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Friday 23rd October

Mother and Baby Homes Bill

Noelle Brown, Actress and Adoption Rights Activist who was born in Bessborough Mother & Baby Home in Cork, Richard Boyd Barrett, People Before Profit TD for Dun Laoghaire, discuss the controversial Mother and Baby Homes Bill passed in the Seanad today.

Changing the Classics

Naomi McElroy, Irish Daily Star Entertainment Writer, talks to Cormac and Sarah about movie and TV adaptations of classic novels.

HIQA Nursing Home Report

Amanda Phelan, Professor in Ageing and Community Nursing in Trinity College, talks to Sarah about HIQA's report into 31 nursing homes in Ireland.

Dealgan House Nursing Home

Eoin Farrelly, Managing Director of Dealgan House, talks to Sarah about the HIQA inspection into Dealgan House nursing home in Co Louth.

Far Right in Ireland

Dr Natasha Dromey, specialist in international terrorism at UCC, talks to Sarah about the emergence of the far right in Ireland.

Thursday 22nd October

Nursing Homes: Reaction

Paraic McDonnchadha, son of resident in the Nightingale nursing home, and Mary Butler, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, discuss the Covid-19 outbreak in the Nightingale nursing home in Ahascragh.

Joyce Dead Hostel

Award-winning author Colm Toibin speaks to Cormac about the campaign to conserve the house at the centre of James Joyce's most famous short story 'The Dead'.

Nursing Home Covid-19 Outbreak

Denis Naughton, Independent TD for Roscommon Galway, and Tadhg Daly, Nursing Homes Ireland, speaks to Cormac about the outbreak of Covid-19 in a nursing home in East Galway.

Essential Retail

Drivetime's Fergal Keane reports on the closure of non essential retail outlets, and Rebecca Harrison, of Fishers in Newtownmountkennedy in Wicklow, speaks to Cormac about the closure of her shop.

Ahascragh Nursing Home

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on the Covid-19 outbreak in Ahascragh Nursing Home.

Wednesday 21st October

Plant Based Product Names

Thomas Duffy, President of Macra na Feirme, and John Hyland, spokesperson for Greenpeace, discusses whether or not plant based products should be allowed use meat-related terms on their packaging.

Gym Closures

Drivetime's Fergal Keane reports on the closure of gyms, and Prof. Niall Moyna, Preventive Medicine at Dublin City University, and Paul McAuliffe, Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin North West, discuss the campaign that has been launched to keep gyms open while the Covid-19 level 5 restrictions are in place.

South Korea Contact Tracing

CNN's Korea Correspondent, Paula Hancocks, speaks to Cormac about the contact tracing system in South Korea.

Contact Tracing System

Dr Anne Dee, consultant in public health, and David Cullinane, Sinn Fein TD spokesperson on health, discuss the problems facing the contact tracing system.

Direct Provision Report

Minister for Children, Equality, and Integration, Roderic O'Gorman, speaks to Sarah about a new report recommending a complete overhaul of the Direct Provision system.

Contract Tracing

RTE's Political Correspondent, Paul Cunningham, reports on the problems surrounding contact tracing in Ireland, and Dr Amy Morgan, GP in Drogheda, speaks to Cormac about the contact tracing system and the impact it is having on GP services.

Tuesday 20th October

Social Bubbles

Rebecca Moynihan, Labour Senator, speaks to Sarah about the introduction of social bubbles to the Covid-19 level 5 guidelines.

The Billion Dollar Art Hunt

Charley Hill, retired Met detective, speaks to Cormac about the hunt for paintings that were stolen from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Brian Hayes on Mortgage Repayments and Golfgate

Brian Hayes, Chief Executive of the Banking and Payments Federation, talks to Sarah about mortgage repayments during the pandemic and his attendance at the controversial Oireachtas golf dinner in Galway in August.

Restrictions and Restaurants

Adrian Cummins, chief executive of the Restaurant Association of Ireland, and Richard Guiney, Chief Executive of Dublin Town, discuss the impact of the level 5 restrictions on restaurants and pubs.

Restrictions and Retail

Drivetime's John Cooke reports from Ennis on the impact of the level 5 Covid-19 restrictions on shops.

Monday 19th October

Dealing with Lockdown

Drivetime's Della Kilroy talks to people in Dublin about how they coped with lockdown in Spring, and Dr Brendan Kelly, Consultant Psychiatrist at Tallaght University Hospital, and Dr Sabina Brennan, Neuroscientist and Psychologist, give expert advice on how to deal with the new Covid-19 restrictions.

Dullard Disappearance

Barry Cummins, Prime Time Security correspondent, and author of 'Missing: Ireland's Disappeared', talks to Cormac about the investigation into the disappearance of JoJo Dollard.

Fungie

Drivetime's Fergal Keane reports on the concerns surrounding the whereabouts of Fungie the dolphin.

MABS Helpline

Michelle O'Hara, Regional Manager at South Leinster MABS, speaks to Cormac about the increase in calls to the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) helpline.

Covid-19 Restrictions

Patricia Fitzpatrick, Professor of Epidemiology and Head of Subject in Public Health at UCD, and Damien English TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Employment Affairs, and Retail Businesses, discuss new Covid-19 restrictions.

Friday 16th October

Moycullen GAA Celebrations

Drivetime's John Cooke reports from Moycullen on the fallout from recent County Final celebrations that is being described as a 'Covid-19 super-spreader event'.

Level 5 Restrictions

Alan Kelly, Labour Party Leader, Dr Maitiu O Tuathail, Dublin based GP, and Dr Cliona Ni Cheallaigh, Consultant in Infectious Diseases St James's Hospital, discuss NPHET's level 5 recommendations.

Attack on Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Diarmuid Martin, the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, speaks to Sarah about his experience of being attacked by anti- mask protesters while attending an Islamic gathering at Croke Park.

Covid-19 Restrictions

Drivetime's Barry Lenihan reports on new advice from NPHET, and Jim O'Callaghan, Fianna Fail Dublin Bay South TD, talks to Sarah about NPHET's level 5 recommendation to the government.

Thursday 15th October

Barriers to Law

Drivetime's Della Kilroy reports on new research examining challenges for the disadvantaged.

US Vote Betting market

Thomas Miller, the Faculty Director of the Data Science Programme Northwestern University, speaks to Cormac about whether or not the betting markets can accurately predict this year's US Presidential Election.

Lockdown and Mental Health

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on how the Covid-19 restrictions are impacting people's mental health, and Allison Keating, Chartered Psychologist and author of The Secret Minds of Adults, talks to Sarah and Cormac about how to remain positive during the pandemic.

Sligo City?

Ciaran Hayes, Chief Executive of Sligo County Council, and Edgar Morganroth, Professor of Economics at DCU, discuss whether or not Sligo should be considered a city.

GAA in Lockdown

Drivetime's Barry Lenihan reports on whether or not the GAA inter-county season should continue as new restrictions are introduced nationwide.

Covid-19 Restrictions

Helen McEntee, Minister for Justice, speaks to Sarah about the new Covid-19 restrictions in Ireland.

Fathers in Covid

Marian Quinn, CEO of the Childhood Development Initiative, talks to Sarah and Cormac about how the role of fathers has changed during Covid-19.

Household Restrictions

Rebecca Moynihan, Labour Senator, and Ailbhe Smyth, Activist & Academic, discuss the new Covid-19 household restrictions.

Wednesday 14th October

Stardust Inquest

Drivetime's Fergal Keane reports from the Stardust inquest.

Mother & Baby Homes Commission Findings

Mary Merritt, Survivor of Mother and Baby Homes, and Katherine O'Donnell, Associate Professor, UCD school of Philosophy and Member of Justice for Magdelene's Research, discuss the new legislation that could delay the release of the findings of the Commission on Mother & Baby Homes.

Border Counties Restrictions

Drivetime's Della Kilroy reports from Cavan on the Covid-19 restrictions, and Matt Carthy, Sinn Fein TD for Cavan Monaghan, talks to Sarah about Covid-19 outbreaks in the border counties.

Aaron Brady Investigation

Barry Cummins, Prime Time's Security Correspondent, talks to Cormac about the NYPD investigation into Aaron Brady.

Lockdown Lifestyle

Lise Hand, journalist and commentator, talks to Sarah and Cormac about Dolly Alderton's view on comfort eating during lockdown.

Cabinet Meeting & Mother & Baby Homes Records

Roderic O'Gorman, Minister For Children, speaks to Sarah about the new restrictions in the North, and new legislation that could delay the release of the findings of the Commission on Mother & Baby Homes.

Tuesday 13th October

Budget: Killarney Business Reaction

Drivetime's John Cooke gets reaction from businesses in Killarney about Budget 2021.

Budget: Sinn Féin Reaction

Pearse Doherty, Sinn Fein Spokesperson on Finance, talks to Sarah about Budget 2021.

Budget: Killarney Hospitality Reaction

Drivetime's John Cooke gets reaction from the hospitality sector in Killarney about Budget 2021.

Budget 2021: Reaction 1

Dan O'Brien, Chief economist at the Institute of International and European Affairs, columnist with Independent newspapers and senior fellow at UCD, and Laura Bambrick, Social Policy Officer with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, talk to Sarah and Cormac about Budget 2021.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Drivetime's Della Kilroy reports on the Marie Keating Foundation's new campaign for breast cancer awareness month.

Budget 2021: Reaction

Dan O'Brien, Chief economist at the Institute of International and European Affairs, Laura Bambrick, Social Policy Officer with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Cara Augustenborg, Environmental Policy Fellow at UCD, and Michael Fitzmaurice, Independent TD for Roscommon-Galway, discuss Budget 2021.

Budget 2021: Minister McGrath

Michael McGrath, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, speaks to Sarah about Budget 2021.

Monday 12th October

Dardale Report

Drivetime's Fergal Keane reports on a new report into anti-social behaviour in Darndale.

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Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas, talks to Cormac about how Covid-19 has impacted the air travel industry.

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Presenters: Sarah McInerney and Cormac O'Eadhra

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