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The best analysis of the Irish political scene featuring Irish Times journalists, political experts and the occasional politician. Hosted by Arts & Culture Editor Hugh Linehan.

Latest Episodes

O'Devaney Gardens, Verona Murphy In Hot Water and A Remainer's Perspective on the General Election

Dublin Editor, Olivia Kelly gives us the low down on what's happening with O'Devaney Gardens. Last week City Councillors approved a deal which would see more than 800 new homes developed on the site, so why is Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy questioning it's approval now? Fine Gael's Verona Murphy was forced to apologise this week for her comments concerning asylum seekers in Ireland. Political reporter Jennifer Bray was canvassing with the by-election candidate last week and joins us to discuss the disparaging remarks that were made on the canvas trail. Plus, Ros Taylor from Remainiacs Podcast gives her take on last night’s Leaders Debate on ITV and gives us a remainer’s perspective on the British General Election.

48 MIN1 h ago
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O'Devaney Gardens, Verona Murphy In Hot Water and A Remainer's Perspective on the General Election

UK Election: Could Flooding Cost Johnson The Election? - with Denis Staunton

Hugh and Pat are joined by London editor Denis Staunton to talk about the first full week of the UK election campaign. Are the big two parties starting to squeeze the smaller groups out? Are tactical voting considerations having an impact? Is it a Brexit election so far? And could flooding and the government's slow response cost Boris Johnson the election?

27 MIN4 d ago
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UK Election: Could Flooding Cost Johnson The Election? - with Denis Staunton

Northern Ireland's New Political Battle Lines, Lorraine Clifford-Lee

Northern correspondent Freya McClements on the party plans and pacts that are turning Northern Ireland's Westminster election into one of the most interesting in years. Is it remain versus leave, green versus orange or a mixture of both? Plus Fiach Kelly and Pat Leahy have an early look at the by-elections taking place in four constituencies in a few weeks' time. Derogatory social media posts about Travellers and others made by Fianna Fail's Senator Lorraine Clifford Lee are threatening her campaign in Dublin Fingal. Will the party stick by her?

32 MIN1 w ago
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Northern Ireland's New Political Battle Lines, Lorraine Clifford-Lee

Micheál Martin on Party, Policies and a "Wind-down" of Confidence & Supply

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin gave an interview to our deputy political editor Fiach Kelly last week, covering the veteran politician's approach to the next general election, rebuilding trust in his party, his plan for bringing to an end the confidence and supply deal that props up Leo Varadkar's government, and more. Fiach plays back some clips of the interview and discusses them with Hugh Linehan.

35 MIN1 w ago
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Micheál Martin on Party, Policies and a "Wind-down" of Confidence & Supply

US Politics: One Year Out, Should Democrats Worry? / Fobgate, Money Messages & Election Wobbles

Yesterday was a good day for the Democratic Party, winning control of the legislature in Virginia and the governorship of Kentucky, while President Trump's impeachmentproblems deepened again. But with one year until the presidential election, there are some worrying signs that the party could struggle to select a candidate who can compete with Trump in the places that matter. To look at the state of that campaign Hugh talks to our Washington correspondent Suzanne Lynch. But first, deputy political editor Fiach Kelly is here to talk about last week's general election wobble, the row over "money messages" and the intricacies of Fobgate. Are the rules for TD's expenses being abused?

48 MIN2 w ago
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US Politics: One Year Out, Should Democrats Worry? / Fobgate, Money Messages & Election Wobbles

#GE19 Tactics, What Different Results Mean for Brexit - with Patrick Maguire and Paddy Smyth

The UK general election campaign is, among other things, a battle for what kind of Brexit will ultimately happen. Our Europe editor Patrick Smyth sets out five possible election outcomes and the sort of Brexit the EU expects from each, from No Deal to a new deal - or no Brexit at all. But let's not get ahead of ourselves: the campaign is just beginning. To understand the dynamics and tactics at play in these early stages we talk first to Patrick Maguire, a political correspondent with New Statesman magazine.

28 MIN2 w ago
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#GE19 Tactics, What Different Results Mean for Brexit - with Patrick Maguire and Paddy Smyth

Direct Provision Tensions: "The Lack of Consultation Isn't Working"

Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny's car was torched a few days after he spoke out against rising anti-immigrant sentiment in the Dáil. Kenny, who has supported the provisionof accommodationfor asylum seekers in the town of Ballinamore in his constituency, talks to Fiach Kelly and Harry McGee about his fears that real issues are being twisted to win support for extreme views. And Irish Times journalist Jennifer O'Connell talks about why two towns,Borrisokaneand Ballinamore, have reacted differently to the arrival of direct provision centres. How can the government better engage with communities? But first, London editor Denis Staunton on the forthcoming UK general election. Could this election throw up a worse Brexit than Boris Johnson's deal from an Irish point of view? And can Jeremy Corbyn repeat the trick of 2017 and outperform expectations?

39 MIN3 w ago
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Direct Provision Tensions: "The Lack of Consultation Isn't Working"

Is The UK Ready for What Brexit Brings? - With Ruadhán Mac Cormaic and Helen Thompson

Leaving the European Union will have consequences for politics in the United Kingdom. What are they, and is the UK ready for them? To chat about that and other Brexit-related themse, Hugh is joined again by Helen Thompson, professor of political economy at Cambridge University, and by Ruadhán Mac Cormaic, assistant editor with The Irish Times.

37 MIN3 w ago
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Is The UK Ready for What Brexit Brings? - With Ruadhán Mac Cormaic and Helen Thompson

Tangled Up in Brexit, Proxy War of The Buttons

Hugh is joined by Denis Staunton, Pat Leahy, Harry McGee and Jennifer Bray.What will UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson try to do first: win a general election, or pass his Withdrawal Agreement Bill through the House of Commons? Last night was the first time any Brexit deal was approved in a vote, but Johnson's joy was short-lived when a procedural vote denied him a rapid debate stage. This complicates things in various fiendish ways, as keen Brexit watchers won't be at all surprisedto hear. Denis explains. After that, our political team discuss thetit-for-tatrow over errant votes in Dáil Éireann. Is it significant or simply a pre-election proxy war?

39 MINOCT 23
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Tangled Up in Brexit, Proxy War of The Buttons

Votes for A Deal, Ireland's Bittersweet Brexit Success - with Fintan O'Toole and Denis Staunton

London Editor Denis Staunton on where Boris Johnson might find - or lose - support in tomorrow's House of Commons vote on the Brexit deal. Fintan O'Toole on how the strategies of the different parties to Brexit played out in the extraordinary week that led to Johnson abandoning the DUP and striking a deal with Ireland and the EU.

34 MINOCT 18
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Votes for A Deal, Ireland's Bittersweet Brexit Success - with Fintan O'Toole and Denis Staunton

Latest Episodes

O'Devaney Gardens, Verona Murphy In Hot Water and A Remainer's Perspective on the General Election

Dublin Editor, Olivia Kelly gives us the low down on what's happening with O'Devaney Gardens. Last week City Councillors approved a deal which would see more than 800 new homes developed on the site, so why is Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy questioning it's approval now? Fine Gael's Verona Murphy was forced to apologise this week for her comments concerning asylum seekers in Ireland. Political reporter Jennifer Bray was canvassing with the by-election candidate last week and joins us to discuss the disparaging remarks that were made on the canvas trail. Plus, Ros Taylor from Remainiacs Podcast gives her take on last night’s Leaders Debate on ITV and gives us a remainer’s perspective on the British General Election.

48 MIN1 h ago
Comments
O'Devaney Gardens, Verona Murphy In Hot Water and A Remainer's Perspective on the General Election

UK Election: Could Flooding Cost Johnson The Election? - with Denis Staunton

Hugh and Pat are joined by London editor Denis Staunton to talk about the first full week of the UK election campaign. Are the big two parties starting to squeeze the smaller groups out? Are tactical voting considerations having an impact? Is it a Brexit election so far? And could flooding and the government's slow response cost Boris Johnson the election?

27 MIN4 d ago
Comments
UK Election: Could Flooding Cost Johnson The Election? - with Denis Staunton

Northern Ireland's New Political Battle Lines, Lorraine Clifford-Lee

Northern correspondent Freya McClements on the party plans and pacts that are turning Northern Ireland's Westminster election into one of the most interesting in years. Is it remain versus leave, green versus orange or a mixture of both? Plus Fiach Kelly and Pat Leahy have an early look at the by-elections taking place in four constituencies in a few weeks' time. Derogatory social media posts about Travellers and others made by Fianna Fail's Senator Lorraine Clifford Lee are threatening her campaign in Dublin Fingal. Will the party stick by her?

32 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Northern Ireland's New Political Battle Lines, Lorraine Clifford-Lee

Micheál Martin on Party, Policies and a "Wind-down" of Confidence & Supply

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin gave an interview to our deputy political editor Fiach Kelly last week, covering the veteran politician's approach to the next general election, rebuilding trust in his party, his plan for bringing to an end the confidence and supply deal that props up Leo Varadkar's government, and more. Fiach plays back some clips of the interview and discusses them with Hugh Linehan.

35 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Micheál Martin on Party, Policies and a "Wind-down" of Confidence & Supply

US Politics: One Year Out, Should Democrats Worry? / Fobgate, Money Messages & Election Wobbles

Yesterday was a good day for the Democratic Party, winning control of the legislature in Virginia and the governorship of Kentucky, while President Trump's impeachmentproblems deepened again. But with one year until the presidential election, there are some worrying signs that the party could struggle to select a candidate who can compete with Trump in the places that matter. To look at the state of that campaign Hugh talks to our Washington correspondent Suzanne Lynch. But first, deputy political editor Fiach Kelly is here to talk about last week's general election wobble, the row over "money messages" and the intricacies of Fobgate. Are the rules for TD's expenses being abused?

48 MIN2 w ago
Comments
US Politics: One Year Out, Should Democrats Worry? / Fobgate, Money Messages & Election Wobbles

#GE19 Tactics, What Different Results Mean for Brexit - with Patrick Maguire and Paddy Smyth

The UK general election campaign is, among other things, a battle for what kind of Brexit will ultimately happen. Our Europe editor Patrick Smyth sets out five possible election outcomes and the sort of Brexit the EU expects from each, from No Deal to a new deal - or no Brexit at all. But let's not get ahead of ourselves: the campaign is just beginning. To understand the dynamics and tactics at play in these early stages we talk first to Patrick Maguire, a political correspondent with New Statesman magazine.

28 MIN2 w ago
Comments
#GE19 Tactics, What Different Results Mean for Brexit - with Patrick Maguire and Paddy Smyth

Direct Provision Tensions: "The Lack of Consultation Isn't Working"

Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny's car was torched a few days after he spoke out against rising anti-immigrant sentiment in the Dáil. Kenny, who has supported the provisionof accommodationfor asylum seekers in the town of Ballinamore in his constituency, talks to Fiach Kelly and Harry McGee about his fears that real issues are being twisted to win support for extreme views. And Irish Times journalist Jennifer O'Connell talks about why two towns,Borrisokaneand Ballinamore, have reacted differently to the arrival of direct provision centres. How can the government better engage with communities? But first, London editor Denis Staunton on the forthcoming UK general election. Could this election throw up a worse Brexit than Boris Johnson's deal from an Irish point of view? And can Jeremy Corbyn repeat the trick of 2017 and outperform expectations?

39 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Direct Provision Tensions: "The Lack of Consultation Isn't Working"

Is The UK Ready for What Brexit Brings? - With Ruadhán Mac Cormaic and Helen Thompson

Leaving the European Union will have consequences for politics in the United Kingdom. What are they, and is the UK ready for them? To chat about that and other Brexit-related themse, Hugh is joined again by Helen Thompson, professor of political economy at Cambridge University, and by Ruadhán Mac Cormaic, assistant editor with The Irish Times.

37 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Is The UK Ready for What Brexit Brings? - With Ruadhán Mac Cormaic and Helen Thompson

Tangled Up in Brexit, Proxy War of The Buttons

Hugh is joined by Denis Staunton, Pat Leahy, Harry McGee and Jennifer Bray.What will UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson try to do first: win a general election, or pass his Withdrawal Agreement Bill through the House of Commons? Last night was the first time any Brexit deal was approved in a vote, but Johnson's joy was short-lived when a procedural vote denied him a rapid debate stage. This complicates things in various fiendish ways, as keen Brexit watchers won't be at all surprisedto hear. Denis explains. After that, our political team discuss thetit-for-tatrow over errant votes in Dáil Éireann. Is it significant or simply a pre-election proxy war?

39 MINOCT 23
Comments
Tangled Up in Brexit, Proxy War of The Buttons

Votes for A Deal, Ireland's Bittersweet Brexit Success - with Fintan O'Toole and Denis Staunton

London Editor Denis Staunton on where Boris Johnson might find - or lose - support in tomorrow's House of Commons vote on the Brexit deal. Fintan O'Toole on how the strategies of the different parties to Brexit played out in the extraordinary week that led to Johnson abandoning the DUP and striking a deal with Ireland and the EU.

34 MINOCT 18
Comments
Votes for A Deal, Ireland's Bittersweet Brexit Success - with Fintan O'Toole and Denis Staunton
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