Friday 20th July

The Gathering

Looking back at the big stories of the week we are joined by Kate O'Connell Fine Gael TD for Dublin Bay South, Lisa Chambers FF TD for Mayo, Prof. John O'Brennan of NUI Maynooth and Mick Clifford Political Correspondent with the Irish Examiner.

How To Give Up Plastic

Evelyn O'Rourke goes routing in the recycling bin while Will McCallum, Head of Oceans at Greenpeace UK and Author and of How To Give Up Plastic joins Philip to take us through some tips for giving up plastic.

Liam Miller Tribute Match Row - Páirc Uí Chaoimh

The row in Cork continues as the Cork County Board says that the GAA's Rule 42 bans the use of Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium for other codes. Barrister and Sports law specialist Tim O'Connor joins us to discuss the legal grounds of a challenge to the stadium's unavailability.

Eating While Driving

Road safety Officer Noel Gibbons joins us to discuss the potentially serious impact eating while driving can have on your reaction time.

Tourism In Ireland - Cliffs Of Moher

Brian O’Connell continues his series looking at who is benefiting from our rising visitor numbers and how fairly the spend is spread as he headed to Cliffs of Moher and the wider area, where visitor numbers have increased spectacularly, but not everyone is happy.

Traveller Accommodation In Galway

Members of the Travelling community in Galway city and county have undertaken a survey of accommodation in a site-by-site survey. Joanna Corcoran was one of the people who conducted the survey and joined us on the line from Galway.

Mary Lou McDonald Met With Theresa May

Theresa May will use a speech in Belfast shortly to rule out agreeing to any Border backstop. Mary Lou McDonald joins Philip on the line having just met with the British Prime Minister.

Facebook Data

Facebook has agreed to share data around online advertising during the abortion referendum campaign. Making it possible to identify the volume of adverts coming from overseas. Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan joins us in studio.

Thursday 19th July

Tackling Childhood Obesity In Schools

Ireland is on course to become the heaviest nation in Europe by 2030 with almost one- third of Irish children now overweight. Janis Morrissey, Health Promotion Manager with the Irish Heart Foundation and Professor Donal O’Shea, HSE Clinical Lead for Obesity joined Philip Boucher-Hayes in studio this morning to discuss this.

Cost Of Tickets For Sports Events

Are major sporting organisations here in danger of pricing loyal fans out of following their favourite teams? Our reporter Brian O’Connell has been looking at this for us and he spoke to Philip Boucher-Hayes this morning.

50 Years Of The Contraception Debate In Ireland

This month, fifty years ago, the church banned any form of artificial birth control. The encyclical Human Vitae, published by Pope Paul the sixth in 1968 caused no small amount of controversy at the time. Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD joined Philip Boucher-Hayes in studio to look back on its impact on Irish society.


Ryanair has grounded 600 flights next week due to industrial action by cabin crew workers. Simon Calder, Travel Editor with The London Independent and Gabriel Mocho Rodriguez, Civil Aviation Secretary at International transport workers' federation discussed this with Philip Boucher-Hayes this morning.

Review Of The Gender Recognition Act

Children under the age of 18 will be able to change their gender, through their own decision, under new changes that have been recommended to Government. Sara R Philips, Chair of TENI and a trans woman, and also Cearbhall Turroain, who is non-binary joined Philip Boucher-Hayes in studio this morning to discuss this.


Communications Minister Denis Naughten will meet with Facebook executives in New York later today, following the broadcast of a Dispatches investigation on Channel 4. Labour Party spokesman on justice and children, Seán Sherlock and Cyber Psychologist Dr Mary Aiken joined Philip Boucher-Hayes on the line.

Theresa May Visits the Border

British Prime Minister, Theresa May arrives in Northern Ireland today on a two day visit which will include a stop off along the border. Sammy Wilson, DUP MP, David Harding, Spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Conservative Party and vet in Coleraine, and Damian McGinnity, Border Communities Against Brexit joined Philip Boucher-Hayes on the line.

Wednesday 18th July

Drought Farmers

Good weather woes.

Harry and Enda


Fr Brendan Hoban

Pope visit.

The Presidency

Who will be put forward by the various parties?


Travel with Fionn Davenport.

Retiring Politicians

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Nessa Childers, Independent MEP for Dublin and Willie Penrose Labour TD for Longford-Westmeath since 1992 have all decided the time for retirement is upon them, Philip finds out their reasoning.

Waiting Lists

The HSE has been sending people on hospital waiting lists across the country 'validation letters' asking if they wish to remain on waiting lists, some have just a 10-day response time frame before your spot is gone.

Facebook Documentary

The Dispatches programme on Channel 4 last night sent an undercover reporter into the social media giant revealing failures to remove hate speech, violent and abusive content.

Tuesday 17th July

My Broken Brain

Ronan Smith, Billy Reilly, Sharon Reilly

Cloverhill Prison

Paddy O'Gorman

Water Restrictions

Professor Stuart Khan, University of New South Wales

Trump-Putin Summit

Marion McKeone, U.S. Correspondent Sunday Business Post

Thailand Cave Rescue Mission

Jim Warny


Mairead McGuinness, Vice President European Parliament, Andrew Bridgen, Conservative MP North West Leicestershire, Sammy Wilson, DUP MP East Antrim

Motor Insurance

Michael McGrath, F.F. TD Cork South Central, Peter Boland, Alliance for Insurance Reform

Monday 16th July

Weekend Sport

Damian Lawlor, Orla Bannon, Ciaran Murphy

Ex Defence Forces Homelessness

Brian O'Connell

Landlords Research

Pat Davitt, CEO of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers

Drunk Tanks

Jerry Buttimer, Senator, Dr. Fergal Hickey, Irish Association for Emergency Medicine

Water Shortages

Paul Melia, Environment Editor at the Irish Independent

Elder Abuse

Patricia Rickard-Clarke, Chair of the National Committee for Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults, Dr. Des O'Neill, Geriatrician at Tallaght University Hospital, Billy O'Keeffe, Age Action Ireland

Legal Fees

Ken Murphy, Director General of the Law Society, Neil McDonnell, Chief Executive, ISME

Helsinki Summit

Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies, Bradford University, Mary Dejevsky, Former Moscow Correspondent and Columnist with the English Independent

Friday 13th July

Friday Gathering

Brian Hayes, F.G. MEP, Peadar Toibin, S.F. TD Meath West, Sinead O'Carroll, News Editor TheJournal.ie, Shona Murray, Foreign Correspondent, Irish Independent

Good Vibes Cookbook – Tasty, Super-Healthy Recipes

Myles Lambreth

World Cup in Russia

Enda Brady, Sky News Correspondent

Death of a man in Mallow last night

Ralph Riegel, Southern Correspondent Irish Independent

Dundalk District Court

Paddy O'Gorman

Letters by Constance Markievicz

Mary Kenny, Writer and Journalist, Jeananne Crowley, Actress and Writer

Derry Riots

Aoife Grace Moore, Journalist with the Press Association

President Trump

Will Hutton, Political Economist and Journalist

Sláintecare Executive Director

Roisin Shortall, Co-Leader Social Democrats

Thursday 12th July

Community CCTV Scheme

Brian O'Connell

Domestic Violence

Davina James-Hanman, Independent Violence Against Women Consultant

Cap on Cancer Victims Costs

Stephen Teap

World Cup: England and Croatia

Paddy O'Gorman report, Jonathan Northcroft, Sunday Times Football Correspondent

Wills, Inheritance and Tax

Tim Bracken, Barrister and Author of The Probate Handbook

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