789. Don O’Leary – Live at the Sugar Club

Director of the Cork Life Centre, Don O’Leary came up from Cork to join me onstage for a very special live podcast. We discuss how a man who was arrested and imprisoned for treason goes on to be an educator and incredible advocate for children who have suffered Adverse Childhood Experiences. We discuss him receiving a terminal diagnosis and deciding […]

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793. #AE22 Belfast Lord Mayor Kate Nicholl

As part of our ongoing coverage of the Assembly Elections, I was joined by Belfast Lord Mayor and the Alliance Party candidate for South Belfast, Kate Nicholl. We discuss why at 35 weeks pregnant she is campaigning for what she believes can be a “only way is up” future for her city. We discuss the opportunities in a working Stormont […]

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792. Assembly Elections – East Belfast with Cllr Brian Smyth

Belfast City Cllr and Green Party candidate for East Belfast, Brian Smyth joined me to tell me why he was running and what he’s hearing on the campaign trail. He talks about linking left-environmentalism to health, housing and social mobility. We talk about the media imbalance, the NI Protocol, cultural identity and much, much more. Join us at patreon.com/tortoiseshack https://media.blubrry.com/echochamberpodcast/p/content.blubrry.com/echochamberpodcast/echo_chamber_pod_ep_792a.mp3Podcast […]

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791. The Assembly Elections – A Unionist View with Sam Mcilwaine

Martin got up long enough to chat with regular contributor Loyalist, Unionist and Lefty, Sam Mcilwaine about the upcoming Assembly Elections. As always Sam gives a great insight into the concerns of the electorate and of his community. Interestingly while the NI Protocol is certainly a concern, it is far from the most important one. We also get into the […]

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790. The NI Assembly Election with Mick Fealty

I’ve just finished talking with Editor of Slugger O’Toole, Mick Fealty, about the upcoming Stormont Elections. Mick talks about the state of play, the “dreaded” border poll, where voters are looking beyond identity politics and what he sees as the outcome of what has been called the most important election in Northern Ireland’s history. Join us at patreon.com/tortoiseshack https://media.blubrry.com/echochamberpodcast/p/content.blubrry.com/echochamberpodcast/echo_chamber_pod_ep_790a.mp3Podcast (echochamber): […]

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786. Opportunity Knocks

Madrid based Professor and long-time contributor, Joe Haslam was in Dublin for a few days, so he kindly dropped into the tortoise shack for an in person podcast. We discussed the impact the war on Ukraine has had on the internal politics of Spain and what it has meant for their already EU leading ambitions towards structural climate action. We […]

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203. Ukrainian Refugees & the Housing Crisis: We Can Solve Both

In this Reboot Republic podcast I talk to Siobhan O’Donoghue, founder and director of Uplift, about the Ukraine humanitarian crisis, and how we can, and must provide homes -not tents and warehouses -for Ukraine refugees, and provide homes for those homeless in Ireland already. We discuss how through proper leadership and action like during COVID, the Government and Irish State […]

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787. Supercharge Me – Net Zero Faster

If you knew that a train was steaming towards you, you’d get out of the way. So why are we so slow in acting to avoid the incoming climate crisis? Joining me to discuss this and their new book, Supercharge Me, are Corinne Sawers and Eric Lonergan. They outline the steps that are viable now that will not only speed […]

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