Anthony O’Connor #RadicalCentrist Ep. 118


The Leo-bot gives good diversion. Our guest in the tortoise shack, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Labour member and VERY PROUD Cork man, Anthony O’Connor gives us his reaction to the Taoiseach’s attempt to deflect from the fact that the government have failed to put forward a Winter Plan and instead blame Doctor’s and Nurse’s for wanting to have a day off.
Anthony tells us about his own experiences, working in both the UK’s NHS and the Irish HSE, and shares some insights to the people who we need when we are literally in mortal danger. The reality is very different than that peddled by the Leo-bot.
We also talk about how Anthony’s leaving Ireland has shaped his political beliefs and why the campaign to end Dublin rule in Cork is the real battle for our survival.

Whisper it, but we think he’s a terrific guy. For a Cork Man.

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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.

You can watch Allanah’s TED Talk here

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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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Darach Ó Séaghdha #CraicBaby Ep.95


Language matters, words matter and sometimes even one word can make such a difference. Our guest in the tortoise shack, writer and host of the excellent and insanely successful Motherfoclóir podcast, Darach Ó Séaghdha talks all things Irish, English, Class and then incredibly powerfully on a different kind of normal.

There’s also a childish “my kids are better than your kids” fight. But Martin started it.

You can buy Darach’s new book Craic Baby here
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Jess Kelly #TheAlgorithms Ep. 94


When we were kids we had to eat our veg, we couldn’t just eat what we wanted all the time. Nowadays, thanks to algorithms, we can chow down on all the online junk food we like and never have to see a vegetable in our self-made echo chambers. Our guest in the tortoise shack, Newstalk Tech Correspondent and Host of Tech Talk, Jess Kelly walks us through the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly aspects of social media.

Jess, as a believer in the good place the internet can be, tells us what should be done by us as consumers and by the State as potential regulators, to make it safer for everyone.
Were our phones eavesdropping on this conversation and reporting back to Google on us? I hope so.

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Una Power #GreenWeek Ep.90


This week the Spin Doctors and “Climate Laggards” of Fine Gael decided to pay lip-service to climate change with their #GreenWeek. The hypocrisy of the Party that fought almost every piece of climate change legislation in the Dáil wasn’t lost on our guest in the tortoise shack, Green Party Equality Spokesperson, Una Power.
She explained to us how while using a reusable coffee cup is good personal practice, unless we tackle the big polluters of agriculture, transport and corporate, it won’t make any difference.

And YOU really should care; we are facing EU fines of potentially €1.6m per day for continuing on the path of drill baby, drill. There’s also the small matter of saving the planet…

Suzy Byrne #DontDisableMe Ep.88


This week a government report highlighting our dependence on social transfers was used by the punch down brigade to convict the poor of poverty. Our guest in the tortoise shack (on tour) is a recent appointment to the Board of The Irish Council for Civil Liberties and long-time campaigner for the rights of people with disabilities, Suzy Byrne.

She talks us through some of the ways in which society wrongly sees people with disabilities and how by becoming a bucket-rattling-fundraising community we let the State off the hook for the glaring inequalities doled out to the disabled community.


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Izzy Kamikaze #Pride Ep.79

60,000 people marched in the Dublin Pride parade last weekend. Our (returning) guest in the tortoise shack is activist and one of the original founders of Pride, Izzy Kamikaze. She talks about the origins of the movement, the recent commercialisation and, above all else, why Pride is still necessary.

Pride is Protest. Pride is a Promise.

Michael Cogley #TruthCosts Ep. 77

Paywalls, clickbait and sponsored content are just part of the revenue mix that modern media are stuck chasing. So we are delighted to be joined in the tortoise shack by Journalist at the Ireland edition of The Times, Michael Cogley, to discuss why journalism matters, has a value and needs to find an income stream in this social media world.
Michael has also written excellently around the housing and homelessness crisis and we discuss the ways we need to breakout of the cycle of talking about people as statistics.