Reboot Republic Podcast

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

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Dr Laura Bambrick – A Fair Wage

Ireland has the highest income inequality in the EU, but what does that mean? Well, our guest is Social Policy Officer with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and her paper into income disparity is a real eye opener.
Laura tells us about how she went from working in the Students Union Shop in Trinity to doing he PhD in Oxford.

She also reveals how a recent ICTU report into Irish registered companies showed that it can take up to 212 years for the lowest paid person in a business to earn the same as one years salary of the CEO’s. You don’t want to miss this.

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Professor John Sweeney

We keep hearing terms like Just Transition and Green New Deal. But will they really mean to you and me? Our guest is Professor John Sweeney and over the past 30 years he has published (including contributing to a a Nobel Prize report) papers and articles on Climatology, Climate Change and Air Pollution.

We discuss the current Government’s plans and their efficacy, what a Just Transition would mean and how a Green New Deal could radically change the way we live our lives, in many cases for the better.

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Dr Gabrielle Colleran

When you hear a Politician talk about Slaintecare, yet see posing for the cameras at the opening of another Private Hospital it’s no wonder the public a sceptical. Our guest is Consultant Paediatric Radiologist at the Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street and the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin, Dr Gabrielle Colleran. She is also Head of Radiology at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin.

This is brilliant discussion that covers the effect of homelessness on the health service, the rigged Public vs Private narrative and why the waiting times for care can lead to worse patient outcomes.

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Aisling Hearne

A very short message from a very special person, Rory’s daughter Aisling Hearne. #Homes4All

Happy Christmas and thanks for all your support in 2019.

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Leilani Farha

UN Special Rapporteur for Housing, Leilani Farha was kind enough to join us on the pod for the third time. We discuss the roll housing insecurity and financialisation is having in increasing inequality and creating social unrest globally. Leilani talks candidly about what States should be doing and how the Right to Housing is central to confronting the profit motive that has made housing unaffordable across the world. We also discuss Ireland’s current situation, our role in facilitating some of the biggest players in what is a market that is bigger than all of the GDP’s of the world economies combined and the national scandal that is child homelessness.

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Colette Kelleher

Narratives like homelessness is normal and poverty is self-inflicted can as strong an adversary as any “free market” ideology. Our guest is lifelong activist, former Director of Cork Simon and now Independent Senator, Colette Kelleher.

Colette talks to us about her introduction to activism and her work in the Seanad. We discuss Traveller rights and combatting systemic racism. There’s also a look into the ideological mind-set of a Government that will not act to properly to address the Housing Crisis and their reasons for that.

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John Harris

We are delighted to be joined on the podcast by UK Political Commentator of the Year, Guardian Columnist and Reboot regular, John Harris. In a departure from the Brexit madness John shares with us his struggle to get the special needs services for his son who has autism and how difficult the system is to access.

Don’t worry, we do discuss the upcoming General Election and the issues outside of Brexit that are dominating the campaign. And we have to talk Brexit, the current situation and the disaster that is much of the punditry around it.

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Madelaine Moore

This Reboot Republic podcast is with the author of the new book Wellsprings of Resistance, Struggles over Water in Europe and PhD fellow at the University of Kassel, Madelaine Moore.

Madelaine is here to give a talk about her book and the global struggle for water and how it touches on other movements tomorrow evening at 6pm, 12th Nov, in Liberty Hall.

We really enjoyed this conversation.

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The Reality

This Reboot Republic podcast gives the reality of Budget 2020. With Dr Tom McDonald and Michael Taft.

The overall analysis is that this budget failed to address poverty or inequality in a significant way, it falls way short on addressing the housing crisis or climate emergency.

There’s also fascinating conversation on how the next General Election will be fought.

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Naomi Klein

We are delighted to be joined on the podcast by journalist, award winning bestselling author and activist, Naomi Klein.

We discuss social movements, including Right to Housing, Climate Strikes and Extinction Rebellion, how neoliberal “climate policies” solidify the narrative that Climate Action is a war on working people, the regressive nature of Ireland’s Carbon Tax regime and why it’s fine to yell Fire as long as we put forward our solutions for putting it out.

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Reboot Special

This Reboot Republic podcast is the second in our series on #Budget2020. Our panel of experts, Anne Marie O Reilly from Threshold, Ger Gibbons policy analyst with ICTU & Eoin O Broin Sinn Fein TD & housing spokesperson, assess the state of the housing crisis, the likely impact of #Brexit on housing & what housing measures the government should introduce in next week’s Budget.

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Lorna Gold

We are delighted to welcome back to the podcast Dr Lorna Gold, academic, climate campaigner and author of Climate Generation – Awakening to our children’s future.

Lorna is back to talk about the Climate Strikes happening around the world next Friday, Greta Thunberg, the Governments Climate Action Plan and her upcoming interview with Naomi Klein in Dublin.

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John Harris

Our guest, Guardian Columnist, Political Commentator of the Year, John Harris, was in flying form as he broke down where Brexit stands now, what it means to the people on the street and his genuine optimism that this could be the current systems ‘morbid symptoms’ that we’ll go through before the people push back against an elite whose right to rule, judging by this shambles, is finished.

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Shari McDaid

This Reboot Republic Podcast talks with Dr Shari McDaid, CEO of Mental Health Reform. This is a fascinating discussion on people’s experience of mental health services in Ireland, how they can be improved and what could be done in Budget 2020 to improve the system.

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Murray Cox
Laoise Neylon

In this Reboot Republic podcast, we talk to Murray Cox of ‘Inside Airbnb’, who provides the data on the impact of Airbnb on housing in cities across the world. Also in the studio, Sasha Brown who produced a recent Report on the impacts of Airbnb in Ireland and journalist Laoise Neylon informs us about the new legislation and how it will be ineffective in tackling Airbnb and other short term lets.

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Cian McMahon

We talk with Dr Cian McMahon, an economics graduate from NUI Galway, former TASC policy analyst and current Postdoctoral research position, Saint Mary’s University Nova Scotia. We discuss cooperatives and heterdox economics with Cian.

Cian’s research has looked at the rise and fall of cooperativist initiatives in Ireland and particularly workers coops and the Irish trade union movement.

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Prof. Richard Wilkinson

We talk to the global expert in inequalities and their health impacts, Professor emeritus Richard Wilkinson. Prof Wilkinson is co-author, with Kate Pickett, of The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone’s Wellbeing.

His Ted Talk has had almost a million views and he is also coauthor of the ground breaking book The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone.

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Sean Healy

We speak with the CEO of Social Justice Ireland and the longest serving member of the National Economic Social Council, Sean Healy.

We discuss Social Justice Ireland’s Budget 2020 proposals, a new framework for a just and sustainable country, Sean’s analysis of Ireland through the decades, his social justice motivations & values and hope for change.

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Ann Marie O’Reilly
Marcella Stakem

This Reboot Republic Podcast talks with Ann Marie O’Reilly, Policy Officer with housing rights and tenant support charity Threshold and Marcella Stakem, Social Policy Development Officer with the St Vincent De Paul.

Ann Marie and Marcella are Authors and researches of the new report and survey ‘Housing Assistance Payment (HAP): Making the right impact?’ carried out jointly by the two charities.

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Tortoise Shack

When the idea to do a podcast came up I imagined it would be a one season, ten episodes kind of thing. Over 70 episodes and 1 year later we are, for my money, Ireland’s number one solutions focused podcast.

So we decided to mark the occasion by answering some patron’s questions, sharing our personal highlights for the first year of this and our hopes for the next year to come. Thank you so much for the listening, sharing, reviewing and supporting.

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Kerry Anthony
Mairéad McGinn

This Reboot Republic Podcast talks to Kerry Anthony, the outgoing CEO of homeless charity, DePaul and their Director of Communications, Mairéad McGinn.

Kerry peaks passionately about housing first, its success in maintaining former homeless in long term secure homes, the value for money of this approach and her own motivational values and those of De Paul.

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Dr Niall Muldoon

This Reboot Republic podcast talks with Dr Niall Muldoon, the Ombudsman for Children in Ireland, whose office investigates complaints about services provided to children by public organisations.

We discuss the key issues affecting children in Ireland & how they are impacted, the importance of giving children a voice in public bodies & society, the goal of ending child poverty & the vision and practical steps needed to achieve an Ireland where all children are cherished equally.

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Dr Cara Augustenborg

The Climate Laggards of Europe have just launched a Climate Action Plan that aims to make Ireland Carbon Neutral by 2050. But is this just more plans about plans or will there be substance to it?

Joining us to discuss this, via Skype, is Environmental Scientist in UCD, Adviser with the Environmental Protection Agency and commentator, Dr Cara Austenborg.

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John Harris

The slow moving car crash that is Brexit took some interesting turns recently.

The Brexit Party, Change UK and the European elections have thrown up all sorts of new variables. So we were delighted to catch up with UK Political Commentator of the year 2017, the Guardian’s John Harris, to discuss all the latest developments.

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