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    Friday 29th April

    The Gathering

    This week's Friday panel to review the week’s news in studio today are Kate O’Connell, Fine Gael TD for Dublin Bay South,Sean Fleming, Fianna Fail TD for Laois, Katie Hannon, Political Correspondent for RTE’s Prime Time and Michael O’Regan, Parliamentary Correspondent with the Irish Times.

    Prison Step Down Facility

    should an ex prisoner facility be located near schools or in a tourist area? That’s the question some residents are asking in the Patrick’s Hill area of Cork city, where there are proposals to house female prisoners in a step down facility. Our reporter Brian O’Connell has been to meet residents and hear their concerns.

    Political Update

    John Downing of the Irish Independent gave us his analysis of what has been going on this week with negotiation talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.


    Paddy O'Gorman gives us a recap of his visit to the courts in Newcastle West

    Glass Bottle Site

    It's now 10 years since an astonishing €431 million was paid for the Glass Bottle site in Dublin's Ringsend and the site is still standing empty. Tom Lyons, Business Editor with the Sunday Business Post, tells what has happened to the site since the sale

    Census 2016

    Senior statistician with the Central Statistics Office, Deirdre Cullen, joined us in studio to take us through what happens next once the census forms are collected.

    Homeless Death

    It's being reported today that a man found dead in St. Stephens Green in Dublin on Monday was a homeless man.  The death once again highlights the homelessness crisis facing the country.  Fr Peter McVerry talks to Keelin Shanley.

    Thursday 28th April

    Book Club - My Name is Lucy Barton

    This week we have the latest offering from Pulitzer-prize winning author Elizabeth Strout, it’s called  My name is Lucy Barton and it examines motherhood, love, poverty and identity. Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre Michael Colgan and authors Natasha Fennell, Alana Kirk and John Connolly joined us in studio.

    House Hunters

    Paddy O'Gorman spoke with those who spend their Saturday mornings viewing property with the aim to make a purchase, some have been looking for over a year, having been outbid on occasion.

    New Senator Frances Black

    Singer Frances Black was last night elected to the Seanad on the 27th count. As well as being one of Ireland's best known singers she is also the founder of the RISE Foundation, an addiction charity.

    Government Formation

    If terms for the formation of a minority government can be finalised, then attention turns to the independent TDs, at least six of whom need to be brought on board to support Fine Gael. Michael Collins, Independent TD for Cork South West joined Keelin on the line this morning

    Leaving Cert Maths

    A new report from the State exams commission suggests that some students who made the jump to 'honours' maths in the Leaving Certificate took the wrong decision with examiners expressing concern at the lack of basic skills of some students sitting the higher level maths paper. To discuss this further, Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain joined Keelin Shanley

    New National Children's Hospital

    The Health Minister said receiving the phone call this morning that planning permission had been granted for the children's hospital was the best phone call he ever received in politics. He spoke to Keelin Shanley about his certainty for funding for the hospital, due to be completed in 2020.

    Government Formation Talks

    Eamon Ryan, leader of the Green party, Niall Collins, Fianna Fáil TD in Limerick and Gary Murphy, School of Law and Government at DCU joined Keelin Shanley in studio this morning to discuss the new proposals for suspending water charges and answer whether or not this will be the end of them after all.

    Wednesday 27th April

    Housing List Refusals

    The Irish Examiner revealed reasons some people on the social housing list gave for not accepting a house offered to them. These included not having enough room for a trampoline and rejecting a house with sea views because of fears around sea sickness. Brian O’Connell visited some of those houses that people on the housing list turned down.

    Virtual Reality

    Dean Johnson, of Brandwidth joined us to talk about the developments being made in the technology of Virtual Reality.


    LUAS drivers are planning another round of stoppages in the long running dispute over pay. Martin Wall of The Irish Times reports

    US Primaries

    A clean sweep for Trump and four-out-of-five for Hillary Clinton in the latest presidential primaries in the US. It now looks like the two will face off in the presidential race proper. Graham Finlay, Lecturer in the School of Politics in UCD is in studio

    Alan Shatter, former Justice Minister

    Former justice minister Alan Shatter has called for the O'Higgins Report to be published today. The Commission of Inquiry has found that former minister for justice Alan Shatter took allegations of garda whistleblowers very seriously. Michael Clifford, Special Correspondent, The Irish Examiner, explains some of the findings.

    Government Formation Talks

    Michael D’Arcy, Fine Gael TD, Wexford, Lisa Chambers, Fianna Fáil TD, Mayo, Eoin O Broin, Sinn Féin Dublin Mid West andNiamh Lyons, Political Editor, The Times, Ireland Edition spoke to us this morning on what we can expect by the end of the week.

    Tuesday 26th April

    Book: The Pressure Principle

    Author of “The Pressure Principle....Dr Dave Alred has compiled his knowledge about how best to function under the most stressful conditions in his new book - and almost all of what he knows comes from coaching with some of the world’s elite sports people including Jonny Wilkinson and Padraig Harrington

    Hillsborough Verdict

    A UK jury has returned a verdict on an inquest into the collapse of the Hillsborough stadium in 1989 that caused the deaths of 96 people... The six men and three women heard evidence for two years, making this the longest legal proceeding in British history. Peter Hooton, lead singer of the Farm, was at the Hillsborough stadium that day.

    Women in the Defence Forces

    Ninety four per cent male and six percent female, that's the make up of the Irish Defence Forces at the moment. It's a statistic the military are keen to change with the launch of a new recruitment drive targeted predominantly at women this month. Sergeant Valerie Cole and Lieutenant Colonel Mary Carroll joined Keelin in studio.

    Government Formation Talks

    Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil remain stuck on Irish Water. Day 60 and while they are still talking - it's not looking good. So while the Dáil meets again today, the formation of a Government would appear no likely than before the weekend. Pat Leahy, deputy political editor of the Irish Times was on the line.


    It's over twenty years since legislation was introduced allowing for divorce in Ireland following a referendum campaign marked by bitter divisions and dramatic predictions. But the predicted rush never happened -- today Ireland has the lowest divorce rate in the EU. Roderick Tyrell, a leading family law solicitor and mediator is in studio

    Cancer Tests Waitings List

    A new report commissioned by the Irish Cancer Society has found that public patients are likely to wait up to 25 times longer than private patients for potentially life saving tests. Prof John Crown, consultant oncologist, Dr. Yvonne Williams GP of the Irish College of General Practitioners, and Conor MacLiam, campaigner, joined us to discuss


    Two men were murdered in Dublin last night within hours of each other. Dermot O'Brien, President of GRA and Dublin Central TD and Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald joined us as well as Michael O'Toole, crime correspondent with the Irish Daily Star.

    Monday 25th April

    Weekend Sport

    Joining Keelin in studio this morning were Eugene McGee, GAA columnist with the Irish Independent and former inter-county manager...sports writer Orla Bannon...and author and broadcaster Damian Lawlor.

    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf opens at the Gate Theatre on Thursday and for Artistic Director Michael Colgan, getting the play on the Dublin stage has been a labour of love... one that has taken nearly three decades from start to finish....and he joined Keelin in studio this morning.

    St. Vincent's Hospital Governance Row

    Plans to move the National Maternity Hospital into St. Vincent's University Hospital have again collapsed over a dispute on how the co-location would be governed. Professor Chris Fitzpatrick is Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Coombe hospital and the HSE representative in the merger negotiations and he joined Keelin this morning.

    Healthcare Sector Recruitment

    Last weekend hundreds of Irish nurses and other healthcare professional went to the RDS to attend a Jobs Fair aimed a recruiting staff for hospitals both at home and abroad. Evelyn O'Rourke went along to see who was there and what was on offer


    Under Section 117 of the Succession Act 1965, the child of a person who has died leaving a Will can contest the Will if they feel they haven't been properly provided for. The Law Reform Commission is proposing to amend this section. To discuss Keelin Shanley talks to Tim Bracken, Barrister at Law

    Government Talks

    Irish Water is featuring prominently in Government negotiations. We hear the latest update from Regina Doherty, Fine Gael TD for Meath East, John McGuinness, Fianna Fáil TD for Carlow Kilkenny; and Fiach Kelly, Political Correspondent for The Irish Times

    Friday 22nd April

    The Gathering

    Peadar Toibin, Sinn Feind TD Meath West, Thomas Byrne, Fianna Fail TD Meath East, Alison O'Connor, Columnist, The Examiner, Catherine Halloran, Politial Correspondent, Irish Daily Star

    Game of Thrones

    Taragh Loughrey Grant, Multi-Media Journalist, John Boland, TV Critic, Irish Independent

    Nepal - One Year After Earthquake

    Jason O'Brien, Deputy Editor, Mark Condren, Photojournalist with INM Media

    Policing Authority

    Josephine Feehily, Head of New Policing Authority

    Political Update

    Peter White, Former Fine Gael Press Secretary, Noel Whelan, Barrister and Political Columnist, Professor Tim Bale, Political Strategist

    Thursday 21st April

    Treating Sick Kids at Home

    Alf Nicholson, Professor of Paediatrics, Temple Street Hospital in Dublin


    Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor, Irish Independent

    Technology and Self Image in Adolescents

    Professor Mary Aiken, CyberPsychologist

    Wage Demands and Cost of Housing

    Danny McCoy, Chief Executive, IBEC, Liam Doran, General Secretary, INMO

    Wednesday 20th April


    Paraic Horkan, Horkans Garden and Lifestyle

    Queen Elizabeth Turns 90

    Professor Kate Williams, Royal Historian

    Suspended Sentences

    James McGuill, Criminal Lawyer, Dr. Niamh Hourigan, Department of Sociology, UCC

    Modular Housing

    John Cooke, Reporter, in Finglas in Dublin

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