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: 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.


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.


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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