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Ep 1985: French Election - Macron gambles the house on shock election

Lara Marlowe talks to Eamon as Marine Le Pen's RN Party makes huge gains in the European Elections. Lara Marlowe is a US-born journalist and author, who was the US correspondent for The Irish Times before returning to Paris in 2013 as the paper's Paris correspondent. Lara also spent 15 years as a journalist for Time.

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We publish five or more episodes a week, covering everything from analysis of the weekend’s football through to the biggest stories in national and international politics.

Ep 1983: Sinn Féin electoral travails - people laughing not listening

Fionnán Sheahan talks to Eamon as the local and European election counts draw to a close. Fionnán Sheahan is Ireland Editor for independent.ie, The Irish Independent and The Sunday Independent.

Ep 1982: Russia Ukraine War - NATO calls Putin’s nuclear bluff

Senator Tom Clonan joins Eamon to talk about the war in Ukraine and the decision by the US and NATO to allow Ukraine to use their supplied weaponry over the Russian border. Also, in the Israel Gaza war, why does Netanyahu need seven months to bring an end to the war. Tom Clonan is an Irish senator, security analyst, author and retired Irish Army Captain. He was elected to Seanad Eireann in March 2022.

Ep 1981: US Presidential Election - Netanyahu continues to humiliate Biden; Trump continues to defy the stigma of felony

Niall Stanage reports from Washington. Niall Stanage is Associate Editor of The Hill and White House Columnist for that publication.

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.