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32 Episodes. 32 Counties. 32 Questions. Every week United Ireland looks at how issues in small places have a much bigger context, and discusses the issues important to you. Let's go!

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32 Episodes. 32 Counties. 32 Questions. Every week United Ireland looks at how issues in small places have a much bigger context, and discusses the issues important to you. Let's go!

    EPISODE 62: Pandemic Limbo

    EPISODE 62: Pandemic Limbo

    WIth the announcement that we wouldn't be proceeding to Phase 4 this week, a can of worms was opened filled with frustration, fatigue and an overwhelming feeling that an element of sense was missing in some of the propositions and plans being put forward by Government to combat COVID-19.

    It almost feels like the young and the entertainment industry are being thrown under the bus to distract from the shortcomings in dealing with the pandemic in the areas that we've seen outbreaks in - direct provision centres; processing plants and care homes.

    We're taking a read on the state of the nation's mood right now and how that will impact people's adherence to guidelines and we're also talking to psychotherapist Sarah Gilligan about how to manage our collective frustrations.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    BYLINE: Peter Geoghegan

    BYLINE: Peter Geoghegan

    On our third episode of byline, we speak with journalist Peter Geoghegan, author of the new book Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics, tracking the money that flows through British politics. We talk to Peter about Brexit, the DUP, Arron Banks, as well as Peter's career, his work with openDemocracy, and his encounters with Steve Bannon.

    Byline is made possible by our Patreon supporters. Thank you, and sign up if you can!

    • 56 min
    Ep 61 - Is a Cashless Society a Good Thing?

    Ep 61 - Is a Cashless Society a Good Thing?

    This week, we're talking to Brett Scott about the future of cash. The pandemic has accelerated the idea of a "cashless society", but is that a good thing, or even the right term we should be using?

    Also, the clown car government continues, Una is back from west Cork to share her love of camping with Andrea, and we introduce a new segment: IT'S BANANAS.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    EPISODE 60: Get the Party (re)Started

    EPISODE 60: Get the Party (re)Started

    Many of us bought the Tiocfaidh Ár Sesh jumpers filled with hope and optimism during lockdown and this week, the first hint of the (official) night time industry peeped its head out as a club was reformatted in Dublin to make way for a new way to party. There were temperature checks on arrival, socially distanced tables, substantial glam bites to nibble on, table service and a show provided Dublin Drag Diva, Davina Devine. We're catching up with Davina to see how lockdown impacted the entertainment industry, bringing drag online, how it feels to be back IRL and what the future holds for the night time economy (and the sesh).

    • 38 min
    BONUS EP: How to build an ethical coffee company

    BONUS EP: How to build an ethical coffee company

    In this bonus episode, we talk to Gary Grant of the Irish company Imbibe, which sells high-end coffee, yet also returns 3% of its turnover to Women’s Aid, its own staff, and projects in countries where it sources coffee. How has this small company designed itself with ethics and decency in mind, and how can more people do this?

    • 30 min
    EPISODE 59: How to escape a cult

    EPISODE 59: How to escape a cult

    One of the recurring conversations we have off mic over the past couple of years is around how the internet radicalises people, how people become indoctrinated by their own particular echo chambers - from men’s rights red pill stuff to conspiracy - and how it’s so hard to engage with people on this because it’s like their minds are made up, they’re totally closed off. The growth in visibility of the far-right in Ireland, some of it rooted in outright conspiracy, and the spread of QAnon-related conspiracy and conspirituality online has brought this to the fore again. People have even started listing it as a hobby on Tinder.

    So we wanted to talk to someone who can tell us what to do if someone we know starts falling down the rabbit hole. We're talking to Rick Alan Ross, who is a specialist in cults, and deprogramming. He has handled hundreds of deprogramming cases around the world, he was consulted by the FBI during the infamous Waco siege in 1987, he is the author of Cults: Inside And Out, and is the director of the Cult Education Institute.

    https://culteducation.com/

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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108 Ratings

108 Ratings

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Thoughtful & thought provoking

Good humored, easy, relaxed listening to discussions about some of the more challenging aspects of Irish society.

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Top pick

Love this smart, funny and informative podcast. Thought provoking and truly enjoyable. Really enjoying the evolution of the show during the pandemic.

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