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!
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.