Saturday with Claire Byrne

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    Saturday 21st February

    2015 Fine Gael National Conference

    Claire was joined by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald. Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton. Fine Gael TD for Meath East Regina Doherty and Political Editor of The Sunday Independent John Drennan.

    Saturday 7th February

    Abortion, Irish Water, Clare Daly Bill and Greek Debt

    Claire was joined by Jan O'Sullivan, Minister for Education and Skills. Mary Lou McDonald, Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin. John McGuinness, Chairman of PAC and Fianna Fail TD. Alan Dukes, Former Fine Gael Leader and Minster of Finance and Fionnan Sheahan, Editor of Irish Independent.

    Saturday 31st January

    Water Protests, Greece Austerity, What Price Aer Lingus

    Claire was joined by Protestor Derek Byrne, Dublin Says No Campaign. Brian Hayes, Fine Gael MEP. Michael Fitzmaurice, Independent TD for Roscommon South Leitrim. Paul Murphy, Anti Austerity Alliance TD for Dublin South West. Gina Quinn, Chief Executive Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Katie Hannon, Political Reporter with RTÉ. We also spoke to Joe Mag Rollaigh, RTÉ News Reporter.

    Saturday 24th January

    Possible Fine Gael Coalition With Fianna Fail, Irish Water and Marriage Referendum

    Claire was joined in studio by Ged Nash, Minister of State with responsibility for business and employment. Willie O'Dea, Fianna Fáil TD for Limerick. Louise O'Reilly, SIPTU Sector Organiser. John Drennan, Political Editor with the Sunday Independent and Frank Flannery Former Director of Organisation and Strategy for Fine Gael.

    Saturday 17th January

    Tackling Universal Social Charge, Banking Inquiry

    Claire was joined by the panel to discuss these topics with Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice and Equality. Ruth Coppinger, Irish Socialist Party TD for Dublin West. Cliff Taylor, of The Irish Times. Peadar Tóibín, Sinn Féin TD for Meath West and Pat Leahy, Deputy Editor with the Sunday Business Post.

    Sinn Féin's Jonathan O’Brien TD On Heated Exchanges in Leaders Questions

    Jonathan O'Brien, Sinn Féin TD for Cork North Central joined Claire and her panel about the heated exchange in Leaders Question, which saw Jonathan speak his brother who is homeless and a recovering heroin addict. He spoke to the panel who consisted of Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice and Equality. Ruth Coppinger, Irish Socialist Party TD for Dublin West. Cliff Taylor, of The Irish Times. Peadar Tóibín, Sinn Féin TD for Meath West and Pat Leahy, Deputy Editor with the Sunday Business Post.

    Saturday 10th January

    New Political Alliances, Forming Next Government, Health Service Crisis, Freedom of Speech

    Claire was joined by Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White. Former Finance Minister and Former Leader of Fine Gael Alan Dukes, Independent TD for Tipperary South Mattie Mc Grath, People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett and Columnist with Irish Independent Martina Devlin.

    Saturday 3rd January

    State Of The Political Parties, Formation of New Political Party Reboot Ireland

    Claire was joined by Fine Gael Minister of State Simon Harris. Fianna Fail TD for Laois Offaly Sean Fleming. Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Environment Brian Stanley. Political Correspondent with The Irish Times, Mary Minihan. Political Analyst Sean Donnelly and Barrister & Political Analyst Noel Whelan.

    Saturday 27th December

    Sony Hacking

    Adrian Weckler, Technology Editor of The Irish Independent joined Claire on the news of another Sony Hacking.

    Christmas Left Over's

    Neven Mc Guire, Chef and Proprietor of MacNean House and Restaurant in County Cavan drops in with some ideas for cooking the left overs at Christmas.

    'Life Of A Nun' - Dr Camillus Metcalfe

    For over 40 years she lived the life of a Nun, and when she left the religious to take up a new life she began to question her reaction to the stories of abuse emerging out of these congregations.

    Festive Season Sales, And Knowing Your Consumer Rights

    Reporter Louise Denvir joined Claire in studio with audio of shoppers in Dublin City on Stephen's Day and Conor Pope, Irish Times Consumer Affairs Correspondent joined on the phone.

    Paper Review

    Claire was jioned by Peter Mc Verry, Homelessness Campaigner. John Downing, Irish Independent. Shelia Reilly of The Longford Leader. Dearbhail Mc Donald of The Irish Independent and later, by Former Finance Minister Alan Duke.

    Saturday 13th December

    Water Charges, Taxation, ESRI Report, Collapse of Northern Ireland Talks

    Brian was joined by Aodhan O'Riordain, Minister of State at the Department of Justice. Sean OFearghail, Fianna Fail Whip. Ruth Coppinger, Socialist TD for Dublin West. Cormac Lucey, Financial Analyst and Eoin Ronayne, General Secretary of the CPSU. Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein President joined later in the programme to discusse the collapse of The Northern Ireland talks.

    Saturday 6th December

    Party Polls, Ansbacher Statement, Programme for Government

    Brian was joined by, Professor Gary Murphy, Head of DCU's School of Law and Government. Simon Harris, Fine Gael TD for Wicklow. Fianna Fail Senator Dara O'Brien and Sinn Fein MEP, Lynn Boylan.

    Death of Jackie Healy Rae

    Brian was joined by Billy Keane of The Irish Independent and Professor Gary Murphy, Head of DCU's School of Law and Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan.

    Saturday 29th November

    HSE Service Plan, The Economics of the Left V’s Right

    Brian was joined by Minister Kathleen Lynch, Minister of State for Primary Care, Social Care and Mental Health. Pearse Doherty, Sinn Fein spokesperson on Finance.Fianna Fail Whip and TD for South Kildare Seán Ó Fearghaíl. United Left Alliance TD Richard Boyd Barrett and Patricia Callan, Director of Small Firms Association.

    Saturday 15th November

    Gardai Inspectorate Report and Public Accounts Committee (PAC)

    To discuss this issue Brian was joined by Minister for Education and Skills Jan O'Sullivan from our Limerick studio. Damien McCarthy, Central Executive Committee Member GRA for DMR South Central. Finian McGrath, Independent TD for Dublin North Central. Shane Ross, Independent TD for Dublin South and Senior Council Michael O'Higgins joined us in our Dublin studio.

    Teacher Strike Over Junior Cert Row

    Brian was joined by Finian McGrath, Independent TD for Dublin North Central. Shane Ross, Independent TD for Dublin South. Senior Council Michael O'Higgins. TUI President Gerry Quinn. Minister for Eduaction and Skills Jan O'Sullivan.

    Saturday 8th November

    Saturday with Brian Dowling - November 8th

    This afternoon Brian is joined by Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Noel Whelan, Barrister & Political Analyst, Mick Clifford, Special Correspondent with The Irish Examiner, Lucinda Creighton, Founding Member of Reform Alliance and Jonathan O’Brien, Sinn Fein TD for Cork North Central

    Saturday 1st November

    Water Charges and Gay Marriage

    This afternoon Brian Dowling is joined by Clare Daly United Left Alliance TD, Ronan Mullen Independent Senator, Gerald Nash Minister of State, Katherine Zappone Independent Senator, Fr Vincent Twomey Professor Emeritus of Moral Theology, Derek Byrne academic and journalist to discuss water charges and gay marriage

    Saturday 25th October

    Health Services, Irish Water and Mairia Cahill

    This afternoon Brian Dowling is joined by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, Billy Kelleher Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Health, Peader Toibin Sinn Fein TD for Meath West, Mary Minihan The Irish Times and Sam Smith Columnist The Irish Mail on Sunday to discuss the Health Services, Irish Water and Mairia Cahill

    Saturday 18th October

    Water, Budget Fallout and State of the Political Parties

    Brian was joined by Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White, former Minister of Finance Alan Dukes, Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald, Anit Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy and Barrister & Political Analyst Noel Whelan.

    Saturday 11th October

    By-Election Results

    Brian was joined by Fionnan Sheehan, Brian Hayes MEP, SF TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, Political Analyst Sean Donnelly in studio along with politicians who have entered this by-election.

    Saturday 4th October

    Roscommon South Leitrim By-Election Debate

    Brian and all of the candidates of the Roscommon South Leitrim By-Election Debate the topics of this election, John Drennan & Christina McHugh also join the panel.

    Saturday 27th September

    Property Market & Social Housing Crisis

    CSO figures have outlined that house prices increased by fifteen percent, with a shortage of houses available in some parts of the country and President Michael D Higgins remarks on the risks of social housing our panel discuss the issues of housing and what is needed to sustain a healthy housing market. Ronan Lyons, assistant professor of Economics with Trinity College Dublin & Peter Stafford of IBEC joined our political panel.

    Troubles Within Fine Gael

    The appointment of Seanad by-election candidate John McNulty to the board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Imma) has caused a political furore which has shaken Fine Gael. Our panel discuss the issues played out in the public arena over the past week, Brian was joined by Dara Murphy, Minister of State at the Departments of the Taoiseach and Foreign Affairs. Michael McGrath TD, Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Finance & Ruth Coppinger TD, Socialist party councillor and candidate for Dublin-West by-election in our Dublin studio.

    Saturday 20th September

    Scottish Referendum

    Mark Hennessy, Irish Times London Editor and Profiessor John Curtice of the University of Strathclyde give their views on the aftermath of the Scottish vote

    Irish Economy Surge

    Our panel to discuss the rising Irish economy are: Alex White TD, Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources; Senator Darragh O’Brien, Fianna Fáil; Peadar Tóibín TD, Sinn Féin for Meath East, Spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs, Innovation & An Gaeltacht; Róisín Shortall, Independent TD, Dublin North West; John Fitzgerald, Economist, ESRI.

    Saturday 19th July

    Low Pay & Low Pay Commission.

    Minister of State Simon Harris, Economist Jim Power & Patricia King, SIPTU Vice President discuss the issue of low pay.

    End of Dáil Term, Cabinet Reshuffle Strategy & PAC.

    Our panel discuss the issue with Minister of State Simon Harris, Lecturer in Politics Dr Eoin O’Malley, Sinn Féin's Pádraig Mac Lochlainn & RTÉ's Mícheál Lehane.

    Saturday 12th July

    Cabinet Reshuffle A Damp Squib or Real Change? & Housing Crisis – Revised Programme for Government

    This afternoon Claire is joined by Timmy Dooley Fianna Fail TD Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Ged Nash Labour TD Louth Minister of State with responsibility for business and employment, Political Correspondent Irish Daily Mail, Brian Harvey Independent Social Researcher, Micheal Sammon Chief Executive and Chairperson of the Sammon Group & Tom Parlon DG Confederation Industry Federation, to discuss the cabinet reshuffle and the revised programme for government.

    Saturday 5th July

    New Labour Leader and Cabinet Reshuffle and Debt flexibility

    This afternoon Claire is joined by Pat Rabbittee Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Tommy Broughan Independent TD for Dublin North East, Niamh Puirseil Labour Historian and Author and Lise Hand Irish Independent Journalist.

    Saturday 28th June

    Mother & Baby Homes- Funeral of Gerry Conlan - Fianna Fail Difficulties with Crowley - Leadership Questions

    Saturday 21st June

    Niall Collins Controversy - Gerry Conlan Passing Away - Financial adjustment

    This afternoon Claire Byrne is joined by Eamon O Cuiv Fianna Fail TD Galway West Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food & Community Affairs, John Lyons Dublin Labour TD North West, Alison O’Connor Columnist the Irish Examiner, Pearce Doherty TD Sinn Fein spokesperson on Finance, Conor Brophy RTE Business Correspondent and Tony Foley Lecturer in Economics DCU

    Saturday 7th June

    Labour Leadership Debacle, Medical Card Review, Tuam Grave Tragedy

    This afternoon Claire is joined by Labour Minister of State for Research & Innovation Seán Sherlock, Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger, Group Political Editor of the Irish Independent, Eddie Molloy of Change management Consultant, Dr. Ilona Duffy, Monaghan GP & Irish Medical Organisation committee member discuss the issue of the week.

    Saturday 31st May

    Election Fall Out / Labour Leadership / Medical Cards and Whistle Blowers

    This afternoon Claire is joined by Minister Alex White Labour Party, Alan Dukes Former FG Leader, Mary Minihan Political Report Irish Times, Noel Whelan Barrister and Political Pundit, Susan Mitchel Sunday Business Post and Michael Clifford Columnist Irish Examiner to discuss Election Fall Out, Labour Leadership, Medical Cards and Whistle Blowers

    Saturday 17th May

    Housing/Homelessness Boom or Bust ? - Justice and Gardaí – Purcell Appearance at Justice Committee - Banking Inquiry

    This afternoon Claire is joined by Roisin Shorthall TD Independent, Fiach Kelly Irish Times, Minister Simon Coveney Fine Gael and Dr Alan Ahearne Professor of Economics NUIG

    Saturday 3rd May

    The Panel discuss Gerry Adams’ Arrest /Water Charges/ Medical Cards / Homelessness

    Today's Panel are Tommie Gorman, Northern Editor; Mary Lou McDonald, Sinn Fein Vice-President; Alison O Connor, Columnist with The Irish Examiner; Paschal Donohoe TD and Minister for European Affairs; Catherine Murphy, Independent TD; Fintan McNamara, Residential Landlords Association and Brian Harvey, Independent Social Researcher.

    Saturday 26th April

    26th April 2014 - IMO Conference, Local Elections and Educational Changes

    Claire is joined this afternoon by Fergal Bowers RTÉs Health Correspondent, Billy Kelleher Fianna Fáil Spokes person on Health and Fergus O'Dowd Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, John Downing Political Journalist Irish Independent, Sean Donnelly political Analyst and Professor Ciaran Sugrue Education at UCD.

    Saturday 19th April

    Water Charges and Stealth Taxes - Recovery Where The Budget Should Go and 1916 Commemoration

    This afternoon Claire is joined by Mary Lou Mc Donald Sinn Fein TD, Joe Costello Labour TD, Jack O Connor SIPTU President, Katie Hannon Political Correspondent for RTÉ Current Affairs Dept and Diarmaid Ferriter Prof Modern Irish History UCD.

    Saturday 12th April

    Public Accounts Committee & Cost of Housing

    This afternoon Brian was joined by Fine Gael TD Kieran O Donnell, Fianna Fail TD John Mc Guinness and Michael O Reagan Parliamentary Correspondent of The Irish Times to discuss this week at the Public Accounts Committee. Later in the programme he is joined by Karl Dieter Mortgage Broker and Financial Analyst and PJ Drudy Professor Emeritus, Trinity College Dublin to discuss the cost of housing.

    Saturday 5th April

    State Visit to the UK

    Days away from the State Visit of President Higgins to the UK next week, we speak to Jennie Mc Shannon, MP Pat McFadden, Tim Pat Coogan & Kathleen Lynch.

    Civil Service Reform

    Eddie Molloy, management consultant looks at the possibilities of Civil Service Reform.

    Shatter, PAC & Rehab

    Minister for disabilty, equality & mental health Kathleen Lynch joins Brian from our Cork studio, and Independent TD Shane Ross joins us in our Dublin studio to discuss the issue.

    Latest Irish Times Poll

    Stephen Collins, Political Editor with The Irish Times speaks to Brian about the lastest Irish Time's Poll.

    Saturday 29th March

    Garda Tapes & Minister For Justice Debacle, & the Presidents visit to the UK

    This afternoon Claire was joined by Mick Clifford Columnist with the Irish Examiner, Francis Fitzgearld Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, TJ McInytyre Lecturer in Law at UCD and Chairman of Digital Rights Ireland, Pearse Doherty Sinn Fein TD and Sally Mulready Member of the Council of State.

    Saturday 15th March

    An Taoiseach in America for Saint Patrick’s Day.

    With an outlook to Saint Patricks Day ahead of this Bank Holiday weekend, we speak to RTÉ’s Washington correspondent Caitriona Perry who has been following the footsteps of the political leaders.

    Political Events of The Week

    Fiach Kelly, political correspondent with The Irish Times. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Labour TD for Dublin North Central and Peadar Tóibín, Sinn Fein TD for Meath East discuss the political events of the week with Claire.

    Saturday 8th March

    Proposed Income Tax Reductions

    Tony Foley, Senior Lecturer at the School of Business in DCU, discusses the suggestion of possible income tax cuts and how they could be funded.

    Pensions Unrest

    The panel is joined by Gerald Flynn of Align Management Solutions to discuss the proposed Aer Lingus/DAA strike which is scheduled to take place on the Friday of the St Patrick's Weekend.

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