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.

Knowledge is power – France is Bacon?

Simon McGarr #TuppenceWorth ECP Ep.21 Pt1

Tony and Martin are delighted (Martin is very excited) to be joined in the tortoise shack by solicitor at McGarr Solicitors, Director at Data Compliance Europe, blogger at tuppenceworth.ie and twitter pot stirrer Mr Simon McGarr!

Given the importance of this podcast we decided to split it into two parts. In the first 45mins Simon deals with what Data is, what the law requires of the State and whether a satisfactory explanation has been given for the mandatory, but not compulsory Public Services Card. There’s also a neat story about how using Freedom of Information requests can reveal secrets that are EXEMPT from FOI requests.

Part 2 is coming soon.

Simon McGarr #TuppenceWorth Episode 21 Trailer

Tony and Martin are delighted (Martin is very excited) to be joined in the tortoise shack by solicitor at McGarr Solicitors, Director at Data Compliance Europe, blogger at tuppenceworth.ie and twitter pot stirrer Mr Simon McGarr!

This is just a quick trailer about Data Protection, Charlie Haughey, State Secrets and Shergar!

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