Carly Bailey – #Endometriosis

1 in 10 Irish women are affected by endometriosis in Ireland yet it can take anywhere up to 10 years to get a diagnosis. This leaves the woman suffering in pain for years on end and oftentimes, doctors and GPs may not even believe that the pain is as bad as it is. Social Democrats Councillor Carly Bailey is just […]

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Aoife Bhreatnach – #Censored

Ireland has a wonderful history of banning books. In fact we banned over 12,000 of them throughout our history. Some were banned for very good reason, while others were banned for mentioning divorce. Historian Dr Aoife Bhreatnach decided that this would be a great topic for a podcast and so the Censored Pod was born. She joins Rachel to discuss […]

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Owodunni Ola Mustapha & Dean Van Nguyen – #EndDirectProvision

Direct Provision is a broken system and stain on Irish society. Established in 2000 as a temporary measure, the system has existed for 20 years now creating massive barrier for those stuck in it to get out and establish themselves in the Irish state. A commitment has been made to overhaul Direct Provision in the lifetime of the next government […]

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Sam Riggs – #Pride

June is usually Pride Month but this year with the pandemic, the Pride parade and many of the Pride events around it had to be cancelled. This has allowed a bit of time for LGBTQ+people to pause and reflect around what Pride means to them and what it should look like when it returns. LGBTQ+ activist and writer Sam Riggs […]

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Cauvery Madhavan – #TheTainted

Cauvery Madhavan arrived in Sligo, Ireland from India on Valentine’s Day 33 years ago. Since then she’s lived in Dunboyne, Limerick before settling in Kildare, in a house right beside Rachel.  Her latest book ‘The Tainted’ is set in India in the 1920s and takes a fictionalised view of an actual mutiny that took place by the Connaught Rangers. She […]

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Hazel Chu – #GoBackToChina

Hazel Chu first came to the attention of many when she was elected to Dublin City Council in Pembroke back in 2019. She received 3,000 first preference votes as well as a lot of media attention. Unfortunately, this media attention has led to an increase in the amount of racist abuse that Hazel receives both online and offline. She joins […]

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Nic Ndlovu – #DoYouSpeakEnglish?

The reaction to the murder of George Floyd by white police officers has caused protests around the world. Yet some people have asked why Irish people are getting angry and upset about it. While we may not have a tradition of police brutality, Ireland has its own problems with racism, problems that we have yet to address. How do we […]

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Robert O’Sullivan – #FamilyCarer

At some point in our lives, we will probably end up caring for a family member. It may be a short term solution but more than likely, it could end up being a full time or nearly full-time role. It’s a job that is emotionally, physically and psychologically taxing on both you and the person you’re caring for and oftentimes, […]

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