Community Circus' struggle to get insurance.


Exam Mills

Drivetime's John Cooke talks to students in UL about exam mills, and Deirdre Stritch, programme manager with QQI, talks to Mary about the new rules that have been introduced to clamp down on academic cheating.


Ballinamore Direct Provision

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on local opposition to the new direct provision centre in Ballinamore.


COPE Galway

Drivetime's John Cooke reports from the launch of COPE Galway's annual report on their homeless services and domestic abuse supports.


Rising Sea levels

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on the protection of coastal communities from rising sea levels.


Oughterard Direct Provision Protests Report 1

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on the ongoing protests against the proposed direct provision centre in Oughterard.

Oughterard Direct Provision Protests Report 2


Growing Up In Homelessness Series

Episode One

Drivetime's John Cooke speaks to a family about what it is like to like to live in a homeless hub, and John O'Haire, Services Manager in Focus Ireland, talks to Mary about the standard of homeless hubs.

Episode 2

Drivetime's John Cooke speaks to a family living in a homeless hub, and Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, talks to Mary about the mental trauma being suffered by children who are growing up in homelessness.

Episode 3

Drivetime's John Cooke speaks to a couple living in a homeless hub about the impact homelessness has had on their children, and Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy and Pat Doyle, CEO Peter McVerry Trust, speak to Mary about the homeless crisis.



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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