The Lonely Battle Of Thomas Reid


The State have repeatedly peddled the line that we cannot interfere with land hoarding or property dereliction because of the Constitutional Right to Property. Well our guests in the tortoise shack, Director Fearghal Ward and Producer Luke McManus have made a film that brilliantly captures the exact opposite of this.

The Lonely Battle Of Thomas Reid tells the story of Bachelor Farmer Thomas Reid and his fight to keep his ancestral family home from the might of the IDA and a Big Multinational Company.

This award winning film is a powerful look of the clash between modernity and tradition, and is recommended viewing.

You can see details of where it is screening at: lonelybattle.com

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Emer O’Siochrú #SocialCommons Ep.102


We are constantly told that the cost of land is prohibitive to building. But in Ireland it wasn’t always thus. Our guest in the tortoise shack is Architect, Surveyor and a founder of the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability (FEASTA), Emer O’Siochrú.
She argues that by reclaiming the Commons, or the land beneath our homes, we could make building profitable, housing genuinely affordable and begin to tackle climate change.
This seems a revolutionary idea, but it is something we have done in our not too distant past. Emer’s work has been supported by Economists as varied as Colm McCarthy and Constantin Gurdgiev. Indeed, the book she contributed to, Fleeing Vesuvius, is often referenced as a starting point for Naomi Kelin’s international best seller, This Changes Everything.
There is no question that the governments housing and climate change strategies have failed, perhaps we need to look to the past to secure our future.

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Paddy Cosgrave & Prof. P.J Drudy #TortoiseShackLive Ep.105


The tortoise shack went to a sold out Sound House on Eden Quay, as part of the Dublin Podcast Festival. It was as chaotic as you’d expect from us, but luckily we had Rory Hearne of the Reboot Republic podcast along for company.

Not only that, but we were lucky enough to be joined on stage by Web Summit co-founder and chief executive Paddy Cosgrave AND Emeritus Professor of Economics P.J Drudy. We talked housing (what else!), the cost to us as a society, the costs we don’t see in businesses that we can’t attract and we opened the pod up to questions from the best informed audience you could ever hope to find.

We want to thank the Sound House for their hospitality, the listeners for coming along, Rory for his help and our great guests for their time. Professor Drudy gets a special mention because, as you’ll hear, he stole the show!

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Michael Barron #ThePeoplesVoice 106


We’re delighted to be joined by in the tortoise shack by Social Justice Advocate, Founding Director of BelongTo and Equate Ireland, Michael Barron.
Standards In Public Office (SIPO) has been used as a tool to shut down civil society groups. Together with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Amnesty International and others, Michael is advocating for changes to current legislation in order to prevent unfair targeting of civil society groups by vested interests using SIPO.
Having held his tongue for over a year, Michael was kind enough to make the #TortoiseShack his first port of call for this task.

#ThePeoplesVoice

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Nuno Capaz #SaferFromHarm Ep.104


We’ve spoken to some of the best voices in Ireland when it comes to ways in tackling Illegal Drug use
Drug and Alcohol Prevention Officer Tara Deacy; Ana Liffey CEO Tony Duffin; Writer; Activist Grace Dyas; and Senator Lynn Ruane…among others.

But our guest in the Tortoise Shack, Director of the internationally renowned Lisbon Dissuasion Commission, Dr Nuno Capaz, is considered one of the best voices in the world when it comes to the topics of tackling Illegal Drugs, Drug Decriminalisation and Harm Reduction.

Nuno sat down to talk about the journey they’ve gone on in Portugal from 2001 to today, the learnings they’ve made and how responding to people who use drugs through the Department of Health, rather than the Department of Justice, has led to extraordinary improvements to patient outcomes and delivered huge benefits to both the drug user and to the State.

Nuno was in Dublin to launch a report by Ana Liffey Drug Project and the LSE International Drug Policy Unit. Titled ‘Not Criminals’ – the report is a policy paper calling for the decriminalisation of people who use drugs in Ireland. #SaferFromHarm

We are delighted to have had this opportunity and want to thank Tony Duffin for setting up what is a genuine tortoise shack must listen!

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Alannah Murray #PlatformsNotPedestals Ep. 101


Some people have a magic ability to make you feel more optimistic about the world. Our guest in the downstairs tortoise shack, film maker, blogger and activist, Alannah Murray is one such person.
We discuss the inequalities the world imposes on people with disabilities, her own experiences, negative and positive and some of the best dark disability humour ever put on a podcast.

The message is clear; don’t patrnoise people with disabilities, don’t put them on a pedestal because of their disability. Do platform them, and then get out of the way.

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#RaiseTheRoof Ep. 103


A quick run through the #RaiseTheRoof protest from outside Leinster House. Martin speaks with Soc Dem’s Anne-Marie McNally, Dublin Macker (aka Daleo Lama), Gary Gannon, Martin Collins of Pavee Point, the Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring and the tortoise shack’s own Rory Hearne.

It’s less than 10 minutes, but we hope it’s enough to give you a flavour of the day. Thank you to our patrons, because you guys helped us get the money to buy the new Mobile Mic!

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The Axis #Echo100


Recorded live @ the Axis, Ballymun, the tortoise shack’s 100th Episode brought together some of our favourite previous guests and a few new ones. We discuss #RaiseTheRoof, #MeToo and how the “gone too far” BS is going too far, as well as going around the room and asking what one thing we’d change/tackle if we could.
Voices you’ll hear include Simon McGarr, Linda Hayden, Glenn Fitzpatrick, Hazel Katherine Larkin and many more.

Thanks to the Axis for their hospitality and everyone who came along (to the Diggers afterwards as well) for a great night and cheers to the next 100!

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Ilaina Khairulzaman #OpenBorders Ep. 98


Ireland markets itself as a small open economy and each year money from across the globe freely flows through the IFSC in amounts many multiples of the GDP of the entire country. Yet we aren’t nearly as welcoming of people as we are capital. Our guest in the tortoise shack, coordinator of the Voice of Young Science network, activist with MERJ Ireland and fun magnet, Ilaina Kairulzaman, tells us about her journey from Kuala Lumpur to Carlow and how, while she loves Ireland deeply, she doesn’t always feel it loves her back.
She talks about some of her own experiences of feeling less than, and how the solidarity and energy she experienced during the recent referendum campaigning hasn’t transferred as she had hoped to the campaign to end the national shame that is Direct Provision.

Ilaina is an absolute joy and her voice deserves to be heard. Listen up.

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Grace Dyas #Heroin2018 Ep.97

Class can kill. Our guest in the tortoise shack, writer, director, playwright and activist, Grace Dyas, came over to talk about the system that deems some lives are worth less than others. She is campaigning, via her award winning play Heroin, against the institutional cruelty and economic ineptitude that perpetuates the cycle of class warfare.

Grace speaks eloquently on the underlying issues and the trauma that make people turn to drugs and, most importantly, the steps we can support and demand the State take to finally end this systemic class genocide.

HEROIN is the story you were never told about the republic that never happened, of the person you never saw, of what we built and then demolished. It’s the big one, the bad one, the one you never thought you’d try.

HEROIN is a radical staging of how we got here, and how much we care. THEATREclub’s award winning show is an explosion of the social history of Heroin in Ireland over the last sixty years. First performed in 2010, the play has been been on hundreds of times since then, all over Europe. Crushingly as relevant as ever, Grace Dyas and Rachael Keogh (author of Dying to Survive) have come together to make a brand new production. We’re getting current. Again. We can’t fucking believe this is STILL going on. Its no longer a play, now, it has to be a campaign.
For sixty years, we’ve been going around in circles, letting people die. When we said we needed help we were put on a waiting list. There’s still only 30 detox beds. When we done something wrong we were sent straight to prison. No waiting. It costs €22,000 a year to keep one drug user in prison.

This is an invitation to come together and talk about trying something different and maybe then, we can hear the birds singing for the first time.
[Community rates available email heroin2018theatreclub@gmail.com for a promo code]

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