Wednesday 5th August

What is Galway 2020 funding being spent on?

Lorna Siggins reports on concerns that many in the west have in relation to spending on Galway 2020's suspended European Capital of Culture project.

Court settlement for boy accused of stealing

Marie Hanlon, mother of Luke Hanlon, joins the programme to discuss a €20,000 that was reached following her son being accused of stealing from his teachers in St Joseph's National School in Borris-in-Ossory, Co. Laois.

Exhecquer figures reveal the extent of Covid-19's impact upon economy

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe discusses the latest exchequer figures that have revealed that the Covid-19 pandemic has left an €8.3 billion hole in the public finances.

Job losses at Bank of Ireland

Róisín Shortall TD and Co-Leader of the Social Democrats joins the programme to react to the announcement by Bank of Ireland that they are reducing their workforce by 1400.

Fears over the future of the Irish Pub

John Cooke gets reaction from people in Clare and Limerick following the Government's decision not to pursue with Phase 4 Covid-19 reopening plans.

Fears for GAA Inter-County Teams

Barry Lenihan reports amid fears some counties won't field inter-county teams in the senior GAA championships due to coronavirus related financial pressures.

John Hume Funeral

Phillip Boucher Hayes reports from Derry from the funeral of former SDLP leader and Nobel Laureate John Hume.

Tuesday 4th August

What is a 'Staycation'?

Liam Geraghty looks into what exactly a 'staycation' is with debates around the world ongoing in relation to what the word actually means.

Dana remembers the late John Hume

Former MEP and Derry native Dana Rosemary Scallon joins the programme to discuss the impact he had on her life and how she will remember him.

Fears for the future of Athlone Hospice

John Cooke reports on concerns that locals in the midlands have in relation to the Midlands and the South Westmeath Hospice as a meeting to discuss the transfer of palliative care services in the area is due to take place this week.

Can children with special needs return to the classroom?

Josepha Madigan, Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion is on the line to discuss what extra supports will be provided to students around the country with additional needs as they prepare to return to school.

German children return to school

Derek Scally, Berlin Correspondent with the Irish Times outlines how some students in Germany have returned to education, despite Covid-19 cases rising in the country.

Phase four reopening of the country

Philip Boucher-Hayes is joined by Philip Ryan, Deputy Political Editor with Independent Newspapers. Eoghan Corry, Editor of Travel Extra, Former Kerry Footballer Pat Spillane, Incoming President of the VFI Paul Moynihan and Wedding Planner Tara Faye to look at how phase 4 reopening of the country might work.

Powering the Afghanistan Heroin Industry - Extended Version

David Mansfield is the author of A State Built on Sand: How opium undermined Afghanistan, speaks to Philip Boucher-Hayes about how cheaper solar panel technology has revolutionised the heroin industry.

Monday 3rd August

President Bill Clinton Pays Tribute to John Hume

President Bill Clinton pays tribute to John Hume, co-founder of the SDLP and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Covid-19 Second Wave

Dr. Margaret Harris, Spokesperson for the WHO, talks to Philip about the increase of Covid-19 in Ireland.

John Hume

Eamon Mallie, Journalist, and Bobby McDonagh the Former Irish Ambassador to the EU, UK and Italy, discuss the life and career of John Hume, co-founder of the SDLP.

Olivia's Column

In her column this week, Olivia O'Leary remembers John Hume.

John Hume Reaction

Eamon McCann, Journalist and commentator, speaks to Philip about the life and career of John Hume, co-founder of the SDLP.

Friday 31st July

Air Ambulance

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on the Irish Community Rapid Response Helicopter.

Nursing Homes Report - Reaction

Tadgh Daly, Nursing Homes Ireland, and Ronan Collins, Geriatrician, discuss the government's Interim Report on Covid 19 in Nursing Homes.

Shelbourne Hotel Statues

Kyle Leyden, Art Historian and associate Lecturer, University of London, speaks to Philip about new evidence that shows that none of the four statues depicted enslaved women.

Climate Case

George Lee, RTÉ Environment and Science Correspondent, Dr Aine Ryall, Co-Director, Centre for Law and the Environment at UCC, and Denis Van Berkell, legal counsel to Urgenda, discuss the Supreme Court's decision to quash the Government's National Mitigation Plan.

Nursing Homes Report

Michael McNamara, Chair of The Special Committee on Covid-19 Response, talks to Philip about the Interim Report on Covid 19 in Nursing Homes.

Thursday 30th July

Cahersiveen Hunger Strike Ends

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on the news that hunger striking asylum seekers living at a direct provision centre in Co. Kerry are to be moved to alternative accommodation.

PUP and Travel

Drivetime's Barry Lenihan reports on the ongoing controversy surrounding the Pandemic Unemployment Payment and travel.

PUP and Data Breaches

TJ McIntrye, Associate Professor in UCD and practicing solicitor, Louise O'Reilly, Sinn Féin Enterprise Spokeswoman and TD for Dublin Fingal, discuss the Data Protection Commissioner's criticism of the government over the collection and processing of personal data in relation to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

Bull Transport to Libya

Caroline Rowley, Founder of Ethical Farming Ireland, and Eddie Punch, General Secretary of the ICSA, discusses the export of live bulls to Libya.

Covid-19 Testing and Children

Louise Bayliss, spokesperson of Single Parents Acting for the Rights of Kids, and Campaign Coordinator with Focus Ireland, and Maitiu O Tuathail, GP, discuss guidance for parents about Covid-19 testing of children.

Asylum Seekers and Driving Permits

Sinéad Gibney, Chief Commissioner for Human Rights & Equality in Ireland, talks to Philip about a Circuit Court judge that ruled that a ban on issuing learner driver permits to asylum seekers does not amount to racial discrimination.

Wednesday 29th July

Drinking at bar counter

Pub owners Michael O'Donovan and Tom Dunbar discuss whether drinking at the bar counter will return any time soon

Tampax ad censured

Orla Twomey of the ASAI and Alexandra Ryan of Goss Media discuss the censuring of a Tampax ad

Taking time off to care for sick children

Employment Law specialist Julie Galbraith and Dr Gary Stack discuss the regulations for those needing to take time off work to care for sick children

Visiting nursing homes

Mary Butler TD outlines the new guidelines on visiting nursing homes

PUP Payment and Trips Abroad

Barry Lenihan, Professor of Law David Kenny and Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane on the Government u-turn on docking pay for Pandemic Payment recipients travelling abroad.

Tuesday 28th July

Residential Tenancies and Valuations Bill

Drivetime's Fergal Keane reports on the controversy surrounding Residential Tenancies and Valuations Bill.

Australia's Second Wave

Josh Taylor, The Guardian in Melbourne, talks to Philip about the increase of new Covid-19 cases in Australia.

Cahirciveen Direct Provision

Drivetime's John Cooke reports from Cahirciveen where residents of the direct provision centre in the Skellig Star Hotel are on hunger strike.

Ministerial Pay

Drivetime's Barry Lenihan reports on the controversy surrounding ministerial pay.

Monday 27th July

Creche Closures

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on the closures of creches during the pandemic.

Social Welfare and Travel

Patrick Costello, Green Party TD for Dublin South Central, and Cormac Devlin, Fianna Fáil TD for Dun Laoghaire, discuss the news that people who receive the Jobseekers Allowance and the Pandemic Unemployment Payment will not be able to travel abroad.

Schools Reopening

Drivetime's Fergal Keane reports from Gaelscoil na Fuinseoige on the reopening of primary schools, and Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner political editor, and Aaron Woulfe secondary school principal Cork city, discuss the government's plan for the reopening of schools.

Friday 24th July

Turbot Island

Lorna Siggins reports on the re-population of Turbot Island.

Dean Rock Free Taking Project

Drivetime's Barry Lenihan reports on the controversy about Dean Rock's new business venture.

Covid-19 and Vulnerable Children

Professor Susan Smith, GP in Dublin 8, talks to Philip about how COVID-19 is compounding an unfair system for disadvantaged children who need disability assessments.

Human Trafficking

Professor Siobhán Mullally, UN Special Rapporteur on human trafficking and Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUIG, speaks to Philip about the failures of the Irish State to eliminate human trafficking in Ireland.

Schools Reopening

Kieran Christie, ASTI General Secretary, Anne Looney, Executive Dean in DCU Institute of Education and former Chief Executive of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment in Ireland, discuss the reopening of schools in August.

Thursday 23rd July

July Stimulus Package

Michael McGrath, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, talks to Philip about the Government's July Stimulus Package.

Stimulus Package - Sector Reaction

Lisa Eccles, vice President, Irish Hairdressers Federation, and David Russell, representative of English Language schools and Chair of Progressive College Network, discuss the Government's July Stimulus Package.

Stimulus Package - Political Reaction

Louise O'Reilly, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Enterprise and Employment, speaks to Philip about the Government's July stimulus package.

July Stimulus Package - Explained

Drivetime's Barry Lenihan reports on annoucement of the Government's July Stimulus Package.

Covid on Construction Sites

Sam McConkey, Infectious Disease Specialist and Head of the Department of International Health and Tropical Medicine at RCSI, talks to Philip about the temporary closure of construction sites due to Covid-19.

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Programme Highlights

Love and Relationships Ep3

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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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