Excitement in Portumna09/03/15
Ahead of this Sunday's All Ireland hurling final, we heard some of the hype that's building in one Galway town...and the hope that the Tribesmen just might do it.
Renua Ireland was the first of the parties to hold a think in before the Dail resumes in three weeks' time. Fergal Keane went along for the day-long session of discussion on a whole range of issues....
New CAO scheme
The Minister for Education unveiled significant changes to the current 14-point A1s, A2s, B1s, B2s, etc. We spoke to Professor Philip Nolan who chaired the group which recommended the changes...
On the ground...
Today, we devoted a good portion of the programme to reports from journalists travelling with refugees aboard packed trains. We also spoke to Kobani journalist, Shams Shanin who had been talking to the father of the Syrian child washed up on the beach...
What can we do?
The question is being asked more persistently with each passing day - how many refugees should be accept? Philip Boucher Hayes has been looking at this....and also looking back at the various times in our history when we have taken in those fleeing...
The power of that picture
The photo of Aylan Kurdi lying face down on a beach has sparked an international outcry. What is it about that particular picture - amidst thousands of others - that provoked such a response. We spoke to Julien Behal, award winning photograph about...
Mixed Messages on Refugees
Many European leaders say they are trying to find a solution to the growing number of migrant deaths...but there have been mixed messages on how different nation states propose to deal with the crisis. Della Kilroy put together a package of those...
Pope pardons women who have had abortions
Pope Francis has instructed all of his priests to forgive women who have had abortions - but regret having had the procedure - in this, the Church's Jubilee Year of Mercy. We spoke to Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent with The Irish Times.
What do Irish people think of the migrant crisis?
Our reporter, Brian Lally went for a walk down Henry Street in Dublin today to ask people their views on the migrant crisis. This is what he heard...
Drowning of Syrian boy
This photograph of a Syrian child washed up on a beach at Bodrum in Turkey has gone viral today. It is believed the boy was on a boat which sank between Turkey and Greece. We heard the latest on the migrant crisis from reporters on the ground...
Student Accommodation crisis
A new report from the Higher Education Authority has found an unprecedented demand for student accommodation with a shortfall of 25,000 student bed places across the country. We heard from students affected and spoke to USI President, Kevin Donoghue
Michael Fingleton at the Banking Inquiry
The former Chief Executive of Irish Nationwide Building Society, Michael Fingleton was at the Banking Inquiry today. Fergal Keane was watching the proceedings...
Twenty four hours after the release of the Fennelly Report, Philip Boucher Hayes examines the findings, with further analysis from Pat Leady, Political Editor of The Sunday Business Post and reaction from Minister of State at the Department of...
The Fennelly Report
Late in the evening, we got our hands on the 300 page Report. Fergal Keane took us through the main points and we hear the reaction of An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.
Travelling with migrants
A number of journalists have been following migrants as they make their arduous and dangerous journey from Syria to Europe. We spoke to Andrew Connolly who is on a ferry with 1,800 people in the Aegean Sea and to Nabih Bulous who joined us from a...
Boxing's Billy Walsh
Uncertainty continues on the future of Irish Boxing's High Performance coach. We got the latest on the story and we also spoke to Olympic silver medal winner, John Joe Nevin about why Billy means so much to boxing.
Sean Conlan TD Arrested
Sean Conlan, Fine Gael TD for Cavan-Monaghan was arrested by appointment this morning in connection with an alleged assault in a pub. We got the story from Philip Ryan, Group Political Correspondent with Independent Newspapers...
Pushed, jumped or persuaded to go?
Philip Boucher-Hayes previews the Fennelly Report on Martin Callinan's controversial retirement
This week, Jill Kerby and Karl Deeter spoke to Mary about the cost and complications involved in being left an inheritance - or leaving an inheritance to someone who lives abroad.
Van Morrison at 70
The Belfast singer celebrates his 70th birthday today. Brian Lally made his way to Cypress Avenue, just a few steps away from the singer's birthplace in Hyndeford Street in Belfast to catch up with some Van-oraks.
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