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Keen to tune in for your news fix but tired of the same old formats and voices? Frustrated at the lack of diversity and the narrow frame of opinions presented? Then The Suss is the podcast for you!Pop the kettle on and join Glenn Fitzpatrick and Stephanie Costello as they wade through the spin, media circus and buzzwords to find out what's really going on. The Suss offers critical perspectives on politics and pop culture in Ireland and beyond, with a particular focus on issues affecting young people.

Latest Episodes

The Suss #34 | The Suss with Hate Crime

Most of us strive to be as tolerant, open and inclusive as possible. Of course this isn't representative of all of Irish society. All the signs point to instances of racism and other forms of hatred being on the rise in Ireland, and indeed across the globe. But to what extent is the justice system on the side of victims in these cases? Do our current laws act as enough of a deterrent or encourage victims to come forward? We fear not. This week, we’ve enlisted the help of Aga Wiesek of the European Network Against Racism to tell us exactly what a hate crime is, how the current laws are failing the marginalised and what needs to be done to address all of this. ENAR are part of the Coalition Against Hate Crime that are campaigning to bring Ireland in line with the rest of Europe. We'll also hear from Eoghan Ryder and Alex Laplas. Their experience of holding hands around Dublin City demonstrate that we didn't simply abolish homophobia overnight by voting in favour of marriage equality ...

50 min2018 DEC 1
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The Suss #34 | The Suss with Hate Crime

The Suss #33 | The Suss with Mental Health pt 2

On this week’s episode Steph and Glenn chat to Ciara O’Connor-Walsh, Editor of ‘A Lust For Life’; an award-winning Irish wellbeing website, co-host, and producer of a new six-part mental health podcast ‘Where There’s A Will’. The podcast has brought together some of the best and brightest minds in Ireland’s mental health sector to ask: why is our mental health system so dysfunctional? Who is responsible for fixing it? And what can we, collectively, do to create long-term, systemic change? We discuss the systemic failings of the Irish mental health system, from policy to infrastructure to the shocking lack of financial resources made available for those in need. “Through this podcast series we’ve connected a number of key people working in mental health to deconstruct the problems we face today – in 2018 – and what we need to focus on to make things better. We learned a huge amount in making this series, and we hope people listening will learn a lot too. Importantly this ...

47 min2018 NOV 17
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The Suss #33 | The Suss with Mental Health pt 2

#32 | Brexit, the Border and the Backstop

This week's episode of The Suss offers an explainer on all things Brexit related. Glenn and Steph draft in two Brexperts to provide an outline of where things are at right now. Amid all the hysteria, it can be difficult to know what is really happening. This isn't helped by the fact that one side doesn't seem to know what it wants to negotiate. We embark on a sense making mission to get you the full picture. How do our guests rate the Government's negotiating record to date? What the hell is a backstop? What, if any kind of a border will be on the island of Ireland in ten years time? How much ground has been given in the negotiations? Joining us this week is Brian Mahon, one of the hosts of the Paddy Wants to Know About Brexit Podcast (Also available on the Headstuff Podcast Network) and student of journalism in DCU. Also with us is Oisin Dolan. Oisin is from Cavan Town near the border and is an active member of Sinn Fein (speaking in a personal capacity) This episode delves into so...

64 min2018 NOV 10
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#32 | Brexit, the Border and the Backstop

#31 | Privilege and Prejudice

On this weeks episode of The Suss, Steph and Glenn tackle the issues of privilege and prejudice in Irish society. Glenn sits down with Eileen Flynn, a proud member of the Irish Travelling community, for a chat about the systemic lack of political representation of Travellers in Irish politics plus the multifarious difficulties facing Irish Travellers in 2018. We discuss the inflammatory comments made by Presidentialcandidate Peter Casey against the Travelling community during a televised debate and consider the disproportionate media coverage that ensured following his remarks. Historically Irish Travellers have been the target of discrimination and disdain in Ireland and Casey's polarising comments have poured salt in old wounds and unfortunatelysaw him surge into 2nd place in the presidential polls. We also sit down with Dean Van Nguyen a journalist with The Irish Times, The Guardian, and Pitchfork to hear about his relationship with his own half Irishhalf Vietnameseidentity. Much...

65 min2018 OCT 27
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#31 | Privilege and Prejudice

#30 | The Suss with The Suss

It's 30 up for The Suss. The political podcast for Ireland's locked out generation also turns 1 this week. Ever wondered why we do what we do? This week we're in a laid back mood, more akin to having a loose chat in the smoking area of Workman's than being in studio. First on the agenda, Steph gives us the inside scoop on the Taking Back The Web conference currently taking place. This conference is run by the Centre for Critical Media Literacy at Dublin Institute of Technology. The centre aims to facilitate a range of media research, production, learning and community engagement, with a commitment to equality and diversity. Its mission includes scientifically informed and timely studies of the changing technologies that underlie media. There's also plenty to say about the ongoing race for the Áras. We've got the suss on this week's TV debates. We even reveal where our votes are going and why. We've plenty to say about the manner in which Dragon #3, Peter Casey's campaign has brough...

58 min2018 OCT 20
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#30 | The Suss with The Suss

#29 | Legislating for Sex Work with Wendy Lyon

What if everything you thought you knew about the world of sex work was back to front? Sex work will increasingly feature in conversations about bodily autonomy, workers rights & migrant rights in the years to come. In this episode, Glenn and Steph are joined by solicitor, feminist and activist Wendy Lyon to help navigate and understand the often steep challenges faced by those in the industry. Wendy talks us through the Swedish/Nordic model which appears to have been championed in Ireland by a combination of groups who do not have the best interests of sex workers at heart and some civil society organisations that may have been well meaning but are misguided by a moral bias; one that believes that it is possible to eradicate the industry altogether. We cover the alternative New Zealand model which is by no means a panacea but appears to be a far more sensible way of legislating. We put the list of anxieties that are often expressed about sex work to Wendy and uncover a need for nua...

46 min2018 OCT 6
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#29 | Legislating for Sex Work with Wendy Lyon

#28 | The Suss with Mental Health

On this week's episode, Steph and Glenn diverge from the normal political rants to bring you a special episode on Mental Health. They’re joined in studio with Grayce Leonard, journalist with First Fortnight - an Irish mental health charity and Gabriel Paschal Blake, mental health advocate and musician from For Foresters and The Murder Capital. In this episode, we don’t profess to have all the answers. We do however share intimate and honest stories about our own battles with maintaining our mental health through the years. We speak about the work being done at home by exemplary activists striving to destigmatise the belief that you are a failure for struggling with your mental health - a belief that is, thankfully being diminished from our collective thought these past few years. Gabriel Paschal Blake speaks of the importance of young Irish men opening up and asking for help in times of need and offers stone clad advice on how to do so while Grayce Leonard shares important facts a...

56 min2018 SEP 23
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#28 | The Suss with Mental Health

#27 | Social Class with Lynn Ruane

Few discussions seem to irk the powers that be more than discourse on social class. The band-aid has somewhat been ripped off in recent weeks with Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and his colleagues in Fine Gael struggling to shake off the 'posh boy' label that has been put on them. It begs the question of just how adequately politicians can work on behalf of groups of people whose life experiences are completely alien to them. Should it be of more concern to the rest of us if the same small sections of society fill up a majority of Dáil seats? Or can private educated children of doctors and lawyers actually work on behalf of people from disadvantaged backgrounds? Bringing social class to the fore can also challenge the lazy narrative that simply getting up early enough in the morning is all one needs in order to succeed. It doesn't seem to dawn on Varadkar and Co. that if you've been dealt a bad hand in life, hard work alone may not be enough to help you improve matters for your...

45 min2018 SEP 8
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#27 | Social Class with Lynn Ruane

#26 | Take Back The City

This week’s episode of The Suss is honing in on the recent Take Back The City march and subsequent occupation of a site at 35 Summer Hill Parade in Drumcondra, Dublin 1. Organised by an array of housing groups in the city, the occupation aims to shed light on the desperate state of affairs surrounding the housing crisis in Dublin. Until recently, this site and the adjoining sites housed up to 120 people in slum-like conditions, a fact the millionaire landlord chose to ignore until Dublin Fire Brigade intervened. Overnight, the residents were kicked out with nowhere to go - a sorry story that is currently being repeated up and down the country. Glenn and Steph have exclusive footage from the march and interviews with protesters at the site. We hear how Dublin City Council currently have enough land to build 10,000 homes but are planning on giving away half of this public land to developers who will, without doubt inflate prices and exclude local members of the community. And what of...

47 min2018 AUG 11
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#26 | Take Back The City

#25 | Climate Change Is Not Your Fault with Sinéad Mercier

And we're back! Glenn and Steph sit down with Sinéad Mercier, one of the brightest and most exciting young minds in politics. Sinéad is a researcher in Dail Eireann for the Green Party and self-described 'militant optimist'. We promise you an eye-opening conversation about Ireland's appalling environmental policies. We ponder the themes of personal responsibility vs corporations in the climate change debate and try assert which plastic straw was the one that broke the planet's back. While we can all do more to play our part for Mother Earth, will it really be enough if we ban straws and maybe all take a keep-cup to work? Or should more attention be drawn to the damage done by a handful of companies, most notably in the oil industry? And what role does the State play in all of this? We also look at the fallout from David Kitt​'s headline grabbing article about the insanity of the Dublin rental market. What does it mean to have an area that you call home? Is it really as simple as ...

64 min2018 AUG 4
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#25 | Climate Change Is Not Your Fault with Sinéad Mercier

Latest Episodes

The Suss #34 | The Suss with Hate Crime

Most of us strive to be as tolerant, open and inclusive as possible. Of course this isn't representative of all of Irish society. All the signs point to instances of racism and other forms of hatred being on the rise in Ireland, and indeed across the globe. But to what extent is the justice system on the side of victims in these cases? Do our current laws act as enough of a deterrent or encourage victims to come forward? We fear not. This week, we’ve enlisted the help of Aga Wiesek of the European Network Against Racism to tell us exactly what a hate crime is, how the current laws are failing the marginalised and what needs to be done to address all of this. ENAR are part of the Coalition Against Hate Crime that are campaigning to bring Ireland in line with the rest of Europe. We'll also hear from Eoghan Ryder and Alex Laplas. Their experience of holding hands around Dublin City demonstrate that we didn't simply abolish homophobia overnight by voting in favour of marriage equality ...

50 min2018 DEC 1
Comments
The Suss #34 | The Suss with Hate Crime

The Suss #33 | The Suss with Mental Health pt 2

On this week’s episode Steph and Glenn chat to Ciara O’Connor-Walsh, Editor of ‘A Lust For Life’; an award-winning Irish wellbeing website, co-host, and producer of a new six-part mental health podcast ‘Where There’s A Will’. The podcast has brought together some of the best and brightest minds in Ireland’s mental health sector to ask: why is our mental health system so dysfunctional? Who is responsible for fixing it? And what can we, collectively, do to create long-term, systemic change? We discuss the systemic failings of the Irish mental health system, from policy to infrastructure to the shocking lack of financial resources made available for those in need. “Through this podcast series we’ve connected a number of key people working in mental health to deconstruct the problems we face today – in 2018 – and what we need to focus on to make things better. We learned a huge amount in making this series, and we hope people listening will learn a lot too. Importantly this ...

47 min2018 NOV 17
Comments
The Suss #33 | The Suss with Mental Health pt 2

#32 | Brexit, the Border and the Backstop

This week's episode of The Suss offers an explainer on all things Brexit related. Glenn and Steph draft in two Brexperts to provide an outline of where things are at right now. Amid all the hysteria, it can be difficult to know what is really happening. This isn't helped by the fact that one side doesn't seem to know what it wants to negotiate. We embark on a sense making mission to get you the full picture. How do our guests rate the Government's negotiating record to date? What the hell is a backstop? What, if any kind of a border will be on the island of Ireland in ten years time? How much ground has been given in the negotiations? Joining us this week is Brian Mahon, one of the hosts of the Paddy Wants to Know About Brexit Podcast (Also available on the Headstuff Podcast Network) and student of journalism in DCU. Also with us is Oisin Dolan. Oisin is from Cavan Town near the border and is an active member of Sinn Fein (speaking in a personal capacity) This episode delves into so...

64 min2018 NOV 10
Comments
#32 | Brexit, the Border and the Backstop

#31 | Privilege and Prejudice

On this weeks episode of The Suss, Steph and Glenn tackle the issues of privilege and prejudice in Irish society. Glenn sits down with Eileen Flynn, a proud member of the Irish Travelling community, for a chat about the systemic lack of political representation of Travellers in Irish politics plus the multifarious difficulties facing Irish Travellers in 2018. We discuss the inflammatory comments made by Presidentialcandidate Peter Casey against the Travelling community during a televised debate and consider the disproportionate media coverage that ensured following his remarks. Historically Irish Travellers have been the target of discrimination and disdain in Ireland and Casey's polarising comments have poured salt in old wounds and unfortunatelysaw him surge into 2nd place in the presidential polls. We also sit down with Dean Van Nguyen a journalist with The Irish Times, The Guardian, and Pitchfork to hear about his relationship with his own half Irishhalf Vietnameseidentity. Much...

65 min2018 OCT 27
Comments
#31 | Privilege and Prejudice

#30 | The Suss with The Suss

It's 30 up for The Suss. The political podcast for Ireland's locked out generation also turns 1 this week. Ever wondered why we do what we do? This week we're in a laid back mood, more akin to having a loose chat in the smoking area of Workman's than being in studio. First on the agenda, Steph gives us the inside scoop on the Taking Back The Web conference currently taking place. This conference is run by the Centre for Critical Media Literacy at Dublin Institute of Technology. The centre aims to facilitate a range of media research, production, learning and community engagement, with a commitment to equality and diversity. Its mission includes scientifically informed and timely studies of the changing technologies that underlie media. There's also plenty to say about the ongoing race for the Áras. We've got the suss on this week's TV debates. We even reveal where our votes are going and why. We've plenty to say about the manner in which Dragon #3, Peter Casey's campaign has brough...

58 min2018 OCT 20
Comments
#30 | The Suss with The Suss

#29 | Legislating for Sex Work with Wendy Lyon

What if everything you thought you knew about the world of sex work was back to front? Sex work will increasingly feature in conversations about bodily autonomy, workers rights & migrant rights in the years to come. In this episode, Glenn and Steph are joined by solicitor, feminist and activist Wendy Lyon to help navigate and understand the often steep challenges faced by those in the industry. Wendy talks us through the Swedish/Nordic model which appears to have been championed in Ireland by a combination of groups who do not have the best interests of sex workers at heart and some civil society organisations that may have been well meaning but are misguided by a moral bias; one that believes that it is possible to eradicate the industry altogether. We cover the alternative New Zealand model which is by no means a panacea but appears to be a far more sensible way of legislating. We put the list of anxieties that are often expressed about sex work to Wendy and uncover a need for nua...

46 min2018 OCT 6
Comments
#29 | Legislating for Sex Work with Wendy Lyon

#28 | The Suss with Mental Health

On this week's episode, Steph and Glenn diverge from the normal political rants to bring you a special episode on Mental Health. They’re joined in studio with Grayce Leonard, journalist with First Fortnight - an Irish mental health charity and Gabriel Paschal Blake, mental health advocate and musician from For Foresters and The Murder Capital. In this episode, we don’t profess to have all the answers. We do however share intimate and honest stories about our own battles with maintaining our mental health through the years. We speak about the work being done at home by exemplary activists striving to destigmatise the belief that you are a failure for struggling with your mental health - a belief that is, thankfully being diminished from our collective thought these past few years. Gabriel Paschal Blake speaks of the importance of young Irish men opening up and asking for help in times of need and offers stone clad advice on how to do so while Grayce Leonard shares important facts a...

56 min2018 SEP 23
Comments
#28 | The Suss with Mental Health

#27 | Social Class with Lynn Ruane

Few discussions seem to irk the powers that be more than discourse on social class. The band-aid has somewhat been ripped off in recent weeks with Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy and his colleagues in Fine Gael struggling to shake off the 'posh boy' label that has been put on them. It begs the question of just how adequately politicians can work on behalf of groups of people whose life experiences are completely alien to them. Should it be of more concern to the rest of us if the same small sections of society fill up a majority of Dáil seats? Or can private educated children of doctors and lawyers actually work on behalf of people from disadvantaged backgrounds? Bringing social class to the fore can also challenge the lazy narrative that simply getting up early enough in the morning is all one needs in order to succeed. It doesn't seem to dawn on Varadkar and Co. that if you've been dealt a bad hand in life, hard work alone may not be enough to help you improve matters for your...

45 min2018 SEP 8
Comments
#27 | Social Class with Lynn Ruane

#26 | Take Back The City

This week’s episode of The Suss is honing in on the recent Take Back The City march and subsequent occupation of a site at 35 Summer Hill Parade in Drumcondra, Dublin 1. Organised by an array of housing groups in the city, the occupation aims to shed light on the desperate state of affairs surrounding the housing crisis in Dublin. Until recently, this site and the adjoining sites housed up to 120 people in slum-like conditions, a fact the millionaire landlord chose to ignore until Dublin Fire Brigade intervened. Overnight, the residents were kicked out with nowhere to go - a sorry story that is currently being repeated up and down the country. Glenn and Steph have exclusive footage from the march and interviews with protesters at the site. We hear how Dublin City Council currently have enough land to build 10,000 homes but are planning on giving away half of this public land to developers who will, without doubt inflate prices and exclude local members of the community. And what of...

47 min2018 AUG 11
Comments
#26 | Take Back The City

#25 | Climate Change Is Not Your Fault with Sinéad Mercier

And we're back! Glenn and Steph sit down with Sinéad Mercier, one of the brightest and most exciting young minds in politics. Sinéad is a researcher in Dail Eireann for the Green Party and self-described 'militant optimist'. We promise you an eye-opening conversation about Ireland's appalling environmental policies. We ponder the themes of personal responsibility vs corporations in the climate change debate and try assert which plastic straw was the one that broke the planet's back. While we can all do more to play our part for Mother Earth, will it really be enough if we ban straws and maybe all take a keep-cup to work? Or should more attention be drawn to the damage done by a handful of companies, most notably in the oil industry? And what role does the State play in all of this? We also look at the fallout from David Kitt​'s headline grabbing article about the insanity of the Dublin rental market. What does it mean to have an area that you call home? Is it really as simple as ...

64 min2018 AUG 4
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#25 | Climate Change Is Not Your Fault with Sinéad Mercier
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