Echo Chamber Podcast: Ep 16 Aaron Vallely

Martin and Tony are joined in the tortoise shack by writer, journalist and essayist Aaron Vallely. Aaron writes for the Huffington Post and has also written for counter-punch, head-stuff and the new statesman among others. He is best known for his work on pop culture and is a passionate voice for the arts.

They discuss:
Aaron’s experience of New York and the rise of Donald Trump.
The #MeToo phenomenon and how it has empowered so many people and Aaron relates his own personal experience.
The Creative Ireland Arts Fund and where the money really goes.
The 8th Committee and the likely next steps.
And Arron gave us his 2 recommendations to watch over the Christmas.

Aaron is a complete gentleman and we apologise for the strong language.

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Echo Chamber Podcast: Episode 11 #Brexit Pop-up Pod

Brexit and Bad B1thches

#HomelessnessisNOTnormal

Tony and Martin discuss what a difference a week makes. From a Christmas Election to a Brexit Meltdown. They give their opinions on where we are and what is likely to happen next.
Martin, unsurprisingly, sees elections everywhere…
They also cover the Home For All #HomelessnessisNOTnormal Event taking place on December 12th, outside the Dáil. Please come along!

They close out the show by discussing how is a Badder B1tch than Taylor Swift…

Strong language and mature themes. And please excuse Tony’s shoddy editing!

The Echo Chamber Podcast: Episode 10

Martin and Tony are joined by writer and activist Hazel Katherine Larkin (@HazelKLarkin).

We open the show by trying to draw the border and see if we can get Channel 4 News to pay for it.
Then Hazel, who has a Masters in Human Rights Law, discusses her work with SPARK (Single Parents Acting for the Rights of our Kids), her recent meeting with Minister Regina Doherty and some of the key challenges facing this area.

Nearly one year on from Apollo House (a movement Hazel was involved with) they discuss where we are now and what simple solutions there are that work in other countries.

We discuss the fallout from the panto politics of the last week and then Hazel shares her own experience of a Freedom of Information request regarding her own sexual abuse case, #MeToo
We finish out the show talking about Donald Trump and Martin’s love/hate relationship with the Make America Great Again mob.

This is a great conversation with a truly remarkable woman. Hazel, thank you for coming in and opening up our Echo Chamber!

Strong language and mature themes.

Echo Chamber Episode 10

The Echo Chamber Podcast: The Mick Clifford Pod!

Mick Clifford and the lads in the Tortoise Shack

Tony and Martin were thrilled to be joined by one of the finest writers and journalists in the country, he is special correspondent with the Irish Examiner (regular on another podcast that we won’t mention) and the author of A Force For Justice – The Maurice McCabe Story.

Mick Clifford @Mickcliff

Mick gives his exclusive insight into the controversy that has already brought down 2 Garda Commissioners, 1 Minister for Justice and (who can forget) Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

This is a fascinating interview that touches on all aspects of the treatment of Garda McCabe and the way the different arms of the State acted throughout.

They also discuss what’s next for the government and the opposition. Will we have a dreaded Christmas election?

Mick was kind enough to bring us in a copy of his book. And we are going to give that to one listener. All you have to do is Like, Subscribe, follow and review the podcast on your preferred podcast player. Then tweet us a screenshot of it and you go into the draw for this Signed Copy!

Thanks for listening folks.

Strong language and adult themes!

The Echo Chamber Podcast: Episode 7

The guys are delighted to be joined by the man behind Callan’s Kicks, the Leader of the Late Late Show Band and creator of Kilkenomics, Paddy Cullivan! Paddy tells the lads all about his love of music, his wacky/not-so-wacky ideas about fixing the country.

They discuss the events of the week, including:
#NotNormal and the Fine Gael Meltdown
Damien English’s media faux pas and admission that our international reputation comes before tackling homelessness.

They also share their views on the:
#RWC2023 the failure and the fallout.
#PSC card and how that controversy continues to grow.
#FutureofEurope The White Paper and the effects on Ireland
#8thCommittee and how the Barry Walsh side of the argument might be the best thing to happen for the Pro Choice side.

They finish by wondering what the Irish robot, who is going to take all our jobs, will look like. A Healy-Rae Bot, anyone?

Strong language and mature themes, by 3 very immature people.

Paddy also breaks the world record for most plugs for his shoes/books/albums in one podcast!

Paddy Cullivan and Martin McMahon

The Echo Chamber Podcast: Episode 6

The Lack of Freedom of Information Podcast

This week Tony and Martin are joined by DIT Lecturer and Investigative Journalist, Ken Foxe. Ken is the thorn in the side of many a faceless bureaucrat and was lovingly described as “the most irritating man in Ireland” by Gene Kerrigan.

In the first half they discuss:
#280Characters and the waffle merchants.
#FreedomOfInformation and the tenacity of real investigative journalism.
#NotMyTaoisock and how Leo has given up on a large part of the electorate.
Ken then talks political expenses and the state acting to insulate itself against proper transparency.

In the second part they cover:
#ParadisePapers and how large parts of the media are restricted by the access to the documents.
#BeWithAIB offshore!
#RWC2023 and the Isle of Mann bank accounts!
Then Ken discusses Ireland’s stringent defamation laws and how they are of benefit to the very wealthy.
They cover John Halligan, the Independent Korean Alliance and the Hangover 4. Then finish with Simon Harris and his mis-truths on #CBLive
Sia’s bum, of course, gets a mention.
Strong language and adult themes.
Thanks for listening!

Ken Foxe and the lads