This week we’re tackling a question that dominates chats in the capital: the gentrification of Dublin, the pace of change, and what that’s all doing to the city’s character. What’s the balance between progress and keeping things deadly? Before we get stuck in, Mango tells us what he loves about Dublin. Then, Una gives you the crazy facts on student accommodation in Dublin city, and we’re using the restaurant boom as a metric by which to measure the city’s “progress”. Catherine Cleary, the restaurant critic and journalist with the Irish Times joins us to give the low down on what the hell is going on in town. We also talk about the opposition the Bernard Shaw is facing, and whether local development plans are playing a role in the attempts to (literally) silence the vibe over on South Richmond Street. We reflect on the wild weekend of elections counts, the green wave, and what the new make-up of Dublin City Council means for the city. Plus, we’ve got our fave bits, and of course, Andrea’s tuna chicken roll of a disco banger.
One year after Repeal, Northern Ireland is still without legal abortion. As attempts to roll back reproductive rights are well underway in America, how can the North win this battle? We talk to the Deputy Legal Director at the ACLU, Louise Melling, about wtf is happening in the US, and Emma Campbell of Alliance 4 Choice fills us in on the complex path to legal abortion in Northern Ireland. Welcome to the first episode of United Ireland! Morgan from Saint Sister introduces us to what she loves most about her home county, we talk abortion rights from Alabama to Antrim, Una rants about Eoghan Murphy’s co-living plans, and Andrea introduces you all to the concept of a tuna chicken roll.