Reboot Republic is the innovative Podcast that delves beyond the headlines and soundbites and pulls up the roots of our Social Crises to unearth progressive solutions. We talk to world leading experts, politicians, activists and everyday change-makers. This not about tinkering around the edges. Hosted by Lecturer of Social Policy in Maynooth University and Social Justice Campaigner Dr Rory Hearne and independent podcast nerd Tony Groves, we look beyond the political speak for real, globally tried and tested solutions. Reboot Republic aims to be the podcast for an optimistic and inclusive future and not the polarised present. @RebootPod
This Reboot Republic Podcast talks to Tanya Ward, the Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance (CRA) and former Deputy Director at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL). We discuss the CRA’s 2019 Report Card that identifies and evaluates the Government’s progress on actions for Children. The highest individual grade in Report Card 2019 is an ‘A-‘ for ‘LGBTI+ Children and Young People’, with the lowest grade being awarded for ‘Child and Family Homelessness. We also talk affordable childcare and discuss the scandal of child poverty in Ireland, solutions and policy alternatives – and the collaboration with the Irish Times and the Children’s Rights Alliance in the No Child 2020 campaign – to build this conversation on the causes of child poverty and what it will take to end it.
In this latest podcast we talk with plolicy analyst at the inequality think tank, TASC, Dr Rob Sweeney. Rob has a PhD in economics from University of Leeds, which concentrated on financial markets and investors, banking, international macroeconomics, and housing and his current role focuses mainly on issues surrounding the Irish political economy and wealth distribution.
This Reboot Republic Podcast talks to the experienced political analyst, Gerard Howlin. Gerard is a Public Affairs Consultant, Columnist, Commentator and Former Senior Political Adviser to Government. Gerard offers interesting insights into the real world of Irish politics and policy making.
This latest Reboot Republic Podcast is with Tom Healy, Director of the Nevin Research institute & leading economist – we talk to him about his forthcoming book ‘An Ireland Worth Working For: Delivering the Democratic Programme a Century later’ and the concrete & visionary policies, solutions and changes required to make Ireland’s economy ensure a decent fair and dignified standard of living for everyone.
This Reboot Republic Podcast talks to author, campaigning journalist & gentleman- Frank McDonald. Frank is the former Environment Editor of The Irish Times and author of the books, Chaos at the Crossroads and The Builders.
We talk to him about Dublin – the city it has become and his latest book, Truly Frank: A Dublin Memoir.
Fianna Fail spokesperson for Housing, Planning and Local Government and TD for Dublin Fingal, Darragh O’Brien talks candidly about apologies, learning the lessons of the past, the current housing crisis, state-lead solutions and exclusively for the first time about his view on the constitutional right to housing. This is an honest and sometimes combative conversation with Darragh delivering some spicy moments of his own!
Our guest, Mental Health Social Worker, Cognitive Psychotherapist and co founder of mental health charity First Fortnight, JP Swaine, believes in the potential for art, music, film and literature to help us deal with some of the issues and traumas life puts in our path.
Budget 2019 is in the books and the analysis has ranged from middling to a bit meh. We have National Spokesperson and Head of Policy with the Simon Community Niamh Randall and Economist and Researcher with SIPTU Michael Taft to discuss the real meat of the budget.
It’s Budget Season and while the “fiscal space” the government have to operate in will be the best in a decade, we need to ask if they are making the right decisions with our money? Our guest is Sinn Fein TD for Donegal and Party Spokesperson for Finance, Pearse Doherty.
We talk to Paul Sweeney, an economist who has been involved in analysing the Irish economy for over 40 years. We start by asking who really runs Ireland, are we heading towards another financial crash and what should the government do in the coming Budget?
We speak with Patricia King, General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions who outlines The ICTU’s concerns with the housing crisis and their call for unions and civil society to take part in the upcoming Raise the Roof rally on the housing crisis set for October 3rd.
The impact of class on reducing the opportunities of children growing up in disadvantaged areas is given little air time in Irish media and politics. We are talking with Lynn Ruane, a Senator and former President of Trinity College Student’s Union, who is from Tallaght and worked in addiction and community work.
The Living Wage is an idea which is gaining increased support as a way to solve rising inequality and in-work poverty, low pay and precarious (short term and insecure) employment. Joining us in Reboot Republic to discuss this is Michael Taft, a Research Officer with the trade union, SIPTU and member of the Living Wage technical group.
Economics is often called the dismal science. But our guest, Senior Economist at the Nevin Economic Research Institute, Tom McDonnell, is anything but. He gives us a lesson in economics for dummies (Groves) and outlines a way of building an economy that is both sustainable and inclusive.
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.
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.