Arpita Chakraborty #ToxicMasculinity Ep.139

In order to effect change, we must first recognise the problem. Our guest in The Tortoise Shack, feminist killjoy, newly minted PhD and Chair of the Síbeal Network, Arpita Chakraborty, talks to us about the role of Feminism in tackling the traditional power structures of a patriarchal society, toxic masculinity and the importance of no longer being a bystander. If […]

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Stephen Travers #TheMiamiShowband Ep. 135

For younger generations the border in Ireland is a shadow of history. But for those with lived experience, like our guest in the #tortoiseshack, survivor and victim, Stephen Travers, the border, though long gone, will never be forgotten. Stephen was a young man in 1975, living his dream. ‘The Miami’ regularly filled music halls and ballrooms North and South of […]

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Prof. Aviva Chomsky & Lynn Boylan #GreenWashing

Prof. Aviva Chomsky and Lynn Boylan #Greenwashing. In 2018, the Oireachtas environment committee rejected calls to summon the ESB to appear before it over its importation of millions of tons of coal from a Colombian mine linked to human rights and environmental abuses. Joining us in the tortoise shack to discuss this is academic, author, activist and Professor of Latin […]

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Ellie Kisyombe & Sile Ni Dhubhghaill #EndDirectProvision Ep.137

Ellie Kisyombe & Sile Ni Dubhghaill #DirectProvision ‘Nothing about us, without us,’ is much more than just a catchy slogan. Our guests in the tortoise shack are both local election candidates for the Social Democrats AND are both working, in their own way, to End Direct Provision. Ellie Kisyombe has lived for a decade in the “temporary” Direct Provision Limbo-Like […]

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Gerard Cunningham #TheFacts Ep.134

Gerard Cunningham #TheFacts We like to give it socks in the tortoise shack, so it was very welcome that our guest, news reporter and self-described former productive member of society, Gerard Cunningham came in and gave us a different perspective. Gerard gives us his insights into why Tribunals, for all their faults, might be the best worst option we have. […]

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Liam Farrell #IrishMed Ep. 133

Liam Farrell #IrishMed Apart from curating the well known twitter hashtag for medics, #IrishMed, our guest in the tortoise shack, ex-family doc, columnist with the British Medical Journal, GP and Writer/Broadcaster Liam Farrell has found the time to write a book ‘Are you the f**king doctor?’ Liam opens up about the highs of lows of his pressure-cooker job, his morphine […]

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Maria Farrell #Utopia Ep 132

Maria Farrell #HappyLeftyBookClub The future isn’t yet written and our guest in The Tortoise Shack, writer, consultant and renowned future Utopian planner, Maria Farrell, thinks it doesn’t have to be the stuff of dystopian novels. She joins us to discuss the pros and cons of a word where every piece of data relating to you is valuable to corporate giants. […]

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Dr Maeve O’Rourke #HumanRights Ep.131

Dr Maeve O’Rourke #HumanRights In 2019 we want to tackle structural inequality and State sanctioned violence. So there was nobody better to ask into the tortoise shack to kick off the year than the mega-impressive, award winning human rights advocate, Dr Maeve O’Rourke. In addition to her work at the the Irish Council of Civil Liberties (ICCL), Maeve has been […]

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