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Political podcast for those who know nothing about politics.






Fire and fury and bins

New Year, New DV... we're back with the DV outlook for 2018 with an eye to what's a brewing around The Med, the release of Fire & Fury and we tee up the rebuttal of Donkey Votes contributor Ross Barry Grainger following his Brexit ding-dong with LBC's James O'Brien. / @donkeyvotes


DV interviews Peter Hitchens about Leo, good Friday Agreement, Brexit and Kevin Myers

Donkey Voters, We are bank with a bang though and in today’s episode we interview Peter Hitchens, long-time Eurosceptic, Mail on Sunday columnist and brother of the late Christopher. Peter has generated controversy over his criticism of our beloved Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and ignited a subsequent twitter storm with Irish tweeps about the 1916 rising and German involvement therewith. More here:...


May Day, May Day... UK election backfire

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party took more seats than expected in the UK election last Thursday. DV discusses how did the polls get it wrong once more, the Tories DUP deal to avoid a hung parliament and what's next for Theresa and Jeremy. Introduction this week is by former Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.


Enda's the Enda that

It's the Enda an era as Kenny throws in the towel after over 40 years in government. On this episode, we discuss the process for the next leader, how the leadership will most likely pan out and James learns what kickball.


President Trump - Part 2 with UK Correspondent Ross Barry Grainger

PART 2 WITH ROSS BARRY GRAINGER Dear Donkey Voters, After an extended sabbatical, the election of Donald Trump has prompted our hasty return to the airwaves. To show how sorry we are we are bringing you a bumper two part episode featuring two of our favourite triple named contributors - Carol Ann Conlon and Ross Barry Grainger! We look at who voted according to the preliminary exit poll data and assess the keyboard warriors claims of a new wave of racism sweeping the U.S. We also discuss...


Sam Cam Nissan, tycoon TDs, work shy French and Venezuela

This week we open with old Etonian David Cameron's latest attempt to resemble the man on the street, we're talking inheritance tax, landlord TDs, out of hours emails in France and the total and utter demise of Venezuela. Send us caffein-free painkilling suggestions to Brian & Jimmy


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 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. Comments, questions and the works to...


Greece: what happened & what's next, raising min wage w/ Cormac Staunton ( TASC), 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...


Donkey Votes Interviews 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. For more on Dan: Visit Follow: Watch & Listen: As always, send us comments etc. to


Denis O'Brien explained, #MarRef, #CK15 & Daithi, Greece (again) and more!

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 • and more... You know the...


So what's the craic now following the UK election? UK special

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 …and more etc


Google is too popular, Greece's deadline, US election, Cheap creches & more

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 • Politicians getting huge discounts on childcare • Candidates for the Republican nomination to become President of the United States of America with US correspondent Eoin O’Connor Send us any other comments, questions or input at or Find us on Facebook...


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 • pay inequality in Ireland with Cormac Staunton, Policy Analyst with research ThinkTank TASC • 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 • ...and more! Also, do you or somebody you know pay for child care? Well we have requested how much it costs to leave...


Irish Election Literature, Greece update, latest opinion polls, banking inquiry & more

• We chat to Alan Kinsella of Irish Election Literature ( who owns the largest collection of political literature in Ireland and learn about some of the quirky manifestos that have appeared over the last 30 year. • We give an update from Greece and how they are brokering a deal with the E.U. • We look at recent opinion polls which sees Sinn Féin holding on to the No. 1 spot. • An update from the banking inquiry. ...and much more. Send us your...


Donkey Votes 06.02.2015 | Bill Black Interview, Cllr Patrick McKee reveals, booze laws & more

This week we have a very special show for you... It's our biggest scoop to date as we have an interview with Mr William (Bill) Black who this week testified before the Banking Inquiry. We chatted to Bill about why he was called to testify, his opinions on the bank guarantee and what went wrong with our regulator leading to the worst economic crash in the history of the State. That's not all, we also chatted to Kilkenny councillor, Patrick McKee, this week - he told us why he won't be...


Donkey Votes 21.01.2015 | Leo’s news, Quantitative easing, Candy Crush Saga, Banking inquiry & more

Our second episode of 2015 sees Donkey Votes cover: • Leo’s big news • Quantitative easing • Candy Crush Saga • Banking inquiry update • Greece Send us your comments, questions or input at Find us on Facebook or visit for more info. Cheers, Brian, James & Ian.


Donkey Votes 12.01.2015 | FF-FG coalition?,Lucinda & Eddie,revenue’s rollin’,bondholders,NAMA & more

Donkey Votes is back in town and boy do we have an action packed episode to kick off the New Year: •prospects of a FF-FG Coalition •Lucinda Creighton and Eddie Hobbs’ new party •how much the revenue took in tax last year •what bondholders are •things are stirring in Greece •Michael Lowry is our random TD Send us your comments, questions or input at or Find us on Facebook or visit for more info. Cheers, Brian, James & Ian.


Donkey Votes 26.11.2014 | latest Financial Advisory Council report, UKIP, Richard Bruton & more

It's time for Donkey Votes - a podcast that tries to make current affairs, politics and economics a bit more interesting. This week we talk about... The latest opinion polls and the decline in support for the government parties, we (briefly) bring you the latest on Irish Water, we cross the water to give you the lowdown on the UKIP Party, we explain the latest Financial Advisory Council report on how the government's budget cuts are going and we have another random TD Richard Bruton......


Donkey Votes 12.11.2014 | Our new Washington correspondent, latest government opinion polls & more

It's time for Donkey Votes - a podcast that tries to make current affairs, politics and economics a bit more interesting. Listen up and you'll learn about Catalonia's unofficial vote on their independence, the lowdown on the latest government opinion polls, why there's no going back with Irish Water, upload your CV or get off the dole and we meet our new Washington correspondent who gives us an overview of what's going on Stateside. Send us your comments, questions or input at...