Saturday with Claire Byrne

Saturday with Claire Byrne

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Saturday 18th February

McCabe Controversy – Fine Gael Leadership

Claire was joined in studio by Mary Lou McDonald, Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin & TD for Dublin Central, Regina Doherty, Fine Gael TD for Meath East & Government Chief Whip, John McGuinness, Fianna Fail TD for Carlow Kilkenny TD, Pat Leahy, Political Editor with The Irish Times and Daniel McConnell, Political Editor with The Irish Examiner.

Saturday 11th February

Maurice McCabe – The Health Service

Claire was joined in studio by Simon Harris, Minister for Health, Brendan Howlin, Labour Party Leader, Louise O'Reilly, TD for Dublin Fingal & Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Health, Dr. Brian Turner, Health Economist with UCC and Katie Hannon, RTE's Political Correspondent for Current Affairs.

Saturday 4th February

Stephen Donnelly - Election - Fine Gael Leadership - PAC

Claire was joined in studio by Finian McGrath, Independent TD for Dublin Bay North, John McGuinness, Fianna Fail TD for Carlow Kilkenny, David Cullinane, Sinn Fein TD for Waterford, Noel Whelan, Irish Times Columnist and Barrister and Sinead O’Carroll, News Editor,

Saturday 28th January

Brexit - Bus Éireann - Broadband - SF Coalition

Claire is joined by Irish Examiner Columnist Gerard Howlin, FG Minister Heather Humphreys, Labour's Alan Kelly, Michael Fitzmaurice IND, and Patricia Callan, Director of the Small Firms Association

Saturday 21st January

Trump’s Inauguration - Bus Eireann - Public Sector Pay – Brexit

Claire is joined by Jim O'Callaghan, FF Spokesperson on Justice & Equality, Sean Canney, Minister for State at Office of Public Works OPW & Flood Relief, Louise O'Reilly, SF Spokesperson on Health, Eddie Molloy, Change Management Consultant, John Downing, Political Corr. with The Irish Independent and Dermot O'Leary, General Secretary of the NBRU.

Saturday 14th January

Ibrahim Halawa - Water Charges in the Media - Northern Ireland

Claire was joined by Eoin O'Broin, Sinn Fein TD for Dublin Mid-West and Spokesperson on Housing, Planning & Local Government, Paul Murphy, Anti Austerity Alliance TD for Dublin South-West, Colm Brophy, Fine Gael TD for Dublin South-West, Fatima Halawa, sister of Ibrahim Halawa and Fiach Kelly, Political Correspondent with The Irish Times.

Saturday 7th January

Overcrowding in Hospitals - Syrian Refugees -Fine Gael Leadership

Claire was joined by Peter Burke Fianna Gael TD, Martin Kenny Sinn Fein TD, Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Dr. Emily O'Connor President of the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine, Martina Devlin Columnist with the Irish Independent and Billy Kelleher Fianna Fáil TD and Spokesperson on Health.

Saturday 31st December

Trump as President

Donald J Trump will become the 45th President of the United States on January 20th. To discuss this, Claire was joined by Patrick J Walsh, member of the Trump National Catholic Advisory Committee, Dr. Graham Finlay, UCD School of Politics and International Relations and Dr. John O'Brennan, Jean Mount Professor of European Integration, NUI Maynooth.

Noel Tuohy - Portlaoise Prison

Noel Tuohy served as a prison officer in Portlaoise Prison during the troubles and spoke to Claire about what it was like to work there at the time.

Newspaper Review – Highlights of 2016 - Looking Ahead to 2017

Claire is joined by Michael Fitzmaurice, Independent Alliance TD, Patricia King, General Secretary of ICTU, Finian McGrath, Minister of State and Independent TD, Daniel McConnell, Political Editor with the Irish Examiner, Senator Fintan Warfield, Sinn Fein and Michael O'Regan, Parliamentary Correspondent with the Irish Times.

Saturday 17th December

United Ireland - Rent and Political Fallout

Claire was joined by Joe McHugh, FG TD Donegal & Minister of State for the Diaspora & Overseas Development Aid, Darragh O'Brien, Dublin Fingal TD, FF spokesperson on Foreign Affairs & Trade, Pearse Doherty, SF TD for Donegal & Member of Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform & Taoiseach, Orla Ryan, from and Tony Foley DCU.

Saturday 10th December

The Continuing Fallout from the Brian Stack Controversy

Claire is joined by Seán Kyne, Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs & Natural Resources, Robert Troy, Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism & Sport, Peader Toibin, Spokesperson on Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts & the Gaeltacht, Sarah Bardon from The Irish Times, Niall O'Connor from the The Irish Independent.

Saturday 3rd December

Irish Water - Bertie Ahern - RTE

Claire was joined by Jim O'Callaghan, FF Dublin Bay South & Justice & Equality Spokesperson, Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action & the Environment, Eoin O'Broin, SF TD Dublin Midwest & Spokesperson on Housing, Planning & Local Government, Suzanne Kelly, Tax Barrister & Fionnán Sheahan, Editor of The Irish Independent.

Saturday 26th November

Political Relations - Central Bank Lending Changes - O'Céidigh and Water Charges

Claire was joined by Patrick O'Donovan, FG TD Limerick County & Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Thomas Byrne, FF TD Meath East & Spokesperson on Education, Ruth Coppinger, AAA TD for Dublin West, Brendan Burgess, Founder of the Consumer Forum and Michael O'Regan, Parliamentary Correspondent The Irish Times.

Saturday 19th November

Saturday with Claire Byrne

On today's show Brian Dowling discusses pay restoration and the problems facing the Government and especially the Department of Health.

Monday 14th November

Catherine Nevin

We find out about the woman, the prisoner, the student and her terminal diagnosis.


Broadcaster and journalist Tom McGurk puts forward his argument for the need to start talking about Irexit. Minister Richard Bruton, Mary Lou MacDonald TD and Professor Ger Colleran join Claire for an in studio discussion.

Saturday 12th November

Did Donald Trump become President on a wave of Populism? Could it happen in Ireland?

Claire was joined by Timmy Dooley, FF TD Clare and Spokesperson on Communications, Environment and Natural Resources, Eoghan Murphy, FG TD Dublin Bay South and Minister of State for Financial Services, Mick Barry, AAA-PBP TD Cork North Central, Lise Hand, Political Journalist and Dr. Eddie Molloy, Management Consultant.

Saturday 5th November

Industrial Unrest - The Fianna Fáil Party

Claire was joined by Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy, FG TD and Minister of State for Health Promotion, Sean Fleming, FF TD & Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Mary-Lou McDonald, Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin, Professor Michael Doherty, Maynooth University, Noel Whelan, Barrister and Columnist and Martin Wall, Industry Correspondent The Irish Times.

Saturday 29th October

Public Pay Disputes - Garda Strike - Minister for Brexit

Claire is joined by Dara Murphy, Minister of State for European Affairs and Data Protection, Deputy Joan Burton, former Labour Party leader, Gerard Howlin, Irish Examiner Columnist, Martin Wall, Industry Correspondent of The Irish Times, Ed Byrne, ASTI President and retired detective sergeant Cyril Meehan.

Saturday 15th October

ASTI - Public Service Pay - Budget

Claire was joined by Damien English, Meath West Fine Gael TD, Peadar Toibin, Sinn Fein TD Meath West, Richard Boyd-Barrett, People Before Profit TD for Dun Laoghaire, Patricia King, ICTU General Secretary & Dan O’Brien Columnist with The Sunday Independent & The Irish Independent & Chief Economist at the IIEA.

Saturday 8th October

Budget - Garda Whistleblowers - Housing

Claire was joined by Fiach Kelly, Political Correspondent The Irish Times, Darragh O'Brien, Fianna Fáil Dublin Fingal, Peter Burke, Fianna Gael TD Longford-Westmeath, Paul Murphy, AAA TD Dublin South West, Conall Mac Coille, Chief Economist Davy Stockbrokers, Colette Browne, Irish Independent and Daniel McConnell, Political Editor Irish Examiner.

Saturday 1st October

Saturday with Claire Byrne

On today's show, Claire discusses the following with our panel:  INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, BUDGET, CHILDCARE and  WATER CHARGES Antoinette Cunningham - President AGSI Noel Whelan – Barrister columnist Leo Varadkar – Fine Gael Minister for Social Protection Louise O’Reilly – TD for Dublin Fingal Barry Cowen - Fianna Fáil TD

Saturday 24th September

Bus Strikes, Industrial relations, Budget 2017 and Gerry Adams

Regina Doherty - Fine Gael TD for Meath East and Government Chief Whip Brendan Ogle – UNITE and the Right to Water Campaign Danny McCoy – CEO of IBEC      Mary Lou McDonald – Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin and TD for Dublin Central        Kevin Doyle – Group Political Editor of Independent News and Media

Saturday 17th September

The Government; Independent Alliance; Budget 2017

Claire was joined by Finian McGrath, Minister of State at the Departments of Social Protection, Justice & Equality and Health; Jim O’Callaghan, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice and Equality, Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit/ AAA; Michael O’Regan, Parliamentary Correspondent, The Irish Times; Alison O’Connor, Columnist with The Irish Examiner

Saturday 2nd July

Brexit: One Week On

Claire was joined by Barry Cowen, FF TD for Laois-Offaly, Mary Lou McDonald, Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin & TD for Dublin Central, Nicky Kearns, Former President of The High Court, Former Minister Ivan Yates, Dara Murphy, Minister of State for European Affairs & David Coburn, MEP for Scotland & Leader UKIP Scotland.

Saturday 25th June

Aftermath of Brexit

Brian Dowling was joined by Charlie Flanagan, Minister For Foreign Affairs & Trade, Peadar Toibin, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Regional Development, Richard Boyd-Barrett, PBP TD for Dun Laoghaire, Tony Foley, DCU Business School, Colette Browne, Irish Independent Columnist and Michael Crick, Political Correspondent Channel 4 News.

Saturday 11th June


In studio today to discuss the issue of Brexit are: David McWilliams, Economist, broadcaster and author; Mairead McGuinness, FG MEP Midlands North-West; Darragh O'Brien TD, Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Foreign Affairs & Trade; Keith Redmond, Renua Councillor and Paul Murphy, Anti Austerity Alliance TD

Disappearance of Philip Cairns

John Lahart, Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin South West, lived on the same road as Philip Cairns who was 13 years of age when he disappeared some 30 years ago.

Saturday 4th June

Donald Trump - Fragile Government - Industrial Relations as LUAS talks reach agreement

Claire was joined by Willie O'Dea, FF TD for Limerick & Spokesperson on Social Protection, Helen McEntee, FG TD for Meath East and Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Ruth Coppinger, AAA TD Dublin West, Fionnán Sheahan, Editor of The Irish Independent and Eoin Ronayne, General Secretary of the Civil and Public Services Union.

Saturday 28th May

Seanad Seats - Gangland Feud & Drugs - Policing Authority - Housing March

Claire was joined by Noel Rock, FG TD Dublin North-West, Louise O'Reilly, TD for Dublin Fingal and SF Spokesperson on Health, Gary Gannon, Councillor for Dublin's North Inner City, Noel Whelan, Barrister and Analyst, Nicola Tallant, Investigations Editor Sunday World Newspaper and Kitty Holland Irish Times Social Affairs Correspondent.

Saturday 21st May

Brendan Howlin is New Labour Leader - O'Higgins Report - Mortgage Rates

Claire was joined by Former Labour Party Leader Eamon Gilmore, Labour Election Strategist Joe Kemmy, Darragh O'Brien, Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Fingal, Regina Doherty, Fine Gael TD Meath East, Eoin O'Broin, Sinn Féin TD Dublin Mid-West, Ken Murphy, Director General of the Law Society and Michael Clifford of The Irish Examiner.

Saturday 14th May

Irish Water - Programme For Government - LUAS - Criticism of new Government

Claire was joined by Timmy Dooley, Clare TD and Fianna Fáil's Transport Spokesperson, Sean Kyne, Fine Gael TD for Galway West, Jack O'Connor, SIPTU President, Claire McGing, Political Geographer NUI Maynooth, Dan O'Brien, Columnist with The Irish Independent and Chief Economist at the Institute of International and European Affairs.

Saturday 7th May

Saturday with Claire Byrne

Brian Dowling was joined by Leo Varadkar, FG TD for Dublin West, Minister for Social Protection, Sean Fleming Fianna Fail TD for Laois Offaly, Michael Fitzmaurice Independent Alliance TD for Roscommon-Galway, Brid Smith PBP TD for Dublin South–Central, Martin Mansergh Former FF advisor and politician and Amanda Ferguson, Freelance Journalist

Saturday 30th April

FF/FG Deal - Role of Independents in Government Formation - Irish Water - The Story So Far

Claire was joined by Brian Dowling, RTE's Political Staff, John Lahart, FF TD Dublin South-West, Stephen Donnelly, Social Democrats Wicklow and East Carlow, Ciarán Lynch, Labour Cork South Central, Dara Murphy, Fine Gael Cork North Central and Dan O'Brien, Irish Independent / Sunday Independent Columnist and Economist.

Saturday 23rd April

Sinn Féin Ard Fheis 2016 - Convention Centre Dublin

Claire was joined at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis by Deputy First MInister of Northern Ireland Martin McGuinness and Matt Carthy MEP with Sinn Féin TD's Mary Lou McDonald, Pearse Doherty, Peadar Tóibín and Carol Nolan with Harry McGee, The Irish Times and Philip Ryan of The Irish Independent.

Saturday 16th April

Labour and the Formation of the new Government

Claire was joined by Alex White, Acting Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Regina Doherty, Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fáil TD for Meath East, Katie Hannon, Political Correspondent for Current Affairs Department, RTE and Mick Clifford, Special Correspondent for The Irish Examiner.

Saturday 9th April

Fianna Fáil reject partnership with Fine Gael - what now?

Claire was joined by Timmy Dooley, FF Clare TD, Damien English, FG Meath West TD, Louise O'Reilly Sinn Féin Dublin Fingal TD, Mattie McGrath Independent Tipperary TD, Shane Ross Independent TD Dublin South, Alison O'Connor, Columnist Irish Examiner and Noel Whelan Irish Times Columnist and Barrister.

Saturday 2nd April

Presidency Row - Formation of the next Government

Claire was joined by Director of the Iona Institute and Columnist David Quinn, Donncha O'Connell, Head of the School of Law NUIG, Darragh O'Brien, FF Dublin Fingal, John Halligan, Independent TD, Mary Minihan, Irish Times Political Staff and Simon Coveney, Acting Minister for Agriculture.

Saturday 26th March

Role Of Independents in Government Formation / Reflecting on 1916

Brian Dowling was joined by Eamon O'Cuiv, FF TD Galway West, Mary Lou McDonald, Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin and TD for Dublin Central, Frank Flannery, Former Fine Gael Strategist and Director of Elections, Dr. Michael Harty, Independent TD Clare and Gerard Howlin, Public Affairs Consultant and Irish Examiner Columnist.

Saturday 19th March

Formation of the New Government

Claire was joined by Donnchadh O'Laoghaire, SF Cork South Central, Roisin Shortall, Social Democrats, Paul Murphy, AAA-PBP, Michael Fitzmaurice, Independent Alliance, Eamon Ryan, Leader of The Green Party, Mattie McGrath, Independent Tipperary and Daniel McConnell Political Editor of The Irish Examiner.

Saturday 12th March

The 32nd Dáil

Joining Claire in studio today: Jim O’Callaghan - Fianna Fail TD, Dublin Bay South; Harry McGee - Political Correspondent, The Irish Times; AnneMarie McNally - Press Officer for Social Democrats; Michael McDowell SC - Seanad Candidate and Former PD Leader & TD; Regina Doherty - Fine Gael TD, Meath East

Saturday 5th March

Formation of the New Government

Joining Claire in studio today: Frank Flannery - Former Fine Gael strategist & Director of elections; Noel Whelan - Irish Times columnist & barrister; Bríd Smith - Anti Austerity Alliance - People Before Profit TD, Dublin South Central; Eoin Ó Broin - Sinn Féin TD, Dublin Mid West; and Darragh O’Brien - Fianna Fail TD, Dublin Fingal

Saturday 20th February

Finance Special

Money money money... Pearse Doherty SF, Michael McGrath FF, Brendan Howlin LAB, Michael Noonan FG, & economist Stephen Kinsella were in studio today to talk Finance.

Saturday 6th February

Crime & Garda Resources; Fiscal Space; Has there been a Recovery?

Joining Claire this afternoon: Aodhán Ó Ríordáin - Labour Candidate, Dublin Bay North; Alan Shatter - Fine Gael Candidate, Dublin Rathdown; MaryLou McDonald - Sinn Fein Candidate, Dublin Central; Paul Murphy - Anti Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit candidate, Dublin South West; and Fionnan Sheahan - Editor of the Irish Independent

Saturday 30th January

The Labour Party Conference

As Labour prepares for its most difficult general election in a generation, its top brass talk to Claire Byrne at the party's annual conference in Mullingar

Saturday 23rd January

Fine Gael Ard Fheis

Today, we are live from the Fine Gael Ard Fheis at the Citywest Hotel. Joining Claire: Frances Fitzgerald-Min for Justice and Equality, Brian Hayes-MEP, Leo Varadkar-Min for Health, Michael Noonan-Min for Finance, Cllr. Maura Hopkins-Candidate for Roscommon-Galway & Alison O'Connor- the Irish Examiner

Saturday 16th January

Fianna Fail Ard Fheis

Today, we were broadcasting from the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis in Citywest Hotel. Joining Claire on the panel were: Timmy Dooley TD; Willie O’Dea TD; John McGuinness TD; Cllr. Mary Hanafin; Barry Cowen TD; Eamon O Ciuv TD; Senator Daragh O’Brien; Cllr. Lisa Chambers; and Fionnan Sheahan - Editor of the Irish Independent

Saturday 9th January

Austerity and The Left; Lack of Investment in Infrastructure;

Claire was joined today by: MaryLou McDonald - Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin. TD for Dublin Central; Ruth Coppinger - Anti Austerity Alliance TD Dublin West; Gary Murphy - Prof of Politics DCU; Kevin Doyle - Group Political Editor of INM; and Simon Coveney - Minister for Agriculture, Food, the Marine & Defence. Fine Gael TD for Cork South Central.

Saturday 2nd January

Floods; Election Prospects;

Today, Brian Dowling was joined in studio by: Arthur Spring - Labour TD for Kerry; Darragh O’Brien - FF Senator - will run in Dublin Fingal; Peadar Tóibín - Meath West TD; Sarah Bardon - Political Reporter with The Irish Times; and Ian McShane - MD of the polling agency ‘Behaviour & Attitudes

Saturday 26th December

Daisy House

For a special Saturday with Claire Byrne Show we broadcast from Daisy House in Dublin – a women’s homeless shelter.

1916-2016 Heroes

Who are your 1916-2016 Heroes? Our panel looks back on 100 years to find theirs.

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