Thursday 15th August

Brainstorm: Car-Free Cities

Ella McSweeney is joined by Olf Straumeyer from NUIG and David O'Connor from TU Dublin, to discuss the prospect of removing cars from cities to combat environmental and commuter congestion.

Dublin City Regeneration Series: Episode 3

In the final part of her series Della Kilroy examines new education and employment opportunities in Dublin's north inner city.

Daniel Mullan Extradition

Ruaidhri Giblin, freelance Journalist, reports on the extradition of Daniel Mullan from Ireland to the US.

SEAI Scheme

Drivetime's Barry Lenihan reports on the closure of the SEAI's Deep Retrofit Scheme, and Timmy Dooley, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications, The Environment & Natural Resources, talks to Mary about the controversy surrounding the closure of the scheme.

Insurance Study

Cathie Shannon, Director of General Insurance at Brokers Ireland, and Neil McDonnell, Chief Executive of ISME, discuss the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission's study into the insurance industry.

School Bus

Carmel O'Dwyer, parent from Grangemockler EX-Tel, Clare Brophy, parent from Knockgraffon, and Mattie McGrath, Independent TD for Tipperary, talk about the school bus shortage in Tipperary.

Wednesday 14th August

Treasure Island

Philip Boucher-Hayes's hunt for the treasure of the Falcon Blanco takes him fifteen fathoms below the sea off Inishbofin in the penultimate episode of Treasure Island.

UK/US Trade

James Politi, World Trade Editor with the Financial Times, reports on a potential post-Brexit UK/US trade deal.

Dublin City Regeneration Series: Episode 2

Della Kilroy continues her series on the regeneration of Dublin's north east inner city and examines the impact of drug use and homelessness in the area.


Marie Culliton, former President of the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine, talks to Mary about why the entire cervical screening process should be carried out in Ireland.

Retrofit Grants

Drivetime's Barry Lenihan reports on the suspension of a grant provided to homeowners to retrofit their homes, and Alan Kelly, Labour TD, and Tim Lombard, Fine Gael Senator, discuss why the scheme was suspended.

Third Level Education Funding

Mary Mitchell O'Connor, Minister of State with Special Responsibility for High Education, talks to Mary about third level education funding and the need for financial reform of the higher education sector.

Tuesday 13th August

Drivetime Archive Series: All This Happened

Tom Donnelly, RTÉ Producer, explores how the conflict that was taking place in Northern Ireland in 1969 were reported and discussed on radio and television.

Humans of Politics

Former Tanaiste and former Labour Party leader, Joan Burton TD talks to Abie Philbin Bowman about being adopted as a child, working in a pre #MeToo parliament and sitting in studio with a politician who trapped her in her car for several hours.


Jim Weathers, Owner of 'Puff N Stuff', and Conor Gallagher, Irish Times Crime Correspondent, discuss the legal issues surrounding the sale of CBD oil.

Leaving Cert

Amy Richards, Leaving Cert student who sat her exam after receiving surgery for acute appendicitis, and Ray Henry, Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Chairperson, speak to Mary about the Leaving Cert.

Monday 12th August

RCSI Antique Surgical Instruments

Fergal Keane reports from a new exhibition of antique surgical instruments.


Kate O'Malley, Historian at the Royal Irish Academy, talks to Mary about Woodstock, the now legendary August '69 music festival.

Dublin City Regeneration Series: Episode 1

Della Kilroy begins a new series on the regeneration of Dublin's north east inner city.

Beef Talks

Adam Woods, Beef Editor with The Farmer's Journal, and Mike Brady, Agricultural consultant of Brady Group, discuss the talks about the beef industry that are taking place between the Beef Plan Movement and meat factories.


Fergal Bowers, RTÉ Health Correspondent, and Dr. Illona Duffy, Monaghan GP, discusses HSE reviews of BreastCheck.


Liam Geraghty reports on 'GAA MAAD', a new Dublin Fringe show that explores GAA history and culture through the lens of LGBT supporters.

Friday 9th August

Shaky Bridge

Noel Sweeney reports on the plans to repair Cork's Daly's Bridge, also known as the Shaky Bridge.

Humans of Politics: Eamon Ryan

Green Party Leader, Eamon Ryan TD tells Abie Philbin Bowman about the pressures of governing during the financial crisis, dealing with public anger and the price his family pay for his political career.

Fake History

In this week's Fake History, Myles Dungan asks: did Beachboy Denis Wilson narrowly avoid becoming a victim of the Manson gang?


Eamon Mallie, journalist and commentator, talks to Mary about the whereabouts of the remains of Robert Nairac.

Backstop Solution

Fintan O'Toole, Irish Times Columnist, speaks to Mary about the Irish backstop and his proposal for a pact among the anti-brexit parties in Northern Ireland.

Nora Quoirin

Drivetime's Barry Lenihan speaks to Éadaoin Agnew, the aunt of Nora Quoirin, an Irish teenager missing in Malaysia.

Thursday 8th August

Brainstorm: The Future of Farming

Ella McSweeney talks to Áine Macken-Walsh, Teagasc, and Peter Mooney, Maynooth University, about the future of farming in Ireland.

Being Gay in Ireland in 1982

Frank McDonald, Former Environment Editor of the Irish Times and author of 'Truly Frank: A Dublin Memoir', talks to Mary about the gay scene in Ireland in 1982.

Female Equestrians

Suzanne Campbell reports from the Dublin Horseshow on an exhibition of female equestrians.

Tipperary Evictions

Drivetime's John Cooke reports from Tipperary on the eviction of Traveller families from a halting site in Thurles.

Wednesday 7th August

Reclaiming Sandymount Strand

David Browne of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, and Paddy McCartan, Fine Gael Dublin City Cllr, discuss the proposal to reclaim Sandymount Strand in order to build more houses in Dublin.

Treasure Island: Episode 4

Drivetime's Philip Boucher-Hayes retraces the footsteps of the Falcon Blanco's few survivors for clues of the ship's fate.

Irish Identity

Nick Mazzei, fromer British soldier and Irish citizen, Emma de Souza, Derry-woman and immigration and citizens' rights campaigner, Patricia McBride, lawyer and political commentator, discuss Irish identity.

Oberstown Parent Mentoring

Anne Conroy, Le Chéile Mentoring, and Rita McInerney, Volunteer Parent Mentor, discuss Le Chéile Mentoring, a mentoring scheme for parents of children detained in Oberstown.

Keith Byrne Deportation

Keith Byrne, Irish man facing deportation from the US, and Joe Hohenstein, member of Keith's legal team and Philadelphia State Representative, talk about Keith's legal battle.

Tuesday 6th August

Drivetime Archives Series: We Shall Overcome

Tom Donnelly, RTÉ Producer, explores the origins of 'The Troubles'.

Portobello Evictions

Drivetime's John Cooke speaks to Portobello residents who are facing eviction from their homes in the Dublin 8 area.

Dublin Horse Show

Suzanne Campbell reports from the Dublin Horse Show.

Cistercian Monastery

John McCullen, farm owner, and Dr Matthew Stout, archaeologist, talk to Mary about the remains of a 13th century Cistercian monastery that have been discovered on a farm in Co. Meath.

CervicalCheck Rapid Review

Drivetime's Barry Lenihan reports from the launch of the rapid review on the CervicalCheck controversy. And Alan Kelly, Labour Party Health Spokeperson, and Lorraine Walsh, patient representative, speak to Mary about the review.

Monday 5th August

Rubber Bullets

Colm Flynn talks to Richard Moore, a man who was shot with a rubber bullet during the Troubles and blinded for life, and to Charles Innes, the soldier who shot him, about how their friendship formed.

Marie Keating Foundation

Sean O'Sullivan, melanoma cancer survivor and author of 'Mindful Musings: on Living with Stage Four Cancer and Winning', and Helen Forristal, Director of Nursing with The Marie Keating Foundation, discuss Marie Keating Foundation's launch of a website resource offering information and advice for cancer survivors in Ireland, surviveandthrive.ie.

Drones and Archaeology

Lorna Siggins reports from Galway on how drones are transforming the work of archaeologists across the Irish landscape.

Lisa Smith

Norma Costello, freelance journalist, reports on Lisa Smith's formal request to return home.

Wednesday 31st July

Treasure Island: The hunt for the Falcon Blanco

Drivetime's Philip Boucher-Hayes continues his series on the real life search for the wreck of a Spanish Armada galleon and its treasure.

Bord na Móna Longford

Micheál Carrigy, FG Councillor for Longford, talks about the future for Bord na Móna workers in the midlands.

Disability & Workplace

Emily Logan, Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, reacts to the news that the Supreme Court has ruled that the case of a woman who was refused permission to return to work after being paralysed from the waist down should be sent back to the Labour Court for reconsideration.

Pet Farm Insurance

Denise Kelly, Former Owner of Kiltimagh Pet Farm in Mayo, and Owen O'Reilly, Rancho Reilly Pet Farm in Carlow, speak to Mary how difficult it is to get insurance for pet farm businesses.

Tusla and Childcare Facilities

Dr. Mary Moloney, Early Childhood Education, Mary Immaculate College, talks to Mary about the evidence that Tusla and the Department of Children gave to an Oireachtas Committee about the Hide & Seek creche investigation.

Biodiversity Policies

Drivetime's Fergal Keane speaks to Ruairy Ó Dualing, the Senior Parks Superintendent for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, about how they have changed their biodiversity policies in the last year.

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Programme Highlights

Treasure Island: Episode 4

Drivetime's Philip Boucher-Hayes retraces the footsteps of the Falcon Blanco's few survivors for clues of the ship's fate.

Drivetime Archives Series: We Shall Overcome

Tom Donnelly, RTÉ Producer, explores the origins of 'The Troubles'.

Keith Byrne Deportation

Keith Byrne, Irish man facing deportation from the US, and Joe Hohenstein, member of Keith's legal team and Philadelphia State Representative, talk about Keith's legal battle.



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