Dawn Foster #WhereWillWeLive Ep.112


While Ireland is suffering the worst crises in the history of our State in housing, homelessness and widening income inequality, we are, sadly, far from unique. Our guest in the tortoise shack, staff writer with Jacobin Magazine, columnist with the Guardian and Author of Lean Out and the forthcoming book Where Will We Live, Dawn Foster, talks to us about the globalisation of these issues, the economic and ideological origins and what hope there is for change.

Dawn has written brilliantly about inequality, the need for radical feminism and how the housing crisis, that was exacerbated by the financialisation of the human right to housing, is the best example of markets profiting from human misery.
Dawn was in town to speak at Thresholds Housing conference and we were very grateful to them for arranging this opportunity to sit down with one of the best voices for change anywhere in the media today.

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#RaiseTheRoof Ep. 103


A quick run through the #RaiseTheRoof protest from outside Leinster House. Martin speaks with Soc Dem’s Anne-Marie McNally, Dublin Macker (aka Daleo Lama), Gary Gannon, Martin Collins of Pavee Point, the Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring and the tortoise shack’s own Rory Hearne.

It’s less than 10 minutes, but we hope it’s enough to give you a flavour of the day. Thank you to our patrons, because you guys helped us get the money to buy the new Mobile Mic!

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Ilaina Khairulzaman #OpenBorders Ep. 98


Ireland markets itself as a small open economy and each year money from across the globe freely flows through the IFSC in amounts many multiples of the GDP of the entire country. Yet we aren’t nearly as welcoming of people as we are capital. Our guest in the tortoise shack, coordinator of the Voice of Young Science network, activist with MERJ Ireland and fun magnet, Ilaina Kairulzaman, tells us about her journey from Kuala Lumpur to Carlow and how, while she loves Ireland deeply, she doesn’t always feel it loves her back.
She talks about some of her own experiences of feeling less than, and how the solidarity and energy she experienced during the recent referendum campaigning hasn’t transferred as she had hoped to the campaign to end the national shame that is Direct Provision.

Ilaina is an absolute joy and her voice deserves to be heard. Listen up.

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