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.

Ruth Fitzpatrick #BitShookTBH Ep.54

Social Media can be a bit of a dark place. But today’s guest in the tortoise shack, writer and activist Ruth Fitzpatrick(@RuthieFizz)is a colourful and creative social media phenomenon. Her twitter threads, using animal pictures and childlike language to explain the most difficult of subjects are must reads. Ruth, as you will hear, is way smarter than the average Bear, nose. Give this woman a book deal!

Karl Callan #LadsForChoice Ep.53


The referendum to Repeal the 8th amendment isn’t a vote to stop abortion coming to Ireland. It is already a reality here. It is a vote to take it out of the shadows and treat women as individuals and not as vessels. Director, Writer and Activist Karl Callan’s short film, Repeal punches you in the gut and shows that reality in 12 minutes. We also have that MANEL discussion on why men need to get out, support and vote in this crucial referendum. You can watch the film here.
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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.

Paul Murphy #JobstownNotGuilty Ep.43


Events at the Lidl in Fortunestown Lane, Jobstown, Tallaght gave a green light to the hard right(government TD’s included) to come out and smear an entire working class community over the actions of a few. So we were delighted to be joined in the tortoise shack by Solidarity TD for Dublin South West Paul Murphy, to discuss tackling class warfare, where to next for the Water Charges movement and what a real Left alternative might look like.

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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.

Jan O’Sullivan #RepealThe8th Ep. 29


As we wake to the reality that the referendum to repeal the 8th amendment is about to happen we are joined by writer, activist, pro-choice campaigner, geek gamer feminist and one of BBC’s Top 100 Inspirational and Influential Women for 2016, Janet O’Sullivan.
Jan is one of the founding members of www.abortionrightscampaign.ie and broke the taboo when she, on the @Ireland twitter account, spoke about her own personal story.

We discuss the work that went into getting us here, the campaign to come and how why she is so passionate about the right to choice.

Ibrahim Halawa #HopeSprings Ep 28

We are delighted to be joined by a young man who is perhaps the most famous cinema goer in the world. He has experienced more in the last 5 years than most will (or want to) in their life, and while he has lost some of his youth, based on his work with human rights organisations and homelessness charities, he has lost none of his humanity – Ibrahim Halawa

We discuss:
Missing out on Dublin GAA and real chipper chips!
His work since he’s come home.
The very surprising career turn he’s about to embark on.
The haters and the conspiracy nutters.
What is an Irish person in 2018.

We were genuinely blown away by the humility and drive of this young Irish man.This is recorded in a public area and there’s plenty of background noise, but that is part of the craic, trust us.

Ken Foxe, ECP Ep:6

Re-posting the Ken Foxe podcast. This is a terrific chat with one of the countries best investigative journalists and holder of the title of “the most irritating man in Ireland”.

This is a must listen for anyone interested in peeling back the layers of bureaucracy and getting to the truth of the story.

Strong language and immature themes.

Ken Foxe and the lads

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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