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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Podcast: Class A

The ‘Class A’ podcast provides an interesting discussion around drugs in Irish society more specifically around the argument for the decriminalisation/ legalisation of cannabis/ drugs in Ireland, the glamourisation of drugs in Irish TV shows and much more. The ‘Class A’ podcast features an exclusive interview with award-winning crime journalist, Nicola Tallant.

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Podcast: Paddy Tees it up

Paddy Tees It Up podcast is about promoting the health aspect to golf which includes an interview with professional golfer and three time major winner Padraig Harrington. Along with other guests, such as; the Minister for Sport and Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers and Dr. Aoife Ni Sheaghda, Trinity Clinic.

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Why Heavy Rain Is Bad News for Swimmers

Grainne Saunders discovers why sea swimming in Dublin Bay isn’t always good for your health. A nice day for a dip. 19th June 2020 was the first dry day after a few days of intense thunderstorms.  Ireland is in lockdown but Dubliners lucky enough to live within 2kms of the sea can take advantage of our beautiful sandy beaches.  On Dollymount, Portmarnock, and Sandymount beaches, signs have been erected. Perplexed would-be swimmers, on seeing the sign, wonder how heavy rainfall makes the sea dirty. Sea swimmers in Dublin should read further.

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Israel; Friend or Foe

Israel has long been held up as a beacon of democracy and freedom in the Middle East, however, they have a long history of clandestine activities and dealing with tyrants and dictators when it serves their needs.

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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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