Sara Burke #SlainteCare Ep. 8

Whether it’s the Trolley Count or the inhumane number of people on hospital waiting lists, our Health Service is not all that it could be. Our guest, Health Policy Analyst, Dr Sara Burke, was one of the architects of a road map to a Universal Healthcare  System – Sláintecare – that garnered cross party support. She tells us where we are now in the process and the key steps that we need to see in the very short term if this system is to be truly developed.    

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Mike Allen #FocusIreland Solutions Ep.7

  On Wednesday, the Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, in an ill judged interview on RTE Drivetime, attacked Focus Ireland for ‘misinterpreting’ his own report. The truth is they hadn’t, not at all. We were delighted to sit down with Director of Advocacy for Focus Ireland, Mike Allen to discuss the housing crisis and how the “Focus Ireland Amendment”, an anti-homelessness amendment that calls for an end to evictions of tenants in Buy to Let properties that are bring sold or repossessed, was one solution to what is a national emergency. While the Minister was settling scores, Mike was more […]

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Hugh Brennan #BuildingCommunities Ep.6

The State are currently paying €365,000 to Private Developers for “Social Housing”. Our guest, Hugh Brennan, Co-Founder & CEO at O Cualann Cohousing Alliance CLG, can and has built top quality homes for half this price. He explains how the Co-Op Model aims to build communities and not just concrete jungles. This is a fascinating insight into what drives a person to want to create a better and more sustainable society.  

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Leilani Farha #Right2Housing #MakeTheShift Ep. 5

It’s not everyday the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Housing, Leilani Farha, is in Dublin. So naturally we were delighted to sit down and get her views on the Irish Housing and Homelessness Crisis and its potential solutions. In her role, Leilani focuses economic inequality and she explains to the podcast why adequate housing is the doorway to human dignity. This is recorded in a Dublin hotel room and we are very grateful for her time and patience!

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June Tinsley #Lost Ep. 4

A lost child is every parents worst nightmare, yet everyday in Ireland we lose 1 in 7 children to poverty and neglect. June Tinsley, Head of Advocacy of Barnardos, explains to us the steps that our government can take to stop this and how spending only €250m will increase social and economic outcomes by a multiple of that amount. This isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s the (dare I say it) fiscally responsible thing to do as well!  

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