The RTÉ team at Leinster House and guests have an informal discussion about what has been happening in the world of Irish politics. New episodes available every Thursday evening.
Barry Cowen on why FF need radical change
With the Coalition struggling in the polls, discontented Fianna Fáil backbenchers gather. Barry Cowen says there's a need to "crystalise" what sets the party apart. The Laois-Offaly TD wants more action on "the millstone around families' necks", and discusses being sacked from the Cabinet, who he says have "learnt their lesson" in the turf wars.
"Them's the breaks" - Boris Johnson's exit
"How did you go bankrupt?" asks an Ernest Hemingway character. "Two ways," comes the reply. "Gradually, and then suddenly." The same could be said of Boris Johnson's resignation. On this special edition, Mary Regan is joined by Fine Gael European Affairs spokesperson, Neale Richmond, and colleagues Micheál Lehane, Sorcha Ní Riada and Conor Hunt.
Have we reached peak Sinn Féin?
Despite a domestic violence "pandemic", Martin Kenny says there are no domestic abuse refuges in Sligo-Leitrim. A member of the Justice Committee, he criticises the "rushed and inappropriate" Government response to the Graham Dwyer data retention ruling. And with his party topping polls, he vows they'll be fielding plenty of candidates.
Jack Chambers: why I changed my mind on abortion
Jack Chambers is a keen sports fan and clearly not afraid of a fight. The Sports Minister and Chief Whip tells the Boxing Association to reform or face "complete crisis", and says our Euro 2028 bid is "moving positively". And having opposed repealing the 8th amendment, the Fianna Fáil deputy says meeting people directly affected changed his mind.
Children's Hospital costs being contained - Donnelly
Appointed in the midst of a global pandemic, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly is again urging people to get their COVID booster as another wave hits. He insists Government will decide the future of Navan Hospital, and recalls marching against Tony Blair, almost moving to Joburg... and learning how to stay out of fights (get a black belt).
Duncan Smith on Labour pains
Labour is struggling despite the heave but Duncan Smith insists Alan Kelly had to go. He vows never "to hurt people again", but admits it's "a long road back" from its coalition "catastrophe". He tells Your Politics that Sinn Féin are "absolutely overpromising", reckons daa passengers are in "for a difficult time", and gears up for Garth at Croker.
Solid analysis-safe at times-enjoyable listen
Glad to see RTÉ are putting out content on this platform that’s isn’t simply snippets from aired shows.
Enjoyed the PrimeTime debates analysis .Good breadth of contributors also.
Great little podcast - would love more than 1 a week
Great podcast, perfect length at around 30 min per episode. Nice to get the inside look at Irish politics. Makes you glad we have a varied political system here.
Where’s Colm gone?
Great podcast but have really missed Colm’s pithy quips, where has the wordsmith gone? #bringcolmback