757. Seanad By-Election – Aubrey McCarthy

I’d heard of Aubrey McCarthy from people involved in homelessness and addiction services. But I’d never spoken with him. When he put his name forward for the TCD Seanad by-election it gave me an excuse to hear about this man who always seemed larger than life. Aubrey tells me what drives him, how he looks at himself as a “see […]

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740. The Seanad By-Election: Candidate Tom Clonan

Listeners will be familiar with lecturer, analyst and Irish Army whistleblower, Tom Clonan. What you might not know is that he is running in the Trinity College Seanad by-election. Tom tells me why he’s running again, the issues that he wants to tackle should he get elected, what has happened in the Arms Forces since we last talked, he also […]

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734. The Seanad By-Election: Candidate Hazel Chu

Hazel Chu could never be considered dull. The former Dublin Mayor has thrown her hat into the ring for the Trinity College Dublin Seanad election. She joined me to explain why she’s doing it, what she’d like to achieve if successful, her key focus areas, her place in the Green Party and tackling the status quo. Join us at patreon

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759. Constantin Gurdgiev on Russia and Ukraine

Last night I was joined by Russian-Armenian-Irish man and now US based Economics Professor, Constantin Gurdgiev to get his thoughts on the war raging in Ukraine. Constantin discusses how Ukraine was viewed when he was growing up in the old Soviet Union and the ways the democratisation has bumped along. He talks about how the younger generation of Russia might […]

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758. The Latest from Ukraine with Lesia Vasylenko

Today the Ukrainian Parliament gathered in person to pass emergency laws and show unity to the world. Joining me to discuss the latest from Kyiv is MP Lesia Vasylenko. She tells me why they risked getting together in possibly the worlds most targeted building, the emotions of the day and the unfolding tragedy that is the continued destruction. Donate to […]

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Special Report – Afghanistan Humanitarian Crisis

Regular listeners will be aware that journalist and lawyer, Hannah McCarthy (@Hannahmc_carthy) has spent time reporting from Afghanistan about the desperate humanitarian crisis, the tragedy of food insecurity and the damage the sanctions are having on the citizens of long-suffering nation. In this exclusive podcast you’ll hear from Mary Ellen McGroarty, Head of WFP in Afghanistan, Gaia, an Italian nurse […]

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755. Ukraine Latest: Save Our Children

I was joined by Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko as she was trying to get her children away from Kyiv and the incoming convoy of Russian tanks. Lesia is calling on the International Community to at the very least open humanitarian corridors that will allow for the safe passage of children and more vulnerable people. She discusses the sense of hopelessness […]

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741. Loyalism, Unionism & Feminism with Rosey Bell

(Recorded Feb 19th) Joining me in the tortoise shack is Progressive Unionist Party member and Community Activist in Rathcoole, Rosey Bell. Rosey tells me how my assumptions on her upbringing are wrong, why the she believes in an inclusive and equal Northern Ireland, while maintaining her Loyalist identity and culture. We talk about what the NI Protocol means to her […]

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