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The Irish independent news, politics and culture podcast that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Join hosts Tony Groves and Martin McMahon and a wide range of guests as the tackle everything from twitter to the Taoiseach. There will be shenanigans!

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The Irish independent news, politics and culture podcast that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Join hosts Tony Groves and Martin McMahon and a wide range of guests as the tackle everything from twitter to the Taoiseach. There will be shenanigans!

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Cutting Edge

By Bierklink - Jun 23 2018
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Sharp, informative, cutting edge news concerned with filling the void generated by corporate and State run news outlets in Ireland.

Podtastic

By Zoe McStaggers - Dec 23 2017
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Real voices, great guests, and the sound is getting better. Well done lads!

iTunes Ratings

6 Ratings
Average Ratings
4
2
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0
0

Cutting Edge

By Bierklink - Jun 23 2018
Read more
Sharp, informative, cutting edge news concerned with filling the void generated by corporate and State run news outlets in Ireland.

Podtastic

By Zoe McStaggers - Dec 23 2017
Read more
Real voices, great guests, and the sound is getting better. Well done lads!
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The Echo Chamber Podcast

Latest release on Oct 25, 2020

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The Irish independent news, politics and culture podcast that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Join hosts Tony Groves and Martin McMahon and a wide range of guests as the tackle everything from twitter to the Taoiseach. There will be shenanigans!

Rank #1: #GE2020 – Another Fine (Gael) Mess.

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If this is indeed what the "serious" pundits call "moving week", then Fine Gael are moving down at a rate of knots. We talk about the interesting outcomes of last nights debate, the need for the Left to capitalise on this opportunity with a more positive message and the totally inappropriate comments by Fine Gael Senator, Catherine Noone.

Then People Before Profit TD for Dublin South Central, Brid Smith, comes in to tell us about her long history of activism and why she is excited and energised by the last few weeks.

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Jan 28 2020

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Rank #2: Coronavirus – The Mitigation Stage

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We are in unprecedented territory as Covid-19 spreads across the globe and Italy has locked down 60 million people. In Ireland the government have announced several measures as part of their containment strategy, but we would hope they will move more quickly to the mitigation stage.

Martin, just out of hospital, argues for more decisive action and for the "I'm alright, Jack" attitude to go in the bin.

Remember to follow the advice of the medical experts and keep an eye on https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus for the latest updates.

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Mar 10 2020

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Rank #3: The Green Dilemma with John Gibbons Ep.287

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While Martin is off sunning himself (in hospital), Tony talked with campaigning journalist and climate activist, John Gibbons about the price the Green Party must extract in order to enter government with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

John talks about the need to be in government and the healthy scepticism we share for any deal with the two parties that have thus far specialised in producing plans to be great at something at sometime in the future.

The clock is ticking: Electoral Destruction or Climate Devastation?

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May 06 2020

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Rank #4: Peter Kavanagh #OurFada Ep.158

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Ireland is a funny place, we have some of the most archaic defamation laws to ensure (wealthy) people are entitled to their good name. We also have a Data Protection Commissioner who reckons we have "no absolute right" to having that name spelled correctly.

Our guest in the tortoise shack is Green Party Local Election Candidate, part of the Motherfoclóir podcast and Pop Up Gael Teams, Peter Kavanagh.

We discuss the recent DPC finding, the State's complicity in the derogation of the Irish Language through the education system and lack of investment in the Gaeltacht and more.

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Apr 23 2019

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Rank #5: Dr Ciara Conlon #Access2Meds Ep.155

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Irish patients have access to fewer new medicines than those in other EU countries and have to wait longer to get them.

Some of the issues behind access are complex, some, not so complex.

We are joined in The Tortoise Shack by Dr. Ciara Conlan from Access to Medicines Ireland, to discuss what can be done to improve access, the work Ciara is doing in Access to Medicines Ireland and the global crisis in profiteering from medicines that are vital to millions of people for survival.

Dr Conlon talks us through some of the global controversies and explains what changes are necessary in order to continue to support Research and Development, while delivering an affordable product. Patients deserve better.

Access To Medicines Ireland are hosting their 3rd Annual Conference on Tuesday the 16th of April in the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin 2.

Tickets are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/

Our podcasts rely on members and you can become one and help shape our future by joining us for as little as $2.50. All contributions really help. Find out more by visiting us at patreon.com/tortoiseshack https://soundcloud.com/user-394580658/echochamber-ciara-conlon-ep-155

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Mar 30 2019

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Rank #6: #GE2020 – The Results – An Epic Day Ep.237

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This is a humongous day. If anything the Exit Poll underestimated the Broad Left Vote and while FF/FG might end up with more seats than SF, the Broad Left is the real winner. Don't buy the narrative of "the people want change, but they don't know what change they want". That's nonsense. The people have said they no longer want a €5er in tax cuts and poorly funded public services and the people have said that politicians who think accountability is only for the working class will no longer be tolerated.

To talk about all this and what it might mean I'm joined by 2 candidates who are very likely to be TD's in the coming hours: Green Party's Dublin Central, Neasa Hourigan and Sinn Féin's Meath East, Darren O'Rourke. Both offer their thoughts on what this result means and their willingness to engage in a Broad Left Govt.

This is very exciting!

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Feb 09 2020

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Rank #7: Gary Boyle & Chiara Viale #TheNewMusic Ep.160

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A young man wakes in bed beside his girlfriend, and then his hand shakes. This is the inspiration for the new film, The New Music, by our guest in The Tortoise Shack, writer, producer and director, Chiara Viale. Joining Chiara is board member of the Parkinson's Association and self-proclaimed Parkinson's survivor and thriver, Gary Boyle.

Chiara talks about her process from that image, to meeting people with Parkinson's and how the experience of making this film has changed her outlook so much.
Gary, in his uplifting way, brings us through his own story, from receiving his diagnosis at only 44 years of age, to how he lives with the disease and remains more active than nearly everyone you know! This is an important film about an important topic and we are very grateful to Chiara for her work and to Gary for sharing his story with us.

More information on Parkinson's is available: HERE

To support The Tortoise Shack click: HERE & for tickets to #RebootLive click: HERE

https://soundcloud.com/user-394580658/echochamber-chiara-and-gary-ep-160

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May 03 2019

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Rank #8: Old School Politics – Ep.246

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We gotta talk about last night...

Martin brings us his insights into the Sinn Féin meeting in Liberty Hall and what was in essence a return to old school politics. We discuss the slow bicycle race to the Fianna Gael Coalition and why they don't have a willing mudguard.

We also talk about the signs that our property market is just about to tank.

With various crises looming we need action, but what we have is stagnation.

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Feb 26 2020

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Rank #9: A Humanitarian Crisis – with Réiseal Ní Chéilleachair

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How can you stay home during the Covid-19 pandemic if you have nothing to eat? Our guest is Head of International Advocacy at Concern Worldwide, Réiseal Ní Chéilleachair and with over 12 years experience of working in some of the worlds poorest countries she understands that the hunger can be more deadly than the virus.

She outlines what Covid-19 means for humanitarian programmes, the impact it is having on those who are already extremely poor and how the economic impact has the potential to worsen these already difficult situations. Réiseal also outlines steps governments and citizens can take in a human rights based model that can avert the worst outcomes of this pandemic.

To learn more or donate go to concern.net

Maybe try the Long Jump Challenge by attempting to jump 2 meters, nominating 2 friends and donating €2.

May 04 2020

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Rank #10: Gavin Sheridan – Freedom of Information

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While we were all losing our minds over the General Election, our guest in The Tortoise Shack, CEO of Vizlegal, Co-founder of Right to Know and former innovation director with Storyful, Gavin Sheridan, was busy fighting the good fight to make sure that we can have access to information about how our country is run. Gavin walks through his journey from scanning pages political expenses up to taking cases to the Supreme Court and on into the EU.

This is a terrific conversation with a man, who along side a handful of others, we all owe a debt of gratitude to.

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Feb 19 2020

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Rank #11: #GE2020 – Not Here, Not Anywhere Ep.230

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All of the Political Parties have attempted to steal the clothes of Green Policies. But which are paying lip service and which ones are serious about Climate Action. Our guests in the tortoise shack are Aideen O'Dochartaigh and Brian Cuthbert of the Environmental Group, Not Here, Not Anywhere, and they've developed a score card that, while not perfect, is in our opinion the best rating guide for Irish Politics.

We discuss who is going to get things done and who wants a Green-Washing BAU and why it is vital that this is a Climate election and a new Climate Dáil.

To support visit: notherenotanywhere.com or @NHNAireland on twitter

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Feb 04 2020

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Rank #12: #GE2020 – A “Leaders” Debate?

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It's always hard to imagine something that hasn't been done before. So while it's understandable that people are defending Virgin Media TV's (and RTE's) decision to hold a "leaders" debate, it is, in our opinion wrong. We discuss why this is not representative of the majority of the electorate and needlessly gives the historical parties of government an unfair advantage. We also talk about FG's need to bench the Taoiseach and push Simon Coveney forward, the daft shots at Saoirse McHugh for believing in a 'power for the people' politics and what we believe the Left should do post-election. We're then joined by Independent TD and candidate for Dublin South Central, Joan Collins and Soc Dems candidate for Cork North West, Ciaran McCarhty.

Enjoy.

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Jan 22 2020

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Rank #13: Simon McGarr #WolvesNow Ep.178

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Skeuomorphic thinking: where you attempt the jam the design language of a previous technology into a new technology in order to make it easier to digest and understand.

When the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland was recently suggested as the online regulator for Ireland and therefore the de facto regulator for the entire EU, many where glad that we were doing something. But our guest in The Tortoise Shack, Solicitor and Director of Data Compliance Europe immediately saw the flaws in this proposal.

We take a deep-dive into all of this, RTE's funding model and more.

From minute 56 we talk Genomics Medicine Ireland, the idea of a DNA fingerprint for the entire country and the high bar of informed consent, that Simon isn't convinced these companies are reaching. And from 1hr 7mins we get down to the real business, rewiliding Ireland and Wolves Now!

Help keep this podcast going: patreon.com/tortoiseshack

Jul 03 2019

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Rank #14: #Pride – Izzy Kamikaze

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Having read the excellent article by Taryn De Vere featuring my friend and fellow activist, Izzy Kamikaze, I thought I'd put together a #tortoiseshack tribute to one of the most relentless and remarkable campaigners this country has ever known!

Taryn's piece: https://www.her.ie/life/supposed-feel-shame-pride-antidote-470471
#PrideIsProtest
Have a great #Pride2019 weekend everybody. And thank you Izzy.

Martin

Jun 28 2019

49mins

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Rank #15: Jack Horgan-Jones #JournalismMatters Ep.175

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Our guest in The Tortoise Shack was recently described as the Swiss Army knife of journalists and given the variety and efficiency of his work, we reckon Irish Times journalist, Jack Horgan-Jones kind of likes it.

Jack sat down to talk about the media landscape, the job itself and to have some healthy disagreement with us on some of the challenges facing the industry.

We also talk housing and the governments Climate Action Plan.

Buy a newspaper!

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Jun 22 2019

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Rank #16: #GE2020 – The Quality of Life Election

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In our second podcast of the day we talk about why the teacher's strike, the early childhood educators march and a bed beside a toilet for €425 per week are all related. This is the election where we say we enough. Equal pay for equal work, pay people a living wage and make housing safe and affordable!

Then we are joined on the pod by Labour Candidate in Meath East, Annie Hoey and independent candidate in Dublin Fingal, Dean Mulligan.

Please join us: patreon.com/tortoiseshack

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Feb 06 2020

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Rank #17: Lenny Abrahamson on #NormalPeople

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It was a great treat to be joined for another of our Tortoise Shack Live in #LockDown podcasts by filmmaker, director and Live Line content creator, Lenny Abrahamson. Caroline, Tony and Martin ask Lenny about the (unforeseen?) success of Normal People, the good and bad reactions to the sex scenes and the thought and care that went into the consent putting consent on screen.

We also get an insight into Lenny's upcoming project, A Mans World - the Emile Griffith Story.

Then our brilliant members, including some familiar voices ask some terrific questions. Enjoy.

To support us and come along to our next "live" pod join us on: patreon.com/tortoiseshack

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May 08 2020

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Rank #18: Ross Whitaker – The Boys in Green Ep.209

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We all love a good story and award winning director, filmmaker and sleep deprived daddy, Ross Whitaker, knows how to tell them. From the Shane Lowry doc to the Katie Taylor film and on to the upcoming Italia 90 doc - The Boys in Green - we've all seen and enjoyed his work.

Ross came into The Tortoise Shack to discuss his creative process, what drives him and how pitching and failing to ESPN's 30 for 30 was actually a good experience.

The Boys in Green is on RTE 1 on Monday evening just after the 9 o'clock news.

Thanks Ross #COYBIG

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Mar 07 2020

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Rank #19: Sharon Nolan #TeachSolais Ep.154

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We can be a bit cynical about politics in The Tortoise Shack. But our guest today, Local Election candidate for the Social Democrats in Galway City Central, Activist and bundle of positive energy, Sharon Nolan is enough to shake anybody out of their stupor, even Martin.

Sharon talks to us about her background in activism, her natural progression to seeking public office and the need for those office holders to be voices from the communities they represent. Sharon also talks passionately about Teach Solais, the only LGBT Resource Centre in the West of Ireland and their critical need for funding.

You can support Teach Solais by visiting here: http://amachlgbt.com/donate/ and see more from Sharon here: https://www.gofundme.com/sharon-nolan-local-election-campaign

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Apr 02 2019

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Rank #20: Coronavirus – #WashYourHands

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Martin, whether he likes to admit it or not, is high risk when it comes to the Covid-19 outbreak and he feels strongly that not enough focus is on the people who will be the worst impacted by the disease. Protecting consumer sentiment won't stop the spread; not spooking the markets won't stop people getting spooked. So I called him in the hospital (he asked me to) to get his views on what is happening and the standard of political leadership we are (or are not) seeing.

Please support our medical professionals and heed their advice. More people than you think are at risk and you probably know several. Don't take chances. Visit: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus for more.

And Wash Your Hands.

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Mar 08 2020

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Sunday Special #Run2020

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This week Linda Hayden of the PAC Woman Podcast took the helm and led Martin, Vicky, and roving reporter Caroline through some of the news of the week. Caroline was live outside the Diggers to show everybody our Hero of the week Tony Groves, as he finished the Dublin City Marathon and so completed #Run2020 with two months to spare.
We were joined by Special Guest Soc Dem TD Holly Cairns, who was on to discuss the bill passed to seal the archive from the Commission of Investigation into the Mother and Baby homes. We also discuss where in the world is Seamus Woulfe, increased Garda powers and what happens when you're caught masturbating in a work meeting.
Don't miss the full version where we opened up the mics to discuss M&B Homes further, the patriarchy and oppression of poor people in Irish Society.
To attend future shows join us at: patreon.com/tortoiseshack
And if you hit any donate button on any tortoiseshack.ie podcast for the next weeks all proceeds will go to Ana Liffey and Inner City Helping Homeless.

Oct 25 2020

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Ep.383 A Stand For Truth Special

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It has been a tumultuous week that has seen Ireland's legacy of Institutional Abuse come to the fore in both the public and political realm. On this crossover podcast, Dr Vicky Conway and Tony are joined by Senator Alice-Mary Higgins and Solicitor Simon McGarr to try and make sense of it all.
The panel look at the legal, ethical and political arguments and ask how did we get here and where are we going to next. We also look at the actions of the State and their speeding up of legislation, that inhibits proper scrutiny and its reliance on the guillotine to pass Bills, even when their efficacy is at best questionable and at worst damaging.
Finally, we take heart from the all of the incredible people who made their voices heard this week and took a #Stand4Truth.
To support this podcast and the wider platform (and get lots of additional content) please go to:patreon.com/tortoiseshack

Oct 24 2020

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Ep.28 The Reality of our Public Health System

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In this Reboot Republic Podcast we talk to Prof Cliona Ni Chealaigh, Clinical lead Inclusion Health Service, Eileen Sweeney, Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Anthony O Connor, Consultant Tallaght Hospital, and Sinead McGarry, Social Worker. They explain how our hospitals and mental health system is coping with the impact of COVID and lockdowns, the reality facing patients in our mental health services, the hollowing out of primary care through redeployment to contract tracing and testing, and devastating impact on essential services such as those for people with disabilities and the disproportionate impact of lockdowns on the poor and vulnerable, . We talk about what should be done - a human rights and equality approach to our entire health system- how a Zero Covid strategy is the approach needed, prevention and primary care, substantial additional investment in all aspects of our public health system and proper use of resources. They make the point that there is hope in the fact that we are having these conversations, raising these issues and hopefully politics and the system will learn from this pandemic and properly address structural inequalities and underinvestment.
To support these podcasts please go to:patreon.com/tortiseshack

Oct 23 2020

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Ep.382 Covid-19 in China with Dr Paul O’Brien

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As Ireland's contact tracing system fails and we begin a second lockdown, we speak to China Policy and Regulatory expert, Dr Paul O'Brien, who is currently completing his mandatory 14 day quarantine in Shanghai, China.
Paul explains how Covid-19 has been pursued and eliminated in most of the country, how the Government react when they have an outbreak and he even details the vaccine that has already been administered to close to half a million people. We also discuss what parts of these strategies are applicable to Ireland and how our current policy of trying to sit on two stools at once simply cannot work.
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Oct 23 2020

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Ep.380 #Stand4Truth with Noelle Brown

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Dr Vicky Conway of the Policed in Ireland Podcast joined Tony to cohost a podcast with Actor, Writer, Director and Activist, Noelle Brown. Born in Bessborough and denied access to the information that most of us take for granted, Noelle explains how the State put barriers in front of her at every step of her life. This is a powerful testimony and important personal story that is, unfortunately, the shared experience of 100,000 of our citizens. Please listen and then contact your TD and let them know that you object to the 30 year sealing of the Mother and Baby Home Commission archive. #Stand4Truth
For more see: clannproject.org
To support these podcasts, and we need the help, visit: patreon.com/tortoiseshack

Oct 21 2020

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Ep.372 – Selling Our Genes

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You may have read the crossover investigation between Noteworthy and the Business Post on the activities of Genuity Science. Long-time listeners would remember Simon McGarr discussing them under their former name Genomics Medicine Ireland. So we were delighted to be joined by two of the journalists behind this investigation, Maria Delaney and Killian Woods, for a really informative and at times troubling look into what is going on with what was previously described as a 'DNA fingerprint for the country' project. Do have a listen, this is something that potentially impacts us all whether we unconset or not. Yes, unconsent!
Here are the articles:
Noteworthy:https://www.noteworthy.ie/selling-our-genes-5219781-Oct2020/
BP:https://www.businesspost.ie/health/genes-for-sale-the-harvesting-of-irish-genetic-data-7c72aabe
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Oct 20 2020

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Ep.10 – #SundaySpecial on #Stand4Truth feat Noelle Brown and Dawn Foster

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This week Martin, Vicky, Linda and Tony were joined by Actor, Writer, Director and Adoption Rights Activist, Noelle Brown and Writer and Broadcaster, Dawn Foster to talk about the news of the week. We go into the missed oportunity that is Budget 2021, the Brexit No Deal iceberg ahead, Covid-19 and the levels, the 'where's our Jacinda Ardern?' misinterpretation and a look at why the State simply must not and cannot seal the archive of the Mother and Baby Home Investigation.
We're also joined by Dr Maeve O'Rourke and many more. To hear the full episode, including some fantastic contributions from our live audience, and to come to our next live online show join us on:patreon.com/tortoiseshack

Oct 18 2020

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Ep.375 – #Stand4Truth with Dr Maeve O’Rourke

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The Government is about to seal the archive of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation for the next 30 years. Ireland, as a country has a poor record in handling "historic" State abuse and this action, many feel, will simply add more trauma to those already traumatised. Joining us to discuss how we got here, what the current plan is and what can be done to change it is Lecturer in NUI Galway and Director of the Human Rights Law Clinic, Dr Maeve O'Rourke. Please take the time to listen to this and consider adding your voice to the calls for this to be stopped.
For More Visit: clannproject.org/commission-archive/
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Oct 16 2020

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Ep.374 – Don’t Look Away with Mick Clifford

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Across the world we have seen a rise in far right and fascist activity, and we'd be stupid to think that Ireland is immune to this toxic ideology. Joining us in the tortoise shack is Special Correspondent with the Irish Examiner, Mick Clifford, who wrote, it's fair to say, a divisive article about what he witnessed at a recent far right rally and the counter demonstration that met it. We discuss this, the fact that the acceptable face of the far right is well established across Ireland and how, in our opinion, you don't defeat fascism in the marketplace of ideas. Mick has faith in our system of checks and balances, and while we share much of this, we think it is the duty of us all to stand up and above all to not look away.
Support this podcast and the tortoise shack by going to:patreon.com/tortoiseshack

Oct 14 2020

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Ep.26: Budget 2021 – A Missed Opportunity

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So how was it for you? Last night we went live in front of an audience of our members to discuss the different aspects of the "Biggest Budget in the history of the State". Over the next hour you will hear from Fiona Coyle of Mental Health Reform, Louise Bayliss of SPARK, Cian O'Callaghan Soc Dems, Lorna Fitzpatrick of USI, Aidan Regan of UCD, Michael Taft of SIPTU, Tom McDonnell of NERI, Marie Sherlock of Labour, Anthony Flynn of ICHH and Eoin Ó Broin of Sinn Féin.

Thanks so much to the panel for their contributions and to our audience for their excellent inputs.

Support this podcast and the work of the tortoise shack by joining us (and get access to events like this) at: patreon.com/tortoiseshack

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Oct 14 2020

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Ep.373 The U.S Presidential Election with Séamus Malekafzali

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The Trump Show rolls on and whether you believe that we are 3 weeks away from a U.S Presidential election or a referendum on the Donald, you can't look away. Joining us from Minnesota is writer, journalist and friend of the pod, Séamus Malekafzali. We discuss the state of the race, the erosion of the democratic norms, Covid's impact on the campaign and how, even if he wins, Donald Trump will protest the result. Finally we ask how far damaged is America by this current presidency and we beseech both candidates to stop setting the bar so low for the world's expectations of politicians!

Artwork by @Ciaraioch. Music by Alan Maguire and David O'Doherty.

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Oct 13 2020

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Ep.368 – #Budget2021 with Seamus Coffey

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With the Budget imminent we were joined by former Chair of the Fiscal Advisory Council and lecturer in UCC, Seamus Coffey. We discuss the economic differences between the Global Financial Crisis and and the Covid-19. We ask is an adherence to old rules that no longer apply going to hold back Ireland's opportunity to build back better and we discuss the options open to the government ahead of Budget day. We also look at why Ireland's GDP is so robust even in the face of a global pandemic and rising deprivation and what that tells us about the real economy. Enjoy.

Artwork by @Ciaraioch - prints available on ciaraioch.com. Music by Alan Maguire and David O'Doherty.

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Oct 12 2020

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Ep.9 Tortoise Shack #SundaySpecial

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This week Tony, Linda, Martin and Caroline talked about the upcoming #Budget2021 and why our Dept of Finance is trapped in a 1920's mindset, how the laws around Sex Work continue to make things unsafe for the workers themselves and the 5yr anniversary of the Carrickmines Fire tragedy. We were also joined by UCD's Orla Hegarty to talk Covid-19's airborne spread and the need for ventilation and Bryan Wall on the troubling 'both sides' narrative of some reporting from yesterday's Far Right Rally.

The access the full version of this podcast and to attend future live shows please join us on patreon.com/tortoiseshack

Oct 11 2020

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Ep.371 – The Covid Debate with Prof Anthony Staines

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This is the shortened version of a podcast we recorded for patrons only earlier today. It was a pleasure to be joined again by Professor Anthony Staines, post his Flu Vaccine jab, to talk about the current Living with Covid strategy, what the next 12mths might look like under this policy and the debate we aren't having about changing course. We also discuss the political environment and we even have a chat about some reasons to be hopeful. A really, really great conversation.

To hear the full podcast and support these podcasts please join us on: patreon.com/tortoiseshack

Oct 09 2020

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Ep.22 – A Budget for Housing

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In this podcast we talk to housing experts and advocates about what measures should be introduced in the coming Budget 2021 to protect tenants and provide social and affordable housing. The Government allocated 2.6bn to spending on housing in last year's Budget. This is just 3% of total Government expenditure.

Is it time to prioritise housing? We are joined by Dr Karen Murphy, Director of Policy, the Irish Council for Social Housing, Eoin O Broin TD, Sinn Fein Housing Spokesperson and Ann-Marie O Reilly, Policy Officer with Threshold. They outline their Budget proposals including a significant increase in investment in public housing - social, affordable and cost rental. Eoin O Broin calls for a 2.8 billion capital budget - on new social and affordable housing and makes the point that this is the time for a major transformative investment in public housing building, and explains why the proposed shared equity scheme will not provide affordable housing.

The housing crisis continues during the COVID Pandemic - but the state can borrow at zero interest rates and there is capacity and developments that the state can draw on as the private sector is reducing building and investing. Threshold propose measures for rent arrears, re-introducing the evictions moratorium, ringfencing 20% of the homelessness budget for prevention and allocating the budget to hold a Referendum on the Right to Housing. While Karen outlines the ICSH pre-budget submission including sending out the clear support for long term investment in social and cost rental housing. We also talk about measures on land and the LDA.

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Oct 09 2020

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Ep.369 Covid and College with Lorna Fitzpatrick

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No matter what way you look at it, the class of 2020 got a raw deal. To discuss this and a lot more we are joined by the President of the Union of Students in Ireland, Lorna Fitzpatrick. We ask what the college experience looks like in a Covid-19 world. Lorna outlines the challenges facing both students and faculty as the grapple with accommodation, remote learning, online portals and the loss of that social interaction that is a cornerstone of a young persons development.

For more information see: https://usi.ie/usi-news/usi-publishes-views-on-higher-education-delivery-for-rest-of-semester-one/

Artwork by @Ciaraioch, prints avialable at ciaraioch.com. Music by Alan Maguire and David O'Doherty.

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Oct 07 2020

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Ep01 Carers

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Episode 01 of the Covid Care podcast looks at the experiences of carers in the home during the covid 19 lockdown. Caroline speaks to Micheál Mulligan, based in Kerry, and Sam Kenny, who is based in Kildare. They outline how they struggled with a sudden withdrawal of disability services, the sense of abandonment by the government, and explore what future lockdowns will mean for carers and people with disabilities going forward.

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Oct 06 2020

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Ep.19 – The Right to Housing with Fr Peter McVerry

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This Reboot Republic podcast talks to homelessness campaigner, Fr Peter McVerry. He explains how COVID has impacted on homelessness, with some positives finding housing freed up from Air BnB, but also negatives, with increased isolation of those who are homeless as drop-in services have had to shut. He explains why lifting of the eviction ban was a mistake and argues that it should be reinstated.

Peter also says that he remains motivated by homeless people themselves - their daily struggle inspires him to keep going and working for and with them - it makes him angry at the injustice, yet that keeps driving him on. We need people to get angry about the housing crisis and then to turn that anger into pressure on the government. That's where change can come from. He also passionately explains that we need a right to housing put in the constitution and how he is going to keep up the pressure on this.

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Oct 06 2020

42mins

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Tortoise Shack #SundaySpecial 8

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This week Linda Hayden of the PAC Woman Podcast took the helm and led Martin, Vicky, Caroline and myself through some of the news of the week. We were joined by 2 Special Guests, journalist with the Irish Examiner, Aofie Moore and freelance journalist, Peter McGuire. We talk #GolfGate, #SpeakorSurvive, the Covid-19 second wave and the need for an All Ireland approach.

Don't miss the full version where we opened up the mics and Simon McGarr, Attracta Uí Bhroin, Lorna Bogue and Michelle Byrne gave us insights into Genomics Ireland, the democratic deficit in the Dáil, the Green Party conference and the Debenhams Strike.

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Oct 04 2020

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Ep.21 What Would a Budget for Equality Look Like?

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This second budget special podcast talks to Orla O Connor, Director of the National Women's Council, Tanya Ward, Chief Executive of the Children's Rights Alliance and Louise Bayliss, Cofounder of Single Parents Action for the Rights of Kids (Spark). They outline how COVID has affected women and children, highlighting domestic violence, the impact of the loss of education on children, the rise of food poverty and how all of this impacts on children. You'll hear about how families have to prioritise rent and risk going hungry. Louise outlines the experience of exclusion felt by lone parents during COVID, the on-going stigmatisation and shame felt and the challenges of poverty. Tanya talks about the lasting impact of educational disadvantage and poverty on children. Orla outlines the NWCI's feminist budget - based around universal public services - including housing, childcare, and domestic violence services, and valuing caring services and workers and fair taxation. We also discuss COVID, the rise and fall of societal solidarity and an agenda for a Republic of Equality.

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Oct 02 2020

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Cutting Edge

By Bierklink - Jun 23 2018
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Sharp, informative, cutting edge news concerned with filling the void generated by corporate and State run news outlets in Ireland.

Podtastic

By Zoe McStaggers - Dec 23 2017
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Real voices, great guests, and the sound is getting better. Well done lads!