Stand in Awe of All Mná – The Tortoise Shack Nollaig Na mBán Special, 2022

On December 6th we recorded our 2nd annual live Nollaig Na mBán Podcast with an audience of our members. We are releasing this now to everyone. Joining host Dr Vicky Conway to discuss hopes, fears and ambitions for 2022 is a powerhouse panel of incredible women, Psychotherapist Ejiro Ogbevoen, Social Care Worker Anne Marie Quilligan, co-convener of the Abortion Rights […]

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Sunday Special – Fantastic Wordle Play Mr Fox

It was a pleasure to be joined for our first Sunday Special of 2022 by Dr Liqa Ur Rehman, Legal Assoc Seán Grant, Reporter with notewrothy.ie Maria Delaney and Ireland Thinks analyst Kevin Cunningham. We discuss the iniquity of Ireland’s visa and Stamp system, the Suvern discourse on NI, classrooms and covid, the latest polls North and South, Happy Coup […]

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711. Virgin Media News Reporter Rob O’Hanrahan on Schools Reopening

For our money, Virgin Media News Reporter, Rob O’Hanrahan has covered the pandemic and its impact on schools better and more consistently than anyone else. So we were delighted that he joined us this morning to give us an overview of where we stand now, the communication missteps, mitigation strategies and the importance of keeping schools open WHILE making them […]

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703. Repealed Ireland’s Unfinished Fight for Reproductive Rights

It was a pleasure to be joined by Camilla Fitzsimons and Sinead Kennedy who are the people behind the new book, Repealed Ireland’s Unfinished Fight for Reproductive Rights. The book traces the history of the origins of the Eighth Amendment, which was drawn up in fear of a tide of liberal reforms across Europe. It draws out the lessons learned […]

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2022 New Year Revolutions – Plus Your Messages

In this very special tortoise shack podcast Dr Caroline West of Glow West joins Martin and Tony to talk the year to come, the resolutions and revolutions they want to see and the things that they want to see left in 2021. You’ll also hear from Green Party Cllrs (Dublin & Belfast) Hazel Chu and Brian Smyth, former UN Special […]

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701. Our 2021 Review – Plus Your Messages: Part 1

We decided to run our eye over the year and breakdown some of the best stories, actions, people, activists and everything in between. In this, part one, you’ll get our Person of the Year, Achievement of the Year, Lowlight of the Year and Story of the Year. You’ll also hear from comedian Killian Sundermann, self-described education rent-a-gob, (the brilliant) Ciara […]

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692. Sanctuary Runners – #RaceToTheNorthPole

This year the Sanctuaryrunners.ie are doing a virtual #RaceToTheNorthPole. With 5,628km to cover between 20th Dec to Christmas Eve, they’re looking for support. Joining us to talk about it is one of their founders, Graham Clifford. We also discuss the info-for-all initiative and building bonds and communities even in the face of the pandemic. Always great to chat with Graham. […]

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697. No Rooms at the Inn: The UCD Student Accommodation Crisis

It was a pleasure to be joined in the tortoise shack by UCD Students Union President, Ruairi Power to discuss their report into the student accommodation crisis. He tells us about the survey they conducted and how it shows a large majority of students are paying unaffordable rents for accommodation that often doesn’t meet their needs. We also discuss the […]

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