David Cullinane #Brexit Ep.72

The Taoiseach said that the backstop was ‘cast iron’ and the least worst option around the border was that Northern Ireland would stay part of the Customs Union. But that’s no longer the case. So it is timely that we are joined in the tortoise shack by Sinn Fein TD, and the party spokesperson for Brexit, David Cullinane, to discuss how a grassroots and human rights based movement could see us move towards a United Ireland far sooner than many in the commentariat think.

Carly Bailey #NowForNI Ep. 70

Many politicians seem to be manufactured these days. But that is not the case for our guest in the tortoise shack, Vice-Chair of the Social Democrats and newly nominated candidate for Dublin South West, Carly Bailey. She has taken the hard road and those lessons have only made her more determined to make a difference.
Stay tuned for the border poll debate, it gets a bit heated!

Oliver Callan #CallansKicks Ep. 71

Satire, done well, can be an effective tool for poking fun at the establishment and informing the general public of the truth behind the spin. That’s exactly what our guest in the tortoise shack, Impressionist, Columnist and lovable troublemaker, Oliver Callan does. Warning: there are several special guest appearances and one major walk out!

Michael Fry #BigDirtyFry Ep. 69

Hello and welcome to the Echo Chamber Podcast, with me, Michael Chambers. Joining me in the chamber is Fianna Fail TD, Lisa Chambers and writer and author of the popular book, Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets, JK Rowling. Today we’re asking the questions; is pee really stored in the balls and is Derry Londonderry going to be the hit tune of Summer 2018?

We are Fanboys of the mega talent that is Michael Fry, someone give this guy his own show!

Ada Gregory #DataOverload Ep.68

Ireland has moved from a country too dependent on the construction industry to one that is too dependent on foreign direct investment. So when the big players take our Data and share it with Bad Players do we have a system robust to stop them? We are joined in the tortoise shack by Barrister and Data Protection Consultant, Ada Gregory ( @Privacyadviser ) to discuss this, GDPR and how an industry without frontiers requires a global solution.

BLAME ME, SHAME ME.

(This is an anonymous submission)

You think you know me and my life, somebody’s daughter, somebody’s wife,

Always described in your terms, an add on, an other, never just me,

Sometimes fragile, sometimes strong, I can’t always be right, can’t always be wrong,

My choices the subject of your conversation, your issue, your cause, but what about me?

Don’t I get to have a say, in what happens to me, my body, my life, my future?

My decision on any given day, overruled by you conscience, your church, your constitution,

Men, well meaning I’m sure, never having to deal with the hard cases, that long dark tunnel I’m forced into to salve whatever they think passes as good, proper and holy,

Don’t shame me, don’t blame me, 100 years is enough,

It’s for me choose my life’s direction, you need to be more than just an erection.

Anon

Joshua Molloy #Brave Ep. 66

We’ve watched in horror as the Syrian war created one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our age. Today’s guest in the tortoise shack, Irish man, former British Soldier and ex-YPG(Kurdish People’s Protection Units), Joshua Molloy didn’t just watch. He went out to stand on the right side of history and fight the good fight. His story is as inspiring as it is incredible.

Gemma O’Doherty Repost #DisclosuresTribunal Ep. 46

Given the revelations at the Disclosures Tribunal yesterday we decided to repost our conversation with journalist Gemma O’Doherty. This is the only place you will hear her tell story and how her investigation into the penalty points scandal ended her career with Independent News and Media.

Tom Clonan #RebootRepublic Ep.67

The golden circle culture in Ireland needs to go. Our guest in the tortoise shack, Security Analyst, Whistelblower, Carer and Advocate for People with Disabilities, Tom Clonan thinks we need a democratic reboot. He thinks a better Ireland is possible and the first step in the process is having a formal process for holding politicians to account for failing in their responsibilities. We think he’s got a plan that would work!

Hugh Linehan #Accountability Ep. 65

We are delighted to be joined in the tortoise shack by Arts & Culture Editor and host of the Irish Times Inside Politics Podcast, Hugh Linehan, to discuss how we deal with(or endure?) scandals, the lack of accountability and much, much more.