DV #GE16: The people have spoken

Dear Donkey Voters,

The people have spoken. Nobody quite knows what they said. But message received, loud and clear.

In sum, they didn’t like the Fine Gael/Labour administration so they deserted it in droves in favour of Fianna Fail who oversaw the collapse of 25% of Ireland’s GDP.

They tell pollsters they like Sinn Fein but then chicken out of voting for them when they get to the ballot boxes. Or, as we discuss in this episode, they accidentally spoil their votes by putting a big X next to their preferred candidate instead of a number.

The headbangers in AAA-PBP managed to secure 6 seats but this does not necessarily represent the ‘political earthquake’ that the well heeled privately educated revolutionista Paul Murphy says it did. After all, just under 50% of the electorate voted for the same two parties that have returned in pretty much every election since 1922. Message received, loud and clear.

In today’s episode we try and plot the next steps. Listen up and listen good.


Brian & Jimmy

DV Interview: Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan | #GE16

As part of DV’s #GE16 coverage, we chat to Eamon Ryan, Green Party leader, former cabinet minister and candidate for Dublin Bay South.

Eamon gives us a rundown on Green Party policy including its economic competence, tells us what he thinks of the current government (and of Michael Lowry), explains how he would change Dublin and informs us that British intelligence accesses and holds our internet activities for 30 days.

Oh and we get his opinion on a Dáil dress code.

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Brian & Jim

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.

Talk to DV, via email or Twitter.

Brian, Jim & RBG.

UN General Assembly speeches, Facebook brought to court in Ireland, eggs to the face

This week our UK/EU/UN correspondent Ross Barry Grainger outlines some more of his controversial views and gives an overview of the comings and goings at the United Nations General Assembly.

We also talk about Max Schrems – who? He’s the Austrian student that took Facebook to court here in Ireland, for not protecting his personal data from US snooping.

After a long campaign he eventually won his case at the European Court of Justice and we discuss what this means for you and the reams of personal information you pour into Facebook every week and also the consequences for the multitude of tech companies based right here in Dublin.

That and more. Send us whatever you want to donkeyvotes@gmail.com.

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

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 (donkeyvotes@gmail.com) 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.

Comments, queries, compliments, complaints to donkeyvotes@gmail.com or @donkeyvotes on Twitter.

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.