Sean Defoe #PolCorCraic Ep. 74

We often throw out the line that it is the media’s job to “speak truth to power.” But like everything else, the reality can be much more nuanced. Our guest in the tortoise shack is Political Correspondent with Communicorp (and a breath of fresh air), Sean Defoe.
He walks us through the Leinster House Bubble, the state of the industry at the moment and the craic among the Pol Cor pool!

Johnny Fallon #PoliticalPR Ep. 73

Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, repeatedly said that he saw “communications as a virtue.” Yet he continuously got his messaging wrong when it came to his €5m ‘Strategic Communications Unit’. Our guest in the tortoise shack, PR Guru, Political Commentator and Longford’s finest, Johnny Fallon breaks down the Communications missteps and how it should really be done. He also shares his insights on the post 8th Referendum political landscape and what we can expect in the slow bicycle race towards the next General Election.

Leilani Farha #Right2Housing #MakeTheShift Ep. 6

It’s not everyday the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Housing, Leilani Farha, is in Dublin. So naturally we were delighted to sit down and get her views on the Irish Housing and Homelessness Crisis and its potential solutions. In her role, Leilani focuses economic inequality and explains why a denial of adequate housing is a denial of human dignity and a breach of our human rights.

This is recorded in a Dublin hotel room and we are very grateful for her time and patience!

David Cullinane #Brexit Ep.72

The Taoiseach said that the backstop was ‘cast iron’ and the least worst option around the border was that Northern Ireland would stay part of the Customs Union. But that’s no longer the case. So it is timely that we are joined in the tortoise shack by Sinn Fein TD, and the party spokesperson for Brexit, David Cullinane, to discuss how a grassroots and human rights based movement could see us move towards a United Ireland far sooner than many in the commentariat think.

Carly Bailey #NowForNI Ep. 70

Many politicians seem to be manufactured these days. But that is not the case for our guest in the tortoise shack, Vice-Chair of the Social Democrats and newly nominated candidate for Dublin South West, Carly Bailey. She has taken the hard road and those lessons have only made her more determined to make a difference.
Stay tuned for the border poll debate, it gets a bit heated!

Oliver Callan #CallansKicks Ep. 71

Satire, done well, can be an effective tool for poking fun at the establishment and informing the general public of the truth behind the spin. That’s exactly what our guest in the tortoise shack, Impressionist, Columnist and lovable troublemaker, Oliver Callan does. Warning: there are several special guest appearances and one major walk out!

Michael Fry #BigDirtyFry Ep. 69

Hello and welcome to the Echo Chamber Podcast, with me, Michael Chambers. Joining me in the chamber is Fianna Fail TD, Lisa Chambers and writer and author of the popular book, Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets, JK Rowling. Today we’re asking the questions; is pee really stored in the balls and is Derry Londonderry going to be the hit tune of Summer 2018?

We are Fanboys of the mega talent that is Michael Fry, someone give this guy his own show!

Ada Gregory #DataOverload Ep.68

Ireland has moved from a country too dependent on the construction industry to one that is too dependent on foreign direct investment. So when the big players take our Data and share it with Bad Players do we have a system robust to stop them? We are joined in the tortoise shack by Barrister and Data Protection Consultant, Ada Gregory ( @Privacyadviser ) to discuss this, GDPR and how an industry without frontiers requires a global solution.

BLAME ME, SHAME ME.

(This is an anonymous submission)

You think you know me and my life, somebody’s daughter, somebody’s wife,

Always described in your terms, an add on, an other, never just me,

Sometimes fragile, sometimes strong, I can’t always be right, can’t always be wrong,

My choices the subject of your conversation, your issue, your cause, but what about me?

Don’t I get to have a say, in what happens to me, my body, my life, my future?

My decision on any given day, overruled by you conscience, your church, your constitution,

Men, well meaning I’m sure, never having to deal with the hard cases, that long dark tunnel I’m forced into to salve whatever they think passes as good, proper and holy,

Don’t shame me, don’t blame me, 100 years is enough,

It’s for me choose my life’s direction, you need to be more than just an erection.

Anon

Joshua Molloy #Brave Ep. 66

We’ve watched in horror as the Syrian war created one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our age. Today’s guest in the tortoise shack, Irish man, former British Soldier and ex-YPG(Kurdish People’s Protection Units), Joshua Molloy didn’t just watch. He went out to stand on the right side of history and fight the good fight. His story is as inspiring as it is incredible.