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  • Heres How 104 – Shades of Government

    Here's How 104 – Shades of Government

    12/05/2020 Duration: 31min

    Malcolm Noonan newly elected Green Party TD for Carlow Kilkenny, having spent 16 years as a local councillor in Kilkenny. ***** It was announced last week that Bewley’s Café on Grafton Street in Dublin won’t be reopening, the operators said that the lockdown, coupled with high rents, have pushed their business over the edge, and […] The post Here's How 104 – Shades of Government appeared first on Here's How.

  • Heres How 103 – Shades of Green

    Here's How 103 – Shades of Green

    28/04/2020 Duration: 47min

    Malcolm Byrne won the 2019 bye-election for Fianna Fáil, but did not retain the seat at the general election. He was then elected to Seanad Éireann. Robin Cafolla is chairperson of the Green Party's Climate Forum. His questions, which informed my interview were first published on Twitter. The Green Party has asked a slightly less-focussed […]

  • Heres How 102 – AA Roadwatch and the BAI

    Here's How 102 – AA Roadwatch and the BAI

    15/04/2020 Duration: 41min

    Thanks to Cathal Mac Coille, former Morning Ireland presenter for taking the chair in this special podcast. This is the complaint that I sent to RTÉ. RTÉ gave it short shrift. This is the totality of their response. There was some back-and-forth between me and RTÉ, and RTÉ eventually they made it clear that they […]

  • Heres How 101 – Housing Solutions

    Here's How 101 – Housing Solutions

    31/03/2020 Duration: 43min

    Alison Gilliland is Labour Party member of Dublin City Council for Artane/Whitehall. She is also chairperson of Dublin City Council’s Strategic Policy Committee on Housing. In our discussion I mentioned the article in the Irish Times by billionaire financier Dermot Desmond about solutions for the housing crisis. Desmond was found by various investigations to have […]

  • Heres How 100 – Insurance Costs

    Here's How 100 – Insurance Costs

    24/03/2020 Duration: 34min

    Peter Boland, as well as running is the director of the Alliance for Insurance Reform. ***** There’s a lot of people talking about the other thing, but I'm sure you’ve heard enough about it by now, and there’s nothing extra that I can say that hasn’t already been said, so let’s talk about something […]

  • Heres How 99 – After the Deluge

    Here's How 99 – After the Deluge

    21/02/2020 Duration: 31min

    Michael O'Regan is journalist and former parliamentary correspondent of The Irish Times. He says he doesn’t have a book for me to plug, ‘yet’. ***** I managed to grab an interview with Sinn Féin’s Aengus Ó Snodaigh at the election count in the RDS. To put this in context, Aengus Ó Snodaigh got one of […]

  • Heres How 98 – Northern Trends

    Here's How 98 – Northern Trends

    23/01/2020 Duration: 36min

    Colin Harvey is Professor of Human Rights Law in the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, a Fellow of the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, and an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Irish Studies. In November, his group, Ireland's Future sent a letter to An Taoiseach calling for […]

  • Heres How 97 – Voting Rights and Wrongs

    Here's How 97 – Voting Rights and Wrongs

    16/01/2020 Duration: 31min

    Seán Fleming, currently Fianna Fáil TD for Laois, if the gods of the ballot box smile on him he might become the Fianna Fáil TD for the reconstituted constituency of Laois Offaly. He's been a TD since 1997 and for 15 years before that he was Financial Director of Fianna Fáil at national level. Gavin […]

  • Heres How 95 – Conservative Comment

    Here's How 95 – Conservative Comment

    30/10/2019 Duration: 01h10min

    John McGuirk is the founder and editor of Gript. John referred to the cost of building passive homeshere. In our discussion I mentioned an article falsely claiming that hacked emails from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia showed scientists 'plotting to manipulate data, ... suppress evidence ... and boycott ... divergent […]

  • Heres How 94 – Let us Rise

    Here's How 94 – Let us Rise

    22/10/2019 Duration: 52min

    Paul Murphy was an MEP for the Socialist party, since then he’s been elected and 2014 and 2016 as a TD for what became the Solidarity party. He has now founded the party Rise. In our discussion he mentioned the book The People's Republic of Walmart: How the World's Biggest Corporations are Laying the Foundation […]

  • Heres How 93 – Bike Heads

    Here's How 93 – Bike Heads

    11/10/2019 Duration: 31min

    Paul Cullen is the Health Editor of the Irish Times. His article headlined Almost 70% of cyclists without helmet at time of head trauma, appeared on the front page of IT last month. The article was sharply criticised in online discussion, including in this article by Cian Ginty. In our discussion, I mentioned a number […]

  • Showcase: the Social Fabric podcast

    Showcase: the Social Fabric podcast

    09/10/2019 Duration: 01h26min

    The Social Fabric podcast is created by Andrea Splendori, and I'm sharing it in the Here's How feed to give you a chance to hear a sample episode. If you like it, you can subscribe on his website here.

  • Heres How 92 – the DEASP and the PSC

    Here's How 92 – the DEASP and the PSC

    25/09/2019 Duration: 40min

    Dr Katherine O'Keefe is an author, and the director of training and a management consultant with Castlebridge, a data privacy and information governance consultancy. Our discussion referred to a twitter thread by Katherine and another by solicitor Simon McGarr. ***** It’s probably just dumb luck, but I made two pretty accurate predictions about the byzantine […]

  • Heres How 91 – Defending Europe

    Here's How 91 – Defending Europe

    17/09/2019 Duration: 38min

    Brigid Laffan is currently Director and Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Director of the Global Governance Programme and of the European Governance and Politics Programme at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence. She was previously Professor of European Politics at University College Dublin. While she was there she was Vice-President of […]

  • Heres How 90 – Brexit Implications

    Here's How 90 – Brexit Implications

    03/09/2019 Duration: 47min

    Harry Todd is senior research executive at Get Britain Out, previously worked as campaign manager for Conservative Party. He was also the national ground campaign manager for Leave means Leave. I fact-checked some of the things that Harry said in the interview including that the EU required member states to maintain a VAT rate of […]

  • Heres How 89 – the Census

    Here's How 89 – the Census

    06/08/2019 Duration: 38min

    I talked to Cormac Halpin, chief statistician with the CSO about the upcoming census. ***** Let’s do a bit of science. Maybe, like me, you have had various social media invaded by people making all sorts of complaints about something called 5G. That’s the newest mobile data standard. Unless you are really special, that doesn’t […]

  • Heres How 88 – Nuclear Ireland

    Here's How 88 – Nuclear Ireland

    12/07/2019 Duration: 34min

    Denis Duff, author of the website Better Environment with Nuclear Energy. He's also a mechanical engineer with 30 years experience in ESB power generation, and is now an independent engineering consultant in Ireland and abroad. I mentioned projections of how long global uranium deposits - known and unknown - are likely to last, at the […]

  • Heres How 87 – the National Broadband Plan

    Here's How 87 – the National Broadband Plan

    02/07/2019 Duration: 41min

    Fergal Mulligan is the Programme Director at National Broadband Plan at the Department of Communications. ***** That’s audio from an Egyptian news channel called Extra news, it’s in Arabic of course. That clip is 17 seconds long, and it’s a news item that, in Arabic, contained 42 words. As I understand it, it was broadcast […]

  • Heres How 86 – Broadcasting in Ireland

    Here's How 86 – Broadcasting in Ireland

    11/06/2019 Duration: 59min

    Declan McLoughlin is a senior manager and the head of communications at the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The Times - but not RTÉ - reported on the disgraced cardinal, Seán Brady, who covered up the crimes of the rapist priest Brendan Smith, meeting Pope Francis at Dublin Airport. Communicorp, owned by Dennis O'Brien owns: Dublin's […]

  • Heres How 85 – Data Protection

    Here's How 85 – Data Protection


    Graham Doyle Deputy Commissioner, and Head of Communications with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner. ***** This is audio from one of the count centres in the local elections. The people ah singing are from People Before Profit who lost most of their council seats, but they’ve come across housing minister Eoghan Murphy and […]

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