Irish Water bend the rules, Jimmy visits Greece & where is Paul ‘f@#k you Deputy Stagg’ Gogarty now?

Our summer break has come to an end and we’re back in business.

This week we look at Greece as the very tired population heads to the polls for the 12th time in 3 years.

We talk about the increasingly desperate Labour party’s social media campaign which should be popping up on your Facebook feed any day now.

Speaking of increasingly desperate, we touch on the governments latest attempt to address the Irish water fiasco and we finish with a special treat from Paul “fuck you deputy stagg” Gogarty who reminds us of a young John Lennon.

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Greece: what happened & what’s next, Cormac Staunton from TASC talks minimum wage & public services investment, Irish Water & more

We’ve come a long way baby… this week DV sum up what has gone down in Greece over the last few months and what lies ahead.

We chat to Cormac Staunton again from think-tank and drivers for social change TASC about investing in public services ahead of cutting tax and raising the minimum wage.

We get Jimmy’s thoughts on who’s next in line after Enda oh and of course, it wouldn’t be a DV show without a harrumph about Irish Water.

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Donkey Votes Interview Dan Ariely

Dan Ariely

His TED Talks have over 8 million views, he’s published 3 best-sellers and is Professor of psychology and behavioural economics at Duke University.

In this episode, Donkey Votes speak to Dan Ariely about behavioural economics, herd mentality and bubbles, empathy and lots more in between.

Dan was in Dublin for the Zurich Dalkey Book Festival, an annual festival of internationally renowned writers and authors which is the brainchild of David McWilliams. For more on Dan visit danariely.com and follow him on Twitter.

If you liked this week’s episode, you can watch and listen to Dan some more at www.ted.com/speakers/dan_ariely.

As always, send us comments etc. to donkeyvotes@gmail.com.

Donkey Votes has never sounded so good!

We’ve had a production overhaul with our man Arron Faye from Spitshine Studios, Smithfield adding some aural sparkle to the show.

This week:
• We explain why everyone’s talking about Denis O’Brien and what he’s done
• Greece has another god-dam deadline… SURELY this is the last?
• Wastes of Government Money returns
• We give you the highlights of Daithi’s best bits from Tonight with Vincent Brown during #CK15
• #MarRef

You know the drill – hit us with questions or comments on Twitter, Facebook or via email.

So what’s the craic now following the UK election?

david cameron

The UK election produced such a surprise result that we needed some time to think about it. In this post-election special our UK correspondent Ross Barry Grainger has some controversial views on how:

  • David Cameron is not really a Conservative
  • David Cameron is the most pro-European Union Prime Minister the UK has ever had
  • The UK election system is fair and all this talk of proportionality is just “loser-talk”
  • What the result could mean for Northern Ireland

Hit us with questions or comments on Twitter,Facebook or via email.

The cost of the Oireachtas creche, Google is too popular, Greece’s deadline and US election

In this episode of Donkey Votes we learn more about:

  • Why Google is under investigation for being too popular
  • Another deadline for the Greeks who keep finding cold hard cash for the IMF
  • Candidates for the Republican nomination to become President of the United States of America with US correspondent Eoin O’Connor

We also take a look at the Dáil creche and see how much it costs our public representatives (below obtained under FOI request):

“Please find below breakdown of fees per child for the Oireachtas crèche:

Full-Time

Monthly

Baby

€817

Toddler

€772

Montessori

€707

Drop-In Service:

€7.35 per hour; maximum of 10 hours; Capped at €58

Late Night Service:

€ 10 per hour

Please note that the Oireachtas crèche is operated on behalf of the Oireachtas Commission by a third-party service provider and services are paid for directly by the users to the service provider.

The opening hours for the Oireachtas crèche are 8.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday.  The Oireachtas crèche closes on bank holidays, Good Friday and from the 24th of December to the 2nd of January each year.

The number of staff in the Oireachtas crèche is 7 (5 full time and 2 part-time).

As the crèche is operated by a third party service provider on behalf of the Oireachtas Commission, the records of wages of staff is solely held by that third party service provider.”

You know the drill – hit us with questions or comments on Twitter,Facebook or via email.

Fine Gael comeback? TASC interview on pay inequality, no more money in Greece, Yemen showdown

In this episode of Donkey Votes we learn more about:

  • Fine Gael’s improved approval rating and the good news about our economy
  • The upcoming UK elections courtesy of Ross our UK correspondent
  • Greece’s deadline on when they will run out of cold hard cash
  • Tensions in Yemen

We also chat with Cormac Staunton, Policy Analyst with research think tank TASC who gives us some insight into his recent research on pay inequality in Ireland – the full report is available from their website.

You know the drill – hit us with questions or comments on Twitter,Facebook or via email.

Bye-Bye Brian, Eoghan Murphy, County Managers & more

It’s our THIRD episode of Donkey Votes – a podcast that tries to make politics somewhat edible for people who know nada about politics.

This week Brian Hayes has decided to leave for Europe, the Reform Alliance have a chat (sounds interesting), Scotland might announce freeeeeeedooooommmm, we talk County Managers and Eoghan Murphy is our Random TD.

As always, tweet us your comments, questions or input at www.twitter.com/donkeyvotes

Cheers,
Brian, James, Ian & Bill.