Wednesday 18th October

Dublin Rents

Paddy O'Gorman has been visiting Dublin's flatlands and he joined Seán in studio this morning to talk about some of the people he met who are living and renting in Dublin.

Religious Orders and Archives

Religious institutions have been plagued by repeated controversies over the decades. Key to delivering justice for anyone involved in these cases is access to information kept by the religious orders involved. Catriona Crowe, historian and former Head of Special Projects at the National Archives, spoke about these records with Seán O'Rourke.

Tracker Mortgage / Financial Ombudsman

The Central Bank says over 100 mortgage holders have lost their properties because they were wrongly moved from their low tracker mortgage. The Bank said overall it's examining 13,000 complaints - but that the final figure is expected to be around 30,000. Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor, discussed this with Seán O'Rourke.

Hamilton / Maths Week

One of the key events of the school calendar is Maths Week. The week normally starts with the annual Hamilton Lecture held in the Royal Irish Academy, which unfortunately had to be cancelled this year but who was Hamilton? Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, Assistant Professor in the School of Mathematics at UCD answered this question.


Fionn Davenport has just come back from a journey of discovery in rural Bohemia, where he found good golf, cheap beer and beautiful towns. He's been to the Czech Republic and he joined Seán O'Rourke to tell us if it's a good spot for a holiday.

UCC Students

Brian O’Connell has been meeting residents near University College Cork, and they say their life is being made intolerable because of some students living in the area.

Ex-Hurricane Ophelia Aftermath

While some struggle with a lack of electricity, water and phone network, others are only now able to assess the damage done to their livelihoods. Joe O'Neill, a dairy farmer in Wicklow, Colin Whooley, a mussel farmer in Cork, and Trudy MacIntyre, an Inshore fisher in Dunmore East, in Waterford spoke to Seán O'Rourke this morning.


Tonight in the Dáil Fianna Fail’s Social Protection Spokesman Willie O’Dea will table a motion on the pensions anomaly Willie O'Dea was joined on the line by Sinn Féin's deputy leader, Mary Lou McDonald this morning to discuss this.

Tuesday 17th October

Mullingar Court

Paddy O'Gorman has been to Mullingar court and he joined Seán O'Rourke in studio this morning to talk about some of the people he met there.

Norah Campbell

It is widely accepted there is a growing obesity crisis in this country, we are getting bigger, yet at the same time, we are bombarded with information about what is health and what’s not. Norah Campbell Assistant Professor of Critical Marketing at Trinity College Dublin discussed this with Seán O'Rourke this morning.

Brian O'Connell

Our reporter Brian O’Connell was in Kerry yesterday tracking Ophelia and the damage done. He has been looking at the aftermath in the south of the country.

Aftermath of Ophelia

As the clean up following storm Ophelia gets underway, Bernadine Moloney, Communications and Public Affairs Manager at ESB, spoke about the latest impact of Storm Ophelia, Sean Hogan, Chair of the Emergency Response Co-ordination Committee also spoke as well as Irish Water's Crisis Management Coordinator, Catherine Walsh.

Daphne Caruana Galizia

The journalist who led the Panama Papers investigation into corruption in Malta was killed yesterday in a car bomb near her home. For more on this story, Herman Grech, the online editor of the Times of Malta spoke to the programme.


Theresa May and the President of the EU Commission Jean Claude Junker say that Brexit negotiations should now ``accelerate over the months to come’’. The joint statement comes after dinner attended by the two leaders in Brussels last night. Former Northern Ireland Secretary, Owen Patterson discussed this with the programme this morning.

President of the Royal College of Physicians

Since its establishment, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland has never had a woman as President of the college. On Wednesday that glass ceiling is set to be smashed when Kerry woman and Consultant in Infectious Diseases Professor Mary Horgan takes charge and she joined Seán O'Rourke in studio.

Storm Ophelia

Minister of State in the Department of Defence and Fine Gael TD for Wexford, Paul Kehoe, and John Sweeney, Climatologist and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography at NUI Maynooth spoke to Sean O'Rourke this morning.

Friday 13th October

The Friday Gathering

Orla O'Connor, Director of The National Women's Council, Danie McConnell, Political Editor of The Irish Examiner, Brid Smith, Solidarity PBP TD Dublin South Central, Fergus O-Dowd, F.G. TD Louth

Democracy and Its Crisis

AC Grayling, Author

Harvey Weinstein

Brian Lloyd, Movies Editor, Entertainment.ie, Neasa Hardiman, Film and TV Director, Sarah Durcan of 'Waking The Feminists'

Cork Boundary Row

Cllr. Seamus McGrath, F.F. Leader on Cork County Council, Cllr. Des Cahill, Fine Gael Cork City Councillor


Sir Bernard Hogan Howe, Former Commissioner London Metropolitan Police

Tracker Mortgage Scandal

Padraic Kissane, Financial Consultant, Jane, Tracker Victim, Thomas Ryan, Tracker Victim

Thursday 12th October

Construction Industry

Mark Farmer, Chief Executive of CAST

Apple Ruling

Ian Guider, Sunday Business Post


Brian O'Connell

Farms and Stamp Duty

John Comer, ICMSA, Lorna Sixsmith, Farmer

Illegal Dumping

Evelyn O'Rourke

Paraic Duffy Director General of the GAA

Paraic Duffy


Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy Age Action, Emer Kirk, Connect Women In Pensions

Wednesday 11th October

Joy Neville

Professional Rugby Referee

Book: Belonging: The Story of the Jews 1492 - 1900

Simon Schama, Author

Good Luck Bad Luck Folklore

Michael Fortune, Folklore Expert

Budget 2018

Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform

Tuesday 10th October


With just over an hour to Minister Paschal Donohue’s Budget Speech, Kevin Doyle, group political editor of Independent News and Media spoke to the programme from our Dáil studio.

Gorbachev: His Life and Times

Gorbachev: His Life and Times is William Taubman's fourth book on the Soviet Union. The others include the Pulitzer Prize-winning Khrushchev: The Man and His Era. He teaches Political Science at Amherst College in Massachusetts. William Taubman discussed his new book and the former Soviet leader with Sean O'Rourke this morning.

Portlaoise District Court

Paddy O'Gorman has been to the district court in Portlaoise, and he joined Sean O'Rourke in studio to talk about some of the people he met there.


All eyes are on Catalonia today with the Catalan President Charles Puigdemont due to give his much anticipated address to the regional parliament later this afternoon. Guy Hedgecoe is the Irish Times' correspondent in Barcelona and he spoke to the programme this morning.

Bloomberg Brexit

The Bloomberg news agency says Ireland is set to lose out in the race to host the European Banking Authority and the European Medicines Agency after Brexit.  Dara Doyle from Bloomberg updated Sean O'Rourke this morning.

Coping With Sight Loss

Gillian Stafford, who is visually impaired and by Professor Jane Farrer who is working with cutting edge technology helping those affected by sight loss spoke to Sean O'Rourke this morning.

Soccer Reaction

Sean O'Rourke reflected on the Republic Of Ireland soccer team's win in Cardiff last night with Irish super-fan Davy Keogh, former Irish soccer players Kevin Moran, and John Aldridge, and the Irish Times soccer correspondent, Emmett Malone.

Budget Preview

In just a few hours, we’ll hear the final details of Budget 2018, and you’ll find out how exactly this year’s measures are going to impact yourpocket. Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor of the Irish Independent, Marie Sherlock, SIPTU Economist, and Pat Mahon, Tax Partner with PwC all joined Sean O'Rourke in studio to talk us through it all.

Monday 9th October

Weekend Sport

Damian Lawlor, Presenter of RTE GAA Podcast, Orla Bannon, Broadcaster and Sports Journalist

Post Office Closures

Brian O'Connell

The Animals Among Us: The New Science Of Anthrozoology

John Bradshaw, Author

Catalonia Update

James Badcock, Madrid Corespondent, Telegraph


David Coleman, Clinical Child Psychologist

Theresa May & Brexit

Andrew Pierce, Consultant Editor and Columnist Daily Mail

In The Name Of The Son: The Gerry Conlon Story

Richard O'Rawe, Author

Budget Preview

Tom Parlon, D.G. Construction Industry Federation, Fiach Kelly, Political Correspondent Irish Times

Friday 6th October

The Friday Gathering

Niamh Lyons, Political Editor, Irish Edition of The Times, Darragh O'Brien, F.F. TD Dublin Fingal, Alison O'Connor, Columnist with the Irish Examiner, Andrew Doyle, Minister for Food, Forestry and Horticulture

Gym for the Homeless

Paddy O'Gorman

Callan's Kicks

Oliver Callan

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