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Friday 15th January

US Adoptions

Mari Steed, US Coordinator for Adoption Rights Alliance and Co-Founder of Justice for Magdalene's Research, talks to Cormac about the Mother and Baby Homes in Ireland and US adoptions.

Garda Checkpoint Report

John Cooke reports from a Garda Checkpoint on the Covid-19 restrictions.

Maternity Leave for Politicians

Catherine Stocker, Social Democrats councillor for Clontarf, speaks to Sarah about the lack of maternity leave for politicians.

Pfizer Vaccine Delay

Professor Karina Butler, Chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, and Dr Denis McCauley, GP in Donegal and Chair of the IMO's GP sub-committee, discuss why the deliveries of the Pfizer vaccine are going to be temporarily reduced and the impact this will have on the roll out of the vaccine in Ireland.

Remote Working

Maeve McElwee, Director of Employer Relations, IBEC, and Laura Bambrick, Social Affairs Officer with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, discuss remote working.

Thursday 14th January

Intensive Care

Emily O'Connor, consultant in emergency medicine, Connolly Hospital, talks to Sarah about the increase of the amount of people being admitted to intensive care.

The Future of Work

Peter Cosgrove, Managing Director of Futurewise, talks to Cormac about the future of people's working habits.

Vaccine Roll Out

Priscilla Lynch, Clinical Editor of the Medical Independent, Cathal Berry, Independent TD, and Anthony Staines, Professor of Health Systems in DCU, discuss the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Special Needs Schools and Classes

Josepha Madigan, Minister of State for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD, talks to Cormac about the potential reopening of special needs schools and special classes in main stream primary schools.

Wednesday 13th January

Episode 2: Brain Food and English Paper One

Evelyn O'Rourke presents the second episode of Drivetime's Study Hub where she speaks to experts about what food is good for the brain and how to prepare for English Paper One. [FULL EPISODE]

Wednesday 13th January

Drivetime Study Hub: Episode 2

Evelyn O'Rourke presents the second episode of Drivetime's Study Hub where she speaks to experts about what food is good for the brain and how to prepare for English Paper One.

Mother and Baby Homes and Soc

Dr. Laura Kelly, Senior Lecturer in the History of Medicine at the University of Stratclyde, speaks to Cormac and Sarah about the Mother and Baby Commission of Investigation report.

Taoiseach Apology: Reaction

Emer Quirke, mother and baby home survivor, Susan Lohan, Co Founder of the Adoption Rights Alliance, and Alan Kelly, leader of the Labour Party, discuss the the Taoiseach's apology to mother and baby home survivors.

Tuesday 12th January

Episode 1: Studying at Home

Evelyn O'Rourke presents the first episode of the Drivetime Study Hub where she talks to students and educational experts on planning and preparing for study at home.

Tuesday 12th January

Drivetime Study Hub

Evelyn O'Rourke presents the first episode of the Drivetime Study Hub where she talks to students and educational experts on planning and preparing for study at home.

Mother and Baby Homes Report: Archbishop Reaction

Diarmaid Martin, retired Archbishop of Dublin, speaks to Sarah about the Mother and Baby Homes report.

Pensioner Assumed Dead Twice

Mike Mahon speaks to Cormac about his experience of wrongly being assumed dead by the state and the impact it had on his pension.

Mother and Baby Homes: Minister Anne Rabbitte

Anne Rabbitte, Minister of State for Disabilities in the Department of Children, Disability, Equality and Integration, talks to Sarah about the Mother and Baby Homes report.

Mother and Baby Homes Report: Reaction

Catherine Corless, historian, and Dr. Katherine O'Donnell, Clann Project & Member of Justice for Magdelene's Research, discuss the Mother and Baby Homes report.

Mother and Baby Homes Report

Drivetime's Fergal Keane reports on the publication of the Mother and Baby Homes report.

Monday 11th January

Home Schooling

Dr Mary O'Kane, Lecturer in Psychology & education Open University, speaks to Sarah about home schooling.

Mother and Baby Homes Investigation

Mari Steed, US Coordinator for Adoption Rights and Co-Founder of Justice for Magdalenes, born in Bessborough, and Simon McGarr, Solicitor and Director of Data Compliance Europe, discuss Mother and Baby Homes investigation and report.

Special Educational Needs

Josepha Madigan, Minister for Special Education, speaks to Sarah about calls being made to restart physical learning for children with special educational needs.

Mother and Baby Homes Report

Drivetime's John Cooke speaks survivors of the mother and baby home in Tuam about the leak of the report and the Taoiseach's apology.

Friday 8th January

Biodiversity in the Phoenix Park

Collie Ennis, TCD, Research Associate in TCD Zoology & Science Office Herpalogical Society of Ireland, talks to Cormac about biodiversity in the Phoenix Park.

Hospitals in Crisis

Dr. Catherine Motherway, Intensive Care Physician at University Hospital Limerick, and Phil Ní Shéaghda, INMO President, discuss the growing concerns surrounding the capacity of Irish hospitals.

Brexit and Customs

Conor Pope, Consumer Affairs Correspondent with the Irish Times, speaks to Cormac and Sarah about customs changes caused by Brexit, and Cyril McCrane, Director of International Services with An Post, talks about how An Post are managing post-Brexit deliveries.

Thursday 7th January

Vaccine and Pregnancy

Dr Cliona Murphy, Chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, talks about the Covid-19 vaccine and pregnant people.

Trump Impeachment

Congressman Dave Joyce speaks to Cormac about the potential impeachment of President Trump.

Covid-19 Restrictions

Alan Kelly, Leader of the Labour Party, talks to Sarah about the new public health restrictions.

Alexandra College Remains Closed

Barbara Ennis, Principal of Alexandra College, speaks to Cormac about why she has taken a decision not to reopen for the proposed three days for leaving cert students.

Vaccinations in Tipperary Nursing Home

Drivetime's John Cooke reports from the Hospital of the Assumption in Thurles where residents and staff are receiving the first round of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Childcare for Frontline Workers

Roderic O'Gorman, Minister for Children, talks to Sarah about access to childcare for frontline workers.

US Protests and Mulvaney Resignation

Mick Mulvaney, American politician who served as United States Special Envoy for Northern Ireland, speaks to Cormac about why he resigned following the pro-Trump protests that took place in the Capitol building.

Leaving Cert Students

Della Kilroy hears from school principals as the ASTI holds an emergency meeting over Leaving Cert plans.

Wednesday 6th January

Michael Collins' Hat

Lynn Scarff, Director of the National Museum of Ireland, talks to Cormac about the display of Michael Collins' cap at the National Museum and why it was removed.

Vaccine Roll Out

Dr Tadhg Crowley, a Kilkenny GP and IMO member of the vaccine implementation taskforce, talks to Sarah about the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine in Ireland.

Covid-19 Restrictions

Michael Gillespie, General Secretary, TUI, and Mary Lou McDonald, leader of Sinn Féin, discuss the new Covid-19 restrictions.

Schools in Lockdown

Norma Foley, Minister for Education, speaks to Sarah about the new government guidelines for schools in lockdown.

Childcare Centre

Drivetime's Della Kilroy hears from parents and staff at one the largest childcare facilities in Ireland about new Covid-19 restrictions.

Tuesday 5th January

School Closures

Brian Mooney, Career Guidance Counsellor, and Áine Hyland, emeritus professor of education, University College Cork, discuss the closure of schools and remote learning.

Construction Sector in Lockdown

Drivetime's Fergal Keane speaks to construction workers about level 5 restrictions, and Tom Parlon, Director General of the Construction Industry Federation, talks to Cormac about Covid-19 guidelines for construction companies.

Alcohol Abuse in Lockdown

Robert Gill, addiction therapist with St. Patrick's Mental Health Services, talks to Cormac and Sarah about alcohol abuse in lockdown.

Special Needs Education

Drivetime's John Cooke speaks to parents of children with special needs about their concerns surrounding the closure of schools in January, and Enda Egan, CEO of Inclusion Ireland, speaks to Sarah about the provision of special needs education in lockdown.

Monday 4th January

Fianna Fáil Leadership

Marc McSharry, Fianna Fail TD and member of the Public Accounts Committee, and Malcolm Byrne, Fianna Fáil Senator, discuss Micheál Martin's leadership of Fianna Fáil.

Covid-19 and Schools

Dr Jack Lambert, Consultant in Infectious Diseases at the Mater, Kieran Christie, ASTI General Secretary, and Caillum Hedderman, sixth year student, John the Baptist Community School, Hospital, Co, Limerick, discuss the government's decision to keep schools closed.

Sobriety in Lockdown

Hugh Wallace, architect and TV presenter, opens up about how the Covid-19 lockdown affects problem drinkers.

Nursing Homes and Covid-19 Vaccine

Drivetime's Della Kilroy reports on the roll out of the Covid-19 in nursing homes, and Sarah Lennon, Executive Director Sage Advocacy, speaks to Sarah about the vaccine and older people.

Thursday 31st December

Human stories from the pandemic

John Cooke with stories from people about how they coped during a pandemic year

Britain leaves the EU

Alastair Campbell gives his reaction to Britain officially leaving the EU tonight

Covid and ICU capacity

Dr Ilona Duffy, Dr Alan Gaffney and Phil Ní Shéaghda express concern over ICU capacity given rising Covid numbers

Tuesday 29th December

A lookback at 2020 through the eyes of reporter Fergal Keane

Reporter Fergal Keane reflects on meeting people throughout the year while out and about reporting.

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