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.

The Groves Free Pod!

Norma Costello #SyrianTruths Ep. 60

The EU is screaming that immigration needs to be controlled. Our guest in the tortoise shack, Journalist Norma Costello has seen with her own eyes the tragedy that has forced millions of people to flee their homes. Her first hand experience isn’t propaganda or twitter spin, it’s the reality about the demise of a country that is the cradle of much of our civilisation.

Tony Duffin #SaferFromHarm Ep.80

Even the most ardent conservative would recognise that the ‘war on drugs’ has failed and in Ireland there is are nearly 2 drug related deaths per day. Our guest in the tortoise shack, CEO of Drug Harm Protection Project, Ana Liffey, Tony Duffin, tells us where we stand right now and what we need to do to move to a Portuguese Drug User Decriminalisation model. Ana Liffey do terrific work across the country and you can support them by texting safer to 50300 to donate €4.

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!

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.

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.

Leilani Farha #Right2Housing #MakeTheShift Ep. 6

It’s not everyday the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Housing, Leilani Farha, is in Dublin. So naturally we were delighted to sit down and get her views on the Irish Housing and Homelessness Crisis and its potential solutions. In her role, Leilani focuses economic inequality and explains why a denial of adequate housing is a denial of human dignity and a breach of our human rights.

This is recorded in a Dublin hotel room and we are very grateful for her time and patience!