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Here's How is Ireland's political, social and current affairs phone-in podcast. You can air your views by recording a message on on our voicemail line, and presenter William Campbell will play the best calls in the show each week.

Here's How is Ireland's political, social and current affairs phone-in podcast. You can air your views by recording a message on on our voicemail line, and presenter William Campbell will play the best calls in the show each week.
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Here's How is Ireland's political, social and current affairs phone-in podcast. You can air your views by recording a message on on our voicemail line, and presenter William Campbell will play the best calls in the show each week.




Here's How 65 - Cop on Comrades

I normally wouldn’t do a podcast about a blog post, but this is a blog post that has been signed by almost 500 people, so it’s not an ordinary blog post. You might have heard about Dean Scurry, he’s one of the activists who organised Home Sweet Home, the occupation of Apollo House by the […]

Duration: 00:43:47

Here's How 63 - Investigation: Unproven Meds Part 3

In the main interview, I talked to Gino Kenny of the People Before Profit party. Gino's Facebook page shared the Facebook group Medical Cannabis Testimonials Ireland & UK, and encouraged people to share supposed 'testimony' of people benefiting from medical marijuana. The page promotes the most manipulative and misleading quackery; most of its posts claim that […]

Duration: 00:30:00

Here's How 58 - Déjà Crash All Over Again

Tony Groves writes the blog Trickstersworld, and we discussed this article which he wrote for

Duration: 00:27:24

Here's How 53 - Conservative Peter Lilley MP on Brexit

Peter Lilley is the Conservative party MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, and the former Secretary of State for Social Security, and the former President of the Board of Trade. I mentioned George Eustace's speech at the Farmers Club, where he talked about restoring powers over farming to Westminster, not to the Northern Ireland, Scottish and […]

Duration: 00:36:09

Happy New Year from Here's How

Happy New Year, and a short message from the podcast host.

Duration: 00:00:58

Here's How 52 - Fiona O'Leary and Riko Murinaka on Vaccines

Fiona O'Leary is the mother of five children, two of whom are on the autistic spectrum. She was a witness in the prosecution that led to the conviction of Patrick Merlehan for selling unlicensed and dangerous medicines. Riko Muranaka is a Japanese journalist and medical doctor. She is a specialist in infectious diseases. Her work […]

Duration: 00:39:44

Here's How 51 - Smári McCarthy of the Icelandic Pirate Party

Smári McCarthy is a programmer, a writer and one of the founders of the Pirate Party of Iceland. This interview was recorded shortly before his recent election to the Icelandic parliament.

Duration: 00:33:28

Here's How 49 - Dr Brenda Corcoran of the HSE & R.E.G.R.E.T.'s Claims

These are R.E.G.R.E.T.'s website, Facebook page and Twitter. This is the US Food & Drug Administration page that gives Gardasil information, which references 772 serious adverse events following administration of Gardasil, out of 23,000,000 doses administered. There is no requirement for proof that the adverse event be connected to Gardasil to be included. Dr Brenda […]

Duration: 00:36:28

Here's How 48 - Niamh Uí Bhriain’s of the Life Institute

Niamh Uí Bhriain is a founder of the Life Institute, and previously of Youth Defence. We discussed the Roe v Wade decision of the US Supreme Court and the McGee v Attorney General decision of the Irish Supreme Court, and how they led to the Pro-Life Amendment Campaign and ultimately the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution.

Duration: 00:29:53

Here's How 47 - Francis Duffy of the Green Party

Francis Duffy is a Green Party Councillor on South Dublin County Council. We talked about his proposal to ban election posters and replace them with hoardings at council-sponsored sites. The use of election posters is already highly regulated in Ireland, with the dates and locations of posters set in law; posters can be up for about a month before the election and must be removed within seven days of polling; they can't obstruct road signs or cause other hazards; they must identify the...

Duration: 00:16:50

Here's How 46 - AJ Noonan of the Small Firms Association

AJ Noonan is the chairman of the Small Firms Association. The SFA's pre-budget submission is here. AJ queried my assertion that building land around Dublin was concentrated in a small number of hands. Business & Finance magazine reported in 2000 that the bulk of the development land in Dublin was owned by just eight speculators – Gerry Gannon, Michael Cotter, Mickey Whelan, Tom and Mick Bailey, Joe O’Reilly and Brian Wallace, David Daly, Joe Moran and Liam Carroll. I also mentioned that...

Duration: 00:27:27

Here's How 45 - Mick Fealty of Slugger O'Toole

Mick Fealty is the founding editor of Slugger O'Toole, Northern Ireland's foremost political blog. Voting for the Blog Awards Ireland will open soon, and I will add a link as soon as it does. Here's How has been longlisted in two categories, Best Innovation Blog and, strangely, Best Vlog.

Duration: 00:33:15

Here's How 44 - James Behan of Men's Voices Ireland

James Behan is a PhD candidate at Trinity College Dublin, and a spokesperson for Men's Voices Ireland. He is also a staff writer for Trinity's University Times. In our discussion, James referred to a study by Dr Roisin O'Shea which indicates a poor quality of decision-making in custody cases in Irish Circuit Courts. In the discussion I raised the claim on the Men's Voices website that, in Ireland "at least nine per cent of rape cases are provably false" (since removed, emphasis in...

Duration: 00:49:34

Here's How 43 - Gavan Reilly of TodayFM on Brexit

Gavan Reilly is the political correspondent of TodayFM. You can nominate the Here's How podcast for the Blog Awards Ireland here.

Duration: 00:19:12

Here's How 42 - Kian Griffin on Car Insurance Costs

You can nominate Here's How for the Blog Awards Ireland here. Kian Griffin is the spokesperson for Ireland Underground. The motor insurance market is worth about €1.2bn per year, about half of one per cent of Ireland's GDP. The Motor Insurance Justice Action Group has in the past called for government subsidies on motor insurance, although they don't seem to be active any more. Kerry County Council voted in 2013, on the proposal of Danny Healy-Rae, to legalise drunk driving.

Duration: 00:23:26

Here's How 41 - Donal Byrne of RTÉ

Donal Byrne of is a news editor at RTÉ who is responsible for news planning. The phrase 'known to gardaí" appears scores of times on the RTÉ website and, as Donal Byrne rightly pointed out, frequently occurs in other Irish media. The phrase has been sharply criticised for the meaning it carries, including by novelist Frankie Gaffney: Then that vile euphemism: Known to Gardaí. ‘Deserved it’ in other words. Derek O'Toole died when he was struck by a garda car in Lucan Co Dublin in March...

Duration: 00:40:28

Here's How 40 - Mick Byrne of the Dublin Tenants' Association

Mick Byrne is a spokesperson on behalf of the Dublin Tenants' Association. They launched a social media campaign to highlight the condition of the tenants of private landlords in Dublin, along with 'licencees', people who pay share a house with the owner, who are not considered tenants in Irish law. You can find them on Twitter here.

Duration: 00:12:21

Here's How 39 - Michael Taft on Irish Indigenous Business

Michael Taft is the Research Officer for Unite the Union in Ireland. He is also a writer who appears frequently on Broadsheet and the Irish Left Review, and writes his own blog at Unite's Notes On The Front. I mentioned to Michael that average wages for electricity workers in the republic were double those of the north. I actually understated the position, as of 2011, the figures, excluding pension costs were €85,000 in the republic and €41,000 in the north.

Duration: 00:34:22

Here's How 38 - Eoin Ó Broin and Sinn Féin in Opposition

Eoin Ó Broin is the newly-elected Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-West. He is a former local councillor in both Dublin and Belfast. The tracking of the opinion polling for Irish political parties, including Sinn Féin, since 2007 is here. This is the text of the confidence and supply agreement between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.

Duration: 00:13:55

Here's How 37 - Fact Checking with Dan Mac Guill

Dan Mac Guill is a journalist with, and he has authored their excellent Fact Check series, including the one that we discussed about the effect of the closure of rural Garda stations. The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul article that I mentioned is here. Details about the shortages of sugar, Coca Cola and other commodities in Venezuela are here.

Duration: 00:22:44

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