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!

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.

Ronan Leonard #TecDr Ep.64

We’ve seen Facebook and Google removing ads, constant Data Protection beaches and now there’s GDPR coming very, very soon. So who better to have in the tortoise shack than journalist and podcaster with Irish Tech News and Phoenix Magazine, Ronan Leonard, aka The Tec Dr to talk us through it all.
Wading through the mire, Ronan outlines simple steps to get GDPR compliant and the things we can all do to protect our personal data.

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.

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Tara Deacy #FromHere Ep. 59

We hear so much about the two tier economy, but what does that really mean? Today’s guest in the tortoise shack, Tara Deacy, is(among her many roles)Prevention Officer with the Clondalkin Drug and Alcohol Task Force. She sees first hand what the devastation that austerity cuts have caused in already socially disadvantaged areas. But through her work with the local communities, her desire to get into politics(Social Democrats Rep Dublin South Central) and her optimism for people she has us convinced we can be better than this.