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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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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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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Susan Mitchell #HealthCheck Ep.86


The Cervical Check Scandal has rocked the faith of many in the Screening Process. But with one million people on waiting lists, trolley numbers at Near-Winter levels and a GP Crisis our health service is riven with problems. Our guest in the tortoise shack, Health Editor with the Sunday Business Post, Susan Mitchell talks not just about the various issues, but about some of the potential solutions.

She explains how a Patient Safety Authority could advocate and increase protection for patients, and how a No Fault Compensation Policy could save us the political games and deliver compassionate support to those failed by the system.

Ada Gregory #DataOverload Ep.68

Ireland has moved from a country too dependent on the construction industry to one that is too dependent on foreign direct investment. So when the big players take our Data and share it with Bad Players do we have a system robust to stop them? We are joined in the tortoise shack by Barrister and Data Protection Consultant, Ada Gregory ( @Privacyadviser ) to discuss this, GDPR and how an industry without frontiers requires a global solution.

Gemma O’Doherty Repost #DisclosuresTribunal Ep. 46

Given the revelations at the Disclosures Tribunal yesterday we decided to repost our conversation with journalist Gemma O’Doherty. This is the only place you will hear her tell story and how her investigation into the penalty points scandal ended her career with Independent News and Media.

Paul Hosford #DemandBetter Ep.63

We get the government that we demand, and today’s guest in the Tortoise Shack, Journalist and Staff Writer with the Journal.ie, Paul Hosford, thinks we all(mainstream media, social media and the world outside the bubble)need to demand better if we want to live in a better country. Paul shares his views on everything from Facebook, the 8th Campaign, the Irish political process and even the Journal’s comments section.

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Catherine Murphy #WeAreBetterThanThis Ep.50


For our 50th guest the tortoise shack is delighted to host TD for Kildare North and Co-Leader of the Social Democrats, Catherine Murphy. This wide ranging conversation covers Siteserv, Anglo/IBRC, the INM data breach, Denis O’Brien and above all else, Catherine’s desire to support a politics that serves the people and not just the vested interests.

Elaine Edwards #DataProtection Ep. 47


The Cambridge Analytica story has awoken a sleepwalking public into the dangers of the manipulation of Personal Data. So we were thrilled to welcome to the tortoise shack Privacy and Data Protection Journalist with the Irish Times, Elaine Edwards. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR)rules are coming into force in May and yet our government are looking to exempt themselves from the laws designed to protect our privacy. Think it doesn’t matter, think again!

Simon McGarr #DataScientist Ep 21 pt2

Welcome to part 2 of our chat with Lawyer and Data Specialist, Simon McGarr. This, in our opinion, is the definitive conversation on the topic of personal data and the Public Services Card.

This part covers the PSC Card, the Demographics of the Pope’s Children and a very important, VERY IMPORTANT, statistical method of tackling societal issues. Make sure you stay tuned in for a special message from Simon at the end.

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