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The Birkbeck Department of Politics and its research centre, the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life, hosts a range of talks, lectures, seminars and workshops throughout the year. Our events feature leading academics, public figures and commentators from a range of fields. Listen to them here.
 
Welcome to Andy McGibbons' Politics, Culture and some other shit Podcast. I mostly talk about the politics of Ireland, the northern bit in which I live and beyond. I cover international stories from an anti imperialist stance. I advocate for a New Ireland united and free. I also like to talk a bit about culture, I play in a band called The Bonnevilles and have toured our beautiful planet and in that touring have met and seen many wonderful things which I like to share.
 
A critical but mostly overlooked aspect of both contemporary and historical political violence is the role diaspora communities have played in the planning, organization, financing, and execution of acts of terror. Members of the American Irish, Canadian Sikh, Swiss Tamil and Australian Croat diasporas—to provide just a sample—have all been powerful agents in the terrorist activities perpetrated in the name of their national and religious communities. The Diaspora Politics and Transnational ...
 
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Years of being on the opposite side of difficult Brexit negotiations have unarguably damaged Irish-British relations. But how bad is the damage? To find out, this week's host Pat Leahy talks to former Irish ambassador to the UK Bobby McDonagh and our London editor Denis Staunton. They also discuss the latest developments in the standoff over the No…
 
He's commonly known as the Father of the Dáil. Now entering his fifth decade in the Oireachtas, 76 year old Bernard Durkan has hit the headlines over his campaign for more transparency on the Lotto prize. Sandra Hurley and Micheál Lehane hear that his office has been swamped with messages, as he demands action on an epic roll-over.…
 
Westminster Watch is a podcast in which members of the Department of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London discuss current issues in British politics. In episode 59, Professor Dermot Hodson and Dr Ben Worthy discuss political sleaze and the government’s on-off approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol. For more information about research on po…
 
Once again, too many people are getting sick, and there aren't enough hospital beds. The Government is struggling to come up with a convincing plan to turn the Covid-19 situation around. Jack Horgan-Jones and Jennifer Bray tell Hugh what the thinking is about how to tackle the crisis and how the latest reimposition of restrictions on nightlife and …
 
With Kevin Lunney's torturers convicted, Sinn Féin's Martin Kenny - himself a target of violent intimidation - joins Sandra Hurley and Micheál Lehane to warn that "a fascist mentality" on social media is fueling hostility. We ask if Sinn Féin's acceptance of the Special Criminal Court is driven by conviction, or pure pragmatism.…
 
For days now politicians in Ireland and the EU have been expecting UK Brexit negotiator David Frost to trigger Article 16, pausing the Northern Ireland protocol and creating a fresh crisis for EU-UK relations. But today Lord Frost made more diplomatic noises, saying negotiations had made some progress and still have longer to run. But if the threat…
 
The much anticipated multi-billion-euro Climate Action Plan is published, and while the Taoiseach vows that failure is not an option, halving emissions by the decade's end is a gargantuan task. RTÉ Radio's Philip Boucher-Hayes, just back from COP26, joins host Sandra Hurley and correspondent Paul Cunningham, to put the plan in perspective.…
 
At Sinn Féin’s ardfheis in Dublin last weekend, a motion in support of the non-jury Special Criminal Court was passed, representing a considerable shift in position and removing a significant hurdle to the party’s ambitions to lead the next government. Banners declaring it’s “time for change” adorned the walls of the Helix in Dublin City University…
 
Europe correspondent Naomi O'Leary talks to Hugh about the rising Covid numbers in many EU member states, the rising energy prices that are dominating the news and the row between Brussels and Poland over the rule of law. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
Ed Brophy is a former chief of staff to finance minister Paschal Donohoe and to Labour’s Joan Burton when she was Tánaiste. Recently he stepped away from politics after ten years in the corridors of power. He talks to Hugh and Pat about the crises Ireland faced during his time as a government advisor, the challenges of governing under the watchful …
 
Author and academic Noam Chomksy talks to Hugh about the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the morality of Ireland’s tax regime and whether the human race can avoid the twin catastrophes of global warming and nuclear war. With thanks to the Institute of International and European Affairs for facilitating this interview. See acast.com/privacy for priv…
 
The CIA had a plan to asasinate Assange in the middle of London I bet you didn't anything about it, thats because its been hardly reported. Irish naked sweathouses, sexy, trippy or neither ? and some other s**t https://www.theguardian.com/media/2021/sep/27/senior-cia-officials-trump-discussed-assassinating-julian-assange https://uk.news.yahoo.com/k…
 
Changes to childcare, taxes on fuel and help for remote workers - but what does the Budget mean for you? The opposition criticise it as shameful and lacking in ambition. But Ministers Donohoe and McGrath insist it will help the COVID recovery. Host David Murphy, and colleagues Will Goodbody, Micheál Lehane and Sandra Hurley examine Budget 2022.…
 
Ireland takes the plunge - sacrificing the 12.5% tax rate that has been credited with being the secret of our success. At a cost of €2bn a year, the Government insists it is the right thing to do. Join the RTÉ Politics team, David Murphy, Micheál Lehane, Sandra Hurley and host, Paul Cunningham, to assess the scale of this radical departure.…
 
The Pandora leaks revealed how, why and where the rich hide their money in the same week the richest man thats ever been in parliament Rishi Sunak is taking £20 per week off the poorest. Irish hell caves, the brith of halloween and some other shit. Like share subscribe. https://www.councilestatemedia.uk/2021/10/the-pandora-papers-show-uk-operates.h…
 
The Government’s 10-year National Development Plan announced this week has been greeted with scepticism in some quarters and criticised by the opposition as more of a wish-list than a to-do list. The ambitious plan sets out to meet the needs of a growing population up to 2030. Can its goals be achieved? Hugh talks to The Irish Times political edito…
 
Unionists unite just in time to try and pull us out of the Northern Ireland Protocol in order to give us food and fuel shortages like the rest of the UK to almost everyones disbelief and Irish twitter has been raging this week with the arrival of The Celtics, a right wing bat shit crazy TV series project. Their imagening of Queen Meave and Magda as…
 
Pat Leahy, Jennifer Bray and Jack Horgan-Jones from the Irish Times politics team join Hugh to discuss the major considerations for the government ahead of Budget day on October 12th. They also look at the divisive politics of the public service pandemic bonus and the latest on the Mica redress scheme. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out …
 
Pat Leahy, Jennifer Bray and Jack Horgan-Jones from the Irish Times politics team join Hugh to discuss the major considerations for the government ahead of Budget day on October 12th. They also look at the divisive politics of the public service pandemic bonus and the latest on the Mica redress scheme.…
 
Berlin correspondent Derek Scally joins Hugh for a deep dive into the most interesting German federal election in decades, which takes place on Sunday. How did Angela Merkel's centre-right CDU, now under the leadership of Armin Laschet, blow its lead in the election race? And who are the other leaders and parties in contention? See acast.com/privac…
 
Berlin correspondent Derek Scally joins Hugh for a deep dive into the most interesting German federal election in decades, which takes place on Sunday. How did Angela Merkel's centre-right CDU, now under the leadership of Armin Laschet, blow its lead in the election race? And who are the other leaders and parties in contention?…
 
Jeffrey, Jeffrey... oh dear, its not going well. Seemingly content to let the English Tories use his arse for a spittoon Ulster Unionism appears to be deader than a Monty Python Parrot. Leaderless and more importantly out of time. Plus Queen Meaves advice on Blackberries. #DUP Stupid Tunnel article https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news…
 
After a turbulent summer break for the coalition, the country’s political parties hunkered down for their respective think-in meetings over the last two weeks, before the return of the Dáil. Pat Leahy and Jack Horgan-Jones of The Irish Times political team report back to Hugh on the dominant narratives to emerge from the Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and …
 
After a turbulent summer break for the coalition, the country’s political parties hunkered down for their respective think-in meetings over the last two weeks, before the return of the Dáil. Pat Leahy and Jack Horgan-Jones of The Irish Times political team report back to Hugh on the dominant narratives to emerge from the Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and …
 
As Covid restrictions ease and the economy is accelerating, politicians are returning to the Dail. Political Correspondent Mícheál Lehane joins the podcast from the Fianna Fail "think-in" in Co Cavan. Host Paul Cunningham is also joined Sandra Hurley to discuss the continuing controversy surrounding Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney…
 
This week I ramble and waffle my way through a couple of things. I thought I could talk shit, jesus Malachi O'Doherty takes it to a new level in his latest article. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/columnists/malachi-odoherty/uk-and-ireland-are-so-alike-a-unity-poll-would-be-pointless-40823963.html?utm_source=pocket_mylist Irelands ancien…
 
Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin’s latest book, Defects: Living with the legacy of the Celtic Tiger, tells the stories of some of the thousands of people living in dangerous homes with serious fire safety and structural defects in different parts of Ireland. The book also explains how decades of light touch building regulation and the de…
 
Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin’s latest book, Defects: Living with the legacy of the Celtic Tiger, tells the stories of some of the thousands of people living in dangerous homes with serious fire safety and structural defects in different parts of Ireland. The book also explains how decades of light touch building regulation and the de…
 
Following the PSNI report on policing in Armagh I kick back against the gobs on sticks that are making the orchard county out to be Bandit Country ala 1986 instead of one of the most beautiful counties in Ireland rich in heritage. The reality is they're bemoaning the loss of dominance with no interest in sharing or equality. I spend the day in the …
 
Hugh is joined by Pat Leahy, Jennifer Bray and Cormac McQuinn from the Irish Times politics team to discuss the Government's roadmap for the easing of pandemic restrictions, as revealed by Taoiseach Micheál Martin yesterday. They also look ahead to Minister Daragh O'Brien's much vaunted 'Housing for All' plan, the hurdles the Government is likely t…
 
Hugh is joined by Pat Leahy, Jennifer Bray and Cormac McQuinn from the Irish Times politics team to discuss the Government's roadmap for the easing of pandemic restrictions, as revealed by Taoiseach Micheál Martin yesterday. They also look ahead to Minister Daragh O'Brien's much vaunted 'Housing for All' plan, the hurdles the Government is likely t…
 
The all Ireland Hurling Final between Cork and Limerick. https://www.irishmirror.ie/sport/gaa/hurling/limerick-v-cork-live-throw-24812095?utm_source=pocket_mylist I've started to learn about Taoism and specifically "Flow", I find it fascinating and have been doing it all my adult life in my writing without realising. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v…
 
Patrick Radden Keefe is an American writer and investigative journalist. His new book, Empire of Pain is a detailed history of the Sackler dynasty and their role in the American opioid epidemic. Known for their dedication to cultural philanthropy, the family built their wealth on pharmaceuticals, starting with tranquillisers like Librium and Valium…
 
Patrick Radden Keefe is an American writer and investigative journalist. His new book, Empire of Pain is a detailed history of the Sackler dynasty and their role in the American opioid epidemic. Known for their dedication to cultural philanthropy, the family built their wealth on pharmaceuticals, starting with tranquillisers like Librium and Valium…
 
The only thing there is to talk about for sure, the Afghanistan withdrawal. The gruesome, debacle. How many 1000s dead and for what. I talk a little about the Afghanistan papers and Glib haircuts from 1500's Irish soldiers. https://theintercept.com/2021/08/17/afghanistan-papers-kabul-taliban-craig-whitlock/?utm_source=pocket_mylist Glib haircuts ar…
 
As one of the world's most respected newspaper editors, Lionel Barber spent over a decade at the helm of The Financial Times. His tenure coincided with some of the biggest events to shape the early part of the 21st century including the rise of China, Brexit, the tech boom and the crisis of western liberal democracy. Barber has documented his time …
 
As one of the world's most respected newspaper editors, Lionel Barber spent over a decade at the helm of The Financial Times. His tenure coincided with some of the biggest events to shape the early part of the 21st century including the rise of China, Brexit, the tech boom and the crisis of western liberal democracy. Barber has documented his time …
 
Rewiliding is going to be a part of the future if we're to survive it. The recent climate warning from the Un ahead of COP26 in Glasgow and some other shit. Rewilding Ireland twitter https://twitter.com/RewildingIre Rewilidng article Irish Times https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/rewilding-irish-landscape-would-bring-big-benefits-for-natur…
 
Jack Horgan-Jones and Jennifer Bray join Hugh to assess the damage done by the recent Zappone controversy. Now that the dust has settled, what will it mean for Coveney, Varadkar and the future of the government. The team also discuss the easing of Covid restrictions and the recent UN Climate Change report, which signals a ‘code red’ for humanity. S…
 
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