Friday 20th September

Fake History

Myles Dungan examines the origins of rugby in this week's Fake History.

Climate Change and the Oceans

Callum Roberts, Chief Advisor to BBC's Blue Planet, speaks to Mary about the impact climate change is having on our oceans.


Rose Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary-General of NATO and former Undersecretary of State for Arms Control for Obama administration, talks to Mary about NATO and her role as Deputy Secretary General.

Kevin Lunney Attack

Drivetime's John Cooke reports from Derrylin at a walk of solidarity being held for Kevin Lunney, and Fr Gerry Comiskey, parish priest, and journalist Dearbhail McDonald, react to the attacks.

Travel Website Investigation

Fionn Davenport, travel writer, talks about an investigation carried out by the UK Competitions and Markets Authority into several travel websites about misleading information.

Thursday 19th September

Consent Workshop

Drivetime's Della Kilroy visits a secondary school running a workshop on sexual consent.


Martina Villa, Communication Executive with Doctors of the World, and Emmanuelle Schon Quinlivan, Lecturer in European Politics in UCC, discuss the evictions of refugees from Calais and Dunkirk.

Direct Provision

Michael Harty, Independent TD, speaks to Mary about the direct provision model in Ireland.

Beef Dispute

Darragh McCullough, agriculture journalist, reports on the ongoing beef dispute.

Brexit Negotiations

Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, and Ben Lowry, Newsletter Deputy Editor, report on the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

Abortion Protest

Dr Cliona Loughnane, Health Co-ordinator with the National Women's Council of Ireland and spokesperson for the Abortion Working Group, talks to Mary about an anti-abortion protest that is planned to take place outside the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin and the need for the introduction of safety zone legislation.

Art on the Lusitania

Drivetime's Fergal Keane reports on the lost artworks on the wreck of the Lusitania.

Tuesday 17th September


Eoin O' Broin, Sinn Fein's Housing Spokesperson, talks to Mary about why Bartra Capital has been refused planning permission for a seven storey 102 bed-space build-to-rent shared living residential development in Rathmines.

Ploughing Championship

Suzanne Campbell reports from the ploughing championship.

GoSafe van

Brendan Carr, SIPTU organiser, talks to Mary about why GoSafe employees are threatening the company with industrial action.

Tom McFeely and Priory Hall

Tom Lyons, financial journalist with The Currency, discusses the controversy that surrounded the Priory Hall development and, Tom McFeely, the original developer of Priory Hall.

Public Services Card Report

Drivetime's Fergal Keane reports on the publication of the public services card report, and Regina Doherty, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, talks to Mary about the findings of the report.

UK Parliament Suspension

Lord Jonathan Sumption, author of 'Trials of the State: Law and the Decline of Politics' and former member of the UK Supreme Court, talks to Mary about the prorogation of the UK parliament.

Beef Dispute

Drivetime's John Cooke reports from the ploughing championships on the ongoing dispute between beef farmers and beef processors.

Religion in Schools

Ciara Roosli, parent in Tramore, and Michael Nugent, Chairperson of Atheist Ireland, speak about religious education in schools and the parent's right to opt-out their children from religion classes.

Monday 16th September

Bluebell at the National Concert Hall

Della Kilroy hears from a Dublin breakfast club getting set to perform their own compositions with RTÉ's National Symphony Orchestra.


Lorna Siggins reports from Oughterard where protests against a direct provision centre continue.

Child Protection

Professor Geoffrey Shannon, child law expert, speaks to Mary about the new multi-agency pilot project launched for child victims of sexual abuse.

Boris in Luxembourg

Joe Barnes, Brussels Correspondent at the Daily Express, reports on Prime Minister Boris Johnson's trip to Luxembourg, and Alastair Campbell, former advisor to Tony Blair, talks about his negotiations with Brussels.

Beef Talks

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on why beef protesters are continuing to protest after there was an agreement reached between the meat producers and processors which was backed by the major farming groups.

HIV Stigma

Dr. Aisling Loy, Consultant in Sexual Health and HIV at the Guide Clinic in St James' Hospital, talks to Mary about the stigma that people face when they are diagnosed with HIV.

Friday 13th September

Fake History

In this week's Fake History column, Myles Dungan asks, is there really anything to fear from Friday the Thirteenth?

Unpaid Interns

Catherine Murphy, Social Democrats co-leader, discusses research that her party conducted into unpaid internships in government departments.


Drivetime's Barry Lenihan reports on remarks made by Galway West Deputy Noel Grealish about asylum seekers on at a public meeting in Oughterard, and Fiona O'Reilly, CEO of Safetynet, talks to Mary about the asylum process in Ireland.

Thursday 12th September

Operation Yellowhammer

Stephen Kelly, Manufacturing NI, and Patricia McBride, lawyer, discuss the Operation Yellowhammer document and the implications of a no-deal Brexit to Northern Ireland.

Bernard Shaw Closure

Liam Geraghty speaks to people in Dublin City Centre about the closure of the George Bernard Shaw pub, and Mannix Flynn, Independent Councillor and Emmet Condon, Dublin 8 Resident and founder of HomeBeat, discuss the reasons why this pub is closing and the impact it will have on the local area and Dublin's artistic scene.


Mike McCartney reports from a meeting about the plans for a direct provision centre in Oughterard, and Sean Kyne TD, Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands, discusses why there has been local objection to the plans.

Public Services Card

Drivetime's Barry Lenihan reports on the ongoing controversy about the public service card.

Fine Gael Think-in

Eoghan Murphy, Housing Minister, talks to Mary from the Fine Gael think-in about the parties' future plans for housing.

Affordable Housing at O'Devaney Gardens Development

Eilis Ryan, member of the worker's party, discusses the O'Devaney Gardens regeneration project.

Wednesday 11th September

Westminster Update

Drew Hendry, MP, and George Parker, Financial Times Political Editor, discuss the suspension of the UK parliament.

Pensions for Women

Jill Kerby, personal finance columnist with The Sunday Business Post and co-author of The TAB Guide to Money Pensions & Tax, and Karen O'Reilly CEO of Employmum, a flexible recruitment agency, discuss the pension gender pay gap.

Tuam Babies report

Katherine Zappone, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, talks to Mary about a new report on the Tuam babies.

Beef Updates

Jim Power, economist, speaks to Mary about the dispute between beef farmers and meat industry Ireland, and Drivetime's John Cooke, reports on the ongoing beef protests.

Tuesday 10th September

Guantanamo Bay Prisoners

Josh Glancy, Washington Bureau Chief with The Sunday Times, talks to Mary about the Guantanamo Bay prisoners who are charged with facilitating the 9/11 attacks.


Catherine Byrne, Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy, discusses the launch of a new vaccine alliance.

Children Online

John Wills, Pyschologist and School Training Officer from schoolsupports.com, examines the new statistics from Cyber Safe Ireland that have revealed how much time children are spending online.

Cost Rental Homes

Drivetime's Fergal Keane reports on the launch of a new cost rental scheme in Dublin.

Cocaine Surge

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on the surge in problematic cocaine use among teenagers, and Dr Chris Luke, Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Public Health in UCC, talks to Mary about the increase in cocaine use in Ireland.

Derry Trouble

Leona O'Neill, journalist with the Belfast Telegraph, reports on recent violent outbreaks in Derry.

CervicalCheck Patients

Lorraine Walsh, representative of the 221+ CervicalCheck patient support group, speaks to Mary about the review into the Cervical Check screening programme.

Monday 9th September

Yoko Ono and John Lennon in 1969

Kate O'Malley, Historian at the Royal Irish Academy, talks to Mary about Yoko Ono and John Lennon's political legacy.

Beef Dispute

Dermot O'Brien, representative of the Beef Plan Movement, discusses the dispute between beef farmers and the Meat Industry.

Defective Apartments

Drivetime's Barry Lenihan on reports of defective apartments in Dublin, Kildare and Clare.

School Secretaries Strike

Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education, talks to Mary about why school secretaries are going to strike.

Citizenship Case

Emma De Souza, Derry woman and Citizens' rights campaigner,discusses her legal battle with the UK home office over her right to Irish citizenship.

Friday 6th September

Charles Stewart Parnell

Dr Conor Mulvagh, UCD Lecturer in Irish History, talks to Sarah about the recent exploitation of Charles Stewart Parnell's legacy.

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Programme Highlights

Dominic Cummings Profile

Anushka Asthana, Host of the Today in Focus, Guardian podcast, talks about Dominic Cumming's personality and political strategy.

Yoko Ono and John Lennon in 1969

Kate O'Malley, Historian at the Royal Irish Academy, talks to Mary about Yoko Ono and John Lennon's political legacy.

Defective Apartments

Drivetime's Barry Lenihan on reports of defective apartments in Dublin, Kildare and Clare.



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