Marian Finucane

Marian Finucane

Saturday, Sunday, 11 - 1pm


Sunday 14th October

Nikki Haley's resignation

Gina London, Former CNN correspondent & international communications expert, discusses recent resignation of Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations

Centre Parcs Longford

Eoghan Corry, Editor of Travel Extra, speaks to Marian about a new self catering forest resort which is due to open next year in Longford

Sunday Newspaper Panel

Marian was joined by Suzanne Kelly, Tax Lawyer, Jerry O’Sullivan, Presenter of Kerry Today on Radio Kerry, Francesca Comyn, Legal Affairs Correspondent for the Sunday Business Post, John Fitzgerald, Adjunct Professor TCD & Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council and Niamh Lyons, Political Editor of The Times Ireland Edition

Saturday 13th October

Open House

Nathalie Weadick director of the Irish Architecture Foundation joined Marian on the phone.


Cleaning expert Sue Ryder joined Marian in studio to give the listeners her top tips to get your house sparkling.


Conor Pope of Consumer Affairs Correspondent with the Irish Times joined Marian in studio to discuss childcare costs in Ireland.

The Apprentice

Author, Greg Miller who is the Pulitzer-Prize winning National Security Correspondent of the Washington Post joined Marina in studio.

Sunday 7th October

Conor McGregor Fight

Last night Irish UFC fighter Conor McGregor was defeated by Russian fighter Nurmagomedov at the T Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Journalist Philip O’Connor was at the fight.

US Supreme Court

US Senate Brett Kavanaugh was voted in as a Supreme Court Judge yesterday. It tilts the American bench to the right for a generation. Marion McKeone, US Correspondent for the Sunday Business Post gave us an update.

The Skripal Files

Mark Urban, the Diplomatic Editor of BBC Newsnight spoke about his book ‘The Skripal Files’ – The Life and Near Death of a Russian Spy’

Sunday Newspaper Panel

Marian was joined by Denis Staunton, London Editor with the Irish Times, Shona Murray Europe Correspondent, Euronews, Catherine Heaney Founder and MD of DHR Communications, Fergal O’Rourke Managing Partner with PWC and Peter Sheridan Writer and Director.

Saturday 6th October


Following the opening of Krispy Kreme in Dublin’s Blanchardstown , pastry chef Louise Lennox tells us how to make our own doughnuts at home!

Life of a Librarian

Three librarians join Marian in studio. Michael Kelleher also known as ‘Mick The Book’ is just recently retired from Bray Library, Isabell Murphy is a librarian with Louth County Library in Dundalk and Damien O’Shaughnessy is a Senior Librarian with the Dublin Prison Library Service.

Cyber Attacks

This week, the US, UK and Netherlands accused Russia's military intelligence service of carrying out what they described as 'brazen … cyber operations across the world'. Adrian Weckler, Technology editor of the Irish and Sunday Independent, explains what is going on and whether we are also vulnerable to hacking.

Michael Palin

Actor, author and presenter Michael Palin talks to Marian about his new book ‘HMS Erebus’ and his most recent adventure that brought him to the reclusive North Korea.

Sunday 30th September

Book: Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy 1945 - 1975

Max Hastings, who reported from Vietnam and neighbouring countries during the final years of the conflict, discusses his new book with Marian.

Tory Party Conference

Enda Brady, Sky News reporter, discusses the Tory Party Conference, which starts in Birmingham today. Marian and Enda talk about what the focus of the 2018 Tory Conference will be, Boris Johnson's recent comments and Teresa May's future in politics.

Exam Rechecks

Aoife Walsh, Guidance Counsellor at Malahide Community School, speaks to Marian about the High Court judgement this week on the case of the Wexford student, Rebecca Carter, about the recheck of her Leaving Cert exams.

Sunday Newspaper Panel

Marian was joined by Alan Dukes - Former Leader of Fine Gael & chairman of IBRC, Katie Hannon - Political Correspondent,RTÉ Primetime, Larry Donnelly - Law lecturer at NUI Galway, Alice Leahy - Director of services for the Alice Leahy Trust and Declan Power - Security and Defence Analyst.

Saturday 29th September

Food Labeling

Labels are in the news this week because we now know that soon we’ll have cancer warnings on our alcohol bottles. So it got us thinking about the labels on our food and do we really know what they mean? Home Economist and lecturer with LIT, Agnes Bouchier Hayes tells Marian more this afternoon

Matt Cooper - Michael O’Leary: Turbulent Times For The Man Who Made Ryanair

Michael O’Leary: Turbulent Times For The Man Who Made Ryanair is the new book by Matt Cooper and he came into studio to talk to Marian about it.

Mature Students

Aengus MacGrianna is a former RTE newscaster, Kelly Hester is a mum-of-two and was a community and childcare worker Frank Dowling is a retired Graphic Designer all returned to study and the talk to Marian about their experience today

Roddy Doyle - Rosie

Roddy Doyle has written a movie called ‘Rosie’ that is due to open in Irish cinemas on October 12th and it’s about a homeless family in Dublin and he speaks to Marian about it today

Sunday 23rd September

Phibsborough named one of the coolest city neighbourhoods in the world

Phibsborough has been named as one of the coolest city neighbourhoods in the world, Ciara Sidine, a singer and resident of Phibsborough joined our panel in studio today to describe what it is like to live there.

Return of The Next Recession

Ten years after the collapse of the banks, we ask could it happen again and if so, when? Marian is joined by Prof. Alan Aherne, Economics Professor at NUI Galway and John O'Brennan, Ruth Deasy, Justine McCarthy, Eoin Fahy and Eddie Molloy.

Sunday Newspaper Panel

Marian was joined by Prof. John O'Brennan, of Maynooth University. Ruth Deasy, former Head of Press for European Commission in Ireland. Justine McCarthy, of The Sunday Times, Eoin Fahy, Economist with KBI Global Investors and Eddie Molloy, Member of the Policing Commission.

Saturday 22nd September

Ceol 2018

Bliain na Gaeilge is being celebrated all through 2018 and 2fm presenter Eoghan McDermott joined Marian this morning with his album 'Ceol 2018', where modern songs are sung as Gaeilge.

Ruth Davidson

Ruth Davidson, Scottish Conservative leader and MSP for Edinburgh Central spoke to Marian earlier this week, about her new book 'Yes She Can'.

Artist Robert Ballagh

Robert Ballagh, Irish artist, painter and designer joined Marian to talk about his life, loss of his late wife Betty and his love of Art. His latest book 'A reluctant Memoir' has been published by Head of Zeus.

Brexit, Tánaiste Simon Coveney

Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, responsibility for Brexit joined Marian in studio to discuss Brexit, Theresa May and Salzburg.

Sunday 16th September

National Ploughing Championships Preview

Amii McKeever is the new editor of the Irish Country Living at the Farmers Journal. Amii gives a run down of what people can expect from this year's National Ploughing Championships.

Driverless Cars

This weekend, the first driverless shuttle is making its debut in Dublin as part of a ‘Future of Mobility’ event organised by Dublin City Council. Motoring journalist Michael Sheridan explains how these vehicles work, and what could they mean for the future of transport, if they become more widely available?

Profile of Ambassador Edward F Crawford

President Trump had opted not to appoint an Irish ambassador to replace Kevin O'Malley, who was President Obama's envoy to Ireland, so the position has been vacant. Now, Ireland is set to get a new US Ambassador - Edward F Crawford. Marion McKeone from The Sunday Business Post tells us more about the businessman.

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Dr Janice Walshe Consultant Medical Oncologist from St Vincent's Hospital, Noel Dorr Former Irish Ambassador to the United Nations & London, Ciaran Mac An Bhaird Lecturer in Economics & Finance with Fiontar at DCU, Sinead O'Carroll News Editor at the, Blair Horan former head of CPSU.

Saturday 15th September

Screen Management

There is no doubt that we are spending more and more time on our phones and devices....But what are the ways to limit screentime for adults and children and to switch off some of the daily distractions? Elaine Burke Managing Editor of Silicon Republic,  joined Marian in studio to discuss  the issues.

Preparing for University

Universities and colleges up and down the country are opening their doors this month to welcome back over 200,000 students. It can be a big change to go from Second-Level to Third-Level. Professor Aidan Moran from The School of Psychology in UCD has written a very practical guide entitled ‘Managing Your Own Learning at University.’

Irish Citizenship

Since the official ceremony for Irish citizenship was set up in 2011, 86,000 people from 181 different countries have become Irish citizens. Jane Xavier a Brazilian, David Bacon from England and American Karlin Lillington received their citizenship. They all spoke with Marian about how it has changed their lives.

Director Lenny Abrahamson

Director Lenny Abrahamson joined Marian from London where his new film ‘The Little Stranger’ just had its UK premiere. Abrahamson discusses the success of the film, working with Domhnall Gleeson and Charlotte Rampling and Hollywood.

Sunday 9th September

Documentary: A Mother Brings Her Son to be Shot

‘A Mother Brings Her Son to Be Shot’ is the name of a documentary film that opens in cinemas this Friday. It tells the story of Derry woman Majella O’Donnell who brings her teenage son, Philly, to be shot in both legs by dissident republicans. Producer and Director Sinéad O'Shea talks to Marian about her documentary.

Russian Spies in the UK

Two Russian intelligence officers arrived in the UK last March with a perfume bottle full of the nerve agent Novichok, sprayed some on the front door of the Skripal family home in Salisbury and then flew back to Moscow. Bill Browder is a financier who is an outspoken Kremlin critic.

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Colm McCarthy Economist, Daniel McConnell Political Editor of the Irish Examiner, Noirin Hegarty Operations Director Ireland Lonely Planet, Padraig O'Ceidigh Independent Senator and businessman and Dr. Niamh Hourigan, senior lecturer in sociology UCC.

Saturday 8th September

Culture Night

Culture Night is a real treat and it’s coming up on Friday September 21st. Jim Lockhart, RTE producer and member of Horslips gives a taste of what’s on offer and his own personal highlights....

Neven Maguire

The evenings are drawing in and the youngsters are back at school and college....Neven Maguire joined Marian in studio to talk about one pot wonders and slow cooking! Neven had great tips and left us with plenty of recipes to get excited about....

Exercise for Life

Fitness instructor Pat Henry, competitive tennis player June-Ann Byrne, aged 85 and Melanie McInerney, a teacher, who took up ballet again 20 years after she gave it up, spoke with Marian about their zest for exercise.

Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Amina J Mohammed

Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Amina J Mohammed was central in drawing up the 17 sustainable development goals of the UN which include the ending of poverty and hunger. She champions the education of girls worldwide, has first-hand experience of climate change and counts our own Bono amongst her friends.

Sunday 2nd September

The All Ireland Final

Marian talks to Des Cahill and Mayo footballer Lee Keegan.

Bono's Voice

Marian is joined on the line by journalist Chris Bowen.

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Alison Cowzer - Businesswoman and Dragons Den Investor, Alan Barrett - Director of ESRI, Theresa Reidy - Political Scientist, UCC, Ciaran Hancock - Business Editor of Irish Times – Dubs supporter & Ryan McAleer - Business Correspondent, Belfast Telegraph – Tyrone supporter

Trump Visit

Marian talks to former Ambassador to the United States - Sean Donlon and she is also joined on the line by Minister of State John Halligan.

Saturday 1st September

The Electric Picnic

Marian is joined by Stuart Clarke from Hot Press.

Paradise on a Budget

Marian is joined by Sarah Slattery from the who talks about going to paradise on a budget.

Commuting from Ireland

Marian is joined by Olaf Gill who works in Brussels, Chris Cox who travels to Denmark and John Morley who travels to London from the West of Ireland.

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Presenter: Marian Finucane


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