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Ep 1534: Italian Election Returns the Country’s First Female Leader As Europe’s Right Wing Gains Expand

Sunday Independent columnist Paddy Agnew joins Eamon to talk about the result of the Italian general election, the success of Giorgia Meloni's Brothers of Italy (Fratelli d'Italia) party and what it may mean for Europe.

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Ep 1533: Ireland International Soccer - Stephen Kenny’s Ireland Progressing Game By Game

John Giles joins Eamon to review Ireland's performance against Scotland in the Nations' Cup and to talk about the England team's recent decline in the run in to the World Cup in Qatar.

Ep 1532: Putin’s War - High Morale And Battlefield Cunning The Key to Ukraine’s Success

Military Analyst and Senator Tom Clonan talks to Eamon as Putin mobilizes 300,000 troops for war in Ukraine and warns he’s not bluffing with nuclear threat. The also talk about the potential impact of the so-called referenda on joining Russia in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.

Ep 1531: Italy set to turn right at Sunday’s General Election

Author and journalist John Kampfner talks to Eamon about Putin's War and Putin's diminishing support in the world. John and Eamon talk about the Italian general election and the alliance of the right including Giorgia Meloni's Brothers of Italy, Matteo Salvini's Lega Nord and Silvio Berlusconi's Forze Italia who together are hoping to form a coalition government following their anticipated success. They also talk about Germany's remarkable achievement in dealing with the country’s energy crisis. John Kampfner is an Executive Director at Chatham House.

Focus: Afghanistan

As the Taliban returns to power in Kabul, our guests examine how we got here and what happens next.

Ep 1224: Life Under the Taliban - American Photojournalist Reports from Kabul

American Photojournalist Victor J Blue (www.victorblue.com) reports from Kabul amid signs that the West will recognise the Taliban regime.

Ep 1204: European Union - Searching for a Role in a Dangerous Changing World

Naomi O'Leary, Irish Times Europe Correspondent, talks to Eamon from Strasbourg.

Ep 1190: A Very Bad Week for American Democrats

Niall Stanage joins Eamon from Washington to discuss a difficult week in American politics.

Ep 1188: Taiwan - Will America's Retreat from Afghanistan Embolden China?

Journalist William Yang talks to Eamon from Taiwan as the US completes its withdrawal from Afghanistan and about China's brutal suppression of human rights protest in Hong Kong.

Ep 1186: Afghanistan - Fractured Alliances Pose A Threat To The West

Historian Diarmaid Ferriter and Chris Johns join Eamon to discuss the Afghan debacle, what caused it and how do we respond.

Eamon Dunphy

Eamon Dunphy

As a former professional and international soccer player Eamon was capped 23 times for Ireland. He has been a writer and broadcaster for over 40 years and written five best selling books including an early memoir Only a Game?, U2’s biography Unforgettable Fire, Sir Matt Busby’s biography A Strange Kind of Glory, Roy Keane’s autobiography Keane, and most recently his own memoir, The Rocky Road.

As a newspaper columnist Eamon has written for a number of newspapers, most notably the Irish Daily Star and the Sunday Independent. He was a contributor to RTÉ’s soccer panel for 40 years and was the editor and presenter of the drivetime radio show The Last Word for five years in the newly established Radio Ireland (now Today FM). Eamon launched The Stand in November 2016.

Focus: Coronavirus

The most pressing social crisis in living memory, discussed and evaluated by the experts.

Ep 1209: Covid-19 - Have NPHET and the Government a Winter Plan? If Not, Why Not?

Tomás Ryan talks to Eamon as the country lifts more restrictions. Tomás Ryan is Associate Professor at the School of Biochemistry & Immunology, Trinity College Dublin, and an associate of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. He is also a founding member of the Independent Scientific Advocacy Group (ISAG).

Ep. 1187: Air Filtration and Antigen Testing - Must Try Harder As Schools Reopen

Paul Moynagh, Professor of Immunology at Maynooth University, talks to Eamon about Covid-19 safety measures needed in schools and the success of the vaccine in limiting serious illness.

Ep 1180: With Masks And Good Ventilation School Re-opening is Welcome, Done Badly It’s Dangerous

Tomás Ryan, talks to Eamon about the success of the the vaccine rollout as the country prepares to reopen schools and colleges. Tomás is Associate Professor at the School of Biochemistry & Immunology at Trinity College Dublin, and an associate of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. He is also a founding member of the Independent Scientific Advocacy Group.

Focus: Northern Ireland Today

As a writer, reporter, and activist, Eamonn McCann has spent decades on the frontlines of the conflicts in Northern Ireland.

Ep 1106: Ballymurphy to Derry – Eamon McCann on Paras' Massacres

Eamonn McCann talks to Eamon about the campaign to get justice for ten people murdered by the British Army in West Belfast in 1971, and what Boris Johnson's response to this week's findings can tell us about the British attitude to Northern Ireland.

Ep 1076: Northern Ireland Crisis – The Platitudes of the Good Friday Agreement No Longer Serve

Eamonn McCann talks to Eamon about the violent unrest seen in Belfast over the last week.