Izzy Kamikaze Ep.353

We were delighted to be joined on the podcast by activist, campaigner and good friend of The Tortoise Shack, Izzy Kamikaze, to discuss the events on the streets of Dublin last weekend which left her bleeding but unbowed. Izzy talks us through how the events happened, who was in attendance and her and Mo’s interactions with the “protesters” and the […]

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Housing – Can the Market Provide? – with Ronan Lyons

The Tortoise Shack advocates strongly for the Right to Housing and for a referendum, if necessary, to help achieve it. But there is another school of thought. Joining us to talk about this is Assistant Prof of Economics at Trinity College Dublin and housing and property commentator, Ronan Lyons. We discuss the current situation, the role of Build to Rent […]

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#GolfGate and Cancel Culture

As the dust started to settle on #GolfGate and some commentators compared justified public opprobrium to racially motivated attacks, we asked what the Hell is going on and why is accountability kryptonite to already better-off? To discuss this Tony and Linda (of The PAC Woman Podcast) were joined by one half of the team that broke the story, Political Correspondent […]

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Programme for Government – Housing with Orla Hegarty & Lorcan Sirr

There’s a lot of admirable aspirations in the Fianna Fail/Fine Gael/Green Party PfG. But it also promises of 7 commissions, 6 task forces, 4 committees, 73 reviews, 2 working groups, 2 forums, 2 councils, 3 citizen’s assemblies, 2 agencies and 1 expert group. So we were delighted to be joined by UCD Shool of Architecture’s Orla Hegarty and Technological University […]

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Embracing Differences with Amanullah De Sondy Ep.309

It was a great pleasure to be joined in the tortoise shack by author, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Islam, proud Glaswegian, adopted Corkonian and always impeccably attired, Amanullah De Sondy. Aman tells us about his journey from Glasgow to Jordan to Miami to Cork. We discuss Islam, Catholicism, Paganism and the role religious studies has in our world today. Then […]

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Ibrahim Halawa #EverydayRacism

As anti-racism protests continue around the world the “tone police” are desperately trying to reassert and protect the old power structures. To discuss this we are joined by former political prisoner, human rights activist and now law student, Ibrahim Halawa. Recorded in front an audience of our patreon supporters, we discuss Black Lives Matter, the microaggressions People of Colour face […]

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Trace, Track and Test with ICCL’s Liam Herrick

Martin and Caroline were joined in the #TortoiseShack by Liam Herrick, Executive Director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. The ICCL has issued a report containing 9 Principles vital to creating a fair and transparent Contact Tracing App. We discuss the app as it is currently proposed, whether it is fit for purpose and the dangers of mission creep. […]

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Police vs Protest with Jon Schwarz Ep.306

Watching the sustained attacks on the Black Lives Matter protests in the US by both an increasingly militaristic police and an increasingly incoherent Divider in Chief, Donald Trump, you can’t but be filled with a sense that we’ve seen this ‘undermining playbook’ before. We are joined by reporter and writer with The Intercept and friend of the pod, Jon Schwarz, […]

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