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In The News is a podcast from The Irish Times that takes a close look at the stories that matter, in Ireland and around the world. Hosted by Sorcha Pollak and Conor Pope.


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In The News is a podcast from The Irish Times that takes a close look at the stories that matter, in Ireland and around the world. Hosted by Sorcha Pollak and Conor Pope.


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    "Sean Quinn chooses not to understand" - filmmaker Trevor Birney on the making of Quinn Country

    "Sean Quinn chooses not to understand" - filmmaker Trevor Birney on the making of Quinn Country

    “Sean Quinn knows exactly what he did but chooses not to understand. It’s very easy for him to find others are to blame.”
    Enniskillen-born filmmaker, Trevor Birney, has spent five years on his documentary, Quinn Country, which aired on RTE this week.
    The three-part series paints a visceral portrait of a man haunted by feelings of injustice and betrayal; not least in part due to the contributions from the former billionaire himself, from his palatial home in Co. Cavan.
    The documentary charts the rise and fall of Quinn and his business empire, with a particular focus on his Anglo Irish Bank gamble and the violent attack on former Quinn executive, Kevin Lunney.
    In a story to rival a Shakespearean drama, Birney skilfully pulls all the strands of the complicated story together in one place.
    Here he speaks to In The News about his many hours of interviews with Sean Quinn, filming during outbreaks of vigilante violence, and the fatal character flaw that brought down one of the titans of Irish business.
    Also on this episode is Irish Times Public Affairs Editor Simon Carswell.
    Presented by Aideen Finnegan.

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    • 32 min
    What is the quickest way out of the housing crisis?

    What is the quickest way out of the housing crisis?

    We get the expert view on solving Ireland’s housing emergency from Dr Lorcan Sirr, Lecturer in Housing at TU Dublin.
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    • 23 min
    Regency trial: Everything that's happened so far - and what comes next

    Regency trial: Everything that's happened so far - and what comes next

    The Special Criminal Court has been hearing astonishing evidence in the trial of Gerard "The Monk" Hutch and two other men for their involvement in the murder of David Byrne at Dublin's Regency Hotel in 2016.
    Secret recordings made by Gardaí of Mr Hutch and alleged accomplice Jonathan Dowdall, who has already pleaded guilty to his involvement in the murder, is at the centre of the case.
    But it is not yet clear if the recordings are admissible as evidence. That will be decided by the three judges deciding the case.
    In this episode of In The News, we speak to court reporter, Alison O’Riordan, about the content of the recordings which covered everything from politics to celebrities, to IRA republicans and the Kinahan cartel.

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    • 22 min
    How to survive the most expensive Christmas in decades

    How to survive the most expensive Christmas in decades

    As the permacrisis rumbles on, Christmas is rolling around again and this year’s challenge is the cost of… everything, really. With inflation at a 40 year high, the gifts we give, the socialising we do, the supermarket trolleys we fill and the energy bills we pay will be a huge source of stress. While Conor Pope is co-host of In The News, he’s also The Irish Times' Consumer Affairs Correspondent and editor of Pricewatch. In this episode he shares his tips and tricks for navigating the most expensive Christmas in years; everything from avoiding the pitfalls of the Black Friday sales to reframing your outlook on present-giving. Don’t start tapping that debit card until you’ve listened to this. Presented by Aideen Finnegan
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    Cop27: What was agreed and what difference will it make?

    Cop27: What was agreed and what difference will it make?

    What was agreed at Cop27 and will it make a difference to the climate crisis? Environment and Science editor Kevin O'Sullivan explains what happened at the two week summit which was held in Egypt earlier this month.
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    • 23 min
    Will Trump and Biden face each other again in 2024?

    Will Trump and Biden face each other again in 2024?

    “He is still fervently supported by a segment of the republican voter who is predominantly male, largely white and non-college educated.”
    The return of Donald Trump, as a potential presidential candidate, heralds the next big battle in American politics.
    While he has fallen out of favour with conservative Republicans in political circles, the 76 year-old is still supported by considerable numbers in his MAGA activist base.
    Though the starting gun has not been fired on the race for the Republican nomination, Trump’s closest rival appears to be Florida governor, Ron DeSantis. Trump has threatened to reveal damaging information on the 44 year-old, should he decide to challenge.
    Washington Correspondent, Martin Wall, speaks to In The News about the men’s bitter rivalry, the Republicans’ internal party struggle between traditional and far-right members and who the Democrats might field if Joe Biden decides he won’t contest the 2024 election.

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    • 23 min

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