Samuel Assad

Radio Broadcaster / Journalist / Reporter / Podcaster

Radio Journalism 1 – Sunday Edition

Sam hosts a weekend news and current affairs show titled “Sunday Edition” on 103.2 Dublin City FM which breaks down the top local, national and international news stories of the week with guest interviews.

Broadcast Date: 17th October 2021

Featuring interviews with Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane, Fianna Fáil Senator Timmy Dooley, Labour Party Councillor Dermot Lacey and Fine Gael Senator Maria Byrne.

Topics discussed include the measures laid out in Budget 2022, the state of the Covid-19 pandemic, Digital Covid Certificates and the calls for the CEO of Dublin City Council to resign following comments he made concerning student accommodation in Dublin.


Broadcast Date: 10th October 2021

Featuring interviews with Councillor Cat O’Driscoll from the Social Democrats, Fine Gael Councillor David MacManus, Sinn Féin TD Ruairí Ó Murchú and Fianna Fáil Senator Niall Blaney.

Topics discussed include the proposals to develop hotels around the Cobblestone pub in Smithfield and at Merchant’s Arch in Temple Bar, the allegations of extensive sexual violence and harassment within the Defence Forces, the future of Tolka Park, anti-social behaviour in Dublin city, the upcoming Budget, maternity restrictions, calls for the FAI to introduce a vaccine awareness campaign, childcare, the government sending representatives to a Northern Ireland centenary event, the mica redress scheme and the National Development Plan.


Broadcast Date: 3rd October 2021

Featuring interviews with Green Party TD and the party’s spokesperson on housing Francis Noel Duffy, Cormac Ó Donnchú from the North Inner City Local Community Safety Partnership and Sinn Féin Councillor Daithí Doolan.

Topics discussed include the Green Party’s Defective Dwelling Bill, the mica redress scheme, the latest regarding the capacity of the country’s electricity system to cope with current demand, the government considering the introduction of a new bank holiday, making Dublin communities safer and the reported staff shortages in Dublin Fire Brigade.


Broadcast Date: 26th September 2021

Featuring interviews with Minister Eamon Ryan, Sinn Féin TD Mairéad Farrell and Independent Councillor Nial Ring.

Topics discussed include the government’s climate change targets, aviation, concerns of electricity blackouts in the winter, the future of Metrolink, the student accommodation crisis, updating the Freedom of Information Act, Katherine Zappone declining an invitation to appear before an Oireachtas committee, public procurement, introducing measures to tackle protests at the homes of politicians, long Covid, housing and the latest regarding the plans for country music star Garth Brooks’s concerts next year.

Sunday Edition Interview with Minister Eamon Ryan coverage in the Irish Times: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/warning-on-data-centres-increasing-energy-consumption-expected-in-report-1.4684190


Broadcast Date: 19th September 2021

Featuring interviews with Sinn Féin TD Darren O’ Rourke and Fine Gael TD Bernard Durkan.

Topics discussed include President Michael D. Higgins’ decision to decline an invitation to attend a church service to mark Northern Ireland’s centenary marking 100 years since the partition of Ireland, the result of the motion of no confidence in the Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney, the threat of potential blackouts this winter, the aviation sector, the Fine Gael think-in event, Covid-19 response, childcare and Budget 2022.


Broadcast Date: 12th September 2021

Featuring interviews with Minister for European Affairs Thomas Byrne, Antonia Martin from Dublin City Council and Sinn Féin TD Violet-Anne Wynne.

Topics discussed include the motion of no confidence in the Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney over his handling of the Katherine Zappone appointment, the recent Fianna Fáil party think-in event, Brexit, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, National Bike Week, maternity restrictions and housing.


Broadcast Date: 5th September 2021

Featuring interviews with Professor Samuel McConkey from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Pat Doyle from the Peter McVerry Trust and Edward Horgan from the activist group Shannonwatch.

Topics discussed include the government announcing a roadmap for the ending of almost all restrictions by the 22nd of October, the recently published Housing for All plan and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.


Broadcast Date: 1st August 2021

Featuring interviews with Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny, Fine Gael Senator Garret Ahearn, Social Democrats Councillor Catherine Stocker and Dr. Karn Cliffe, the Group Lead for Vaccination in the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group.

Topics discussed include the return of indoor hospitality, the rollout of the Digital Covid Certificate, the cancellation of thousands of 999 calls by members of An Garda Síochána, the new anti-ticket touting law, the concerns expressed by President Michael D. Higgins on the recent legislative process, the controversial appointment of Katherine Zappone, the High Court decision concerning the proposed Sandymount cycleway and the vaccinations taking place at walk-in centres over the bank holiday weekend.


Broadcast Date: 18th July 2021

Featuring interviews with Fianna Fáil Senator Malcolm Byrne, Sinn Féin TD Pauline Tully, Fine Gael Senator Micheál Carrigy and Clare Dunne, the Vice President of the Irish Travel Agents Association.

Topics discussed include the government’s plans to allow for the reopening of indoor hospitality, the Jadotville report, the political situation in Belarus, the party leadership of Micheál Martin, the issue of inadequate school places for children with additional educational needs, the plans for the TV license to be scrapped and the return of international travel.


Broadcast Date: 11th July 2021

Featuring interviews with Labour Party Councillor and Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin Joe Costello, Fianna Fáil TD James Lawless, Professor of Public Health Ivan Perry and Fine Gael Senator Barry Ward.

Topics discussed include the Dublin Bay South by-election result, the remarks made by President Michael D. Higgins highlighting the need to ban gambling advertising, the calls for Taoiseach Micheál Martin to resign as party leader and the state of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sunday Edition Interview with TD James Lawless coverage on RTÉ news: https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2021/0711/1234397-fianna-fail/

Sunday Edition Interview with TD James Lawless coverage in the Irish Sun: https://www.thesun.ie/news/7275379/fianna-fail-leadership-micheal-martin-michael-mcgrath-jim-ocallaghan/

Sunday Edition Interview with TD James Lawless coverage in the Irish Examiner: https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/politics/arid-40334846.html


Broadcast Date: 4th July 2021

Featuring interviews with Mairéad Tóibín who is representing the Aontú party in the upcoming Dublin Bay South by-election and Fianna Fáil Senator Erin McGreehan about the planned reopening of indoor hospitality being delayed, the vaccination rollout programme, the Narrow Water Bridge project and more.


Broadcast Date: 27th June 2021

Featuring interviews with Senator Ivana Bacik who is representing the Labour Party in the upcoming Dublin Bay South by-election about her agenda if elected to Dáil Éireann and Sarah Durcan who is the by-election candidate for the Social Democrats to discuss her campaign priorities.


Broadcast Date: 20th June 2021

Featuring interviews with Sinn Féin TD Paul Donnelly, Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan and Brigid Purcell who is candidate in the Dublin Bay South by-election for People Before Profit.

Topics discussed include Sinn Féin’s community addiction and recovery strategy, the topic of a united Ireland following Tanaiste Leo Varadkar’s pro-united Ireland speech during the week, the use of antigen testing in the fight against Covid-19, the gender pay gap, the annual Fine Gael Ard Fheis and Ms. Purcell’s campaign priorities for the constituency if elected.


Broadcast Date: 6th June 2021

Featuring interviews with Peter Dooley who is running as an Independent candidate in the Dublin Bay South by-election, Labour Party Councillor Darragh Moriarty and Colm O’Gorman from Amnesty International Ireland.

Topics discussed include Mr. Dooley’s campaign priorities, plans and ambitions for the constituency if elected, the calls for an urgent meeting of the Dublin City Council to extensively outline its plans for an outdoor summer and the recent comments made by a former member of the now defunct Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes indicating that survivors’ testimonies given to its Confidential Committee did not inform its final report findings.


Broadcast Date: 30th May 2021

Featuring interviews with Fine Gael Councillor James Geoghegan who is representing Fine Gael in the Dublin Bay South by-election, Brian McLoughlin from Inner City Helping Homeless and Ailbhe Smyth from the Together for Yes movement.

Topics discussed include Cllr. James Geoghegan’s campaign priorities, plans and ambitions for the constituency if elected in the Dublin Bay South by-election, the latest homeless figures released by the Department of Housing and the calls for an independent, expert-led review of the abortion legislation.


Broadcast Date: 23rd May 2021

Featuring interviews with Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education Josepha Madigan, Green Party Councillor Claire Byrne, Professor Gerry Killeen from the Independent Scientific Advocacy Group and Mark Anderson, the Director of the Omniplex Cinema Group.

Topics discussed include the provision of expanded summer education programmes for pupils with complex special educational needs and those at greatest risk of educational disadvantage, housing, the latest regarding the cyber attack on the HSE’s systems, the Green party’s selection convention for the Dublin Bay South byelection, the future of Portobello Plaza, the introduction of night marshals, the upcoming announcement on the next phase of reopening and the reopening date for cinemas in the Republic of Ireland.


Broadcast Date: 16th May 2021

Featuring interviews with Fianna Fáil Senator Catherine Ardagh, Sinn Féin Councillor Daithi Doolan, Fine Gael Councillor Danny Byrne and Eamon Rheinisch, the General Manager at MHR Ireland.

Topics discussed include calls for a public health awareness campaign on the menopause, the upcoming Dublin Bay South by-election, Ireland subscribing to the Covid-19 TRIPS waiver, housing, the rising Israeli-Palestinian tensions, the latest regarding the closing of the Portobello Plaza due to anti- social behaviour and the risks organisations face following the cyber attack on the HSE.


Broadcast Date: 9th May 2021

Featuring interviews with Fine Gael TD Emer Higgins, Labour Party Councillor Kevin Donoghue, Fianna Fáil Councillor Daryl Barron and Matt McGranaghan from the Music and Entertainment Association Ireland.

Topics discussed include housing, the government’s response to Covid-19, the upcoming Dublin Bay South by-election, the accessibility issues heading into the summer as restrictions ease and the effects of the pandemic on the live events industry.


Broadcast Date: 25th April 2021

Featuring interviews with Sinn Féin TD & the party’s spokesperson for Sport Chris Andrews, Labour Party TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Fianna Fáil TD & the party’s spokesperson on Dublin Cormac Devlin and the Director of Access for Maynooth University Dr. Rose Ryan.

Topics discussed include the proposed European Super League, the decision to cancel UEFA Euro games in Dublin, resuming sport activities amid the pandemic, the water quality issues in Dublin Bay South, the youth unemployment crisis, schools, the National Autism Empowerment Strategy, the further easing of restrictions from May onwards, the vaccine rollout programme, the worsening Covid-19 situation in India, housing and the Mountjoy Prison and Maynooth University Partnership.


Broadcast Date: 18th April 2021

Featuring interviews with Fine Gael Senator & Seanad Spokesperson on Justice Barry Ward, Sinn Féin TD Louise O’Reilly, Green Party MEP for Dublin Ciarán Cuffe and Fianna Fáil Senator & the party’s spokesperson on housing Mary Fitzpatrick.

Topics discussed include Covid-19 response, the new hate crime bill, the vaccine rollout, KBC Bank Ireland leaving the Irish banking market, improving the quality of life in Dublin, the European Green Deal and the housing crisis in Dublin.


Broadcast Date: 11th April 2021

Featuring interviews with Professor Julien Mercille, Fianna Fáil MEP for Dublin Barry Andrews, Eamon Dennehy from the the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland and Fine Gael Councillor Ray McAdam.

Topics discussed include the state of the Covid-19 pandemic ahead of the phased easing of Level 5 lockdown restrictions, the updated mandatory hotel quarantine system, the digital green certificate, the latest unrest in Northern Ireland, teachers unions calling for prioritisation in the vaccination programme and the government’s new outdoor dining scheme.


Broadcast Date: 28th March 2021

Featuring interviews with Sinn Féin TD & Spokesperson on Health David Cullinane, Fianna Fáil TD Paul McAuliffe, Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan and Fine Gael Senator Emer Currie.

Topics discussed include the mandatory hotel quarantine system, the state of the vaccine rollout programme, the revelations about secret Department of Health dossiers, Covid-19 walk-in test centres, the revised Climate Action Bill and reopening attractions such as Dublin Zoo to visitors in a controlled way.

Sunday Edition Interview with TD Neasa Hourigan coverage in the Irish Sun: https://www.thesun.ie/news/6770400/green-party-neasa-hourigan-new-climate-action-bill/


Broadcast Date: 21st March 2021

Featuring interviews with Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell, Sinn Féin TD & Spokesperson for Mental Health Mark Ward, former Solidarity Party TD Ruth Coppinger and Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien.

Topics discussed include the European Union’s proposal to create a Digital Green Certificate, the mental health crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, gender-based violence, the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund, construction and the Covid-19 eviction bill.

Sunday Edition Interview with Minister Darragh O’Brien coverage in the Irish Examiner: https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40248668.html

Sunday Edition Interview with Minister Darragh O’Brien coverage on Newstalk: https://www.newstalk.com/news/reopening-construction-from-april-5th-an-absolute-priority-says-housing-minister-1168264


Broadcast Date: 14th March 2021

Featuring interviews with Fine Gael TD & Spokesperson on European Affairs Neale Richmond, Green Party Councillor Janet Horner, Labour Party Senator Ivana Bacik and Kenn Joyce from Alienated Children First.

Topics discussed include the Davy stockbroker scandal, Brexit, Covid-19 in Ireland, improving safety on the streets of Dublin city, illegal adoptions and parental alienation.


Broadcast Date: 7th March 2021

Featuring interviews with Fine Gael TD & Spokesperson on Health Colm Burke, Dr. Hilary McLoughlin from the Covid Women’s Voices group, Sinn Féin Councillor Janice Boylan and Tom Austin from Secret Street Tours,

Topics discussed include the government’s response to Covid-19, criticism over the pace of the vaccination rollout programme, anti-lockdown protests, the impact of the pandemic on women throughout the country, the closure of the Bank of Ireland branches and homelessness.


Broadcast Date 28th February 2021

Featuring interviews with Professor Aoife Mclysaght, Fine Gael TD & Spokesperson on Equality Jennifer Carroll MacNeill, Sinn Féin TD & Spokesperson for Higher and Further Education Rose-Conway Walsh and Robbie Kitt from the Give Us The Night Campaign.

Topics discussed include the government’s new Living With Covid Plan, Direct Provision, the reopening of schools, student accommodation and the proposed overhaul of licencing laws for drinks venues in Ireland.


Broadcast Date: 21st February 2021

Featuring interviews with Dr. Jack Lambert, Tanya Ward from the Children’s Rights Alliance, Sean Corbett from Mortgage123 and Aoife Hannon from the Inchicore Regeneration Consultative Forum.

Topics discussed include the state of the Covid-19 pandemic in Ireland, the new government reopening school plans, the Ulster Bank’s withdrawal from the Irish market and an innovative project that will see the development of 500 residential homes in the Inchicore area.


Broadcast Date: 14th February 2021

Featuring interviews with Professor Luke O’Neill, Fine Gael TD Richard Bruton, Donal MacManus from the Irish Council for Social Housing and Hongyi Zhang from the Hill Street Family Resource Centre.

Topics discussed include the state of the Covid-19 pandemic in Ireland, the future of the Leaving Certificate, reforming the CAO and Senior Cycle systems, the Land Development Agency Bill 2021 and the online Chinese New Year Community Celebration.


Broadcast Date: 7th February 2021

Featuring interviews with Fine Gael Senator Mary Seery-Kearney, Labour Party Senator Marie Sherlock and Brian Winters from the Save Irish Pubs campaign.

Topics discussed include the government’s response to Covid-19, education, safety concerns raised by Deliveroo workers, tackling the issue of knife culture in Dublin’s north inner city and the ruling from the High Court that resulted in pub owners being entitled to be compensated for the disruption their businesses suffered due to the ongoing pandemic.


Broadcast Date: 31st January 2021

Featuring interviews with Professor Anthony Staines, Fianna Fáil TD & Justice Spokesperson Jim O’Callaghan and John O’Hara from Dublin City Council.

Topics discussed include the increased calls for a Zero Covid strategy in Ireland, the rise of knife crime in Dublin and the latest news regarding the Dublin City Development Plan.


Broadcast Date: 24th January 2021

Featuring interviews with Dr. Tomás Ryan, Michael Doorley from the Irish Travel Agents Association, Deirdre Scully from Dublin City Council and Professor Liam Kennedy from UCD’s Clinton Institute.

Topics discussed include the state of the Covid-19 pandemic in Ireland, the Irish travel industry, the Dublin City Development Plan 2022-2028 and the presidency of Joe Biden.

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