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!

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!

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!

Oliver Callan #CallansKicks Ep. 71

Satire, done well, can be an effective tool for poking fun at the establishment and informing the general public of the truth behind the spin. That’s exactly what our guest in the tortoise shack, Impressionist, Columnist and lovable troublemaker, Oliver Callan does. Warning: there are several special guest appearances and one major walk out!

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!

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.

Dean Scurry #HomeSweetHome Ep.57

The dreamers of the day can make a better world. Our guest in the tortoise shack, Comedian, Documentary Maker, Activist and the founder of Home Sweet Home, Dean Scurry has a vision for a fairer and better society. Not only that, but he knows that in Ireland we are only one phone call away from getting past those “complex issues”. Dean knows a better country is possible, Apollo House was only his first run at it.

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.

John Connors #BringingHumanRightsHome Ep.52

Award winning actor, writer, director and activist, John Connors came into the tortoise and shared his thoughts on the section of society most disadvantaged(as per Social Justice Ireland), Travellers. We talk about discrimination, the challenges facing Travellers, the need for real equality and why culture and the arts still matter. Strong language and mature themes.

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.