Thomas Byrne #SchoolAdmissions

We are joined in the Tortoise Shack by Fianna Fail TD for Meath East and Education Spokesperson, Thomas Byrne. We discuss the Schools Admissions Bill, the upcoming Presidential Election and the prospect of an early General Election.

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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!

Matt Carthy #UnitedIreland Ep.75

There’s so many crises these days that the public can be forgiven for having outrage fatigue. So we were delighted to be joined in the tortoise shack by Sinn Fein MEP, and GE Candidate for Cavan/Monaghan, Matt Carthy to revisit some of the things that are forgotten, but far from over. We cover the current situation around the €13bn Apple Tax bill and Ireland’s continuing denial of our tax haven status, the real radicalism in Rural Ireland and how we should be preparing for a United Ireland now, not later.
Stay tuned for Martin’s sonnet ‘Oh Matt, You’re Wonderful.’

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.

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!

Paul Murphy #JobstownNotGuilty Ep.43


Events at the Lidl in Fortunestown Lane, Jobstown, Tallaght gave a green light to the hard right(government TD’s included) to come out and smear an entire working class community over the actions of a few. So we were delighted to be joined in the tortoise shack by Solidarity TD for Dublin South West Paul Murphy, to discuss tackling class warfare, where to next for the Water Charges movement and what a real Left alternative might look like.

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Brian Hayes #Leotopia Ep. 37


Opinion poll after opinion poll puts Fine Gael way ahead of the rest of the chasing pack. Leo Varadkar is the most popular leader since Bertie. So do we live in a #Leotopia or are we just falling for the spin. Fine Gael MEP for Dublin, Brian Hayes joins us to discuss whether it’s an Irish success story, or are we buying the Strategic Communications Unit hype.
We also discuss the future of Europe, PESCO and Ireland’s neutrality.

Richard Chambers #Irexit Ep. 31

Nigel Farage came to Ireland and the Red Caps flocked to the nemesis of multiculturalism, and in the audience was journalist, reporter and presenter for Newstalk, Richard Chambers. Having witnessed the congregation we discuss:
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The speech John Waters finally got to make.
The Political Venn Diagram of those who attended the meetings.
The Farage Effect.
The real concerns about the Future of the EU.
The Dinnybot, the Martinbot and the Social Media “debate”.
The need for media diversity.
We even get Richard’s picks for the Super Bowl, Go Pats!