Philip O’Connor #JustAskingQuestions Ep.87

There’s been no shortage of reasons to despair lately, but our guest in the tortoise shack, independent multimedia journalist, Philip O’Connor thinks we need to be optimistic.
His challenging of the othering that happened around the Margaret Cash case has broadened the debate beyond the “I’m just asking questions” comfortable class and unearthed many of the biases barely below the surface. And that’s progress.

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Karen Ciesielski #Right2Housing Ep.85


The othering of people was at its most toxic this week as we saw the State and several “commentators” scrambling to normalise children sleeping in Garda Stations. Our guest in the tortoise shack, Public Fundraising Manager at Focus Ireland, Karen Ciesielski, tells us about 3 steps that can make a difference overnight in tackling the homelessness crisis.
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Frank Keoghan #PESCO

“Who is our Minister for Defence?”, that question was posed by our guest in the tortoise shack today, Frank Keoghan. Frank is President of Connect Union and General Secretary of The People’s Movement. This chat is all about PESCO, the vast amount of money we the Irish people are expected to stump up and not least of all, how it undermines our neutrality. You can join the next People’s Movement against PESCO outside the EU Parliament building on Mount Street this coming 25th July between 1 & 2 pm.

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.

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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.’

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!