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.


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.

Programme Highlights

Love and Relationships Ep3

Psychologist Dr Paul D'Alton finishes his mini series on maintaining health relationships during the pandemic.

Love and Relationships Ep2

Psychologist Dr Paul D'Alton continues his series on love and relationships during the pandemic.

Love and Relationships Ep1

Psychologist Dr Paul D'Alton begins his mini series on the impact stress can have on relationships.

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