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Best Ireland Current Affairs podcasts we could find (updated January 2020)
Best Ireland Current Affairs podcasts we could find
Updated January 2020
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David Aaronovitch and a panel of experts and insiders present in-depth explainers on big issues in the news.
 
The Explainer is a new weekly podcast from TheJournal.ie that takes a deeper look at one big news story you need to know about. What's the background? Why is this in the news? Get the facts behind the story from Ireland's biggest news website.
 
On Ireland's most cutting edge current affairs show, Matt and his guests provide a running stream of intelligent opinions and heated debates on the issues that matter most to Irish listeners. You might not always agree, but you'll never want to miss a Word.
 
This Week is the main RTÉ News programme on Sunday.
 
Download the latest documentaries Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.
 
It’s Kerry's number one current affairs programme. Presented by Jerry O'Sullivan.
 
The best of the week's radio from RTÉ, compiled and presented by Sinead Mooney. The programme brings you nuggets from right across the schedule, from day time chat to night time reflection and memories.
 
Debate, in-depth interviews, analysis of the political stories of day and discussion on international issues. Presented by Katie Hannon. Listen live on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10.00pm on RTÉ Radio 1.
 
The Ryan Tubridy Show is a fast paced entertaining and informative sixty minutes of morning radio.
 
Programme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics.
 
Drivetime on RTÉ Radio 1 with Mary Wilson features the day's top news, current affairs and sports stories. Mary, with an experienced team of producers and journalists, explores the issues of the day asking tough questions and seeking answers.
 
The Irish independent news, politics and culture podcast that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Join hosts Tony Groves and Martin McMahon and a wide range of guests as the tackle everything from twitter to the Taoiseach. There will be shenanigans!
 
The Most Popular Podcasts from RTÉ Radio's ten radio services
 
Join us for a fly-on-the-wall conversational podcast where we talk with interesting people who we know or meet about who they are and what they do. Covering everything from politics to vegetable varieties and everything in between. Hosted by Glenn and Al Produced by Displace Studios
 
Stephen Nolan's no nonsense approach to confronting the biggest issues of the day: an unmissable mixture of news, phone ins and entertainment. From BBC Radio Ulster
 
A live comedy talk show. The Gareth Stack Show Live is an occasional programme featuring writers, musicians and artists, interviewed, indulged, and provoked by Irish writer and comedian Gareth Stack. Guests have included David Turpin, Mongoose, Donal Foreman, Bobby Ahern (No Monster Club), Tom Rowley, Myles Manley, Andrew Philip Smith, Patrick O’Flaherty, Graham Tugwell, Caoimhe Lavelle, Jonah King, James Moran, Darragh McCausland, Siam Collective and Gordon Rochford.
 
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Colin Harvey is Professor of Human Rights Law in the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, a Fellow of the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, and an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Irish Studies. In November, his group, Ireland's Future sent a letter to An Taoiseach calling for a new conversation a…
 
What lessons do previous pandemics provide about how we should treat the new coronavirus? David Aaronovitch tracks the disease's origins in China, explores its spread. He considers how dangerous this virus is and asks how prepared we are for an outbreak in the UK. Contributors: Professor John Oxford, Howard Zhang, Dr Nathalie McDermott, Josie Goldi…
 
Monty Python star Terry Jones passed away this week at the age of 77. He had been living with a rare form of dementia for several years.As well as being a writer and performer with the comedy group, Jones also directed their movies Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life.Brian Lloyd and Dee Molumby joined us for The L…
 
Ireland has one of the most equal tax systems in Europe, according to a new study by an economist at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).The study finds that Ireland's tax system does more to reduce household income inequality than any other in Europe, despite the distribution of income before taxes and benefits being much higher than…
 
In our latest election debate, we discussed agriculture.What are the big issues facing farmers in the future?To discuss this we were joined by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed, Fianna Fáil spokesperson on agriculture Charlie McConalogue, Green Party spokesperson on agriculture Pippa Hackett and Thia Hennessy, Dean of the Business School at UC…
 
Marian Relihan form Lisselton is campaigning for older women who were, in many cases, forced to leave the workforce when they were young. Up to the 1970s, women had to give up civil service jobs when they got married.
 
This morning, Jerry spoke to three of the 13 candidates who’ve declared they’re running in Kerry. He spoke first to independent Seán O’Leary, then to John Bowler of the Irish Freedom Party and finally to Ted Cronin, who’s an independent with a strong passion for animal rights.
 
Eilis Barry is the chief executive of the Free Legal Aid Centres (FLAC). She’s calling on election candidates to support free legal aid services for those on low incomes. She says free civil legal aid services – for example, seeking advice on family or housing matters – are underfunded.
 
In the run-up to the general election, the leaders of the main political parties will be joining us on The Last Word.Green Party leader Eamon Ryan was the latest to join us for an interview.He talked about his aims for getting back into government, environmental issues, public transport and housing.Listen to the interview in full by pressing the pl…
 
How do you achieve net-zero carbon emissions in just fifteen years? In Finland, a fisherman-turned-climate scientist believes he has part of the answer: re-wilding the country’s peat fields. Gabriel Gatehouse travels to the country's frozen north to meet Tero Mustonen, as he battles lobbyists and vested interests in government and the peat industry…
 
The "debate" passed off in an uninspiring 0 - 0 draw and the only talking points were the Taoiseach's discomfort around his drug taking past and his comfort with his FG/FF coalition future. We fact check some of the claims and ask why easily disproved points went unchallenged. We also discuss the new #HomeForGood campaign and how to make the Right …
 
The stories and headlines of the day that grabbed Ryan's attention.By RTÉ Radio 1
 
Armando Iannucci is the man behind "The Thick Of It", "Veep" and "The Death Of Stalin". His new film is an adaptation of the novel "David Copperfield" and Armando spoke to Ryan about bringing his typically inventive approach to the Charles Dickens' classic.By RTÉ Radio 1
 
The pay is due to rise from £49,500 to £50,500 under rules set by the Independent Financial Review Panel.And they're due another £500 rise in April. Assembly members have no input to the panel's decisions on pay and expenses.Some MLAs have already offered to donate their increase to charity.Joining Stephen was the commentator Amanda Ferguson,the fo…
 
This week our Culture Club inductee is author Rob Doyle, whose latest novel Threshold is published this month.He joined us to talk about his favourite books and authors, TV shows, music and movies.Favourite Book/Author: Roberto Bolaño, The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana AlexievichFavourite TV shows: The X Files, The Assassination of Gianni Versa…
 
Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos may have had his mobile phone hacked in 2018 by the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman.Sources have told The Guardian that the hack took place after Bezos received a WhatsApp message from the crown prince's personal account.Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, told us more in our daily busine…
 
Many people argue that Irish women should have access to free contraception.Healthwave, the Irish digital pharmacy service, has announced that it will offer the oral contraceptive pill free of charge to its members.The generic versions of six of the most commonly prescribed contraceptive pill medications in Ireland will be offered at no cost to tho…
 
In today's election debate, we discussed the urban-rural divide.Is it real or imagined, and if it's real, what can be done to alleviate it?We were joined by Martin Heydon, Fine Gael TD for Kildare South, Marian Harkin, former TD and MEP and Independent Sligo/Leitrim candidate, Dara Calleary, Fianna Fáil Deputy Leader, TD for Mayo and spokesperson o…
 
It's always hard to imagine something that hasn't been done before. So while it's understandable that people are defending Virgin Media TV's (and RTE's) decision to hold a "leaders" debate, it is, in our opinion wrong. We discuss why this is not representative of the majority of the electorate and needlessly gives the historical parties of governme…
 
Insurance expert Dermot Goode of www.totalhealthcover.ie gave his advice to a listener who contacted the show.
 
A mother is giving gifts for the house but while the family appreciates the gesture, they don’t like the presents. Val and Tony offered their thoughts.
 
Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform was interviewed by Jerry.
 
Ger O’Brien is senior executive officer with Kerry County Council. He outlined the regulations governing the erection of election posters.
 
They were due to receive the extra money over the past three years, but the increase was blocked by the former Secretary of State Karen Bradley because Stormont was suspended.MLAs pay is set by an independent body. But do you agree with the pay rise? Vinny heard from Political Correspondent Enda McClafferty, SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan, Businessman M…
 
Why do we hold our opponents in contempt? Former British politician Douglas Alexander believes that disagreement is good - it is how the best arguments get refined. But, today, public discourse has become so ill-tempered, snide and lacking in respect that we are no longer engaged in a battle of ideas but a slanging match. Time to dial down the rhet…
 
John McAteer and Deirdre Walsh give Katie the run down on the candidates running in both Donegal and Kerry in the upcoming election.By RTÉ Radio 1
 
Last November Santis spoke to Ryan about the circumstances that lead her to struggle financially and how she had been taking back control. This morning Santis joined Ryan on the line with an update on her mission to become debt free.By RTÉ Radio 1
 
Michael Darcy, Robert Troy, Pearse Doherty, Paul Gogarty and Colette Browne are on the panel to debate Insurance.By RTÉ Radio 1
 
Helen Condon got in touch after she heard Ryan talking about jigsaws on the programme. Helen is a painter from Cork and she joined Ryan on the line to explain how her artwork fits into the big picture.By RTÉ Radio 1
 
The number of houses built last year has hit the highest level in a decade, according to figures from Goodbody Stockbrokers.The figures, compiled using BER ratings, show that 21,500 homes were completed last year. In the last quarter of 2019, 6,600 were completed.Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, joined us to discuss this story and m…
 
R.E.M. may have split up in 2011, but they have come back together to consider pursuing legal action against Donald Trump to stop him using their music on the campaign trail.Trump used two of the band's songs, 'Everybody Hurts' and 'Losing My Religion', at a recent rally in Milwaukee, prompting bassist Mike Mills to tweet that R.E.M. were "explorin…
 
In today's general election debate, we asked how our health service can be fixed.Is it an impossible task? And if not, how much would it cost?Susan Mitchell, health editor of The Business Post, Róisín Shortall, co-leader of the Social Democrats, Sinn Féin health spokesperson Louise O'Reilly and Fianna Fáil health spokesperson Stephen Donnelly joine…
 
Over 24 thousand applications and counting - that’s the number of people who want to work on the Great Blasket island. Billy O’Connor and his partner operate a café along with accommodation on the island. They posted an advert looking for people to run the café and cottages. Then they started receiving applications ……
 
Dr Chris Luke is a consultant in emergency medicine and an adjunct senior lecturer in public health at UCC
 
The 20-year-old – who turns 21 tomorrow – will captain the Kerry Senior Footballers in 2020. Mike Cahalane, chair of Coiste na nÓg with Fossa GAA – David Clifford’s club – spoke to Jerry.
 
Smartphone production and disposal is a big environmental issue, but one company could have a solution.Fairphone has teamed up with Vodafone to produce the Fairphone 3, which is described as an ethical and sustainable smartphone.Andy O'Donoghue joined us for Tech Tuesday to explain how it works.Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play b…
 
“Did you actually kill hundreds of people, Dad?” This is certainly not a question that many people feel the need to ask their parents. But for a group of young women in Argentina, it was one they could no longer ignore. Their fathers have been accused, held under trial and in some cases sentenced for some of the worst crimes in Argentina’s history …
 
Matthew Parris says its costs taxpayers more to keep Northern Ireland in the union than the UK will get back from leaving the EU. But loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson claims his article is ‘offensive’.Also on the programme, Belfast priest calls for the end of ‘circus funerals’ that glamorise suicide for young people.Belfast priest Father Gary Donegan …
 
In the run-up to the general election, The Last Word will be interviewing the leaders of each of the main political parties.Outgoing Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar was the first to join us today.He spoke to Matt about issues such as housing, health, climate change, childcare and Brexit.Listen to the interview in full by pressing the pl…
 
The latest opinion poll shows less than the margin of error separating Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Sinn Féin. While it's only a poll, the trend for FG is down and in a three week campaign that won't be easy to reverse. We discuss the FG "Left Wing" media bias claims, Labour's willingness to talk to other parties of the Left and the opportunity this …
 
Philip Boucher-Hayes and Barry Lenihan, profiles Kidare North.By RTÉ Radio 1
 
Senan Molony, Titanic author and documentary maker discusses the news the wreck of the Titanic will be treated with "sensitivity and respect" following a "momentous" international agreement .By RTÉ Radio 1
 
Ryan Heath, Senior Editor at Politico, discusses the conference.By RTÉ Radio 1
 
Jim O'Callaghan, Fianna Fail Justice Spokesperson, discusses the ERU.By RTÉ Radio 1
 
Simon Harris, Stephen Donnelly, Louise O'Reilly, Susan Mitchell and Alison O'Connor join Katie Hannon to discuss all things health.By RTÉ Radio 1
 
Claire McGing, researcher at Social Science Institute at Maynooth University, discusses the first Saturday General Election vote since 1918.By RTÉ Radio 1
 
Úna Keane is a musician and composer originally from Dublin. She joined Ryan in studio to tell her story of incredible resilience and strength and how music has helped her navigate the difficult chapters of her life.By RTÉ Radio 1
 
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