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Ireland 2029: Shaping Our Future
29 minutes | Aug 27, 2019
Could Ireland build a world-class public transport system?
What would Ireland need to do to drastically improve its public transport system? From buses to bike lanes, and everything in between, is it time for an overhaul - and could we do it in the next decade? In the tenth and final episode of Ireland 2029, we explore if Ireland could build a world-class public transport system, and look at what we can learn from other countries.
30 minutes | Aug 20, 2019
Could Ireland create an Olympic medals powerhouse?
Since the 2000 Olympics, New Zealand — a nation with an almost identical population to Ireland — has won 50 Olympic medals. In the same time period, Ireland has won 12. What can we learn from New Zealand's success, and could we emulate it? In the ninth episode of Ireland 2029, we look at what the country needs to do to bring more medals home.
31 minutes | Aug 13, 2019
Should Ireland reintroduce wolves?
Some environmentalists are hoping to see wolves return to Ireland. They say the presence of an apex predator can have a massively beneficial trickle-down effect on an ecosystem - as documented in Yellowstone in the US. However, there would likely be much opposition to such a move - with possible threats to humans and livestock among the main concerns. In the eighth episode of Ireland 2029, we explore whether or not the country should reintroduce wolves.
30 minutes | Aug 6, 2019
Could Ireland build the world's most successful women's football league?
You've probably noticed it: there is a huge buzz around women's football right now in the wake of the World Cup. Ireland is aiming to double the number of female footballers in the next seven years. But in order to do this, a massive increase in investment is needed. In the seventh episode of Ireland 2029, we explore whether or not Ireland could build the world's most successful women's football league. Possible? Or pipe dream?
29 minutes | Jul 30, 2019
Could Ireland go plastic free by 2029?
Plastic is light. It’s cheap. It’s durable. But it's also rapidly damaging the environment. In the sixth episode of Ireland 2029, we explore whether or not Ireland could go plastic free in the next 10 years - and what would be needed by individuals, government and business to make this happen.
28 minutes | Jul 23, 2019
Should Ireland introduce a universal basic income?
What would change if the government gave everyone in Ireland €200 a week? It could empower Irish workers, but is it really the best solution for the country’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens? In the fifth episode of Ireland 2029, we explore the pros and cons.
25 minutes | Jul 16, 2019
Could we train the nation to sleep better?
Only three in ten people get the recommended eight hours of sleep per night. Commute times, shift work and mobile phones all play a role. So, what can individuals, schools and businesses do to help us all get more sleep? In the fourth episode of Ireland 2029, we explore whether the Irish nation could be trained to sleep better - and if this would boost GDP.
25 minutes | Jul 9, 2019
Should it be compulsory for young people to volunteer for a year?
In the third episode of Ireland 2029, we explore the pros and cons of introducing a compulsory year-long volunteer programme for young people. A State-run, State-funded programme that would see people give back to their communities for a few hours every week - could such an idea work? We ask experts, and young people, what they think.
29 minutes | Jul 2, 2019
Should Dublin have an iconic high-rise skyline?
In the second episode of Ireland 2029, we explore whether Dublin needs a high-rise skyline. The average building height in Dublin city centre is four to six storeys. Going high-rise, or at least higher, is often billed as the way forward - but it's not that simple. What impact would this have on the housing crisis? How would it affect land values? Would it make the city more, or less, liveable?
27 minutes | Jun 25, 2019
Is Ireland ready for a four-day working week?
In the first episode of Ireland 2029, we explore whether the country should bring in a four-day work week. Is it feasible? Could it impact your pay? Would it result in a more productive, happier workforce?
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