Marian Finucane

Marian Finucane

Saturday, Sunday, 11 - 1pm


Sunday 13th October

Electric Cars

With the rise of carbon tax in the budget this Michael Sheridan, motoring journalist has been test driving an electric car for the last while and he joins Marian and the panel to talk about it.

Turkey/Syria Update

This week Turkey launched a series of air and ground attacks against Kurdish forces in north-east Syria. Joining Marian for an update from the Turkey/Syria border Orla Guerin and joining the panel to discuss it further Colonel Colm Doyle.

Brexit negotiations

Denis Staunton, Irish Times London joins Marian on the line from the UK to discuss the Brexit negotiations.

Newspaper Panel

This mornings newspaper panel Dermot Ahern,Former Minister and Columnist for The Daily Mail, Prof. Niamh Hourigan,Vice President Mary Immaculate College Limerick, Suzanne Kelly,Tax Lawyer, Kevin Doyle,Group Political Editor INM and Stephen McNamara, Communications Director with IRFU

Saturday 12th October

Smartphone Cameras

The National Portrait Award was won by a photographer earlier this week. Marian was joined in studio by Ciara O’Brien,Technology Journalist with the Irish Times to talk about smartphone cameras and taking the perfect picture.

Glenstal Abbey Book

Following Facebook's ban of an advert for the new book Glenstal Abbey- Through the season which includes paintings featuring nudity. Former Abbot at Glenstal, Mark Patrick Hederman joined Marian in studio.

Nobel Prize Hoax

Marian was joined on the line by Irish author John Banville who was subject to a cruel hoax during the week when he was told he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Restaurant Closure

Last weekend The Chameleon restaurant in Temple Bar in Dublin closed its doors for the last time after 25years. Owners Kevin O’Toole and Carol Walsh joined Marian in studio this morning

Rugby Update

Ahead of todays game Marian was joined in studio by Eoghan O’Neachtain, and on the line from Japan Blair Horan.

Sunday 6th October

October TV and Film

October brings with it lots of new movies and TV shows Sinead Brennan, RTE Entertainment joined Marian to chat about whats in store for us this month.

Carbon Tax

It’s been flagged that an increase in the carbon tax is what we can expect in the 2020 budget on Tuesday. Marian was joined by Daragh Cassidy, Head of Communications at to discuss this

Update From Hong Kong

Marian was joined on the line by Aaron McNicholas, freelance journalist in Hong Kong and Dr Peter Hamilton, Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese History at Trinity College Dublin for an update on Hong Kong and a perspective of the Chinese.

Newspaper Panel

Lucinda Creighton, CEO Vulcan Consulting & Former Minister for European Affairs, Mary Whelan,Former Ambassador to Austria,Netherlands & International organizations in Geneva, David McWilliams founder of Kilkenomics economics festival, Mary Minihan Assistant news editor The Irish Times,Donnacha Ó Beacháin, Professor in International Relations, DCU

Saturday 5th October

Halloween Mid Term Activities

Pol O’Conghaile, Travel Editor of the Irish Independent and Sinead Fox, blogger at chat to Marian about some ideas to keep the kids entertained this Halloween and mid-term break.


This week is Positive Aging Week and in studio this morning talking about preparing for retirement, clinical psychologist Dr. Eddie Murphy.

US Tariffs

Chief Executive of Ornua John Jordan and CEO of Coole Swan Mary Sadlier, are in studio to discuss the US Tarriffs announced in the news earlier in the week.


Author of The Butcher Boy, Pat McCabe joined Marian in studio to talk about his new book The Big Yaroo.

Sunday 29th September

Judy Garland Film

Ahead of the biopic ‘Judy’ that will hit our cinemas next week, Marian is joined by TV Producer and Director, Bill Hughes to talk about the film

US Update

Marion McKeone, US Correspondent for the Sunday Business Post joins marian on the line from the US.


Following Boris Johnson's comment in the House of Commons earlier this week about honoring the memory of murdered MP, Jo Cox. Marian was joined on on the line by Kim Leadbeater, Jo Cox’s sister.

Newspaper Panel

This mornings Newspaper panel Marie Cross Chair of the Future EU27 Committee in the Institute of International & Europe, Ronan McCrea Professor of Constitutional & European Law at University College London, John O’Brennan Jean Monnet Professor Of European Intergration Maynooth University, Shona Murray Europe Correspondent Euro News, Paul Somerville, Markets Analyst

Saturday 28th September


Deirdre McQuillan Irish Times Fashion Editor joined Marian to talk about Broaches after the hype over Lady Hale spider brooch earlier on this week.

Tree Day

Eanna Ni Lamhna, environmentalist and Vice President of The Tree Council of Ireland joins Marian ahead of Tree Day which is happening next week.

Rugby Update

Former rugby coach Eddie O'Sullivan is in studio to chat about this mornings game against Japan.

Rory Cowan

Marian was joined in studio by Rory Cowan to talk about his new book Mrs Cowan’s Boy.

Gina Miller

After yet another momentous week in UK politics and firmly at the centre of this story Gina Miller joined Marian on the line from the UK this morning.

Sunday 22nd September

United Nations Update


Rugby World Cup

Eddie O'Sullivan

Newspaper Panel

Newspaper panel

Saturday 21st September

Dublin Arabic Film Festival

Director Jim Sheridan talks to Mary about the Dublin Arabic Film Festival.

Japanese Food Made Easy

Fiona Uyema, TV Chef and author, talks to Marian about Japanese food and culture.


Dr Mary Aiken, Cyber Psychologist, discusses online trolls and cyberbullying.

The Story of Joseph Tuohy

Brian Boylan, St Gabriel's Homeless Centre of London, speaks to Marian about the life of Joseph Tuohy.

Matt Ryan profile

Matt Ryan, co-found and owner of Press Up Entertainment Group, speaks to Marian about the hospitality industry and future Press Up projects.

Sunday 15th September

New Streaming Services

Earlier this week the technology giant, Apple, was announcing all their new releases, and among the they also unveiled the details of “Apple TV Plus”, a new “streaming service” To tell us more Paul Whittington, Film Critic at the Irish Independent joins Marian in studio


The impact of the ongoing beef dispute is being felt in some supermarkets across the country Marian is joined by Damien O'Reilly, senior lecturer in retail management at Technological University Dublin to discuss this.

Bus Connects/Trees

The National Transport Authority announced plans for a two billion euro overhaul of Dublin City’s bus network last year. Dr Cara Augustenborg, UCD Fellow in Environmental Policy &Member of the President’s Council of State joins Marian now to discuss the “Bus Connects” project

Newspaper Panel

This morning’s newspaper panel was Alan Dukes, former leader of Fine Gael, Olivia Buckley, communications consultant , Alan Barrett, Director of ESRI , Sam Smyth, Mail on Sunday columnist, Grainne Ni Aodha, reporter with

Five In A Row

The Boys in Blue made history yesterday by winning the Sam Maguire Cup five years in a row. RTE sports broadcaster Des Cahill joins Marian on the line for a recap.

Saturday 14th September

All Ireland Update

Des Cahill, RTE sports broadcaster gives us an update and his predictions ahead of today's matches.

Mental Health of Elite rugby players

Dr Ella McCabe Senior Clinical Psychologist with Rugby Players Ireland joined Marian in studio to talk about the Mental Health of Elite rugby players.

Republic of Shame

Marian was joined in studio by Caelainn Hogan, Author and freelance Journalist, who has just written her first book called the Republic of Shame. About women who went into so called ‘Mother and Baby’ Homes the clouded secrecy of the state’s involvement in those homes and the role of the nuns and clergy in running them.

Downton Abbey Movie

Dublin actor Allen Leech star of TV series Downton Abbey joined Marian this morning on the line from the UK for a chat.

Alice Butler- Short

This morning Marian is joined by a lady who has been steadfast in her support of the American President since his election. Alice Butler Short,Virginia Women for Trump, Founder & President.

Sunday 8th September

Troubled Child Stars

Earlier this week the singer Justin Bieber opened up about his struggles with drugs and depression which he puts down to being a child star. Joining Brendan in studio producer Eoin Sweeney discussing some child stars who suffered or survived their childhood stardom.

US Politics

Suzanne Lynch, Washington Correspondent with The Irish Times, gives us an update on the economic mood after her visit to the US this week.

Spotlight On The Troubles

Belfast journalist Eamonn Mallie chats to Brendan about the BBC Northern Ireland documentary Spotlight On the Troubles: A Secret History airing next Tuesday on BBC One Northern Ireland and BBC Four 8.30pm

Brexit Update

Tim Loughton, Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham and Brexiteer joins Brendan and the panel on the line from the UK this morning.

Newspaper Panel

This mornings newspaper panel with Brendan O'Connor, John Bruton, Former Taoiseach & former EU ambassador to the US, Sinead O'Carroll, Incoming editor at, Kevin Doyle, Group Political Editor INM, Suzanne Lynch, Washington Correspondent with The Irish Times and Jim Power, Economist.

Saturday 7th September

Data Sharing

This week there were a number of stories in the papers about the privacy practices of multinational tech firms Johnny Ryan, Chief Policy Officer at Brave is live in studio with Brendan taking about data sharing.

Cerys Matthews

Joining Brendan on the line from the UK Cerys Matthews chats about her new cookbook called, Where the Wild Cooks Go. Join Cerys on 24th September at Liberty Hall for some music and chat about her new cookbook Where The Wild Cooks Go.


Jenny Branigan physiotherapist chats to Brendan about the impact of a sedentary or inactive lifestyle has on our health.

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Presenter: Marian Finucane


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