Coronavirus – The View From Portugal with Ewan MacKenna

As the numbers continue to climb, the message is not to panic. Testing is ramping up and contact tracing will follow. We’re joined by Lisbon based journalist, Ewan MacKenna, to talk about the situation in Portugal and continental Europe. We talk about how archetype capitalists are converting to “we’re all in this together” socialists and the need for a wider […]

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Coronavirus: Test, Test, Test with Dr Paul O’Brien

As the EU begins to takes extraordinary steps to slow the spread of Covid-19, we discuss events of the day at home and across the globe. Then we are joined by Dr Paul O’Brien, who completed his medical training in China and works as a China Policy analyst, to discuss what steps were effective in tackling the outbreak and how […]

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Coronavirus – Dawn Foster, the UK’s ‘Herd Immunity’

With the news that pubs are to close and of an additional 40 confirmed cases, we discuss where this is going and what additional steps Government and citizens can take to slow the spread. Then we are joined by writer, commentator and friend of the pod, Dawn Foster, from London to discuss the UK’s response to the Covid-19 crisis and […]

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Dr Dáithí Downey – New Public Housing

Dr Dáithí Downey is Head of Housing Policy, Research and Development for Dublin City Council where he also leads the Dublin Housing Observatory. In this short podcast he delivers a blistering review of our housing system, including the observation that at the current pace the Housing Assistance Payment will cost the state as much as building a new National Children’s […]

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Coronavirus – #SlowTheSpread Ep.253

Today the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 seen their highest rise so far in Ireland, with 39 new cases and sadly a second person has died. While this is alarming, it is not unexpected. With a large spike in testing we will see more spikes in cases. No is not the time to panic. No is the time to […]

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Coronavirus with GP Maitiu O Tuathail – #LightTheWay

With the first day of “lockdown” just about over we talk about some of the best things to happen in these uncertain times. Initiatives like #LightTheWay, #SelfIsolationHelp and #CovidCommunity show that we can all help in our own ways. Then GP and friend of the pod Maitiu O Tuathail joins me to talk about the dramatic changes to his role […]

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Loïc Wright – #Masculinity

Having completed a Masters in Sexuality Studies and currently completing his PhD that studies how masculinity was measured and conceived in Irish literature, it’s safe to say that Loïc Wright knows a lot about masculinity. He joins Rachel in studio to discuss why the term ‘toxic masculinity’ doesn’t really explain the many different masculinities that exist as well as how […]

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Coronavirus – Ní neart go cur le chéile

With the news that schools, colleges and childcare facilities are to close, we focus on the things that can alleviate the crisis: a rent freeze, increasing the fuel allowance, a Universal Basic Income and supports for businesses. Rory argues that government should act now to take the fear of having to chose between paying the rent or eating away from […]

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