Budget specials planned for RTÉ radio stations

Coverage of the Budget 2018 will feature heavily across RTÉ tomorrow, with Radio 1 and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta delivering extra coverage.

RTÉ Radio 1 coverage of the budget speeches will be broadcast live on a special News at One programme presented by Aine Lawlor, beginning at 12.50pm, featuring immediate reaction and analysis.

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta programme Lá na Cáinaisnéise will be broadcast live from Leinster House, from 1.30 pm. Presenter Gormfhlaith Ní Thuairisg will chair a panel discussion to analyse the budget and its political and societal implications. Panelists will include tax consultant Ciarán Ó Feinneadha, Former Minister for Finance Alan Dukes, Tom Healy from the Nevin Economic Research Institute, Conall Ó Móráin, finance expert and Co-Chair of the Irish International Business Network, Peadar Ó Caomhánaigh, Head of Communications at Active Retirement Ireland, and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta journalist Máirín Ní Ghadhra.

Mary Wilson and the Drivetime Budget panel will have all the details of Budget 2018 from 4.00pm on RTÉ Radio 1, with analysis of how the changes will affect workers and those in receipt of state benefits, and political reaction from across the spectrum in Dáil Éireann.

Drivetime will also focus on how the changes announced in Budget 2018 will affect key areas in the lives of people throughout Ireland. Reporter John Cooke will watch the Budget speech in a homeless family hub. Brian Lally will be outside a hospital emergency department as details of the health budget for next year are announced. Fergal Keane will be on Kildare Street in Dublin City, gauging the reaction of business and farming groups. And there’ll be a special focus on Brexit.

Throughout the programme, Mary will call on the expert analysis of tax lawyer Suzanne Kelly, Professor Sheila Killian from the Kemmy Business School at UL, and Joe Tynan, international tax partner at PwC.

Fresh from his speech to the Dáil, Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure, will speak to Mary at 5pm. And there’ll be responses from Michael McGrath of Fianna Fáil, Pearse Doherty of Sinn Féin and Ruth Coppinger of Solidarity-People Before Profit. Plus a special budget column from broadcaster Olivia O’Leary.

Then on RTÉ Radio 1 from 10pm, The Late Debate with Cormac Ó’hEadhra comes from Dublin city centre with a budget special – hearing from all parties and independent politicians, along with representative groups to find out what the 2018 budget will mean and what the reaction is to it

On the morning after the budget, Sean O’Rourke will be joined by Minister Donohoe in studio for what has become the annual budget phone in special. Today with Sean O’Rourke invites listeners to phone in to speak to the Minister directly and ask him about their concerns as a result of Budget 2018. Listeners can email their questions to todaysor@rte.ie while users on Twitter can follow the discussion at @TodaySOR #todaysor.

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