Tanya Ward #NoChild2020 Ep.54

This Reboot Republic Podcast talks to Tanya Ward, the Chief Executive of the Children’s Rights Alliance (CRA) and former Deputy Director at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL). We discuss the CRA’s 2019 Report Card that identifies and evaluates the Government’s progress on actions for Children. The highest individual grade in Report Card 2019 is an ‘A-‘ for ‘LGBTI+ […]

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Mark Malone #Framing Ep.156

When we started the podcast we were horrified by so much of the ‘Punch & Judy’ discourse that we decided, for better or worse, that we’d never play the false balance game. Since then the discourse has only worsened. Our guest in The Tortoise Shack is Activist, long-time analyst and one of Ireland’s best online commentators on the insidiousness of […]

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Rob Sweeney #Inequality Ep.51

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 […]

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Hocus Bogus – Martin McMahon

It’s been a busy few weeks on the #BogusSelfEmployment front. IBEC came out with an opinion piece in the Irish Times,Rhona Murphy, head of employment law services IBEC said there was an absence of evidence to support the narrative that bogus or false self-employment was widespread. I even made an appearance on Cork’s 96fm’s Opinion Line. “The arrangement employed is […]

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Sharon Nolan #TeachSolais Ep.154

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 […]

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Dr Ciara Conlon #Access2Meds Ep.155

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 […]

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Gerard Howlin #Chumocracy Ep.52

This Reboot Republic Podcast talks to the experienced political analyst, Gerard Howlin. Gerard is a Public Affairs Consultant, Columnist, Commentator and Former Senior Political Adviser to Government. Gerard offers interesting insights into the real world of Irish politics and policy making. While being avowedly conservative and of the Right, he accepts that in the area of housing the market has […]

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Ber Grogan #ChangeMakers Ep.153

Getting a seat in the Seanad is never easy and particularly for independent candidates. So it is with great pleasure we welcome Ber Grogan to The Tortoise Shack. Ber is running as an independent candidate on the NUI Panel. With a decade of social justice activism, grassroot organising and successful campaigning under her belt, Ber has a lot to bring […]

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