Echo Chamber Podcast: Ep 16 Aaron Vallely

Martin and Tony are joined in the tortoise shack by writer, journalist and essayist Aaron Vallely. Aaron writes for the Huffington Post and has also written for counter-punch, head-stuff and the new statesman among others. He is best known for his work on pop culture and is a passionate voice for the arts.

They discuss:
Aaron’s experience of New York and the rise of Donald Trump.
The #MeToo phenomenon and how it has empowered so many people and Aaron relates his own personal experience.
The Creative Ireland Arts Fund and where the money really goes.
The 8th Committee and the likely next steps.
And Arron gave us his 2 recommendations to watch over the Christmas.

Aaron is a complete gentleman and we apologise for the strong language.

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Echo Chamber Podcast: Ep 15 Mary McAuliffe


As part of their series of podcasts on the Homelessness Crisis, Martin and Tony are joined by Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Gender Studies, Mary McAuliffe.
Mary is a former president of the Women’s History Association of Ireland. She is a tireless feminist activist and is also a great follow on twitter.

They discuss:
The “inconvenient” voices of women and feminism.
They look at the issue of homelessness and “family hubs” via the prism of our history of warehousing our most vulnerable.
Mary advocates for the naming of the children’s to be: The Kathleen Lynn Hospital.
The changing of Ireland from a Catholic Theocracy, to a Neoliberal Ideology.
They discuss the need for us to own our past and why selling the old Magdalene Laundry on Sean McDermott Street to a hotel chain is a BIG mistake.
Above all else, Mary hammers home the point that throughout our History, and up to today, we convict poor people of poverty.

Mary is a passionate and cogent voice for feminism and an advocate for changing and challenging patriarchal power structures.

It’s a great and inconvenient listen…

Martin, Mary and Dobbie the Elf

Echo Chamber Podcast: Anthony Flynn Ep14


In advance of tomorrows A Home For All Event, Martin and Tony sit down with CEO and Co Founder of Inner City Helping Homeless Anthony Flynn. Anthony is a tireless activist for protecting the most vulnerable in our society and along with his dedicated team are on the front line of what is the single biggest issue facing Ireland today as a country.

They discuss:
The heartbreaking fact that 39% of our homeless people are Children.
The inability of the government to get a grip with the issue.
The battle to beat the normalisation of this societal crisis.
Turning the success of The #MyNameIs campaign into a wider campaign.
Above all, telling the government that #HomelessnessIsNotNormal

This is all in advance of tomorrows Songs and Words, A Home For All Event, Dáil Eireann, Kildare St from
pm onwards. Please get along and show your support.

A Home For All
Tony, Anthony and Martin #HomelessnessIsNotNormal

The Echo Chamber Podcast: Episode 13, Sir Lorcan Sirr!

As part of their series of podcasts in asking if an Alternative Ireland is possible, Martin and Tony speak with DIT Housing Lecturer, Lorcan Sirr.
They Discuss:
The fact that the Department of Housing cannot begin to tackle the crisis until they assess the real scale of it.
That we don’t really have a dysfunctional housing market, we have a functioning “free market”.
They ask do we want tax cuts or to tackle homelessness?
Lorcan explains the new reality of the Irish relationship with property and the locked out generation.

This is an important conversation about cutting through the spin of Government housing plans and into the reality of a crisis that is effecting nearly every level of Irish Society.

May not have strong language, for once!

Sir Lorcan Sirr
A Home For All

The Echo Chamber Podcast: Episode 12 Rory Hearne

Martin and Tony are joined in the tortoise shack by Rory Hearne, Rory among the many strings in his bow (Academic, Author, Political Analyst, Activist) is also a constant thorn in the side of the people who like to say “It’s not that simple”, or “we are where we are”. Basically, he’s the guy in the room who thinks there are solutions, it’s a lack of implementation that holds us back.

They discuss:
How to solve the housing Crisis.
A Republic of opportunity vs a republic of equality.
Is a Left Wing Government possible.
How a unified left could put an alternative Government together.
And they discuss Tuesday’s A Home For All Event which Rory and Erica Fleming will both be speaking at.

There’s also a little story about the day Rory ran with Leo in the Phoenix Park…

Strong language about the destruction of language!

A Home For All

Tony, Rory and Martin

Echo Chamber Podcast: Episode 11 #Brexit Pop-up Pod

Brexit and Bad B1thches

#HomelessnessisNOTnormal

Tony and Martin discuss what a difference a week makes. From a Christmas Election to a Brexit Meltdown. They give their opinions on where we are and what is likely to happen next.
Martin, unsurprisingly, sees elections everywhere…
They also cover the Home For All #HomelessnessisNOTnormal Event taking place on December 12th, outside the Dáil. Please come along!

They close out the show by discussing how is a Badder B1tch than Taylor Swift…

Strong language and mature themes. And please excuse Tony’s shoddy editing!

The Echo Chamber Podcast: Episode 10

Martin and Tony are joined by writer and activist Hazel Katherine Larkin (@HazelKLarkin).

We open the show by trying to draw the border and see if we can get Channel 4 News to pay for it.
Then Hazel, who has a Masters in Human Rights Law, discusses her work with SPARK (Single Parents Acting for the Rights of our Kids), her recent meeting with Minister Regina Doherty and some of the key challenges facing this area.

Nearly one year on from Apollo House (a movement Hazel was involved with) they discuss where we are now and what simple solutions there are that work in other countries.

We discuss the fallout from the panto politics of the last week and then Hazel shares her own experience of a Freedom of Information request regarding her own sexual abuse case, #MeToo
We finish out the show talking about Donald Trump and Martin’s love/hate relationship with the Make America Great Again mob.

This is a great conversation with a truly remarkable woman. Hazel, thank you for coming in and opening up our Echo Chamber!

Strong language and mature themes.

Echo Chamber Episode 10