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RTÉ One’s Monday Night Live Revealed

Watch Live Tonight at 10.35pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player

RTÉ One’s brand new eight-part current affairs panel series, Monday Night Live, starts tonight at 10.35pm presented by David McCullagh. The new panel discussion show will see each hour-long programme dedicated to a major issue impacting people’s lives right across the country.

Tonight, the first programme will examine the impact the cost-of-living crisis is having and the challenges people face every day as many of them struggle to survive. From rampant food inflation to spiralling energy prices, how this autumn many are faced with having to decide between food or heat.

Joining David McCullagh on the panel will be Minister Simon Harris, Fine Gael TD, Louise O’Reilly, Sinn Fein TD for Dublin Fingal, Editor oThe Currency, Ian Kehoe and journalist Jennifer O’Connell from The Irish Times. Monday Night Live will also feature additional input from invited contributors including Caitríona Twomey of Cork Penny Dinners, Comedian and Writer Martin “Beanz” WardePat McDonagh, Managing Director of Supermacs and Dr Paul Dean of MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine.

The programme will discuss the real effect on families and people, as well as the effect on businesses and the economy. The panel and contributors will examine among other things, food inflation and spiralling energy costs. As energy companies report record profits Monday Night Live will look at the debate for energy price caps for businesses and consumers. The programme will also look at solutions and suggestions on how to survive the winter.

Ahead of presenting the first episode of Monday Night Live, broadcaster David McCullagh said: “I know so many people are feeling the impact of the spiralling cost of living every day, it’s one of the first things people are talking about. We are going to take an in-depth look at an issue on our new programme, hear from some of those affected, and see what solutions might help them.” 

The autumn eight-part series will deal with the major issues affecting people, including the housing shortage, childcare, and climate change. Journalists David McCullagh, Sharon Tobin, Louise Byrne and Mark Coughlan will host the series, with each presenting two programmes. 

Watch Monday Night Live, starting tonight, Monday 3rd October at 10.35pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player.

RTÉ lyric fm Celebrates Black History Month 

This October, RTÉ lyric fm celebrates Black History Month across the stationAs an ode to the remarkable legacy of Black composers, conductors and performers – we tell their stories, highlighting their unique musical gifts. Every day this month, you will hear prominent musical figures honouring the lives of Black musicians who have been under-represented in the world of classical music. 

Leading musical figures from the world of contemporary music such as Tara Erraught, Eimear Noone, Alexis Ffrench, Zoe Conway, Berginald Rash, Braimah Kanneh-Mason, Samantha Ege guide us through the remarkable lives of Black musicians Leontyne Price, Marian Anderson, Terence Blanchard, Nina Simone, Nora Holt, Margaret Bonds, Florence Price and more.

Starting this Saturday on Movies and Musicals, the first in this series focuses on US composer and trumpeter Terence Blanchard whose opera ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones was the first work by a Black composer to be presented by the Metropolitan Opera in New York during the autumn of 2021. Listen in to RTÉ lyric fm as the series unfolds each day from Marty in the Morning to Classic Drive. 

The series devised by Saibh Downes and Peter Curtin was prompted by the lack of representation in classical music – from the classroom to the concert hall. 

On this RTÉ lyric fm production coordinator Saibh Downes says: “As a black child, teenager and adult in classical music – I was never exposed to anyone who looked like me. Representation is integral. I am proud to celebrate Black excellence in a field that is slowly coming to recognise Black musical achievements.” 

RTÉ lyric fm is proud to champion diversity in the world of classical music in support of Black History Month. 

The Disconnect – an RTÉ Player Original series – now available

A coming-of-age documentary series about our relationship with our screens

WATCH HERE: The Disconnect – RTÉ Player (

From the award-winning team behind RTÉ Player Original I’m Fine. The Disconnect takes a look at the societal changes young people in Ireland are facing as social media becomes the centre of communication and expression. It asks, “How do they feel about the changing expectations of their image, abilities and interactions?”. The series asks these questions and more to a group of young Irish people who have grown up in a world where a phone is considered almost as important as food or water.

EP 1 – Overwhelmed

Where does the benefit of social media use begin and where does it end among the many hours of scrolling and typing? We hear some different perspectives on the way social media and phones have made their way into the centre of modern social life, and the impact this can have.

EP 2 – The Replacement

How has communication changed in an era of instant messaging and social media posts? It seems that most in-person interaction is replaceable by a few quick taps on the phone. As social anxiety and isolation kick in, this episode explores the effect social media has on our mental health and wellbeing.

EP 3 – Reconnecting

How do we create healthier social lives in an evolving social media climate? In this episode, we hear about the boundaries that are necessary to handle our perception of real life versus the online world.


Jamie Lee Curtis, Graham Norton, Brian O’Driscoll, Richie Sadlier, The 2 Johnnies, Ella Henderson, Cian Ducrot, Stephen Teap and Lorraine Walsh complete line-up on this week’s Late Late Show

To Whom it Concerns, on this Friday night’s Late Late Show…  Hollywood icon Jamie Lee Curtis will be live in studio to talk about her new movie ‘Halloween Ends’ and how she feels about being part of one of the most revered horror franchises in film history. Jamie Lee will also talk about acting as the officiant for her daughter’s wedding in May and why it’s important to be an advocate for inclusivity.  Author, comedian, presenter, and Bandon’s favourite son, Graham Norton will be live in studio to catch up with Ryan on everything from his love of West Cork to life as a novelist and his brand-new book Forever Home. After 15 years of a glittering international rugby career, Brian O’Driscoll retired and when it all ended, he was confronted with the challenge we all face when we retire, what do we do now? In a new documentary, Brian confronts this question with former Irish football international and now psychotherapist Richie Sadlier. Fresh from selling out the 3 Arena in nine minutes, The 2 Johnnies join Ryan to chat about their most recent adventures in America for their new television series, the enormous reaction to Johnny B’s catfish story and their new daily radio show ‘Drive It With The 2 Johnnies’ on RTÉ 2FM. Founding member of 221+ CervicalCheck Patient Support Group Stephen Teap and campaigner Lorraine Walsh will speak about the great Vicky Phelan in light of a new documentary, ‘Vicky’, which is released in cinemas next weekend. Plus, we will have music from pop sensation Ella Henderson and Cian Ducrot with their current hit ‘All For You’.

RTÉ Statement: Interim Funding

Statement from Director General of RTÉ, Dee Forbes in response to the announcement on Tuesday 27th September by Minister Catherine Martin TD that, consistent with the recommendations of the Future of Media Commission, RTÉ will receive €15million in interim funding.

“RTÉ welcomes the Government’s follow through on its commitment to begin implementing the recommendations of the Future of Media Commission in today’s announcements. The Commission Report noted that, ‘Ireland’s media sector has an enduring value and importance to members of the public, to wider society and democracy’. The implementation of the Report’s recommendations is vital to ensure this role is sustained and underpinned. A number of key recommendations related to media are now being progressed, funding for the new Media Fund, the removal of VAT on newspapers and interim funding for RTÉ. RTÉ looks forward to engaging in the coming weeks with the Department on proposals to reform the TV Licence system, which are due to be considered by Government in November.” 

RTÉ Coverage of Budget 2023

RTÉ will deliver comprehensive coverage of Budget 2023 on Tuesday 27th September with extensive reporting and analysis across online, television and radio.

From early morning and the RTÉ News App will carry comprehensive coverage of Budget 2023 with a live blog keeping track of all the latest information to help the audience make sense of what this crucial cost of living budget means for them. Followers of RTÉ’s social media platforms can also submit budget questions to be answered in a live Q&A blog by financial experts, while RTÉ’s shareable explainer video will tell the story of the budget in just 90 seconds.

Television coverage of Budget 2023 begins on RTÉ One at 12.40pm as David McCullagh and Vivienne Traynor present live coverage and analysis of the Budget speech right through the afternoon. There will be reaction from politicians, representative bodies and organisations across the country via RTÉ’s network of regional studios.  Eileen Whelan will be getting the latest reaction from various interest groups and members of the public in Waterford and Portarlington will share their views. Live coverage of Dáil Éireann proceedings across the day including responses from the opposition will be broadcast on the RTÉ News channel from 1.00pm.

RTÉ Radio 1 coverage of the budget speeches will be broadcast live on a special extended News at One with Bryan Dobson, beginning at 12.45pm until 3.30pm. The programme will carry the speeches of both Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath. The programme will also hear from the opposition and will feature immediate reaction and analysis.

Join Cormac Ó hEadhra for a Drivetime Budget Special from 4.30pm, which will include interviews with Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe, and Sinn Féin’s Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty. There will be more debate and analysis on Late Debate with Katie Hannon live from Buswells Hotel near Leinster House to get reaction from the political parties from 10pm.

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta programme Lá na Cáinaisnéise will feature budget coverage from 1.30 pm live from Leinster House. Panellists will include tax consultant Ciarán Ó Feinneadha, finance expert Conall Ó Móráin, journalist Áine Ní Chiaráin, and RTÉ RnaG Political Reporter Eoin Ó Catháin. They will analyse the implications and likely political fallout of the decisions announced, and we’ll hear reaction from public representatives from across the political spectrum as well. The analysis will continue on Tús Áite from 5pm, presented by Fachtna Ó Drisceoil live from Leinster House. Panellists will include Ciarán Mac an Bhaird, Head of Fiontar and Scoil na Gaeilge in DCU, and Frank Allen, Infrastructure Advisor and Chairman of the Housing Finance Agency, and they will also be joined by government and opposition representatives for lively debate around the day’s announcements.

Live streams from all of RTÉ’s television and radio coverage will be available worldwide to users via RTÉ Player and RTÉ Radio Player.

Nuacht will produce two special hour-long programmes for TG4 on budget day. Buiséad 2023 begins on TG4 at 2pm with a panel of studio and remote guests sifting through and analysing the measures as they are announced. The second programme at 7pm will do a deeper dive into the implications of the budget for a whole range of different groups. The two programmes will be presented by Eimear Ní Chonaola and Beirní Ní Chuinn.

Nuacht RTÉ le TG4 will also have a full Budget round-up in its bulletin at 5.40pm on RTÉ One.

An extended Six One News will provide a comprehensive look at the Budget, live interviews, and analysis from RTÉ correspondents along with reaction from politicians. Later in the evening there will be further coverage of budget measures and reaction on the Nine O’Clock News with Sharon  Ní Bheoláin followed by an hour-long Prime Time  Budget Special at 9.40pm presented by Miriam O’Callaghan and Sarah McInerney will feature the first head-to-head debate with the Minister for Finance and Sinn Fein Finance Spokesperson in front of a live studio audience. The impact of Budget 2023 on Ireland’s workers,  families, business and the vulnerable will be analysed explained using real life cases. On the morning after the budget, Claire Byrne will be joined in studio by Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath for the annual budget phone in special. As always, Today with Claire Byrne invites listeners to phone in to speak with the Ministers directly and put their own questions to them about their concerns as a result of Budget 2023.


Ireland’s most successful and longest running afternoon show, Today, returns to RTÉ One for its 11th season on Monday 26th September. Maura Derrane, Dáithí Ó’ Sé and Sinead Kennedy are back to kickstart afternoons as the Autumn evenings draw in. Dáithí and Sinead will be in studio every Monday and Tuesday and Maura will join Dáithí each Wednesday to Friday.

Now into its second decade, the show will continue to bring its usual eclectic mix of food, fashion and entertainment. The best expert advice will be available, be it from dreams to DIY, with delicious recipes from some of the top chefs in the country. The biggest and brightest stars will be in studio and the news panel will keep viewers up to date with the latest headlines and some of the weird and wonderful happenings from home and abroad.

Irish people are very house proud and this season in ‘Our House,’ home interiors will be a new focus. Maura, Dáithí and Sinead want to hear from those who have recently completed an interiors project or brought a new unusual object home. What were the ups and downs, the inspiration and the heartbreak? Was there one precious piece that brought the whole place together?

The ever-popular makeovers will also return to studio. Pam Morrissey and Mark Rogers head up a crack team of stylists, designers and make-up artists who are on standby to give our deserving Today viewers the pampering of a lifetime! If you know of someone who deserves the ultimate pampering experience – get it touch.

Speaking ahead of Monday’s return, Maura Derrane said: “I am so excited for season 11 of Today. It’s such an achievement for the show and for the whole team working on it. We’re looking forward to another great year with loads of audience interaction and great fun as always.”

The much-loved 50/50 quiz is back, but with surprises in store. There will be brand new competitions and great cash giveaways galore.

Also returning to the show is James Patrice who will be roaming the nation and beyond, bringing stories from the four corners of the country. Bláthnaid Treacy will keep viewers up to date with the latest fashion trends.

Sinead Kennedy said: “I’m delighted to be back in the studio in RTÉ Cork. We’re all really looking forward to the season ahead and hearing from all our viewers. It will be great to meet new studio guests and lots of familiar faces too.”

The Today Book Club is up and running. With over 10K followers, it must be one of the biggest book clubs in the county. The latest new releases can be discussed as well as the classics that readers return to, time and time again.

Dáithí O’ Sé added: “I’m really looking forward to getting back into studio this year and having it feel a bit more normal. We want to bring the fun back into afternoons and Today is a great part of that.”

The Today team want to know what is going on in people’s lives. Get in touch! Share stories of your interiors project. Hard work and passion projects can be featured on the show. Do you have hidden talents or precious heirlooms in the attic? Email the show at

Season 11 of Today returns to RTÉ One on Monday 26th September. Tune in each weekday afternoon at 3.30 pm.


Today, RTÉ 2FM presenter, Tara Kumar announced she is leaving the station after six years to pursue her career in London.

Tara is well known for presenting her new music show at night on 2FM where she helped establish and promote exciting new Irish artists each week, Sunday to Thursday from 7pm.

Tara Kumar said: “This show has been my constant for the last few years, and I am so grateful for all of the incredible artists I’ve had the honour of playing, interviewing and discovering. Ireland is so full of so much talent and I’m so proud of how thriving the music industry is today. Music has always and will continue to forever be my first love. Thank you to every single person who has trusted me. So now, it’s time for a new adventure in London. Slán go fóill a chairde.”

Head of RTÉ 2FM, Dan Healy said: “We are very sad Tara is leaving 2FM and yet very excited for her as she makes her way in London. Tara’s show on 2FM was a must-listen for anyone curious about new and good music. Tara is a taste-maker and will fly wherever she is.”

Tara will present her final show on Wednesday 28th September. 2FM will announce Tara’s replacement in the coming weeks.

Liam Ó Maonlaí to present new music series on RTÉ RnaG

The first programme in a new music series Cuan an Cheoil, presented by Liam Ó Maonlaí, will be broadcast on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta on Thursday 22 September at 7 pm as part of the station’s new autumn schedule.

Each week, Liam will be joined by a musical guest or guests for a chat and an informal music session, over an hour and a half. The guestlist for the series includes some of the top names in traditional music, including Aoife Ní Bhriain; Cormac Begley & Eoin Ó Beaglaoich; Nollaig & Mairéad Casey; Charlie & Éilís Lennon; Nell Ní Chróinín; Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin & Saileog Ní Cheannabháin; Edel Fox & Caoimhín Ó Fearghail; Muitir Uí Chasaide – Odhrán, Seathrún & Sibéal Ní Chasaide; Caitlín Nic Gabhann & Antóin Mac Gabhann; and Paddy Glackin & Dónal Lunny.

The series was recorded in Stiúideo Cuan, a new creative arts and music centre looking out over the sea in An Spidéal, Co. Galway. The location, far from the madding crowds, imbues the series with an informal and unhurried atmosphere, allowing for spontaneity, improvisation and unexpected turns of conversation, and resulting in a disarming openness at times from the musicians as they chat with Liam Ó Maolaí.

Talented fiddler and violinist Aoife Ní Bhriain is the guest for the first programme on Thursday 22 September at 7 pm. Born in Dublin to a family of musicians, Aoife has collaborated and performed with musicians such as pianist Eliso Virsaladze, fiddle player Martin Hayes, Welsh harpist Catrin Finch, jazz guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel and Oscar winning actor Tim Robbins. She is a member of the avant garde string quintet Wooden Elephant as well as the Goodman Trio.

Liam Ó Maonlaí said: “I was really inspired by the company of the musicians who joined me in this series, and every single programme brought us down a slightly different path because of the people involved. I know a lot of these musicians, and we might meet each other in airports or at gigs and say that we must sit down together some time and Cuan an Cheoil gave us that opportunity… to sit down and talk and play music, with no pressure and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Series Producer Darach Mac Con Iomaire said: “My vision for this series was to create a new platform for artists in this country to connect with the public. It was brilliant to be working with such phenomenal musicians for the series, and of course the maestro himself Liam Ó Maonlaí, as together, they deep dived into the world of music.”

“Augmented by beautifully-shot footage of the entire recording process, this series gives audiences a unique opportunity to hear the best of traditional music on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, or to watch it live online, which is made possible by BAI Digital First funding.”

Cuan an Cheoil will be broadcast every Thursday from 7 pm – 8.30 pm on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. A visual stream of the programme will be available on the station’s Youtube and Facebook accounts, as well as on and

Cuan an Cheoil is a Stiúideo Cuan production, funded by the BAI with the Television Licence Fee.

RTÉ Launches New Eight-Part Series – Monday Night Live

Presenters David McCullagh, Louise Byrne, Mark Coughlan and Sharon Tobin 

RTÉ One will be home to a brand new eight-part current affairs panel series, Monday Night Live, beginning on 3rd October at 10.35pm.

The new panel discussion show will see each hour-long programme dedicated to a major issue impacting people’s lives right across the country. Each week four panellists will join a presenter in studio with additional live contributions from invited guests.

Journalists David McCullagh, Sharon Tobin, Louise Byrne and Mark Coughlan will host the series, with each presenting two programmes.

The autumn eight-part series will deal with the major issues affecting people, including the housing shortage, childcare, and climate change.

The first programme, presented by David McCullagh will examine the impact the cost-of-living crisis is having on people across the country and the challenges people face every day as many of them struggle to survive. From rampant food inflation to spiralling energy prices, we hear how this autumn many are faced with having to decide between food or heat.  David will hear from both Government and opposition politicians, and will speak to business owners, economists, industry figures and those most affected by the crisis about how it could impact as the winter months approach.

Paul Maguire, Interim Managing Editor, RTÉ TV Current Affairs said: “Our Monday Night Live series will provide an opportunity to really delve into the issues impacting people’s everyday lives this autumn and winter. Each hour-long programme will provide the time and space to bring together those in power and those directly impacted by the issue under discussion. As well as examining the cause and effect, we will hear from experts and explore potential solutions.”  

Ahead of presenting the first episode of Monday Night Live, broadcaster David McCullagh said: “I know so many people are feeling the impact of the spiralling cost of living every day, it’s one of the first things people are talking about. We are going to take an in-depth look at an issue on our new programme, hear from some of those affected, and see what solutions might help them.” 

Watch Monday Night Live, starting Monday 3rd October at 10.35pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player.


Monday Night Live is an eight-part series broadcasting on RTÉ One and RTE Player from 3rd October to 30th November 2022.

A brand new on-going TV current affairs series with live studio audience will be launched in January 2023 taking over from Claire Byrne Live. Further details will be announced in due course.

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