Tuesday 21st January

100-year-old pony tail goes on display at National Museum

Linda Connolly, Professor of Sociology and director of the Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, discusses the new exhibit at the National Museum.

Harris says gardaí have necessary firearms capacity

Paul Reynolds, Crime Correspondent, discusses Garda Commissioner Drew Harris' leter.

Election Round-up

Fergal Keane looks at the news from the General Election.


Fionnuala Close, Dietary Health Lead at the Food Safety Authority of Northern Ireland, discusses how bakers across Northern Ireland are being sent guidance on how to make healthier scones.

Extreme Storms

Dr Gerard McCarthy, Irish Climate Analysis and Research Unit, Department of Geography, Maynooth, discusses how Extreme storms could become a more frequent aspect of weather patterns in Ireland.

Man who was labelled with homophobic slur awarded €27,000 at WRC

David Joyce, Equality Officer, Irish Congress of Trade Unions, discusses Homophobia in the work place.

Kildare North Debate

Philip Boucher Hayes hosts a debate with James Lawless, Fianna Fáil, Emmet Stagg, Labour, Catharine Murphy, Social Democrats, Vincent Murphy, Green Party, Réada Cronin, Sinn Féin, Antony Lawlor, Fine Gael

Voting on a Saturday

Claire McGing, researcher at Social Science Institute at Maynooth University, discusses the first Saturday General Election vote since 1918.

ERU 'short-staffed' - GRA

Jim O'Callaghan, Fianna Fail Justice Spokesperson, discusses the ERU.

Greta tells Davos 'nothing done' to fight climate change

Ryan Heath, Senior Editor at Politico, discusses the conference.

Titanic to be treated with 'sensitivity and respect' following agreement

Senan Molony, Titanic author and documentary maker discusses the news the wreck of the Titanic will be treated with 'sensitivity and respect' following a 'momentous' international agreement .

Kildare North Consistency Profile

Philip Boucher-Hayes and Barry Lenihan, profiles Kidare North.

Seven arrested in £215m Northern Ireland money laundering investigation

Tommie Gorman, RTÉ Northern Editor, discusses the money laundering investigation.

Monday 20th January

Seaweed potential

Lorna Siggins, reporter, looks at a new marine research and development park planned for south Connemara by State agency Údarás na Gaeltachta aims to focus on the potential of seaweed

Prince Harry expresses 'great sadness that it has come to this'

Phone Alan Rusbridger, former editor of the Guardian, discusses the royal family split.

French strike appears to be near end

Agnes Poirier, political commentator, discusses the ongoing industrial dispute in France.

Climate refugees

Niamh Garvey, Head of Policy and Advocacy with Trócaire, discusses a UN ruling that said it is unlawful for governments to return people to countries where their lives might be threatened by the climate crisis.

Micheál Martin canvassing in Sligo-Leitrim

Fergal Keane, Drivetime Correspondent, reports from the campaign trail with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.

Ireland has fifth-largest number of billionaires per capita in the world

Samantha McCaughren, Business Editor for the Sunday Independent, discusses the Oxfam report.

'Biodiversity is in an A & E crisis' Birdwatch Ireland

Oonagh Duggan, Assistant Head of Advocacy with Birdwatch Ireland, discusses Biodiversity.

Kerry Constituency Profile

John Cooke profiles the Kerry Constituency.

'House the Irish First' protest in Mulhuddart

Della Kilroy, Drivetime Reporter and Cllr Mary McCamely, Labour Party, discuss the 'House the Irish First' protest in Mulhuddart in west Dublin.

Pensions and the Election

Dr Joe Larragy from the Department of Social Policy in Maynooth, discusses pensions.

Judge grants court protection for 'revenge porn' victim

Noeleen Blackwell, Chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, discusses the news that a Judge has granted court protection to a victim of so-called 'Revenge Porn'.

Conditions in the Emergency Department in University Hospital Galway

Phil Ní Sheaghdha, General Secretary of the INMO, discusses the the Emergency Department in University Hospital Galway.

China confirms human-to-human transmission as SARS-like virus spreads

Dr Cillian De Gascun, Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory at UCD discusses the SARS-like virus that has spread across China

Cocaine at Debs

Michael Guerin, Senior Addiction Therapist in Cuan Mhuire, discusses cocaine use at debs.

Friday 17th January

Fake History

Myles Dungan examines is the US Presidential impeachment actually worse than the Salem Witch trials

Minister Charlie Flanagan on crime

Charlie Flanagan, Justice Minister, discusses to gangland crime.

Dublin Bay North Constituency Debate

Philip Boucher Hayes hosts a debate between Fianna Fáil's Seán Haughey , Senator Catherine Noone of Fine Gael, Labour Party Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin , Denise Mitchell from Sinn Féin, Green Party Cllr David Healy and Tommy Broughan Independent.

Big Ben won't bong for Brexit

Enda Brady, Sky News reporter, explains why Big Ben will not 'Bong' for Brexit

Two injured after double shooting in Dublin

Paul Reynolds, RTÉ Crime Correspondent and Dr Johnny Connolly, Criminologist at the School of Law at University of Limerick discuss the gangland attack in St Margaret's in north Dublin.

Paddy Holohan suspended from Sinn Féin over podcast comments

Samantha Libreri, RTÉ Election reporter, discusses Cllr Paddy Holohan's comments.

Dublin Bay North Constituency Profile

Philip Boucher-Hayes and Barry Lenihan profile the 5-seater constituency of Dublin Bay North.

Murder investigation under way after Cork student stabbed

Paschal Sheehy, RTÉ Southern Correspondent reports on the death of Cork student Cameron Blair.

Thursday 16th January

Chinese New Year

Drivetime's Della Kilroy reports on the 2020 Chinese New Year celebrations.

Football and dementia

Dr Barry O'Driscoll, former World Rugby medical chief who specialises in concussion in sport, talks to Mary about the links between football and dementia.

Homeless in Ireland

Alice Leahy, homeless campaigner, speaks to Mary about the homeless situation in Ireland after a homeless man was injured during removal of his tent on the Grand canal.

Limerick City Profile

Drivetime's John Cooke brings us an election preview from Limerick City constituency.

Gangland Feuds

Pat Marry, Retired Detective Inspector, Anna Quigley, Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign, and Professor Niamh Hourigan, Sociologist and Vice President of Mary Immaculate College, discuss the impact of drugs, gangs and feuds on Irish society.

Keane Mulready-Woods

Fr Phil Gaffney, Parish Priest for St Mary's Parish and Holy Family, Ballsgrove, speaks to Mary about the murder of Keane Mulready-Woods.

Ryanair/Skyscanner Case

Simon Calder, Travel Editor with the London Independent, reports on Ryanair's interim injuction against the German travel search engine, Skyscanner.

Leaving Cert

Colm O Rourke, principal of St Patrick's Classical School in County Meath, speaks to Mary about the Leaving Cert examination process.

Homeless Man Injured

Padraig Drummond, outreach worker with Inner City Helping Homeless, and Pheilim Quinn, CEO of HIQA, talk to Mary about the homeless man who was injured in a clean up operation on the Grand canal.

Wednesday 15th January

Couples and debt

Ann O'Neill, solicitor with Ann O'Neill Family Law, talks to Mary about separated couples and mortage debt.

Joy of the New Year

Liam Geraghty brings us a story of art, coincidence and joy for the New Year.

Child Abuse Images

Ronan Lupton, barrister, speaks to Mary about the increase in online sharing of child abuse images.

Councillor Office Firebombed

Sharon Keogan, Independent Councillor, talks to Mary about the attack o her constituency office.

Plain English

Dr Inez Bailey, CEO of The National Adult Literacy Agency, speaks to Mary about their campaign to encourage politicians to use plain English during the 2020 election campaign.

Homeless Man Injured

Drivetime's Della Kilroy hears from people sleeping in tents on Dublin's canal after a homeless man suffered life-changing injuries during a Dublin City Council clean-up operation.

Tuesday 14th January

Athenry Data Centre

Drivetime's Philip Boucher-Hayes reports on the Athenry data centre dispute.


Tony O'Reilly, gambling addiction counsellor, talks to Mary about the ban on the use of credit cards for gambling transactions in the UK.

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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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