Heres How ::: Irelands Political, Social And Current Affairs Podcast

Here's How ::: Ireland's Political, Social And Current Affairs Podcast

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Ireland's Political, Social and Current Affairs Podcast

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Episodes

  • Heres How 93 – Bike Heads
    Here's How 93 – Bike Heads
    Duration: 31min | 11/10/2019

    Paul Cullen is the Health Editor of the Irish Times. His article headlined Almost 70% of cyclists without helmet at time of head trauma, appeared on the front page of IT last month. The article was sharply criticised in online discussion, including in this article by Cian Ginty. In our discussion, I mentioned a number […]

  • Showcase: the Social Fabric podcast
    Showcase: the Social Fabric podcast
    Duration: 01h26min | 09/10/2019

    The Social Fabric podcast is created by Andrea Splendori, and I'm sharing it in the Here's How feed to give you a chance to hear a sample episode. If you like it, you can subscribe on his website here.

  • Heres How 92 – the DEASP and the PSC
    Here's How 92 – the DEASP and the PSC
    Duration: 40min | 25/09/2019

    Dr Katherine O'Keefe is an author, and the director of training and a management consultant with Castlebridge, a data privacy and information governance consultancy. Our discussion referred to a twitter thread by Katherine and another by solicitor Simon McGarr. ***** It’s probably just dumb luck, but I made two pretty accurate predictions about the byzantine […]

  • Heres How 91 – Defending Europe
    Here's How 91 – Defending Europe
    Duration: 38min | 17/09/2019

    Brigid Laffan is currently Director and Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Director of the Global Governance Programme and of the European Governance and Politics Programme at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence. She was previously Professor of European Politics at University College Dublin. While she was there she was Vice-President of […]

  • Heres How 90 – Brexit Implications
    Here's How 90 – Brexit Implications
    Duration: 47min | 03/09/2019

    Harry Todd is senior research executive at Get Britain Out, previously worked as campaign manager for Conservative Party. He was also the national ground campaign manager for Leave means Leave. I fact-checked some of the things that Harry said in the interview including that the EU required member states to maintain a VAT rate of […]

  • Heres How 89 – the Census
    Here's How 89 – the Census
    Duration: 38min | 06/08/2019

    I talked to Cormac Halpin, chief statistician with the CSO about the upcoming census. ***** Let’s do a bit of science. Maybe, like me, you have had various social media invaded by people making all sorts of complaints about something called 5G. That’s the newest mobile data standard. Unless you are really special, that doesn’t […]

  • Heres How 88 – Nuclear Ireland
    Here's How 88 – Nuclear Ireland
    Duration: 34min | 12/07/2019

    Denis Duff, author of the website Better Environment with Nuclear Energy. He's also a mechanical engineer with 30 years experience in ESB power generation, and is now an independent engineering consultant in Ireland and abroad. I mentioned projections of how long global uranium deposits - known and unknown - are likely to last, at the […]

  • Heres How 87 – the National Broadband Plan
    Here's How 87 – the National Broadband Plan
    Duration: 41min | 02/07/2019

    Fergal Mulligan is the Programme Director at National Broadband Plan at the Department of Communications. ***** That’s audio from an Egyptian news channel called Extra news, it’s in Arabic of course. That clip is 17 seconds long, and it’s a news item that, in Arabic, contained 42 words. As I understand it, it was broadcast […]

  • Heres How 86 – Broadcasting in Ireland
    Here's How 86 – Broadcasting in Ireland
    Duration: 59min | 11/06/2019

    Declan McLoughlin is a senior manager and the head of communications at the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The Times - but not RTÉ - reported on the disgraced cardinal, Seán Brady, who covered up the crimes of the rapist priest Brendan Smith, meeting Pope Francis at Dublin Airport. Communicorp, owned by Dennis O'Brien owns: Dublin's […]

  • Heres How 85 – Data Protection
    Here's How 85 – Data Protection
    04/06/2019

    Graham Doyle Deputy Commissioner, and Head of Communications with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner. ***** This is audio from one of the count centres in the local elections. The people ah singing are from People Before Profit who lost most of their council seats, but they’ve come across housing minister Eoghan Murphy and […]

  • Heres How 84 – Cervical Check
    Here's How 84 – Cervical Check
    21/05/2019

    Dani McCabe is a member of the steering group of Standing 4 Women. We discussed several court cases surrounding the Cervical Check controversy. ***** I wrote a piece on the website last December about Brexit, with the title that might have sounded a little pessimistic. It was called It’s Over. Brace for Catastrophe. There’s No […]

  • Heres How 83 – Right-wing Positions
    Here's How 83 – Right-wing Positions
    28/02/2019

    Rowan Croft runs the YouTube political channel Grand Torino. He says that he's politically centre-right, not extreme right or alt-right, though his channel heavily features figures such as Justin Barrett of the National Party and formerly of Youth Defence, Herrmann Kelly of Irexit, Jim Dowson, the former BNP and Orange Order member who has been […]

  • Heres How 82 – RTÉ and the AA
    Here's How 82 – RTÉ and the AA
    06/02/2019

    Dr Michael Foley is professor emeritus at the school of media at TU Dublin – formerly DIT – also a member of the NUJ’s Ethics Council, and has been invited by the International federation of Journalists and UNESCO to write a syllabus on journalism safety and ethics. ***** Because of the detailed nature of the […]

  • Heres How 81 – Unionists and a United Ireland
    Here's How 81 – Unionists and a United Ireland
    Duration: 40min | 12/12/2018

    Jamie Bryson is the editor of Unionist Voice and a prominent Loyalist activist. ***** Homelessness has been in the news a lot recently, as it deserves to be. In most normal societies, even though it’s not really polite to say so, homelessness, in the sense of people living on the streets, or very marginal accommodation, […]

  • Heres How 80 – Brexit Common Sense or Unicorns?
    Here's How 80 – Brexit Common Sense or Unicorns?
    Duration: 45min | 27/11/2018

    Richard Tice is a British businessman, heavily involved in property management and development, and is best known as founder of the pro Brexit organisation Leave Means Leave and former co-chair of the referendum campaign group Leave.EU.  He wrote recently that May’s deal is the worst deal in history. Richard queried my quote from David Davis […]

  • Heres How 79 – Cervical Fact Check
    Here's How 79 – Cervical Fact Check
    Duration: 47min | 27/09/2018

    David Robert Grimes is a physicist, cancer researcher and frequent writer and commentator on scientific topics.  ***** I was talking in the last couple of podcasts about water charges, and the resistance to them, particularly in the light of the summer droughts, and there was quite a bit of feedback about those pieces. One of […]

  • Heres How 78 – Water Charges
    Here's How 78 – Water Charges
    Duration: 51min | 30/08/2018

    Brendan Ogle is the spokesperson for Right2Water, and is Unite the Union's Senior Officer in the Republic of Ireland. ***** In the last podcast I had an interview with presidential candidate Gemma O’Doherty, and I have to say that I found the reactions to it pretty depressing. There was a twitterstorm in a teacup  with a series […]

  • Heres How 77 – Running for President
    Here's How 77 – Running for President
    Duration: 20min | 21/08/2018

    Gemma O'Doherty worked for the Irish Independent for 17 years before being dismissed following her investigation of the penalty points scandal. Since then she has worked as an independent journalist on a number of high-profile scandals and particularly on failed murder investigations. On 19 August, she announced her intention to seek nominations to be a […]

  • Heres How 76 – the Future of Labour
    Here's How 76 – the Future of Labour
    Duration: 45min | 14/08/2018

    Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is a Labour Party senator and former TD. ***** I wanted to comment a bit about the controversy that blew up in the UK last week about Boris Johnson’s comment about Muslim women who wear burkas. Boris Johnson, in case you don’t know, is the Tory Brexiteer who resigned in protest that […]

  • Heres How 75 – the Future of Renua
    Here's How 75 – the Future of Renua
    Duration: 56min | 10/07/2018

    John Leahy became leader of Renua Ireland in September 2016. I spoke to him about aspects of his policies set out on the Renua website, including the proposal to Introduce 90-day detention orders for those Gardai suspect of being actively involved in preparations to murder another or of being responsible for directing the activities of […]

  • Heres How 74 – The Case for Brexit
    Here's How 74 – The Case for Brexit
    Duration: 01h05min | 26/06/2018

    Graham Gudgin is a founder of Briefings for Brexit, and a research associate at the Centre For Business Research at the University of Cambridge and the Senior Economic Advisor with Oxford Economics. He was a special adviser to the Northern Ireland First Minister on economic policy from 1998  to 2002. **** You’ll remember that in […]

  • Heres How 73 – Antivax Claims
    Here's How 73 – Antivax Claims
    Duration: 58min | 07/06/2018

    ‎Steve Hinks‎ speaks for the UK Association of HPV Vaccine Injured Daughters, and he attended a conference in Dublin in April organised by the the International Federation for Injured Children and Adults. The conference was also attended by Anna Cannon of REGRET and Dr Jesper Mehlsen. The conference program claimed a speaker from the HSE […]

  • Heres How 72 – Feminism and Trans Issues
    Here's How 72 – Feminism and Trans Issues
    Duration: 51min | 29/05/2018

    Natalie Parrott produces the YouTube channel ContraPoints. I highly recommend her videos. I mentioned the interview I did Linda Bellos in February.  In our discussion, I mentioned the soaring referrals to the UK's Tavistock clinic (which specialises in gender reassignment) of children. I also mentioned James Caspian, the doctoral candidate at Bath Spa University who […]

  • Heres How 71 – Referendum Campaigning
    Here's How 71 – Referendum Campaigning
    Duration: 34min | 08/05/2018

    David Quinn is a founder of the Iona Institute, a newspaper columnist and a regular media commentator. During the marriage equality referendum campaign, David said that Should the referendum pass, a same-sex couple could demand a right to marry in a church ... In Denmark, we have already seen that the Lutheran Church, a State […]

  • Heres How 70 – The Exit from Brexit
    Here's How 70 – The Exit from Brexit
    Duration: 19min | 13/03/2018

    Sandra Khadhouri is one of the founders of Renew Britain, a new political party set up to resist Brexit. James Cousins, a former Conservative party member of Wandsworth Council has recently joined their party but they have not yet had a chance to test their electoral strength.  In our conversation, I mentioned The Road to […]

  • Heres How 69 – Battles within Feminism
    Here's How 69 – Battles within Feminism
    Duration: 42min | 21/02/2018

    Linda Bellos is a businesswoman, radical feminist and gay-rights activist. She was a member of the collective that produced Spare Rib, a British feminist magazine, and was a member of Lambeth Borough Council in London and was the leader of the council from 1986 to 1988.  The term 'TERF' is widely used as a term of […]

  • Heres How 68 - Comreg and Protecting Customers
    Here's How 68 - Comreg and Protecting Customers
    Duration: 25min | 06/02/2018

    I talked to Director of Retail and Consumer Services at Comreg, Barbara Delaney. Yourtel appear to still be advertising to the Irish market, despite being convicted on 88 sample charges (out of 880) of ripping off their customers. They were fined just €750 of a maximum fine of €5,000 in each case - a total of €66,000. […]

  • Heres How 67 - Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Videos
    Here's How 67 - Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Videos
    Duration: 45min | 09/10/2017

    Ken Foxe is a lecturer in DIT and a freelance journalist. On June 27 last, the Irish-American academic and blogger Catherine Kelly was leaving Ireland through Dublin airport when she was detained by two plain clothes gardaí, and questioned about online reporting that she had done on the finances of Fine Gael minister for Social […]

  • Heres How 66 - A Libertarian in Ireland
    Here's How 66 - A Libertarian in Ireland
    Duration: 35min | 25/07/2017

    Keith Redmond is an independent member of Fingal County Council, having been elected on the Fine Gael ticket in 2014 previously run for the Progressive Democrats and briefly been a member of Renua Ireland. He's also a founder member of the Hibernia Forum.  The Libertarian Party in the US is known for its anti-government stance […]

  • Heres How 65 - Cop on Comrades
    Here's How 65 - Cop on Comrades
    Duration: 43min | 30/06/2017

    I normally wouldn’t do a podcast about a blog post, but this is a blog post that has been signed by almost 500 people, so it’s not an ordinary blog post.  You might have heard about Dean Scurry, he’s one of the activists who organised Home Sweet Home, the occupation of Apollo House by the […]

  • Heres How 64 - Investigation: Unproven Meds Part 3
    Here's How 64 - Investigation: Unproven Meds Part 3
    14/06/2017

    In the main interview, I talked to Gino Kenny of the People Before Profit party.  Gino's Facebook page shared the Facebook group Medical Cannabis Testimonials Ireland & UK, and encouraged people to share supposed 'testimony' of people benefiting from medical marijuana. The page promotes the most manipulative and misleading quackery; most of its posts claim that […]

  • Heres How 63 - Investigation: Unproven Meds Part 2
    Here's How 63 - Investigation: Unproven Meds Part 2
    Duration: 29min | 01/06/2017

    I interviewed Dr Mariano García de Palau of the Kalapa Clinic about his claims to treat a wide range of ailments with cannabis. As he mentioned, there are no clinical trials to validate most of these cures. I also interviewed Dr Robert O'Connor, Head of Research for the Irish Cancer Society.

  • Heres How 62 - Cannabis Oil or Snake Oil?
    Here's How 62 - Cannabis Oil or Snake Oil?
    Duration: 35min | 23/05/2017

    This podcast is the first part of a major investigation into people selling unlicensed substances that they claim will treat or cure serious conditions. This first part of the investigation, focussing on the Dublin-based Hemp Company.  The Hemp Company's page selling the Charlotte’s Web product for up to €5,500 per litre is here, That page contains […]

  • Heres How 61 - Brexit Negotiations
    Here's How 61 - Brexit Negotiations
    Duration: 29min | 17/05/2017

    Derek Mooney is a public affairs and communications adviser as well as a former adviser to the Irish government. He's a columnist on Broadsheet.ie and Slugger O'Toole.  *** In the last podcast, I was talking to Tom Geraghty of the PSEU, that’s the union that represents higher level public sector workers. The interview was in the […]

  • Heres How 60 - Pay Restoration
    Here's How 60 - Pay Restoration
    Duration: 42min | 02/05/2017

    Tom Geraghty is the General Secretary of the Public Service Executive Union.  Tom disputed  a couple of the references that I made during the interview. The report of MABS staff dealing with an average of two new cases per week here.  The minister for justice has confirmed that there are gardaí suspended on pay for […]

  • Heres How 59 - Seanad Referendum Revisited
    Here's How 59 - Seanad Referendum Revisited
    Duration: 35min | 18/04/2017

    Opposition parties have called for the Disclosures Tribunal to be expanded. The MacLochlainn Tribunal does exist, but the Boyle Tribunal does not. Yet. Honest. Village magazine summarised the Morris Tribunal report in 2005 saying “the gardaí are in a state of disarray, with low morale, poor discipline, lack of oversight, and a culture of silence…” The […]

  • Heres How 58 - Déjà Crash All Over Again
    Here's How 58 - Déjà Crash All Over Again
    Duration: 27min | 05/04/2017

    Tony Groves writes the blog Trickstersworld, and we discussed this article which he wrote for Broadsheet.ie.

  • Heres How 57 - What is the Pay Gap? Are Women Being Short-Changed?
    Here's How 57 - What is the Pay Gap? Are Women Being Short-Changed?
    Duration: 32min | 21/03/2017

    Lughan Deane is the Communications Executive for the IMPACT trade union, who are currently running the #ClockedOut campaign. In the discussion I slightly overstated the dominance of women in Iran's technical and engineering facilities, but the point stands. By contrast, women in Norway are remarkably reluctant to enter many male professions. In Ireland it is […]

  • Heres How 56 - Tuam Babies and Reaction Part 2
    Here's How 56 - Tuam Babies and Reaction Part 2
    Duration: 30min | 13/03/2017

    Bill Donoghue is the President and CEO of the Catholic League. The article that he wrote claiming that the Tuam babies story is a hoax is here. The report by the Mother And Baby Homes Commission Of Investigation which detailed the forensic findings is here. The text of the letter by Terry Prone, pouring scorn on Catherine Corless's […]

  • Heres How 55 - Tuam Babies and Media Coverage
    Here's How 55 - Tuam Babies and Media Coverage
    Duration: 49min | 09/03/2017

    Brendan O'Neill is the editor of Spiked Online. His 2014 article that we discussed is here, and the interim report of the Mother And Baby Homes Commission Of Investigations is here. The second part of my coverage of this topic will be published next week. The global infant mortality statistics that I mentioned are here, […]

  • Heres How 54 - Media Independence RTÉ, the Gardaí and EU Web Controls
    Here's How 54 - Media Independence; RTÉ, the Gardaí and EU Web Controls
    Duration: 23min | 17/02/2017

    This is the link to Episode 41 where I originally interviewed RTÉ's news planner, Donal Byrne, and this is the original of the set-up interview with Paul Reynolds where he gave what he said were details of the contents of the O'Higgins report, which was published two days later. That report, and the possibility that […]

  • Heres How 53 - Conservative Peter Lilley MP on Brexit
    Here's How 53 - Conservative Peter Lilley MP on Brexit
    Duration: 36min | 27/01/2017

    Peter Lilley is the Conservative party MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, and the former Secretary of State for Social Security, and the former President of the Board of Trade. I mentioned George Eustace's speech at the Farmers Club, where he talked about restoring powers over farming to Westminster, not to the Northern Ireland, Scottish and […]

  • Happy New Year from Heres How
    Happy New Year from Here's How
    Duration: 01min | 01/01/2017

    Happy New Year, and a short message from the podcast host.

  • Heres How 52 - Fiona OLeary and Riko Muranaka on Vaccines
    Here's How 52 - Fiona O'Leary and Riko Muranaka on Vaccines
    Duration: 39min | 06/12/2016

    Fiona O'Leary is the mother of five children, two of whom are on the autistic spectrum. She was a witness in the prosecution that led to the conviction of Patrick Merlehan for selling unlicensed and dangerous medicines. Riko Muranaka is a Japanese journalist and medical doctor. She is a specialist in infectious diseases. Her work has […]

  • Heres How 51 - Smári McCarthy of the Icelandic Pirate Party
    Here's How 51 - Smári McCarthy of the Icelandic Pirate Party
    Duration: 33min | 04/11/2016

    Smári McCarthy is a programmer, a writer and one of the founders of the Pirate Party of Iceland. This interview was recorded shortly before his recent election to the Icelandic parliament.

  • Heres How 50 - REGRET Update and Procession against Islamic Terrorism
    Here's How 50 - REGRET Update and Procession against Islamic Terrorism
    Duration: 32min | 27/10/2016

    This is the document that I was pointed to while searching for the source for Anna Cannon's claim that one in 30 or one in 40 people are struck with an autoimmune disease after receiving the Gardasil vaccine. In fact, what the table on page 8 shows is that 2.3 per cent (one in 43) […]

  • Heres How 49 - Dr Brenda Corcoran of the HSE  R.E.G.R.E.T.s Claims
    Here's How 49 - Dr Brenda Corcoran of the HSE & R.E.G.R.E.T.'s Claims
    Duration: 36min | 03/10/2016

    These are R.E.G.R.E.T.'s website, Facebook page (Update: the page's content seems now to be hidden) and Twitter. This is the US Food & Drug Administration page that gives Gardasil information, which references 772 serious adverse events following administration of Gardasil, out of 23,000,000 doses administered. There is no requirement for proof that the adverse event be […]

  • Heres How 48 - Niamh Uí Bhriain of the Life Institute
    Here's How 48 - Niamh Uí Bhriain of the Life Institute
    Duration: 29min | 23/09/2016

    Niamh Uí Bhriain is a founder of the Life Institute, and previously of Youth Defence. We discussed the Roe v Wade decision of the US Supreme Court and the McGee v Attorney General decision of the Irish Supreme Court, and how they led to the Pro-Life Amendment Campaign  and ultimately the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution.

  • Heres How 47 - Francis Duffy of the Green Party
    Here's How 47 - Francis Duffy of the Green Party
    Duration: 16min | 05/09/2016

    Francis Duffy is a Green Party Councillor on South Dublin County Council. We talked about his proposal to ban election posters and replace them with hoardings at council-sponsored sites. The use of election posters is already highly regulated in Ireland, with the dates and locations of posters set in law; posters can be up for about […]

  • Heres How 46 - AJ Noonan of the Small Firms Association
    Here's How 46 - AJ Noonan of the Small Firms Association
    Duration: 27min | 25/08/2016

    AJ Noonan is the chairman of the Small Firms Association. The SFA's pre-budget submission is here. AJ queried my assertion that building land around Dublin was concentrated in a small number of hands. Business & Finance magazine reported in 2000 that the bulk of the development land in Dublin was owned by just eight speculators – […]

  • Heres How 45 - Mick Fealty of Slugger OToole
    Here's How 45 - Mick Fealty of Slugger O'Toole
    Duration: 33min | 01/08/2016

    Mick Fealty is the founding editor of Slugger O'Toole, Northern Ireland's foremost political blog. Voting for the Blog Awards Ireland will open soon, and I will add a link as soon as it does. Here's How has been longlisted in two categories, Best Innovation Blog and, strangely, Best Vlog.

  • Heres How 44 - James Behan of Mens Voices Ireland
    Here's How 44 - James Behan of Men's Voices Ireland
    25/07/2016

    James Behan is a PhD candidate at Trinity College Dublin, and a spokesperson for Men's Voices Ireland. He is also a staff writer for Trinity's University Times. In our discussion, James referred to a study by Dr Roisin O'Shea which indicates a poor quality of decision-making in custody cases in Irish Circuit Courts. James has written for the University […]

  • Heres How 43 - Gavan Reilly of TodayFM on Brexit
    Here's How 43 - Gavan Reilly of TodayFM on Brexit
    13/07/2016

    Gavan Reilly is the political correspondent of TodayFM. You can nominate the Here's How podcast for the Blog Awards Ireland here.

  • Heres How 42 - Kian Griffin on Car Insurance Costs
    Here's How 42 - Kian Griffin on Car Insurance Costs
    06/07/2016

    You can nominate Here's How for the Blog Awards Ireland here. Kian Griffin is the spokesperson for Ireland Underground. The motor insurance market is worth about €1.2bn per year, about half of one per cent of Ireland's GDP. The Motor Insurance Justice Action Group has in the past called for government subsidies on motor insurance, although they […]

  • Heres How 41 - Donal Byrne of RTÉ
    Here's How 41 - Donal Byrne of RTÉ
    29/06/2016

    Donal Byrne of is a news editor at RTÉ who is responsible for news planning. The phrase 'known to gardaí" appears scores of times on the RTÉ website and, as Donal Byrne rightly pointed out, frequently occurs in other Irish media. The phrase has been sharply criticised for the meaning it carries, including by novelist Frankie Gaffney: […]

  • Heres How 40 - Mick Byrne of the Dublin Tenants Association
    Here's How 40 - Mick Byrne of the Dublin Tenants' Association
    22/06/2016

    Mick Byrne is a spokesperson on behalf of the Dublin Tenants' Association. They launched a social media campaign to highlight the condition of the tenants of private landlords in Dublin, along with 'licencees', people who pay share a house with the owner, who are not considered tenants in Irish law. You can find them on […]

  • Heres How 39 - Michael Taft on Irish Indigenous Business
    Here's How 39 - Michael Taft on Irish Indigenous Business
    15/06/2016

    Michael Taft is the Research Officer for Unite the Union in Ireland. He is also a writer who appears frequently on Broadsheet and the Irish Left Review, and writes his own blog at Unite's Notes On The Front. This is the World Bank economic openness index that I mentioned that shows that Ireland has a […]

  • Heres How 38 - Eoin Ó Broin and Sinn Féin in Opposition
    Here's How 38 - Eoin Ó Broin and Sinn Féin in Opposition
    08/06/2016

    Eoin Ó Broin is the newly-elected Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West. He is a former local councillor in both Dublin and Belfast. The tracking of the opinion polling for Irish political parties, including Sinn Féin, since 2007 is here. This is the text of the confidence and supply agreement between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.

  • Heres How 37 - Fact Checking with Dan Mac Guill
    Here's How 37 - Fact Checking with Dan Mac Guill
    Duration: 22min | 01/06/2016

    Dan Mac Guill is a journalist with TheJournal.ie, and he has authored their excellent Fact Check series, including the one that we discussed about the effect of the closure of rural Garda stations. The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul article that I mentioned is here. Details about the shortages of sugar, Coca Cola and […]

  • Heres How 36 - Gemma ODoherty and Unsolved Murders
    Here's How 36 - Gemma O'Doherty and Unsolved Murders
    25/05/2016

    Gemma O'Doherty is an investigative journalist who has worked on the disappearance of Mary Boyle, the murder of Fr Niall Molloy and the penalty points cancellation scandal.  This is a report in the Irish Independent about Conor Lenihan's obsequious article praising the Mr Justice Frank Roe who acquitted Richard Flynn in bizarre circumstances.

  • Heres How 35 - Jim OCallaghan and Fianna Fáil in Government
    Here's How 35 - Jim O'Callaghan and Fianna Fáil in Government
    Duration: 19min | 18/05/2016

    Jim O'Callaghan is a senior counsel, and TD for Dublin Bay South. He was key to the negotiations between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil that led to the formation of the current governmnet. This is the text of the confidence and supply agreement between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. Information is here about the Lib-Lab […]

  • Heres How 34 - Pink Pricing and Motor Tax
    Here's How 34 - Pink Pricing and Motor Tax
    Duration: 32min | 11/05/2016

    This is Ray's petition against what he calls the unfair '2Tier' Irish car tax law. This is a table of the current motor tax rates for pre- and post-2008 vehicles. Dr Julien Mercille is a lecturer in the Department of Geography in University College Dublin, and a frequent columnist and media contributor.

  • Heres How 33 - The Census and the Election Outcome
    Here's How 33 - The Census and the Election Outcome
    Duration: 25min | 20/04/2016

    Tony Downes is an Administrative Officer in Census Publicity with the Central Statistics Office. Census day is on 24 April, the exact centenary of the 1916 Rising. If you didn't receive a census form yet, you should call 1850 2016 04 to get one. Information about problems in the US census is here. Note that […]

  • Bumper Heres How Election Edition 32 - Sorcha Nic Cormaic (SF), John Brassil (FF) and Seán Kyne (FG)
    Bumper Here's How Election Edition 32 - Sorcha Nic Cormaic (SF), John Brassil (FF) and Seán Kyne (FG)
    Duration: 01h04min | 25/02/2016

    Cllr Sorcha Nic Cormaic is the Sinn Féin councillor for Dundrum on Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, and candidate in Dublin Rathdown. In our discussion, I mentioned this report from the EPA. Cllr John Brassil is the Fianna Fáil councillor for Listowel on Kerry County Council and one of the party's candidates in Kerry. Seán Kyne TD represents Galway West […]

  • Heres How 31 - Eamon Delaney of the Hibernia Forum
    Here's How 31 - Eamon Delaney of the Hibernia Forum
    Duration: 32min | 23/02/2016

    Paddy Power's odds on the next government are listed here, and this is Adrian Kavanagh's analysis of recent opinion polls. Eamon Delaney is the director of the Hibernia Forum, he's also a writer, journalist and former diplomat. We discussed their general election briefing and mentioned the UN's target for overseas aid, which Ireland falls far short […]

  • Heres How 30 - Bríd Smith of People Before Profit
    Here's How 30 - Bríd Smith of People Before Profit
    Duration: 19min | 11/02/2016

    Bríd Smith is the People Before Profit candidate in Dublin South Central.

  • Heres How 29 - Anne-Marie McNally of the Social Democrats
    Here's How 29 - Anne-Marie McNally of the Social Democrats
    Duration: 17min | 08/02/2016

    Anne-Marie McNally is the Social Democrats candidate in Dublin Mid West. She also writes extensively for Broadsheet and works in Leinster House for the party.

  • Heres How 28 - Eamon Ryan of the Green Party
    Here's How 28 - Eamon Ryan of the Green Party
    Duration: 29min | 05/02/2016

    Eamon Ryan is the leader of the Green Party, and a candidate for the Dáil in the Dublin Bay South constituency. This is theJournal.ie article about Glenealy, Co Wicklow persuading candidates not to display posters along with dozens of anti-poster comments, and this is their, and in their online (unscientific) poll, 89 per cent of people […]

  • Heres How 27 - Mailo Power of Renua
    Here's How 27 - Mailo Power of Renua
    Duration: 20min | 02/02/2016

    Mailo Power, running in Waterford for Renua defends her party's policies ahead of the election.

  • Heres How 26 - Finian McGrath of the Independent Alliance
    Here's How 26 - Finian McGrath of the Independent Alliance
    Duration: 18min | 19/01/2016

    With the approach of the election, I hope to interview a candidate for each political group about their platform in the 2016 election. Finian McGrath TD will be running in the election in Dublin Bay North for the Independent Alliance. These are the 10 principles that the Independent Alliance says it will require to give its support to […]

  • Heres How 25 - Conor Cullen of Alcohol Action Ireland
    Here's How 25 - Conor Cullen of Alcohol Action Ireland
    12/01/2016

    This is the coverage of Patrick Durcan's comments about Martin McNamara and his 321 previous convictions at Killaloe District Court on 5 January. Conor Cullen is the head of communications and advocacy for Alcohol Action Ireland. In the discussion we talked about the report recommending a minimum price for alcohol, proposed to be €1.00 per unit of […]

  • Heres How 24 - Gaye Dalton, former Sex Worker
    Here's How 24 - Gaye Dalton, former Sex Worker
    Duration: 32min | 28/12/2015

    Following the interview with Sarah Benson from Ruhama in Episode 21,  Gaye Dalton got in touch with me to discuss her personal experience, and how that affects her view or Ruhama's work. Gaye's YouTube channel is here.

  • Heres How 23 - Floods, Insurance and Corruption
    Here's How 23 - Floods, Insurance and Corruption
    Duration: 24min | 17/12/2015

    Sinead Carroll is a solicitor with Ernest J. Cantillon Solicitors. Jason O'Sullivan is the founder of JOS Solicitors. Hugh McElvaney has been a Fine Gael councillor in Monaghan since 1999. He has been central to massive inappropriate rezoning throughout his career as a councillor. The Standards in Public Office (SIPO) Commission has been constantly undermined by […]

  • Heres How 22 - Dr Garrett McGovern on Injecting Rooms and Drug Decriminalisation
    Here's How 22 - Dr Garrett McGovern on Injecting Rooms and Drug Decriminalisation
    Duration: 24min | 08/12/2015

    I referred to the damage done to children's education, particularly to disadvantaged children by long school holidays. This is backed up by many studies, including this one from the Institute for Public Policy Research. Dr Garrett McGovern is a GP specialising in the treatment of addiction and Medical Director of the Priority Medical Clinic in Dublin.

  • Heres How 21 - Sarah Benson CEO of Ruhama
    Here's How 21 - Sarah Benson CEO of Ruhama
    Duration: 53min | 12/11/2015

    Sarah Benson is the CEO of Ruhama. The Good Shepherd Sisters and the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity were credited with founding Ruhama on Ruhama;s website up to February 2015, but all references to both those orders have been deleted from the pages of their website since, although some old annual report PDFs still mention them. […]

  • Heres How 20 - Refugees, Immigration and Migration
    Here's How 20 - Refugees, Immigration and Migration
    Duration: 14min | 05/11/2015

    Mike's original audio file is here. This is the Baroness Jay report into the sex abuse scandal in Rochdale, England. These are the UNHCR reports that report 1.7m Syrian refugees in Turkey and 1.8m in Lebanon, a country not much bigger than County Cork. Update: The contributor, Mike, got back to me and queried me for […]

  • Heres How 19 - Martin Collins of Pavee Point
    Here's How 19 - Martin Collins of Pavee Point
    Duration: 38min | 29/10/2015

    Martin Collins is the co-director of Pavee Point. Fr Micheál Mac Gréil published the study that measures the 'social distance' that people feel to various minority groups, and Travellers consistently are measured to be the most marginalised. The health, infant mortality, maternal mortality and life expectancy of Travellers are all much worse than the general […]

  • Heres How 18 - NAMA and Cork Council Merger
    Here's How 18 - NAMA and Cork Council Merger
    Duration: 20min | 18/10/2015

    Mick Barry is an AAA / Socialist Party councillor on Cork City Council. This is the article, written by Frank Daly of NAMA, (behind paywall, hint open in incognito window) where he claims "Some claim we should have got a better price, but they know there was no bidder willing to pay more," however the […]

  • Heres How 17 - Crime Reporting and Conor Faughnan
    Here's How 17 - Crime Reporting and Conor Faughnan
    Duration: 26min | 05/10/2015

    This is a long, detailed article  on the violent attack on the Corcoran family. Like almost every other report, in every newspaper, the report omitted that the men convicted of the crime were Travellers. Conor Faughnan of AA Ireland spoke about automating the checking of Tax, NCT and Insurance rather than displaying disks.

  • Heres How 16 - VW, and Exclusive Interview with Jamie Bryson
    Here's How 16 - VW, and Exclusive Interview with Jamie Bryson
    Duration: 35min | 29/09/2015

    This Episode has a major interview with Jamie Bryson, the loyalist blogger and activist about his revelations on the Nama/Project Eagle affair. These are the reports that first uncovered the software designed to cheat on EPA emissions tests when VW cars were tested. This is the report that shows that air quality doesn't match the […]

  • Heres How 15 - John Lyons and Namas Project Eagle
    Here's How 15 - John Lyons and Nama's Project Eagle
    Duration: 29min | 26/09/2015

    NAMA's Northern Ireland portfolio is named Project Eagle. The entire portfolio was sold to Cerberus. The maximum sentence for lobbying NAMA is six months in prison or a €1,000 fine. Judge Martin Nolan said that it would be incredibly unjust to send the Anglo criminals  Pat Whelan and William McAteer to prison for their part in […]

  • Heres How 14 - Bashir Otukoya and Alan Shatter
    Here's How 14 - Bashir Otukoya and Alan Shatter
    Duration: 20min | 22/09/2015

    Alan Shatter became minister of justice in 2011. Brian Purcell, his secretary general, was judged to be running a grossly incompetent department. Shatter extravagantly complained that the Guerin Report was a breach of his human rights and called on the Human Rights and Equality Commission to investigate the process, and he humiliatingly lost a case challenging the findings […]

  • Heres How 13 - Fixing Garda Corruption, Milk Prices  Two Announcements
    Here's How 13 - Fixing Garda Corruption, Milk Prices & Two Announcements
    Duration: 25min | 08/09/2015

    The episode of the Claire Byrne Live show is available here, but RTÉ don't tend to leave them online for very long. This is the James Reynolds who was presented as a 'man in the street' speaking from the audience. Cllr Seamus Treanor, the anti-immigration councillor from Monaghan was identified, he falsely claimed that there are […]

  • Heres How 12 - Renting, Building, Corruption and Beauty Queens
    Here's How 12 - Renting, Building, Corruption and Beauty Queens
    Duration: 42min | 28/08/2015

    This is the original article where Rosanna Davison claimed that gluten was responsible for autism spectrum disorders, schizophrenia and arthritis, and here she backtracked, claiming that she merely suggested that 'gluten-free diets can play a role in helping to manage ... auto-immune and neurological disorders'; my emphasis. This is the website where she visually and verbally promotes her […]

  • Heres How 11 - Religious education, Dublin transport planning, Rape Crisis Centre funding
    Here's How 11 - Religious education, Dublin transport planning, Rape Crisis Centre funding
    Duration: 49min | 15/08/2015

    David Quinn is the director of the Iona Institute and a columnist with the Irish Independent. The Religious Practice and Values in Ireland study by the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference found that half of Catholics don't believe in hell, a quarter don't believe in sin or in heaven, almost a third don't believe in the afterlife […]

  • Heres How 10 - Government IT, Philanthropy  Democracy and Germans on Greek Debt
    Here's How 10 - Government IT, Philanthropy & Democracy and Germans on Greek Debt
    Duration: 52min | 30/07/2015

    Long Term Economic Value (things look more meaningful when they get capital letters) was not an established economic concept when it entered public discourse in 2010. The acronym LTEV did not exist in relation to it before it was applied to NAMA. This is the statement by Ian Coulter saying that he deposited GBP £7m from his employer's client […]

  • Heres How, Episode Nine - Greek Default, TTIP again,
    Here's How, Episode Nine - Greek Default, TTIP again,
    Duration: 49min | 30/06/2015

    PARC, the road safety lobby group did a survey of court cases and found that 80 per cent of drivers sentenced to penalty points in court and 96 per cent of drivers disqualified from driving in court did not have their driver licence number recorded by the court clerk. The Moriarty Report was published in […]

  • Heres How, Episode Eight - TTIP, Transgender Children  More
    Here's How, Episode Eight - TTIP, Transgender Children & More
    Duration: 48min | 20/06/2015

    In the Marriage Equality referendum, the No side got 37.93 per cent; the Conservative Party got 36.9 per cent in the 2015 general election, and won more than half the seats in the House of Commons. The EU dropping regulations on powerful endocrine-disrupting chemicals linked to cancer and male infertility, under pressure from US TTIP negotiators, is reported […]

  • Podcast, Episode Seven
    Podcast, Episode Seven
    Duration: 38min | 30/05/2015

    These are the references for episode seven of Here's How. This is an excellent explanation of the timeline of the Siteserve deal provided by Broadsheet.ie, and this is their transcript of James Morrissey's interview on RTÉ. This is the Wikipedia article on the non-denial denial. I misspoke in the recording, the article of Bunreacht na hÉireann privileging […]

  • Podcast, Episode Six
    Podcast, Episode Six
    Duration: 47min | 02/05/2015

    Brian Cooke is the Deputy Director General of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry. Fergal Crehan BL is a practicing barrister and Fergal Crehan's blog. Julian de Spáinn is Árd Rúnaí of Conradh na Gaelige. Catherine Murphy is the independent TD for Kildare North.

  • Podcast, Episode Five
    Podcast, Episode Five
    Duration: 40min | 23/04/2015

    The Supreme Court decision on allowing illegally-obtained evidence to be used in court was criticised by Judge Adrian Hardiman. Transparency International lists Ireland as coming in seventeenth place on an index of 175 countries the 'perceptions of corruption', putting us in the least corrupt ten per cent of countries. Adrian Weckler is the technology editor of […]

  • Podcast, Episode Four
    Podcast, Episode Four
    Duration: 52min | 02/04/2015

    The definition of Economic Openness is here, and this table puts Ireland in fourth place worldwide for economic openness, behind Hong Kong, Luxembourg and Singapore. Pat Leahy, author and journalist with the Sunday Business Post, discusses recent opinion polls and the prospect of the government getting re-elected. Regina Doherty, Fine Gael TD for Meath East, discusses health […]

  • Podcast, Episode Three
    Podcast, Episode Three
    Duration: 40min | 12/03/2015

    Deuteronomy chapter 22, verses 28-29, in the King James translation and the Catholic versions of the Bible. Depending on the translation you have, it is ambiguous whether the rule applies to consensual premarital sex, but it is clear that it demands an unmarried rape victim to marry her rapist. Contrary to attempts to explain this away, it is […]

  • Here’s How Podcast, Episode Two
    Here’s How Podcast, Episode Two
    Duration: 42min | 11/03/2015

    Thanks for help, advice and a plug from the crew at Is It a Bicycle podcast. This is the Ulster Bank Construction PMI report that details a slowing in the growth of construction in Ireland, and this is the Irish Independent article on that report. Dr Darius Whelan is a lecturer in Law at University […]

  • Here’s How Podcast, Episode One
    Here’s How Podcast, Episode One
    Duration: 39min | 10/02/2015

    Episode one - with real, live contributors is here! I'm going to try to list all the sources that I reference in the show on the web page of each show, more or less in order. This is the record of the meeting of Fingal County Council where almost every councillor present - including all […]

  • Heres How Podcast, Episode Zero
    Here's How Podcast, Episode Zero
    08/01/2015

    Future editions of Here's How, Ireland's Political, Social and Current Affairs Podcast will include your phone calls, but episode zero is here mostly to test the system and make sure that everything works smoothly. If you notice any glitches, please report them to podcast@HeresHow.ie. Please also share the podcast on Twitter and Facebook, and you can […]

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