An interesting theory on terror, DV in Brussels, Pfizer move HQ to Ireland, IFA scandel


Pfizer have decided to move their global HQ to Ireland and essentially become an Irish company but it’s not all good news for our economy.

The Irish Farmers Association, one of the most successful farmer lobby organisations in the world, have been making headlines all week for the wrong reasons.

We then hear from our man on the ground, Ross Barry Grainger, who is based in Brussels following the Paris attacks and his thoughts and interesting theories.

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Brian, Jim & RBG.

The people’s cheaters, Irish economy reaching ludicrous speed & when are we going to the polls?

Hello Donkey Votes folk,

It appears Volkswagen are cheating so we discuss what this could mean for you and why it’s bigger than the destruction of a much loved brand.


The Irish economy is heating up nicely and so is the general election campaign – will it be November or February next year?

Listen up to find out more.
Brian & Jim

DV chats to Tom Lyons (Sunday Business Post) about Michael ‘Fingers’ Fingleton

Following his appearance in front of the Banking Inquiry last week, this episode of Donkey Votes focuses on Michael ‘Fingers’ Fingleton. We interview the man who quite literally wrote the book on Fingers, Sunday Business Post Business Editor Tom Lyons.

tom lyons - fingers

Tom is co-author of ‘Fingers: The Man Who Brought Down Irish Nationwide And Cost Us €5.4bn’ and you can read his column each week in The Sunday Business Post. Follow him on Twitter via @TomLyonsBiz.

You can buy Tom’s book here and listen to our interview below.

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A UK opinion of the Irish, Galway’s plush cinema, pay for Minister’s advisors, Irish Water protest


There’s a cap on pay for Ministerial advisors but a few members of the cabinet are getting around that. It wouldn’t be an episode without a thought on Irish Water following the weekend’s protests. We chat about the Irish film industry and Galway’s new cinema and The Artist Taxi Driver plays us out with his take on the Irish.

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.

Emails ( and tweets (@donkeyvotes) are most welcome.

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 and follow him on Twitter.

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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:









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.