Tuesday 10th December

Veg Shortage

Suzanne Campbell visits growers in Meath to hear about the impacs of the weather on vegetables in the supermarkets.

Olivia's Column

We must learn from Britain's democratic crisis says Olivia O'Leary in her column this week.

Water Quality Reaction

Daire O'hUallachain, Teagasc, talks to Mary about the water quality in Ireland's rivers, lakes and estuaries.

RTÉ at Oireachtas

Drivetime's Barry Lenihan reports on the Oireachtas Committee on RTÉ's finances.

Water Quality

Drivetime's Philip Boucher-Hayes reports on water quality in Ireland's rivers, lakes and estuaries.

Rent Freeze Proposal Reaction

Darragh O'Brien, Fianna Fáil Housing spokesperson, and Damien English, Minister of State at the Department of Housing, discuss Sinn Féin's rent freeze proposal.

Rent Freeze Proposal

Lorcan Sirr, Senior Lecturer at the Technological University of Dublin, talks to Mary about Sinn Féin proposal to freeze rents

Cork Victorian Quarter

Ted Tynan, Worker's Party Councillor, and John Sheehan, Lord Mayor of Cork, Fianna Fáil Councillor, discuss the proposed Victorian Quarter in Cork.

Monday 9th December

UK Political Column

In his last column before the UK general election, our London-based columnist Paddy Duffy examines the system of voting in the UK and.

Vaping and Teenagers

Drivetime's Della Kilroy speaks to teenagers about e-cigarette advertising, and Dr. Des Cox, paediatric respiratory consultant, and Joe Dunne, Vape Business Ireland spokesperson, discuss the the branding and advertising of e-cigarettes.

Councils and Transparency

John Devitt, Chief Executive Transparency International Ireland, and Dr Elliott Jordan-Doak, Advocacy and Research Coordinator at Transparency International Ireland, discuss a new report today that analyses the integrity index of local authorities.

Alcohol Pricing

Drivetime's Barry Lenihan reports on the introduction of the minimum unit price of alcohol, and Sarah Benson, CEO, Women's Aid, speaks to Mary about the impact of minimum unit pricing has on the level of violent assaults.

Citizenship Ceremony

Drivetime's Fergal Keane reports from a citizenship ceremony in Killarney.

Drivetime Extra: Paul D'Alton on Social Anxiety

Dr Paul D’Alton, Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor at the School of Psychology, University College Dublin, begins a special three part series with a discussion on social anxiety, party invites, whatsapp groups and tips for coping with the pressure of Christmas.

Friday 6th December

Fake History

Myles Dungan takes a look at Anglo Irish Treaty in this week's Fake History.

Reaction to FAI Finances

Niamh Brennan, Professor of Management at University College Dublin, Jonathan O'Brien, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport and Denis Hynes, SIPTU Sport Sector Organiser, discuss the FAI financial difficulties.

FAI Finances

Drivetime's Barry Lenihan reports on the presentation of the FAI's accounts for 2018.

Thursday 5th December

Peloton Ad

Pat Stephenson, Founder of Boys & Girls creative agency, and Charley Stoney, CEO of IAPI, discuss the controversy surrounding the new Peloton advertisement.

Roots of Empathy

Della Kilroy reports on the 'Roots of Empathy' primary school programme that focuses on developing empathy skills in children.


Drivetime's Philip Boucher-Hayes reports on legal action taken by a former Facebook moderator against the social media giant.

Calf Welfare

Ella McSweeney reports on calf welfare.

Ambulance Offload times

Ciaran Brogan, Fianna Fáil councillor in Letterkenny, and Paul Bell, SIPTU Health Division organiser, discuss protocols for ambulance turnarounds at hospitals.

Sustainable Christmas

Michael Kelly, GIY, and Seamus Clancy, CEO of Repak, discuss how to have a more sustainable Christmas.

Athy Rugby Club Insurance

Mary O'Connor CEO of Federation of Irish Sport, and Peter Boland Director of Alliance for Insurance Reform, discuss Athy Rugby Club's insurance problems.

Farmer Protests

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on the ongoing farmer protests.

CervicalCheck RCOG review

Simon Harris, Minister for Health, talks to Mary about the RCOG review of CervicalCheck.

Wednesday 4th December

Traveller Conflict

Thomas McCann, director of the Traveller Counselling Service, talks to Mary about the impact of inter-family violence in the travelling community.

Fake History

Myles Dungan questions whether we should be marking the anniversary of the Battle or the Massacre of Sand Creek in this week's Fake History.

Religious Sacraments

Father Paddy Byrne, parish priest of Abbeyleix and Raheen, County Laois, and John Williams, Principal of Divine Word Marley Grange Primary School in Rathfarnham in Dublin, discuss the plans to overhaul the teaching of sacraments in Catholic schools.

Homeless Food Appeal

Drivetime's Della Kilroy meets mothers preparing for Christmas in homeless accommodation.

Ennis Air Quality

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on the poor air quality in Ennis.

Mayo GAA

Barry Lenihan reports on the latest twist in the saga around the finances of Mayo GAA; as a wealthy benefactor demands his money is returned.

Tuesday 3rd December

Olivia's Column

In her column this week, Olivia O'Leary extols the virtues of staying at home.

RCOG Review

Dr. Patrick Walker, Deputy Lead Assesssor with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, talks to Mary about the RCOG review of CervicalCheck.

Climate Change Conference

Drivetime's Philip Boucher-Hayes reports on the United Nations Climate Change Conference and climate change tipping points.

RCOG CervicalCheck Report

Gary Murray, Fiona Murray's husband, Stephen Teap, Patient Advocate for Cervical Check, and Mícheál Martin, Leader of Fiann Fáil, discuss the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists CervicalCheck report.

Monday 2nd December

Bingo Protest

Naomi Reilly, Passionate Bingo Player, discusses new legislation that will limit prize money to no more than 50% of proceeds collected by a bingo operator, which would significantly reduce potential prize money.

John Foley FAI

Emmet Malone, Soccer Correspondent for the Irish Times, discusses John Foley deciding not to become the interim CEO of the FAI.

Ian Bailey Extradition Case

Orla O'Donnell, RTÉ Legal Correspondent and Frank Buttimer, Ian Bailey's solicitor, discuss Ian Bailey's extradition case.

Harold's Cross Ladies Club

Drivetime's Della Kilroy talks to members of the Harold's Cross Ladies Club about their 50th anniversary.

Jeremy Corbyn Leadership

Paddy Duffy examines the fortunes of the Labour Party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

Galway Traveller Picket

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on Galway Traveller Movement's call for a new national agency for traveller housing.

Rescue 116

Lorna Siggins reports the investigation into the Irish Coast Guard Rescue 116 crash.

Lisa Smith Return

Peter Fitzpatrick, Independent TD for Louth and East Meath, and Michael O'Higgins, Senior Counsel, discuss Lisa Smith's return.

Friday 29th November

Gay Byrne Complaints

Sandra Mallon, showbiz reporter with The Irish Daily Star, talks to Mary about complaints that were made about Gay Byrne to the Catholic church while he was a presenter.

Dairy Farmers

Drivetime's John Cooke reports from the Annual General meeting of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association on the problems that dairy farmers face in their sector.

Thursday 28th November

University Funding

Frank Jones, Deputy General Secretary of IFUT, speaks to Mary about university funding.

Tallaght Cardiac Screening

Drivetime's Della Kilroy reports on the new cardiac screening centre for young people in Dublin's Tallaght Hospital.

Cuisle Closure

Drivetime's Fergal Keane reports on the closure of the Cuisle Centre.

Tom Clonan

Tom Clonan, security analyst, talks to Mary his experiences of being a whistleblower in the Irish army.

FAI Finances

Drivetime's Barry Lenihan reports on the audit of the FAI's finances.


Philip Boucher-Hayes gets a guided tour of a Komori printer similar to the one at the centre of the Dail controversy.

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Programme Highlights

Olivia O'Leary

In her weekly political column, Olivia O'Leary asks why Ireland doesn't have a big, ultra nationalist, anti immigrant party.


Philip Boucher-Hayes gets a guided tour of a Komori printer similar to the one at the centre of the Dail controversy.

Tom Clonan

Tom Clonan, security analyst, talks to Mary his experiences of being a whistleblower in the Irish army.



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Presenter: Mary Wilson


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