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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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    • 4.7 • 91 Ratings

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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    Budget previews, census shocks, pension policies

    Budget previews, census shocks, pension policies

    For a quick catchup on the political news of the week, Harry McGee and Pat Leahy join Hugh Linehan. Topics include:

    Sinn Féin holds a pre-budget press conferenceCensus in Northern Ireland shows Catholics outnumber Protestants for the first timeGovernment announced its plan for pensions Our panel's favourite reads from the week
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    • 22 min
    Understanding far-right gains in Italy and Sweden

    Understanding far-right gains in Italy and Sweden

    Europe correspondent Naomi O'Leary talks to Hugh about forthcoming elections in Italy that look likely to return a government led by the far-right. What will that mean for the rest of Europe?
    They also discuss the recent victory of the far-right Sweden Democrats and the EU's ongoing dispute with Hungarian PM Viktor Orban.

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    • 39 min
    How our Taoisigh saw the arts - and how the arts saw them

    How our Taoisigh saw the arts - and how the arts saw them

    In a new book Kevin Rafter explores how art and artists have been treated by our taoisigh, from W.T. Cosgrave to Micheál Martin, and how those men have been portrayed by artists in turn.
    The book is a history of the relationships between well-known artists and the taoisigh of their day, such as that between Brendan Behan and Sean Lemass.
    Kevin Rafter is a professor of political communications at DCU and currently serves as chair of the Arts Council.



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    • 52 min
    Party think-ins and Dáil debates signal start of political season

    Party think-ins and Dáil debates signal start of political season

    Party think-ins have been happening, a cost of living crisis is raging and the Dáil is back today - so there is lots to discuss. Harry McGee and Pat Leahy join Hugh to talk about Sinn Féin's positioning, the cost of living package being prepared by the government, failing to meet climate commitments and the opportunity for Liz Truss to take control presented by the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
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    • 40 min
    What can we expect from the new Prime Minister?

    What can we expect from the new Prime Minister?

    London editor Denis Staunton and political editor Pat Leahy join Hugh to discuss the dawning UK premiership of Liz Truss. How will she govern, and what approach is will she take on the Northern Ireland protocol?
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    • 46 min
    Making sense of a united Ireland - with Brendan O'Leary

    Making sense of a united Ireland - with Brendan O'Leary

    Professor Brendan O'Leary returns to the show to talk about his new book Making Sense of a United Ireland, in which he explores the issues around a possible future reunification in an accessible way.
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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
91 Ratings

91 Ratings

Johnny in the Mass Hills ,

Fine Gael might be a bit thin-skinned

Excellent debate. The Fine Gael fellow didn’t make his case well, perhaps because he appeared to be defending bruised egos, not policies.

CogetteUS ,

Hosts and contributors draw you in by speaking to the audience

Enjoy this podcast more than most as Hugh & Pat draw you in with their comfortable and natural way of discussing and exploring in depth topical events, while occasionally making hilarious digs at one another. All the journalists wear their erudition lightly and their easy camaraderie makes listening to their discussion a fun experience. I listen to a wide variety of political podcasts from 6 countries and the Irish Times podcasts continue to outperform those from media outlets focusing primarily on radio & TV. RTE ABC and CBS are found wanting. Also no question but there are those among us who would happily pay to listen to Denis Staunton read aloud from a phone book.

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!

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