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Monday 1st March

Limited easing of restrictions before May - Varadkar

Mícheál Lehane, Political Correspondent, reports that Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste, has told TD's to stay on message when it comes to any future easing of covid restrictions

DUP facing pressure

Sam McBride, Belfast Newsletter, reports that the DUP face pressure to back down on plan to halt building of border control posts

Leaving Cert

Yvonne Farrell, Second Level Students Union Officer and Sixth Year Student from Mount Sackville Secondary School, tells us what it was like be back in school today.

Cuomo inquiry

Harriet Alexander, journalist in New York, reports that calls for an independent investigation have been made after New York governor, Andrew Cuomo, was accused of sexual harassment by two of his former aides.

Women in Politics

Caitriona Gleeson, CEO Women for Election, and Regina Doherty, Fine Gael Senator and leader of the Seanad, discuss new research into the experience of women candidates for election.

1 year since first diagnosed case of Covid-19 in Ireland

Dr Paul D'Alton, Associate Professor of Psychology UCD and head of psychology at St Vincent's University Hospital, discusses the the Covid-19 'anniversary effect'

Sarkozy guilty of corruption

Elaine Cobb, CBS reporter in Paris, tells us that former French President, Nicholas Sarkozy has been found guilty of corruption.

AstraZeneca jab

Adrian Hill, The director of the Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford, discusses how Germany has handled the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Bank of Ireland branch closures

John Cooke reports on Bank of Ireland's decision to close 103 branches in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Seán Fleming, Minister of State at the Dept of Finance, and Michael McNamara, Independent TD for Clare, give their reaction

Migratory Birds

Niall Hatch, Bird Watch Ireland, tells us how tens of millions of migratory birds will be landing on these island in the coming months.

Gordon Elliott photo

Brendan McArdle, RTÉ Racing Reporter, discusses a controversial photo of, horse racing trainer, Gordon Elliott sitting on top of a dead horse.

Anti-lockdown protests

Aoife Gallagher, Analyst at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, and Dr Vicky Conway, Associate Professor at the School of Law & Government DCU, discuss how the How do you think the Gardai handled events on Saturday

Back to School

Della Kilroy spoke to pupils and parents outside two primary schools in the Liberties area of Dublin this afternoon.

Friday 26th February

CPAC 2021

Dave Weigel, Washington Post National Political Correspondent and author of The Trailer, reports from the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Schools Return

Gerald Barry, Assistant Professor in Virology in UCD, and Dr. Mary O'Kane Lecturer in psychology and education at Open University, discuss the reopening of schools.

Direct Provision White Paper - Minister O'Gorman

Roderic O'Gorman, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth, talks to Sarah about the publication of the White Paper on Ending Direct Provision.

Likes on Instagram

Dr Elaine Wallace, senior lecturer in Marketing at the JE Cairns school of business and economics, NUI Galway, talks to Cormac and Sarah about new research into Instagram usage and mental health.

Delayed Vaccine Schedule

Dr Yvonne Williams, GP at the Shannon Medical Centre, and Dara Calleary, Fianna Fail TD for Mayo, discuss delays to Ireland's vaccine schedule.

Cork deaths

Ann Mooney, Southern Correspondent, Irish Sun, talks to Cormac about the investigation into the deaths of three men in Cork.

Thursday 25th February

Episode 14: Home Ec Paper

Evelyn O'Rourke speaks to Laura Healy about the Leaving Cert Home Economics paper, and Professor Andrew Coogan, Department of Psychology at Maynooth University, explains the importance of sleep for students and how to develop health sleep patterns.

Thursday 25th February

Dublin Pub serves takeaway pints

Fegal Keane reports from Kavanagh's Pub, has been serving takeaway pints today in defiance of government advice, but within strict legal rules, Brid Smith, Solidarity People Before Profit for Dublin South Central, gives her reaction.

UL Parties

Kirsten Mey, President, University of Limerick, reacts to Drivetime's revelations on house parties.

HSE Apology

Bernard Fitzpatrick discusses the apology he received from the HSE over the death of his wife, Tracey Campbell Fitzpatrick, who died after giving birth to her son Max in St Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny on Easter Monday, in March 2016.

Coping with an eating disorder during the pandemic

Della Kilroy reports on the rise in child referrals for eating disorders.

EU Vaccine passport

Naomi O'Leary, Europe Correspondent for the Irish Times, Billy Kelleher, Fianna Fáil MEP for Ireland South constituency and Dr. Eoghan de Barra, Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Senior Lecturer at the RCSI on the idea of a vaccine passport

Trinity College's colonial past

Dr Patrick Walsh, Assistant Professor in Eighteenth-Century Irish History, tells us why Trinity College Dublin has promised to re-examine and explore its own Colonial past.

Courts Backlog

Noeline Blackwell, chief executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, tells us that victim groups are worried about long delays to murder and rape trials

Agri Food Strategy

Karen Ciesielski, Environmental Pillar coordinator, assesses the Government's draft new agri-food strategy.

Covid Update

George Lee, Environment and Science Correspondent, gives an update on the Covid figures

Wednesday 24th February

Episode 13: French

Evelyn O'Rourke speaks to French teacher Nick Gries about the Leaving Cert French paper.

Wednesday 24th February

Action Talks

Della Kilroy hears from teenage students reflecting on women's rights throughout the pandemic.

Coventry Grave

Bez Martin speaks to Cormac about the legal battle she is having with the Church of England about the use of irish on her mother's headstone.

UL Parties

Drivetime's John Cooke reports on house parties and Covid outbreaks at the University of Limerick.

CervicalCheck and Dr Scally

Lorraine Walshe, 221 + Cervical Check Patient Support Group, speaks to Sarah about the news that Dr Gabriel Scally will no longer be overseeing the reform of the CervicalCheck screening programme.

Travel Quarantine

Richard Boyd Barrett, People Before Profit TD, Antoinette Cummingham, AGSI, and Dr Cliona Ni Cheallaigh, consultant in infectious diseases, St James Hospital, discuss the bill that is introducing a system of mandatory quarantine in the state.

Sleep in Lockdown

Professor Roseanne Kenny, Prof of Medical Gerontology at TCD, speaks to Cormac and Sarah about how lockdown is impacting our sleep patterns.

Vaccination Schedules in Europe

Shona Murray, Europe Correspondent with Euronews, talks to Cormac about the vaccination schedules in Europe and the purchase of excess vaccines by some EU member states.

Love Is Not Tourism

Ada Mulhearne, Founder of the Irish branch of the Love it Not Tourism, and Chikumo Fiseko, discuss why international travel to see your partner should be deemed an essential travel.

Health Amendment Bill

Drivetime's Fergal Keane reports on the introduction of the health amendment bill, the bill that is introducing a system of mandatory quarantine in the state.

Tuesday 23rd February

Living with Covid Plan: Reaction

Michael O'Flynn, Chairman and CEO of the O'Flynn Group, and Michael Fitzmaurice, Independent TD for Roscommon/Galway, react to the government's Living with Covid plan announcement.

Living with Covid Plan

Paddy Mallon, Professor of Microbial Diseases and consultant in Infectious Diseases in St Vincents, talks to Sarah about the government's Living with Covid plan.

Schools Reopening

John Boyle, General Secretary of the INTO, speaks to Cormac about the phased reopening of schools.

Living With Covid Announcement

Journalist Alison O'Connor reacts to Taoiseach Micheál Martin's announcement of the new Living with Covid plan.

Bord Bia and Greenwashing

Tara McCarthy, CEO of Bord Bia, talks to Sarah about criticism of Bord Bia's Origin Green programme.

Mother and Baby Homes Report

Catherine McGuinness, former Supreme Court Judge, and Jennifer Whitmore TD, Social Democrat spokesperson for Children, discuss the Mother and Baby Homes report.

Living with Covid Plan Announcement

Mary Regan, RTE Political Reporter, and Gerard Howlin, Public affairs consultant & Sunday Times columnist, discuss the government's Living with Covid plan.

Influencers

Louise McSharry, 2FM DJ and influencer, discusses the finding from a new survey by the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland on the public's view of online influencers.

Alan Hawe's Will

Kevin Doyle, Irish Independent, reports on the details of the the will left behind by Alan Hawe.

Masks for Primary Schools

Cordula Schnuer, jouralist with Delano in Luxembourg, and William Glucroft, journalist based in Berlin, discuss the wearing of masks in primary schools.

Monday 22nd February

Living With Covid

Drivetime's John Cooke speaks to people in Galway about the current Covid-19 restrictions, and Josepha Madigan, Minister of State for Special Education & Inclusion, talks to Cormac about the goverment's new Living With Covid plan.

Managing Your Moods in Lockdown

Dr Paul Dalton, Principal Clinical Psychologist and Head of the Department of Psychology at St Vincent's University Hospital, speaks to Sarah and Cormac about how to manage your moods in lockdown.

Mandatory Quarantine in Australia

Professor Mike Toole, Epidemiologist and Technical Covid 19 Advisor from the Burnet Institute in Melbourne, talks to Cormac about how mandatory quarantine works in Australia.

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Presenters: Sarah McInerney and Cormac O'Eadhra

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