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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Ronan Tynan Syria’s Impossible Revolution Ep. 35

The war in Syria is now going on for over 7 Years and the human suffering is almost unimaginable. We are delighted to be joined in the tortoise shack by Filmmaker, Co-Founder of the award winning Esperanza Productions, Ronan Tynan.
Ronan’s latest film ‘Syria – The Impossible Revolution’ charts the conflict from its peaceful uprising to the bloodiest and most tragic of outcomes. We discuss this, the West’s role, the proxy war, the geopolitical games and the hope for a real political settlement.

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.

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!

Gary Gannon #TheLastLaundry Ep 27

He who doesn’t learn from history is doomed to repeat it, and in Ireland we not only don’t learn from out past, we want to knock it down and pretend it never happened. Social Democrat Councillor for Dublin Central, Gary Gannon believes strongly that we should be preserving the last Magdalene Laundry on Sean McDermott Street and he joined us in the tortoise shack to tell us why.

We also discuss the economic segregation of inner city Dublin, the Repeal movement, Martin’s close relationship with Joe Duffy and Gary’s future in Fianna Fail.

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