Friday 2nd December

The Gathering

Kate O'Connell, Fine Gael TD Dublin Bay South, Paul Murphy, AAA People Before Profit TD, Cormac Lucey, Financial Analyst and Sunday Times Columnist, Colette Browne, Irish Independent

National Crafts and Design Fair

Florrie Purcell, The Scullery, Tony Hoynes, Palm Free Irish Soap, Emma Andrews, Textile Artis

Andrew Sachs

John McEntee, Executive Diary Editor London Daily Mail

Social Welfare at Christmas

Paddy O'Gorman

Medicinal Cannabis

Vera Twomey, mother of Ava, Dr. John Hillery, Consultant Psychiatrist

Alleged Sexual Assault at Dublin Private School

Patsy McGarry, Irish Times

Water Charges

Padraig O Ceidigh, Chairman Water Committee

Thursday 1st December

Planning for Care in Old Age

John Costello, Author of Law and Finance in Retirement

Yellow App

Grainia Long, Chief Executive of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Revenue Officers at the National Parcel Centre

Evelyn O'Rourke

Farm Safety

Padraig Higgins

Dry November

Frank Murray, Liver Specialist in Beaumont Hospital

30KM Speed Limit

Ciaran Cuffe, Chair Dublin City Council Transport Committee, Conor Faughnan, Director of Consumer Affairs AA Ireland

Water Charges

John Comer, President, ICMSA, Damien English, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal

Wednesday 30th November

Undocumented Irish

Michael, undocumented Irish person and Billy Lawless, Chicago-based Irish Senator


Niall MacMonagle

Book: The Road to Ruin

James Rickards, Author

Football Sex Abuse

Enda Brady, SKY News


Track (1) My Portion Track (2) Apocylpto

Finding Banni

Colm Flynn

Bertie Ahern Coming Back

John Downing, Irish Independent

Commission on Water Charges Report

Brendan Ogle, Right 2Water Campaign, Alan Farrell, Fine Gael TD, Alan Kelly, Labour Party TD

Tuesday 29th November

Supermacs Founder and MD

Pat McDonagh

Homelessness in Limerick

Brian O'Connell

Murder of Brian Stack

Austin Stack, son of Brian Stack

Tracker Mortgage

David Hall, CEO Irish Mortgage Holders Association

Pensions Crisis

Justine McCarthy, Columnist Sunday Times, Jim Stewart, Adjunct Professor of Finance Trinity College, Dublin

Rise of the Right

Paddy Agnew, Rome Correspondent Irish Times, Kate Connolly, Berlin Correspondent Guardian and Observer, Pierre Briancon, Senior Correspondent for Politico.eu in Paris

Water Charges

Mick Barry, AAA People Before Profit, Harry McGee, Irish Times

Monday 28th November

Weekend Sport

Damian Lawlor, Orla Bannon and Hugo MacNeill

Taoiseach Meets Pope Francis

Tony Connelly , RTE

Children's Books this Christmas

Elaina Ryan, Director of Children's Books Ireland


Stephen Collins, Political Editor Irish Times

Ballinasloe District Court

Paddy O'Gorman

Gender Dysphoria

Professor Jim Lucey

CF Drug Orkambi

Orla Tinsley

President Higgins and Fidel Castro

Gerry Adams, President Sinn Fein, Ciaran Cannon, Fine Gael TD

Friday 25th November

The Gathering

Time now for our Friday Gathering...Alan Farrell, Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Peader Toibin, Sinn Fein TD for Meath West, Lise Hand, journalist and broadcaster...and Ger Colleran, columnist and former editor of the Irish Daily Star joined us in studio.


The Gorey to Rosslare train is under threat. Paddy O'Gorman reports.

RTÉ Cut Children's Programmes

Many of you will remember that theme tune ‘How Do You Do?’ presented by Mary Fitzgerald. this morning Mary Fitzgerald has a letter in the Irish Times in response to a statement by RTÉ because yesterday, RTÉ announced that it is to stop making programmes for young people in house.

Travellers Education

less than one per cent of members of the travelling community go onto third level education.  However two college students are hoping to change this and help more travellers get into college. They are 21-year-old TJ Hogan and 19-year-old Chrisdina O’Neill and they both joined us from the Cork studio

Orla Kiely

Orla Kiely has created a successful global brand, andwas awarded an OBE for services to the fashion industry. Her designs are seen in many places, from handbags to coats worn by Kate Middleton to literally, the back of a bus. In Ireland to host a lunch event today for Barretstown the children’s charity, Orla Kiely joined us in studio.

Water Charges and Kevin Duffy

The Dáil erupted into chaos yesterday - and had to be adjourned for twenty minutes - over the appointment of a chair for the special committee on water charges.Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty stood by the appointment and called for the comments to be retracted. She spoke to us this morning.

Kevin Duffy Comments

Chair of the Public Service Pay Commission Kevin Duffy came under fire by saying that strike by Gardaí would have been 'unlawful by any standards'. Speaking yesterday, Mr. Duffy described the strike as a threat as 'mutiny'. we spoke to Ciaran O'Neill, President of the GRA and Liam Doran, General Secretary of the INMO.

Thursday 24th November

Daniel McConnell, Political Editor of The Irish Examiner

From news of a serious Cabinet row on neutrality to political disquiet on the Public Health Alcohol Bill and speculation it will be shelved until next year. It would appear discussions at the Cabinet table have been fraught of late. Daniel McConnell, political editor of The Irish Examiner joined us in studio.

Book Club: Conclave

And now time for our book of the month, a political thriller set in the Vatican by best-selling author Robert Harris. It opens with the news that the pope is dead and all the cardinals are summoned to the Vatican to elect his successor.

Ireland and the Race to Mars

NASA and China have announced plans to land rovers on Mars in 2020. It is anticipated that a manned mission from Earth to Mars and back will take five years, and Irish researchers and companies are part of global efforts to make sure that a manned Mars mission is a success. Sean Duke, our science contributor was here to tell us more.

Irish Water

reas including Rush and Howth in Dublin, An Spideal and An Cheathrú Rua in Galway, Kilmore Quay in Wexford, ten locations in Cork and 11 in Donegal are all affected according to a report released this morning by the Environmental Protection Agency. We were joined this morning by Sean Laffey, Irish Water's Head of Asset Management.

Central Bank Reaction

As we know, the Central Bank yesterday made a major change to its lending rules... meaning first- home buyers will only have to save a deposit worth 10 per cent of the property’s purchase price, irrespective of the cost, as long as they meet other lending criteria. Director General of the Construction Industry Federation Tom Parlon joined us.

Cyber Shop Advice

Black Friday, the retail sales bonanza we’ve inherited from the US, officially starts in less than 24 hours...and next week it will be followed by Cyber Monday, the online discount day that focuses mostly on fashion sales. So how can you make sure you shop safe online? Paul C Dwyer, CEO of Cyber Risk International gave us this advice.

Alcohol Minimum Pricing

A new study has been looking at the minimum unit pricing of alcohol and its potential impact. The research has been done by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the Health Research Board. Lead researcher Dr Grainne Cousins of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland spoke to us this morning.

Central Bank

The Central Bank has eased mortgage restrictions for first time buyers, in its first review of rules introduced in February 2015. Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, Sharon Donnery joined us in studio.

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