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.

Tom Clonan #RebootRepublic Ep.67

The golden circle culture in Ireland needs to go. Our guest in the tortoise shack, Security Analyst, Whistelblower, Carer and Advocate for People with Disabilities, Tom Clonan thinks we need a democratic reboot. He thinks a better Ireland is possible and the first step in the process is having a formal process for holding politicians to account for failing in their responsibilities. We think he’s got a plan that would work!

Hugh Linehan #Accountability Ep. 65

We are delighted to be joined in the tortoise shack by Arts & Culture Editor and host of the Irish Times Inside Politics Podcast, Hugh Linehan, to discuss how we deal with(or endure?) scandals, the lack of accountability and much, much more.

Noeline Blackwell #EveryStep Ep.62

Movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp have inspired millions of people to share their stories about sexual violence.
Today in the tortoise shack we are joined by Human Rights lawyer and Chief Executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Noeline Blackwell, to discuss the changes happening in Irish society and the changes yet to come. We also discuss the Cervical Check Scandal and the choices facing someone who becomes pregnant by rape faces under the 8th Amendment.

Tara Deacy #FromHere Ep. 59

We hear so much about the two tier economy, but what does that really mean? Today’s guest in the tortoise shack, Tara Deacy, is(among her many roles)Prevention Officer with the Clondalkin Drug and Alcohol Task Force. She sees first hand what the devastation that austerity cuts have caused in already socially disadvantaged areas. But through her work with the local communities, her desire to get into politics(Social Democrats Rep Dublin South Central) and her optimism for people she has us convinced we can be better than this.

Clare O’Connor #EverydayHero Ep.56

Not all heroes wear capes, and today’s guest in the tortoise shack is a hero. Clare O’Connor is working with Action Against Sexual Violence Ireland(@aasvi)to help change the way we teach our kids about sex. She is also at the coalface of the housing crisis in her role as Director of Inner City Helping Homlessness(@ICHHDUBLIN) and is now helping the families of the Stardust Fire seek justice. We talk about all of this and then some.

Karl Callan #LadsForChoice Ep.53


The referendum to Repeal the 8th amendment isn’t a vote to stop abortion coming to Ireland. It is already a reality here. It is a vote to take it out of the shadows and treat women as individuals and not as vessels. Director, Writer and Activist Karl Callan’s short film, Repeal punches you in the gut and shows that reality in 12 minutes. We also have that MANEL discussion on why men need to get out, support and vote in this crucial referendum. You can watch the film here.
#Together4Yes

Kathy D’Arcy #Autonomy Ep.51


It was an incredible momentum shifting week in the Repeal the 8th referendum. So we were delighted to be joined in the tortoise shack by Chair of the Cork Together For Yes Campaign, Activist, Author and Editor of the book, Autonomy, Kathy D’Arcy.
This conversation covers real stories of how the 8th amendment impacts everyone in Ireland and how to deal with THOSE posters.
You can donate to together for yes here. And you can get the book here.

Linda Hayden #TimeIsNow Ep. 39


The ongoing high profile trial in Belfast, for the alleged rape of a young woman, has laid bare the ordeal the victims of rape undergo in trying to seek justice. As proceedings progressed our guest, comedian, activist and self declared ‘mad yoke’, Linda Hayden began to relive her own traumatic experience. We are delighted that she spoke to us about ending the shame attached to the victims of sexual assault and tackling the system that leaves a woman nearly 10 times more likely to get pregnant from rape than she is to get a conviction against the perpetrator. Time’s Up!