Tuesday 22nd May

Leaders' Questions

In the Dail this afternoon some of the party leaders took one of the last opportunities to raise Friday's referendum on the 8th Amendment, but there have been complaints as well about the electoral register and recent additions to it. Fergal Keane had this report.

Jastine Valdez Reaction

As investigations continue into the death of Jastine Valdez and the man suspected of abducting and murdering her Mark Hennessy, Wicklow locals are still in shock following the events of the weekend, while the Filipino Community in Ireland is mourning the loss of 'one of their own' as funds are raised to support the Valdez Family.

Record Numbers of Commuters in Dublin

New figures show record numbers of commuters in Dublin. The number of commuter journeys into Dublin City Centre with public transport has risen above 50% for the first time. Anne Graham, CEO of the NTA spoke to Drivetime.

Manchester Attack Anniversary

At one minute past half past ten tonight, bells will ring out across the city of Manchester to mark the exact time one year ago when a bomb exploded at an Ariana Grande concert in the iconic Manchester Arena. 22 people lost their lives in the attack by suicide bomber, Salman Abedi.

Jastine Valdez Search

A post-mortem was due to be carried out today on the body of Jastine Valdez. The 24 year old Filipina was attacked and bundled into a car as she was returning home to Enniskerry on Saturday evening. John Mooney, of the times.ie and Sunday Times spoke to Drivetime.

Monday 21st May

Dublin Bus

More than 70 representatives from the Transport sector gathered at Dublin's Mansion House today for a round-table discussion on how to improve the industry. Demort O'Leary is the General Secretary of the National Bus and Rail Union spoke to Drivetime this evening.

Mental Health Referendum Debate

At what point, if any, should mental health be grounds for abortion? Dr Anne Doherty, Consultant Psychiatrist, University Hospital Galway and Professor Veronica O'Keane, Consultant Psychiatrist, Tallaght Hospital debated the issue ahead of the referendum on Friday.

Body Found

Gardai searching for twenty four year old, Jastine Valdez have discovered a body. Ms Valdez was abducted in County Wicklow on Saturday evening. The following day, Gardai searching for her, confronted and shot a man, who later died. Reporter with the Star, Paul Healy and RTÉ's John Cooke spoke to Drivetime.

Hospital Records GDPR

A special investigation of Irish hospitals has identified a catalogue of concerns about the way that sensitive patient information is handled. The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner today published a report identifying 14 problems and it makes recommendations for how things could be improved.

Jastine Valdez Search

Gardai searching for twenty four year old Jastine Valdez who was abducted in County Wicklow on Saturday evening have discovered a body. RTÉ Crime Correspondent, Paul Reynolds had the latest.

Friday 18th May

Abortion Stories #16 Marian

Marian took an abortion pill and felt she was unable to consult her 'pro-life' GP when there were complications

Royal Wedding

This time tomorrow, the reception will be in full swing and the British Royal Family will have a new in-law in the fold. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry tomorrow at noon in Windsor. Graham Smith of the anti-monarchy group, Republic, in Britain spoke to Drivetime.

Disclosures Tribunal

The former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has told the Disclosures Tribunal that his disgusting comment made at the Dáil Public Accounts committee in January 2014 had been isolated and misconstrued. Our reporter Sinead Morris had this report.

Santa Fe Shooting

Details are continuing to emerge from Sante Fe in Texas where a shooting at a school has left several people dead this afternoon.

Regional Papers

Dave O'Connell joined Mary Wilson from our Galway studio to take us through the stories making the news in the regional papers this week.

Venezuela Election

The economy of the oil rich country Venezuela is in serious trouble, annual inflation is close to an eye-watering 14 thousand percent and over 1,000,000 people have left the country in the past few years. On Sunday, the country goes to the polls, and the BBC's Katy Watson spoke to Drivetime.

Lucan Murder

Gardaí are appealing for anyone that may have any information about the death of the 14-year-old Anastasia Kriegel to contact them. A murder investigation is under way after the girl's body was found in a disused farmhouse in Dublin yesterday afternoon. Cormac O'Keefe, Crime Correspondent with The Irish Examiner spoke to Drivetime.

Thursday 17th May

Aidan McAnespie

Barry Lenihan reports on a fresh development in the Aidan McAnespie case- with news some of his body parts which had been missing, have now been 'disposed of' by authorities.

Wednesday 16th May

Abortion stories # 15 'John'

John is angry about the risk he feels the eighth amendment placed on his wife's health

eMental Health

How can technology help fill the gaps in our mental health care services? That's the subject of a new report published today by Mental Health Reform. Della Kilroy had this report.

M50 Traffic

Dublin's M50 is facing 'intolerable congestion' unless something changes soon that was the stark warning heard this morning by the Oireachtas Transport Committee. Sean O'Neill, of Transport Infrastructrue Ireland spoke to Drivetime.

Medical Negligence

One of the pledges made to the women affected by the Cervical Check scandal in recent days was that no other woman would have to go through the court battle endured by Vicky Phelan. Karen Carney who is a Partner with the Medical Negligence department in Cantillon Solicitors in Cork spoke to Drivetime.

Would You Believe?

Tomorrow night, RTE One will screen a Would You Believe? Special on the referendum - entitled 'An Irish Solution'. The film includes several elements filmed in Norway, which has had legal abortion for 50 years. Reporter, Mick Peelo, joined Mary Wilson to tell us more.

Health Committee on Cervical Check

The Top Official at the Department of Health has defended the decision not to inform any Minister about delays in telling women the results of cervical cancer screening audits. The HSE's new Boss also says he's sorry for the alarm and confusion created by the controversy. Barry Lenihan had this report.

Tuesday 15th May

Free GP Care for Under 6s

It's almost three years since the free GP care scheme for children under-six was rolled out. And it supports the concerns raised by doctors about providing the free service.

Taste the Atlantic

Suzanne Campbell reports on a project to promote seafood businesses in the west of Ireland

UN condemns Israeli violence in Gaza

'An Eye for an Eyelash' is how Michael Lynk, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory described yesterday's violence in Gaza, where Israeli snipers killed some 60 Palestinian protesters. Middle East Analyst, Hazhir Timourian spoke to Drivetime.

HSE Board

In the wake of the Cervical Check scandal, there is renewed commitment to an overhaul of the Health Service Executive. Martin Wall who is Industry Correspondent with The Irish Times and by Dr Michael Harty, Independent TD, and a GP from County Clare spoke to Drivetime.

David Drumm Trial

The trial of former Anglo Irish Bank CEO David Drumm comes almost ten years after the Irish Government made guarantees to the Irish banks, Anglo included. Courts Reporter Sarah Jane Murphy has been following proceedings and she spoke to Drivetime.

Tension in Gaza

Another Palestinian has been killed by Israeli forces, near the Gaza border, where yesterday, Israeli snipers and tear gas killed some 60 people. Thousands are attending the funerals of those victims, who include an 8 month old baby, choked by tear gas. Richard Downes had this report.

Leaders Questions

The government is shortly to publish a series of documents from the Department of Health to show how the Cervical Smear scandal was dealt with in recent years. Fergal Keane had this report.

Monday 14th May

Cervical Check Scandal

We are now entering week 3 of the Cervical Check controversy and while the Scally review is underway to determine the scope of the inquiry, over the weekend, another family came forward. Paul Reck, the husband of Catherine Reck spoke of his wife's delayed diagnosis as the result of an incorrect smear test in 2010.

Disclosures Tribunal

The former head of the Garda Press Office said today that he was ordered by former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan to tell journalists that whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe had previously been the subject of a sex abuse allegation, and that he was motivated by 'revenge' against the force.


Tanáiste Simon Coveney has said that the credibility of Britain's promise to avoid a hard border will be under pressure unless there is real progress on agreeing the Irish backstop by the end of June. Dr Brian Keegan, Director of Public Policy & Taxation, with Chartered Accountants Ireland spoke to Drivetime

Plane Crash

Air accident officials are investigating a light aircraft crash in County Offaly that claimed the lives of the pilot and a seven-year-old boy. Gardai have confirmed that the father of the child was one of the 16 parachutists who had jumped from the plane earlier. Our Midlands Correspondent Ciaran Mullooly was at the scene.

US Embassy in Jerusalem

Over 40 Palestinians have been killed, and some 900 injured, at the border between Gaza and Israel. Tensions have flared, as events take place, marking the 70th anniversary of foundation of the state of the Israel, including the opening of America's new embassy in the contested city of Jerusalem.

Friday 11th May

Disclosures Tribunal

The week gone by at the Disclosures Tribunal has centred on the phones, laptops and Garda IT systems in use at various times by two previous Garda Commissioners and the former head of the Garda Press Office, Superintendent Dave Taylor. Our Reporter, Sandra Hurley had this report.

Paschal Donohue on the Cervical Check Scandal

The Government announced a package of measures for the 209 victims involved in the Cervical Check Scandal. The Taoiseach restated the government's apology to the women involved, and admitted that the system has let them down. For more on this, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe spoke to Drivetime.

Regional Papers

Dave O'Connell, Editor of the Connacht Tribune joined Drivetime from our Galway studio to take us through the stories making the news in the regional papers.

House Prices

The Governor of the Central Bank, Philip Lane, yesterday told the Oireachtas Finance Committee that there is a 'material risk' that house prices could fall over the next two to three years. Karl Deeter of Irish Mortgage Brokers spoke to Drivetime this evening.

Cervical Check Scandal

The Cabinet has been meeting to discuss how best to help the 209 victims of the Cervical Check controversy. Barry Lenihan had this report.

Thursday 10th May

Abortion stories # 14 'Emily'

Emily took an abortion pill to avoid risk to her precarious mental health.

Apple Athenry

Technology giant, Apple, announced today that it will not be building a planned data centre in Athenry due to long running delays in the planning process that are still before the courts. John Cooke has been speaking to people in Athenry this evening.

Ulster Bank

Ulster Bank has confirmed it will sell 6,500 owner occupied and buy to let mortgages in arrears. On average the loans are more than three years in arrears, almost half of them are owner occupier. Ian Guider, Markets Editor with The Sunday Business Post spoke to Drivetime.

Cervical Check Scandal

The story of the Cervical Check scandal is the story of women losing their lives and being lost to the people who love them. Fianna Fail TD, Marc MacSharry and Brenda Power, Columnist with The Irish Daily Mail and Sunday Times newspapers discussed this with Drivetime.

Iran, Israel, Syria

Tensions are rising in the Golan Heights - the disputed territory between Israel and Syria, where some 140 Irish and a thousand other UN peace-keepers are stationed. Overnight, 20 rockets were fired at Israeli positions in the Golan. Middle East correspondent of the Telegraph, Raf Sanchez spoke to Drivetime.

Cervical Cancer Scandal

Emma Mhic Mhathuna is a 37 year-old mother of five living in County Kerry. Last week she learned how was one of the women who were wrongly told their smear tests were clear, but later diagnosed with cancer. She now has cancer again but this time its terminal. Barry Lenihan had this report.

Wednesday 9th May

Abortion stories # 13 'Linda'

Linda told Philip Boucher-Hayes she was advised to get an abortion but her baby's fatal diagnosis changed.

Cervical Check

The HSE was a good concept but it's not working. That was the bottom line delivered today to the Oireachtas Health Committee by Minister Simon Harris, who said government policy was now to keep a leaner, central HSE while devolving more to regional structures. The Labour Party's Alan Kelly spoke to Drivetime this evening.

Ann Lovett & Granard

Our reporter John Cook has been to Granard to hear what locals in there have to say about the latest revelations in the Ann Lovett Case.

Garda Culture

The Policing Authority has been meeting to consider a recently published independent Culture Audit into An Garda Siochana. The audit found that many Gardai are afraid to speak up against alleged wrongdoing and don't hold senior management in high regard. The Chair of the Policing Authority Josephine Feehily spoke to Drivetime.

US Prisoners Released From North Korea

North Korea has freed three US citizens from prison, according to a tweet from US President Donald Trump. The move is viewed as goodwill gesture ahead of a historic summit between Mr Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un. Our Washington Correspondent Brian O'Donovan had the latest.

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Programme Highlights

Syrian Refugees

The war in Syria and the subsequent migrant crisis prompted Ireland to offer shelter to 4,000 people here under the Irish Refugee Protection Programme two years ago. John Cooke revisits residents of Ballaghaderreen's Emergency Reception Centre .

Hen and Stag Parties

Barry Lenihan reports on stag and hen parties in Carrick on Shannon

Hen and Stag Parties

Hen and Stag Parties in Carlingford Della Kilroy brought us this report



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