Drivetime Tuesday 8 September 2015

Drivetime

Drivetime

Mary Wilson presents an information packed evening news magazine with all the stories of the day

Alexander Pacteau sentenced

Alexander Pacteau sentenced

The man who murdered Irish student, Karen Buckley was sentenced to life in prison today. We hear some of the judge's statement and also a report from Ralph Riegel of The Irish Independent who was in the High Court in Glasgow

Social Housing

Social Housing

Figures obtained by Fianna Fail under Freedom of Information reveal a jump of 45% in social housing waiting lists across the country since 2013. These figures are disputed by government. We got the assessment of Lorcan Sirr, who lectures in Housing at DIT and also Dáithí de Róiste, FF Councillor for Dublin South Central.

The Pope and Divorce

The Pope and Divorce

Pope Francis has announced sweeping reforms to the Catholic Church's marriage annulment process, designed to speed up and simplify the procedure. We spoke to Michael Kelly, Editor of The Irish Catholic.

Refugees - Two Extremes of European Response

Refugees - Two Extremes of European Response

Germany has declared it can take as many as 500,000 refugees a year for "several years". Meanwhile, Denmark has placed adverts in newspapers in Lebanon warning refugees against coming to its shores. We spoke to Alex Forrest, a journalist in Copenhagen and also RTE's Tony Connolly who was in Munich.

Voting Pacts

Voting Pacts

Ahead of the major party think-ins in the coming days, there is much talk of a general election voting pact between Labour and Fine Gael. Fergal Keane took a look at what both party leaderships are proposing.

Dublin Regulations

Dublin Regulations

The apparatus of the EU is beginning now to deal with the refugee crisis. At the nub of the response to the crisis is how the so-called Dublin Regulations are to be reformed. Philip Boucher-Hayes has been exploring the issues.

Cork Councils to Merge

Cork Councils to Merge

A report published today recommends that two become one and that Cork City and County councils should merge into one super local authority. We spoke to the author of that report, Alf Smiddy and also to Aodh Quinlivan of the Department of Government in UCC who opposes the merger.

World Literacy Day

World Literacy Day

Schools around the country have been celebrating World Literacy Day by hosting special events to introduce young people to the joys of reading. Drivetime's Brian Lally visited Trinity Comprehensive in Ballymun....

Programme Highlights

Olivia O'Leary

In her weekly political column, Olivia O'Leary asks why Ireland doesn't have a big, ultra nationalist, anti immigrant party.

PrinterGate

Philip Boucher-Hayes gets a guided tour of a Komori printer similar to the one at the centre of the Dail controversy.

Tom Clonan

Tom Clonan, security analyst, talks to Mary his experiences of being a whistleblower in the Irish army.

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