Fred Logue #RightToKnow Ep. 96

We have a deficit of accountability and a lack of transparency in Ireland. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. Our guest in the tortoise shack, principal at FP Logue Solicitors and specialist in technology, intellectual property, information law and commercial law, Fred Logue, knows all about trying to get to the facts.
Through his work as a solicitor, and with @RightToKnowIE, he has helped break down bureaucratic barriers to transparency and to shed some light on the aspects of the system that governs us.

From litigating against banks and vulture funds, to trying to find out what went on in emails that the Dept of Justice said didn’t exist, Fred and his colleagues are doing terrific work. Our FOI Hero, Ken Foxe told us that Fred was the “ultimate guru” on FOI and information access, we’d have to agree.

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Dan O’Brien #TaxingEconomics Ep. 93


Ireland tops the charts in economic growth and by many economic measures is powering ahead. So why are so many people left behind and why are we in the middle of the worst housing crisis in our State’s history? Our guest in the tortoise shack, Chief Economist at the Institute of International and European Affairs and Independent Columnist, Dan O’Brien joins us to discuss this, the wider economy and the strengths and weaknesses of our Foreign Direct Investment dependence.

We also discuss precarious work, bogus self-employment and other risks to the Irish economy, including EU tax harmonisation.

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Inner City Helping Homeless #VolunteerHeroes Ep.92

The Government’s message that homelessness is normal is something that our guests in the tortoise shack on tour, Vera, Alice and Brian of Inner City Helping Homelessness, DO NOT accept.
They are on the streets looking after the most vulnerable in our society and their voices tell a story that contradicts the all too common narrative that homeless people are somehow deserving of their plight.

It was a privilege to sit with these great volunteers and hear the real story beyond the statistics and the spin.

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Aidan Regan #ZombieCapitalism Ep.89

We live in an era where we are celebrating surpassing the Celtic Tiger records in Tax Take, Numbers Employed and Rent. But are just repeating the mistakes of the past? Our guest in the tortoise shack, UCD Assistant Professor at the School of Politics and International Relations has written extensively about markets, the European Union and the imbalance in the Capitalist System.
He talks us through the Boom and Bust cycle and why without putting the citizen at the heart of our economy we aren’t going to correct this economic model.

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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Philip O’Connor #JustAskingQuestions Ep.87

There’s been no shortage of reasons to despair lately, but our guest in the tortoise shack, independent multimedia journalist, Philip O’Connor thinks we need to be optimistic.
His challenging of the othering that happened around the Margaret Cash case has broadened the debate beyond the “I’m just asking questions” comfortable class and unearthed many of the biases barely below the surface. And that’s progress.

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Karen Ciesielski #Right2Housing Ep.85


The othering of people was at its most toxic this week as we saw the State and several “commentators” scrambling to normalise children sleeping in Garda Stations. Our guest in the tortoise shack, Public Fundraising Manager at Focus Ireland, Karen Ciesielski, tells us about 3 steps that can make a difference overnight in tackling the homelessness crisis.
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Dr Aileen Marron #Austerity Ep. 84

No matter the malady, after the Global Financial Crash, we were told that Austerity was the only treatment. Our guest in the tortoise shack, Sociologist at the Higher Education Authority and author of the upcoming book: Austerity – Media Portrayals of the Public Sector During the Financial Crisis, Dr Aileen Marron ( @alienmoron ) joins us to talk about how we never heard real dissenting voices and how playing the Private Sector off against the Public Sector deflected from the real causes of the crash.

It’s a fascinating insight into how groupthink trickles down and dismisses scepticism as revolutionary. Enjoy.

Diarmuid O’Flynn #BallyheaSaysKNOW Ep. 78

Sometimes you just need to stand up to a bully, even if it means a bloody nose. Our guest in the tortoise shack is Parliamentary Assistant to Luke Ming Flanagan, author and tireless activist, Diarmuid O’Flynn, and he knows something about not backing down. Following his recent appearance in front of the Finance Committee he’s seeking cross party support to form a strategy and proposal to take to Europe that will tackle the odious debt (which anchors our various social crises) that is unjustly carried by Ireland. Think it’s too late? Think again!

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!