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Drivetime

RTÉ, RTÉ Radio 1
90 episodes
Highlights from the daily news programme with Sarah McInerney and Cormac O’Eadhra. Featuring all the latest stories, interviews and special reports. Listen live Monday to Friday at 4.30pm on RTÉ Radio 1.

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Tourism Industry calls for a bank holiday in September

Eoghan O'Mara Walsh, CEO Irish Tourism Industry Confederation, urges the government to introduce a one-off bank holiday this September.

Non-essential retail outlets open their doors to customers again

After almost five months in a lockdown non-essential retail returns - Della Kilroy hears from eager shoppers

Coillte increase surveillance in illegal dumping blackspots

Mick Power, Coillte's National Estates Manager, tells us why Coillte has had to increase its surveillance of forests by using remote cameras to monitor illegal dumping activity and to help seek prosecutions.

Has your smartphone turned you into a human snail?

Pauline Garvey, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Maynooth University, says we're retreating 'home' into our phones more and more - even while sitting in our physical homes

Museums reopen today, cinemas might be back in June

Catherine Martin - Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, on today's reopening, the mixed messages from Gov on 'antigen tests' and the growing unease regarding the housing crisis.

The role of women in the Catholic Church

Brendan Leahy, Bishop of Limerick; and Rose O'Connor, Chair of the Limerick Diocese Women in Leadership Working Group, discuss a report which says the Catholic Church needs to radically rethink the role of women

Google Maps upgrade to show more eco-friendly routes

Martin Fitzpatrick, Principal EHO Dublin City Council, tells us about Google's Air View car which will monitor air quality in Dublin city

Possible amnesty for British soldiers who served in NI

Johnny Mercer, Conservative MP; and Claire Hanna, SDLP MP for South Belfast, discuss a possible amnesty for British soldiers who served in Northern Ireland

In-person viewings return for prospective home buyers

Fergal Keane meets one estate agent at a house viewing and hears what she and her clients have to say about the housing market.

Gang member jailed for laundering over €750,000

Paul Reynolds, Crime Correspondent, reports that a criminal gang member has been jailed today for laundering over €750,000 of organised crime money using 27 bank accounts and five fake companies.

Ireland's shortage of acute mental health beds

Dr Anne Doherty, IHCA member and Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at the Mater Hospital, on Ireland's shortage of acute mental health beds

Eoghan Harris interview

Sarah McInerney spoke to journalist, Eoghan Harris, after his contract with the Sunday Independent was terminated, because of his involvement with an anonymous Twitter account.

Lidl Covid Tests

John Cooke has been asking shoppers in Limerick for their views on €25 Covid Tests for Sale in Lidl

Antigen testing

Kingston Mills, Professor of Experimental Immunology at Trinity College Dublin; and Kevin Quinn, Head of Commercial & Marketing at Leinster Rugby Club, discuss antigen testing.

The number of people allowed on public transport increases from Monday

Anne Graham, NTA Chief Executive Officer, on the do's and don'ts of travel during Covid-19.

Gaeltacht courses cancelled for second year running

Éamon Ó Cuív, Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West, gives his reaction to Irish Language Summer Colleges being closed for a second year in a row

Should you be wary or relaxed about partners spending time with exes

Allison Keating, chartered psychologist, on if it is ok to be friends with your ex after you're married?

Legal reaction to an anonymous Twitter account

Niall Murphy, Lawyer with KRW Law, gives his reaction to Eoghan Harris' involvement with an anonymous Twitter account.

Vuture Funds

John Moran, Former secretary general of the Department of Finance, gives his verdict on whether vulture funds are essential to Ireland's property market.

IPHA urges Govt to oppose vaccine patent waiver

Oliver O'Connor, Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association's Chief Executive, responds to the US government's support of a proposed waiver of patents on Covid vaccines.

Children eating more junk food since pandemic began - study

Joana De Silva, Safefood chief specialist in nutrition, tells us that 50% of children are eating more junk food since the pandemic began .

Reports of UK plan to ban Troubles-era prosecutions

Brendan Boyle, US Congressman, on a possible ban on prosecution of ex British Soldiers in Northern Ireland

Move from Stormont Agreement would be 'breach of trust'

As the Taoiseach warns London against a Unilateral amnesty over Troubles killings, we speak to the daughter of slain IRA man, Joe McCann.

Irish athletes to be vaccinated ahead of Olympics

Della Kilroy reports that athletes and their support teams will get the Pfizer jab thanks to a new agreement between the pharmaceutical company and the International Olympic Committee.

Will the government act to stop investment funds buying up housing estates?

Seán Fleming, Minister of State at the Department of Finance, and Rory Hearne, Assistant Professor Social Policy Maynooth University, on how quickly can the government deal with the issue of investors snapping up housing estates built for home-buyers?

Can rapid Covid testing get students back to a real college experience?

John Cooke is on campus at the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology to find out if rapid Covid testing pave the way for a return to a real college experience?

Why are violent thefts of bikes and e-scooters on the rise?

Maria Delaney, Journal.ie. and Zara Flynn, whose son was attacked and bike robbed, discuss the increase of bike and e-scooter thefts in Dublin

Temple Bar businesses plan for up to 3,000 outdoor diners this summer

Della Kilroy reports how almost 3,000 diners could be seated outside restaurants, cafes and pubs in Dublin's Temple Bar when pandemic restrictions ease in June.

Could an album of Lego sounds be the surprise chart hit of the summer?

Dr. Enda Bates, Music & Media Technologies, at the School of Engineering in Trinity, tells us if an album of Lego sounds be the surprise chart hit of the summer?

Pledges made to deal with investment fund situation

Pearse Doherty, Sinn Féin Finance Spokersperson; and Mary Fitzpatrick, Fianna Fáil Senator and member of the Oireachtas housing committee, on investment funds buying housing estates built for home-buyers.