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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.
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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.
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    Noam Chomsky: ‘Ireland has robbed poor working people of tens of trillions of dollars’

    Noam Chomsky: ‘Ireland has robbed poor working people of tens of trillions of dollars’

    Author and academic Noam Chomksy talks to Hugh about the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the morality of Ireland’s tax regime and whether the human race can avoid the twin catastrophes of global warming and nuclear war.
    With thanks to the Institute of International and European Affairs for facilitating this interview.

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    • 39 min
    Budget 2022: Understanding how key decisions were made

    Budget 2022: Understanding how key decisions were made

    Pat Leahy talks to Seamus Coffey, Jack Horgan-Jones and Cliff Taylor about yesterday's budget and how the last-minute news that our economy has recovered more than expected played into spending decisions.
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    • 41 min
    National Development Plan: to-do list, or wish list?

    National Development Plan: to-do list, or wish list?

    The Government’s 10-year National Development Plan announced this week has been greeted with scepticism in some quarters and criticised by the opposition as more of a wish-list than a to-do list. The ambitious plan sets out to meet the needs of a growing population up to 2030. Can its goals be achieved? Hugh talks to The Irish Times political editor Pat Leahy and Dr Brian Caulfield of Trinity College Dublin’s Centre for Transport Research. 
    Presenter: Hugh Linehan
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    • 36 min
    Pre-budget discussions, Mica redress and a divisive pandemic bonus

    Pre-budget discussions, Mica redress and a divisive pandemic bonus

    Pat Leahy, Jennifer Bray and Jack Horgan-Jones from the Irish Times politics team join Hugh to discuss the major considerations for the government ahead of Budget day on October 12th. They also look at the divisive politics of the public service pandemic bonus and the latest on the Mica redress scheme.
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    • 47 min
    Germany election special: who will replace Angela Merkel?

    Germany election special: who will replace Angela Merkel?

    Berlin correspondent Derek Scally joins Hugh for a deep dive into the most interesting German federal election in decades, which takes place on Sunday. How did Angela Merkel's centre-right CDU, now under the leadership of Armin Laschet, blow its lead in the election race? And who are the other leaders and parties in contention?
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    • 39 min
    Talking about think-ins

    Talking about think-ins

    After a turbulent summer break for the coalition, the country’s political parties hunkered down for their respective think-in meetings over the last two weeks, before the return of the Dáil. Pat Leahy and Jack Horgan-Jones of The Irish Times political team report back to Hugh on the dominant narratives to emerge from the Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin gatherings.
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

newenglandc ,

The best

My favorite Irish podcast esp listening in from abroad! Pat’s humor and range of vocabulary is incredible. Still haven’t subscribed though Hugh!

darraghbmchugh ,

Big fan

Love the podcast especially as a young expat trying to keep up with the going’s on at home. As someone who (shamefully) only became politically engaged while living abroad, I would appreciate a little more context/background along the lines The Daily by the New York Times gives to their topics. Sometimes I feel like I’m filling in blanks and maybe not always correctly so.

amnesiac.ie ,

Superb political commentary and analysis

As an Irish politics anorak living abroad, I have been a devoted fan of the Inside Politics podcast for some time now. I introduced it to many American friend in the past 12 months who universally applauded its unique and insightful coverage of Brexit. But during the #ge2020 campaign the podcast has really hit new heights. This has been a fantastic way to keep abreast of the political situation in Ireland from snowy New England and boiling hot Thailand. I would have enjoyed a little more local constituency analysis but this podcast is by far my favorite way of keeping abreast with developments at home. I imagine it will continue to be during what promises to be a long period of horse trading and “coalition building” once the results are complete! Keep up the great work guys.

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