It’s election campaign time, which means for the next month Una and Andrea will be covering the general election, but a little differently to everyone else. No doses, no debates, no clickbait. We want to talk about big ideas and issues. We kick off our first election special with the king of campaign ephemera: Alan Kinsella of Irish Election Literature. Alan is in the studio to discuss the semantics of sloganeering. Also on the pod, we outline how we’re covering the election and why. There’s also devastation in UI HQ over J-Lo’s Oscar snub, and Andrea tackles certain tech company tweets, which is extra dangerous ever since she took up axe-throwing.
If you were the mayor (with decision making power) of your town, what is the one thing you’d implement? As we kick off 2020, we ask some of our faves to answer this very question. Back to county life next week.
Before we look forward to positive pastures new, we have to look back on the in bits past to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes in 2020. So whilst we’re all pondering who the new us will be in a few days (spoiler, same deadly you) let us reminisce on the key GITS moments of the year gone by.
Just in case you missed our dulcet tones this holiday season, here’s a lil injection.
What do we really know about Tyrone? It’s a county that keeps a low profile, but we’re ready to lift the lid. Andrea reveals all in her county facts, and Dominic McGrath from the Journal (and also Tyrone, thankfully) is in studio to tell us about the changing voting trends in the county, what it was like growing up in Omagh, and how the recent election may show a shift to the centre. On the ground, it’s less about Brexit, and more about the day to day as Tyrone struggles like the rest of the North without a functioning Assembly. Meanwhile, Una and Andrea talk about Marriage Story, raving in Paris, and it’s been another good week for our girl J-Lo.
How has an idea for a white water rafting project that’ll cost 22m and cost 50 euro per person to use managed to make its way to the sign off stage when the city is facing daily crises from literal shit spewing into the sea, record levels of homelessness, rents skyrocketing and cultural amenities for the actual people who live in the city being demolished at a rate of knots.
We welcome Dublin Inquirer editor Lois Kapila into the studio (who we both j’love) to find out about the journey this project has taken, how it’s managed to get the green light and the direction Dublin City Council are taking the city in.
There’s been a recent spate of targeted violent attacks on sex workers across Ireland with the primary aim of theft. Charges have been brought against 3 men in Roscommon as part of Operation Quest. But surely our laws protect all workers from attack?
Well, in 2017, legislation was introduced in Ireland to criminalise the purchase of sex. This was seen as a victory in some quarters for women’s rights, and as a positive move to try and tackle the issues around women being trafficked.
But many sex workers say that criminalising the purchase of sex drives sex work further underground and that the environment they work within becomes more dangerous.
Conner Habib is a sex work’s rights advocate, the host of the fantastic Against Everyone with Conner Habib, and author, lecturer, a Dubliner for the past year, and the only person (that we know of) who has won awards for writing, teaching, AND porn.
With the recent decriminalisation of sex work in the Northern Territory in Australia by NT Attorney-General Natasha Fyles who said the new act was about keeping workers safe, we want to talk broadly today about sex work laws internationally, what philosophies underpin them, and what is best practice in terms of protecting the multiple rights that stem from sex work across the board.
This week, we’re heading to the micro-county of Dublin 7 to take a deep dive into the housing development saga at O’Devaney Gardens in Stoneybatter. For well over a decade, this development has had so many false starts, and within those pauses, the shenanigans keep coming. What is happening tells us a lot about planning, public land being transferred to a private developer, the de-prioritisation of social housing, the unaffordable nature of “affordable” housing, and the ineptitude of Dublin City Council, the Department of Housing, and indeed, the Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy. This week, there were more alarm bells, as Sinn Féin’s housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin published a letter Murphy sent to Dublin’s mayor indicating the project may have hit the skids again. Eoin joins us in studio to give his assessment of what is going wrong and why, as well as interrogating the housing policies Fine Gael is pursuing, and giving a pretty damning appraisal of Eoghan Murphy’s tenure. Also, we weren’t going to let this ep pass without talking about the Grafton Quarter sign, Una discusses the trend of artists banning phones at gigs, and Andrea receives a shock Dynasty-related delivery.
Come through our fashionistas. This week, we’re looking at the trend of sustainable fashion and wondering if it’s actually possible for the industry of excess and newness to actually be sustainable, and if individual boycotts of unethical brands is enough to bring about change in the industry.
We’re joined by Tara Stewart who is a DJ, fashion kween and now host of RTE podcast Dirty Laundry that looks at the subject of sustainability and her journey from fast fashion to a more sustainable approach.
On the other side of the industry, we talk to Wexford born, London based designer Richard Malone who approaches his process in the fashion industry as a vocal sustainability advocate and has previously said “It amazes me how young designers aren’t committing to sustainability. You can’t be a modern or contemporary designer if you are not sustainable.”
We also talk Lizzo, Le Mans ’66, Dimitri From Paris, Irish Water (again) and BelongTo’s 2019 School Climate Survey.
Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink (unless it’s boiled). How do we, a small island with such a rainy disposition, have more issues than Vogue when it comes to water? As we face into another boil water notice, rain continues to bucket it down, and an emergency meeting of Kildare County Council is called about the Leixlip Water Treatment Plant with Irish Water in attendance; we talk to Michael Brennan, the author of recently published book ‘In Deep Water’. Where do the problems stem from, is climate change going to make it worse and why is shit still literally hitting the fan in Dublin Bay? A huge amount of money has been spent on Irish Water and its meters, so why are we not seeing any improvements?
We’re also talking Cher, Xtina, Dolly Parton and Joan Collins. Who said you can’t mix politics and glamour?