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The best analysis of the Irish political scene featuring Irish Times journalists, political thinkers and the occasional politician. Hosted by Arts & Culture Editor Hugh Linehan.

    US politics: is America now an oligarchy? With Robert Reich

    US politics: is America now an oligarchy? With Robert Reich

    Robert Reich is an economist, professor, author, and political commentator who served as Secretary of Labour in the Clinton administration. Hugh talks to Robert about American society today, his contention that the US has become an oligarchy serving a select few, and how Donald Trump is a symptom of this decline.

    His latest book "The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix" It is out now.

    • 32 min
    UK politics: how badly does the Cummings saga damage Johnson?

    UK politics: how badly does the Cummings saga damage Johnson?

    London editor Denis Staunton joins Hugh, Fiach and Jennifer to talk about the gripping story that has dominated UK politics for many straight days: Dominic Cummings' road trip (20.34). But first on today's podcast the team look at our own lockdown etiquette mini-scandal involving Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, revelations at the Covid committee hearings on the state's assistance to nursing homes at the start of the outbreak and those slow-moving government formation talks.

    • 41 min
    How a legal challenge could unravel the EU - with Ronan McCrea

    How a legal challenge could unravel the EU - with Ronan McCrea

    "Once taboos are broken, it's quite hard to reinstate them".

    A German court ruling challenging the primacy of European Court of Justice in EU matters poses a threat to the EU that even it can't fudge.

    The case hinged on the right of the European Central Bank to engage in bond-buying to support the EU economy. The top German court has ruled that the ECB hasn't sufficiently explained why the measures are necessary.

    But more importantly, it also ruled that its view is supreme over the ruling of the top European court, the ECJ.

    Among other problems, this could undermine attempts to rein in member states like Poland and Hungary that are challenging the EU's political norms.

    To explain how the ruling does this and why it matters, Hugh talks to Ronan McCrea, professor of constitutional and European law at University College London.

    • 27 min
    A Green Heave?

    A Green Heave?

    A move to challenge Eamon Ryan as Green leader is under way among a cohort within the party, with deputy leader Catherine Martin being urged to stand against him. That's the first topic on today's podcast with Irish Times politics team Pat Leahy, Jennifer Bray and Harry McGee which also takes in government formation talks, a strange spat between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, the first hearing of the Covid-19 committee and how politics will handle the pressure to return public life to normality.

    • 35 min
    Eamon Ryan's long road back to power

    Eamon Ryan's long road back to power

    It's been a difficult path for Eamon Ryan and the Green Party since the dark period following 2011, when the party lost all its seats and state funding. His stewardship of the party has earned him respect, particularly among the old guard. But do the fast-growing Greens' new recruits give him the same credit?

    Fiach Kelly writes about Ryan in this weekend's edition of The Irish Times and here he talks to Hugh about Ryan's leadership style and his party's difficult return to the government negotiating table.

    They also talk about how a relationship between the Greens, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael might work.

    This weekend's edition of The Irish Times features a series of articles about Green politics. You can read them all on irishtimes.com - or pick up a copy of the paper in your local newsagent.

    • 29 min
    Relaxing the lockdown

    Relaxing the lockdown

    Different countries are taking different approaches at different speeds as they move to reopen their economies. London Editor Denis Staunton and Berlin Correspondent Derek Scally talk to Hugh Linehan about the politics of pandemic in the UK and Germany respectively.

    • 36 min

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Excellent political analysis

Very interesting, keep up the good work.

Mick the boii ,

Does Sinn Fein exist?

A whole episode about government formation and zero mentions of the second largest party in the state in a time of crisis?

If it serves the national interest for a government to be formed then surely the three largest parties should be considered and not a fait accompli between FF and FG with multiple smaller parties expected to sign up “in the national interest” which only applies to FFFG preferred partners?

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