Disturbing the Peace is a podcast focused on the less-talked-about topics in Ireland. Hosted by content creator and writer Rachel O’Neill, the podcast aims to tackle those subjects that you don’t always hear or read about. It might make you laugh, it might make you cry, it might even make you squirm. The point of it is to make you think about things and see things in a new light and maybe learn something while you’re at it. Follow us on @dtp_pod to keep up with all the latest news and if you’re looking for someone annoying on Twitter to follow, @ronronzo is your gal. Happy listening!
Our guest in The Tortoise Shack in this very special (Echo Chamber & Disturbing the Peace crossover) podcast is educator, advocate, superstar and proud Finglas woman, Sinéad Burke.
Sinéad talks about what drives her and how pushing herself to go to where people are to educate and advocate makes a much greater impact. She shares her experiences of living as a little person and some of the brilliant ideas she has for tackling prejudices and access inequalities.
We also discuss her new podcast ‘As Me with Sinead’ and the motivation behind it. Get it on Apple or Spotify now!
With rents at their highest since the boom, more and more of us are finding it harder to justify staying in Ireland. Emigration to places like the UK, Canada and Australia is becoming increasingly popular with cheaper rents and better opportunities. Joining Rachel in studio to discuss her impending emigration to Canada is Megan Ward who explains why she chose Canada, the difficulties she’s faced in Ireland and why it’s time to go.
Intersectional feminism is a branch of feminism asserting how different aspects of social and political identity discrimination overlap. However, in mainstream feminism we often see white, middle-class people being the main voice rather than people of all different backgrounds. Joining Rachel in the studio to discuss how we move past White Feminism are Sonia Balagopalan and Paola Rivetti of the Migrant and Ethnic Minorities for Reproductive Justice (MERJ).
Losing a family member is hard at any time, but losing a parent at 17 years of age is a pain that not many of us can imagine. Nobody gives you a handbook on how to cope with it and the impact that it has on you, your family and your life, in general, is rarely talked about. Gavan Casey, sports journalist with the 42 joins Rachel in studio to discuss the impact losing his father at 17 has had on him and his family, the grieving process and how people can empathise but rarely understand what you’re going through.
There’s been a worrying rise in racism in Ireland over the past few years. But has it always been there just lurking under the surface or have we become more racist as a society? And why do media outlets insist on giving platforms to people like Justin Barrett and Peter Casey? Music journalist and author Dean Van Nguyen joins Rachel in studio to answer these questions as well as talking about his own experience of growing up Irish-Vietnamese and why the Irish music scene is giving a voice to those we don’t hear enough from.
With a housing crisis in full swing, many millenials are having to stay at home for longer. While they’re lucky to be able to do that, it does come with a price – your dating life. Whether it’s a Tinder date or a long-term partner, trying to have a fulfilling relationship when you’re living at home is extremely difficult. Joining Rachel in studio to discuss their house rules and near misses are co-host of the Saturday Brunch Show on Dublin City FM Rachael Cox and law student Colleen King.
The way we consume news and media has changed drastically in the last 10 years with Twitter threads on topics ranging from Brexit to Dáil proceedings a common sight. Many journalists entering the profession now need to be skilled in more areas than ever before and are facing different challenges. So how do you meet those challenges, enhance your career and stay on top of the news too? Joining Rachel in studio to discuss it all is freelance journalist and co-news editor of the University Observer, Jade Wilson.
On Tuesday 22nd October, Disturbing the Peace went live for the first time in front of a decent crowd at the Wiley Fox. Rachel was joined by Green Party candidate for Mayo Saoirse McHugh. They chatted anarchism, why Fine Gael have a massive horn for building roads and why she would be against the Green Party entering coalition. She also schooled on Rachel on where Mayo was.
When you spend a lot of time on Twitter, you notice there’s a certain cohort of people who are lurking in the replies. They’re usually there giving patronising, condescending or downright annoying advice such as where to find good cider in France when you’ve tweeted that you’re heading to Brussels. They are the reply guys. In this episode, Rachel is joined by Twitter stalwart Aishling McWalter and Gaming Edior at Headstuff, Andrew Carroll to discuss reply guys, their motivations, their experiences and why they feel the need to reply to everything.
Straight people have it pretty easy. We never have to come out to our peers, our sexuality is catered to by mainstream media and sex education is aimed at us more than any other sexuality. So how do LGBTQ+ people get their education when the school curriculum fails them so badly? Development Manager at ShoutOut Aifric Ni Chriodain joins Rachel in studio to discuss the work ShoutOut do, why it’s important and how growing up LGBTQ+ in Ireland has changed.
Being single isn’t easy. While online dating offers you easy access to hundreds of single people within your area, it can be hard to find a real connection with someone. Plus there are just so many dickpics out there. Joining Rachel in studio to dissect whether or not Tinder is a cesspit is sass queen, shrill feminist and Tinder expert Ciara Dunne.
The best kind of comedy has the ability to make us laugh while making us think. It can push boundaries, break down barriers and make us extremely uncomfortable. So what happens when you write an entire comedy show based around your diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder? Comedian Ian Lynam joins Rachel in studio to discuss his diagnosis, how it shaped his life and what drove him to write a comedy show about it all.
Drug policy seems to be undergoing a radical change with legislation passed to allow for supervised injection centres in Ireland. So why was the application for the first one denied by Dublin City Council. Joining Rachel in studio is former auditor of Students for Sensible Drug Policy in UCD is Ailish Brennan to discuss our attitudes to drugs and why harm reduction is the best path forward.
The environment is pretty much on fire yet our politicians seem to think that switching to electric cars and avoiding a radical overhaul of the system. Green Party Councillor Una Power and sustainability enthusiast Áine O’Connell join Rachel in studio to discuss climate grief, deciding whether or not to have kids and why we need more radical action than just Keep Cups and veganism.
Sex education in Ireland has historically been pretty poor which has led to many of us feeling uncomfortable talking about it. Businesswoman, comedian and all-round good egg Shawna Scott joins Rachel in the studio to discuss rescuing historic ivory dildos, Ireland’s attitude to sex and why talking about our experiences with sex is one of the most important things you can do.
Steve O’Rourke lives with one of the most painful conditions in the world – trigeminal neuralgia but yet you would never know.
He joins Rachel in studio to discuss living with chronic pain, the effect it’s had on his mental health and how he’s come to terms with it all.
Warning: This episode contains several references to suicide.
Ireland’s attitude to religion has changed drastically in the last 20 years with many asking what role does religion play in our daily lives?
UCD chaplain Scott Evans joins Rachel in the studio to discuss how students rely on him a lot more than you’d think and the future of religion in Ireland.
With two migrant sex workers facing prison time in Kildare, the Nordic model is coming under increasing scrutiny. Why isn’t it working for sex workers and why were they ignored when this model was being put forward in 2018? Joining Rachel in studio is chair of Sex Workers Alliance Ireland, Kate McGrew to discuss sex workers rights, decriminalisation and why Ireland’s attitude to sex workers is changing.
For many millenials, being able to move out is seen as the main goal. But with ever-increasing rents and fewer houses to go around, this seems unachievable. Joe.ie’s Head of Social and sketch comedian Michael Fry joins Rachel in the studio to discuss commuting from Navan, insane rent prices and what he would do if he was the Minister for Housing.