Alice Mary Higgins #RepealThe8th Episode 2

Ahead of Friday’s abortion referendum we want to talk to the concerns and questions of the undecided voters..the wavering yes’s and importantly the men of Ireland – and explain why it is important to vote on Friday and why a yes vote is the right thing to do…
So we are absolutely thrilled to be joined by Independent Senator, activist and advocate for social and economic equality Alice Mary Higgins, who explodes the myths and misinformation around the referendum and explains why it is critical to us all, men and women, that we come together for Yes!

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!

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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Noeline Blackwell #EveryStep Ep.62

Movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp have inspired millions of people to share their stories about sexual violence.
Today in the tortoise shack we are joined by Human Rights lawyer and Chief Executive of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Noeline Blackwell, to discuss the changes happening in Irish society and the changes yet to come. We also discuss the Cervical Check Scandal and the choices facing someone who becomes pregnant by rape faces under the 8th Amendment.

Paddy Monahan #EducationEquality Ep.61

The phrase “a Catholic ethos” hangs over Irish society. Today’s guest in the tortoise shack, Lawyer and Campaigner for Education Equality, Paddy Monahan, wants to take that phrase, along with religion out of schools and stop the discriminatory practices that make a Baptismal Cert a passport to education. Whether it’s the schools or the National Maternity Hospital, we need to grow up as a country and we deserve a government that will no longer outsource education and health to the church.

Sign the petition here.

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.

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.
#Together4Yes

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.

Kathy D’Arcy #Autonomy Ep.51


It was an incredible momentum shifting week in the Repeal the 8th referendum. So we were delighted to be joined in the tortoise shack by Chair of the Cork Together For Yes Campaign, Activist, Author and Editor of the book, Autonomy, Kathy D’Arcy.
This conversation covers real stories of how the 8th amendment impacts everyone in Ireland and how to deal with THOSE posters.
You can donate to together for yes here. And you can get the book here.

Órla Hegarty #HousingCrisis Ep.49

When we started our series on the housing crisis DIT Housing Lecturer, Lorcan Sirr, told us we MUST speak to today’s guest in the tortoise shack, Architect and UCD Lecturer, Orla Hegarty. Mel Reynolds said if we could hand the reins of the Department of Housing over to her for a few hours we’d be on the road to tackling the crisis.

If anything, the lads understated her ability!