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Trigger for Change

9 January 2022 - 45 mins
Podcast Series Documentary on Newstalk

Trigger for Change is new radio documentary, created by artist Sinead McCann in collaboration with The Bridge Project. Produced by Sinead McCann and Alan Meaney in collaboration with The Bridge Project. Music by Eamonn Bailey.

The documentary explores the challenges people with a criminal record face in securing employment on release from prison. It focuses on the difficult life stories of these people, but finds hope in their recovery and how they have built new lives through education, community engagement and employment.

This project is funded by the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme, managed by Create.

The research and development was funded by Dublin City Council Culture Co...

45 mins

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Jewish Ireland

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Somalia: the complicated business of helping people

Somalia: the complicated business of helping people

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46 mins

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The Iveagh Trust: How Ireland’s Richest Man Housed Dublin’s Poor

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