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‘Unlocking Ireland’s Housing Crisis’ is the latest episode in our podcast series, which provides an enlightening overview of the historical context of the housing crisis in Ireland. This podcast delves into the potential to integrate policy adopted in Austria, which in the aftermath of the 2008 crisis reacted radically different to Ireland. We explore housing as a whole with two exclusive interviews with experts in housing.

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Podcast: Pursuit Of Happiness

The ‘Pursuit Of HAPpiness’ podcast provides a provoking insight into the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme in Ireland. Do you want to know, what it is like living as a recipient of HAP, the instability, insecurity and uncertainty of the rental market and examining how the scheme is designed more so for the landlords rather than the tenants and the devastating impacts this can have on the people availing of this scheme, who can be exploited at a moments notice.

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What HAPpens Next Ireland?

If the situation arises where financial aid is required to afford somewhere to live, there are schemes put in place to assist. The HAP scheme is there to help, or at least, it’s supposed to be. The HAP scheme is majorly flawed, and is skewing the market for everyone, not only the HAP tenants. The lack of sufficient social housing has thrown a considerable number of social housing candidates into the deep end of the private rental sector. It’s time to talk about that. 

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We need to talk about suicide

Over 700,000 people globally die by suicide every year. Suicide is the 4th leading cause of death among young people. For each death, many others have tried. The majority of deaths by suicide happen in low to middle-income countries. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen in Ireland. Suicide is a public health issue everywhere, especially among men. In Ireland, 437 people died by suicide in 2018. Analysing the gender breakdown in 2018, 75%  were men compared to 25% of women.

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Social Media: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly –
In 2020, worldwide, around 3.6 billion people were using social media. The average screen time is 144 minutes per day, with the exception of Latin America which had a higher average. The most famous platform is Facebook with over 1 billion registered accounts. The number of social media users in the world is expected to rise to 4.41 billion in 2025.

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Bad journalism 101

Sadly, the media coverage/ circus that surrounded the murder of a 15 year-old girl in 2008 illustrates the media shortcomings from an ethical perspective. Her name was Eloa Pimentel. She was kept hostage in her own home for a week by an ex-boyfriend who didn’t accept the end of the relationship. From day one, media outlets rushed their teams of reporters to the girl’s house. They stayed outside her house 24/7 until she was murdered. All was live on national television.

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Hey everybody, let’s just stop treating women like shite

They say Khloe is the ugly Kardashian. They say Jesy Nelson is the ugly Little Mix, not anymore, she left. They say Demi Lovato is fat. They say Britney Spears is crazy. They say Angelina is anorexic because of Brad. They say a lot of things about people who they don’t know. It is time to stop saying things and think about the kind of media we consume. Where do you put your money into? Who do you support?

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Secluded Series

As part of our Secluded Series, this week under the spotlight is the docuseries Rotten. Rotten provides a snapshot of a plethora of global issues and subsequent impacts felt globally by citizens, such as bottled water, wine, chocolate and many more commodities industries…A simple yet incredibly important question posed to the viewer is: whose water is it? This is evidently an underlying theme throughout this episode.

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