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46. Capitalism, CETA, Hunger Strikes & united Ireland?

This week we’re joined by Tommy McKearney, activist and former hunger striker, to discuss: Covid vaccine rollout and patents CETA and the Green Party Davy Stockbroker fallout Johnny Ronan, high rises & NAMA Data centres and fossil fuel usage Exploring Irish unity or the British union Loyalists ignored by Taoiseach Pontins & racism Fictional beef barons & honest GDP growth Talking about the Hunger Strikes And much more…

1hr 15mins

7 Mar 2021

Rank #1

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45. RISE join PBP, Far-Right Violence & Inequality

This week we’re joined by Brid Smith TD from Solidarity/People Before Profit to discuss: Far right violence Garda Commissioner lies Paul Murphy & RISE join People Before Profit Inequality & the manipulation of public discourse FAI asks for share of betting tax to clear €70m debt White collar crime & Fine Gael candidates New tax break for remote workers? Stardust funding has been released Direct Provision White Paper Mother & Baby Homes

1hr 18mins

28 Feb 2021

Rank #2

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44. We can be Zero, Mother & Baby Home tapes found & Moyross development

This week we’re joined by Grace Dyas, Activist and Artist, to discuss: We can be Zero Class & the illusion “we’re all in this together” Taxing essential workers Mother & Baby Home tapes Moyross development Shared equity loan schemes Israel destroys Irish aid to Palestinian village community Digital tax on social media firms to support journalism Insurance Bill

1hr 25mins

21 Feb 2021

Rank #3

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43. Stardust 40th anniversary, Revenue bill workers for employer’s subsidy and a United Ireland?

This week we’re joined by Stiofán Ó Nualláin from Trademark Belfast to discuss: The Northern Ireland protocol Death threats to Sunday World journalists Political policing Covid supports for business, paid for by workers FBD says pub court decision is limited to specific policies Inspections into bogus self-employed workers in RTE and meat plants Irish Water and workers demand for a referendum Quarantine hotels and half-arsed Covid plans Stardust 40th Anniversary


14 Feb 2021

Rank #4

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42. Mother & Baby Homes, Social Welfare Changes and Education during Covid

This week Dave and Clare are joined by Gary Gannon TD, Social Democrats spokesperson on Education and Social Welfare, to discuss: Poverty in Education and Class Advantage Leaving Cert Assessments during Covid Personal Injury Claims and the “Benevolent Insurance Industry” Lyndsey Bennett, Cervical Check Knife Crime and Poverty in Dublin (and everywhere) Mother & Baby Homes recordings destroyed and author won't appear at Children's Committee Chief of Tokyo 2020 organising committee - women talk too much in meetings FBD ruling on pubs Changes to Social Welfare System CETA Trade Agreement Garda checks Covid vaccines Land Development Agency Proposals Debenhams workers mark 300 days on strike

1hr 10mins

6 Feb 2021

Rank #5

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41. Living WITHOUT Covid - The Australian & New Zealand experience

In this special episode we talk to Clancy Dobbyn, Government advisor in Melbourne, Australia and Joe Carolan, Union organiser in Auckland, New Zealand, about the #ZeroCovid strategy and what life is like right now for them. Pubs open, restaurants functioning, gigs and festivals all happening, and much more.


29 Jan 2021

Rank #6

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40. Zero Covid Strategy, People Smuggling & Mel Corry

This week we’re joined by Julien Mercille, UCD academic and a member of ISAG (Independent Scientific Advisory Group), along with two regular participants, activists Glen Fitzpatrick and Michelle Byrne, to discuss: Mel Corry An All-Ireland Zero Covid Strategy Gardai enforcing travel restrictions – on people LEAVING the country Belgium bans all non-essential travel George Osborne and northern Unionists George Nkencho shooting Four Irish jailed for people-smuggling Varadkar pledges support for businesses State to reclaim Rosslare Port from Britain, like, wtf? Amazon hypocrisy – attempts to stop workers using the mail to unionize Aer Lingus lobbies against quarantine rules John Delaney and the FAI Directly elected Mayors Green Party discuss support for CETA, despite party policy The national herd size has increased Russia’s revolt Goodbye Trump, Hello Biden Michelle Byrne: Gold rush for COVID vax Saoirse McHugh profile

1hr 6mins

24 Jan 2021

Rank #7

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39. Covid hindsight, Trump mania & George Nkencho

In our first episode of 2021 we're joined by activist and author Conor McCabe to discuss:   George Nkencho's death, mental health failures & racism Trump & the American Revolution II Will Trump pardon himself? The "darkest day of Covid" - "a price worth paying" Vaccination rollout Working from home allowances The Leaving Cert & Norma Foley Boeing fine Plans to cut property tax in rural Ireland Rising house prices in rural Ireland OECD warn against austerity

1hr 16mins

10 Jan 2021

Rank #8

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38. The Debenhams Strike with Gillian McSweeney from Cork

Gillian McSweeney, ex-Debenhams worker and Mandate Trade Union member talks to us about their 9 month strike with the company.  Almost 1,000 workers were made redundant back in April 2020 and their employer failed to pay them their agreed redundancy package. Gillian talks about her experiences on the picket line and how the strike has impacted on her politically.


17 Dec 2020

Rank #9

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37. CETA , Whistleblowers mistreatment, Project Eagle, Student Nurses & Sinn Fein

This week Clare and Dave look at CETA, Noel McGree Whistleblower, Tribunal Costs, An Post, PornHun, Kingspan & Grenfell, Nama & Project Eagle, Student Nurses, SInn Fein & much more


13 Dec 2020

Rank #10