Wednesday 12th May

Dragonflies and damselflies

Collie Ennis, Research Associate in TCD Zoology & Science Office Herpetological, tells us about dragonflies and damselflies.

Families 'angered' by Johnson's Ballymurphy apology

Eileen McKeown, daughter of Joseph Corr, reacts to the apology of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the events in Ballymurphy in 1971.

Mental impact of moderating for Facebook

Isabella Plunkett, Facebook as a content moderator, and Cori Crider, Co Founder of Foxglove; on the mental health impact of content moderating.

Housing Crisis

Leilani Farha, Former UN Special Rapporteur, who condemned the role of investment funds in housing here -two years ago.

'The Irish position is based on international law' - Coveney

Simon Coveney, The Minister for Foreign Affairs, tells us if more can be done to avoid all out war between Israel and Palestine

Wedding reception marquee taken down after court order

Fergal Keane reports how a marquee that was erected for a wedding reception this evening has been dismantled by contractors after Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council was granted a court order for its removal.

Maternity Restrictions

Professor Fergal Malone, Master Rotunda Maternity Hospital, on why attendance at maternity appointments is still widely restricted across the country

Tuesday 11th May

Covid restrictions in maternity units

Krysia Lynch, Associations for Improvements in Maternity Services, on Covid restrictions in maternity units

Taoiseach calls on An Taisce to 'cease' its objection to Glanbia cheese plant

Dr Elaine McGoff, Natural Environment Officer, for An Taisce; and Mattie McGrath, Independent TD for Tipperary, on calls from Micheál Martin that An Taisce would not appeal a decision by the High Court to allow planning permission for a Glanbia cheese factory in south Kilkenny.

US authorises use of Pfizer jab for those aged 12-15

Dr. Beth Brint, Immunologist at UCC, discusses how US regulators have authorised Pfizer and BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine for use in children as young as 12.

Family reaction to Ballymurphy inquest findings

Janet Donnelly, daughter of Joseph Murphy; and Eileen McKeown, daughter of Joseph Corr, give their reaction to the Ballymurphy inquest findings

No one to be denied access to birth data under new law

Aoife Grace Moore, Political Correspondent with The Irish Examiner; and Susan Lohan, Adoption Rights Alliance, on legislation introduced to allow adopted people to access their birth certificates and other early life information.

Up to €40m available for summer programmes for schools

Josepha Madigan, Minister of State at the Department of Education, on the Summer education programme expansion and coalition tension about the housing crisis.

Ten killed at Ballymurphy 'entirely innocent' - inquest

Suzanne Breen, Political Editor of the Belfast Telegraph; and John Finucane, son of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane, Sinn Fein MP for North Belfast, react to the coroner findings that all of the ten people who were shot and killed in Ballymurphy in west Belfast almost 50 years ago were 'entirely innocent' and that their deaths were unjustified.

Foreign investment funds become a major headache for Govt

Fergal Keane reports that foreign investment funds have become a major political headache for the Govt.

Monday 10th May

Gang member jailed for laundering over €750,000

Paul Reynolds, Crime Correspondent, reports that a criminal gang member has been jailed today for laundering over €750,000 of organised crime money using 27 bank accounts and five fake companies.

Ireland's shortage of acute mental health beds

Dr Anne Doherty, IHCA member and Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at the Mater Hospital, on Ireland's shortage of acute mental health beds

In-person viewings return for prospective home buyers

Fergal Keane meets one estate agent at a house viewing and hears what she and her clients have to say about the housing market.

Possible amnesty for British soldiers who served in NI

Johnny Mercer, Conservative MP; and Claire Hanna, SDLP MP for South Belfast, discuss a possible amnesty for British soldiers who served in Northern Ireland

Google Maps upgrade to show more eco-friendly routes

Martin Fitzpatrick, Principal EHO Dublin City Council, tells us about Google's Air View car which will monitor air quality in Dublin city

The role of women in the Catholic Church

Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick; and Rose O'Connor, Chair of the Limerick Diocese Women in Leadership Working Group, discuss a report which says the Catholic Church needs to radically rethink the role of women

Museums reopen today, cinemas might be back in June

Catherine Martin - Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, on today's reopening, the mixed messages from Gov on 'antigen tests' and the growing unease regarding the housing crisis.

Has your smartphone turned you into a human snail?

Pauline Garvey, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Maynooth University, says we're retreating 'home' into our phones more and more - even while sitting in our physical homes

Coillte increase surveillance in illegal dumping blackspots

Mick Power, Coillte's National Estates Manager, tells us why Coillte has had to increase its surveillance of forests by using remote cameras to monitor illegal dumping activity and to help seek prosecutions.

Non-essential retail outlets open their doors to customers again

After almost five months in a lockdown non-essential retail returns - Della Kilroy hears from eager shoppers

Tourism Industry calls for a bank holiday in September

Eoghan O'Mara Walsh, CEO Irish Tourism Industry Confederation, urges the government to introduce a one-off bank holiday this September.

Friday 7th May

Vuture Funds

John Moran, Former secretary general of the Department of Finance, gives his verdict on whether vulture funds are essential to Ireland's property market.

Legal reaction to an anonymous Twitter account

Niall Murphy, Lawyer with KRW Law, gives his reaction to Eoghan Harris' involvement with an anonymous Twitter account.

Antigen testing

Kingston Mills, Professor of Experimental Immunology at Trinity College Dublin; and Kevin Quinn, Head of Commercial & Marketing at Leinster Rugby Club, discuss antigen testing.

Should you be wary or relaxed about partners spending time with exes

Allison Keating, chartered psychologist, on if it is ok to be friends with your ex after you're married?

Gaeltacht courses cancelled for second year running

Éamon Ó Cuív, Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West, gives his reaction to Irish Language Summer Colleges being closed for a second year in a row

The number of people allowed on public transport increases from Monday

Anne Graham, NTA Chief Executive Officer, on the do's and don'ts of travel during Covid-19.

Lidl Covid Tests

John Cooke has been asking shoppers in Limerick for their views on €25 Covid Tests for Sale in Lidl

Eoghan Harris interview

Sarah McInerney spoke to journalist, Eoghan Harris, after his contract with the Sunday Independent was terminated, because of his involvement with an anonymous Twitter account.

Thursday 6th May

Why are violent thefts of bikes and e-scooters on the rise?

Maria Delaney, Journal.ie. and Zara Flynn, whose son was attacked and bike robbed, discuss the increase of bike and e-scooter thefts in Dublin

Can rapid Covid testing get students back to a real college experience?

John Cooke is on campus at the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology to find out if rapid Covid testing pave the way for a return to a real college experience?

Move from Stormont Agreement would be 'breach of trust'

As the Taoiseach warns London against a Unilateral amnesty over Troubles killings, we speak to the daughter of slain IRA man, Joe McCann.

Will the government act to stop investment funds buying up housing estates?

Seán Fleming, Minister of State at the Department of Finance, and Rory Hearne, Assistant Professor Social Policy Maynooth University, on how quickly can the government deal with the issue of investors snapping up housing estates built for home-buyers?

Irish athletes to be vaccinated ahead of Olympics

Della Kilroy reports that athletes and their support teams will get the Pfizer jab thanks to a new agreement between the pharmaceutical company and the International Olympic Committee.

Reports of UK plan to ban Troubles-era prosecutions

Brendan Boyle, US Congressman, on a possible ban on prosecution of ex British Soldiers in Northern Ireland

Children eating more junk food since pandemic began - study

Joana De Silva, Safefood chief specialist in nutrition, tells us that 50% of children are eating more junk food since the pandemic began .

IPHA urges Govt to oppose vaccine patent waiver

Oliver O'Connor, Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association's Chief Executive, responds to the US government's support of a proposed waiver of patents on Covid vaccines.

Wednesday 5th May

New vision to reshape Galway City and its Harbour

John Cooke has been to the historic docklands of the City of the Tribes to find out more about the Galway Harbour Project

Swifts, swallows and martins

Collie Ennis, Trinity Zoologist and host of The Critter Shed podcast, looks at our new arrivals from Africa: swifts, swallows, and martins.

Growing amount women treated for severe alcoholic liver disease

Dr. Orla Crosbie, works as a consultant hepatologist at Cork University Hospital, tells us that a growing number of young women are being treated for severe alcoholic liver disease

Should 16 year olds get the vote?

Saoirse Exton, Transition Year Student and Equality Officer with the Irish Secondary Students Union; Noel Howard, Social Care Ireland; and Thomas Pringle, Independent TD for Donegal, on calls to make the voting age 16.

Younger people in nursing homes 'shameful' - Minister

Anne Rabbitte, The Minister of State with responsibility for disability, says the situation where people with a disability under the age of 65 had no option but to live in nursing homes due to a lack of State support is shameful.

Pleas made to be exempted from mandatory hotel quarantine

Lisa Tierney Keogh, is flying to the USA next month for vital surgery for painful and debilitating Endometriosis, pleads to be exempted from mandatory hotel quarantine after her return.

Pledges made to deal with investment fund situation

Pearse Doherty, Sinn Féin Finance Spokersperson; and Mary Fitzpatrick, Fianna Fáil Senator and member of the Oireachtas housing committee, on investment funds buying housing estates built for home-buyers.

Could an album of Lego sounds be the surprise chart hit of the summer?

Dr. Enda Bates, Music & Media Technologies, at the School of Engineering in Trinity, tells us if an album of Lego sounds be the surprise chart hit of the summer?

Temple Bar businesses plan for up to 3,000 outdoor diners this summer

Della Kilroy reports how almost 3,000 diners could be seated outside restaurants, cafes and pubs in Dublin's Temple Bar when pandemic restrictions ease in June.

Tuesday 4th May

Young women least likely to accept Covid-19 vaccine

Dr. Jane Walsh, senior lecturer in psychology in NUI Galway, tells us why women aged under 30 are less likely to accept a Covid-19 vaccine.

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