Housing Policy is Health Policy

There are at least 17,000 people including 6000 children (4000 homeless and 2000 in Direct Provision), in addition to Travellers in unsuitable and unsanitary accommodation in Ireland. Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, is deeply concerned with such housing situations as she says “housing has become the front-line defence against the coronavirus and home […]

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Dr Niall Muldoon – The Children’s Ombudsman

Covid-19 has seen huge changes to how we live our lives. But as social distancing becomes the norm, we bring you a talk given by the Children’s Ombudsman and friend of the pod, Dr Niall Muldoon. Niall talks about the work of his office and speaks passionately about the real lived experiences of children living in emergency accommodation and “family […]

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Coronavirus – #GlowWest – Tortoise Shack Remote

Rachel, Martin, Rory, Tony and our newest member, Caroline West, got together via Zoom this evening to talk Covid-19, Air BnB, Housing, Tinder and Caroline’s new podcast, Glow West. We discuss the need to look after our most vulnerable and how there’s always room for some social distancing laughs. Mind yourself and yours! Join us: patreon.com/tortoiseshack

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Coronavirus – #LightTheWay

Rory, accompanied by kiddies, joins us via Skype to talk about the need for the government to avoid the mistakes of the global financial crisis and make sure the priority is that we save as many possible lives as possible. We also discuss the need for a more caring and equal society after this pandemic passes. Visit: roryhearne.ie Join us: […]

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Orla Hegarty – New Public Housing Ep.104

We have seen large parts of the commentariat declare that we must build smaller units up into the Dublin skyline to tackle the housing crisis. The only problem with that is there’s no evidence that this race to the bottom will work. In this short podcast Assistant Professor at UCD’s School of Architecture, Orla Hegarty, outlines how real livable communities […]

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Dr Dáithí Downey – New Public Housing

Dr Dáithí Downey is Head of Housing Policy, Research and Development for Dublin City Council where he also leads the Dublin Housing Observatory. In this short podcast he delivers a blistering review of our housing system, including the observation that at the current pace the Housing Assistance Payment will cost the state as much as building a new National Children’s […]

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Coronavirus – Ní neart go cur le chéile

With the news that schools, colleges and childcare facilities are to close, we focus on the things that can alleviate the crisis: a rent freeze, increasing the fuel allowance, a Universal Basic Income and supports for businesses. Rory argues that government should act now to take the fear of having to chose between paying the rent or eating away from […]

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Professor Ian Gough – Heat, Greed & Human Need Ep.102

We traveled to NUI Maynooth to sit down with Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at the University of Bath, Ian Gough. Ian is also Professorial Research Fellow at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) and his current research project is on the intersection of climate change mitigation policy and social policy. For the last decade he has […]

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