Reviewing the weekly news and how those stories impact on workers.
Michelle Gavin, an ex-Debenhams worker from Waterford with 27 years service, explains the strike and its impact on all workers. The workers have been on strike for 230 days now - in rain, hail and storms. She talks about government inaction and being left high and dry first by the company and then by the State. Michelle also talks about loss and trauma during the strike as well as how she has taken actions she never thought she would. We hope this will form part of a series of interviews with ex-Debenhams workers. Because they deserve to be heard.
Nov 25 2020
This week we’re joined by People Before Profit Councillor Tina MacVeigh to discuss:
Nov 22 2020
This week we’re joined by Eoin O’Broin TD & Sinead Redmond discuss:
Nov 15 2020
This week we’re joined by our new Washington correspondent Joe Guinan (Anglo-Irish exile in the imperial metropolis · Vice President Democracy Collaborative) & activist Mark Malone (activist, communicator & researcher) to discuss:
The election of Joe Biden;
Kamala Harris and the glass ceiling;
Irish coverage of the new President;
Will another Trump emerge?
Could Bernie Sanders have won?
The importance of political education;
The new Undercover Policing Inquiry;
Water charges to re-emerge;
Services for children with special needs;
Facebook moderates ads for moderators;
Kingspan and Grenfell tower fire;
The long-term impact of COVID19;
Nov 08 2020
This week we’re joined by Paul Murphy TD and Ber Grogan to discuss:
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Nov 01 2020
This week we’re joined by Dave Murphy & Diana O’Dwyer from RISE and Rupture Radio Podcast to discuss:
Oct 25 2020
This week we’re joined by Glenn Fitzpatrick and Ciaran Campbell to discuss:
Oct 18 2020
On this special episode we talk to Mairead Farrell TD (Sinn Fein), Ciaran Nugent (NERI) and Lorna Bogue (Green Party Councillor and Just Transition Greens co-Chair) about what’s in Budget 2021 and what a left Budget would look like.
We talk about the framing of the Budget by the media, housing, education, climate action, cutting the PUP, business supports, tax breaks for high earners, SIPTUs successful pensions campaign, Capital Gains Tax cuts for entrepreneurs, lack of capital infrastructure, live entertainment supports, and we even talk about what’s not in the Budget – like a wealth tax.
Oct 14 2020
This week we’re joined by Saoirse McHugh and Conor McCabe to discuss:
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Oct 11 2020
On this special episode, our hosts David Gibney and Clare O'Connor talk to Stiofán Ó Nualláin, Emma Clancy and John Barry about #LeftBloc, an exciting new media and political education project in Ireland. Included in the media hub is A Worker's Guide to Everything; The Week at Work; Nuall Na NÓg; Offshore; A news based website; and a Climate Justice podcast currently in production.
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Oct 10 2020
On this special episode we talk to Vicky Phelan and Gino Kenny TD about the upcoming vote on the Dying with Dignity Bill and why we need to have this important discussion now. Vicky exposed the cervical cancer scandal and is living with terminal cancer and Gino Kenny has proposed the Bill that would allow those with terminal illnesses to have assistance in achieving a dignified and peaceful end of life.
Oct 05 2020
This week we are joined by Stiofán Ó Nualláin from Trademark Belfast to discuss: COVID Island, Seamus Wolfe & the KKK, the Green Party oppose a ‘Just Transition’, Michael Darcy & TDs who lobby, education errors, a four day week, wage subsidy scheme & Debenhams, Mairead McGuinness as commissioner for financial services, Cable Street & communists banned from the US.
Oct 04 2020
This week we're joined by Independent TD for Donegal, Thomas Pringle, and Community Activist Michelle Byrne to discuss: COVID & capitalism, Third Level Education rankings & student poverty, airline arseholes, flat rate expenses, Debenhams and Estee Lauder strikes, VAT cuts & spreading the virus, businesses seek to restrict protests, Dying with Dignity Bill, co-positions on co-living by Housing Minister, Spike Island sacks union activists, Red C poll, environmentally reckless capitalism, publicly funded private schools and FG Minister interferes with GMIT governance.
Sep 27 2020
In this episode we talk to Bernadette McAliskey and Ciaran Campbell whose families were both targeted by loyalist death squads. We get their reflections on "Unquiet Graves", the documentary about British government collusion with the Glenanne Gang, leading to the murders of more than 120 people, including the Dublin/Monaghan bombings.
Sep 25 2020
Sep 20 2020
Sep 13 2020
This week we’re joined by Clare Daly MEP and Eoghan Fox, Mandate activist to discuss: Banning meal deals & food poverty, Thiago Cortez and the gig economy, extra Garda powers, Debenhams, Tourism job losses, Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin & sexual harassment in UCD, COVID and the retail boom, Ryanair CEO bonus v pay cuts, Tony Abbott, Spike Island toilets, Direct Provision, Mercosur and EU trade deals, a new Commissioner, Occupied Territories Bill, Donald Trump and much more…
Sep 06 2020
Aug 30 2020
This week we’re joined by Irish journalist in Sweden, Philip O’Connor and Sonia Balagopalan, mathematician & socialist to discuss: Golfgate, far right protests & Una McGurk, COVID in Sweden, US elections, the perceptions poll, lobbying power, homes to buy drop but rental properties increase, AirBnB, Troubles compensation and Bank of Ireland job losses.
Aug 23 2020
This week we’re joined by Senator Lynn Boylan (Sinn Fein) & Clare O’Connor (ICHH) to discuss: Varadkar’s dog whistle to white middle class males, meat plants & workers’ rights, hospital waiting lists, evictions & homeless deaths, back to school and manipulating test results for the rich, and much more
Aug 16 2020