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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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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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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Linda Kavanagh #Bubblenoma Ep.180

We talk a lot on the pods about harm reduction, and sex work is no different. Our guest in The Tortoise Shack, social media manager with the Sex Workers Alliance Ireland, graphic designer, activist and campaigner, Linda Kavanagh, tells us why, for once, Ireland should not be trying to emulate a ‘Nordic model.’ We discuss her experiences in the Abortion […]

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Shari McDaid #MentalHealth Ep.73

This Reboot Republic Podcast talks with Dr Shari McDaid, CEO of Mental Health Reform. This is a fascinating discussion on people’s experience of mental health services in Ireland, how they can be improved and what could be done in Budget 2020 to improve the system. We also go into the link between homelessness, poverty, inequality and mental health. Finally we […]

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Dawn Foster #StopTheCoup Ep.181

Depending on who you listen to, Boris Johnson’s proroguing of the UK Parliament is either a brilliant tactical move or an anti-democratic coup. So I was delighted to be joined in The Tortoise Shack, via Skype, by writer, broadcaster and friend of the pod, Dawn Foster, to discuss what I describe a “Clown Car Sh1t-Show, wrapped inside a bad Carry […]

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Shawna Scott #LetsTalkAboutSex

Sex education in Ireland has historically been pretty poor which has led to many of us feeling uncomfortable talking about it. Businesswoman, comedian and all-round good egg Shawna Scott joins Rachel in the studio to discuss rescuing historic ivory dildos, Ireland’s attitude to sex and why talking about our experiences with sex is one of the most important things you […]

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