Niall Carson #ThePhoto Ep.164

A picture can tell a thousand words and an iconic picture can last a lifetime. Our guest in the tortoise shack is multiple award winning Press Association photographer, Niall Carson and he walks us through 10 of the most iconic pictures in Irish political history. We get the inside story in what goes into getting that snap, the craic, the […]

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Tortoise Shack #RebootBirthday

When the idea to do a podcast came up I imagined it would be a one season, ten episodes kind of thing. Over 70 episodes and 1 year later we are, for my money, Ireland’s number one solutions focused podcast. So we decided to mark the occasion by answering some patron’s questions, sharing our personal highlights for the first year […]

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Simon McGarr #WolvesNow Ep.178

Skeuomorphic thinking: where you attempt the jam the design language of a previous technology into a new technology in order to make it easier to digest and understand. When the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland was recently suggested as the online regulator for Ireland and therefore the de facto regulator for the entire EU, many where glad that we were doing […]

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Jack Horgan-Jones #JournalismMatters Ep.175

Our guest in The Tortoise Shack was recently described as the Swiss Army knife of journalists and given the variety and efficiency of his work, we reckon Irish Times journalist, Jack Horgan-Jones kind of likes it. Jack sat down to talk about the media landscape, the job itself and to have some healthy disagreement with us on some of the […]

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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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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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