16 episodes

The Irish Taoiseach is a series of 15 podcasts about each of the 15 men who have served as Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of the Republic of Ireland since 1922. Political broadcaster Iain Dale interviews Irish historians, academics and journalists about each Taoiseach in sequence, starting off with W T Cosgrave and Eamon de Valera and concluding with Leo Varadkar and Micheal Martin. This podcast series follows Iain Dale’s hugely successful PRESIDENTS & PRIME MINISTERS podcast on British prime ministers and American presidents.

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The Irish Taoiseach is a series of 15 podcasts about each of the 15 men who have served as Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of the Republic of Ireland since 1922. Political broadcaster Iain Dale interviews Irish historians, academics and journalists about each Taoiseach in sequence, starting off with W T Cosgrave and Eamon de Valera and concluding with Leo Varadkar and Micheal Martin. This podcast series follows Iain Dale’s hugely successful PRESIDENTS & PRIME MINISTERS podcast on British prime ministers and American presidents.

    Micheál Martin

    Micheál Martin

    Iain Dale talks to Gavan Reilly, political correspondent for Virgin Media News and a presenter on Newstalk about the life and career of Ireland’s 15th Taoiseach, Micheál Martin who for two and a half years from June 2020 until December 2022, and is now Tanaiste, deputy to Leo Varadkar. He remains leader of Fianna Fáil.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Leo Varadkar

    Leo Varadkar

    Iain Dale discusses the life and career of Ireland’s 14th, and youngest, Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, with the Group Political Editor of Independent Newspapers in Dublin, and Varadkar’s biographer, Philip Ryan. Leo Varadkar served as Taoiseach from 2017 to 2020 and is currently serving a second ter, which began on 17 December 2022.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Enda Kenny

    Enda Kenny

    Iain Dale talks to John Downing columnist for the Irish Independent about the life and career of Enda Kenny, Ireland’s 13th Taoiseach, who served from 2011-2017. John Downing’s biography of him is titled Enda Kenny: The Unlikely Taoiseach.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Brian Cowen

    Brian Cowen

    Iain Dale talks about the life and career of Ireland’s twelfth Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, with Theresa Reidy, lecturer in politics at University College Cork.

    • 1 hr
    Bertie Ahern

    Bertie Ahern

    Bertie Ahern served as Taoiseach between 1997 and 2008, and was the second longest serving Taoiseach in the history of the Republic of Ireland. Iain Dale discusses his life and career with journalist and author Mick Clifford, who, in 2009 co-wrote a book titled BERTIE AHERN AND THE DRUMCONDRA MAFIA

    • 1 hr 4 min
    John Bruton

    John Bruton

    Iain Dale talks to the Irish Independent’s Ireland Editor Fionnan Sheahan about the life and career of Ireland’s tenth Taoiseach, John Bruton, who served in the office from 1994-1997.

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Fideii ,

Really interesting stuff

As a student of UK politics, I am ashamed to think that I thought I had a reasonable understanding of Irish history. Not only did this series shatter that illusion it’s also illuminating and the choice of knowledgeable academics from the multiple strands of Irish opinion really makes this series a painless and fun guide to Irish history. It’s fair to say that some of the experts aren’t natural broadcasters, but Iain really draws them out and, a bit like a sheepdog points them in the general direction of the broadcast.

City Tory ,

Insightful

A very interesting series and perspectives on Taoiseachs of Ireland. A varied series of contributions and some unusual views- very few people in Ireland would put Charlie Haughey in the top four given his acknowledged corruption but a well argued perspective by the contributor. A well put together series- highly recommended

PineGroveCharlie ,

Quite Superb

I am enjoying this series so much. Iain Dale facilitates the discussions so well and has highly informed and seemingly very personable guests. I am learning so much despite having spent time studying Irish history. Thanks so much.

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