Irish Politics and New Film talent (E323)
It’s official — St. Patrick’s Day is canceled. When one of the most gregarious peoples on Earth cancels such an iconic celebration because of Covid-19, you know it’s serious. When Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald suggested the cancellation, she was ridiculed. Now everyone agrees with her.
She called it right, and now there’s a growing feeling in Ireland that following her extraordinary victory in last month’s Irish elections, it’s time to put a woman in charge. So, to discuss the rise and rise of Sinn Fein, we invited Ruairí Ó Murchú, TD for Dundalk, County Louth, to join us on the show.
In the shortest time imaginable Marc Zammit has gone from protégé to prodigious award-winning talent as an actor, producer, and film director. Unbelievably, he’s only 31, brought up on a council estate from a poor background, he’s not from the usual luvvy classes. He acted for 20 years, starting as a child in theater school, and has been directing for only two years. His crowdfunded directorial debut feature, Homeless Ashes, telling us the story of the homeless people we see all around us. “They’re not pigeons, they’re not dogs; they’re human beings,” he says. So, we invited Marc into the Sputnik studio to tell us more.