The Health of our Health Service with Dr Laura Durcan

With a second wave now around us and some very mixed messages from our government, we decided to look at the health of the health service. Joining us to talk about what we’ve come through, where we are now and in an ideal world, where we should be going next is Consultant Rheumatologist, patient advocate and “normal sensible person”, Dr […]

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Outside it’s America with Philip O’Connor

As we near the time for schools to start reopening with what seems to be a ‘let’s hope for the best’ strategy, we decided to talk to our friend in Stockholm, Philip O’Connor, about the Swedish experience and what impact them NOT closing the schools has had. Philip talks us through the variances of outcomes in the Nordic/Scandinavian region and […]

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Tortoise Shack Sunday Special

August and the Dáil recess is usually a quiet time in the news. But Covid changed everything. So we got the growing Tortoise Shack family together, in front of an online audience of our members, to discuss what is happening. We discuss the racist attack on the Canal, the ‘illegal eviction’, the Tanaiste’s dogwhistle, Mr Brightside Day Drinking and creeping […]

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Covid-19 in the Classroom with Prof John Wenger Ep.330

We are joined by UCC Professor of Chemistry, John Wenger, who specialises in atmospheric chemistry, air quality and climate change. Prof Wenger and 200 of his worldwide peers wrote to the World Health Organisation (WHO) about the dangers posed by covid 19 spreading through aerosol transmission. As we near the time that classrooms are scheduled to open up, John talks […]

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Lebanon and Beirut with Séamus Malekafzali Ep.329

Lebanon was already on its knees before a massive explosion ripped devastatingly through the old city of Beirut. We were delighted to be joined by writer and journalist, Séamus Malekafzali, to take a deep-dive into this tiny country that is too often a strategic chess piece in the games of bigger powers. Séamus explains the nuances and intricacies of modern […]

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Institutionally Insane – The #PUP with Roman Shortall

Today we are joined by Peace Commissioner and Experience Legal Executive, Roman Shortall, who spoke to #Liveline earlier in the week highlighting how he and his family were targeted at Dublin airport by SIU officers from An Garda Siochana and the Department of Social Protection. Roman’s account has unearthed a scandal that is forcing the new government in to all […]

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Flooding the Zone Ep.326

Homelessness in this country is a national outrage and with the loss of another life today we thought we’d talk about it. We also discuss the cruelty of Direct Provision, Taoiseach 1a vs Taoiseach 1b, the Alternative Government looking Alt-wrong at the moment and why viewing those on welfare as unproductive economic units isn’t a bad strategy for at least […]

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Angrynomics with Eric Lonergan

Late last week we did a Tortoise Shack Live Pod with Hedge Fund Manager, Economist and Co-Author of the new book Angrynomics, Eric Lonergan. We go into the differences between tribal anger and righteous anger and how sometimes anger is a very good thing. We dive into the some of the debates in the book around neoliberal capitalism and inequality, […]

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