Linda Kavanagh #Bubblenoma Ep.180

We talk a lot on the pods about harm reduction, and sex work is no different. Our guest in The Tortoise Shack, social media manager with the Sex Workers Alliance Ireland, graphic designer, activist and campaigner, Linda Kavanagh, tells us why, for once, Ireland should not be trying to emulate a ‘Nordic model.’ We discuss her experiences in the Abortion […]

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Shari McDaid #MentalHealth Ep.73

This Reboot Republic Podcast talks with Dr Shari McDaid, CEO of Mental Health Reform. This is a fascinating discussion on people’s experience of mental health services in Ireland, how they can be improved and what could be done in Budget 2020 to improve the system. We also go into the link between homelessness, poverty, inequality and mental health. Finally we […]

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Dawn Foster #StopTheCoup Ep.181

Depending on who you listen to, Boris Johnson’s proroguing of the UK Parliament is either a brilliant tactical move or an anti-democratic coup. So I was delighted to be joined in The Tortoise Shack, via Skype, by writer, broadcaster and friend of the pod, Dawn Foster, to discuss what I describe a “Clown Car Sh1t-Show, wrapped inside a bad Carry […]

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Shawna Scott #LetsTalkAboutSex

Sex education in Ireland has historically been pretty poor which has led to many of us feeling uncomfortable talking about it. Businesswoman, comedian and all-round good egg Shawna Scott joins Rachel in the studio to discuss rescuing historic ivory dildos, Ireland’s attitude to sex and why talking about our experiences with sex is one of the most important things you […]

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Dr Mark Murphy #OurHealthcare Ep.179

When Dr Donal de Buitléir was asked which parts of the Independent Review Group’s plan (Slaintecare and the need to remove Private practice from Public Hospitals) did he think would be implemented he replied “You’re talking to a pathological optimist… but I’m also a pathological realist.” Our guest in The Tortoise Shack is GP and Lecturer in General Practice, RCSI, […]

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Steve O’Rourke #PainInTheFace

Steve O’Rourke lives with one of the most painful conditions in the world – trigeminal neuralgia but yet you would never know. He joins Rachel in studio to discuss living with chronic pain, the effect it’s had on his mental health and how he’s come to terms with it all. Warning: This episode contains several references to suicide. You can […]

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Scott Evans #PropheticVoices

Ireland’s attitude to religion has changed drastically in the last 20 years with many asking what role does religion play in our daily lives? UCD chaplain Scott Evans joins Rachel in the studio to discuss how students rely on him a lot more than you’d think and the future of religion in Ireland. Become a #tortaiseshack patron at www.patreon.com/tortoiseshack << […]

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David Gibney #TheUnion Ep 178

We are joined in The Tortoise Shack by Communications Officer with Mandate Trade Union, Mr. David Gibney. We discuss the origins of organised labour, the deportation of trade union activists and how the exiles built the trade union movement in Australia. We also discuss the legacy of the Partnership for Prosperity and Fairness and the decline of union membership which […]

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