The Irish Council of Civil Liberties #No2PSC Ep.184

The Government’s decision to “fight” the Data Protection Commissioners ruling that the Public Services Card is illegal could have severe consequence for our privacy, pockets and international reputation. Joining us in The Tortoise Shack from the Irish Council of Civil Liberties is Executive Director, Liam Herrick and Lawyer and digital rights expert, Elizabeth Farries. We discuss the PSC debacle, the […]

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Peter O’Dwyer #NBP Ep.182

The Irish Governments own report into the National Broadband Plan has said that the procurement process was flawed and that the advice they got from the experts was a €20m waste of money. But the party that styles itself as fiscally prudent, Fine Gael, is ploughing on regardless. Our guest in The Tortoise Shack is journalist with the Sunday Business […]

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A Tribute to Dara #NaturalDiamond

I’m very honoured to present the first Danielle Carroll Social Justice Campaigner Award. All around us we don’t see injustice. We are conditioned not to see injustice. Injustice is ‘normalized’ A mother walking the streets waiting for a hotel to agree to give her a roof over her child’s head for a night is ‘NORMAL’. Children with special needs denied […]

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Linda Kavanagh #Bubblenoma Ep.180

We talk a lot on the pods about harm reduction, and sex work is no different. Our guest in The Tortoise Shack, social media manager with the Sex Workers Alliance Ireland, graphic designer, activist and campaigner, Linda Kavanagh, tells us why, for once, Ireland should not be trying to emulate a ‘Nordic model.’ We discuss her experiences in the Abortion […]

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Dawn Foster #StopTheCoup Ep.181

Depending on who you listen to, Boris Johnson’s proroguing of the UK Parliament is either a brilliant tactical move or an anti-democratic coup. So I was delighted to be joined in The Tortoise Shack, via Skype, by writer, broadcaster and friend of the pod, Dawn Foster, to discuss what I describe a “Clown Car Sh1t-Show, wrapped inside a bad Carry […]

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Dr Mark Murphy #OurHealthcare Ep.179

When Dr Donal de Buitléir was asked which parts of the Independent Review Group’s plan (Slaintecare and the need to remove Private practice from Public Hospitals) did he think would be implemented he replied “You’re talking to a pathological optimist… but I’m also a pathological realist.” Our guest in The Tortoise Shack is GP and Lecturer in General Practice, RCSI, […]

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David Gibney #TheUnion Ep 178

We are joined in The Tortoise Shack by Communications Officer with Mandate Trade Union, Mr. David Gibney. We discuss the origins of organised labour, the deportation of trade union activists and how the exiles built the trade union movement in Australia. We also discuss the legacy of the Partnership for Prosperity and Fairness and the decline of union membership which […]

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Eoin Ó Brion #Home Ep.177

The only way to provide housing in Ireland seems to be the private market. But as our guest in the tortoise shack, Sinn Féin TD and Housing Spokesperson, Eoin Ó Brion, outlines in his new book – Home: Why Public Housing is the Answer – that was not always the case. We sat down with Eoin to discuss how we […]

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