Caoimhe Butterly #SafePassage Ep.174

Recent events in Sudan have brought back into focus the role we in the ‘West’ play in facilitating Human Rights abuses in many parts of the world. Our guest in The Tortoise Shack is educator, trainee psychotherapist, Refugee Rights campaigner and one of the most remarkable people we’ve met, Caoimhe Butterly. She talks to us about forced migration, building sustainable […]

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Lynn Boylan #MediaPlurality Ep.161

Denis O’Brien selling his share in Independent News and Media has reignited the debate about media plurality in Ireland. Opinions vary over issues like editorial control, self-censorship and, as we know only too well ourselves, the difficulty in making it financially viable. So we were delighted to be joined in The Tortoise Shack by Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan, who had […]

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John Harris #BrexitBreakdown Ep.64

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 […]

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Emmet Kirwan #CoLiving Ep.60

Opening our first ever #RebootLive was a chat between Tony and writer, actor and poet, Emmet Kirwan. Emmet, in 22 minutes, walks us through why we must expose and reject the Fine Gael Neoliberal Nightmare that sees people as economic units and instead build communities, families and strong bonds that can lift us all, not just their Golden Circle. Collectivism […]

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Conall Ó Fátharta – #IllegalAdoptions Ep.163

Ireland has a troubled history of dealing with women and children and our guest in the tortoise shack, Senior Reporter with the Irish Examiner, Conall Ó Fátharta, has dedicated much of his career to writing about and documenting it all. His work on Mother and Baby Homes, Magdalene Laundries and Illegal Adoptions is some of the most important journalism undertaken […]

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Election Results – The Fallout

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 […]

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Luke Ming Flanagan – The #MEPshack Ep.172

For the last of our #MEPshack interviews we sat down in his hotel room with Independent MEP, Luke Ming Flanagan, a few hours before the RTE Prime Time “debate.” Luke talks us through his last 5 years in the EU Parliament, what he achieved, what he feels he didn’t and what he hopes to tackle in the next term, should […]

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Diarmuid O’Flynn – The #MEPshack Ep.170

Independent MEP Candidate, Diarmuid O’Flynn is an experienced campaigner. His work with #BallyheaSaysNo is well known and rightly praised. But it’s his experiences as a Parliamentary Assistant to MEP Luke Ming Flanagan, that has inspired him to run himself for what he believes is a battle between the Haves and the Have Not’s. While we don’t always agree on issues, […]

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