Brian Hayes #Leotopia Ep. 37


Opinion poll after opinion poll puts Fine Gael way ahead of the rest of the chasing pack. Leo Varadkar is the most popular leader since Bertie. So do we live in a #Leotopia or are we just falling for the spin. Fine Gael MEP for Dublin, Brian Hayes joins us to discuss whether it’s an Irish success story, or are we buying the Strategic Communications Unit hype.
We also discuss the future of Europe, PESCO and Ireland’s neutrality.

David Hall #VultureFunds Ep. 36


The sale of 14,000 PTSB mortgages to Vulture Funds has awakened a public fed up of Bank scandal after Bank scandal. We are delighted to be joined in the tortoise shack by CEO of the Irish Mortgage Holders, iCare Housing and Director of Inner City Helping Homelessness, David Hall to discuss what is happening, why it’s happening now and what steps the State could take to prevent a potentially catastrophic impact on 40,000.

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Sabina Brennan #BrainHealth Ep. 34

The brain takes up nearly a quarter of the body’s energy supply, but is only about 2% of its mass. So why don’t we look after it? We are joined in the tortoise shack by Psychologist, award winning communicator and brain health advocate, Sabina Brennan.
We discuss how we should treat people with brain health issues, such as Alzheimer’s, versus how we currently do. She gives us an insight into how our brains grow, cope with trauma and adapt. Sabina also gives us her top tips for looking after your brain and how to build what she calls a cognitive reserve that can stave off brain disease.

Peter Kavanagh #PopUpGaeltacht Ep.33

The government lost the vote and the PBP Climate Emergency bill was passed. So it was a great to be joined in the tortoise shack by Green Party candidate for Dublin Mid West and Head of Communications and Public Affairs with Active Retirement Ireland, Peter Kavanagh.
We talk what a Green Economy might look like; getting over the wind farm objections, the colonial mind-set and Peter’s work with the elderly and Peter’s love for the Irish Language.

John Lyons #PeopleBeforeProfit Ep. 32

Local Government isn’t working and we are joined in the tortoise shack by the brick wall dismantler, People Before Profit Representative and Dublin City Councillor John Lyons to discuss why.
We also cover #ClimateChaos and the #KeepItInTheGround bill in the Dáil, the need for real accountability and action within Dublin City Council and John brings us up to speed on what is happening(or isn’t happening) on Dublin’s iconic Moore Street.

Richard Chambers #Irexit Ep. 31

Nigel Farage came to Ireland and the Red Caps flocked to the nemesis of multiculturalism, and in the audience was journalist, reporter and presenter for Newstalk, Richard Chambers. Having witnessed the congregation we discuss:
#Irexit
The speech John Waters finally got to make.
The Political Venn Diagram of those who attended the meetings.
The Farage Effect.
The real concerns about the Future of the EU.
The Dinnybot, the Martinbot and the Social Media “debate”.
The need for media diversity.
We even get Richard’s picks for the Super Bowl, Go Pats!

Tracy McGinnis #CarersInCrisis Ep. 30


The tortoise shack went on tour to Dundalk and we sat down (in her new home) with writer, disability campaigner, co-founder of Profound Ireland and mother to 2 beautiful boys, Tracy McGinnis.

We chat about how Ireland belatedly recognising the UN Disability Rights Convention is only the end of the beginning, how to really value the work of Carers and why the current setup is both economically and morally wrong. We also talk Gerry Adams, tea, biscuits and Tony’s fear of being so far North!