Coronavirus – #GlowWest – Tortoise Shack Remote

Rachel, Martin, Rory, Tony and our newest member, Caroline West, got together via Zoom this evening to talk Covid-19, Air BnB, Housing, Tinder and Caroline’s new podcast, Glow West. We discuss the need to look after our most vulnerable and how there’s always room for some social distancing laughs. Mind yourself and yours! Join us: patreon.com/tortoiseshack

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Coronavirus – Joe Haslam in Madrid Ep.260

The Covid-19 crisis has seen countries close their borders and limit people going outside except for essentials. We are joined from Madrid by Professor Joe Haslam, to discuss what life is like under lockdown. Joe has traveled extensively and has studied disaster management for many years. He talks about how this is pandemic is showing up the flimsiness of a […]

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Coronavirus – Luke Ming Flanagan

What do you do when a loved one shows symptoms of coronavirus? Well MEP and friend of the pod, Luke Ming Flanagan, went public and called on governments here and across the EU to pull all the levers they can to save as many lives as possible. We talk about the need to bring people along quickly and the necessity […]

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Coronavirus – What does #lockdown mean, with ICCL

Our political system is busy passing the Health Preservation & Protection and other Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill, as we record, but what does this mean for us all? Senior Researcher and Policy Officer at the Irish Council for Civil Liberites, Doireann Ansbro, joins us to discuss what these new powers are, whether they are appropriate, time-limited and […]

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Tate Donnelly – #Elections&Economics

We often say that young people should get involved in politics. Tate Donnelly decided to take it a step further and become the Green Party candidate in Cavan/Monaghan in #GE2020. He joins Rachel in studio to discuss why he decided to run for election, what he learned on the campaign trail, 4am abusive calls and living on adrenaline for the […]

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Coronavirus – #LightTheWay

Rory, accompanied by kiddies, joins us via Skype to talk about the need for the government to avoid the mistakes of the global financial crisis and make sure the priority is that we save as many possible lives as possible. We also discuss the need for a more caring and equal society after this pandemic passes. Visit: roryhearne.ie Join us: […]

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Coronavirus – The Speech & The Steps?

The Taoiseach made what many are calling the defining speech of his career last night, and while it was reassuring, we ask what meat we need to see added to the bones very quickly and who is going to pick up the cheque when this is all over. We also go through the numbers for today and the latest developments […]

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Orla Hegarty – New Public Housing Ep.104

We have seen large parts of the commentariat declare that we must build smaller units up into the Dublin skyline to tackle the housing crisis. The only problem with that is there’s no evidence that this race to the bottom will work. In this short podcast Assistant Professor at UCD’s School of Architecture, Orla Hegarty, outlines how real livable communities […]

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