110. Neutrality, Housing, Bertie, and an Anti-Poverty Strategy for Co. Clare

110. Neutrality, Housing, Bertie, and an Anti-Poverty Strategy for Co. Clare

The Week at Work • 18/09/2022

This week Clare and Conor discuss Irish neutrality, the upcoming Right to Housing Referendum, Bertie Ahern's kite-flying over a presidential bid, and a recently-published Anti-Poverty Strategy for Co. Clare

109. Fullstoppers & Semicolonials: Climate Action and Irish Comprador Capitalism

109. Fullstoppers & Semicolonials: Climate Action and Irish Comprador Capitalism

The Week at Work • 04/09/2022

Special edition with Sinéad Mercier and Conor McCabe where they discuss the dynamics of the Irish comprador/Middleman sector, its deep roots in the institutions of the state, and how that plays out in terms of climate action. They discuss agriculture, housing, energy, and mining, and reflect on ideas for a genuine decolonial Irish climate action energy strategy.

108. Token windfall tax, how to ease cost of living & public sector pay talks

108. Token windfall tax, how to ease cost of living & public sector pay talks

The Week at Work • 28/08/2022

This week Dave and Michelle discuss:

  • Energy crisis “for industry”
  • Token windfall tax for super profits
  • Robert Troy: Election candidates disclose interests ahead of elections
  • Will we see a SIPO with bite?
  • How to ease the cost of living: wash little, eat tinned fish and lay off the drink
  • Company shares for workers
  • Tony Holohan report
  • Public sector pay talks
  • The Pope & warmongering
  • Access to Ministers helped develop housing crisis
  • Billionaire Shannon gas project backer secured meeting with Varadkar after Ryan declined
  • SSE Airtricity hikes prices after record profits
  • Revenue will not give detail on 20 tax settlements totalling more than €1 billion

And much more…

107. Battles of Troy, Crashing Data Centres & Housing Chaos

107. Battles of Troy, Crashing Data Centres & Housing Chaos

The Week at Work • 20/08/2022

This week Dave and Michelle discuss:

  • Minister for regulation not sure of regulations – Robert Troy
  • Renters charged €45 for applications
  • Students spending 60% of wages on rent
  • “Headbutted, hit and abused – hospital staff subjected to hundreds of assaults at work”
  • Pressure on An Bord Pleanála
  • Students and teachers under pressure
  • Millions to be saved if state bought buildings
  • Hate related incidents
  • Great resignation - because of state underfunding and understaff
  • Palestinian rights groups targeted
  • Kingspan profits off passing costs to customers
  • Irish Water profits up – and staff earning €100k+ also up
  • 69% of nationalists agree with Michelle O’Neill’s claim there was no alternative to the IRA campaign
  • 82% of unionists say DUP right to stay away from Stormont
  • Green Party’s Leddin criticises ‘ridiculous’ TII report into lowering speed limits
  • Customers face hiked electricity prices during evenings to avoid blackouts
  • Laptops can be crashed by Janet Jackson song, says Microsoft

And much more…

106. Public Sector Pay, Gaza Attacks & Chorizo Stars

106. Public Sector Pay, Gaza Attacks & Chorizo Stars

The Week at Work • 07/08/2022

This week Dave and Michelle are joined by Des Fagan, Union official with Forsa, to discuss:

  • Fresh public sector pay talks
  • Amazon says Unions are not the best answer for its Irish employees
  • Dublin Bus workers to vote on five year pay and change deal
  • “Tweeps” who work for Twitter & collective employee names
  • Businesses paying half PRSI EU average
  • Datacentres cause of blackouts
  • RTB fining landlords… then paying them back
  • Missing target to end direct provision
  • Sabina Higgins call for peace
  • Amnesty accuse Ukraine of war crimes
  • Security staff pay
  • Ires REIT milking the state
  • Profits at builder providers close to €31m – in a housing crisis
  • One in six worth over €20m now a tax exile
  • Israel launches week of Gaza ‘operations’, which is code for massacres

And much more…

105. Water Referendum, Farming Carbon Targets & AIB Sell Off

105. Water Referendum, Farming Carbon Targets & AIB Sell Off

The Week at Work • 24/07/2022

This week Dave and Michelle discuss:

  • Farming carbon targets & climate collapse
  • Irish Water and the water referendum
  • Housing referendum
  • Electric car subsidies
  • Disability health services
  • Five new pension rates linked to age you retire
  • AIB, free market banking and rural Ireland
  • Workers priced out of the housing market
  • Dunnes workers lodge life changing pay claim
  • Big tobacco lobby and vapes
  • Vicky Conway RIP

And much more…

104. Climate Catastrophe, Pension Timebomb & Traveller’s Rights

104. Climate Catastrophe, Pension Timebomb & Traveller’s Rights

The Week at Work • 17/07/2022

This week Dave, Michelle and Clare discuss: Climate breakdown Rent Pressure Zones & Housing Lobbying & the media Pensions timebomb options Travellers rights Cost of Living Crisis Forsa balloting for action And much more…

103. Artist Spaces and Property Developers in Dublin

103. Artist Spaces and Property Developers in Dublin

The Week at Work • 10/07/2022

A walk through Dublin's northside, looking at the dynamic between property developers, Dublin City Council, and artist-led studios. We stop at sites related to Pallas Studios, the City Arts Centre, the Ormond Multi-Media Centre, the Complex, and Block T. We also discuss Richmond Road Studios. 

102: Ireland Thinks Poll, Housing, Cost of Living, Rove v Wade

102: Ireland Thinks Poll, Housing, Cost of Living, Rove v Wade

The Week at Work • 03/07/2022

This week Michelle, Clare and Conor discuss:

Cost of Living Crisis

Housing

Roe v Wade Implications & Anti-Choice Rally

How are Parties Polling

And much more...


101. Mick Lynch, Roe v Wade & Housing Vacancies

101. Mick Lynch, Roe v Wade & Housing Vacancies

The Week at Work • 26/06/2022

101. Mick Lynch, Roe v Wade & Housing Vacancies

• This week Dave, Conor and Clare discuss:

• CSO data – including housing vacancies

• Roe v Wade Supreme Court Judgement

• Mick Lynch, the RMT & Trade Unionism

• Details of Left Bloc’s first Summer School

And much more…



100. Cost of Living Crisis, Public Sector Pay Talks & Varadkar/Doherty Spat

100. Cost of Living Crisis, Public Sector Pay Talks & Varadkar/Doherty Spat

The Week at Work • 19/06/2022

This week Dave and Clare discuss: The cost of living crisis Public sector pay talks break down Leo Varadkar’s petty attacks and their implications Media presentation of Trans community Climate change forces Everest Base Camp move Employers win the majority of unfair dismissal job cases Energy poverty at highest recorded rate Adult Safeguarding legislation we 2 A&E wait times up to 21 hours And much more…

99. Launch of Fair Employment Act by TULF

99. Launch of Fair Employment Act by TULF

The Week at Work • 05/06/2022

In this special episode Therese Moloney of Unite chairs the launch of the Fair Employment Act by the Trade Union Left Forum with contributions from Michelle Byrne, Jimmy Doran and Dave Gibney. The Launch took place on Thursday, 2nd June in Unite the Union’s office and a full video of the event is available here: https://fb.watch/doWOuHjE-m/

98. Northern Ireland election fallout, staff shortages & National Maternity Hospital

98. Northern Ireland election fallout, staff shortages & National Maternity Hospital

The Week at Work • 14/05/2022

This week Dave and Michelle are joined by Stiofan O’Nuallain to discuss:

  • The Northern Ireland election fallout
  • Green Party to support National Maternity Hospital
  • Cost of living crisis
  • Staff shortages in hospitality & pharmacies
  • Mum dies during medical procedure in Turkey
  • The bravery of Kelly Kemmy
  • Israeli forces attack mourners carrying coffin of Palestinian journalist
  • NATO expansion into Finland & Sweden
  • Irish language used in Stormont for the first time

And much more…

97. Attacks on gay community, tackling cost of living & celebrating Russian deaths

97. Attacks on gay community, tackling cost of living & celebrating Russian deaths

The Week at Work • 16/04/2022

This week Dave and Michelle discuss:

  • Vigils for Aidan Moffitt and Michael Snee
  • People want more action taken to tackle rise in cost of living
  • Northern Ireland elections
  • SDLP candidate assaulted
  • Wild seal in rehab after being fed by beachgoes
  • Junior Doctor hit-piece
  • Gaza attacks framed as “clashes”
  • Celebrating Russian deaths
  • UN estimates close to 1m refugees have returned to Ukraine
  • Hotels looking for more money to house refugees
  • Holohan’s truly extraordinary €20m secondment
  • Clare Daly & Mick Wallace more popular on Chinese news than Conor McGregor
  • Amazon profits triple in Ireland
  • The political centre cannot hold – we need a new consensus

And much more…

96. Holohan Hooley, DAA fire & Rehire & Housing Crisis

96. Holohan Hooley, DAA fire & Rehire & Housing Crisis

The Week at Work • 10/04/2022

This week Dave and Michelle discuss:

  • O’Devaney sell off
  • Homes for people fleeing Ukraine
  • Holohan hooley
  • DAA fire and rehire
  • Clapgate
  • Elon musk and twitter
  • Kingspan
  • Top civil servant hiring process
  • Sinn Fein poll on IRA support
  • Private health insurance profits

And much more…

95. 800 Workers Sacked, Neutrality Poling & New Labour Leader

95. 800 Workers Sacked, Neutrality Poling & New Labour Leader

The Week at Work • 27/03/2022

This week Michelle is joined by Glenn Fitzpatrick & Stiofán Ó Nualláin to discuss:

  • Construction lobby, 
  • Neutrality polling,
  • UVF hijack,
  • 800 workers sacked,
  • New Labour leader & ‘International view’ on Ukraine
94. Ukraine, Sanctions & Being Worth $99m a Year

94. Ukraine, Sanctions & Being Worth $99m a Year

The Week at Work • 13/03/2022

This week Dave and Michelle discuss:

  • Ukraine could trigger recession
  • Western hypocrisy on sanctions
  • Ireland’s neutrality under threat
  • Ireland can afford to take in Ukrainian refugees
  • Tim Cook is worth $99m – or so we’re told
  • Future of Labour depends on the party offering a real alternative to populism
  • Joan Burton & Frances Fitzgerald discuss politics
  • Father of two killed when tree fell on his car ‘had not wanted to go to work’ during Storm Ophelia red weather alert

And much more…

93. Ukraine invasion, FG hammered in polls & Inflation pressures

93. Ukraine invasion, FG hammered in polls & Inflation pressures

The Week at Work • 27/02/2022

This week Dave and Michelle discuss:

  • The invasion of Ukraine by Russia
  • Sanctions on Russia
  • Far right & hard left make strange bedfellows in their support of Putin
  • Fine Gael drop to lowest support level since 2005
  • Poll shows lack of support for pension rescue strategy (or does it?)
  • New homes supply has ‘gone into reverse’, property lobbyists claim
  • Working from home – improvements to new Bill required

& much more

92. Healthcare, Housing, Poverty Index, Stardust

92. Healthcare, Housing, Poverty Index, Stardust

The Week at Work • 20/02/2022

This week, Michelle, Clare, and Conor discussed:

Misogyny in healthcare

Hyperemesis

Health Committee

Environmental emissions targets

Gov. threatens civil society

Housing planning laws

Stardust

Poverty index report

Employment statistics






91. Leaked HSE audio, abolition of hospital charges & how to blow up a pipeline

91. Leaked HSE audio, abolition of hospital charges & how to blow up a pipeline

The Week at Work • 13/02/2022

This week Michelle and Conor discussed

- Leaked HSE audio & insight to push back from Dept officials 

- Rejection of abolishing hospital charges & the mini budget 

- How to blow up a pipeline

- Rents out of welfare payments 

- linking welfare & pensions to cost of living

- Go ahead for religious detox centre with no medical oversight

- recommendations for pay increases

- climate action sabotage

- Afghan funds

- Ukraine & Russia fears and the push for military industrial complex in Ireland in new Defence force report.  

- Valentine’s fraud

90. State funding of Vultures, Employers must cough up and the retirement age debate

90. State funding of Vultures, Employers must cough up and the retirement age debate

The Week at Work • 06/02/2022

This week Dave and Conor are joined by Left Bloc & Unite member Glen Fitzpatrick to discuss:

  • Ires Reit profiting from state rent subsidies
  • Extra measures to tackle cost of living must be once-off, warns McGrath
  • Israel is an apartheid state
  • Russia v USA narrative
  • Hospitality groups lobby for overseas recruitment campaign to bring back skilled workers
  • Varadkar may ban use of service charge to top up wages of waiting staff in hospitality sector
  • Pensions age debate – ignore workers, listen to economists?
  • The DUP and the Stormont crisis – a new first Minister on the way
  • Bloody Sunday Anniversary
  • “Employers must cough up”: pressure rises for wage hikes

And much more…

89. Gender based violence, wealth taxes and Bloody Sunday

89. Gender based violence, wealth taxes and Bloody Sunday

The Week at Work • 23/01/2022

This week Dave and Conor discuss:

  • Gender based violence coverage
  • Closure of only women’s refuge in north
  • Bloody Sunday – 50th anniversary next week
  • Inflation as class war
  • Dunnes Stores worker explains how they *won* 10% pay increase
  • Killian Woods on what is an affordable home, and who benefits from the definition
  • Ryan intervenes (or does he) on ‘senseless' Shannon LNG plan
  • How to prevent a wealth tax - by the Irish Tax Institute

And much more…

88. The Trade Union Freedom Bill

88. The Trade Union Freedom Bill

The Week at Work • 19/01/2022

On this special episode, we talk to Gerry Carroll, MLA for West Belfast about his proposed Trade Union Freedom Bill which has the capacity to radically reform worker's rights in Northern Ireland.

87. Aisling Murphy murder, justifying austerity & inflation proofed pay increases

87. Aisling Murphy murder, justifying austerity & inflation proofed pay increases

The Week at Work • 16/01/2022

This week Dave, Michelle and Conor discuss:

  • The murder of Aisling Murphy and what needs to be done
  • Pat Rabbitte justifying austerity
  • Facebook moderators bring legal actions to High Court
  • Public sector workers to demand “inflation-busting pay increases”
  • Minimum unit pricing
  • New flexible working
  • Psychiatric  Nurses not getting leave for work related PTSD,
  • Vacant council homes
  • Anti-vax alpha male group established

And much more…

86. NAMA Legacy, Absence Rates & Sinn Fein Top Opinion Poll

86. NAMA Legacy, Absence Rates & Sinn Fein Top Opinion Poll

The Week at Work • 09/01/2022

This week Dave, Michelle and Conor discuss:

  • Taxpayers lose as insurers keep millions in state funds cut from Covid pay-outs
  • Revenue claws back wage-subsidy from parents who used it to pay childminders during lockdown
  • Absence rates predicted to rise to 30% as businesses urge new close-contact rules
  • Sinn Fein continue to top polls
  • Eirgrid doubles down on new data centres for Dublin
  • Developers get go-ahead not to include creches in apartment schemes
  • Health workers haven’t been given a “red cent”
  • “Novak is the Spartacus of the new world who wont tolerate injustice, colonialism and hypocrisy
  • NAMA profits and the legacy of the bailout
  • TikTok solicitor advice should be “join a union”

And much more…

85. Water charges are back, Covid worker protections & Pat Kenny dog walking

85. Water charges are back, Covid worker protections & Pat Kenny dog walking

The Week at Work • 19/12/2021

This week Dave and Conor discuss:

  • New Covid predictions
  • Lack of protections for workers
  • National Broadband Ireland contract
  • Pat Kenny walking his dog and the anti-vax chat
  • Housing policy and neoliberalism
  • Water charges are back, baby
  • Absence of water charges effectively adding €6k to homes?
  • Archaeology company sues Supermac’s over plaza survey
  • Cryptocurrency ad campaign & the Ponzi scheme that it is
  • Pandemic profits: claiming state supports and paying dividends to shareholders

And much more…

84. Mise Fosta (#MeToo), NPHET gagging & SIPTU staff concerns

84. Mise Fosta (#MeToo), NPHET gagging & SIPTU staff concerns

The Week at Work • 05/12/2021

This week Michelle is joined by Anna Ní Nualláin from the Nuall na nÓg podcast and activist with Mise Fosta (#MeToo) & Glenn Fitzpatrick, Left Bloc supporter and Unite the Union member.

83. United Ireland Poll, Data Centre Expansion & New Covid Mutation

83. United Ireland Poll, Data Centre Expansion & New Covid Mutation

The Week at Work • 28/11/2021

This week Dave and Michelle discuss:

🟡 United Ireland poll

🟡 Property and rent increases

🟡 Data centres pretending to solve energy crisis

🟡 New Covid-19 mutation

🟡 Big tech advocating for higher electricity prices and more infrastructure

🟡 Assistance with heating bills?

🟡 Hotel workers living in hotels

🟡 Greens in Government

🟡 Huge profits for privatising government failings in IVF, registering births and outsourcing speed vans

🟡 Children’s hospitals depending on charity

🟡 Anti-vax zealot may face charges after death of Covid-19 patient

🟡 Long-Covid patients ‘gaslighted’

And much more…

82. Housing Narratives, Covid-19 Failures & Mother & Baby Homes Redress Scheme

82. Housing Narratives, Covid-19 Failures & Mother & Baby Homes Redress Scheme

The Week at Work • 21/11/2021

This week Dave and Michelle are joined by Emily Duffy from Parable Communications to discuss:

  • Monday’s Oscar Traynor Road vote
  • Media censorship of DCC & Housing
  • Burke asked Dept of Housing to find flaws in ESRI report
  • Data Centres saving the bees
  • Covid-19 disconnect between govt, NPHET & workers
  • Banks criticised for ‘refusing to finance cargo container homes’
  • Mother & Baby redress scheme and voluntarism of church pay-out
  • Govt. may support Lynn Ruane’s Bill to compel firms to reveal emissions
  • Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty verdict
  • “Foreign investors are neither vultures nor cuckoos, and should be welcomed”

And much more…

81. Sean Fitzpatrick, John Pat Cunningham & High Speed Middlemen

81. Sean Fitzpatrick, John Pat Cunningham & High Speed Middlemen

The Week at Work • 14/11/2021

This week Dave and Conor discuss:

  • The legacy of Sean Fitzpatrick
  • John Pat Cunningham and full military honours for his alleged murderer
  • Taxpayers foot broadband bill for homes already on high-speed Eir
  • Car users face new tolls, parking fee hikes and reduced road space
  • Covid numbers spike while govt plans subsidised antigen tests
  • Academics warn of 12,000-plus cases a day
  • Non-essential services cancelled in hospital
  • Flutter (Paddy Power) to self-regulate – after refusing workers lunch breaks
  • PUP cost drops further as more staff return to work
  • COP26 is a COP OUT
  • Labour Party keeps coalition options open with Sinn Fein

And more…

80. Varadkar/Cosgrave, Climate Action & Anglo Irish

80. Varadkar/Cosgrave, Climate Action & Anglo Irish

The Week at Work • 07/11/2021

This week Michelle and Conor discuss: Leo Varadkar and Paddy Cosgrave The Climate Action Plan Electric Cars, Retrofitting and Low Wages Rents and Housing Fintan Drury and Anglo Irish Bank

79. Sinn Fein Ard Fheis, Dept officials who always get it wrong & COP26

79. Sinn Fein Ard Fheis, Dept officials who always get it wrong & COP26

The Week at Work • 31/10/2021

This week Dave and Conor discuss more fallout from the special Budget episode, along with: 🟡 Labour Party responds to TWAW Budget special 🟡 Digicel IPO back in play as Denis O’Brien to slash debt by ¢1.4bn 🟡 ESRI report on social housing slammed as ‘detached from reality’ by Finance officials (the same ones behind the banking crisis and austerity) 🟡 Crying with laughter over a mother’s death: soldiers joked about murder on Facebook 🟡 Arlene Foster and her support for Eoghan Harris 🟡 COP26: Hopes grow of deal to save rainforests 🟡 Agriculture, climate, cattle farming and Irish capitalism 🟡 Amazon moves to increase size of new north Dublin data centre 🟡 Sinn Fein policy shift on non-jury courts  🟡 Climate plan to slash car travel by 25% 🟡 ICTU BDC in Belfast and the Industrial Relations Act 1990 And much more...

78. Sinn Fein Budget II, Illegal Evictions & the National Herd

78. Sinn Fein Budget II, Illegal Evictions & the National Herd

The Week at Work • 24/10/2021

This week Michelle and Conor respond to criticism of our special Budget analysis, along with discussions on:

  • Shannon LNG
  • School struggle for teachers
  • TD security & protest restrictions
  • Illegal eviction
  • National herd
  • Nightclub regs
  • Green Party council on data centres
  • Cat rent, land flipping and Oscar Traynor road
  • Auctioneering
  • TikTok priest
77. What’s the alternative?

77. What’s the alternative?

The Week at Work • 20/10/2021

In this special episode, Dave Gibney and Conor McCabe discuss the alternative Budgets produced by Sinn Fein, Social Democrats, Labour Party and People Before Profit.

From domestic violence to public transport, and from the nationalisation of private healthcare to tax, spend and borrow, we explore the offers from each of the opposition parties.

76. Garda corruption, Hotels v Culture & Comrade Sally Rooney

76. Garda corruption, Hotels v Culture & Comrade Sally Rooney

The Week at Work • 16/10/2021

This week we discuss:

  • Sally Rooney & Palestine
  • Gardaí corruption
  • Hotels v Culture: Cobblestone & Merchants Arch
  • Cooking up sustainable solutions with Landrover
  • Uncertain reopening next week
  • Call to continue remote working
  • Blaming young people for upcoming energy crisis
  • Dara Quigley apology
  • Blaming PUP for not attracting workers
  • Dunnes Stores petition

And much more…

75. Pre-Budget, Corporation Tax Changes & Climate Surveys

75. Pre-Budget, Corporation Tax Changes & Climate Surveys

The Week at Work • 09/10/2021

This week we're joined by Ciaran Nugent from the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI) to discuss Budget 2022, corporation tax changes and inequality, among other issues.

74. Affordable Housing, Corporation Tax & Paying for Data Centres

74. Affordable Housing, Corporation Tax & Paying for Data Centres

The Week at Work • 27/09/2021

This week we’re joined by Lorna Bogue & Michael Rafferty from An Rabharta Glas – Green Left to discuss: Alternative Housing Plans Repair and lease scheme’s failure to deliver homes, except Waterford Corporation Tax Plans Data Centres & Energy Price Rises 20th anniversary of Martin O’Hagan’s Murder Government rewards for frontline workers And much more…

73. Presidents & Partitions, Pensions & PRSI & Bad Bosses

73. Presidents & Partitions, Pensions & PRSI & Bad Bosses

The Week at Work • 18/09/2021

This week Michelle and Conor discuss:

  • Michael D. Higgins & partition celebrations
  • Bruton, Briton and class war
  • Return to office
  • Crisis in care
  • Pensions
  • Worker wins sexual harassment case
  • Glenveagh Properties fanboy piece
  • Enterprise Ireland to Cairn Homes trajectory
  • Land Rover and Brian O’Driscoll solve the climate crisis

And much more…

72. Varadkar’s Populism, Slaintecare Resistance & Sinn Fein Tops Polls

72. Varadkar’s Populism, Slaintecare Resistance & Sinn Fein Tops Polls

The Week at Work • 12/09/2021

This week Dave and Conor discuss the weeks news and the weekend newspapers with stories ranging from Leo Varadkars “populism” in seeking tax cuts and pensions increases, to Sinn Fein topping the Red C and B&A polls.

71. Housing For All, Piglet Gate & Harney’s Healthcare

71. Housing For All, Piglet Gate & Harney’s Healthcare

The Week at Work • 05/09/2021

This week we discuss:

  • Housing for All
  • Property prices set to soar (again)
  • Wage suppression of construction workers
  • Ministers use app to wipe texts 
  • Piglet gate
  • Mother and baby homes crimes 
  • Bias in Northern Irish media re: United Ireland?
  • 4,500 LC blocked from college annually?
  • EU Army 
  • Glorifying Irish army rangers who carry logs in Afghanistan
  • State may sell off more of its AIB shares
  • Trucks avoiding tolls by passing through Abbeyleix
  • Declan Ganley shelves plan for respirator as he waits for worse pandemic
  • Mary Harney has a vision for our healthcare system
  • USA (Pot) lectures China (Kettle) on climate change

And much more…

70. Spock Lightyear, Unite’s New Gen Sec & Cocaine is ‘Everywhere’

70. Spock Lightyear, Unite’s New Gen Sec & Cocaine is ‘Everywhere’

The Week at Work • 28/08/2021

This week we’re joined by Stiofán Ó Nualláin from Trademark Belfast to discuss:

  • Sharon Graham elected Gen Sec of Unite
  • Four weeks to Covid guidelines lifted
  • High level of Covid sees Ireland classified as ‘dark red’
  • Cocaine is ‘everywhere’ and also ‘not everywhere’
  • Swimming Cows
  • Ireland welcomes Afghan refugees
  • Homes up for raffle to fund schools
  • Social housing to be commodified?
  • Gaeltacht homes on hold
  • Pedestrianisation extended
  • Charity chairman steps down
  • Luas and tolls losses supplemented by state
  • RTE staff salaries

And much more…

69. Arts Council Ads, Insurance Cartels & Privatised Healthcare

69. Arts Council Ads, Insurance Cartels & Privatised Healthcare

The Week at Work • 21/08/2021

This week we discuss:

  • COVID cases and the GAA
  • Arts Council ads invoke systemic racism comparisons
  • Brokers aid insurance hikes
  • Galway horror crash
  • 900,000 on hospital waiting lists
  • Pensioners travel north for eye operations
  • Covid inspections of hospitality sector
  • First recorded rainfall on Greenland’s ice sheet
  • Industrial action on the cards in DAA
  • Bus Drivers reject proposals
  • Owen Keegan and removal of homeless tents
  • Woman “having affair” with chimp banned from visiting him
  • Afghanistan, the US and Saudi Arabia
  • Bolsonaro fanning the flames on Amazon destruction

And much more…

68. Climate breakdown, Energy Shortages & IDA gifts to millionaires

68. Climate breakdown, Energy Shortages & IDA gifts to millionaires

The Week at Work • 15/08/2021

This week we’re joined by John Barry, Professor of Green Political Economy, Queens University, to discuss:

  • Climate breakdown & the IPCC report
  • Seaweed solutions, electric cars, robot trees and the free Luas
  • €500m state gift to housing developers
  • Dublin bus workers reject erosion of working conditions
  • Enterprise Ireland & the IDA – gifts to millionaires
  • Individual carbon footprint lie
  • Irish Water & housing
  • The Taliban, a US intervention
  • 23 years after Omagh bombing

And much more…

EP 67 - Workers Party, Union Recognition, Leaks, Zappone, Vilified Teachers . Socdems & More!

EP 67 - Workers Party, Union Recognition, Leaks, Zappone, Vilified Teachers . Socdems & More!

The Week at Work • 01/08/2021

This week we're joined by Claire O'Connor, The Workers' Party rep for Dublin-Central and Conor McCabe, writer and researcher to discuss;

The Workers Party

Union recognition and collective bargaining

Hospitality - underpaid and undervalued

Vilified teachers

Soc Dems heave

Zappone drama & cabinet leaks

Homelessness on the rise again

Review bombing

Bolsoaro conspiracies

Cycleways blocked

Rebecca Vardy and axe-throwing...

66. Covid Reopening - Water - Socdems - Soup Runs - Climate Change

66. Covid Reopening - Water - Socdems - Soup Runs - Climate Change

The Week at Work • 25/07/2021

.This week on The Week at Work we discussed - Soc Dems Heave - Water shortages - Climate change & Madagascar famine - Covid reopening - Soup runs - Airport outsourcing - Insurance price walking - Gov EU Mercosur impact report - Omagh bombing -vaccinating children for herd immunity & much more!

65. Covid’s 4th wave, JobBridge II & Cuban protests

65. Covid’s 4th wave, JobBridge II & Cuban protests

The Week at Work • 17/07/2021

65. Covid’s 4th wave, JobBridge II & Cuban protests

This week we’re joined by Paul Murphy, People Before Profit TD for Dublin South West, to discuss:

  • Possible 1,800 further deaths ahead as Covid surge continues
  • Long Covid poses huge threat to young
  • CETA case begins
  • Abusive Kerry Judge
  • Wage theft and the trainee solicitor “awarded” €22,000
  • Anti-sematic group targets campaigner
  • Housing at Dublin Port
  • Water shortages: the real culprits
  • Cuban protests and the blockade
  • Bar workers are not specialised staff, supposedly
  • Soldier F & the British Governments amnesty for crimes during the Troubles
  • Children’s hospital hit by arson attacks

And much more…

64. Boynefires, By-Election Result & Privatisation of Everything

64. Boynefires, By-Election Result & Privatisation of Everything

The Week at Work • 11/07/2021

This week we’re joined by Stevie Nolan (Trademark Belfast) & Glenn Fitzpatrick (Left Bloc member and Unite activist) to discuss:

  • Bonfires on the 12th July - a brief background
  • UDA “armed to protect bonfires”
  • Hyperbole on indoor pub reopening’s: both sides?
  • Fianna Fail point finger of blame after worst ever election
  • Ivana – The Queen of Dublin Bay?
  • €1bn spent for 0.7% increase in forests
  • Second opinion finds evidence of mother and baby homes abuse
  • Pedal for Progress event in memory of Mel Corry
  • Private operator of Irish lottery retains €17m of unclaimed prizes
  • Space race for billionaires
  • Will it be Home Rule or Rome Rule with Euro 2020?

And much more…

63. Homeless Children, Vaccines, Failed Housing Policies & Bloody Sunday Families denied Justuce

63. Homeless Children, Vaccines, Failed Housing Policies & Bloody Sunday Families denied Justuce

The Week at Work • 04/07/2021

This week Brian McLoughlin, Head of comms & fundraising for Inner City Helping Homeless joins us to discuss the Rush for vaccines, Justice for Bloody Sunday victims denied , Homeless children, the Shared equity scheme Long term leasing Children w/ additional needs being locked out of education, State ownership of NMH hospital land, corporate tax rate, Sexual harassment & young political leaders, the Inquiry into nursing home deaths and more!

62. Loyalism, delayed reopening of businesses & the media

62. Loyalism, delayed reopening of businesses & the media

The Week at Work • 27/06/2021

This week we’re joined by Dr. Stephen Baker, Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Ulster to discuss:

🟡 Government may push back indoor dining by two weeks

🟡 Martin and Varadkar differ on reopening – wonder who is leaking those disagreements?

🟡 Loyalists to protest in Dublin

🟡 Media portrayals of Unionists

🟡 Housing to reach record prices

🟡 22,000 cancelled 999 calls

🟡 George Floyd murderer gets 22 years

🟡 Izzy Kamikaze attacker pleads guilty

🟡 Sinn Fein oppose the building of 6,000 homes… or have they?

🟡 Apple revives plan for €850m data centre in Athenry

🟡 Public don’t want tax cuts at expense of good public services

🟡 National Maternity Hospital and trust of the Church

🟡 Stardust inquest to proceed

And much more…

61. DBS by-election, fake polling & mother & baby homes

61. DBS by-election, fake polling & mother & baby homes

The Week at Work • 12/06/2021

This week we’re joined by Senator Lynn Boylan, Sinn Fein candidate for the Dublin Bay South by-election to discuss:

  • Fake polling
  • Tax rates discourage mobile workers?
  • We need a “liveable city” says man who has made Dublin difficult to live in
  • Mother & baby homes independent review
  • Data centres
  • Vaccination centre closed for horse racing event as Delta variant spreads
  • Civil Legal Aid and HAP
  • FG whitewashing on housing
  • PUP, low paid work and student workers

And much more…

60. Gardai baton charges, G7 tax plans & DBS by-election

60. Gardai baton charges, G7 tax plans & DBS by-election

The Week at Work • 06/06/2021

This week we are joined by Brigid Purcell, People Before Profit candidate for Dublin Bay South & Conor McCabe, researcher and author to discuss:

  • Gardai baton charging
  • New G7 corporation tax plans
  • Irish Sea bridge
  • Abortion services in north
  • Covid laws used to avoid planning
  • Developers profiting off death
  • Refunds for acquisition of lands... lining up LDA taking over control?
  • Eoghan Murphy resigning is a reward for the left
  • New collective bargaining EU Directive
  • Broadband company fails to meet targets
  • Vacant property tax achieves 1% or target

And much more…

59. Vulture landlords, energy shortages & JobBridge II

59. Vulture landlords, energy shortages & JobBridge II

The Week at Work • 30/05/2021

This week we are joined by Brian Leeson from Éirígí to discuss:

  • Tracking vulture landlords in Ireland (view here: https://eirigi.org/trackthevultures)
  • Funds reaped profits of €3bn in first three years
  • EU proposes end to tax exemption for jet fuel
  • Supreme Court ruling could have ‘chilling effect’ on WRC
  • Collective bargaining referendum a possibility
  • Waitress loses union membership dismissal action against Ivy – despite membership being a factor
  • Lobbyists attempt to change mortgage rules
  • Universal public housing
  • Who owns the wind?
  • Warning of blackouts as electricity alerts rise
  • Land development agency and removing council powers
  • Cash for developers, restaurants but not for workers
  • 4th wave?
  • Supports for artists
  • Dublin Bay South by-election
  • JobBridge rebrand

And much more…

58. Exploring inequality with Dr. Conor McCabe

58. Exploring inequality with Dr. Conor McCabe

The Week at Work • 25/05/2021

In this special episode we are joined by Dr. Conor McCabe to discuss inequality in Ireland and the Unite report, "Hungry Bellies: Exploring inequality and deprivation in Ireland."

57. Palestine, Housing & nationalising Aer Lingus

57. Palestine, Housing & nationalising Aer Lingus

The Week at Work • 23/05/2021

This week we are joined by Richard Boyd Barrett, TD for Dun Laoghaire and People Before Profit to discuss:

  • Palestine and ethnic cleansing
  • State investment in Cuckoo funds
  • HSE hackers looking for Bitcoin
  • Council to rent housing estate for more that cost to buy
  • Ireland’s Best Employers
  • Renationalise Aer Lingus call from Matt Cooper
  • Mica protests in Donegal & Mayo
  • 40 homeless deaths so far this year
  • DBS bye-election
  • Debenhams

And much more…

56. Palestine, Ballymurphy & homeless TDs

56. Palestine, Ballymurphy & homeless TDs

The Week at Work • 15/05/2021

This week we discuss:

🟡 #PalestineUnderAttack

🟡 Ballymurphy massacre & amnesties

🟡 Health system held at ransom

🟡 Suitcases of cash wheeled out for Bóther CEO

🟡 Gardaí perverting course of justice

🟡 Portobello plaza and access to public space

🟡 Communicorp new owner Nazi links

🟡 Sorry sod turning and cuckoo funds

🟡 Edwin Poots is new DUP leader

🟡 Employer hotline for ratting out workers

🟡 COVID vaccinations reduce deaths

🟡 Debenhams & Gardai

55. Eoghan Harris, maternity restrictions & PUP cuts

55. Eoghan Harris, maternity restrictions & PUP cuts

The Week at Work • 08/05/2021

This week we’re joined by Réada Cronin, Sinn Fein TD for Kildare North, to discuss:

  • Eoghan Harris, abuse of women online
  • Maternity restrictions “barbaric & traumatic”
  • Retailers can’t get workers, apparently
  • Housing, vultures, REITS, Maynooth
  • Children adopted abroad
  • Human trafficking
  • Taoiseach opposes waiving COVID-19 vaccine patents
  • Perinatal deaths in African Irish community
  • Death of homeless man, homeless figures to date this year 11
  • By-election, Kate O’Connell
  • Stardust delays and high court threat
  • British soldiers amnesty, Stormont House agreement, Ballymurphy inquest report
  • British elections
54. International Workers Day, United Ireland poll & the Great Reopening

54. International Workers Day, United Ireland poll & the Great Reopening

The Week at Work • 01/05/2021

This week we’re joined by Conor McCabe (author and researcher) and Aaron Nolan (Communist Party and organiser of the James Connolly Festival) to discuss:

  • The history of International Workers Day
  • Trade Unions and hope
  • WRC not working for workers
  • 1990 industrial relations act
  • The James Connolly Festival
  • The Great Reopening - but maternity restrictions promises a ruse
  • Majority want united Ireland, but won’t pay for it
  • Unionist Ministers in a United Ireland
  • Sinn Fein and data – their cookies are out to get you
  • Ian Wright Racism case
  • Supermacs refuse CCTV access in injury claims
  • Covid policing powers
  • Southeast university & TUI vote ignored
  • John Waters & Gemma O’Doherty to pay legal costs
  • Debenhams workers cost liquidation process €3m
53. Debenhams, Alt United Ireland, Socialists in the Dáil, Greenwashing, Citizens Assembly

53. Debenhams, Alt United Ireland, Socialists in the Dáil, Greenwashing, Citizens Assembly

The Week at Work • 25/04/2021

This week we are joined by Sadhbh Mac Lochlainn - People Before Profit organiser and Ber Grogan - community Activist to discuss - Debenhams & Gardaí strikebreaking - An Alternative United Ireland - Socialists in the Dáil - Secretarial assistants WRC case - Greenwashing, electric cars and vegans - Record breaking COVID crisis in Indian - A people’s vaccine - Trump tactics in Ireland - citizens assembly and Gender Equality

52. Evictions, co-living & LeoTheLeak criminal investigation

52. Evictions, co-living & LeoTheLeak criminal investigation

The Week at Work • 18/04/2021

This week we’re joined by Seamus Farrell, Community Action Tenants Union (CATU) Phibsboro/Glasnevin, to discuss:

  • Evictions
  • Co-living
  • Another data centre in Dublin
  • Solidarity tax – a bad idea?
  • Varadkar interviewed under caution
  • Sinead Mercier profile
  • Google shifts €63bn profits through Double Irish
  • Should we re-join the commonwealth?
  • Top civil servants to get €40k pay increase
  • Sinn Fein and their “secret” database
  • Trinity, links to slavery & classism
  • RCSI charge students up to €56k – the commercialisation of education
  • RTE’s Claire Byrne show decends into shock jock territory

And much more…

More info on CATU:

https://www.facebook.com/CATU-Phibsboro-Glasnevin-108624190847492

https://twitter.com/CGlasnevin

https://twitter.com/CatuIreland

www.catuireland.org/join

51. Belfast riots, a new artists union & Amazon union-busting

51. Belfast riots, a new artists union & Amazon union-busting

The Week at Work • 10/04/2021

This week we’re joined by Kerry Guinan, Chair of Praxis, the new artists union & Sean Byers, Trademark Belfast to discuss:

  • A new union for artists in Ireland
  • Riots in Belfast & Derry
  • Amazon union busting
  • Limerick - Stab city?
  • Mandatory Hotel Quarantine
  • Privatised public spaces (Fitzwilliam Square)
  • Debenhams one year anniversary
  • Israel refuse to cooperate with ICC
  • No more €10 flights
  • E-cars
  • Empty properties across the country

And much more…

50. Debenhams workers & Gardai, Covid tourism, and old easter eggs

50. Debenhams workers & Gardai, Covid tourism, and old easter eggs

The Week at Work • 03/04/2021

This week we’re joined by Jane Crowe, ex-Debenhams worker, to discuss:

  • Gardai remove Debenhams workers from Blanchardstown picket
  • Covid & 14,000 arrivals in one week
  • Mandatory quarantine?
  • Varadkar & Coveney gamble with lives
  • 43 year old easter eggs
  • Sinn Fein and the mysterious Serbian social media manager
  • Cervical check claims
  • Enda Kenny, Golfgate and The Late Late
  • Children’s shoes are essential… again
  • RTE apologise for bringing up the past
49. Beacon, HSE Dossier, Greens, Climate Bill, Adoption Records, Bessborough, Same Sex Parents Recognition

49. Beacon, HSE Dossier, Greens, Climate Bill, Adoption Records, Bessborough, Same Sex Parents Recognition

The Week at Work • 28/03/2021

This week on the Week at Work we are joined by Nem Kearns, Disability and LGBTQI+ advocate and board seceratary with Disabled Women Ireland to discuss The Beacon Hospital Vaccine scandal The HSE Dossier on Autistic children and their families Greens The Climate Bill Incomplete Adoption Records Bessborough Same Sex Parents Recognition 

48. The North is Next?, New United Ireland?, & Male Violence Against Women

48. The North is Next?, New United Ireland?, & Male Violence Against Women

The Week at Work • 21/03/2021

This week we’re joined by Kellie O’Dowd, Trade Union Activist from Belfast & Ciaran Campbell, Trade Union Official, to discuss:

  • The North is Next?
  • Male Violence against Women
  • Gardai or defense forces at hotels
  • EU cut Ireland’s recovery fund by €352m due to GDP
  • Buyers of high end electric cars to lose €5k government grant
  • Glanbia shareholders profit while hedge funds attempt to short company
  • A new United Ireland?
  • Irish Water and privatisation
47. #LeoTheLeak Garda investigation, Redundancy & PUP, the cost of COVID

47. #LeoTheLeak Garda investigation, Redundancy & PUP, the cost of COVID

The Week at Work • 14/03/2021

This week we’re joined by Joan Collins TD from Dublin South Central, to discuss:

  • #LeotheLeak Garda investigation
  • AstraZeneca suspension
  • Sarah Everard & Met Police
  • Data centres to starve us of energy
  • Counting the cost of COVID
  • Councils spend €50m on housing homeless in pandemic
  • George Nkencho funeral
  • Davy corruption
  • Hospital waiting lists increase by 34%
  • Workers pay for pandemic
  • Redundancy & PUP complications
46. Capitalism, CETA, Hunger Strikes & united Ireland?

46. Capitalism, CETA, Hunger Strikes & united Ireland?

The Week at Work • 07/03/2021

This week we’re joined by Tommy McKearney, activist and former hunger striker, to discuss:

  • Covid vaccine rollout and patents
  • CETA and the Green Party
  • Davy Stockbroker fallout
  • Johnny Ronan, high rises & NAMA
  • Data centres and fossil fuel usage
  • Exploring Irish unity or the British union
  • Loyalists ignored by Taoiseach
  • Pontins & racism
  • Fictional beef barons & honest GDP growth
  • Talking about the Hunger Strikes

And much more…

45. RISE join PBP, Far-Right Violence & Inequality

45. RISE join PBP, Far-Right Violence & Inequality

The Week at Work • 28/02/2021

This week we’re joined by Brid Smith TD from Solidarity/People Before Profit to discuss:

  • Far right violence
  • Garda Commissioner lies
  • Paul Murphy & RISE join People Before Profit
  • Inequality & the manipulation of public discourse
  • FAI asks for share of betting tax to clear €70m debt
  • White collar crime & Fine Gael candidates
  • New tax break for remote workers?
  • Stardust funding has been released
  • Direct Provision White Paper
  • Mother & Baby Homes
44. We can be Zero, Mother & Baby Home tapes found & Moyross development

44. We can be Zero, Mother & Baby Home tapes found & Moyross development

The Week at Work • 21/02/2021

This week we’re joined by Grace Dyas, Activist and Artist, to discuss:

  • We can be Zero
  • Class & the illusion “we’re all in this together”
  • Taxing essential workers
  • Mother & Baby Home tapes
  • Moyross development
  • Shared equity loan schemes
  • Israel destroys Irish aid to Palestinian village community
  • Digital tax on social media firms to support journalism
  • Insurance Bill
43. Stardust 40th anniversary, Revenue bill workers for employer’s subsidy and a United Ireland?

43. Stardust 40th anniversary, Revenue bill workers for employer’s subsidy and a United Ireland?

The Week at Work • 14/02/2021

This week we’re joined by Stiofán Ó Nualláin from Trademark Belfast to discuss:

  • The Northern Ireland protocol
  • Death threats to Sunday World journalists
  • Political policing
  • Covid supports for business, paid for by workers
  • FBD says pub court decision is limited to specific policies
  • Inspections into bogus self-employed workers in RTE and meat plants
  • Irish Water and workers demand for a referendum
  • Quarantine hotels and half-arsed Covid plans
  • Stardust 40th Anniversary
42. Mother & Baby Homes, Social Welfare Changes and Education during Covid

42. Mother & Baby Homes, Social Welfare Changes and Education during Covid

The Week at Work • 06/02/2021

This week Dave and Clare are joined by Gary Gannon TD, Social Democrats spokesperson on Education and Social Welfare, to discuss:

  • Poverty in Education and Class Advantage
  • Leaving Cert Assessments during Covid
  • Personal Injury Claims and the “Benevolent Insurance Industry”
  • Lyndsey Bennett, Cervical Check
  • Knife Crime and Poverty in Dublin (and everywhere)
  • Mother & Baby Homes recordings destroyed and author won't appear at Children's Committee
  • Chief of Tokyo 2020 organising committee - women talk too much in meetings
  • FBD ruling on pubs
  • Changes to Social Welfare System
  • CETA Trade Agreement
  • Garda checks
  • Covid vaccines
  • Land Development Agency Proposals
  • Debenhams workers mark 300 days on strike
41. Living WITHOUT Covid - The Australian & New Zealand experience

41. Living WITHOUT Covid - The Australian & New Zealand experience

The Week at Work • 29/01/2021

In this special episode we talk to Clancy Dobbyn, Government advisor in Melbourne, Australia and Joe Carolan, Union organiser in Auckland, New Zealand, about the #ZeroCovid strategy and what life is like right now for them.  Pubs open, restaurants functioning, gigs and festivals all happening, and much more. 

40. Zero Covid Strategy, People Smuggling & Mel Corry

40. Zero Covid Strategy, People Smuggling & Mel Corry

The Week at Work • 24/01/2021

This week we’re joined by Julien Mercille, UCD academic and a member of ISAG (Independent Scientific Advisory Group), along with two regular participants, activists Glen Fitzpatrick and Michelle Byrne, to discuss:

  • Mel Corry
  • An All-Ireland Zero Covid Strategy
  • Gardai enforcing travel restrictions – on people LEAVING the country
  • Belgium bans all non-essential travel
  • George Osborne and northern Unionists
  • George Nkencho shooting
  • Four Irish jailed for people-smuggling
  • Varadkar pledges support for businesses
  • State to reclaim Rosslare Port from Britain, like, wtf?
  • Amazon hypocrisy – attempts to stop workers using the mail to unionize
  • Aer Lingus lobbies against quarantine rules
  • John Delaney and the FAI
  • Directly elected Mayors
  • Green Party discuss support for CETA, despite party policy
  • The national herd size has increased
  • Russia’s revolt
  • Goodbye Trump, Hello Biden
  • Michelle Byrne: Gold rush for COVID vax
  • Saoirse McHugh profile
39. Covid hindsight, Trump mania & George Nkencho

39. Covid hindsight, Trump mania & George Nkencho

The Week at Work • 10/01/2021

In our first episode of 2021 we're joined by activist and author Conor McCabe to discuss:  

  • George Nkencho's death, mental health failures & racism
  • Trump & the American Revolution II
  • Will Trump pardon himself?
  • The "darkest day of Covid" - "a price worth paying"
  • Vaccination rollout
  • Working from home allowances
  • The Leaving Cert & Norma Foley
  • Boeing fine
  • Plans to cut property tax in rural Ireland
  • Rising house prices in rural Ireland
  • OECD warn against austerity
38. The Debenhams Strike with Gillian McSweeney from Cork

38. The Debenhams Strike with Gillian McSweeney from Cork

The Week at Work • 17/12/2020

Gillian McSweeney, ex-Debenhams worker and Mandate Trade Union member talks to us about their 9 month strike with the company. 

Almost 1,000 workers were made redundant back in April 2020 and their employer failed to pay them their agreed redundancy package. Gillian talks about her experiences on the picket line and how the strike has impacted on her politically.

37. CETA , Whistleblowers mistreatment, Project Eagle, Student Nurses & Sinn Fein

37. CETA , Whistleblowers mistreatment, Project Eagle, Student Nurses & Sinn Fein

The Week at Work • 13/12/2020

This week Clare and Dave look at CETA, Noel McGree Whistleblower, Tribunal Costs, An Post, PornHun, Kingspan & Grenfell, Nama & Project Eagle, Student Nurses, SInn Fein & much more

36. Trans rights, respect retail workers, pensions time-bomb

36. Trans rights, respect retail workers, pensions time-bomb

The Week at Work • 06/12/2020

This week we’re joined by Councillor Dean Mulligan (Independents4Change) and Lilith Carroll (TENI) to discuss: Trans rights & bodily autonomy Student Nurses and Midwives pay The magic money tree or austerity up ahead? Increase in retail worker abuse Deaths of people in homelessness Palestine not being included in Israel EU vaccine deals Sinn Féin comments and coverage 17,000 undocumented to receive residency permits Who will pay for our pensions Greyhound industry v Bus Eireann Coca Cola – the new Apple Public sector pay talks Traveller Discrimination Niall O Hara death 4 Day Working Week

35. ex-Debenhams striker Michelle Gavin explains their dispute

35. ex-Debenhams striker Michelle Gavin explains their dispute

The Week at Work • 25/11/2020

Michelle Gavin, an ex-Debenhams worker from Waterford with 27 years service, explains the strike and its impact on all workers. The workers have been on strike for 230 days now - in rain, hail and storms. She talks about government inaction and being left high and dry first by the company and then by the State. Michelle also talks about loss and trauma during the strike as well as how she has taken actions she never thought she would.  We hope this will form part of a series of interviews with ex-Debenhams workers. Because they deserve to be heard.

Direct Provision, Debenhams, Image Based Violence

Direct Provision, Debenhams, Image Based Violence

The Week at Work • 22/11/2020

This week we’re joined by People Before Profit Councillor Tina MacVeigh to discuss:

  • Direct Provision
  • Oscar Traynor site campaign victory
  • Image Based Violence leak
  • RTEGate
  • Autism Services
  • Debenhams
  • Lloyds Pharmacy
  • 100 years after Bloody Sunday
  • Declan Ganley suing the state
  • Solas Youth Services
Fine Gael’s obsession with Sinn Fein, domestic violence & Oscar Traynor housing campaign

Fine Gael’s obsession with Sinn Fein, domestic violence & Oscar Traynor housing campaign

The Week at Work • 15/11/2020

This week we’re joined by Eoin O’Broin TD & Sinead Redmond discuss:

  • Sinn Fein: the cause of and solution to all of Fine Gael’s problems;
  • The Teflon Tánaiste;
  • Rewarding Seamus Woulfe;
  • Data centres must provide own power;
  • Oscar Traynor Road Housing Campaign;
  • Dublin Airport drinking sessions;
  • Domestic violence;
  • Vaccines, capitalism and public health;
  • Infections crisis linked to three deaths in Rotunda;
  • Garda corruption;
  • Precarious working in academia;
  • “Eviction-hit hermit nun hellbent on selling bogus cure for cancer”;
  • Slainte Care: a vision, not a plan;
  • Church to pay “penal law” VAT on candles;
  • Wild Mountain Thyme: an accent crime.
President Biden, Undercover Policing Inquiry & water charges are back

President Biden, Undercover Policing Inquiry & water charges are back

The Week at Work • 08/11/2020

This week we’re joined by our new Washington correspondent Joe Guinan (Anglo-Irish exile in the imperial metropolis · Vice President Democracy Collaborative) & activist Mark Malone (activist, communicator & researcher) to discuss:

The election of Joe Biden; 

Kamala Harris and the glass ceiling; 

Irish coverage of the new President; 

Will another Trump emerge? 

Could Bernie Sanders have won? 

The importance of political education; 

The new Undercover Policing Inquiry; 

Water charges to re-emerge; 

Services for children with special needs; 

Facebook moderates ads for moderators; 

Kingspan and Grenfell tower fire; 

The long-term impact of COVID19; 

#LeoTheLeak, Mother & Baby Homes, Homeless deaths

#LeoTheLeak, Mother & Baby Homes, Homeless deaths

The Week at Work • 01/11/2020

This week we’re joined by Paul Murphy TD and Ber Grogan to discuss:

  • #LeoTheLeak;
  • Mother & Baby Homes;
  • Judges won’t sit with Woulfe;
  • Abortion rights campaign in Poland;
  • Pharma Companies manufacturing COVID19 vaccines;
  • Homeless deaths this week;
  • Direct Provision;
  • Glanbia stealing water;
  • Bottled water companies and data centres go unregulated;
  • Coveney seeks compensation for Israeli authorities destroying Palestinian homes;
  • Big tobacco firms use Ireland to avoid tax;
  • Facebook workers and their shitty conditions;
  • Support Ber’s Basket Brigade;
  • Launch of Clare O’Connor Appreciation Society.

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Mother & Baby Homes, Zero Covid Ireland & Hand Sanitizer deals

Mother & Baby Homes, Zero Covid Ireland & Hand Sanitizer deals

The Week at Work • 25/10/2020

This week we’re joined by Dave Murphy & Diana O’Dwyer from RISE and Rupture Radio Podcast to discuss:

  • The Mother & Baby Homes records;
  • “Silent majority” backs lock-down;
  • Zero Covid Ireland with Socialist Policies (article by Diana);
  • Have we learned anything from the first wave of Covid?;
  • Hand sanitizer that’ll make you sick;
  • CEOs who volunteer for vaccine trials, but don’t really;
  • Far right v far left – sure they’re all “extremists”;
  • Arrest of John Gilligan;
  • Tusla and failure to act on child abuse;
  • Budget 2021 and the ‘baby bounce’ for Fianna Fail;
  • Warnings of Austerity;
  • The Great Gig Economy;
  • “Asking too much of our younger generation” by the party saddling them with debt;
  • Apple tax appeal is appealed by EU.
29. Stardust Inquest, British State Collusion, Covid19 & Budget 2021

29. Stardust Inquest, British State Collusion, Covid19 & Budget 2021

The Week at Work • 18/10/2020

This week we’re joined by Glenn Fitzpatrick and Ciaran Campbell to discuss:

  • The Stardust Inquest
  • British State Collusion in the murder of innocent civilians
  • Covid fallout with Derry worst hit region in UK & Ireland
  • Mother & Baby Homes legislation rushed & hushed
  • Private hospitals oppose providing extra beds to tackle Covid
  • New LPG gas terminals off Irish coast
  • New Look’s failed attempt to use Covid for examinership
  • Private security firms free to Evict without a license
  • Budget allocates compensation for “slop out” cases
  • The media presentation of Budget 2021
  • Airline industry crisis; &
  • Brexit talks
Budget 2021 & what a Left Budget might look like?

Budget 2021 & what a Left Budget might look like?

The Week at Work • 14/10/2020

On this special episode we talk to Mairead Farrell TD (Sinn Fein), Ciaran Nugent (NERI) and Lorna Bogue (Green Party Councillor and Just Transition Greens co-Chair) about what’s in Budget 2021 and what a left Budget would look like.

We talk about the framing of the Budget by the media, housing, education, climate action, cutting the PUP, business supports, tax breaks for high earners, SIPTUs successful pensions campaign, Capital Gains Tax cuts for entrepreneurs, lack of capital infrastructure, live entertainment supports, and we even talk about what’s not in the Budget – like a wealth tax.

27. Budget 2021, COVID, Climate Action and NAMA

27. Budget 2021, COVID, Climate Action and NAMA

The Week at Work • 11/10/2020

This week we’re joined by Saoirse McHugh and Conor McCabe to discuss: 

  • The individualisation of Covid and missed opportunities
  • Covid fines
  • Sick pay 
  • Airlines & lobbying power
  • Budget - supports funnelling into private pockets 
  • Climate Action Bill
  • Earth to Dan O Brien - EU debt to GDP is actually low 
  • Carrickmines anniversary
  • Housing agency & Build to rent 
  • Spent Convictions Bill
  • Fergus McCabe
  • Mick Clifford: Fascists = Anti-Fascists?
  • NAMA and no accountability 

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26. Launch of Left Bloc - a left wing media and political education project

26. Launch of Left Bloc - a left wing media and political education project

The Week at Work • 10/10/2020

On this special episode, our hosts David Gibney and Clare O'Connor talk to Stiofán Ó Nualláin, Emma Clancy and John Barry about #LeftBloc, an exciting new media and political education project in Ireland. Included in the media hub is A Worker's Guide to Everything; The Week at Work; Nuall Na NÓg; Offshore; A news based website; and a Climate Justice podcast currently in production. 

If you want to support the project you can do so at www.patreon.com/leftbloc. And don't forget to subscribe and share. Up the workers! 

25. Dying with Dignity Special with Vicky Phelan & Gino Kenny TD

25. Dying with Dignity Special with Vicky Phelan & Gino Kenny TD

The Week at Work • 05/10/2020

On this special episode we talk to Vicky Phelan and Gino Kenny TD about the upcoming vote on the Dying with Dignity Bill and why we need to have this important discussion now. Vicky exposed the cervical cancer scandal and is living with terminal cancer and Gino Kenny has proposed the Bill that would allow those with terminal illnesses to have assistance in achieving a dignified and peaceful end of life. 

24. COVID Island, Seamus Wolfe & the KKK, the Green Party oppose a ‘Just Transition’

24. COVID Island, Seamus Wolfe & the KKK, the Green Party oppose a ‘Just Transition’

The Week at Work • 04/10/2020

This week we are joined by Stiofán Ó Nualláin from Trademark Belfast to discuss: COVID Island, Seamus Wolfe & the KKK, the Green Party oppose a ‘Just Transition’, Michael Darcy & TDs who lobby, education errors, a four day week, wage subsidy scheme & Debenhams, Mairead McGuinness as commissioner for financial services, Cable Street & communists banned from the US.

23. COVID & capitalism, Dying with Dignity, flat rate expenses & airline arseholes

23. COVID & capitalism, Dying with Dignity, flat rate expenses & airline arseholes

The Week at Work • 27/09/2020

This week we're joined by Independent TD for Donegal, Thomas Pringle, and Community Activist Michelle Byrne to discuss: COVID & capitalism, Third Level Education rankings & student poverty, airline arseholes, flat rate expenses, Debenhams and Estee Lauder strikes, VAT cuts & spreading the virus, businesses seek to restrict protests, Dying with Dignity Bill, co-positions on co-living by Housing Minister, Spike Island sacks union activists, Red C poll, environmentally reckless capitalism, publicly funded private schools and FG Minister interferes with GMIT governance.


22. Unquiet Graves - British govt collusion with loyalist death squads in Northern Ireland

22. Unquiet Graves - British govt collusion with loyalist death squads in Northern Ireland

The Week at Work • 25/09/2020

In this episode we talk to Bernadette McAliskey and Ciaran Campbell whose families were both targeted by loyalist death squads. We get their reflections on "Unquiet Graves", the documentary about British government collusion with the Glenanne Gang, leading to the murders of more than 120 people, including the Dublin/Monaghan bombings.

21 Bernadette McAliskey , COVID & working class communities, homeless deaths, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, rise of fascism, Terrence Wheelock

21 Bernadette McAliskey , COVID & working class communities, homeless deaths, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, rise of fascism, Terrence Wheelock

The Week at Work • 20/09/2020

This week we’re joined by Bernadette McAliskey for a two part discussion. In part one we discuss: - COVID and working class communities - Spike in homeless deaths - Ruth Bader Ginsberg - Infants taken into State care - Terrence Wheelock anniversary - Capital Gains Tax and shareholder dividends - inequality and the rise of fascism; and - The consequences of not having all-island Covid Approach

20. Rise of Far Right, Debenhams, Brexit, Good Friday Agreement, Childrens Mental Health, Red C Poll

20. Rise of Far Right, Debenhams, Brexit, Good Friday Agreement, Childrens Mental Health, Red C Poll

The Week at Work • 13/09/2020

This Week on episode 20 we have Aoife Grace Moore, Ciaran Campbell and Glenn Fitzpatrick with us to discuss the stories of the week. We discuss new Covid strategy, the rise of the far right, violence at far right marches in Dublin, lack of access to adequate mental health supports for children, TriBeca development, Brexit and the withdrawl agreement, the Debenhams strike, the future of Unions and left unity, The Red C polls and much more. 

19. Extra Garda powers, Thiago Cortez's death, banning meal deals and job losses

19. Extra Garda powers, Thiago Cortez's death, banning meal deals and job losses

The Week at Work • 06/09/2020

This week we’re joined by Clare Daly MEP and Eoghan Fox, Mandate activist to discuss: Banning meal deals & food poverty, Thiago Cortez and the gig economy, extra Garda powers, Debenhams, Tourism job losses, Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin & sexual harassment in UCD, COVID and the retail boom, Ryanair CEO bonus v pay cuts, Tony Abbott, Spike Island toilets, Direct Provision, Mercosur and EU trade deals, a new Commissioner, Occupied Territories Bill, Donald Trump and much more…

18. Sexism & racism in the Oireachtas, the far right, Phil Hogan, rise in homelessness

18. Sexism & racism in the Oireachtas, the far right, Phil Hogan, rise in homelessness

The Week at Work • 30/08/2020

This week we are joined by Senator Eileen Flynn and Mark Malone to discuss: sexism & racism in the Oireachtas, a flood of redundancies ahead? unpacking the far right, Phil Hogan, Israeli settlements, rise in homelessness, the Miami showband massacre, Ministers demanding paintings, tax avoidance of US companies, profit rise for gambling outlets, Sarah McInerney, and much more.

17. Golfgate, far right protests, Covid in Sweden, lobbying power

17. Golfgate, far right protests, Covid in Sweden, lobbying power

The Week at Work • 23/08/2020

This week we’re joined by Irish journalist in Sweden, Philip O’Connor and Sonia Balagopalan, mathematician & socialist to discuss: Golfgate, far right protests & Una McGurk, COVID in Sweden, US elections, the perceptions poll, lobbying power, homes to buy drop but rental properties increase, AirBnB, Troubles compensation and Bank of Ireland job losses.

16. Varadkar’s dog whistle, meat plants, workers’ rights, evictions & homeless deaths

16. Varadkar’s dog whistle, meat plants, workers’ rights, evictions & homeless deaths

The Week at Work • 16/08/2020

This week we’re joined by Senator Lynn Boylan (Sinn Fein) & Clare O’Connor (ICHH) to discuss: Varadkar’s dog whistle to white middle class males, meat plants & workers’ rights, hospital waiting lists, evictions & homeless deaths, back to school and manipulating test results for the rich, and much more

15. John Hume: Covid & Meat Factories: Lockdown: O Malley Report : Debenhams: Far Right Organising

15. John Hume: Covid & Meat Factories: Lockdown: O Malley Report : Debenhams: Far Right Organising

The Week at Work • 12/08/2020

This week Clare O Connor fills in for Dave Gibney to discuss the death of John Hume : Covid Meat Factories and lockdown: O Malley Report: Debenhams strike: Far Right Organising and more

14. Greens vote against govt; Homeless deaths; PUP scandal; Sunil Sharpe...

14. Greens vote against govt; Homeless deaths; PUP scandal; Sunil Sharpe...

The Week at Work • 12/08/2020

This week we discuss: Greens vote against govt; Homeless deaths; PUP scandal; Sunil Sharpe; Tampon ads banned; Order of business vote in Dail; Successful Climate Case; Ryanair challenging the state; No travel restrictions/checks and a COVID spike; Marc McSharry attacks public sector workers; and much more.

13. Ministers' pay, minimum wage, opening schools, stimulus package

13. Ministers' pay, minimum wage, opening schools, stimulus package

The Week at Work • 26/07/2020

This week we discuss: the fiscal stimulus package, deferring the minimum wage increase, super junior ministers paid more than Prime Ministers of Spain and Italy, reopening schools, staycation tax incentives, Debenhams, Green Party developments and much more… and we’re joined by Jean O’Dowd, regional officer for Unite the Union.

12. Apple Tax, 2nd wave COVID, economic stimulus, and 36th anniversary of Dunnes anti-apartheid strike

12. Apple Tax, 2nd wave COVID, economic stimulus, and 36th anniversary of Dunnes anti-apartheid strike

The Week at Work • 19/07/2020

This week Sean Byers and Mel Corry from Trademark Belfast review the news and we speak to Dunnes Stores Anti-Apartheid striker and legend Karen Gearon on the 36th anniversary of the strike about Debenhams, Palestine, racism in Ireland and Black Lives Matters (interview at 47:40).

Mel and Sean discuss Apple Tax, Coronavirus a second wave and travel restrictions, Government (Eamonn Ryan) asleep at the wheel on workers’ rights, remergence of property porn, James McClean and sectarianism, and the death of Christine Keegan (Stardust campaigner).

11. Splits in the Green Party, fascism on the rise, Jack Charlton & Covid bailouts

11. Splits in the Green Party, fascism on the rise, Jack Charlton & Covid bailouts

The Week at Work • 12/07/2020

This week we’re joined by the world’s only Professor of Green Political Economy, John Barry, to discuss: Jack Charlton, splits in the Green Party, homophobia and fascists on the rise, Covid bailouts and a second wave (Open the pubs, then close the airports?), Health waiting lists, drink driving and accountability, and much more.

10. Media hypocrisy on funerals and drink driving, employers milking the state, TDs demanding Ministerial roles

10. Media hypocrisy on funerals and drink driving, employers milking the state, TDs demanding Ministerial roles

The Week at Work • 05/07/2020

This week we discuss employers milking the state during/after COVID, the Bobby Storey funeral, Barry Cowan drink driving v Clare Daly not drink driving, Fianna Fail TDs demanding a seat at cabinet 'for their constituents', Senator Eileen Flynn's inspirational speech, Irish Water spending billions to redirect the Shannon river for datacentres and sexism in the Green Party? And much more. 

We were joined by Rhona McCord from Unite the Union along with Ciaran Cambell and Stevie Nolan from Trademark Belfast (podcast here).

9. Strikes ahead as High Court kicks workers…again

9. Strikes ahead as High Court kicks workers…again

The Week at Work • 01/07/2020

Special discussion in conjunction with the Trade Union Left Forum about last week’s High Court ruling striking down sectoral employment orders for electrical contractors and threatening trade union rights in Ireland.

Joining us on the show is Brian Nolan (Connect), Muireann Dalton (Mandate and former Dunnes Stores worker) and Conor McCabe (Labour historian, author and union activist).

8. New government, same agenda; the Ryanair infection; profiting from the sick; racism in Ireland & UK

8. New government, same agenda; the Ryanair infection; profiting from the sick; racism in Ireland & UK

The Week at Work • 28/06/2020

This week we’re joined by Emma Clancy, editor of irishbroadleft.com to discuss some of the big issues in the news, including the formation of the new government, the Green Party aligning with the right, Ryanair seeking to risk COVID infections; right-wing judges striking down workers’ rights, Debenhams protests at Bank of Ireland; racism in Ireland; and much more.

7. A new right-wing govt? A new left-wing party? Travellers abandoned by the State...

7. A new right-wing govt? A new left-wing party? Travellers abandoned by the State...

The Week at Work • 21/06/2020

This week Joan Collins TD, Conor McCabe and Ciaran Campbell discuss the Programme for Government, the Green Party vote, the inspiring Traveller women who sent their abuser to prison, the Irish #MeToo moment and abuse of Irish women, a new left-wing party for Ireland (Right2Change), the abandonment of the Right2Water referendum, trouble in Aer Lingus, racism in Ireland, the UK & soldiers seeking to stop prosecution for crimes during the Troubles, incentivising self-employment, and much more.

6. What's in the Programme for Government (a Left perspective)?

6. What's in the Programme for Government (a Left perspective)?

The Week at Work • 16/06/2020

Conor McCabe, Clare O'Connor and Emma Clancy join Dave Gibney in reviewing the Programme for Government 2020. Climate change, Palestine, a Green New Deal, transport, housing, workers' rights, aviation, water, Mercosur, healthcare, the economy and public sector pay are all discussed.

5. Dying to get back to work? COVID, excess deaths & a new “trot” government

5. Dying to get back to work? COVID, excess deaths & a new “trot” government

The Week at Work • 14/06/2020

A left review of the news and the Sunday papers with Brian Forbes (Mandate National Coordinator), Michelle Byrne (Activist) and Mel Corry (TradeMark Belfast). This week we discuss reopening the economy at workers expense, COVID and excess deaths, schools as childcare facilities, who is using most of our water, Green Party “trots”, social welfare fraud and protecting memorials to fascists and slave traders.

4. A Left review of the week with Clare O’Connor, Conor McCabe and Sean Byers

4. A Left review of the week with Clare O’Connor, Conor McCabe and Sean Byers

The Week at Work • 07/06/2020

This week in the news: Black Lives Matter protests, swap your pension for a house, abortion in the North, government formation talks, Irish Water lobbying, low pay – particularly for women, and the reopening of the economy, among other stories.

3. with Lorna Bogue: US riots, €350 COVID lottery win, Green Party Leadership, Government formation

3. with Lorna Bogue: US riots, €350 COVID lottery win, Green Party Leadership, Government formation

The Week at Work • 31/05/2020

This weeks review of the weekend newspapers with Green Party Councillor Lorna Bogue includes Supermacs boss Pat McDonagh attacking the €350 COVID payment, George Floyd's death and the US riots, the increase in retirement age, government formation and the Green Party leadership debate.

2. Review of the week with Senator Lynn Boylan

2. Review of the week with Senator Lynn Boylan

The Week at Work • 24/05/2020

Discussing the Sunday papers with Senator Lynn Boylan including stories about government formation talks, the Green Party leadership challenge, opening up the economy during COVID19 and media diversity. Also a discussion about Mary Lou McDonalds interview in the SINDO and public sector pay.