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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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Podcast: Torture or Tradition

The newest episode of our Social Series Podcast series is called Torture or Tradition. This podcast episode examines some traditions globally that are regarded by some as events tied closely to their culture, whereas to some people these events such as; bullfighting, which are classed merely as cruel escapism entertainment that essentially involves creating a spectacle around the needless and senseless slaughter of animals.

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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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Harry Potter & The Shaming

Harry Potter fans are in for a treat on New Year’s Eve 2021 when at the stroke of midnight, HBO will air a special programme to celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone”, the first film in the epic franchise. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, who played the iconic wizards, have re-united to make “Harry Potter 20 Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts.” They will be joined by the cream of British acting talent such as Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, and Gary Oldman.
But the woman, whose imagination created the world of magic, muggles, and wizards, will not be there.

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Solutionism Explains: Was Fine Gael Founded by Fascists?

Blueshirt.
It’s a well-worn epithet, liberally applied throughout the Irish social media grapevine to Fine Gael and their supporters. It has seen an increase in use in recent years, with Google Trends noting an uptick in searches for the term “blueshirts” and “Fine Gael blueshirts” since Leo Varadkar, ever the divisive figure, took the party reins from Enda Kenny in 2017.

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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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