Immigration in the US - Merkel’s migrant policy - Salvini wants census of Roma Community - Rafael Márquez on US blacklist
Fionnuala was joined by Edel McGinley, Director of Migrant Rights Centre Ireland; Ursula Tipp, Founding Partner, Tipp McKnight Solicitors; Seth Barrett Tillman, Lecturer in Law, Maynooth University; Marion McKeone, US Correspondent, Sunday Business Post; Leopold Traugott, Policy Analyst, Open Europe; Bernard Rorke, Advocacy Officer, European Roma Rights Centre; Ioan Grillo, Journalist and Author
Tusla before the Children's Committee - Social housing, HAP & homelessness - MacGill Summer School - Treatment of migrant children
Katie was joined in studio by Joe O'Reilly, Fine Gael Senator & Seanad Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade; Mick Barry, Solidarity TD for Cork North-Central; Anne Rabbitte, Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East & Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs; Kevin Humphreys, Labour Senator and Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport; Richard Oakley, Editor of The Times Ireland Edition; and on the line by Dr Mary McAuliffe, Historian and Assistant Professor in Gender Studies at UCD
HIQA report on Tusla - Summer Economic Statement - Trump and the immigration policy leading to the separation of families
Sarah was joined in studio by Fergus O’Dowd, Fine Gael TD for Louth & Chairperson of the Oireachtas Transport Committee; Lorraine Clifford-Lee, Fianna Fáil Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Children and Youth Affairs; Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, Sinn Féin TD for Cork South-Central & Spokesperson on Justice & Equality; Tony Foley, Senior Lecturer in Economics at Dublin City University Business School; Colette Browne, Irish Independent Columnist; Jillian van Turnhout, former Senator and children’s rights expert
Yemen - Foreign policy during Leo Varadkar's first year as Taoiseach – World Cup - Macedonia
Fionnuala was joined by Shona Murray, Special Correspondent, Irish Independent; Ray Bassett, Former Irish Ambassador to Canada; Jim Clarken, Chief Executive of Oxfam Ireland; Robert Onus, Head of Mission with Médecins Sans Frontières - Doctors Without Borders in Yemen; Vidar Halldorsson, author of 'Sport in Iceland: How Small Nations Achieve International Success'; Helena Smith, The Guardian’s correspondent in Athens
Children's Ombudsman Annual Report - Scally Scoping Inquiry - Disclosures Tribunal - Corporation Tax - Sinn Féin Ard Fheis
Katie was joined in studio by Fergus O'Dowd, Fine Gael TD for Louth; Louise O'Reilly, Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Fingal & Spokesperson on Health; John Brassil, Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry & Spokesperson on Primary Care, Community Health Services; Sinead O'Carroll, News Editor, thejournal.ie; Michael Clifford, Special Correspondent, Irish Examiner
Scally Scoping Inquiry - GP pay and workload - Conscientious objection to providing abortions - Trump and North Korea
Fionnuala was joined in studio by Jerry Buttimer, Fine Gael Senator & Party Leader of Seanad Éireann; Dr Michael Harty, Independent TD for Clare and Chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee; Ossian Smyth, Green Party Councillor for Dún Laoghaire and new Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council; Bríd Smith, People Before Profit TD for Dublin South Central; Róisín Shortall, Co-Leader of the Social Democrats and TD for Dublin North West; John Downing, Political Correspondent, Irish Independent
Brexit - Refugee camps in Bangladesh - Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, and her maternity leave
Fionnuala was joined by Dr Rory Hearne, post-doctoral researcher, Maynooth University; Ciairín de Buis, CEO of Women for Election; Dan O’Brien, Chief Economist, IIEA; Della Kilroy, RTÉ Radio 1 Reporter; Jennifer Curtin, Professor of Politics, University of Auckland
David Drumm verdict - Has enough been done for the Magdalene survivors? - Green Party's waste reduction bill - Consultants' Pay
Katie was joined in studio by Tom Lyons, Deputy Editor, Sunday Business Post; Barry Ward, Barrister & Fine Gael Councillor for Blackrock & Former Legal Adviser to Enda Kenny; Eamon Ryan, Leader of the Green Party & TD for Dublin Bay South; Derek Mooney, Public Affairs Consultant & Former Fianna Fáil Government Adviser; Elaine Loughlin, Political Reporter, The Irish Examiner; & on the line by Susan Mitchell, Health Editor, Sunday Business Post
Why Politics? Meet some candidates for the next General Election
Fionnuala was joined in studio by Garret Ahearn, Fine Gael Candidate for Tipperary; Deirdre Kingston, Labour Councillor and Candidate for Dún Laoghaire; Pádraig O’Sullivan, Fianna Fáil Councillor and Candidate for Cork East; Gillian Brien, People Before Profit Candidate for Dublin Central; Darren O’Rourke, Sinn Féin Councillor and Candidate for Meath East; Sinéad Gibney, Social Democrats Candidate for Dún Laoghaire; Harry McGee, Political Correspondent for The Irish Times
Italy forms a government – Tariff Wars – Colombian Presidential Elections – Political and economic instability in Brazil
Fionnuala was joined by Dr Aidan Regan, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations, UCD; Dr Barry Cannon, Lecturer in Politics, Maynooth University and author of “The Right in Latin America: Elite Power, Hegemony and the Struggle for the State”; Megan Williams, Rome-based Correspondent; Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Envoy to the Colombian Peace Process & Former Tánaiste, Labour leader and Minister for Foreign Affairs; Sam Cowie, São Paulo-based journalist.
Illegal Adoption – Disclosures Tribunal - Housing - Proposed Rickshaw Ban
Katie was joined in studio by Catherine Connolly, Independent TD, Galway West; Martin Conway, Fine Gael Senator; Michael Clifford, Special Correspondent, Irish Examiner; Fiach Kelly, Deputy Political Editor, The Irish Times; Lorraine Clifford-Lee, Fianna Fáil Senator; and on the line by Paul Redmond, Member of the Coalition of Mother and Baby Home Survivors.
Adoption – Abortion Legislation - Politicising the Younger Generation
Sarah was joined in studio by Bernard Durkan, Fine Gael TD for Kildare North; James Lawless, Fianna Fáil TD for Kildare North; Martin Kenny, Sinn Féin TD for Sligo-Leitrim; Fergus Finlay, CEO of Barnardos; Jennifer Bray, Deputy Political Editor, The Times Ireland Edition; and on the line by Theresa Tinggal of Adopted Illegally Ireland.
North Korea and the US – Iran – Democratic Republic of Congo – Sweden
Fionnuala was joined by Philip O’Connor, Stockholm-based journalist; Larry Donnelly, Lecturer in Law at NUI Galway; Breda Gahan, technical lead on health, Concern; Scott A. Snyder, senior fellow for Korea studies and Director of the U.S.-Korea policy programme at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington D.C.; David Patrikarakos, author of “Nuclear Iran: The Birth of an Atomic State” and “War in 140 Characters: How Social Media is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century”; Jason Burke, Africa Correspondent, The Guardian
8th Amendment Referendum - Judicial Appointments Bill - Disclosures Tribunal / What’s the point of tribunals? - Rainy Day Fund
Katie was joined in studio by Tim Lombard, Fine Gael Senator; Jan O'Sullivan, Labour TD for Limerick City and Spokesperson for Housing; Michael Fitzmaurice, Independent TD for Roscommon-Galway; John Brassil, Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry; Daniel McConnell, Political Editor, The Irish Examiner
Violent Crime - Judicial Appointments Bill - 8th Amendment Referendum - Good Friday Agreement Referendum - Language test for citizenship?
Fionnuala was joined in studio by Jim Daly, Fine Gael TD for Cork South-West and Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People; Lorraine Clifford-Lee, Fianna Fáil’s Seanad Spokeswoman on Justice; Paul Murphy, Solidarity TD for Dublin South-West; Dr Theresa Reidy, Political Scientist, UCC; Allison Morris, Security Correspondent, Irish News; Philip Ryan, Deputy Political Editor for Independent Newspapers
Gaza and Israel; Elections in Venezuela and Gay Pride Cancelled in Beirut
On tonight’s programme: the conflict in Gaza and Israel; the cancellation of the Gay Pride in Beirut and the Venezuelan Elections
Cervical Scandal latest ...Brexit ...Disclosures Tribunal
Tonight’s panellists for The Late Debate were Lisa Chambers, Fianna Fáil Brexit spokesperson ; Fine Gael Senator Gabrielle McFadden ; John O’Brennan from the Maynooth University Centre for European and Eurasian Studies ; Mick Clifford, Special Correspondent Irish Examiner and Hugh O Connell, Political Correspondent of the Sunday Business Post
Cervical Scandal / Israel & Palestine / UK & Ireland Relations
Tonight’s panel included Neale Richmond Fine Gael Senator & Seanad Spokesperson on European Affairs, David Cullinane Sinn Fein's spokesman on Foreign Affairs & member of the Dáil Public Accounts Committee, Patricia McBride Lawyer & political Commentator, Darren McCaffrey Dublin correspondent for Sky News and Lise Hand Columnist with The Times Ireland Edition & The Irish Examiner.
TO'B resignation/ Iran & Israel / Geopolitics of Eurovision / Montenegro / Human Cost of Syria
Tonight's panel included Micheál Lehane Political Correspondent with RTÉ News, Meir Javedanfar, Professor Paola Rivetti, Dr Annie Sparrow Critical care Paediatician & Aid worker, Umaru Fofana Journalist from Sierra Leone, Johnny Fallon Political consultant at Carr Communications, Dr Adrian Kavanagh Deputy Head of Geography Department & Lecturer at Maynooth University
Cervical Health / Baptism Ban Religion in Schools / Postering
Tonight's panel included Christina Finn Political Reporter, thejournal.ie, Marc McSharry Fianna Fail TD Sligo / Leitrim, Senator Colm Burke Fine Gael, Brid Smith People Before Profit TD for Dublin South–Central, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire Sinn Féin TD for Cork South-Central & Spokesperson on Justice & Equality.
Cervical Scandal latest / Facebook Ads / Drink link Buses
Tonight's panel included Tim Lombard Fine Gael Senator, Richard Oakley Editor of The Times Ireland Edition, John Brassil Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry, Gavin Sheridan Transparency campaigner and co-founder of legal intelligence firm Vizlegal and Grace O Sullivan Green Party Senator.
Brexit - International Development & Reporting on Humanitarian Crises - American Intelligence - Armenia Crisis
Fionnuala was joined by Fiona Mitchell, RTÉ’s London Correspondent; Prof Federico Fabbrini, Director of the Brexit Institute in DCU; Baroness Alison Suttie, Liberal Democrats spokesperson on Northern Ireland in the House of Lords; Heba Aly, Director of IRIN; General Michael Hayden, Author of “The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies”; Declan Power, Security and Defence Analyst; Robin Forestier-Walker, Freelance reporter, based in Armenia
Cervical Smear Controversy – Brexit and EU Budget
Katie was joined in studio by Dr Michael Harty, Independent TD for Clare & Chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee; Michael O'Regan, Parliamentary Correspondent, The Irish Times; Lisa Chambers, Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Brexit & TD for Mayo; Catherine Noone, Fine Gael Senator; Gerard Howlin, Public Affairs Consultant & Irish Examiner Columnist.
Cervical Checks/ Labour Day
Fionnuala was joined in studio by Catherine Ardagh-Fianna Fáil Senator, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy - Fine Gael TD Offaly, Joan Burton - Labour TD for Dublin West, Rose Conway Walsh - Sinn Fein Senator,Brian Hanley - Historian, Ellen Coyne- Senior Journalist, The Times Ireland Edition.
Brexit - US - Iran - North Korea
Fionnuala was joined by Neale Richmond, Fine Gael Senator and Spokesperson on European Affairs; Liadh Ní Riada, Sinn Féin MEP; Katy Hayward, Reader in Sociology, Queen’s University Belfast; Karen Devine, Lecturer in International Relations, DCU; John O’Brennan, Centre for European and Eurasian Studies, Maynooth University; Brian O’Donovan, RTÉ’s Washington Correspondent; Shashank Joshi, Senior Research Fellow at RUSI (Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies); Aidan Foster-Carter, Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Sociology and Modern Korea, Leeds University
Tusla / Galway foster home fallout - Independent Alliance - Precarious Work - Election Promises
Katie was joined in studio by Catherine Ghent, Child Law Practitioner; Michelle Mulherin, Fine Gael Senator; Eugene Murphy, Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon-Galway; Paul Murphy, Solidarity TD for Dublin South West; Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Labour Senator; Mary Regan, Public Affairs Editor, Sunday Business Post
Seanad Bye-Elections - Public Sector Pay - Mental Health - Sentencing Guidelines
Sarah was joined in studio by Joan Freeman, Independent Senator; Alice-Mary Higgins, Independent Senator; Jerry Buttimer, Fine Gael Senator & Leader of Seanad Éireann; Harry McGee, Political Correspondent for The Irish Times; Prof Gary Murphy, Political Scientist and Head of the School of Law and Government, DCU.
Syria / President Macron speech on Europe / Trump + Comey / George Mitchell on Good Friday Agreement
Fionnuala Sweeney was joined by:
Margaret Ward Former Foreign Editor and China Correspondent for RTE News
Prof Ben Tonra UCD Centre for War Studies Tom Clonan Security Analyst and academic Ronan Tynan Documentary maker –'Syria, the impossible revolution'
John Nichols - The National Affairs Correspondent with 'The Nation',
George Mitchell on The Good Friday Agreement
On the eve of the Good Friday Agreement Fionnuala Sweeney sat down with US Senator George Mitchell, the former Independent Chair of the Good Friday Agreement. She began by asking him whether the Agreement in itself was enough to guarantee peace
Denis Naughten Statement / Tribunal recap / Childhood Obesity / Dáil Bar Tabs
Katie Hannon was joined in studio by;
Andrew Doyle FG TD Wicklow Minister of State Food Forestry Horticulture
Fiona O Loughlin FF TD Kildare South Roisin ShortallTD Dublin North West Co Leader Soc Dems
Alison O Connor Irish Examiner Columnist
Michael Clifford Columnist and author 'A Force for Justice '
Housing, Rent, LPT Changes and Facebook and it's Data Changes
John Paul Phelan, Minister of State for Local Government & Electoral Reform. James Lawless FF TD for Kildare North. Jennifer Bray, Deputy Political Editor,
The Times Ireland Edition. Emmet Ryan Business & technology reporter
Sunday Business Post. Dr Rory Hearne Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute.
Former CIA Director, John Brennan
Former CIA Director, John Brennan spoke to Fionnuala about Russia, Brexit and North Korea.
Russia - North Korea - One year to Brexit
Fionnuala was joined by John Brennan, Former Director of the CIA; Donnacha Ó Beacháin, School of Law and Government, DCU; Prof John O’Brennan, Centre for European and Eurasian Studies, Maynooth University; Pádraig Murphy, Senior Fellow of the IIEA; Dr Dong Jin Kim, Research Fellow at the Irish School of Ecumenics, TCD.
Belfast rape trial - Disclosures email report - CSO Crime Figures - The Eighth Amendment - Red Flag case
Katie was joined in studio by Pat Deering, FG TD, Carlow-Kilkenny; Michael Fitzmaurice, Independent TD, Roscommon-Galway; Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, SF TD for Cork South-Central; Martina Genockey, Labour Councillor for Tallaght-South; Tom Lyons, Deputy Editor, Sunday Business Post; and on the line by Dr Conor Hanly, Lecturer in Law, NUIG.
Russian expulsions - The Eighth Amendment - Strategic Communications Unit
Sarah was joined in studio by Niall Collins, Fianna Fáil TD for Limerick County; Bríd Smith, People Before Profit TD for Dublin South Central; Declan Power, Security and Defence Analyst; Christina Finn, Political Reporter, thejournal.ie; and on the line by Tim Lombard, Fine Gael Senator.
Europe / UK / Brexit / Russia / Trump
Fionnuala Sweeney is joined by Barry Andrews Director General of the IIEA, Paul Murphy Solidarity TD for Dublin South West , Ray Bassett Former Irish Ambassador to Canada, Tony Connolly Europe Editor for RTE, Prof Neil Robinson UL Russia expert, Suzanne Lynch Washington Correspondent with The Irish Times
Strategic Communications Unit / Cambridge Analytica
Katie Hannon discusses the issues of the day with tonight's panel - Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell, political correspondent Sunday Business Post Hugh O'Connell, Political Director of Social Democrats Ann Marie McNally, Fianna Fail TD Mark McSharry and former senior political adviser to Bertie Ahern Gerard Howlin.
Sinn Féin Ard Fheis - Dáil Debate on Strategic Communications Unit - Spending Row - Facebook
Sarah was joined in studio by Martin Conway, Fine Gael Senator; John Brassil, Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry; Kevin Humphreys, Labour Senator; Eamon Ryan, Leader of the Green Party & TD for Dublin Bay South; Aoife Barry, Assistant News Editor, TheJournal.ie; Elaine Burke, Managing Editor, SiliconRepublic.com
The Irish Abroad
Fionnuala was joined in studio by Ciara Kenny, Editor of Irish Times Abroad and Larry Donnelly, Law Lecturer in NUI Galway & Political Columnist; on the line by Mary McEvoy, VP of Technology, Consumer and Business Services with IDA Ireland; Margaret Molloy, Creator of the WearingIrish Movement and Global CMO of Siegel+Gale; and “boomerang emigrant”, Kevin Wall; and while in Washington DC this week, Fionnuala also spoke to Senator Billy Lawless and Congressman Peter King.
Housing - Health - Trump Invitation
Katie was joined in studio by Pat Deering, Fine Gael TD for Carlow-Kilkenny; Jack Chambers, Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin West; Dr Nina Byrnes, GP at Generation Health Medical Clinic; Ellen Coyne, Senior Journalist, The Times Ireland Edition; Tom Dunne, Head of the School of Surveying, DIT; Ossian Smyth, Green Party Councillor for Dún Laoghaire.
Trump fires Tillerson - Health - McAleese v The Church
Sarah was joined in studio by Fergus O’Dowd, Fine Gael TD for Louth; Catherine Ardagh, Fianna Fáil Senator; Tommy Broughan, Independent TD for Dublin Bay North; Gina Menzies, Theologian; Anthony Staines, Professor of Health Systems at the School of Nursing and Human Sciences, DCU; Daniel McConnell, Political Editor, The Irish Examiner.
International Women's Day - Death of Pearse Lyons - Trade Wars - Manels
Fionnuala was joined in studio by Lynn Boylan, Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin; Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Labour Senator; John McGrane, Director General of The British Irish Chamber of Commerce; Mary Corcoran, Professor of Sociology, Maynooth University, and on the line by Tom Wright, Brookings Institution; Christal Morehouse, Open Society Foundations; Damien O’Reilly, Presenter of RTÉ Radio 1’s CountryWide.
Supreme Court – Strategic Communications Unit - Crime Figures - Disclosures Tribunal - Water
Katie was joined in studio by John Paul Phelan, Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government; Thomas Pringle, Independent TD for Donegal; Fiona O’Loughlin, Fianna Fáil TD for Kildare South; Dr Theresa Reidy, Political Scientist, UCC; Michael Clifford, Special Correspondent with The Irish Examiner & author of “A Force For Justice: The Maurice McCabe Story”.
Strategic Communications Unit – Disclosures Tribunal – Italian Election Results – Brexit
Fionnuala was joined in studio by Jerry Buttimer, Fine Gael Senator & Leader of Seanad Éireann; Jan O’Sullivan, Labour TD for Limerick City; Robert Troy, Fianna Fáil TD for Longford-Westmeath; David Cullinane, Sinn Féin TD for Waterford & Brexit Spokesperson for Sinn Féin; Harry McGee, Political Correspondent for The Irish Times; John McGrane, Director General of The British Irish Chamber of Commerce; Katie Hannon, Political Correspondent with RTÉ Current Affairs and on the line by Federico Fabbrini, Director of the Brexit Institute in DCU.
Weather Updates - Brexit
Katie got the most up to date news on the weather from around the country and the panel discussed the latest Brexit developments.
Weather Payments - Strategic Communications Unit - Brexit
Sarah was joined in studio by Michelle Mulherin, Fine Gael Senator; Bríd Smith, People Before Profit TD for Dublin South Central; Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fáil TD for Meath East; Martin Kenny, Sinn Féin TD for Sligo-Leitrim; Richard Oakley, Editor of The Times Ireland Edition.
Syria and Ghouta - Review of the Irish Aid Programme - US Gun Control
Fionnuala was joined in studio by Brendan Smith, Fianna Fáil TD & Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Defence Committee; Declan Power, Security and Defence Analyst; Suzanne Keatinge, Chief Executive of Dóchas; Sam Taylor, Ireland Director for Médecins Sans Frontières; Mary Whelan, Former Irish Diplomat; and on the line by Fawaz Gerges, Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics & Brian O’Donovan Washington Correspondent for RTÉ News.
Mortgage Sell-Off – Presidential Election
Katie was joined in studio by Peter Burke, Fine Gael TD for Longford-Westmeath; John McGuinness, Fianna Fáil TD for Carlow-Kilkenny; Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Labour Senator; Carly Bailey, Vice-Chair of the Social Democrats; Brendan Keenan, Irish Independent Business Columnist; Ian Kehoe, Editor, Sunday Business Post.
Mortgage Sell-Off – Luas/NDP – Brexit Speeches
Sarah was joined in studio by Jennifer Bray, Deputy Political Editor at The Times Ireland; Michael Fitzmaurice, Independent TD for Roscommon-Galway; Tim Lombard, Fine Gael Senator; John Lahart, Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin South-West; Ciarán Cuffe, Green Party Councillor.
Full Interview with Anne Anderson
Fionnuala Sweeney's full interview with former Irish Ambassador to the US, Anne Anderson.
Winter Olympics - Anne Anderson - Brexit
Fionnuala spoke to Clare MacNamara, RTÉ Sports Correspondent & Adam van Koeverden, CBC reporter & Olympian about the Winter Olympics; former Irish Ambassador to the US, Anne Anderson, joined Fionnuala in studio; & Ursula Tipp, Founding Partner at Tipp McKnight Solicitors; Prof. John O’Brennan, Centre for European and Eurasian Studies, Maynooth University & Stephen Carroll, Business Editor, France 24 discussed Brexit.
Magdalene Report - House Prices - Homicide Figures
Katie was joined in studio by Dr Maeve O’Rourke, Senior Research and Policy Officer, Irish Council for Civil Liberties; Colm Brophy, Fine Gael TD for Dublin South-West; Jan O’Sullivan, Labour TD for Limerick City; Catherine Ardagh, Fianna Fáil Senator; Michael Clifford, Special Correspondent with The Irish Examiner.
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