Matt Carthy #UnitedIreland Ep.75

There’s so many crises these days that the public can be forgiven for having outrage fatigue. So we were delighted to be joined in the tortoise shack by Sinn Fein MEP, and GE Candidate for Cavan/Monaghan, Matt Carthy to revisit some of the things that are forgotten, but far from over. We cover the current situation around the €13bn Apple Tax bill and Ireland’s continuing denial of our tax haven status, the real radicalism in Rural Ireland and how we should be preparing for a United Ireland now, not later.
Stay tuned for Martin’s sonnet ‘Oh Matt, You’re Wonderful.’

Sean Defoe #PolCorCraic Ep. 74

We often throw out the line that it is the media’s job to “speak truth to power.” But like everything else, the reality can be much more nuanced. Our guest in the tortoise shack is Political Correspondent with Communicorp (and a breath of fresh air), Sean Defoe.
He walks us through the Leinster House Bubble, the state of the industry at the moment and the craic among the Pol Cor pool!

Johnny Fallon #PoliticalPR Ep. 73

Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, repeatedly said that he saw “communications as a virtue.” Yet he continuously got his messaging wrong when it came to his €5m ‘Strategic Communications Unit’. Our guest in the tortoise shack, PR Guru, Political Commentator and Longford’s finest, Johnny Fallon breaks down the Communications missteps and how it should really be done. He also shares his insights on the post 8th Referendum political landscape and what we can expect in the slow bicycle race towards the next General Election.

Leilani Farha #Right2Housing #MakeTheShift Ep. 6

It’s not everyday the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Housing, Leilani Farha, is in Dublin. So naturally we were delighted to sit down and get her views on the Irish Housing and Homelessness Crisis and its potential solutions. In her role, Leilani focuses economic inequality and explains why a denial of adequate housing is a denial of human dignity and a breach of our human rights.

This is recorded in a Dublin hotel room and we are very grateful for her time and patience!

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!

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.

Paul Hosford #DemandBetter Ep.63

We get the government that we demand, and today’s guest in the Tortoise Shack, Journalist and Staff Writer with the Journal.ie, Paul Hosford, thinks we all(mainstream media, social media and the world outside the bubble)need to demand better if we want to live in a better country. Paul shares his views on everything from Facebook, the 8th Campaign, the Irish political process and even the Journal’s comments section.

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