In The News

In The News is a daily podcast from The Irish Times that takes a close look at the stories that matter, in Ireland and around the world. Hosted by Sorcha Pollak and Conor Pope.

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  • Why is an oil CEO leading the UN's climate talks?

    COP28, the UN’s annual climate change summit kicks off today in Dubai. This year the COP President is Sultan Al Jaber, who is both the UAE’s special envoy on Climate Change and the CEO of the State’s oil and gas company Adnoc. Campaigners have likened his appointment to a tobacco CEO chairing a forum on cancer cures. So how damaging is this to the credibility of COP and how can this conflict of interest be reconciled? Sorcha Pollak speaks to Patrick Galey, journalist and senior fossil fuels investigator for Global Witness. Produced by Suzanne Brennan.

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  • Does Ireland have a problem with anti-Semitism?

    Authorities and civil society groups have reported a worldwide surge in anti-Semitism since the Israel-Hamas October, with notable rises in anti-Semitic incidents in France, Germany, the US, Canada and the UK. In Vienna, where Jews were once persecuted, a Jewish cemetery was recently burned, while in France, anti-Semitic incidents have nearly tripled in number compared to last year.But what about here in Ireland – a country that has been labelled by some as anti-Semitic due to its pro-Palestinian sentiment and criticism of Israel’s bombardment of Gaza.Chairman of the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland Maurice Cohen and former associate professor of sociology at Trinity College Ronit Lentin join the podcast to discuss the differences between anti-Israeli sentiment and anti-Semitism, and reflect on Ireland’s relationship with Jewish people.Presented by Sorcha Pollak. Produced by John Casey and Declan Conlon.
  • Dublin Riot aftermath: the victims, the investigation and the political fallout

    Last week's stabbing attack on primary school children and subsequent riot have left Dublin city shaken. One child and her after-school carer are still in a serious condition, as is the man who is suspected of attacking them. Street violence has left immigrants and city-centre workers fearful. And the political fallout is serious - especially for Minister for Justice Helen McEntee. Conor Gallagher and Pat Leahy report.
  • 'I go up the stairs on all fours to conserve energy' - Ireland's ignored health crisis

    When musician and therapist Ailie Blunnie first caught Covid in 2021, she expected to recover quickly. Yet, more than two years later, the once active 38-year-old has never returned to full health and lives with symptoms of long covid, including chronic fatigue and exhaustion. In this episode, Blunnie talks to Sorcha Pollak about how she manages this debilitating illness. We also hear from long covid specialist Dr Jack Lambert, who says the State funding of long Covid services needs to be allocated differently.
  • Can Patrick Kielty pass the Toy Show test?

    RTÉ’s TV advertisements have been good fun with new Late Late host Patrick Kielty getting advice from some very opinionated children on how he should present The Late Late Toy Show. The bottom line – don’t mess up. The station bosses will be hoping the same thing when the razzamatazz kicks off tonight. There’s a lot at stake – not least the fact that the annual toyfest is a cash-cow for the cash-poor station. Irish Times media columnist Laura Slattery explains why the seasonal show is now such a key programme for the station. Presented by Bernice Harrison. Produced by John Casey.
  • Dublin stunned after dark day of violence

    The streets of Dublin city centre were ablaze on Thursday night, with at least one Garda vehicle, a double-decker bus and a Luas tram set alight and several shops looted.In the wake of the stabbing attack on several schoolchildren on Parnell Square, a major riot broke out on O’Connell Street, the city centre’s main thoroughfare, and surrounding streets.Large numbers of gardaí were mobilised in an attempt to restore order, clashing with large groups of rioters. The shops broken into and looted include Arnotts and Footlocker.Crime and security correspondent Conor Gallagher and reporter Jack Power covered the stabbing attack and witnessed the riot. They talk to In the News producer Declan Conlon.
  • Who is Javier Milei, "The Madman" elected president of Argentina?

    Javier Milei will be sworn in as president of Argentina next month. But just why is this political outsider called "The Madman" - and what can Argentinians expect from his administration? Tom Hennigan reports.