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  • 75. RTÉ The Musical: Part 5

    40:45
    The RTE scandal is not about pay-offs, flip-flops or Ryan Tubridy’s salary, it’s a story of how the media was manipulated in Ireland. From the Troubles to Gaza one point of view has always been given an easier ride than the other.On RTE The Musical Part 5, Joe and Dion look at who has been platformed by the national broadcaster and who is excluded.RTE’s future is a story that is much bigger than the national broadcaster. It’s not just about the media but about who governs Ireland.For more on Free State: https://freestatepodcast.com/To get in touch with the podcast: info@freestatepodcast.com

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  • 74. RTÉ The Musical: Part 4

    40:10
    RTE can’t escape scandal. The controversies of the last six months have demonstrated how the organisation operated in the dark.But there is a bigger story.On Free State, Joe and Dion look at how RTE was captured. How free and fearless journalism has been replaced by cronyism.They trace the story of decline back to the 1970s to see how journalism and journalists in RTE were censored during the Troubles. Dion and Joe disagree about Section 31 which banned Sinn Fein from television and radio. They look too at how self-censorship took over before it increasingly resembles the political establishment, with challenging voices -and northern nationalists - not welcome. While it rightly mobilised to support the people of Ukraine, Gaza has been a different story with even the smallest show of support forbidden. Instead of being the crusading station it once was, RTE comforted the comfortable and left the afflicted to fend for themselves.For more on Free State: https://freestatepodcast.com/To get in touch with the podcast: info@freestatepodcast.com
  • 73. And God gave his only son Bono to the world. Part 2

    33:11
    Having dealt with the question ‘What is Bono?’ on today’s Free State, Dion and Joe ask the more important question: why? Why God why? They look at how Bono’s endless hot air became a comfort not a challenge for the elites.What was Bono’s plan to combat ISIS?And they ask the most important question - how did Bono become the butter in the peace process sandwich?For more on Free State: https://freestatepodcast.com/To get in touch with the podcast: info@freestatepodcast.com
  • 72. And God gave his only son Bono to the world. Part 1

    36:38
    What is Bono and who is he for?On today’s Free State, Dion and Joe look at Bono’s activism, what he has said and, as importantly, what he hasn’t said.Is he a symbol of all that is wrong with the world? Is he a false god of philanthropy or has he achieved something meaningful? They also discuss the Kneecap case against Kemi Badenoch and Dion explains why her censorship represents another nail in the coffin for the modern U.K.For more on Free State: https://freestatepodcast.com/To get in touch with the podcast: info@freestatepodcast.com
  • 71. Ulster Says YES - Part 2

    34:25
    How close are we to a United Ireland?The unionist voices that said ‘no terrorists in government’ and no Sinn Fein First Minister have been marginalised. How will they respond to what is coming next?Joe recalls his own encounters with Jamie Bryson and explains why he would be a good convert to Catholicism. The boys also suggest another career path for Bryson now that politics isn’t working out.Joe and Dion disagree about the media in the south’s response to Michelle O’Neill’s election, while Dion wonders if Joe is spending too much time looking at Fine Gael Twitter accounts.Free State with Joe Brolly and Dion Fanning is a Gold Hat Production in association with SwanMcG.For more on Free State: https://freestatepodcast.com/To get in touch with the podcast: info@freestatepodcast.com
  • 70. Ulster Says YES - Part 1

    39:27
    Michelle O’Neill’s election as First Minister of Northern Ireland made worldwide headlines.On today’s Free State, Joe reflects on the importance of O’Neill’s election and considers what it means for the nationalist community. Joe and Dion look at the generous speeches of O’Neill and the deputy first minister Emma Little-Pengelly and consider their journeys to this point. It is a moment of real significance where history may now become just that - history. It is a moment where Ulster finally said Yes.Free State with Joe Brolly and Dion Fanning is a Gold Hat Production in association with SwanMcG.For more on Free State: https://freestatepodcast.com/To get in touch with the podcast: info@freestatepodcast.com
  • 69. KNEECAP Part 2

    35:53
    Northern Ireland prepares for a Sinn Fein First Minister, but why has it taken so long?On today’s Free State, Joe and Dion look at how culture was used as a tool of oppression in the north. As Kneecap the movie demonstrates the Irish language is now part of a vibrant culture among young nationalists. The language has more power because of how it was so recently suppressed.Dion also finds a strong reason called Conor Bradley for a border poll. And things get heated when the lads discuss Israel and Gaza.Free State with Joe Brolly and Dion Fanning is a Gold Hat Production in association with SwanMcG.For more on Free State: https://freestatepodcast.com/To get in touch with the podcast: info@freestatepodcast.com