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Reboot Republic is the innovative Podcast that delves beyond the headlines and soundbites and pulls up the roots of our Social Crises

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Reboot Republic is the innovative Podcast that delves beyond the headlines and soundbites and pulls up the roots of our Social Crises

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Reboot Republic

Latest release on Jan 23, 2021

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Rank #1: Tortoise Shack #RebootBirthday

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When the idea to do a podcast came up I imagined it would be a one season, ten episodes kind of thing.

Over 70 episodes and 1 year later we are, for my money, Ireland's number one solutions focused podcast.

So we decided to mark the occasion by answering some patron's questions, sharing our personal highlights for the first year of this and our hopes for the next year to come.
Thank you so much for the listening, sharing, reviewing and supporting.

Join us: patreon.com/tortoiseshack

Jul 10 2019

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Rank #2: Rob Sweeney #Inequality Ep.51

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In this latest podcast we talk with plolicy analyst at the inequality think tank, TASC, Dr Rob Sweeney. Rob has a PhD in economics from University of Leeds, which concentrated on financial markets and investors, banking, international macroeconomics, and housing and his current role focuses mainly on issues surrounding the Irish political economy and wealth distribution.

In this podcast we discuss the latest Tasc Report, edited by Rob, Cherishing All Equally 2019: Inequality in Europe and Ireland. This is the fourth in the Tasc series of annual reports on economic inequality. It provides updates on where Ireland stands on this issue, and we ask the critical question: is inequality increasing or decreasing? We also expand the issue to include the EU as well.

https://www.tasc.ie/publications/cherishing-all-equally-2019-inequality-in-europe-a/

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Apr 04 2019

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Rank #3: Election Results – The Fallout

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As the final votes are counted we sat down to discuss the results, the #GreenWave and the opportunity this has opened up for the broad Left.

Yes, Fine Gael got a kicking and Sinn Féin had a very bad day. But behind those headlines is a message that progressive politics is breaking through.

No swings were hurt in the making of this podcast.

This podcast needs your help. Join us: patreon.com/tortoiseshack

May 27 2019

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Rank #4: Leilani Farha #MakeTheShift Ep.37

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In this week's Reboot Republic Podcast we talk about the global housing crisis - what can be done - and why governments & cities must #MakeTheShift to guaranteeing the right to housing - ensuring everyone can live in dignity.

Leilani Farha is the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Housing. Lawyer, alumna of the University of Toronto, and a former Executive Director of Canada Without Poverty, Leilani has focussed her tenure as Special Rapporteur on economic inequality and tackling the absence of effective political action in solving the causes of homelessness and/or inadequate accommodation. Farha campaigns for the right to adequate housing for marginalized groups, she worked in Canada to implement United Nations resolutions that see homelessness as a violation of human rights. Farha has taken part in missions worldwide to examine the condition of housing rights and to develop policies to implement those rights. For more on her work visit: www.pushthefilm.com

Support our podcasts and get extra insights by joining us at www.patreon.com/tortoiseshack

Feb 25 2019

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Rank #5: John Harris #BrexitBreakdown Ep.64

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The slow moving car crash that is Brexit took some interesting turns recently.

The Brexit Party, Change UK and the European elections have thrown up all sorts of new variables. So we were delighted to catch up with UK Political Commentator of the year 2017, the Guardian's John Harris, to discuss all the latest developments.

John walks us through where we are, the Boris Johnson issue and his insights from the excellent Brexit Breakdown series of short videos he's producing.

Support these podcasts, we need the help: patreon.com/tortoiseshack

Jun 07 2019

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Rank #6: Gary Gannon – The #MEPshack Ep.56

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Ireland is one of the most Pro EU countries and yet our electoral turnout for the European Elections is much more middling. Over the next few weeks across the tortoise shack we aim to bring you the voices of as many of the candidates for MEP as we can, albeit with our progressive values to the fore.

Kicking us off is first time MEP candidate and Social Democrat Councillor, Gary Gannon. He joins us to discuss his reasons for getting into the race, why the makeup of this next EU Parliament is so important and the values he'd like to see at the heart of the EU's democratic structures.

Reminder: We are doing a #RebootLive this Friday, May 10th in Dublin City Centre, guests include Fr Peter McVerry and Director of the National Women's Council, Orla O'Connor. Actor, writer and poet, Emmet Kirwan will opening the show at 6:30. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/reboot-republic-live-tickets-61091333824

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May 08 2019

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Rank #7: Ciarán Cuffe #ClimateJustice Ep.32

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Green Party Councillor, Ciaran Cuffe, joins us to talk about his time in Government, the possibility of a Left Alliance, the Carbon Tax, a Just Transition and all things Climate Action related.

We also talk about his recent trip to Vienna to look at their housing model and discuss how that might be a solution to our current housing crisis.

Join the Tortoise Shack for insider info and exclusive updates at https://www.patreon.com/tortoiseshack

Jan 17 2019

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Rank #8: Mary Lou McDonald #Unity Ep.39

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Getting behind the sound bites with a potential future Taoiseach.

This Reboot Podcast, the first of six upcoming shows focusing on how we can achieve a fair & more equal Republic, is an open and honest conversation with President of Sinn Féin and TD for Dublin Central, Mary Lou McDonald.

We talk about both her and Sinn Féin's vision for a Republic of Equality & a rights based society, Brexit and the European Projects democratic deficit, as well as new movements for social rights in the North.

Asking the challenging & important questions, we got open and honest answers from a reflective and inspiring Mary Lou, on the perils, potentials and the urgent necessities of entering government. Mary Lou outlines her reasoning for an inclusive culture of the political left, the need to unite to achieve real tangible change for those the recovery forgot, as well as the working and middle classes.

We also discuss women in politics, grassroots activism and the growing thirst for a real Republic of Rights that involves a civil society movement of trade unionists, enviromentalists, artists and spreads beyond the single party politics.

There is a space for a hopeful and optimistic politics of the Left. There are real world policy alternatives and the time to offer a vision to the wider electorate beyond the back and forth pendulum of Fianna Fail - Fine Gael is now.

This platform costs and these podcasts rely on you. For the price of a cup of coffee you can help us keep producing them AND get extra insights as well as the opportunity to shape the story.

Join us on https://www.patreon.com/tortoiseshack

Jan 31 2019

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Rank #9: Lynn Boylan – The #MEPshack Ep.57

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The EU Parliament field is awash with new, talented and ambitious first time candidates. But today's guest, Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin, Lynn Boylan, has been there, done that and bought the t-shirt.

Lynn joins us to give us an insight into workings of the system, discuss the learnings she has taken from her first term in Brussels and what her ambitions and goals are for the next European Parliament, should she be elected again.

We are going to continue to bring you as many of the Candidates for MEP across both the Echo Chamber and Reboot Republic. But we need support to keep producing the podcast. Please join us from as little as $2.50 by going to patreon.com/tortoiseshack

May 10 2019

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Rank #10: Seamus Coffey #Choices Ep.36

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Our next two Podcasts are gems-contradictory & complementary in-depth discussions on the Irish economy & inequality! Today we discuss (debate?) inequality, the risks & positives of the Irish economy with Chair of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council & economics lecturer from University College Cork, Seamus Coffey.Very significantly Seamus outlines that there is the money to invest in a major public housing programme- it's just a question of priorities. We also talk taxation levels, the risk of our over-reliance on Multinationals & preparing for the next downturn. We think it is important that people understand the EU rules aren't the thing stopping investments in public services, it is the governments budgetary choices. Tomorrow its Tom Healy director of the Nevin Research institute - we talk to him about his forthcoming book 'An Ireland Worth Working For: Delivering the Democratic Programme a Century later' and the concrete & visionary policies and changes required to make Irelands economy ensure a decent fair and dignified standard of living for everyone
We think independent, listener-led podcasts matter, please help us keep producing these conversations by joining us on https://www.patreon.com/tortoiseshack

Feb 06 2019

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Rank #11: Tom Healy #Hope Ep.53

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This latest Reboot Republic Podcast is with Tom Healy, Director of the Nevin Research institute & leading economist - we talk to him about his forthcoming book 'An Ireland Worth Working For: Delivering the Democratic Programme a Century later' and the concrete & visionary policies, solutions and changes required to make Ireland's economy ensure a decent fair and dignified standard of living for everyone.

Tom, in an open and persuasive fashion, talks about a citizen-centric society and the solutions that exist today that we need only begin to implement now to usher in a better future.

Join the tortoise shack for a chance to shape the conversation @ www.patreon.com/tortoiseshack

Mar 21 2019

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Rank #12: Catherine Connolly #IndependentThinking Ep.28

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One of the reasons we started this podcast is because we know there are so many people who want to see a better country for everyone and believe that there are better alternatives to the failed (and failing) trickle down ideology of Fine Gael. That's why we are delighted to round out the year with Independent TD for Galway West and many people's Best Dáil Performer in 2018, Catherine Connolly. Catherine is a former Barrister, a former Clinical Psychologist and is one of the sharpest minds in Leinster House. It is her ability to focus on the things that matter, (housing, health and education) while not getting sidetracked in the cringey private school debate team antics of some of our so-called mainstream representatives, that make her stand out. She is a credit to our democracy.

It was a pleasure to speak with Catherine and indeed so many other wonderful people over 2018. We wish all our listeners a peaceful holiday period and that 2019 becomes the year that we Reboot this Republic for the benefit of all.

These podcasts are paid for out of our own pockets and by your kindness. If you think they have value, and we really hope you do, please join us by visiting https://www.patreon.com/tortoiseshack

Dec 29 2018

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Rank #13: Rebecca Keatinge #HousingFirst Ep.38

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What is a right to housing? Would it help address the housing crisis if we put it in the constitution? Should we have a referendum? What are the challenges facing homeless families in trying to find a home? In this Reboot Republic Podcast we talk to leading human rights lawyer with the Mercy law Resource Centre, Rebecca Keatinge.

Rebecca eloquently outlines the real answers to these critical questions. Drawing on her extensive experience in immigration and human rights law, having worked previously for the International Organisation for Migration & the UN, Rebecca lays out the the reality you don't see in any Homelessness Statistic. The Mercy Law Resource Centre provides free legal advice and representation to those at risk of homelessness, in the areas of social housing and social welfare law.
You can find out more about their crucial work and support them at: http://www.mercylaw.ie/about-mlrc/support-mlrc.18.html
If you get something from our interviews, please give something back. Join The Tortoise Shack for the price of a cup of coffee by visiting www.patreon.com/tortoiseshack

Feb 21 2019

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Rank #14: Professor Kathleen Lynch #Solidarity Ep.25

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We are delighted to be joined by Professor Kathleen Lynch, one of the leading scholars and public intellectuals on issues of inequality, social justice, education and feminism. She has written many books and academic papers on these topics. In this Podcast she talks to us about contemporary Irish society and fundamentally challenges the dominant narratives that ignore and undermine the role of care and carers in society. This is a direct challenge to Leo Varadkars vision of A Republic of Rampant Individualism and, as Professor Lynch highlights, it is the carers who get up early in the morning. She stresses that we are all interdependent - and dependency is a welcome aspect of the human condition and not a negative trait as free marketeers and the Right expound. She argues for a solidarity based on morals and ethics of care and for the Left to work together to achieve the more equal society we should all be aiming for.

Please support our podcasts by going to https://www.patreon.com/tortoiseshack

Dec 07 2018

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Rank #15: Ciarán Cuffe #MEPShack Ep.58

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Continuing our series with the candidates for the upcoming European Elections with Green Party Councillor and former TD, Ciarán Cuffe.

Ciarán wants to put Climate Action at the heart of the European Parliament and sees this as the vehicle to tackle many of the crises facing us both globally and domestically.

Catch-up with the series on Reboot and on our sister-pod, the Echo Chamber.

These pods rely on patrons, become one from $2.50 and help shape the conversation: patreon.com/tortoiseshack

May 12 2019

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Rank #16: Cian McMahon #TheCo-Op Ep.65

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This Reboot Republic Podcast talks with Dr Cian McMahon, an economics graduate from NUI Galway, former TASC policy analyst and current Postdoctoral research position, Saint Mary's University Nova Scotia. We talk cooperatives and heterdox economics with Cian.

Cian’s research has looked at the rise and fall of cooperativist initiatives in Ireland and particularly workers coops and the Irish trade union movement. We discuss the possibilities and necessity of a shift to economic democracy and a cooperative economy and its potential to address areas like climate change, inequality and the housing crisis.

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Aug 05 2019

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Rank #17: Sean Healy #SocialJustice Ep.67

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This Reboot Republic Podcast talks with the CEO of Social Justice Ireland and the longest serving member of the National Economic Social Council, Sean Healy. We discuss Social Justice Ireland's Budget 2020 proposals, a new framework for a just and sustainable country, Sean's analysis of Ireland through the decades, his social justice motivations & values and hope for change.

Social Justice Ireland is an independent think tank and justice advocacy organisation that advances the lives of people and communities through providing independent social analysis and effective policy development to create a sustainable future for every member of society and for societies as a whole.

See: www.socialjustice.ie

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Jul 24 2019

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Rank #18: Clare Daly – the #MEPshack Ep.59

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Continuing our series of interviews with MEP Candidates we are delighted to sit down with Independent TD, Clare Daly, who outlines why she wants to go to the European Parliament and bring back the news we need to hear BEFORE decisions are made.

Clare discusses her motivations for seeking the seat, her track record in speaking truth to power and why it is crucial we send people from outside of the Neoliberal Groupthink to this next EU Parliament.

These podcasts need support, join us for exclusive content and extra insights at: patreon.com/tortoiseshack

May 16 2019

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Rank #19: Prof. Richard Wilkinson #TheSpiritLevel Ep.69

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This Reboot Republic podcast talks to the global expert in inequalities and their health impacts, Professor emeritus Richard Wilkinson. Professor Wilkinson is co-author, with Kate Pickett, of The Inner Level: How More Equal Societies Reduce Stress, Restore Sanity and Improve Everyone’s Wellbeing. His Ted Talk ‘How Economic Inequality Harms Societies’ has had almost a million views. He is also coauthor of the ground breaking book The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone.

He is also aresearcher in social inequalities in health and professor of public health at the University of Nottingham.

If you want to understand inequalities, its impacts on all of us and what we can do to make a more equal society this podcast is a must listen.

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Jul 31 2019

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Rank #20: Michael Taft #BrexitProof Ep.35

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Brexit is almost upon us and our recent conversations with the Guardian's John Harris don't offer much comfort in terms of Ireland's place in the British plans. Nor truly does the latest "soldiers on the border" statement from our Taoiseach. If you don't think this is a big deal I suggest checking out our sister podcast, The Echo Chamber's recent interview with Stephen Travers. So what should the Government be doing? Well, we are joined by Researcher and Economist for SIPTU, Michael Taft, to talk about the steps we can take right now that will protect the economy, jobs and society that aren't currently in any Fine Gael Brexit Plan. We also discuss Michael's recent article that totally debunks the creeping far right narrative on immigration. Michael is the first ever 3 time visitor to the Tortoise Shack and we are delighted to have him each and every time.

Please support these podcasts by going to https://www.patreon.com/tortoiseshack, we really do need your help keep this pod on the road!

Jan 25 2019

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