The RTÉ team at Leinster House and guests have an informal discussion about what has been happening in the world of Irish politics. New episodes available every Thursday evening.
Fanning the flames: latest arson attack sparks concern
27:45An eventful week, which saw the passing of former taoiseach John Bruton and a moving tribute from his brother, Richard. Another arson attack prompted charges of Govt inaction, and there's a slip in support for Sinn Féin (which retains a commanding lead). Áine Lawlor is joined by Paul Cunningham, Sandra Hurley and Tommy Meskill.
Govt takes harder line on migrants
20:58Another damning report into mismanagement at RTÉ, and still no clarity over whether the Government can agree on a new funding model. Áine notes "a lot of fudge built into" the deal to get the Northern Ireland Executive back up and running. Along with someone wearing a wire to the crucial DUP gathering.
Truffles and throuples
23:29Integration Minister Roderic O'Gorman may be the first to put "throuple" on the Dáil record. A culinary response took a turn for the surreal, and far from the wording of the family referendum which was being debated. Áine and the team also consider recent arson attacks, Davos and international opportunities for some of our politicians.
Govt under pressure to support Israel genocide case
22:03With South Africa addressing the top UN court to demand that Israel immediately suspend its military operation in Gaza, the Government is coming under increased pressure for its refusal to support the bid. Amid apparent differences within the Coalition, the unity across the Opposition benches is adding to the administration's discomfort.
Looming elections..the packed political agenda for 2024
32:48In this special Christmas edition, Tommy Meskill speaks to Simon Harris, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Labour's justice spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Ciara Phelan of the Irish Examiner... as they look ahead to 2024 and the big political events on the horizon.
From the jaws of victory, defeat: Stormont scuppered
20:29After speculation had hit fever-pitch, the DUP this week torpedoed hopes of a restoration of power-sharing before Christmas. What went wrong? Áine Lawlor is joined by Northern Editor Vincent Kearney, who gives the inside track on the last-minute derailment.
Holly Cairns: why I get nervous in Dáil
33:00Soc Dem leader Holly Cairns talks to Áíne about facial recognition and a 'worrying' lack of data underpinning cuts to benefits for Ukrainian refugees. Also, Robert Troy's Christmas woes, a good week for Eamon Ryan and 'green-lash' in the Dutch elections.
Mattie McGrath on the 'real Ireland'
29:29They stand for "common sense" politics which does "what it says on the tin", Mattie McGrath says of the Rural Independent Group. This week that included a heated debate on immigration. He tells Áine that he doesn't take offence at people misunderstanding him. "But who are you loyal to, Mattie?" asks Micheál. Senator David Norris also features.
Mícheál Lehane talks music
24:58On the day the Dáil held a minute's silence for Shane MacGowan, the political system continued to grapple with the fallout from the Dublin riots. Helen McEntee may face a no confidence motion, while Drew Harris still refuses to accept that gardaí lost control of the capital's streets. Áine and the team consider the week's political developments.