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Disturbing The Peace Podcast

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Disturbing the Peace is a podcast focused on the less-talked-about topics in Ireland. Hosted by content creator and writer Rachel O’Neill, the podcast aims to tackle those subjects that you don’t always hear or read about. It might make you laugh, it might make you cry, it might even make you squirm. The point of it is to make you think about things and see things in a new light and maybe learn something while you’re at it. Follow us on @dtp_pod to keep up with all the latest news and if you’re looking for someone annoying on Twitter to follow, @ronronzo is your gal. Happy listening!

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Disturbing the Peace is a podcast focused on the less-talked-about topics in Ireland. Hosted by content creator and writer Rachel O’Neill, the podcast aims to tackle those subjects that you don’t always hear or read about. It might make you laugh, it might make you cry, it might even make you squirm. The point of it is to make you think about things and see things in a new light and maybe learn something while you’re at it. Follow us on @dtp_pod to keep up with all the latest news and if you’re looking for someone annoying on Twitter to follow, @ronronzo is your gal. Happy listening!

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Disturbing The Peace Podcast

Latest release on Dec 04, 2020

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Disturbing the Peace is a podcast focused on the less-talked-about topics in Ireland. Hosted by content creator and writer Rachel O’Neill, the podcast aims to tackle those subjects that you don’t always hear or read about. It might make you laugh, it might make you cry, it might even make you squirm. The point of it is to make you think about things and see things in a new light and maybe learn something while you’re at it. Follow us on @dtp_pod to keep up with all the latest news and if you’re looking for someone annoying on Twitter to follow, @ronronzo is your gal. Happy listening!

Seán Defoe - #TheYearInPolitics

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It's a bit of an understatement to say "2020 has been a year". But it's especially been a year in Irish politics. An election that nobody really won, COVID and GolfGate are just some of the things that have plagued the political landscape. So who better to give his take on the year that's (almost) been than Group Political Correspondent for Communicorp, Seán Defoe. 

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Dec 04 2020

1hr 3mins

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Mick Finnegan -#Believed

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Content Warning: This podcast contains descriptions of child sexual abuse and rape. It may not be suitable for all listeners.

In 2020, Túsla ruled that Mick Finnegan's allegations of sexual abuse by a member of St John's Ambulance were "founded" when he was a teenager. Mick was groomed, abused and raped as a teenager by someone in power and by someone he trusted. That abuse has left deep scars, both physically and mentally. Mick joins Rachel to discuss what happened to him, how he was failed, how he has begun to heal and how he has learnt to forgive his abuser.

Jack Power's article can be found here.

The documentary on Mick can be found here.

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If you have been affected by any of the topics raised in this podcast, there are services available to you.

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre: 1800 778 888

One In Four: 01 662 4070

Childline: 1800 66 66 66

Crisis Text Line: 50808

Rape Crisis Network Ireland: 091 56 36 76

Nov 27 2020

52mins

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Jason Doyle - #STIs

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A topic that isn't easy to talk about is sexual health and in particular, sexually transmitted infections. The symptoms aren't pretty and sometimes they're not even detectable. That's exactly what happened to Jason Doyle when he was diagnosed with syphilis. Since then Jason has been working in community testing and is determined to make STIs less of a taboo subject as well as making information about them freely available. He joins Rachel to discuss his own experience as well as the development of his app iKnow. 

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Nov 20 2020

45mins

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Aoife Mawn - #Anorexia

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Content Warning: This episode contains extensive discussion about eating disorders and anorexia, it may not be suitable for everyone. 

Eating disorders aren't easy to talk about. In fact according to the Butterfly Foundation, only between 5-15% of those suffering from an eating disorder will seek help with 85% reporting that treatment is hard to access. Aoife Mawn is one of those who did. She joins Rachel to discuss her eating disorder and battle with anorexia, why she doesn't believe you can be 100% recovered and how it took her a long, long time to realise she had a problem at all.

If you have been affected by any of the topics raised in this podcast please contact the Bodywhys Helpline on (01) 2107906 or head to their website.

Nov 13 2020

1hr 7mins

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Oran Sludden - #Hope&Beyond

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CONTENT WARNING: This podcasts contains discussion around suicide and attempted suicide. It may not be suitable for all listeners. 

Oran Sludden has been through a lot for a 21-year-old. Described as a GAA prodigy when playing for his club, Oran suffered three cruciate injuries that kept him out of action for months. The isolation of the recovery sent him into a downward spiral, resulting in a dependency on alcohol and gambling. After two suicide attempts, Oran checked himself into a mental health facility in Derry and has been using 2020 to recover. He joins Rachel on the podcast to discuss his experience, chat about his recovery and setting up Project Hope and Beyond and the incredible power of opening up.  

If you have been affected by any of the topics discussed in this podcast, please reach out to the following services;

Crisis Volunteers:

@Text5080

Samaritans:

116 123

Aware:

1800 804 848

Pieta House:

1800 247 247

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Project Hope & Beyond

Oran's piece with the42.ie 

Nov 06 2020

49mins

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Teresa Coyne - #ISupposeARideIsOutOfTheQuestion?

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Dating is never easy but dating in a pandemic is nigh on impossible. The apps are dead, nobody wants to meet up (for good reason) and nobody knows when things are going to go back to normal. Teresa Coyne is one of these people. She joins Rachel to chat about dating pre-COVID and now, having to do some work on herself and becoming the Microsoft Paperclip to help men dump her. There is also a terrible Sinead O'Connor impression that we can only apologise for.

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Oct 30 2020

53mins

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Alannah Murray- #DyingWithDignity

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CONTENT WARNING: This episode is a conversation about assisted suicide and may not be suitable for all listeners.

The passing of Gino Kenny's Dying with Dignity Bill into Committee Stage has sparked a national discussion about death. Ireland has a history of doing death well but that doesn't mean we're comfortable talking about the prospect of our own death. Alannah Murray was on DTP a few months ago to talk about being in a wheelchair. She returns today to discuss why she's in favour of dying with dignity, having to face her own mortality several times in her childhood and living with an illness that will eventually kill her.If you have been affected by any of the topics raised in today's episode please contact Samaritans at 116 123.

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Oct 23 2020

56mins

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Tom Savage - #Schizophrenia

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CONTENT WARNING: This podcast contains references to suicide and may not be suitable for all listeners. 

Tom Savage is the founder of Three Red Kings, a website dedicated to Munster and Irish rugby. He's also a distinguished writer and commentator on the game. In fact, if you look at Tom's life, you'd never know that he'd recently been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He joins Rachel on the podcast to chat about the 14 years of "carnage" of delusions and paranoia that led to him going to a Garda station last year to report that people were following him and ending up in a psychiatric ward. He speaks candidly about his battle with his multiple realities, where he is now and what it's like to not be able to rely on what your mind is telling you.

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Oct 16 2020

1hr 5mins

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Aoife Martin - #ImTransGetOverIt

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CONTENT WARNING: This podcast contains references to sexual assault.Transpeople have had to deal with a lot of shit over the past few years. The row over self-identification in England and Wales has led to a surge in transphobia in Ireland too. With JK Rowling being the latest British "feminist" to add her voice to the debate, it seems that trans people are the victims of the arguments that were made against giving LGBTQ+ people their rights 30 years ago. So why is this happening now and how do we stop it happening in Ireland? Joining Rachel on the pod to discuss it all is activist Aoife Martin.

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Oct 09 2020

42mins

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Emma Duffy - #CantSeeCantBe

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It's long been asked why female participation in sport drops off in their teenage years compared to men. There is a multitude of answers but one of the main ones could be the perceived lack of female role models in sport and sports writing. Emma Duffy is one of these role models. An avid sports fan, she spends her days working for the 42 and her night's training or watching sport. She joins Rachel on the pod to chat about her love of sports, her love of her job and why you should never be afraid to mix it with the lads.

Sign up to the 42 here.

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Oct 02 2020

40mins

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Richard Chambers - #Tweets&Threads

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The way we consume our news has been changed forever by the introduction of the internet and social media. The most obvious example of this is Twitter where thousands and people can now follow their favourite journalists from across the world. One of the more popular Irish journalists is Virgin Media's Richard Chambers. He joins Rachel to discuss how Twitter has changed the way news is reported, the advantages and disadvantages of being so accessible to people and his "rivalry" with Gavan Reilly. 

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Sep 25 2020

52mins

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Steve O'Rourke - #COVIDBaby

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Having a new baby is exciting and stressful at the best of times, nevermind in the midst of a global pandemic and lockdown. Things have changed for parents of newborns in a number of ways with grandparents having to keep their distance from their new grandchildren. So what's that been like for parents? Writer and terrible-take machine Steve O'Rourke returns to DTP to fill Rachel in on how the last few months have been for himself and his family with the arrival of his new son.

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Sep 18 2020

49mins

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Semi Olusa - #MusicMan

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COVID has decimated the Irish arts scene with the cancellation of live performances until further notice. With no end in sight, the precarious industry now faces a battle for survival with artists having to find new ways to make a living. So how is the Irish music scene going to survive and what will it look like going forward? Joining Rachel to attempt to answer these questions as well as to set out the stall for why there are enough men with acoustic guitars in the Irish music scene is producer and singer Semi Olusa.

You can find Semi's music here.

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Sep 11 2020

55mins

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David Monaghan - #OCD

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder affects around 2% of the Irish population yet very little is understood about it. Its causes are unknown yet its effects are extremely real. Yet often, we only see the "neat freak" symptoms portrayed in popular culture rather than the debilitating intrusive thoughts that can overpower the sufferer on any given day. Journalist David Monaghan is one of these people who deals with OCD on a daily basis. He joins Rachel to discuss his diagnosis, his coping mechanisms and how something as simple as trying to learn a Green Day song on guitar can set off an avalanche of intrusive thoughts that are completely uncontrollable. 

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Sep 04 2020

50mins

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Lorna Bogue - #JustTransitionGreens

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It's safe to say that the Green Party haven't exactly impressed in their opening few weeks in the new government. Not only have they been dealing with criticism from the public, but criticism has been pretty forthcoming from within the party too. One of the more vocal critics is co-chair of the Just Transition Greens and Green Party Councillor, Lorna Bogue. She joins Rachel to discuss her issues with the programme for government, her experience in the Green Party and her vision for an Ireland that serves everyone.

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Aug 21 2020

1hr 6mins

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Michael Fry #NavanMan

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For many millenials, being able to move out is seen as the main goal. But with ever-increasing rents and fewer houses to go around, this seems unachievable. Joe.ie's Head of Social and sketch comedian Michael Fry joins Rachel in the studio to discuss commuting from Navan, insane rent prices and what he would do if he was the Minister for Housing. Become a DTP patron - visit www.patreon.com/dtppod 

Aug 19 2020

40mins

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Caoimhe - #Psychosis

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Psychosis is possibly one of the most stigmatised elements of mental illness. Defined as a condition that affects the way your brain processes information causing you to lose touch with reality, psychosis hasn't always been portrayed kindly in pop culture, strengthening the stigma surrounding it. My guest today is Caoimhe who joins me to discuss her experience of psychosis and recount the tale of her believing the world was controlled by demons as well as the stigma she has grown up with due to her condition. Because of this she has requested that I only use her first name.

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Aug 14 2020

42mins

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Ilaina Khairulzaman - #BodyPositivity

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Body positivity is defined as a social movement rooted in the belief that all human beings should have a positive body image, while challenging the ways in which society presents and views the physical body. The movement advocates the acceptance of all bodies regardless of physical ability, size, gender, race, or appearance. So why is fatphobia so prevalent in our society? Body positivity activist Ilaina Khairulzaman joins Rachel to discuss the assumptions people make about her as a size 22, why saying that you love your body can be seen as radical and why diets are only setting you up to fail.

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Aug 07 2020

49mins

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Rob O'Hanrahan - #NewsNormal

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COVID 19 has been a tough time for all industries but journalism in particular has suffered greatly. Falling advertising revenues and increased workloads mean journalists are more stretched than ever in an industry that is becoming increasingly precarious. One of these journalists is Joe.ie's Rob O'Hanrahan who has gone from covering the 6 Nations to covering the nightly press briefings with Dr. Tony Holohan. It's all a bit wild when you consider he only left his teaching job a year ago. He joins Rachel to discuss what the past few months have been like for him as well as his impression of the new government.

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Jul 31 2020

51mins

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Simon McGarr - #DataPrivacy

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Data privacy will never be the sexiest topic to discuss but it is probably one of the most important. A recent ruling in the European Court of Justice has found that the US equivalent of GDPR known as Privacy Shield isn't up to European law standards. While the short term effects of this ruling are hard to find, the long term consequences of this ruling are extremely important. So important that Rachel felt she'd better get an expert on to talk about it. So who better than Director of Data Compliance Europe, Simon McGarr?

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Jul 24 2020

1hr 6mins

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