Ian Lynam #PortraitOfTheAutist

The best kind of comedy has the ability to make us laugh while making us think. It can push boundaries, break down barriers and make us extremely uncomfortable. So what happens when you write an entire comedy show based around your diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder? Comedian Ian Lynam joins Rachel in studio to discuss his diagnosis, how it […]

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The Irish Council of Civil Liberties #No2PSC Ep.184

The Government’s decision to “fight” the Data Protection Commissioners ruling that the Public Services Card is illegal could have severe consequence for our privacy, pockets and international reputation. Joining us in The Tortoise Shack from the Irish Council of Civil Liberties is Executive Director, Liam Herrick and Lawyer and digital rights expert, Elizabeth Farries. We discuss the PSC debacle, the […]

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Lorna Gold #ClimateStrike Ep.75

We are delighted to welcome back to the podcast Dr Lorna Gold, academic, climate campaigner and author of Climate Generation – Awakening to our children’s future. Lorna is an organiser with #FridaysForFuture Lorna is back to talk about the Climate Strikes happening around the world next Friday, Greta Thunberg, the Governments Climate Action Plan and her upcoming interview with Naomi […]

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Ailish Brennan #SupportNotPunish

Drug policy seems to be undergoing a radical change with legislation passed to allow for supervised injection centres in Ireland. So why was the application for the first one denied by Dublin City Council. Joining Rachel in studio is former auditor of Students for Sensible Drug Policy in UCD is Ailish Brennan to discuss our attitudes to drugs and why […]

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Peter O’Dwyer #NBP Ep.182

The Irish Governments own report into the National Broadband Plan has said that the procurement process was flawed and that the advice they got from the experts was a €20m waste of money. But the party that styles itself as fiscally prudent, Fine Gael, is ploughing on regardless. Our guest in The Tortoise Shack is journalist with the Sunday Business […]

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A Tribute to Dara #NaturalDiamond

I’m very honoured to present the first Danielle Carroll Social Justice Campaigner Award. All around us we don’t see injustice. We are conditioned not to see injustice. Injustice is ‘normalized’ A mother walking the streets waiting for a hotel to agree to give her a roof over her child’s head for a night is ‘NORMAL’. Children with special needs denied […]

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John Harris #BrexitBreakdown Ep.74

“The people of England are not synonymous with the politicians who represent them.” Our guest, Guardian Columnist, Political Commentator of the Year and friend of the pod, John Harris, was in flying form as he broke down where Brexit stands now, what it means to the people on the street and his genuine optimism that this could be the current […]

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Cllr Una Power & Áine O’Connell #KeepCupsAreNotEnough

The environment is pretty much on fire yet our politicians seem to think that switching to electric cars and avoiding a radical overhaul of the system is somehow going to save us. Green Party Councillor Una Power and sustainability enthusiast Áine O’Connell join Rachel in studio to discuss climate grief, deciding whether or not to have kids and why we […]

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