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!

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!

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.’

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!

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!

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.