EVERYONE UNITED: Utopia at the National Concert Hall

This week’s episode is a recording of our recent live podcast event at the National Concert Hall with ourselves and Conner Habib of Against Everyone With Conner Habib. You should definitely support Conner’s podcast on Patreon, it’s genuinely one of the best around. For this episode, we were joined by an audience to discuss utopian processes, unity, creating the life you want to live, and asking: what do you want?

EPISODE 120: The Government’s lost the (badly ventilated) room

Shit got real again this week as the COVID surge escalated, and HSE chief Paul Reid issued a crisis management directive. So the government obviously stood up to the task of introducing mitigation strategies, right? Well, em, no.

They popped a midnight curfew on clubs and continued to talk about washing your hands.

We’re looking at a cataclysmic week for the govt where things were reduced to arguing over who was going to pay for their own antigen tests (how noble) and who was throwing teachers under the bus off mic (or not) rather than talking about how the hell we’re going to get out of this fine mess, without simple relying on the silver bullet of the vaccine.

The mood has changed. The room’s been lost. But what now?

EPISODE 119: Gold Diggin’ in Leitrim

Just as the Leitrim community was able to relax after winning it’s fight against onshore fracking, another threat to the county strikes – the hunt for gold.

A few weeks ago, a group called Treasure Leitrim was formed when it emerged a company called Flintridge Research was seeking a prospecting licence for gold and silver in north Leitrim near Manorhamilton.

We’re joined by Jamie from Treasure Leitrim to find out what’s going on, if there’s an actual difference between prospecting and mining licences and what the granting of a prospecting license would mean, not just to the community but to the direction of our country going forward as a ‘resource’ hunter.

Also, LOADS of Fave Bits – we’re excited about a lot at the moment, but also an equally large amount of things to Get In The Sea and Drive us BANANAS!

Enjoy xo

EPISODE 118: Solving Dereliction in Waterford

Waterford’s approach to dereliction has dramatically decreased the number of families living in emergency accommodation, and homelessness more generally. By utilising a rarely talked about scheme, derelict and vacant buildings are being transformed into social housing. So why can’t this happen everywhere else? We’re joined by Fine Gael Senator John Cummins to discuss this success story. Also, Andrea is not entering the metaverse any time soon, and Una is binging on D.A. Pennebaker documentaries.

EPISODE 117: Ready For The Floor? Going out-out nerves as Ireland opens up.

Have you waited for clubs and gigs for so long, you’re feeling weird about not rushing out to them? How can we cope with anxiety and overwhelm as places open back up? Our favourite psychotherapist Sarah Gilligan joins us for calmness, coping mechanisms, and capacity tips. Plus, Una discusses what it was like at the eviction on Prussia Street in Dublin 7, and the capital loses two more beloved cultural spots.


‘water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink’

This famous line from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem seems perfectly apt when we’re (still) talking about student accommodation. Following a heap load of frustration communicated from UCD SU’s Ruairí Power to Owen Keegan, CEO of DCC about the change of use of PBSA to short term student lets, Owen Keegan suggested, perhaps, the SU could build their own.

In this ep, we’re down at the protest organised by the UCD SU at DCC HQ talking to the students affected by this accommodation crisis and ensuing glib remarks.

We’re also throwing the budget in the sea and rediscovering the Home & Away theme tune.

And most importantly, we’re finally back together.

EPISODE 114: Empty Student Gaffs & Maternity Restrictions Rage On

Why does it feel we have to keep protesting for the things that should be a given in a society?

1: Somewhere To Live
Killian Woods predicted a rent strike in a recent Byline episode because of the crazy housing crisis. Within that crisis, there’s another arc that perfectly illustrates why trying to find somewhere to live is so difficult. Empty purpose built student accommodation being granted change of use rather than lowering the prices. We’re talking to Dublin Inquirer’s Laoise Neylon about a recent article she wrote: “Providers of Purpose-Built Student Accommodation Have Been Saying There’s a Lack of Demand for It” while students have been making 200km round trips to lectures cos they can’t find anywhere affordable to live. What gives?

2: Parents Being There For The Birth of Their Children
There’s a #MarchForMaternity on Wednesday at 1pm at the Dail because even though most things have reverted to some sort of ‘normality’, restrictions remain in place in maternity hospitals across the country. We’re talking to Linda Kelly from The Better Maternity Care Campaign or Women Ascend on Insta about what restrictions are still in place, why and who is responsible for removing them.

Plus Fave Bits, Tuna Chicken Rolls and a State of the Nation.

BYLINE: Stephen Carroll

Stephen Carroll is the Business Editor of France24. In this episode of Byline, we talk about his career in broadcast news, from starting out as a radio reporter in Dublin, to presenting young people’s news for RTE, to producing and editing global breaking news stories for Sky News, working at the BBC World Service, and for the past decade working as a television journalist in Paris for a French public broadcaster, reporting on Brexit, Davos, and the personal and professional impact of the Bataclan massacre. Settle in for a fantastic insight into broadcast news from our man in Paris.

EPISODE 113: Big Tech’s data dream

As Ireland continues to be home for many Big Tech HQ’s, the responsibility for enforcing privacy laws lies with us too.

This week, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties released a report that suggests Ireland is failing to enforce these laws on these companies.

The report comes on the back of a recent case with WhatsApp where the Irish Data Protection Commissioner’s suggested fine of 30-50 million was pushed back on by our EU counterparts in the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), which oversees the GDPR and ended up coming in at 225m.

Obviously financial penalties are but a thorn in the side of big tech, and enforcement of the privacy laws with order’s to bring data systems into compliance is much more pertinent.

To discuss this report and to offer suggestions on what needs to happen to bring Big Tech under control is Dr Jonny Ryan, Senior Fellow at ICCL and the Open Markets Institute and co-author of the report.