Marian Finucane

Marian Finucane

Saturday, Sunday, 11 - 1pm


Sunday 17th February

Allegories in Chidren's Movies

Paul Whitington and Sinead Fox have been looking at Disney’s Frozen movie and other children’s movies containing allegories about social and political issues.


There is still no unified approach as to how the UK will leave the EU as evidenced by leaked whatsapp messages. Denis Staunton London Editor Irish Times and Eoghan Corry Travel discussed the latest Brexit revelations.

Saturday 16th February

Local & European Elections

Local and European elections are due to be held on Friday, May 24th. Three non Irish who are running in the local elections - Okezie Emuaga, Yulia Ghumman and Abul Kalam Azad Talukder, all joined Brendan O’Connor in studio.

Andrew Morton on Meghan Markle

Andrew Morton is the author of the book ‘Meghan: A Hollywood Princess’ and  he also wrote a best-selling biography of Princess Diana. Brendan O’Connor spoke with him about his book and the media treatment of Megan Markle .

Tana French - 'The Wych Elm'

One of the most successful Irish writers of recent years Tana French talks about her new book 'The Wych Elm'.

Health Minister Simon Harris

Health Minister Simon Harris spoke with Brendan O’Connor about The National Children’s Hospital, protesters outside his home, the nurses strike and fatherhood.

Sunday 10th February

Sky News at 30

Sky News is marking its 30th birthday this year. Dr. Roddy Flynn, Associate Professor from the School of Communications in DCU discussed how Sky News has changed how we consume news.

Equine Flu

All race meets in the UK were stopped last week due to an outbreak of equine flu. Brendan McArdle from the Irish Field spoke about the implications this outbreak might have for Irish trainers.

Ireland & UK Relations

Bobby McDonagh, former Irish ambassador to the EU, UK and Italy, discussed how we shall maintain good relations with the UK now and post Brexit

Sunday Newspaper panel

Today’s newspaper included Alan Barrett, Director of the ESRI; Maureen Gaffney, Psychologist & Author; John O'Brennan, Jean Monnet Professor of  European Integration, Maynooth; Patricia Hughes, Midwifery & Nursing Consultant  and Kevin Doyle, Group Political Editor, INM.

Saturday 9th February

Ireland V Scotland

Rugby Analyst Eoghan O’Neachtain looks ahead to today’s match between Ireland and Scotland in Edinburgh.

Nurses & Midwives Protest

Bernie Stenson is an Emergency Department nurse and Denise Hartigan is a Nurse Manager for a Dublin Hospital, they both joined Marian in studio to discuss the nurses protest.

Art V Artist

Controversies in Hollywood over  the past twelve months have brought about huge debate on whether you can separate the art from the artist? Can you go to enjoy a movie, read a book, or listen to music, if the artist has fallen from grace? Eithne Shortall of The Sunday Times was on the programme to discuss.

Farming & Theft

James O’Neill, is the Development Manager of Property Marking Ireland, has an interesting solution and he spoke about how he thinks it will help farmers recover their stolen property and act as a deterrent to would be thieves.

Former Director General of the HSE, Tony O'Brien

Former Director General of the HSE, Tony O’Brien spoke with Marian about the health service, nurses strike and his own treatment before the PAC.

Sunday 3rd February

The Beatles

Broadcaster Simon Maher took a look at The Beatles’ legacy ahead  of a new documentary about their album Let it Be in the making this year.

European Investment Bank & Brexit

Andrew McDowell vice-president of the EIB (European Investment Bank) and a former economic advisor to Taoiseach Enda Kenny spoke on the programme about helping Ireland prepare for Brexit.

Sunday Newspaper panel

Today’s panel: Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach, Dr Emily O’Conor, President of the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine, Harry McGee, Political Correspondent at The Irish Times, Ursula Tipp, Partner at Tipp McKnight Solicitors, Paul Sommerville, Market Analyst and Susan Mitchell, Health Editor at The Sunday Business Post.

Saturday 2nd February

Six Nations

The 6 Nations is underway with Ireland’s first match this afternoon in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. Eoghan Ó Neachtain, TG4 Rugby Analyst, shared predictions ahead of the game …

Exercise and the Brain

Dr Niall Moyna, from the School of Health and Human Performance in DCU, spoke about the benefits of exercise in helping slow down certain age-related changes in the brain.

Callan's Kicks

Callan’s Kicks returns to our airwaves for its 13th series next Friday 8th February, Oliver Callan joined the programme..

National Children's Hospital

News broke this morning on the new National Children's Hospital, Health Correspondent with the Irish Examiner Catherine Shanahan spoke on the resignation of Tom Costello, Chair of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board.

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon

Helen Dixon, Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner spoke about being  tasked with protecting your personal data as you go about your daily routines and also regulating organisations that handle your data.

Sunday 27th January

U2 Visitor Centre

Dublin City Council has approved plans for a U2 visitor centre. Stuart Clark, Deputy Editor of Hot Press was in studio to talk about music tourism in Ireland.

Business on the Border

How do businesses operating on the border feel about Brexit? Ronnie Malone of Templetown Transpport, Eamon Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick's Fuel & Hardware and Edel McBride Donegal Knitwear Designer talk about the issue.


Stephen Carroll, Business Editor of France 24 attended this year's World Economic Forum, he gave an update on Davos.

Sunday Newspaper panel

Today's newspaper panel included Karen Eccles, Theatre Staff Nurse and Member of the INMO Executive, Grainia Long, Commissioner for Resilience Belfast City Council, Colm McCarthy, Economist, Aisling Meehan, Farmer, Solicitor & Tax Consultant and Hugh O'Connell, Political Correspondent Sunday Business Post.

Saturday 26th January

Dancing with the Stars

Former Dancing with the Stars contestants Maia Dunphy and Des Cahill  talk of how the show changed their lives and who they tip to win this year!

Parenting Children in their 20s and 30s

Psychologist and author Maureen Gaffney talks about how to manage the relationship between a parent and a child who is aged between twenty and forty.

Retail in Ireland

Retail expert Eddie Shanahan and business owner Karen Whyte discuss the issues facing retail in Ireland.

The Favourite

Dubliner Robbie Ryan spoke to Marian about receiving an Oscar nomination for cinematography for the film The Favourite.

Sunday 20th January

Brexit Effects On Irish Business

Mark Kennedy, Managing Partner of Mazars, speaks to Marian about some of the practical issues of Brexit for Irish business

Alastair Campbell

Former press adviser to Tony Blair Alastair Cambell speaks to Marian about the latest developments on Brexit

Children's Hospital Overrun

Health Correspondent with The Irish Examiner Catherine Shanahan joined Marian and the panel to discuss the new Children's Hospital overrun

Newspaper Panel

Marian is joined by Geraldine Kennedy, Prof Gary Murphy, John Lonergan, Sinead Ryan and Verona Murphy to look over the morning papers.

Saturday 19th January

Wellness Tourism

Madeline Boughton looks at the rising popularity of wellness tourism

Behind The Scenes Of The Movie Business

Marion speaks with Foley Artist Caoimhe Doyle, Stunt Co- Coordinator Eimear O'Grady and Key Grip Phillip Murphy to find out more about the movie business

Dietitian Paula Mee

Dietitian Paula Mee discusses The Lancet Medical Journal report into eating less meat

Brian Crowley MEP

Marian talks with Brian Crowley MEP in the week he announced he is stepping down from the European Parliament

Sunday 13th January

Plagiarism in Music

Music presenter Dave Fanning discusses cases of alleged plagiarism in music.

US Update on the Shutdown

Marion McKeone, US Correspondent with The Sunday Business Post gives an update on politics in the United States.


Enda Brady, Sky News Correspondent and Mark Reckless, Assembly Member for Wales, and pro Brexit campaigner discussed Brexit ahead of Tuesday’s Brexit vote.

Sunday Newspaper Panel

Today’s panel: Mary Whelan, former diplomat, Fergal Hickey, Consultant in emergency medicine in Sligo University Hospital, Fiach Kelly, Deputy Political Editor, Irish Times, Ray Bassett, former Irish diplomat and Grainne Healy, Public Affairs Consultant

Saturday 12th January

Music and the Mind

‘Music and the mind’ is a series of concerts that Lyric FM are running over the month of January, which features live performances by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. One of the participants, Dr Hilary Moss, Senior Lecturer in Music Therapy at the University of Limerick spoke with Marian about the power of music.

Living off the Grid

Steve Golemboski Byrne of Lackan Cottage Farm in the Mourne Mountains, Dr Sarah Miller, CEO of the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun and Quentin Gargan  whose business is renewable energy all spoke with Marian about living off the grid in Ireland.

Fern Britton

Best-selling author and daytime TV presenter Fern Britton talks of her new departure to the stage in ‘Calendar Girls’,  the musical written by Gary Barlow.

Turmoil in the Abbey

This week over 300 actors and other theatre professionals sent an open letter of complaint to the Arts Minister regarding the Abbey Theatre. Two signatories to that letter, Jane Brennan and Lorcan Cranitch spoke with Marian.

Sunday 6th January

Retail Update

Damien O'Reilly, Lecturer in Retail Management in TUD (Technical University Dublin, formerly DIT) spoke about the retail forecast for the year ahead.

Chinese Trade Wars & Apple Fallout

Ian Guider Markets Editor at The Sunday Business Post discussed the recent Apple announcement, the economic downturn in China and the financial markets.

Sunday Newspaper panel

Today’s newspaper panel included Niamh Lyons, Political Editor, Times Ireland Edition, John Fitzgerald, Adjunct Professor TCD, John Downing, Political Columnist, Irish Independent, Olivia Buckley, Director of Communications Irish Tax Institute, David Holohan, Head of Equity Strategy, Mediolanum Asset Management.

Saturday 5th January

Culture 2019

Stephen Faloon, General Manager of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre helps us plan our cultural year throughout 2019 when it comes to plays, musicals and films...

How to Get Money Back!

Frank Conway, Financial Advisor at, tells us about the tax credits we should be claiming....

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